Half Term Activities That Won’t Break The Budget

It’s the first half-term break of the year for school children and for many parents the thought of entertaining the kids for the week can be daunting.

However, parents don’t need to worry. We have put a helpful list of things to do with a bus stop close by.

Families can get out and about in Cumbria for just £2 (for a single journey), thanks to the £2 ticket scheme Stagecoach is running through the half-term break.  

The £2 fare is part of The Department for Transport’s new nationwide scheme which sees fares capped at £2 (for a single journey) until the end of March 2023. 

Here are just a few of the fun things you can do:

Brewery Arts Kendal – Groove Baby Presents: Groove Into The Woods

Bus route: Multiple services in Kendal

Bus stop: 10 minute walk from Kendal Bus Station

Family favourite, Groove Baby arrives with an exciting, jazz and funk-fuelled show, especially for little ones aged 3-7 and their grown-ups. 

Groove Into The Woods is a magical, musical, animated and live-action adventure following three friends into a fairytale forest. There they learn some important lessons about who you can trust, who your friends are, and which troll might eat you.

Specially designed to be a midpoint between a show for children and a ‘regular’ adult concert, this performance has something for everyone (in the kingdom); high-energy interactive theatre meets top-quality gig.

Groove Baby takes place on 25th February 2023 between 2.00pm and 4.00pm. 

More details here

Keswick Museum – Fitz Park I Spy Trail

Bus route: X4, X5, 78, 554, 555

Bus stop: Keswick bus station

Drop-in to Keswick museum and pick up your FREE ‘I Spy Trail’ – a great way to explore Keswick’s beautiful Fitz Park with your children, any day of the week.

Find the numbers, look around, look up high and on the ground, spot an eagle and a fountain, spy a bridge, a bear, a mountain!

There are 10 trail posts to find – when you’ve found them all, call into the museum for a prize.

Further information here

The Beacon Science Week – Gravity, forces and space- The Beacon Museum, Whitehaven

Bus route: 1, 2, 2A, 3, 3A, 29, 30  

Bus stop: Wilko, Lowther Street

Join the mad scientists as they defy gravity, shoot rockets into ‘space’ and make Oobleck dance in their science show.   After the show, you’ll get involved with one of their workshops.

The Beacon Science Week runs from February 18th to 26th, 2023 between 11.00am and 2.00pm. 

£5 per child – booking is essential.

Further details here.

Lake District Coast Aquarium, Maryport

Bus route:  30, 300

Bus stop: Curzon Street

The aquarium at Marport has more than 75 tanks housing over 2,000 residents including the shark and ray pool, shipwreck and deep reef, plus the latest SeaLab extension with microscope, lobster hatchery project, spectacular jellyfish breeding tanks and huge coral display that the kids can climb inside.

And it’s not just about aquatic life.

There’s a 14-hole crazy golf course and an adventure playground, cafe, gift and tackle shop. Further details here

Workington Leisure Centre – Swim sessions and more

Bus route: X5, X4, 29, 30,50, 51, 52 & 300 

Bus stop: Workington bus station

Workington Leisure Centre will be hosting a range of activities this February half term from February 20th to February 27th.

The leisure centre is offering 10p inflatable sessions, 10p family swim sessions, £1 climbing wall entry, £1 gym session entry (entry fees apply to both adults & children).

Further information here.

Half Term Fun at Tullie, Carlisle

Bus route: Multiple services into Carlisle

Bus stop: Carlisle bus station, West Tower Street

There’s fun for all the family this half term at Tullie Museum, with a week full of exciting events. 

King Arthur Adventure with Pyjama Drama

Join Pyjama Drama at Tullie Museum in Carlisle for a thrilling adventure with King Arthur and his quest to find a new sword! Along the way, he’ll encounter all sorts of fantastical creatures, 

including monsters, witches, and giants. Will King Arthur live up to his legendary name and emerge victorious in his quest? Find out at this interactive and immersive experience that the whole family can enjoy.

Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to join King Arthur on his journey! For children aged 3-7 years old. For further information

Your Art Space 16 – 22 February 2015, 1-4pm

Here’s a breakdown of how the week will unfold: Monday and Tuesday will focus on clay! Families will be encouraged to create amazing 3D pots and tiles, decorated with plants. Wednesday and Thursday will feature recycled objects.

Using rubbish brought from home, families will create print blocks to produce collages with plant materials.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday wrap up the week with paint and draw time. Families can choose to draw and paint plants or explore other artistic methods.

For further information

Cinders – John Peel Theatre Wigton, Wigton

Bus route: 300, 400, 554, 600

Bus stop: King Street 

A half term panto of Cinders will have the usual comedy and mayhem but with a twist.

Doors Open at 6pm for a 7pm start.  Ticket price – £5.00 – £9.00* (*booking fee applies)

More information here

Theatre by the Lake, Keswick

Bus route: X4, X5, 78, 554, 555

Bus stop: Keswick bus station

There’s lots happening at the Theatre by the Lake in Keswick this half-term, including:

The Banff Mountain Film Festival

Embark on a thrilling night of adventure with a brand-new collection of short films from the world’s most prestigious mountain film festival! The festival runs from Friday 17th February to Saturday 18th February 7.30pm. Tickets start at £15.50. Age Guidance: 12A. 

Further information here

The Adventures of the Little Red Hen – By Stuff and Nonsense Theatre Company

Making bread is hard work, but it would be a lot easier if the lazy farmyard animals got off their reclining sofas and lent a hand! Join our plucky little hen as she finds her own way to get stuff done.

An energetic adaptation of this much-loved story, featuring a breath-taking combination of brilliant puppetry, live music and unforgettable comedy.

Tue 21 – Thu 23 February | Tue 3pm; Wed & Thu 11am & 2pm. Tickets start at £12. Ages 3-10.

More information here

I Want My Hat Back Trilogy – I Want My Hat Back Trilogy – By Little Angel Theatre

Jon Klassen’s beloved books, I Want My Hat Back, This is Not My Hat and We Found A Hat, have found a new life of their own live on stage.

All your favourites including Bear, Little Fish and the Turtles will be making an appearance in this one-of-a-kind trilogy.

Fri 24- Sat 25 February | Fri 12pm & 2pm, Sat 11am & 2pm. Tickets start at £10. Ages 3-6. More details here.

Keswick Film Festival – Keswick Film Festival

Keswick Film Festival returns for its 23rd year, and runs from Thursday 23rd February to Sunday 26th February with another eclectic programme selected from the best of world and independent cinema.

Showing over 20 films, spread over 4 days and 3 venues (Theatre by the Lake, The Alhambra and Rheged) the Festival brings you the latest works from established directors, the best of new talent from home and abroad, plus their very own short film competition, The Ospreys.

For tickets and details of the full programme visit Keswick Film Festival