Plan your Half Term, Halloween & Bonfire Adventures

(Photo by Mike Hilton, Tranquilian Photography)

Half Term fun in October & November

Autumn is in full swing in the Lakes, gorgeous colours and crisp blue skies (and a bit of rain, we have to admit..) If you’re planning a short break in the Lakes for half term there are LOTS of spook-tacular adventures to be had.

Brockhole Visitor Centre – next door to White Cross Bay in Windermere has a Halloween Experience between 20-31 October 11-7pm daily.


Grab your pumpkin passport when you arrive, and follow spooky trails, enjoy ghost story telling, craft-making, zombie archery and lots of other scary fun.  Follow all that with a witches brew and a green goblin cake!  There are activities suitable for 8+ and mini-Pumpkin Passport for those under 8 who don’t want to be quite so scared!

Windermere Lake Cruises have put together a fab timetable of activity around the Lake, a great way to get around and experience all the different half term happenings around Windermere? More here. 

Ullswater Steamers will be sailing around the beautiful Ullswater, surrounded by autumn colour.

The National Trust always have some spook-tacular offerings over half term:  The views and colours are spectacular, which makes for perfect outdoor adventures with the kids and lots of things on offer inside too if the weather is wet.. Besom making and pumpkin carving are firm favourites!

Wray Castle, near Ambleside:  From 20 October – 4 November, a special celebration of the links between Potter’s work, and traditional fairy tales, with the creation of an indoor forest and on Halloween itself, a story-telling session and shadow puppets from touring theatre company, the Clockwork Moth.

Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway at Newby BridgeWitches & Wizards Week  – spot the haunted carriage that has been trapped in the Haverthwaite tunnel. On board the train, there will be various Halloween themed craft activities.  Children in fancy dress and accompanied by a full paying adult will receive a free ride on the train, and free entry into the Lakes Aquarium at Lakeside. 22-26 October 2018.

Lowther Castle, near Penrith :  Lots of fabulous half-term fun: October Half Term workshops from 22-26 October, The Ghosts of Lowther on Sunday 28 October, and Bonfire Night on Sunday 4 November.  Find out more here.

World of Beatrix Potter: Bowness: On Sunday 28 October, children dressed in Halloween costume will receive free entry! (if accompanied by a paying adult) Lots of spooky crafts and activities inside.  World of Beatrix Potter

Winter Droving: Penrith:  Now in its seventh year and one of the most spectacular events of the season, celebrating Cumbria’s rural heritage, the festival harks back to the old tradition of herding farm animals over long distances to sell at market at the end of the farming year.  Five live music stages, a vintage funfair, and a food and craft market selling local produce. The annual Drover’s Cup competition occurs during the day, with events that include pint carrying, sausage eating, and egg throwing. There’s a fancy dress dog competition and the day concludes with an evening torch procession where everyone is invited to wear a mask and join in the fun.  Saturday 27 October 10am till late.

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Holker Hall, near Cartmel:   Head over to Holker for a spooky trail in the gardens, Halloween craft sessions and the Witches and Wizardry School: an interactive theatre event featuring some of Hogwart’s best known characters, and create some magical potions!.  Friday, 26th & Saturday, 27th October, 2018 (Theatre performances); Thursday, 25th & Sunday, 28th October (Halloween craft drop in).

Food!  We love food.  Everywhere you look at this time, scrumptious autumn comfort food:  Cumberland Sausage and Mash; home made damson jams; craft beers, warming hot chocolate, luscious tea and cake – wherever you go you’ll be spoilt for choice about how to indulge yourself!

Firework Displays & Bonfires – Lots on around the county – dates will vary from the Friday and over the weekend:  check them all out here. 

Extras for your visit: 

Don’t forget you can choose to add a hamper to your booking, or even Electreks electric bike hire!

Browse our autumn lodges and special offers now.