Your Summer Holidays are sorted with our Six of the Best!
With long days – and hopefully – plenty of sunshine, summer holidays are a magical time of year. It’s the perfect time to get the kids outside, take them away for a day out or give them an experience they won’t forget.
Total Enigma is Carlisle’s escape rooms, bring the kids and help save Professor Huggleford. The Darkside has corrupted the Professor by casting an enchantment on him, their aim is to locate the magical goblet that controls all the magic in the land and use it to open the portal to another realm. Your task is to locate this goblet before Professor Huggleford returns and create an antidote. Better hurry because time is of the essence. 7+ (must be accompanied by one adult)
The Beacon, Whitehaven
until 29 September
Experience two distinct new exhibitions from the Jorvik Group. Valhalla unpacks the Norse rites of death and the stories associated with the afterlife. See a Viking burial ship as it would have appeared in a boat-burning funeral. Heroes is an interactive experience that reveals Norse sagas that related to their settling in the UK. Cumbria boasts a rich Norse history, with numerous sites of interest, place names and instances of buried artefacts. Take a day out down the coast, you’ll love what you find.
Whinlatter Forest Park
Whinlatter Forest puts the mountain back into biking, with climbs to amazing views and rewarding descents. Gather the family, bring your friends and enjoy amazing graded mountain bike trails amidst a beautiful forest setting. The newly opened Gorse Cycle Trail is perfect for first-time bikers or young families, sticking mostly to well-surfaced forest roads, it’s wider but still gets you to the best parts of the forest. Of course, after your ride there’s plenty of walks, the treetop adventure, Segway hire and Siskins Cafe.
23 – 25 August
Give the kids a treat they will never forget before they go back to school. From walkabout artists to workshops, kids activities to kite displays, the Solfest experience is larger than life and twice as colourful. One of the pillars of the Solfest ethos is inclusivity and to that end, they have always done their best to make everyone feel welcome. That means providing an immersive, creative and joyful space for youngsters to run around, play and be themselves in. An event for parents… and kids.
Lake District Coast Aquarium
For a fun and educational day out you can’t go past the Lake District Coast Aquarium at Maryport. With daily fish feeding sessions and talks, they provide a great opportunity to see the fish while learning interesting facts from the Aquarists. With over 75 displays they are constantly looking for ways to expand. It’s ever-changing and there’s always something new to see. Always a great day out for the kids.
Tullie House are winners of the Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Award and they provide a welcoming atmosphere, first-class activities and a child-friendly menu in the restaurant. Join them for a range of interactive activities linked to the collections. This summer, discover the secrets of the fairground with exhibits designed to baffle, bemuse and bewildered at the Fantastic Fairground Factory exhibition which runs until the 6th October. Experience all the fun of the fair… and the science behind it!