Half-term guide: what's on in Cumbria
The final half-term holiday of the school year is upon us, which means that there isn't too long to wait until the big summer break.
But before that, there's still so much happening across Cumbria, from outdoor adventures to indoor activities.
Here's our guide to some of what's coming up this half-term.
- Lake District Paddle Boarding, Keswick, presents its annual Stand Up Paddleboarding festival, which is all about the paddleboarding, getting together with other paddlers, and new paddlers, camping, hanging out, eating and drinking.
- a traditional magic lantern show in the Old Laundry Theatre studio, Bowness, where Beatrix Potter tells her own story, from childhood onward, discovering herself as an illustrator, story writer, biologist, conservationist and farmer.
- returns to Ulverston for the fourth year, and there is more happening than ever before. One of the highlights of this two-day extravaganza will see the Sir John Barrow Monument turned into a Michelin-starred restaurant.
- RSPB Leighton Moss, near Silverdale, offers an opportunity to try out binoculars, telescopes and digiscoping and receive impartial advice.
- at Lowther Castle and Gardens, a week of whimsical fun gives visitors a chance to catch a glimpse of the magical world where the little people dance and play. Make your own wand and head dress and take part in other activities in the Wonderland Workshop, or follow the Fabulous Fairy and Plucky Pixie Trail through the enchanted gardens.
- the popular event is back at Hutton-in-the-Forest, where visitors to this stunning historic house, near Penrith will be treated to displays of classic cars, light commercials, motorcycles and classic Land Rovers, as well as an exciting auto jumble and a host of trade stands.
- at Brockhole, near Windermere, meet sugar gliders, baby guinea pigs, fluffy chicks, lizards and baby owls and have the opportunity to handle them.
- at Muncaster Castle and Gardens, families can enjoy the ever-popular event, culminating in the International Jesters Tournament on the final day. There’s plenty to keep you occupied, including circus and ukulele workshops, walkabout comedy, bands and orchestra, face painting, archery, chainsaw carving and Meet the Ancestors with Wild Dog Outdoors.
- the World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, Bowness, hosts a scrumptious party lunch with your favourite Beatrix Potter character, Peter Rabbit.
- at Kirklinton Hall and Gardens, Magical Mel and her troop of fairies and elves will allow families to trip down to see her in her glen, whilst also enjoying lots of activities, stalls and food.
- join the National Trust for free crafting at the Dock Museum, Barrow, exploring the heritage of Fell Foot Park using natural resources. This pop-in workshop runs from 11am, with final participants joining in at 3pm.
- Wordsworth House and Garden, Cockermouth, will put the seal on a great Whitsun holiday, as visitors taste flowers and touch bugs with some guidance from a costumed servant, just as the young Wordsworths would have done. Sessions run at 11.30am and 2.30pm both days.
- the fabulous new book by Steven Lee is brought to life at Rheged, near Penrith, with magic designed by TV legend Paul Daniels. Tom is a toddler with a cool older brother, a secret dragon, and a dribbling problem that just won’t stop.
- the inaugural festival features 23 guided walks of varied difficulties and events in and around Kendal. Each walk is guided by a walking enthusiast from one of Kendal’s many walking groups who’ve offered their expertise because of their love of Kendal and its surrounding area.
- at Eycott Hill Nature Reserve, near Penrith, celebrate the start of the month-long nature challenge at this family fun day and get some fantastic ideas for Random Acts of Wildness.