Things to do this February Half Term

Have a Day Out to Whinlatter Forest

Spend a day in Whinlatter Forest, England’s only true mountain forest near Keswick. Hire bikes from Cyclewise Whinlatter or walk one of the waymarked trails. For older children seeking something more adventurous there is  Go Ape Whinlatter with zip wires, Tarzan swings, rope ladders and a variety of obstacles and crossings. The Whinlatter WildPlay trail is for children of all ages. There are 9 different play areas laid out ina  trail though the forest and include a climbing wall, water features, giant swings and a secret path. For younger children there is a new Zog Activity Trail - head on an exciting forest journey with Zog and his friends! Follow the trail markers through the woods to find familiar characters from the story, collect stars as you learn like Zog did at dragon school, and complete interesting challenges along the way.

Take in a Show at Theatre by the Lake

Keswick’s local theatre is taking the hard work out of half-term and helping parents entertain the kids over the holiday week. The  week kicks off with Giddy Goat on Sun 17 February in the Main House. Kids and families who love music can take part in Keswick Music Society’s family concert. Telling the tale of Giddy, the mountain goat who’s afraid of heights, the concert features a sprinkling of audience participation and inventive musicianship which families and friends of all generations will enjoy. The Gingerbread Man, a sweet treat of a show is in the Main House on Wed 20 & Thu 21 February.  Next up is the nation’s favourite grumpy ginger cat Sourpuss, who visits the Studio on Thu 21 and Fri 22 February. There's story-telling in Bairden on Friday 22 February. On Sat 23 February Theatre by the Lake hosts Brainiac Live!, Science’s greatest and most volatile live show, perfect for inquisitive little ones aged 6+ who love experimenting.  

Take in a Film at the Keswick Alhambra Cinema

A trip to Keswick Alhambra Cinema is the perfect way to spend the afternoon. Enjoy the Lego Movie II, the long awaited sequel with or without the children. Also showing at the Alhambra is Stan and Ollie, Mary Queen of Scott's and Don Quixote Royal Ballet, Cervantes’s story of the bumbling knight Don Quixote which has inspired countless artistic interpretations.

Take a Trip to Rheged

Visit the new exhibition at RhegedComics: Explore and Create Comic Art . With an eclectic mix of original, iconic comic art alongside work by current children’s comic creators, this colourful and interactive exhibition will delight the whole family! The exhibition will immerse young people and comic book fans of all ages in the stimulating and imaginative world of children’s comics before providing them with an opportunity to create their very own settings, characters and stories using playful props and costumes.

Enjoy a Pram Friendly Walk  

This pram friendly route takes you through the woods as far as Calfclose Bay and then returns via the lakeshore. There are a few tree roots to negotiate along the way but nothing an all terrain pram couldn't handle. The woods are a great place for games of hide and seek. Don't forget to take a bag to collect things like pine cones along the way. Feeding the ducks and skimming stones are always popular activities. It's a bit cold for paddling at this time of year but splashing in the lake even in wellies is great fun. Just before getting back into Keswick town centre Hope Park offers traditional games such as crazy golf and pitch and putt and Cafe Hope where you can enjoy refreshments in or outside the cafe or take away. More info and download route.

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