Days Out in West Cumbria

Words: Arran George, Sarah Sinclair

The days are getting hotter and the supermarket shelves are getting full up with disposable BBQ’s, summer is here.

But if the thought of endless, empty days stretching out in front of you fills you with dread, worry no more. We have made note of some fun, family friendly activities and days out in West Cumbria to keep you all occupied over the summer .

Young engineers days out with Peter’s railway – 17-18 June

Get the chance to go behind the scenes with the author of ‘Peter’s Railway’ and learn all about and ride on, a real-life steam engine train. The train will take you to to Dalegarth where you will be read a ‘Peter’s Railway’ story and receive a book that you can have signed by the author himself.

There will be two sessions per day starting at 10am and 12:30pm. Please note that this event is not suitable for children under 5.

Scruff’s Fun Dog show  Sunday 25 June

Calling all dog lovers.

As part of the Keswick Mid-Summer Festival, there will be Scruff’s Fun Dog show in Fitz Park. With classes such as Waggiest tail, Best Biscuit catcher and Best eyebrows, it is set to be furry fun for all the family. As well as the dog show, there will also be duck and sheepdog demonstrations and a Dogathon. Pop down from 11:30 to 17:00 to catch all the canine action.

Entry to the event is free and if you want to enter your dog into the competition, registration starts from 10:30 at the park; alternatively you can enter your pooch from the 1 June at Podgy Paws pet shop in Keswick.

St.Bees Beach

You don’t have to go abroad to feel the sand between your toes. Paddle in the surf, build castles and explore the rock pools right here in West Cumbria. With a large play park, Ice cream café and miles of sandy beach there really is no better place to spend a sunny summer’s day than on St.Bees beach.

Beginning of the coast to coast walk and gathering place for families for decades, St.Bees beach is an essential part of every summer holiday break.


Snakes & Ladders at The Beacon Museum  8 July – 6 September

Join a giant game of real life snakes and ladders at The Beacon Museum this summer. As part of the Snakes: Slithering into the Unknown exhibition, which will see living snakes descend on the museum, visitors are invited to play along with the Snakes and Ladders trail. The trail, which is included in the admission price will involve solving a number of clues hidden around the museum, in a bid to try and reach the top. But watch out for those slippery snakes.




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