Next week is Half Term, so we have rounded up some ideas to keep everyone happy and entertained. Here are some of the best things to do in the area, according to TripAdvisor.

Alpacaly Ever After in Keswick offer alpaca walks around stunning Lake District scenery such as The Lingholm Estate and Whinlatter Forest as well as Llama Treks that take you climbing up a local mountain.

The experience is rated 5 out of 5 over 1,618 reviews, one said: “Amazing experience with very friendly staff and very informative on our walk regarding the animals.”

Muncaster Castle at Ravenglass is a treasury of beautiful art and antiques, sitting amongst over 70 acres of wild, woodland gardens, famous for their collection of rhododendrons. The haunted medieval Castle is home to a Hawk & Owl Centre which offers daily bird of prey displays as well as wild heron feeding. They also have a playground, cafe, gift shops and an ancient church.

The castle is rated 4.5 out of 5 over 1,790 reviews, one said: “Amazing day out. Loved in castle and extremely atmospheric. Views were amazing and enjoyed the Birds of Prey show. Gardens were a lovely space to wander.”

The Lake District Wildlife Park at Bassenthwaite, Keswick, is home to the oldest Lar Gibbon in Europe. Over 100 species can be found across the 24 acre parkland, from Anaconda to Zebra, including Lynx, Asian Fishing Cats and Ring Tailed Lemurs. 

The wildlife park is rated 4.5 out of 5 over 1,001 reviews, one said: “Wonderful park. We visited on a beautiful, cold but sunny day and were treated to all the animals out enjoying the sun.”

Grizedale Forest offers breath-taking views, stunning artwork and endless forest trails. The Lake District World Heritage Site woods can be explored on bikes, segways, by foot or on horseback before dropping into the café. The forest also features Go Ape, an aerial obstacle course through the tree tops.

Grizedale is rated is rated 4.5 out of 5 over 1,000 reviews, one said: “Nice place to go with family. Lots to do for older children. Plenty activities and walks. A large play area.”

Furness Abbey in Barrow was founded by Stephen, later King of England. Tour the impressive remains of an 800 year old abbey to learn about the history and the hoard of medieval treasures while marvelling at the ruins.

The Abbey is rated 4.5 out of 5 over 496 reviews, one said: “Great place to visit with really friendly and helpful staff. The Abbey is so beautiful! The details and preservation of parts of the Abbey complex are stunning. The museum adds to the interest. I bought a guidebook, and this really brought the site alive.”

The Dock Museum is built beside a historic nineteenth century dock, and is home to a wealth of objects from the social and industrial history of the Furness area. From cave finds, Viking treasure, Victorian life, Anderson shelters and the Second World War as well as Barrow’s history with building vessels.

The museum is rated 4.5 out of 5 over 574 reviews, one said: “We really enjoyed our visit to the museum. Lots to see and the displays were well laid out and very informative. Friendly and helpful staff. Gem of a place!”

Lakes Laser Tag offers exciting non-contact combat games in the stunning woodland adjacent to Lake Windermere.

It is rated 5 out of 5 over 49 reviews, one said: “We had an amazing time here. The scenery is lovely, game modes fun, and very good exercise too! Great bunch of people we played with; we'll be coming back for sure.”

Roxy Cinema in Ulverston takes you back in time. This traditional theatre features a retro style cinema decorated with vintage posters. They even pause for an interval!

The Roxy is rated 5 out of 5 over 25 reviews, one said: “Amazing experience. Really friendly people, a wonderful welcome. Fantastic range of snacks and drinks. You can feel the history in the place. Loved the whole experience from the real tickets to the posters on the wall.”

Dalton Castle was built to assert the authority of the Abbot of Furness Abbey. This 14th-century tower heads the main street in town, and later played a key role during the Civil war.

The tower is rated 3.5 out of 5 over 20 reviews, one said: “It is a great piece of local history with knowledgeable and friendly staff.”

The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction in Bowness-on-Windermere brings the author's magical stories to life in 3D.  Learn about the famous author, meet Peter Rabbit and step into Mr McGregor’s garden before enjoying a treat at the Café.

This enchanting attraction is rated 4.5 out of 5 over 2,891 reviews, one said: “Wow, just a magical little gem you can spend hours. It’s so beautiful and stunning and transports you to childhood. Love this place.”