Summer holiday fun at Allan Bank

It’s all about the outdoors this summer at Allan Bank. With plenty of space to run wild and explore then relax with a picnic, it’s the perfect place for summer holiday fun. Are you coming out to play?

Get set, go! 

From 19 July pick up a Get set, go activity card and create your own adventure this summer. Will you roll up to the coconut shy, challenge the family to an egg and spoon race or grab a racquet for a game of badminton? It’s up to you how you play this summer. Little explorers can head along the woodland trail and discover our natural play area- it’s a great place for a game of hide and seek.

Picnic with a view

We don’t serve food but we do offer plenty of perfect picnic spots. 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 views of Grasmere Lake.

See what’s buzzing in the kitchen garden

Step into the kitchen garden and discover how our gardeners are working to make it into a haven for bees, butterflies and other pollinators and get some tips on how you can do the same at home. Nature craft bags are available to buy for £2 so you can continue your adventures at home.  

Spot a red squirrel

Keep your beady out for all the wildlife that calls Allan Bank home. Will you spot a woodpecker, a red squirrel, bugs and beetles or something else? Allan Bank is a great place to see our native red squirrels. . See if you can spot one of our furry red squirrels 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.

Three Big Heads

While our focus is very much on outdoor fun at the moment, we are able to welcome a limited number of people to wander through the ground floor of the house for a chance to get a glimpse of our Three Big Heads installation celebrating former residents – Trust co-founder Hardwicke Drummond  Rawnsley, poet William Wordsworth and mountaineer Samuel Taylor- Coleridge. Wander through to see three giant charcoal portraits drawn straight onto the walls of the house by local artist, Sarah Jackman and look out over the views that inspired these three amazing people