Top things for Teens
Lake District Activities for Kids & Teens
The Alpaca tours at Lakes Distillery
Although this activity may seem like it is focused on the gin making and whisky tasting, there is actually another tour you can take that will make the animal lovers among you delighted.
The alpaca tour offered by the Lakes Distillery is a half hour long experience where you can pet, take photos and even feed the alpacas, young and old. This tour is great for anyone of any age, but as a teen its makes a particularly interesting story to tell friends and even post on social media.
While your there drop in on the Lake District Wildlife Park, which is just up the road. They have lemurs, birds of prey, meerkats and snakes available to go and see.
We have leisure centres in Workington, Cockermouth and Keswick, which offer a wide range of activities depending on what you want to do. Workington is a state of the art leisure centre which boasts a superb 25m pool, a training pool, sauna and steam-room and two multi-purpose studios with a range of fitness classes. Keswick leisure centre is more fun than fitness, with a wave pool and water slide ideal for any age.
Allerdale Borough Council are also offering the chance for children under 16 to swim for just 10p this summer at Leisure centres in Workington, Cockermouth, Keswick as well as Wigton baths in Maryport. Check with the local pool for times and further details as they vary from pool to pool. Maryport’s Wave Centre is for the climbers and cavers in the family, with Clip ‘n’ Climb and Cave at the Wave on offer.
Whinlatter Forest Park
Whinlatter is England’s only mountain forest, full of a range of different activities such as mountain biking and hiking trails full of beautiful scenery. With a café and store at the centre of the forest it has everything you need!
Go Ape, located at the visitor centre, offers teens a day of adventure with a range of different activities, perfect for an exhilarating day out.
The tree top adventure is the main attraction at Go Ape, as you walk around the tree tops daringly crossing ropes and platforms which can extend to 24 metres across the tree trunks, and zooming along zip lines 89 metres long which will guarantee to get your heart racing. Nearby Cyclewise offers bike hire for your to try out some of Britain’s best mountain bike trails.
Allerdale has many beautiful beaches, perfect for both summer and winter. Allonby beach is a go-to for a cool down over the summer, amazing ice cream, beautiful surroundings and a giant beach perfect for games, relaxation or swimming.
During winter Harrington is perfect for a windy walk along the beach, sit and watch the wave’s crash against the shore or search for crabs in the rock pools scattered across the sand.
Allerdale’s beaches are a perfect for a day out with friends, it costs nothing to pack some food, sit on the beach, catch up and make memories to look back on.
Entertainment and events
Allerdale has many different options for entertainment. In Workington we have the Plaza Cinema where all of the latest movies are screened daily.
While in Keswick there is the Theatre By The Lake for fans of live performances, there is a performance daily and many people will agree they are often amazing. There’s also the Kirkgate Centre in Cockermouth, the Carnegie Theatre in Workington.
You’re never far away from a fantastic event in Allerdale. Check out the link to our events page below, including Allerdale’s biggest and family-friendly music festival, Solfest near Aspatria.
Solway Coast AONB
For nature lovers the Solway Coast is perfect. From bird watching to cycling the Solway coast is a breath of fresh air away from the hustle and bustle of towns and crowds.
The Campfield Marsh Nature Reserve is surrounded by saltmarsh, peatbogs, farmland and wet grassland which in turn provides homes for a plethora of different wildlife that you can go and see, including ducks, geese and dragonflies.
The Solway coast is also home to a variety of birds and wild flowers which add to the beauty of the coast. If wildlife isn’t your thing then the Solway coast is also perfect for walking and cycling that can lead you to some the beautiful Allerdale views.
Allerdale's Roman past
Everyone loves the Romans and Maryport is an historic Roman town full of opportunities for history lovers. The Roman museum was originally started in 1570 by John Senhouse, who collected inscribed stones from a Roman fort and displayed them within the walls of his family mansion in Netherhall.
The museum today is now full of pieces of Roman history and is available to the public, the museum does not only offer tours of the artefacts. They also lead guided tours of the Roman fort near the museum and even the opportunity to help with the excavation at the museum to find new pieces of roman history scattered underground.
The coast is full of forts and remnants from the famous Hadrian’s Wall. The walk along the wall’s route begins in Bowness-on-Solway. Follow it to discover the wide Roman history of Allerdale as there are multiple areas on the walk that show roman forts and exquisite objects from that period of time.
Honister is full of attractions to fill a weekend with adventure – and a mine is a dry spot on a rainy day. You can climb the Via Ferrata using the original track along the steep Fleetwith Pike, but don’t worry a cable makes climbing safe and fun for everyone. The climb takes up to three hours and you don’t need any previous climbing experience to participate!
Honister also offers the chance to both tour and climb inside a real mine. The experience leads people deep underground to explore the secret passages and tunnels of the mine shaft, then climb up to the roof of the mine itself and see what miners saw hundreds of years ago. The grand finale includes crossing the mountain underground and emerging to see the amazing view of England’s highest mountain pass.
The lakes in Allerdale offer some of the most spectacular and breathtakingly stunning views and all you need to do is put some shoes on and go for a walk. The paths around the lakes often have some amazing photo opportunities for you and your friends.
And you don’t always just have to stay on dry land, many lakes offer the opportunity to row a boat across the lake or even canoe, but when it’s sunny you can always just dive in! After a day out and about enjoying what the lake has to offer you can always relax at a local cafes and restaurants for a well-deserved cake or ice-cream.
Food and drink
Allerdale is full of unique and tasty restaurants and cafes, from big brands to local businesses there is something for everyone’s taste buds. The Fairydust Emporium in Silloth is one of many weird and wonderful cafes in Allerdale, giant cakes and mugs full of your favourite drinks, paired with the beautiful storybook décor makes this café a definite place to visit while in Silloth.
If cafes aren’t your style, twice a year Cockermouth transforms into a food lover’s dream, Main Street is taken over by dozens of stalls full of food from all corners of the world, it’s the chance to taste, buy, and even cook some of your old favourites and some new discoveries.