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Best family activities in Cumbria

Published on: Friday 24th March 2017

Looking for something fun to do with the family this Mother’s Day? Go Active has you covered!

The Beacon, Whitehaven

Great for the whole family

Located in Whitehaven, The Beacon is a great museum full of local history.

The beacon has four floors, with each being dedicated to a different topic, such as floor 3 which is dedicated to Copeland’s changing times, looking at how Whitehaven was transformed from a small fishing hamlet to an important port.

Full of interactive challenges and nostalgic memorabilia, your whole family will find something they enjoy.

There is even an old chopper bike, to test your fitness.

Prices vary. More information here: thebeacon-whitehaven.co.uk

West Coast Indoor Karting, Maryport

Great for the thrill seekers in the family

If you’re a family of F1 lovers, or simply looking for some light family competition, West Coast Indoor Karting in Maryport has a 520-metre course, ready to put you to the test.

With an indoor track, the Cumbrian weather shouldn’t ruin your plans.

Anyone above the age of 8 can join in and there are professional track marshals that will give a safety briefing, all equipment is provided.

There are also refreshments for all the energy you will burn.

Find more information: westcoastkarting.co.uk

Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway

Great for the outdoor lovers in the family

The Ravenglass and Eskdale railway is one of the oldest railways in England.

Otherwise known as the La’ll Ratty meaning “little railway” in Cumbrian, the train has seven stops you can get off at.

The journey is around seven miles and takes about 40 minutes with plenty of walks to keep you busy once you get off, also there is a café upon arrival.

Find out more here: ravenglass-railway.co.uk

Gincase Farm Park, Silloth

Great for the little ones

The Gincase farm park based in Silloth makes a great coastal trip for the family.

There are many animals from pigs to peacocks, and a tea room for Mother’s Day lunch.

Admission is £5.95 to the farm park and under 2’s go free.

You can also make it a beach trip, as Silloth and Allonby are just down the road.

More information: www.gincase.co.uk

Piel Castle, Barrow-in-Furness

Great for the history lovers in the family

Piel Castle is located on Piel Island, Barrow in Furness.

The fortress was built in the 14th century by the Abbott of Furness, to guard Barrow-in-Furness against pirates and Scots raiders.

Getting there is a trip itself as you access the castle from a small ferry, running from the harbour.

There are toilets and a shop on the island at Furness Abbey.

If you are looking for more information: www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/piel-castle/