Summer Holiday Ideas!

With school out for the summer, and the cost of living crisis on everyone’s mind, the pressure to ‘do something fun’ with our children can feel a little overwhelming. Here at The Hiking Household we know only too well how difficult it can be to fill the days with your children so we have listed a few events below that are happening this Summer in Cumbria! 

To access the full description of each walk, or activity, then please click on the title where you will be redirected to the events website, or booking page. 

Tullie House:

Every Saturday during the summer holidays:

  • Family crafts, drop in 1-4pm for a different arty craft every single week. This summer all family crafts are completely free, so you don’t even need museum admission. Just turn up.

Every Monday during the summer holidays:

  • Roman Day and dress up, 10am-4pm (included in admission)
  • Storytelling, 11am (included in admission) 
  • Magic show, one hour, £8 (£4.50 for annual ticket holders). 11am on the 24th July, 31st July, 28th august, 4th September.

Every Tuesday during the summer holidays:

  • History themed crafts, drop in 1-4pm (free)

Science Show: 25th July & 29th august, 2pm-3.30pm. Paid event, tickets required.

Every Wednesday during the summer holidays:

  • Tullie Toddlers, 10am-11.30 (free).

Paw Patrol: 26th July, 11am and 2pm. Paid event, tickets required.

 Every Thursday in the summer holidays:

  • 1-4pm nature themed craft drop offs (free).

Every Friday in the summer holidays:

  • 10.30-12pm: secret garden outdoor fun (free).

4th-13th of august: paid event. Bouncefest. One hour slots to book, inflatables and pop up cafe for adults.

1st august and 5th sept: paid event: science workshop.

19th august: family silent disco 2-4pm

22nd august: paid event, RagTag theatre show.

Click here to be directed to the Tullie website to see all family events this summer.

Library Events throughout Cumbria:

Summer Reading Challenge:

 Various pop up events throughout the county at many libraries, free crafts. Drop in, no need to book. Head to the Cumbrian Libraries page on Eventbrite to find out more click here.

There’s also sporty fun drop in’s, football reading games, rhyming/poem drop in’s all at various libraries across Cumbria. Check out the eventbrite for exact times and dates.

Liz Million local author is also hosting some drawing tutorials throughout the summer, please note these are free events but bookable so please do check Eventbrite to book your free tickets.


Outdoor Theatre Events

Various outdoor theatres throughout the summer: these are all paid events and tickets are required.

Talkin Tarn:

Alice in Wonderland: 24th august 7pm

Lowther Castle:

10th august Robin Hood 5.30pm

Ford Park, Ulverston:

Bad Dad, David Walliams. 2.30pm 26th August

Appleby Castle:

Sense and Sensibility, July 27th.

Peter Rabbit, August 2nd.

Wind in the Willows, 25th August.

Theatre by the lake performances (indoor):

18th and 19th august: Moomins

23rd and 24th august: Roald Dahl

30th august: Seedheart


Cumbria Wildlife Events:

  • The Dock Museum, Barrow: Bee and Butterfly Day, 26th July 11am-3pm.
  • Talkin Tarn, 28th and 29th July. Festival of Nature. Drop in event midday onwards. Arts, crafts, walks, family games and much more
  • Staveley Woodlands, 28th July, 9.30am-12.30pm. Family Woodland Crafts
  • SeaFest West Cumbria’s Festival of the Sea. 29th July, St Bees, 10am-4pm. 
  • Barrow Badgers Wildlife Watch Group – Rockpooling.  9:30am – 11:00am
    Earnse Bay , Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria. For children aged 6-12.

    To view all of the fantastic events Cumbria Wildlife Trust are offering this summer please click here.


Bitts Park

  • Race For Life: 30th July, Bitts Park. Race for Life events throughout the day: 3k, 5k, 10k, pretty muddy kids. Click here to sign up.
  • Junior Park Run, every Sunday 9am at Bitts Park. Free event. (Please note it will not be running on the 30th July). 


Carlisle Youth Zone

  •  Various events throughout the summer. See here for more information.


English Heritage 

  • Roman Falconry at Birdoswald Roman Fort. 12th and 13th of August. Free for English Heritage Members. Click here for more details.
  • Birdoswald: Hail Hadrian, family event. 19th and 20th of August. Free for English Heritage Members. Click here for more details.

To view all of the family events English Heritage are offering this summer please click here.

Rookery Wood, Keswick

  • Adventure Fest: Play area, den building, zip line and much more. 13th august, £5 for child free for adult. Click here to book. 

Keswick Museum:

Various events throughout summer, including family crafts, river talks and exploration. Click here for a full round up, you can also see their Eventbrite page here.

The Dock Museum, Barrow-in-Furness:

Various events throughout summer, including family crafts, science shows and Festival of the Sea. Click here for a full round up of the activities on offer.


We hope that this blog has provided your family with plenty of family friendly fun days this summer!