Our December round up of festive events in Cumbria…

We love welcoming families to Beech House Holidays and have lots here to keep kids entertained. Christmas time in Cumbria and the Lake District, however, offers up a whole new raft of experiences for kids to be inspired by. Here are our top picks for experiences that are…

 

Theatrical...

The Theatre by the Lake in Keswick is situated on the beautiful shores of Derwent Water, and has an inspired programme of Christmas shows. For young kids, Snow Play is a highly interactive and super Wintery extravaganza - kids can help the actors build a giant snowman and have a snowball fight in a theatre experience like no other.  This year, the theatre’s main play for the Christmas season will be The Secret Garden. This stage adaptation of the classic children’s book will transport the audience on a journey of discovery and rebirth, through the changing seasons of a garden and the girl who tends it.

 

Magical...

Lowther Castle is pulling out all the stops for Christmas this year and offering everything from wreath-making workshops and late night shopping events, to a gingerbread man trail and festive treats in its gorgeous cafe.  Families can spend the day looking for clues on the treasure hunt before claiming their prize of a home-baked gingerbread treat and play on The Lost Castle adventure playground then retreat to the cafe for hot chocolate and mince pies.  An idyliic Christmassy day out!

 

Historical...

Muncaster Castle and the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway have teamed up to showcase both historic attractions as part of their day-out event, ‘Festive on the Wild Side’. Begin at Muncaster Castle, which dates back to the 13th Century, where the rooms and gardens will be fully decked out in Christmas decorations. The kids can explore the frosty castle grounds and the MeadowVole Maze before tucking in to lunch (included in the ticket price). In the afternoon, head over to the Hawk and Owl Centre for a thrilling bird of prey display and then catch the steam train from Ravenglass. The train will ascend through the wintery landscape up to Eskdale, where visitors can expect to be served mince pies and mulled wine.

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