What's On - Half Term School Holidays in and around Keswick the Lake District

May Half Term 2022 in Keswick

Half Term Fun at Keswick Museum

Saturday 28th May

Storytelling at the Museum - ‘Under the Sea’

Join us on a journey through your imagination on a 30-minute storytelling session where we celebrate all things ‘Under the Sea’ - then a relaxed craft & creation session where you can do activities linked back to the stories you’ve heard. Suitable for children of all ages.

£5 per child, adults go free. Sessions at 11am, 1pm and 3pm, each approximately 1.5 hours. Booking required. 

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Half Term Fun at Keswick Museum

Sunday 29th May

The final Doodle Day!

FREE ACTIVITY when you visit the museum - no need to book! Visit the museum today and join us for a day of doodling - big doodles, small doodles, wiggly doodles or any doodle you like. Although our Durden exhibition is drawing to a close, its legacy lives on as you join us to explore the museum through pencils, pens, chalks and crayons within the exhibition spaces and outside the gallery walls. Suitable for all ages. Museum admission £5 per adult, £3 for children over 5, under 5s free.

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Half Term Fun at Keswick Museum

Monday 30th May

Messy Museum – the return of the LEGO!

Build, Build, Build! This relaxed and informal session sees you get stuck in with our giant collection of LEGO and Duplo to build to your hearts content. Although this session is aimed at children aged 6 and older a more relaxed Duplo space will be set up for little ones to explore if they are attending with older siblings. £5 per child, adults go free. Sessions at 11am, 1pm and 3pm, each approximately 1.5 hours. Booking required. 

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Wednesday 1st June

Music Museum - drums & percussion

Let’s get making - at Easter we made our own xylophones and guitars, and this time, it’s your chance to add some percussion into the mix! Join us for a crafty, messy, sticky, NOISY session. Suitable for all ages. £5 per child, adults go free. Sessions at 11am, 1pm and 3pm, each approximately 1.5 hours. Booking required.

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Friday 3rd June

Moving Museum – Nature Explorers

Join the museum team to make your nature explorers pack including compass, bug collector, nature scrap book and magnifying glass - then join us for a walk around the beautiful park to explore nature together. Expect to spend around 2 hours at the museum and surrounding areas. Suitable for all ages. £3 per person. 10:30am or 2pm sessions. Booking required.

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Head to the Park

We've a choice of outdoor play areas around Keswick. Fitz Park, close to the town centre, has a fantastic children's playground, outdoor gym, a multi use games area and BMX track as well as a large open recreational area. There are also grass tennis courts and a putting green. At the other end of town, close to the lake, Hope Park has crazy golf, putting, a pitch and putt course and remote controlled boats. Whinlatter Forest Park, just outside Keswick, has a wonderful adventure playground laid out as a trail through the forest where children can explore the natural environment. It includes an archimedes screw, secret doors in trees and a series of pulleys to move millions of little pebbles. Nearby at Mirehouse Historic House the grounds are home to four woodland adventure playgrounds and a heather path maze in the Bee Garden.

Go for a Walk

Take a look at our Family Walks page where you'll find a selection of routes from buggy friendly walks for young families to more challenging routes for those with older children. 

The multi-user railway trail between Keswick and Threlkeld allows families of all ages to get out together as you can use the path on foot, bike, scooter, buggy and wheelchair. There are lots of information panels along the way where you find out more about local nature and wildlife as well as the history of the railway. 

Head up to Whinlatter ForestEngland’s only true mountain forest, where you'll find walking trails of varying lengths to suit all abilities

Take a Walk on the Wildside

Take a walk with an alpaca, a unique chance to bond with one of the Alpacas as you lead them, feed them and even take them for a dip in the lake. Alpaca Meet and Greets are great for all the family, lasting around half an hour and allowing you to get up close. 

Or spend the day at the Lake District Wildlife Park - see over 100 species of wild and domestic animals in 24 acres of parkland set amongst breath-taking scenery. There are birds of prey and a rare breed farm animal collection. Play areas, picnic sites and a café make it a fun day out for all the family.

Indoor Fun

Head to Puzzling Place, a world of optical Illusions. Be amazed by interactive illusion exhibits, artwork and sculptures and see balls roll uphill in the anti-gravity room. 

At the Derwent Pencil Museum discover the history of pencil making and see the world's largest pencil. Visit Keswick Museum where you'll find digital activities and engaging exhibitions.

The Kids Hard Play Area at Kong Adventure is a great way for younger kids to experience climbing, bouldering and caving in a fun, safe environment in which they will be able to learn through play. 

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Outdoor Adventures

There are a wide range of family activities around Keswick. Whinlatter Forest is home to Go Ape, a fantastic treetop adventure where you can swing through the trees or if you’d rather stay down on the ground, you can enjoy the all-terrain Segways to explore Whinlatter forest from a thrilling new perspective. 

From Ghyll Scrambling to Indoor Climbing, Rookery Woods to Canoeing, there are lots of exciting adventures waiting for you at Keswick Climbing Wall & Outdoor Activity Centre.

Find out more about water based activities here including sailing, paddle-boarding, kayaking and canoeing. To find out more about outdoor activities around Keswick click here. 

Get on Your Bike

Cycling is a fun way to explore the area and, if you haven't brought your bike with you, you can hire one from Keswick Mountain Bikes in the town centre or from Cyclewise in Whinlatter Forest where you'll find a choice of mountain bike trails.

The pump track in Fitz Park is a very popular destination for riders from beginners through to advanced. For younger riders, just learning to ride a bike or not yet confident to go on the road, the perimeter path, which runs all way around the park, makes a great circuit. 

The Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Trail is a 10km out and back off-road route with gentle gradients. Being a multi-user trail it is great for the whole family with cyclists, runners, push-chairs, walkers and mobility scooters all sharing the space.

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