Summer Holiday Days Out

Make a Day of It

Make the most of your ‘staycation’ with these great days out right on your doorstep.

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Not jetting off anywhere exoctic this year? Don’t despair just yet, there’s plenty of great days out to be had where you are. Whether you’re wondering how to keep the whole family entertained over the six week holiday or just want to do something different next weekend, there’s something to make all ages glad they stayed at home. We can’t promise that the sun will shine, but you’ll definitely have a great summer.

Clay Pigeon Shooting at Westlands Country Park

In the beautiful borders of Scotland, the scenery couldn’t be more perfect for a spot of clay pigeon shooting. Suitable for all ages, the whole family can go and it’s the perfect way to blow off some steam. The country park boasts a world standard venue and uses only the best, competition level equipment. But it’s worth the road trip just for the surroundings.

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Ride on the Carlisle to Settle Railway

Enjoy a ride on the UK’s most scenic railway line. Following its recent reopening, this summer is the perfect time to go full steam ahead and take a trip from Carlisle to Settle, especially if you’ve never done it before. The remarkable landmarks and impressive Victorian architecture en route will strike a chord with all ages. From the huge stone viaducts, to the remote wayside station buildings, it’s a journey you’ll never forget.

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Open Air Theatre at Talkin Tarn

For a day out with a difference, Talkin Tarn will host a number of open air theatre events over the summer. Children’s theatre company, Blunderbus, will bring magical stories to life in the stunning surroundings of the country park. Performances include Dotty the Dragon on 27 July and A Midsummer Night’s Dream on 10 August. Bring along a blanket or low backed seating and arrive early to secure the best seats in the house.

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Carlisle City Ghost Tours

For a guided tour with a difference, Carlisle City Ghost Tours are not to be missed. As darkness falls, discover fascinating tales of murder, executions and ghostly apparitions in the heart of the great border city. The tour lasts for roughly 90 minutes and takes you through the historic streets of the city centre, from the post box outside the Old Town Hall. Do bare in mind though, this is not recommended for very little ones (under 8s). Dare you take the tour?

Tickets are available from Carlisle Tourist Information Centre on 01228 598596.

Pro Paintballing

On a rainy day, get a group of you together and head to Pro Paintball to burn off some energy. The family ran, paintballing and NERF tag site boasts a 10 acre forest with 10 different style zones and many different game types and they are open seven days a week. Each game requires a minimum of eight players, so this is ideal if you are hosting a large group or have a birthday coming up over the summer.

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Ullswater Steamers Pirate Day

Setting sail on the Ullswater Steamers is a great day out any time over the summer, but budding seamen won’t want to miss the Pirates By Day event on Wednesday 23 August. Join the pirate crew onboard a 90 minute adventure across the high seas from Pooley Bridge Dock at either 11am or 2.30pm. Enjoy the on board games, face painting, tattoos and gold chocolate coins but it’s not all plain sailing, be prepared to battle it out with rogue pirates. Be warned, you will get wet.


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