Half-term adventures in the Lake District

We're open for family fun this half term! Spot signs of spring on a nature trail, settle down for a picnic or dust off the walking boots for a family stroll. We've got plenty of ideas to keep the kids busy in the Lakes this half term.

Visitors enjoying the garden in summer at Wordsworth House and Garden

Latest visiting update 

Our gardens, parks, cafés, shops, countryside locations and many houses are open. You no longer need to pre-book at many places. Some still require booking ahead, so please check the property webpage before you travel.​

Children explore in the garden at Sizergh


Head to the woodland and try out the wild play area, or stretch your legs on a walk around the estate. Sizergh is home to lots of wildlife, so see how many birds, bees and butterflies you can spot as you explore. Head to the orchard to meet the chickens and honeybees there, then step inside the house to learn about Sizergh’s other residents the Strickland family, who have lived here for 800 years.

Looking for newts at Acorn Bank

Acorn Bank 

The gardens at Acorn Bank burst with colourful flowers in spring. Follow the flowerpot trail through the garden, learning the name of each plant as you go, and see if you can spot any newts in the Sunken Garden pond. Try your hand at geocaching on the estate or look out for the fairy doors throughout the woodland. If you’re visiting at the weekend, head to the watermill for working demonstrations and find out how flour is made.

Outside at Allan Bank in Grasmere

Allan Bank  

Get outdoors this half term at Allan Bank. Spot signs of spring on the nature trail and see if you can spot one of the resident red squirrels visiting the feeders. Settle down for a picnic on the lawn, challenge your family to a game of hide and seek in the woods or head to the natural play area to balance on a fallen log and get to know a tree and tick of some of your ’50 Things’ to do list.

Children running down Hill Top garden path, Cumbria

Hill Top  

Head up the garden path at Hill Top and follow in the footsteps of some of your favourite Beatrix Potter characters. Can you spot Jemima Puddleduck’s rhubarb patch? Hunt down Samuel Whiskers in rooms in the house, now open 7 days a week. Head to the orchard and enjoy a slice of cake from the pop-up cabin while you spot the sights and sounds of busy bees and butterflies enjoying the cottage garden in full bloom.

Visitors relaxing on the shore of Lake Windermere at Fell Foot, Cumbria

Fell Foot 

Take off your socks and shoes for a chilly paddle in Windermere or bring a frisbee or a volleyball and enjoy outdoor games on the lawns, followed by a picnic. Cool off with an ice cream from the new parlour or for a more substantial treat, visit on Sunday afternoon when we’ll be serving pizzas from our specially adapted Landrover pizza oven.

Children play in fancy dress at Wordsworth House.

Wordsworth House and Garden 

Step inside William Wordsworth’s childhood home and meet the maid to find out what’s cooking in the Georgian kitchen this half-term. Head into the garden’s that inspired Wordsworth’s love of nature and follow the trail to explore the nooks and crannies that William himself played in. Inside, a special exhibition marks the 250th anniversary of the original ‘wild child’ William and his sister Dorothy.

Three girls enjoying the outdoor play trail at Wray Castle

Wray Castle  

Get some fresh air and explore the great outdoors at Wray Castle. Head to the wild play area for den building and find the tree house hidden in the woods. Then tick off some of your ‘50 Things’ activities: paddle down at the lakeshore from the shingle beach and laze on the lawns for some cloud watching

People walking on the path around Tarn Hows

Tarn Hows 

Dust off your walking boots and soak up the scenery on a walk around Tarn Hows, a perfect walk for all ages an abilities. Little explorers might like picking up one of the Nature Discovery leaflets and following the trail as they go. Reward your efforts with a tasty treat from the ice-cream van in the Tarn Hows car park.

Three children  on the wooden footbridge at Low Wray Campsite, Cumbria

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Enjoy the great outdoors and get closer to nature with our list of ultimate activities for young adventurers.

 Children exploring the garden

Half term fun at home  

Delve into our garden shed of fun activities for the kids throughout the seasons. Explore things to do, games to play and recipes to bake. There's lots to do outdoors and indoors, come rain or shine