Things to do with the kids this February half-term at Allan Bank

Children painting at Allan Bank in Grasmere

Hello holiday time with the kids! Make homemade memories this February half-term with all that we have going on at Allan Bank.

Join us any day of the week from Saturday 9 –Sunday 24 February, 10.30am – 4pm, for a homely take on family fun. There’s chance to spend some unplugged family time painting in the arts room, playing dress up in the playroom, or running wild in the grounds. Muddy boots and well behaved dogs on a lead are very welcome. 

Indoors for rainy days

Thanks to generous donations from James Cropper PLC paper our arts room is stocked with card and paper so that you can get creative and even a little bit messy. With a view to be inspired by, a natural garden full of wildlife and all the pens, pencils, and paints you need, come and have a go. On Monday 18 February local artist Karen Lester will be here with a press printing workshop, where you can create your own designs to print straight onto paper. Find out more on our What’s On page

Raid the dressing up box for a new look – our playroom is full of traditional outfits such as a knight in shining armor, a queen and her lady in waiting – and keep the kids entertained for hours. 

Find yourself a board game and spread out on the floor for some traditional fun with the whole family. 

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

Outdoors for when the sun shines

Away from the traffic and any sign of a busy road, our garden and woodland are a great place to escape and run free. Throughout half-term we’ve got the Billie Buzzard wild garden trail – handcrafted willow sculptures hiding in the garden, see if you can find all the wild creatures that Billie Buzzard can see. 


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.