The Easter holidays have begun! It's a great time to visit the Lake District: the spring flowers have finally emerged, the lambs are skipping in the fields and the longer, brighter days make for wonderful long adventures on the fells. It’s also when the local attractions really step it up a gear, putting on extra activities and things to do for locals and visitors alike. Here’s a selection of what’s on offer over the 2019 Easter break:
Easter at Whinlatter, near Keswick
Family Orienteering Competition
Daily, throughout Easter
A chance to exercise your legs and brain! Whinlatter provides a beautiful woodland walk, and this year visitors can take part in a 1.4km orienteering course with a series of questions to test your family’s knowledge. Can you get the highest score? Maps are £2 and available from the Visitor Centre.
Following on from the popular Gruffalo Trail, Julia Donaldson fans can now search Whinlatter for her beloved character, Zog. 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. Activity packs are available from the Visitor Centre for £3, featuring fun activities and a Zog mask.
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Easter Activities at Rheged, Penrith
Build Your Own Bunny
17th April, 11 am and 1pm
Build your own super cuddly 16” bunny! Fill your bunny making sure he/she satisfies the cuddle test, make a wish on a heart or star and put it in your bunny and then use fabric decorating techniques to create a t-shirt for your new friend. You will also receive a special bunny birth certificate.
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Teddies Go Free, Ullswater Steamers
Daily until 22nd April, 2019
Rupert, Pooh and co travel free alongside their human friends when they ride an Ullswater "Steamer" this Easter! That’s right, every child travels free when accompanied on-board with their teddy and an adult with a valid Cruise All Piers pass. There’s also a Teddy Trail - pick up your teddy sheet from Glenridding and follow the trail along the Ullswater Way between Glenridding and Aira Force. Make sure to share your pictures of your day using the hashtag #TeddyFest!
Cadbury’s Easter Egg Hunt in Association with The National Trust
Of course, Easter wouldn’t be Easter without a good helping of chocolate! This year, Cadbury’s have teamed up with the National Trust in locations across the UK, leading Easter egg hunters to delicious chocolate treats! The mischievous Cadbury’s bunny has been leaving clues throughout the Lake District, including Derwentwater in Keswick, Buttermere and Grasmere. Trails cost £2.50 to enter. Happy Hunting!
Easter Egg Hunt - Packhorse Court, Keswick
Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st April
There are plenty of eggs to be hunted down in Keswick! On Easter weekend, Packhorse Court shopping centre is hosting a free Easter egg hunt. The shops will all have a letter in their windows that make up a word - simply complete the wordsearch form and hand them in at any of the shops. On Easter Sunday at 4pm, ten lucky winners will be drawn and will win an Easter Egg!
Packhorse Court has some lovely independent shops, such as the Keswick Cheese Deli and Alexandra’s Clothing. If you like a spot of shopping, have a look at our Guide to Shopping in the Lake District and find a wonderful cottage nearby.
Keswick Parkrun and Junior Parkrun
Whether you feel the need to burn off those eggs or not, you can’t beat a morning run in the fresh Cumbrian air! Keswick Parkrun is a free, friendly 5km run open to runners of all abilities. Held every Saturday at 9am, the route takes joggers along the old railway path and is completely off road, offering great views of the River Greta. By Keswick standards, the run is relatively easy going on a mostly flat path. However, there’s a chance to get those lungs working at the inclining boardwalk bridge – this segment raises some healthy competition on Strava!
Come Sunday, it’s time to step aside and cheer on the little ones in the Junior Parkrun. This 2km run takes place at 9am and is open to children aged 4 to 14. Afterwards, Fitz Park is a lovely area to spend a few hours, with its large play area, outdoor gym and proximity to the Keswick Museum.
Easter at Jennings Brewery, Cockermouth
Friday 19th April 7pm-10pm
Saturday 20th April, 10am-4pm
If the thought of a tasty, locally brewed beer excites you more than chocolate eggs, then raise your glass to this Easter event by Jennings! Located at their Cockermouth brewery, enjoy a lively open mic evening on the Friday from 7pm, followed by a jam-packed Saturday that features an outdoor bar, mini farmers market and tours of the brewery. Entry is free and there’s plenty for kids to do, too, including games and face painting. Cheers!
If you love beer and breweries, make sure you read our guide to Lake District Breweries.
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Herdy Hunt at Brockhole, Windermere
Daily until 28th April
Here’s an Easter hunt with a Cumbrian twist…
Brockhole are also running daily drop-in art sessions for children until 28th April, between 2pm-5pm, £2 per child. A chance to paint one of those hidden Herdys!
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The Ever-Changing Forest at Hayes Garden World, Ambleside
Daily between Saturday 30th March & Tuesday 23rd April (Closed Easter Sunday 21st April).
If you have a little one who loves fairies, dinosaurs or nature, then they will love this unique experience! Based at Hayes Garden World in Ambleside, The Ever-Changing Forest follows a magical journey through the four seasons. Help the fairies find their shadows or track the dinosaur footprints. Name the lambs in spring, then enter the Secret Garden door to the summer seaside. Step onto the pier to fish or dig for hidden treasure on the beach. Stroll over the Autumn leaves helping Sammy Squirrel collect her treats before entering a snowy winter wonderland. Afterwards, relax in the sensory room before enjoying snacks in the Woodland Café. Visitors even get to take a gift bag home with them as a keepsake!
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