Affordable family fun for all this half term in Cumbria – all while leaving the car at home

The long bank holiday weekend is almost upon us and with the half term here too, families will be looking for things to do to keep the children entertained.

Here in Cumbria, it’s fair to say you’ll never be stuck for ideas when it comes to family fun. But with the Queen’s Jubilee fast approaching there are even more activities going on to celebrate.

We’ve pulled together a list of things for you to do to keep all the family entertained, all while leaving the car at home and hoping on the nearest bus.

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Ullswater Steamers

Bus route: 508

Ullswater Steamers are one of the Lakes’ most iconic attractions and have been running cruises on Ullswater for more than 160 years, offering an unforgettable experience for eight miles through expansive vistas of Cumbria’s highest mountains. And you can save money on your visit with Stagecoach’s bus and boat tickets.

Ullswater Steamers
Ullswater Steamers
(Image: Ullswater Steamers)

Visit www.ullswater-steamers.co.uk

The Keswick Spy Mission Treasure Trail – The Perilous Pencil Plot

Bus route: X4, X5, 78, 555

Can you solve the clues to prevent criminal mastermind Dr Leadfinger from destroying Keswick’s Graphite Mine? Take part in this self-guided spy mission on a 2.5-mile walking trail round the town, suitable for everyone aged six and over.

Visit www.treasuretrails.co.uk

Pongo’s Party, The Old Fire Station, Carlisle

Bus route: 61, 61A, 62, 62A, 67, 104, 300

On Thursday, June 2 have a fun, musical, interactive adventure down on Marty MacDonald’s Farm with the ever-popular children’s show Pongo’s Party, featuring the voice of Justin Fletcher (aka Mr Tumble) from CBeebies as Pongo the Pig. It’s Pongo’s birthday… but no one seems to have remembered.

Pongo’s Party, The Old Fire Station, Carlisle
Pongo’s Party, The Old Fire Station, Carlisle

Visit www.ofscarlisle.co.uk

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, Carlisle

Bus route: 61, 61A, 62, 62A, 67, 104, 300

At 10pm on June 2, the city will be joining in the commemoration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with the lighting of a beacon at Carlisle Castle, one of thousands across the UK. There will be musical performances and the castle will be floodlit.

On June 5, local organisations hold a special celebration in Bitts Park from 10.30am with a family film show, the Big Jubilee Lunch and live-stream coverage of the Jubilee Pageant.

Visit www.discovercarlisle.co.uk

Cumbria’s Military Festival, Carlisle Castle

Bus route: 61, 61A, 62, 62A, 67, 104, 300

Celebrate the county’s military history on June 3 and 4 with re-enactments from the American War of Independence and Napoleonic eras, military vehicles, a focus on the Border Regiment and talks by guest speakers.

Cumbria’s Military Festival, Carlisle Castle
Cumbria’s Military Festival, Carlisle Castle

Visit www.cumbriasmuseumofmilitarylife.org

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Tea Party, Workington

Bus route: 30, 50, 52

On June 4 Vulcan Park will bring the community together to mark the Queen’s Jubilee with a day of entertainment from 10am to 4pm. Bring a picnic and enjoy the line-up of bands plus market stalls, face painting, children’s entertainment, a companion show, and a hat parade.

It follows the lighting of the Duffield Beacon in the park on June 2. Visit www.allerdale.gov.uk

For all bus times visit Stagecoach’s website.

Lancs Live – Cumbria