Things to do with the kids at Aira Force

From exploring the woods and splashing through streams to becoming a detective, there’s nothing quite like playing outdoors and at Aira Force we’ve got the lot.

Natural play area

Relax in the picnic area just beyond the car park as the children explore the little natural play area. There are fallen trees where they can test their balance, logs to leap from or trees to climb. But don’t let us tell you how it’s done, feel free to explore and make your own fun.

Have a picnic

Sunny days are made for picnics, and at Aira Force we’ve got some fantastic spots just for that. Our favourite is the Glade because the trees of the pinetum seem even taller when you’re lying on a picnic blanket.

Bring along a quick snack or a full-on feast and roll out your rug on the shore of Ullswater or a peaceful spot in the woods, or find a seat on one of our picnic benches. Pick up sandwiches, cakes and drinks from our tea-room for a feast in a flash.

Become a squirrel detective

We are nuts about red squirrels, and Aira Force is one of the few remaining places in England where you can still see them. We love them and we’re working hard to make Aira Force their ideal home. We have over 30 feeders beside the footpaths to the falls and we spend about £1000 each year on nuts and seeds to make sure the squirrels and birds don’t go hungry.

Children can learn all about our native red squirrels with Cyril's red squirrel ramble. Follow the map and Cyril Squirrel's clues to unlock the password and become a squirrel detective, just like Cyril!  Available to buy in our shop at the main Aira Force car park.

Top Tip – the best time to spot a squirrel is early in the day when there are fewer people around.

Look out!

One stormy night, a couple of years ago, a tree fell at Aira Force causing a great landslide and taking part of the path to the falls with it. Now, thanks to generous donations to the Lake District Appeal, we have re-instated the path complete with a brand-new lookout platform. Come and see it for yourself.

Arrive in style

We’ve partnered up with Ullswater Steamers to provide a whole new way to experience Aira Force and Ullswater. You can now sail from Glenridding to Aira Force. This is the ultimate day out, with a walk up to the waterfall and lunch at the café, before walking back to Glenridding, or heading back on the boat.