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Family Days Out near to Carlisle
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The Sands Centre (< 1 mile)
Carlisle
The Sands Centre No posted lower age limit but competency is required. Up to 7m lead/toprope wals in curved resin with bolt-ons. Bendcrete moulded concrete bouldering section. 60 sq m of wall surface.
Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery (< 1 mile)
Carlisle
Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery Discover, explore and enjoy award winning Tullie House, where historic collections, contemporary arts and family fun are brought together in one impressive museum and art gallery.
Carlisle Castle (< 1 mile)
Carlisle
Carlisle Castle With a new exhibition, a programme of guided tours, a picnic area, a unique gift shop and being so close to Hadrian's Wall, the castle makes for a full family day out. Plus Cumbria Military Museum.
Bitts Park (< 1 mile)
Carlisle
Bitts Park Putting Green and Crazy Golf, Maze, children's play areas and Pirate Ship sand play area. They also have a seasonal FunSplash water splash park and more so it's a proper day out.
Aztec Soft Play (< 1 mile)
Carlisle
Aztec Soft Play Their 3D play frames have been expertly designed to meet the different needs of children from 0 to 12 years and offer a safe, healthy environment to play, develop and explore.
Magic Castle Adventure Playground (1 miles)
Carlisle
Magic Castle Adventure Playground Under-fives have climbing frame, ball pond, rockers, sit-and-ride toys; five to 10-year-olds have large ball pool, two slides, a tunnel slide, climbing tunnels, rope bridge and bouncy castle
AMF Carlisle (1 miles)
Carlisle
AMF Carlisle Kids love bowling, and if they are under 6 they can use a ramp and gutter guards. Great family fun!
Eden Rock (1 miles)
Carlisle
Eden Rock is an indoor climbing centre catering for kids' birthday parties and have kids' clubs running every day of the week. It doesn’t matter if they haven’t climbed before; our fully qualified instructors will supervise the whole session; so you can just sit back and enjoy a coffee.
Walby Farm Park (3 miles)
Carlisle
Walby Farm Park is the all weather attraction near Hadrian's Wall! Cumbria's Large Visitor Attraction of the Year 2013 . Just 4 miles from Carlisle, you'll find Cumbria's largest indoor play area, exciting outdoor play areas, lots of animal friends and a nature trail.
Solway Aviation Museum (6 miles)
Calisle
Solway Aviation Museum A fascinating collection of aviation items from WW2 through to the 1960. Real aircraft you can climb aboard and explore. Learn what about the daily lives of children during WW2, and use our interactive computers to see and hear the story of Britain's Space programme.
Talkin Tarn Country Park (8 miles)
Brampton
Talkin Tarn Country Park Ancient woodland and gentle meadow intersected with easy access walking routes. A permanent orienteering course and numeracy trail are available for self led activities.
Gretna Greens Famous Blacksmiths Shop (9 miles)
Gretna Green
Gretna Greens Famous Blacksmiths Shop Visit the famous Blacksmith's Shop where couples could elope to be married on the sly, a place steeped in exciting and romantic history. Play areas, some animals and other ways to let off steam are also available.
Rookies Adventure and Soft Play (11 miles)
Wigton
Rookies Adventure and Soft Play Soft adventure play with features like Aerial Runways, a 30 foot, three-lane astro Tiger Slide and super Ball Cannons. There is a separate Toddlers' Play Area with a great Toddler Car Track.
The Devils Porridge Exhibition (11 miles)
Eastriggs
The Devils Porridge Exhibition This amazing exhibition tells the story of the Greatest Munitions Factory on earth, when volunteers came from around the world to make explosives together, and win a war!
Lazonby Swimming Pool (14 miles)
Penrith
Lazonby Swimming Pool Seasonal 17m by 6m heated outdoor pool offering general swimming, water polo and swimming lessons. With solar powered showers, playing field
Ullswater Steamers (16 miles)
Glenridding
Ullswater Steamers Lake cruises surrounded by some of the highest mountains and home to many different birds and animals. Come and sail with us and uncover our darkest secrets. Our Round The Lake ticket gives you time to explore, fish for tiddlers or play I spy with your free 'Sammy' guide onboard...
Greystoke and District Outdoor Pool (16 miles)
Penrith
Greystoke and District Outdoor Pool offers an open-air swimming pool, a football playing field and two children’s play areas. The open-air swimming pool opens May to September.
Newton Rigg Sports and Wall (17 miles)
Penrith
Newton Rigg Sports and Wall 10m lead wall, top roping and bouldering, suitable for older kids with supervision, subject to an assessment and induction.
Pirates of Penrith (17 miles)
Penrith
Pirates of Penrith The play area offers a separate toddler section for the under threes; a sports court for those wanting to play ball and a two level pirate ship for more adventurous play-pirates.
Eden Wall at Penrith Leisure Centre (18 miles)
Penrith
Eden Wall at Penrith Leisure Centre 8m leading walls (one overhanging by 1.5m) another with overhanging prow. An extension of Penrith's swimming pool and fitness centre rather than a climbing centre in its own right. Suitable for older children, but check in advance about age related restrictions.
Rheged (18 miles)
Penrith
Rheged Located in Europes largest grass covered building, children visiting Rheged can get creative in our pottery painting workshop or play in turrets and tunnels outdoor adventure playground. We have an indoor soft play area and the largest 3d cinema in the north west. There are childrens events every school...
Haltwhistle Swimming and Leisure Centre (19 miles)
Haltwhistle
Haltwhistle Swimming and Leisure Centre 25 metre pool with giant flume slide, dedicated learner pool and tots' paddling pool with fun toys for toddlers and babies. There is also a great adventure play area. Tickets give same day free return.
Crafty Monkeys (19 miles)
Penrith
Crafty Monkeys Come and have fun throwing paint and clay around in our pottery and craft studio. We have Potter's Wheels, Pottery painting, Mosiac making and our BRAND NEW craft is Building a Teddy Bear. All parties welcome - open to all ages and abilities. No need to book, but please call in advance if there are 5 or...
Lake District Wildlife Park (19 miles)
Keswick
Lake District Wildlife Park Home to hundreds of friendly animals including traditional favorites, endangered species, birds of prey and reptiles. A great deal is under cover including play areas so rain need not spoil your visit!
The Gincase Farm Park (19 miles)
Silloth
The Gincase Farm Park Farm Park made up of 16 paddocks where you can see and pet familiar, rare and unusual farm animals and poultry plus a huge Play Barn with Crazy Town soft play area, Blacksmiths Shop playhouse, an outdoor Playground, an Animal Barn, a pedal go-kart track, and motorised Quad Bike track.
Wetheriggs Zoo and Animal Sanctuary (20 miles)
Penrith
Wetheriggs Zoo and Animal Sanctuary We are a small family run zoo and animal rescue centre with a wide range of animals to see including donkeys, goats, raccoons, bats, free flying parrots, reptiles, meerkats, hedgehogs, chickens and much more. Cafe and kids' playground on site.
South Tynedale Railway (20 miles)
Alston
South Tynedale Railway Preserved steam and diesel locomotives from Britain and overseas run between Alston Station (875 feet above sea level) and Kirkhaugh, following part of the old Haltwhistle to Alston branch line along the Tyne Valley in North East Cumbria.
Rock UK Whithaugh Park (20 miles)
Newcastleton
Rock UK Whithaugh Park Zip wires, low ropes courses, mountain biking, indoor swimming, and so much more: a terrific range of thrilling, bonding outdoor adventures to have as a family.
Mirehouse (21 miles)
Keswick
Mirehouse A family run historic estate with strong literary connections, acres of house and grounds to explore and childrens activities including four adventure playgrounds and nature trails.
Dalton Pottery Art Cafe (21 miles)
Dalton
Dalton Pottery Art Cafe We have everything you need to create a special piece of pottery to take home with you, in less than an hour. Choose from a wide range of glazed pots, and get painting with our special ceramic colours, which when baked, are food and dishwasher safe. Have a go at the fab Spin Art and take home a unique...
Abbott Lodge (21 miles)
Penrith
Abbott Lodge Abbott Lodge is a working dairy farm which produces over 40 flavours of homemade Jersey ice cream. Visitors can also see Jersey Cows and calves in the nearby field and kids can have fun in the indoor and outdoor play areas.
Askham Outdoor Swimming Pools (21 miles)
Penrith
Askham Outdoor Swimming Pools Two outdoor public heated pools, one for small people and the other a serious 20 metres long with a qualified lifeguard on duty. The pools are surrounded by half an acre of green space bordered by trees.
Keswick Climbing and Activity Centre (22 miles)
Keswick
Keswick Climbing and Activity Centre An Indoor Climbing wall in the lake district catering for most ages and abilities. A great way to spend the day and tire the kids out. A wide range of things to do from Indoor Climbing and Archery to a wide range of Outdoor Activities. Set in a stunning location with a great view of the mountains. Lots of...
Keswick School Climbing Wall (22 miles)
Keswick
Keswick School Climbing Wall The brand new climbing wall has over 40 top rope climbs with a height of up to 8 metres, providing climbers of all abilities with every challenge they could want. There is a large bouldering area and new for this year is a huge 45 degree Woody.
Keswick Leisure Pool (22 miles)
Keswick
Keswick Leisure Pool warm waters, wave machine and 'black hole' flume there is fun for all the family
Fitz Park BMX Track and Playground (22 miles)
Keswick
Fitz Park BMX Track and Playground Public green space with parklands, playground and new BMX track, all free to everyone.
Fitz Park BMX Track and Playground (22 miles)
Keswick
Fitz Park BMX Track and Playground Public green space with parklands, playground and new BMX track, all free to everyone.
Cumberland Pencil Museum (22 miles)
Keswick
Cumberland Pencil Museum Situated in the heart of the Lake District, it;¢ÂÂs a great all weather attraction for the whole family with lots of things to see and do. There'Âs a funky kids' art studio, the world's longest coloured pencil, and oodles of free events throughout the year too.
The Puzzling Place (22 miles)
Keswick
The Puzzling Place A fascinating, fun and social excursion into the wonderful world of optical illusion, which will leave you, quite literally, not believing your eyes! Suitable for all ages, featuring anti gravity and hologram effects plus loads more.
Keswick Treasure Trail (22 miles)
Keswick
Keswick Treasure Trail is a spy mission themed treasure hunt activity and is a fantastic way to explore Keswick whilst enjoying a fun walk in the fresh air.
Aira Force (22 miles)
Penrith
Aira Force Probably the most famous of the Lake District waterfalls, the main force falls 70 feet from below a stone footbridge. Aira Force provides a glimpse of a landscaped Victorian park with dramatic waterfalls, arboretum and rocks scenery.
Go Ape Whinlatter (23 miles)
Keswick
Go Ape Whinlatter Go Ape is the UK's No.1 Forest Adventure. Take to the trees and speed down zip slides. They’re part of an exciting course of rope bridges, Tarzan swings and crossings; all set high above the forest floor.
Lockerbie Ice Rink (23 miles)
Lockerbie
Lockerbie Ice Rink You can skate for family fun and enjoyment at public skating sessions with ice discos or you can learn the skills of figure skating with their qualified coaches.
Whinlatter Mountain Forest (23 miles)
Keswick
Whinlatter Mountain Forest Mountain bike trails, walking trails of varying difficulty, a high wires obstacle course and a super adventure playground with a climbing wall, water features, giant swings and a secret path.
Cockermouth Sports Centre (24 miles)
Cockermouth
Cockermouth Sports Centre Offering junior sports courses, football courses, climbing, gymnastics, Sky High activity camp and swimming pool.
Vindolanda (24 miles)
Hexham
Vindolanda A Roman encampment site with adjacent museum combine to make a memorable day genuinely enjoying learning! Offers a captivating insight into the garrisons of Hadrian's Wall.
Mossburn Animal Centre (24 miles)
Lockerbie
Mossburn Animal Centre Mossburn Community Farm was originally set up in 1987 to provide help for misused, abused, unwanted and neglected horses and ponies as well as young people with physical and mental problems. This original remit was later widened, and we now care for most animals (e.g goats, pigs, sheep, rabbits, guinea pigs,...
Rustys Childrens Playcentre (24 miles)
Cockermouth
Rustys Childrens Playcentre Children's indoor softplay area - awaiting more details
Jordans Jungle Fun House (24 miles)
Cockermouth
Jordans Jungle Fun House Imaginative jungle themed indoor adventure play, with lifesize animal characters and tonnes of cool features to entertain and exhaust under 12s.
Wordsworth House and Garden (24 miles)
Cockermouth
Wordsworth House and Garden Step back in time at Wordsworth House and Garden, the C18th century home of poet William Wordsworth. Hands on rooms and fun for all the family.

Thanks for all the great things to do in Carlisle with kids you keep sending in.
Now we have the easter and summer holidays fast approaching, we're trying to find the best days out and as many fun things to do with kids as possible, especially cheap and free family friendly places to visit this year - theme parks, waterparks and swimming pools, museums, indoor playcentres and softplay for toddlers, petting farms, wildlife parks and zoos, aquariums, horse riding, castles, steam railways, pottery making and ceramic cafes, roller and ice skating rinks, karting tracks, snowdomes, dry and indoor ski slopes, climbing walls, activity centres, outdoor play at the best local parks, ten pin bowling alleys and all the other best family tourist attractions, that you can visit at the weekend.

Also teachers may find the site useful for ideas for the best places to take their classes on school journeys with many historical and educational atractions listed

So, if you've been for great days out with the kids, or a school trip, which isn't shown above, just send in an email and we'll add it on so people visiting on holidays and all the other children in Cumbria can enjoy the great day out as well.



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