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Magic fills the air as summer turns to autumn in the Lake District. The landscape changes from green to gold. Woods that line the iconic Lakeland valleys put on a truly spectacular display and the low autumn light and hanging mists are a sight not to be missed.

Whether you’re 9 months or 9 years old, the changing Lake District countryside is spellbinding. And there’s a bumper-packed events calendar of spooky Halloween fun and good old-fashioned outdoor adventure to be had. From conker hunting to puddle jumping, here’s our line-up of some of the best things to do with kids in the Lake District this autumn.

Glow Forest Trail, Grizedale Forest

Forestry England have been working for 100 years this year to preserve and protect the UK’s precious public forests, of which the Lake District is home to some of the very best. So, for autumn 2019 there’s a raft of events going on in two of the Lake’s most famous forests, Whinlatter just outside Keswick and Grizedale near Coniston. There’s no better place than the treetop canopy to take in the rusting autumnal tree displays, and GoApe at Grizedale is a perfect day out for families with older children. For our younger visitors, toddlers and school children alike, there’s a wonderful new surprise arriving at Grizedale and Whinlatter Forests this autumn – Shaun the Sheep! Yes, Forestry England have a brand-new partnership with Aardman Animations and have created an exciting interactive ‘glow trail’ with a digital app that is arriving at both Lake District forests this October. As well as finding glowing animated sheep hiding amongst the trees this autumn, at Whinlatter’s Dodd Wood lookout for our native red squirrels at this time of year also. You may hear them up above gnawing on beech and pine nuts, dropping shells down from the treetops.  Also, look out for the new Shaun the Sheep film Farmageddon that is out 18 October, this year.

Whinlatter Forest Park is a short drive west of the market town of Keswick in the North Lakes. Browse our collection of Keswick Cottages here.

Grizedale Forest lies between Coniston Water and Lake Windermere, easily accessible from both. Browse our hand-picked collection of Coniston Cottages and Windermere Cottages.

Walby Farm Park, Eden Valley

Two weeks of Halloween fun arrives at this popular north Lake District farm park, from 17th – 31 October.

There’s all the usual outdoor farm fun including some new outdoor slides, as well as a superb large indoor soft play area. And for half term, the farm park has lots of extra spooky activities, including free pumpkin picking and a new interactive Halloween show for 2019, featuring Camilla Collywobble and Bertha Bumfuzzle, who are witches on a mission.

Hill Top, Sawrey

‘Samuel Whiskers’ children’s trail’, running over October until Sun 3 November

This half-term attention turns away from our much-loved blue-jacketed rabbit, Peter Rabbit, to another countryside creature, also adored by the famous Lake District author, Beatrix Potter. Do you know what creature Samuel Whiskers is and who is Anna Maria Whiskers is? Well for this autumn they have made themselves quite at home at Hill Top house and garden. Follow this special Samuel Whiskers children’s trail around the garden and houses at Beatrix Potter’s former home, Hill Top to discover where Samuel and his family are hiding. We wonder what other special creatures from the Tales of Peter Rabbit you’ll find too.

Take a look at our stunning self-catering cottages located in Hawkshead, Sawrey and Lakeside.

The Addams Family at Zeffirellis Cinema, Ambleside

Release date, 25 October

The big screen and glitz of the Lake District’s leading independent cinema, Zeffirellis, is a sure way to chase away any grey half-term clouds that roll temporarily over. ‘Angry Birds 2’ featuring Nicki Minaj and ‘Ugly Dolls’ featuring Pitbull and Kelly Clarkson both will deliver on light-hearted fun with lots of music. And to get you and the family in the Halloween spirit, hang out with the kookiest family of all in the first-ever animation of ‘The Addams Family’, out for half term on 25 October this year. You’re sure to come out of this film with fingers clicking to this iconic Halloween theme tune.

Muncaster Castle

Friday 25th, Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th Oct, Thursday 31st Oct, Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd Nov.

This Halloween visit one of the most haunted castles in the Lake District, Muncaster Castle and you’ll be in for plenty of trick and treats. From a ‘Scary Maze’ for over 12s to their fun Ghostly Grotto, with lantern making, drumming workshops and face-painting, all ideal for younger witches and vampires.

Inside Muncaster Castle, things get a little more frightful with a ghoulish castle tour performed with the University of Cumbria Performing Arts as well as lots of witchery-pokery, including spells, potions, charms and folklore. As long as you get your tickets booked in advance, you’ll be in for high-class Halloween drama at Muncaster Castle this half term.

Brockhole on Windermere

Halloween activities arrive from 24 to 31 October

Brockhole on the shore of Lake Windermere can be accessed by via Windermere Cruises and is one of the most popular family-friendly day trips in the Lakes. For half-term, as well as their superb outdoor children’s play area (splash suit needed for younger children), this half term Brockhole have a seasonal ‘Ghoulish Scavenger Hunt’ over their 10 acres of formal Lakeland gardens, with plenty of options for puddle splashing and mud play.

As well as breathtaking autumn reflections on the waters, this October half term Lake Windermere has a jam-packed events calendar taking place all-around her mesmerising shore. From broomstick making at Wray Castle to ‘Witches & Wizards’ aboard Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway, find out more about the Halloween and half-term events within a hop of Windermere Cruises here, all aboard for half term fun.

Harry Potter fans can read our series of themed blog posts, such as Potions and Treats, here on our blog. Explore the Lake District’s top castles with our Guide to Lake District Castles and discover the wild side of the region, with Lake District’s Beasts and Where to Find Them.

October half term is an excuse to enjoy the Lake District in her finest season. The Lake District in her autumn outfit is a place of sheer spellbinding beauty. There are so many simple pleasures to be had, from wrapping up warm and crunching over leaves on a woodland conker hunt to foraging for brambles and returning to your cottage to make a delicious blackberry and apple pie. We still have availability for October half-term holiday cottages. Call us on 015394 88855 between 9:30am and 5:30pm to book your October half-term break in the Lakes.