Family summer fun at Wray Castle

Children running in the Wray Castle grounds, Cumbria

Playful days are what the summer is all about and here at Wray Castle we’ve got lots to keep the whole family entertained.

Take to the water

The whole family can try their hand at sailing on England’s largest lake with these fun taster sessions.  Taking place every Tuesday and Thursday during the summer holidays from 24 July to 30 August. See the event listings for more information. (Sailing for adults and children or children only)

50 things self-led activites

Whether you’re building a den, skimming a stone across Windermere or making a daisy chain on the west lawns; tick off a few items from your 50 things list during your visit.

Family dressing up

Our fancy dress outfits come in all shapes and sizes so choose your character and become a princess, knight, king or queen for the day!

Other fun stuff

Inside, build your own castle with our giant foam bricks while little ones will love exploring the Peter Rabbit Adventure. In the castle grounds there are miles of lakeshore paths to wander on or just unpack the picnic and take in the picture-postcard views.

Upcoming events

The great Wray Castle drawing challenge

Thu 21 Feb 2019
10:00-17:00
Dramatic views, gothic details and natural wonders – there’s lots to sketch at Wray Castle, as the young Beatrix Potter found. Can you complete all of the drawing challenges?

Landmark in the landscape

Thu 21 Feb 2019
10:30-11:15
This 45 minute outdoor guided tour takes in the theatrical architecture of Wray Castle together with its picturesque setting.

Upping sticks at sixty

Thu 21 Feb 2019
11:00-11:15
This 10 minute talk introduces the Dawsons, a middle class couple from Liverpool, who built Wray Castle and made a new life in the Lake District.

The survival of Wray Castle

Thu 21 Feb 2019
12:00-12:15
A 10-minute talk explaining the journey this extraordinary building has been on; from family home to institution to public place.

Reading Wray Castle

Mon 25 Feb 2019
11:30-11:45
This 10 minute talk will equip visitors with the skills to understand the architecture of Wray Castle - inside and out.

Sky of birds and paper meadow

Sat 02 Mar 2019
10:00-16:00
During the weekends of March, drop in and help us celebrate the arrival of spring with this creative activity.