Places to go and things to do in Cumbria this summer - for £25 or less

The Dinosaurs Encounter exhibition at Rheged
The Dinosaurs Encounter exhibition at Rheged

A guide to the best days out and activities that you and your family can enjoy in Cumbria for £25 or less this summer

What: Watchtree Nature Reserve
Where: Great Orton
When: daily
Price: Free - bike hire and events at a cost (see below)
TELL ME MORE: Free to go (although donations are gratefully accepted). You can hire bikes for a small fee (£8 for non-members) or go for a free walk around the paths and walkways. Dogs welcome on a lead. Enjoy a cuppa in the cafe!

  • August 12: Water Beetle Session - £4 for non members - 10.30am
  • August 17: Bat Walk - £4 for non members - 7pm
  • August 26: Walking Theatre ‘Treasure Island’ - £18 per adult for non members and £13 for under 16’s - 4.30pm

What: Meet the Alpacas
Where: The Lakes Distillery, Setmurthy
When: Saturdays and Sundays only at 2.45pm and 3.15pm - each visit lasts 30 minutes
Price: £9 per person with under eights going free
TELL ME MORE: Go in the field to meet the alpacas, feed them, take pictures with them and ask as many questions about them as you like. Plus you may get to meet the baby alpacas (crias).

What: Warty Wednesdays
Where: Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
When: Drop in between 11am and 3pm every Wednesday during the summer holidays
Price: Free - parking charges apply
TELL ME MORE: Become a Gruffalo Nature Explorer to discover the secrets of the deep dark wood.

What: Dumbledore and Horniegoggle
Where: Wordsworth House and Garden - Cockermouth
When: July 23 & 30, August 6 & 20
Price: £21 - family or £8.40 for an adult, £4.20 for a child
TELL ME MORE: Hunt for wild words and wonderful creatures in the house and garden – and get some tips on how to turn your own backyard into a nature haven.

What: Tullie House
Where: Carlisle
When: Activities throughout summer
Price: Free - £6.50 depending on activity
TELL ME MORE: Visit Carlisle’s museum for a selection of free drop-in events and the Roman themed festival.

  • July 22: Roman Pottery – design and make your own Roman pot – Free
  • July 25: Mosaic Tiles – design and make your own colourful tiles – Free
  • July 28 & 29: Roman Takeover Weekend – chariot racing, Roman treasure hunt, gladiator training, make Roman crafts, sample Roman foods 10am – 5pm - £6.50 per child, under 3’s free and adults free with one paying child)
  • August 1: Roman Smelly Bags – Use a selection of Roman herbs and material to make a sweet smelling herbal bag
  • August 3: Roman Engineering – test Roman engineering skills by designing and building your own invention with lollipop sticks
  • August 5: Roman Puppet – make your own no-sew puppet with felt
  • August 8: Window mosaics – design your own to display at home
  • August 10: Make your own Roman Shield using embossing metal
  • August 12: Make your own Roman Oil Lamp with clay
  • August 15: Make your own Beans and Lentils Mosaic
  • August 17: Make your own roman sword
  • August 19: Make your own roman coins with clay
  • August 22: Contribute your own design o a large scale group art work
  • August 24: Make your own jewellery beads with clay
  • August 26: Make your own jewel encrusted amulet
  • August 29: Design your own Roman helmet
  • August 31: Using card and glitter, make your own Roman serpent bracelet
  • September 2: Make your own Roman hobby horse

What: Ullswater Steamers – Kids Club
Where: Ullswater
When: The dates this offer is available on are: 28th July, 4th Aug, 11th Aug 18th Aug, 25th Aug and 1st Sept (only in 2017).
Price: Child must present a Kids Club Membership Card and be accompanied by a full paying adult to receive free entry. One free child entry per full paying adult (£6 – £14.20 depending on journey).
TELL ME MORE: Let the kids hop on board for free every Friday during summer if you sign up to the Kids Club Membership Card! If you don’t already have a Kids Club Membership Card, sign up below and one will be sent to you.

What: Talkin Tarn – A Midsummer Nights Dream - Live Theatre
Where: Brampton, Carlisle
When: 10/08
Price: Adults £10, Children £5, Family £25
TELL ME MORE: Midsummer night. An enchanted forest. Puck and his musical fairy band tell a tale of lovers, mechanicals, and magical mayhem. The Pantaloons make their much-anticipated return to Shakespeare with this timeless comedy – told, as ever, in their own distinctive and anarchic style. All performances in the open air – bring something to sit on and a picnic and dress for the weather!

What: Rheged – Dinosaur Encounter
Where: Rheged, Penrith
When: Until September 8
Price: Adults £6.50, Concessions £5.50, Children (16 and under) £5, two and under free
TELL ME MORE: Join an adventure through dusky prehistoric landscapes and marvel at moving, roaring dinosaurs in a jaw-dropping exhibition from the Natural History Museum – Dinosaur Encounter!

What: Crafty Monkeys – Pottery Painting
Where: Penrith
When: School holidays - Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm, Sunday 11am- 4pm (last entry an hour before closing)
Price: £7.50 (other activities cost more)
TELL ME MORE: Visit Crafty Monkeys Pottery Studio for hours of creative fun, perfect for all the family whether you are young, or young at heart. There is a range of hands-on activities for all ages and all skill levels, so there really is something for everyone.

What: Laser Quest
Where: Carlisle
When: 11am-9pm during summer holidays
Price: £4.95 per game
TELL ME MORE: Great for a rainy day inside for 7 years and over! Laser Quest is the exciting, interactive, adventure game of laser tag set in a thrilling sci-fi world.

What: Tiny Town
Where: Carlisle
When: 7 days a week, play sessions at 9.30 - 11.00am, 11.30 - 1pm, 1.30 - 3pm, 3.30 - 5pm – pre-booking advised
Price: Mon-Fri, weekends and school holidays £5 per child (admission includes 2 adults)
TELL ME MORE: Ideal for younger families from one-tos-even years, Tiny Town is a unique children’s role play centre. Offering a range of events during summer including meet and greets with some of the most lovable characters.

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