Trotters World of Animals (3 miles)
Trotters World of Animals
Trotters World of Animals - home to hundreds of friendly animals including traditional favorites, endangered species, birds of prey and reptiles. A great deal is under cover so rain need not spoil your visit...
Cockermouth Sports Centre (4 miles)
Cockermouth Sports Centre
Offers climbing opportunities to older children when supervised. Up to 7m block with stone inserts and enhanced structural wall.
Rustys Childrens Playcentre (5 miles)
Jordans Jungle Fun House (5 miles)
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 (5 miles)
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.
Whinlatter Mountain Forest (7 miles)
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.
Go Ape! Whinlatter (8 miles)
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.
Keswick School Climbing Wall (9 miles)
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.
Lake District Coast Aquarium (9 miles)
Lake District Coast Aquarium
45 carefully themed and informative aquatic displays + Adventure playground, radio controlled boats and mini golf.
West Coast Karting (9 miles)
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.
Cumberland Pencil Museum (9 miles)
Cumberland Pencil Museum
Situated in the heart of the Lake District, itâÂÂs a great all weather attraction for the whole family with lots of things to see and do. ThereâÂÂs a funky kids' art studio, the worldâÂÂs longest coloured pencil, and oodles of free events throughout the year too.
Keswick Climbing and Activity Centre (9 miles)
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 places to go for a walk whilst your kids are having the time of their lives. Or join in!
The Puzzling Place (9 miles)
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.
Rookies Adventure and Soft Play (9 miles)
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.
Keswick Leisure Pool (9 miles)
Keswick Leisure Pool
warm waters, wave machine and 'black hole' flume there is fun for all the family
Funtastic (11 miles)
10,000 square feet of play time, with ball cannons, a daring 9m slide, and all the classic indoor features we all know and love.
Eclipse Leisure Centre (12 miles)
Eclipse Leisure Centre
Family friendly tenpin bowling plus laser tag, American themed Bar, video games and more.
Monkey Madhouse (13 miles)
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.
Cumbria Kart Racing Club (13 miles)
Cumbria Kart Racing Club
Try Out and training for novices ages 7 and a half to 16 years old, after which they are free to hire the karts for proper sessions.
Honister Slate Mine (14 miles)
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 tyrannosaurus Rex was to stride the land.
Ullswater Steamers (17 miles)
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 (17 miles)
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.
Jungle Jacks (17 miles)
Located within Whitehaven Sports Centre. Bright, safe and colourful adventure soft play for under 10s. Creche also on site.
St Bees Beach (17 miles)
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.
Billy Bears Fun Centre (17 miles)
Billy Bears Fun Centre
For under-sixes, climbing frames, bouncy castle, slides, cars, baby walkers. Small and friendly
Aira Force (18 miles)
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.
Magic Castle Adventure Playground (18 miles)
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 (18 miles)
Kids love bowling, and if they are under 6 they can use a ramp and gutter guards. Great family fun!
Aztec Soft Play (19 miles)
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.
Bitts Park (19 miles)
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.
Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery (19 miles)
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 (19 miles)
Carlisle Castle is still a sight to behold. William Rufus founded it in 1092. It's had a few famous guests in it's time, including Mary Queen of Scots who was imprisoned here.
The Sands Centre (19 miles)
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.
The Devils Porridge Exhibition (19 miles)
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!
Newton Rigg Sports and Wall (20 miles)
Newton Rigg Sports and Wall
10m lead wall, top roping and bouldering, suitable for older kids with supervision, subject to an assessment and induction.
Rheged (20 miles)
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 holiday such as bushcraft, gardening, cooking and theatre productions.
WWT Caerlaverock (21 miles)
1,400 acres of wetland nature reserve on the Solway Firth. Winter home to thousands of swans ducks and geese. Summertime trails, meadows, Natterjack Toads, Barn Owls etc. 20 hides, 4 towers, heated observatory and visitor centre. Guided walks and special events.
Pirates of Penrith (21 miles)
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.
Caerlaverock Castle (21 miles)
Visitors to this quintessential stronghold can enjoy a siege warfare exhibition, a children's adventure park and a nature trail.
Eden Wall at Penrith Leisure Centre (21 miles)
Eden Wall at Penrith Leisure Centre
offers 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.
Thanks for all the great things to do in Sunderland 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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