Things to do with the kids in Cumbria this week from fairground to zoo

Congratulations! You’ve made it to the summer holidays halfway mark.

If you’re running out of ideas of things to do, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered/

We’ve rounded up a selection of things happening across Cumbria and the Lake District in the coming week, including theatre productions food festivals and even bat spotting.

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Taste of the Sea, Maryport

August 14 and 15.

The seafront near Maryport Harbour
The seafront near Maryport Harbour
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Be one of the first to attend Cumbria’s newest food festivals this weekend – Taste of the Sea, Maryport.

Enjoy food stalls scattered across the town, big producers’ markets, expert demonstrations, beer tents, hot food courts, children’s entertainment, live music, comedy and much more.

Children will love a go on the fairground that will be open throughout the weekend, and the whole family can try some of the food on offer – from Japanese dumplings and Jamaican street food, as well as a few culinary delights for the dogs too.

It really will be an event for everyone to enjoy.

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Free creative sessions at Tullie House

Crafts at Tullie House
Crafts at Tullie House

From storytelling to narwhal making it’s time to take a journey under the sea with Tullie House this week.

Embrace your child’s creative side by taking them along to one of the museum’s craft workshops throughout the summer.

This week there’s the opportunity to make cardboard squids, under the sea stained glass and a paper plate narwhal. Don’t miss the storytelling sessions every Monday, and discover the fishy tale of Tullie’s largest resident, Driggsby, the fin whale.

There are five workshop booking slots to choose from and all creative sessions are free with every adult admission to the museum.

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Bats and Brownies at Matterdale

August 14

Chocolate brownies and a night under the stars – does it get any better than that?

For a memorable summer experience head to Racy Ghyll Farm in Matterdale this weekend, home to well-known Lake District farmer and author James Rebanks and his family, for a night like no other.

Armed with specialist bat detectors, you’ll be taken on a mini expedition to discover the secret world of this nocturnal mammal as the sun sets over the farm. You’ll hear, and see, the ultrasonic echolocation of bats as you attempt to spot them with your own eyes.

How do you prepare for an adventure like this? With delicious hot drinks and locally sourced brownies.

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The Three Inch Fools: The Miraculous Adventures of Robin Hood, Lowther Castle

August 11

The Three Inch Fools: The Miraculous Adventures of Robin Hood, Lowther Castle
The Three Inch Fools: The Miraculous Adventures of Robin Hood, Lowther Castle

Hear the legendary tale of Robin Hood in a live theatre production as The Three Inch Fools bring their infectious energy to the beautiful setting of Lowther Castle.

For one night only, you’ll witness five actors, with all manner of musical instruments, struggle to remember Britain’s best-known folktale. This performance will be packed full of fast-paced drama, musical accompaniment, plenty of costume changes, and imaginative storytelling in a show that’s fit for all the family.

In true Cumbrian summer style, this outdoor performance will go ahead come rain or shine – so as well as cushions and camping chairs, be prepared with warm coats, waterproofs and suncream too. Picnics are welcome too.

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South Lakes Safari Zoo, Ulverston

Brave enough to spend a day amongst some of the world’s rarest and most endangered animals? Then it’s well worth a trip to South Lakes Safari Zoo.

South Lakes Zoo
South Lakes Zoo
(Image: Hollie Gordon Photography)

As well as lions, tigers, leopards and jaguars, this top visitor attraction has added four more new habitats this year.

In the Lemurs of Madagascar habitat, you’ll come across one of the 13 baby lemurs born this spring, as well as four different free-roaming species. Other new habitats are home to lynx, red pandas and humboldt penguins.

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