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What’s on in Cumbria this February half term.

With Christmas a distant memory, and February fast approaching, families will once again be turning their attention to the school February half term. We caught up with Laura Earl, Cumbrian mum to four children and the founder of The Hiking Household, to gain insight into how she plans on spending the holiday and what’s on offer here in Cumbria.

I can’t quite believe the first half term of 2024 is here already. If, like me, you have children in need of some half term fun then you will be pleased to know there are many wonderful family friendly activities happening around Cumbria this February half term. There are … What’s more all the activities mentioned below are accessible by using Stagecoach buses, if you have been following our family for a while you will know how much my children LOVE a bus journey. So why not leave the car behind this half term and hop on the bus? You will be surprised how much little ones love a bus journey and it saves worrying about where to park the car too!

Brewery Arts, Kendal 

Bus route: Multiple services in Kendal

Bus Stop: 10 minute walk from Kendal Bus Station

 This year the Brewery Arts have two fantastic family friendly shows on offer:

Alice in Wonderland (3+)

10th February, 14:00. Box Tale Soup invite you down a rabbit hole this half term into a timeless world of wondrous fantasy. No matter how young or old, everyone will be hooked on the magic in Wonderland.

 Morgan & West’s Massive Magic Show (4+)

16th February 13:00 and 16:00. Morgan & West are back with an incredibly witty magic show for kids, and their childish grown ups! Expect gasps and laughs in this funny and fantastical magic-filled extravaganza. A perfect way to spend the day with your children.

 More details on both shows can be found here.

Theatre by the Lake, Keswick

 Bus route: X4, X5, 554, 555, 78

Bus Stop: Keswick Bus Station

 The Three Little Pigs (recommended for ages 3-10)

17th and 18th February 11:00 and 14:00. Stuff and Nonsense once again present a joyful retelling of a classic tale. Told in a unique style with mesmerizing puppets it is sure to have the whole family hooked!

Find more details here.  

 Why not make a full day of it and head into Keswick after the performance? Here you can enjoy being outside and in nature. You could complete the family friendly walk of Friars Crag or head to Fitz Park where you can enjoy the delight of the children’s play area.

For more walk ideas head over to and search Keswick.

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Circus Spectacular at The Forum, Barrow

 Bus Stop: For information on buses head to and plan your route.

  16th February 15:00. The circus is coming to town! Head down to The Forum this half term to witness international circus acts, amazing magic and lots of laughs. Circus Spectacular will have the whole family laughing and cheering along.

More details here.  

Better Leisure Centre: The Sands Centre, Carlisle

 Bus Route: Multiple services into Carlisle

Bus Stop: a 5 minute walk from the Market Hall

 Swimming is a great form of exercise and is an activity that the whole family can enjoy. The Sands leisure Centre offers Family Fun Swim sessions on Saturdays and Sundays for families to appreciate. There is also the opportunity to book the sports hall to participate in a family game of badminton. Head to the website and see what is on offer this half term.

If you are not local to Carlisle why not search your local leisure centre for family game ideas. Barrow. Penrith and Workington often have plenty on offer for children of all ages.

More details here.

Carlisle Cathedral
Bus services: Multiple services into Carlisle
Bus stop: Carlisle Bus Station / Carlisle Market Hall

Just a short seven minute walk from Carlisle Bus Station you will find yourself in Carlisle’s Historic Quarter. Whilst Tullie remains closed for refurbishment until later in the summer, you can still  enjoy the delights of Carlisle Cathedral this half term. We have spent many rainy days looking up at the incredible ceiling and counting the beautiful stars. You are able to visit the Cathedral for free and pick up a free children’s trail to discover more about the Cathedral.

More info here

Workington Library

Bus services: Multiple services into Workington

Bus stop: Workington Bus Station

Just a minute’s walk from Workington Bus Station is Workington Library where you will find an array of free events from Tuesday 13 February to Friday 16 February. Your children can enjoy songs, crafts, poem writing and interactive activities. For children 7-11 years there is even an opportunity to navigate robots with BAE systems!

More info here

Step outside into nature. Countywide.

 Bus Stop: For information on buses head to and plan your route.

As we creep closer and closer towards spring why not enjoy the great outdoors this half term and explore your local area. Whether you venture into your local woods, explore a National Trust or take a family walk in your local surroundings there are plenty of adventures to be had.

If you are in need of some family walk ideas here in Cumbria head to where you will find over 200 family friendly walk ideas.

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Don’t forget to use the Stagecoach bus journey planner to find the best bus routes to get you there. All you need to do is pop a few details into the Stagecoach bus route planner to find routes, times and up-to-date service announcements –

This article was published in January 2024 and all content is true at the time of writing.

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