Family time this Easter at Allan Bank and Grasmere

Enjoy a day of picnicking inside or out, board games, dressing up, crafts, and outdoor fun at Allan Bank. Or celebrate the joys of spring with daffodils in Dora’s Field, a walk along the lakeshore, or bird watching around Grasmere.

Draw, paint and craft

Thanks to generous donations from James Cropper PLC our arts room is well stocked with card and paper. Combine that with the homely welcome of Allan Bank, a view to be inspired by, a natural garden full of wildlife and all the pens, pencils, and paints you need, and you've got somewhere for all the family to get stuck in and create and craft to your hearts content.

From the 30 March, you can come and create your own Easter cards or animal pompoms. All crafts are free with admission.

Spot a red squirrel

Head to the study and pick up a pair of binoculars to see if you can spot one of our furry red squirrel on one of the feeders or scampering about on the lawn. We work hard to make Allan Bank their ideal home spending over £900 on feed every year.

While exploring, the little cheeky chaps have been hiding eggs for an Easter trail around the grounds; can you find all their clues to win your Cadbury's chocolate prize? The Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt takes place from Friday 19-Monday 22 April, 10.30am-4pm. £2.50pp (admission applies).

Billie buzzard’s Wild Garden Trail

Every day excl. 19-22 April , 10.30am-4pm, free with admission
Billie Buzzard is soaring overhead, floating on the breeze and watching all the comings and goings of the Allan Bank woodland garden. Can you find all the creatures that Billie Buzzard can see? Solve all the clues to win your prize. 


At any time during your visit to us, you’re welcome to help yourself to tea and coffee from the kitchen – available on donation to keep Allan Bank here for the future. We don’t serve food but we do offer a perfect picnic spot, indoors and out. So bring something along with you or pick something up from one of the many cafés or shops in the village and head up to us to enjoy your lunch with a view. This is a very homely National Trust experience in the Lakes. 

Dogs on leads and muddy boots are always welcome at Allan Bank.

Daffodils at Dora's Field in Rydal in the Lake District

Daffodils at Dora's Field 

This semi-open woodland, renowned for fine displays of bluebells and daffodils, was once owned by William Wordsworth. Were these the inspiration for his famous poem?