Save £££s at top family days out in the North West
The Rum Story Museum transporting you back to 1785 and the story of Rum, with sights, sounds and smells from its Caribbean origins, on the Slave Ships and to the shops and cottages it would have bought and consumed.
St Bees Beach The beach is a magnificent shingle with dozens of varieties of rock sloping down to good red sand. Safe for swimming but no lifeguard cover. Terrific new adventure playground too with play galleon and more!
The Beacon This is a large museum next to the harbour and has changing exhibitions and activities for children. Several floors to explore, with amazing views from the top. Discover the Sellafield Story; explore the history of the area, and more.
Jungle Jacks Located within Whitehaven Sports Centre. Bright, safe and colourful adventure soft play for under 10s. Creche also on site.
Monkey Madhouse A bright, colourful and safe environment for the kids to run themselves ragged on the custom equipment. Suitable for 0 to 10s, Height Restriction 1.40 metres.
Eclipse Leisure Centre Family friendly tenpin bowling plus laser tag, American themed Bar, video games and more.
Quasar Eclipse Played in an immersive and atmospheric arena, this is a mix of tag with hide and seek played with infra red laser phasors! Loads of fun, zero contact. Plus bowling and arcade!
Funtastic 10,000 square feet of play time, with ball cannons, a daring 9m slide, plus all the classic indoor play features.
West Coast Karting Karting is for anybody so long as you're aged 8 or above! They even have a kart dedicated for the disabled. Ideal for building coordination and confidence. Give your child the edge when older.
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.
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.
Lake District Coast Aquarium A well stocked aquarium showcasing the Cumbrian coastline, plus cool adventure playground, radio controlled boats, 14 hole mini golf and educational displays in the Wild Solway Centre.
Cockermouth Sports Centre Offering junior sports courses, football courses, climbing, gymnastics, Sky High activity camp and swimming pool.
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!
Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway Runs for seven-miles from the coastal village of Ravenglass through two of Lakeland's 'loveliest valleys' to Dalegarth station and visitor centre in Eskdale.
Honister Slate Mine The tour shows the current workings of the mine and how a mixture of modern and traditional methods is still extracting the slate which was forming some 400 million years before dinosaurs, plus Award Winning miner climbing experiences.
Honister Via Ferrata Follow in the footsteps of world war soldiers and munitions men up a series of metal cables, rungs, ladders and bridges that will offer you sights only the birds usually get! Available in standard and extreme versions and 7 times higher than Big Ben!
Muncaster Castle 70 acre garden for the kids to run wild in. Hawk and Owl Centre with 2 brilliant daily flying displays. Indoor Meadowvole Maze, playground, cafe andÂ shops and events programme. Historic Haunted Castle!
Go Ape Whinlatter The UK's No.1 Forest Adventure. Award winning outdoor adventure activities. Families and friends can enjoy a day out like no other. Fly down zip wires, leap off Tarzan Swings and tackle obstacles whilst enjoying some of Britain’s most breathtaking scenery.
Lake District Wildlife Park Over 24 acres with over 100 species to visit, from from Anacondas to Zebras! A great deal is under cover including play areas so rain need not spoil your visit!
Mirehouse is a historic estate with house and grounds to explore plus an amazing 4 separate playgrounds and oodles of nature trails! Epic!
Cumberland Pencil Museum Situated in the heart of the Lake District, a great all weather attraction for the whole family with lots of things to see and do. Funky kids' art studio, the world's longest coloured pencil, and free events throughout the year.
King Kong Climbing Centre A new climbing centre with several types of wall, including those for beginners to expert, plus an Ice Wall. Indoor Caving, Hard and Soft Play areas. Outdoor courses including Ghyll Scrambling and Outdoor Climbing available too.
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.
The Keswick Spy Mission Treasure Trail Let the kids get some fresh air and burn off their excess energy on the self guided Keswick Spy Mission Treasure Trail. Explore Keswick and try to crack the code by solving the answers to the clues along the route.
Fitz Park BMX Track and Playground Public green space with parklands, playground and a cool new BMX track, all free to everyone! With loads of features and space to spare this is a fab and flexible day out with the kids!
Keswick Climbing Wall Boasting over 40 top rope climbs up to 8m high, plus large bouldering area. Parents get trained to belay so you can stay involved! Also offers outdoor sports sessions like kayaking. archery and high ropes course: loads!
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.
Threlkeld Quarry and Mining Museum With above and below ground railway rides and tours, mineral panning, museum exhibits and impressive vintage machinery to look at, there's plenty for everyone to do. Open Easter through October.
Cumbrian Heavy Horses BHS and TRSS approved, this is the UK's only specialised Heavy Horse Riding establishment. Farm Rides, Fell rides, beach and trail rides; beginners welcome but no lessons.
Dove Cottage and Wordsworth Museum Take a tour of Dove Cottage, home of Wordsworth, and take a look around the Wordsworth Museum and Art Gallery with special exhibitions and hands-on family activities.
7stanes Dalbeattie Family friendly mountain biking trail with a wide range of gentle to exhilarating rides and with a skills and warm up area plus local bike hire.
Rufty Tuftys closed temporarily due to flooding
Ambleside Climbing Wall Indoor climbing for most ages and all abilities, specialising in bringing new climbers into the sport through expertly instructed Adult Taster Sessions and Super Fun Kidsâ Sessions. Situated in the Heart of the Lakes and at the Centre of Ambleside youâll never be stuck without something to do.
Galloway Wildlife Conservation Park A varied collection of nearly 150 animals from all over the world can be seen within the peaceful and natural settings where the woodland has been tailored to provide large and imaginative enclosures.
Grizedale Forest Waymarked walking and bike trails taking you to outstanding view across the fells scattered with it's famous outdoor sculptures and with a high wire adventure course and adventure playground also on site.
Windermere Lake Cruises Magnificent views of mountain scenery, secluded bays and the many wooded islands as you sail by. A wide range of trip types available from 45 minutes up to 48 hours!
Go Ape Grizedale The UK's No.1 Forest Adventure. Award winning outdoor adventure activities. Families and friends can enjoy a day out like no other. Fly down zip wires, leap off Tarzan Swings and tackle obstacles whilst enjoying some of Britain’s most breathtaking scenery.
Go Ape Tree Top Junior A fun filled experience of canopy exploring, trail blazing and obstacles for all to enjoy. You'll take on crossings over trails and finish with one awesome zip wire.
Brighouse Bay Trekking Lessons from 7 plus, Weenie Rides from 5, starter and walking treks from 8 years, plus fast and beach hacks, and own a pony days.
Wray Castle Fantastic fare for the imagination, a turret and tower style castle whose empty rooms are filled with period dress up supplies, mini castle building kits and the new Peter Rabbit Adventure rooms! Plus you can arrive by boat and explore the grounds too!
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.
Brockhole Lake District Visitors Centre On the shores of Windermere this visitors centre has loads to do outdoors and indoors with an Adventure Playground for 5-14 year olds, a Treetop Trek and Predator Park wildlife experience, Indoor Soft Play and Creativity Space and extensive gardens and lakeshore.
Treetop Nets and Treetop Trek offer amazing adventures in the treetops, with no need for a harness. Giant netted trampolines, walkways and tunnels suspended above the ground. For ages 3 and up, so all the family can play!
Predator Experience Not a falconry centre, and are not open to causal visitors. They specialise in pre-booked interactive experiences for the adventurous of spirit, and those who are just fascinated by birds of prey!
The Cocoa Bean Company A unique and interactive experience for children that is truly unforgettable! Under supervision kids from 2+ can forge their own chocolate creations and then enjoy the play areas.
Caerlaverock Castle Visitors to this quintessential stronghold can enjoy a siege warfare exhibition, a children's adventure park and a nature trail.
Windermere Quays Marina on Windermere offering private boat hire, half day family cruises and with Quayside Kids Soft Play area within the restaurant for when you want to relax.
The Fun Factory Bowness Loads of fun and exercise with all the modern classics like mega slide and ball lagoon with everything one would expect in between. Parties too and great views of Lake Windermere from the cafe.
Bowness on Windermere Treasure Trail There’s more to Bowness on Windermere than first meets the eye! Get out and explore it on this treasure hunt themed Treasure Trail and see what you can discover!
Thanks for all the great things to do in Whitehaven 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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