Best Things To Do & Days Out In Cumbria

Here at Day Out With The Kids we've found 200 fun things to do in Cumbria for you and the family to discover. Popular towns and places to go include Carlisle, Kendal and Penrith. What's more, the weather shouldn't be a problem – 117 of the attractions are indoors. Finding the right Cumbria day out for your family is easy – simply explore the links below or use the filters at the top of the page to plan your next adventure.

Want to know what to do with the nature lovers in your family? Walk on the wild side and visit our Animals listings for zoos, safari parks and wildlife parks. Or are you looking for nearby places to visit in Cumbria with a culture vulture? We've picked the best children's museums, discovery centres and historic locations in the Sightseeing section.

If you're after a big day out during the school holidays, we can tell you where the nearest theme park, water park or ski slope is. For quieter days near home in term time, we can help you find the best soft play, leisure centre or pottery cafe.

For teachers planning the next class trip, many places are educational and suitable for all ages, from babies and toddlers to teens. Never be stuck for what to do with the kids again!

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Gisburn Forest and Stocks

  • Clitheroe
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Gisburn Forest, in north east Lancashire, in the heart of the Forest of Bowland AONB, is a great place for mountain biking with 4 fantastic cycling t...

Tower Knowe Visitor Centre

  • Kielder
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Tower Knowe Visitor Centre is a great place to discover the rich history of Kielder Water and Forest Park, with an interesting interactive exhibition...

Garstang Mystery Treasure Trail

  • Garstang
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Gold jewels and doubloons  If those sound like your bread and butter, you’re needed on the Garstang Mystery Treasure Trail. You and your crew of pint...

Brighouse Bay Trekking

  • Kirkcudbright
  • Outdoor
  • Horse Riding and Stables

Brighouse Bay Trekking offer trekking, hacking and tuition on a variety of well mannered mounts. Lessons are available from 7 years upwards on trustw...

Ellisland Museum and Farm

  • Dumfries
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Love literature? Follow in the footsteps of the National Bard Robert Burns and visit his countryside home - Ellisland. Explore the 18th century farmh...

Vue Cleveleys

  • Cleveleys
  • Indoor
  • Cinemas and Theatres

Let your imagination run away for a couple of hours and go anywhere you like, really we do mean anywhere! Jump into movie magic at Vue Cleveleys, whe...

Raby Castle

  • Darlington
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

Every single one of the atmospheric rooms in Raby Castle, from the magnificent Barons' Hall to the Mediaeval Kitchen gives fascinating insights into...

Childrens Corner Cleveleys

  • Cleveleys
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Childrens Corner There's been a Kiddies' Corner on the promenade at Cleveleys since 1961 and generations have grown up with fond memories of enjoying...

The Cocoa Bean Company5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(2)

  • Twynholm
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

The Cocoa Bean Company is a interactive, child friendly workshops, kids make and decorate chocolate slabs, marshmallow treats and shaky shape animals...

Kielder Water and Forest Park

  • Kielder
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Get in touch with your wild side at England’s largest forest - Kielder Water and Forest Park! You’ll have the chance to explore 5 walking and 7 cycli...

Fylde Society of Model Engineers

  • Thornton Cleveleys
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Railway and Transport Attractions

Fylde Society of Model Engineers The St Georges Sports Field and sports centre cater for a variety of popular team and individual sports. The Marsh M...

Air Skate Park

  • Cleveleys
  • Indoor
  • Ice Skating and Rollerskating

If the old ‘adage’ is true and heaven really is a halfpipe, then Air Skate Park is bound to be a pretty dreamy day out for your little skate stars! T...

YMCA Bowl

  • Thornton Cleveleys
  • Indoor
  • Ten Pin Bowling Alleys

Hit a strike at YMCA Bowl!  Everybody loves a good game of bowling so get the whole family to The Fylde Coast's newest 10 lane, 10 pin bowing alley....

Allensford Country Park2.5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(2)

  • Consett
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Allensford Country Park ticks all the boxes for a simple family day out: children's adventure playground with a range of cool equipment? Check. Picni...

Lochhill Equestrian Centre

  • Castle Douglas
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Horse Riding and Stables

BHS approved Lochhill Equestrian Centre was established is set in beautiful countryside and offers a wide range of equestrian services for all abilit...

The Bike Place in Kielder

  • Kielder
  • Outdoor
  • Cycling

The Bike Place in Kielder is an excellent place to visit if you want to go biking through the wilderness with family and friends. There are a variety...

Kielder Observatory

  • Kielder
  • Indoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Do you ever stare up at the stars at night and wish you knew more about the depths of space. Go investigate at the Kielder Observatory gives anyone t...

Kielder Castle Visitor Centre

  • Kielder
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Kielder Castle Visitor Centre is now home to a variety of exhibitions to enjoy, but it used to be the hunting lodge for the Duke of Northumberland. T...

7stanes Ae

  • Ae
  • Outdoor
  • Cycling

With Scotland's shortest village name, Ae is only 20 minutes from the M74 motorway in Dumfries and Galloway...But ride its trails and you will think...

The Heritage Centre at Bellingham

  • Bellingham
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The Heritage Centre at Bellingham Families with young children are especially welcome at the Heritage Centre, Bellingham. As well as viewing the disp...

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