As the October half-term holidays edge closer, families are being offered the chance to help support hundreds of Cumbrian attractions at discounted prices – while keeping their little ones entertained at the same time.

As autumn gets into full swing, parents in CA and LA postcode areas (including in north Lancashire) are being reminded that picking up one of the cards – produced by Cumbria Tourism, could see the words “Mum, Dad, I’m bored!” confined to detention.

Two for one entry to Lowther Castle and its legendary giant wooden adventure fort at Penrith; buy one get one free offers on films and indoor play at Rheged; and 20% off entry to South Lakes Safari Zoo are just three reasons to pick up a ‘MyCumbria’ residents’ discount card in the coming days.

Discounts for local people include 10% off at Go Ape, Grizedale; and 20% off a two-hour Treetop Trek for up to four people at Brockhole. If the weather’s damp, why not enjoy two-for-one offers at Dove Cottage or Keswick’s Pencil Museum? Card holders can also enjoy two-for-one entry to cinemas in Keswick, Bowness-on-Windermere, Whitehaven, Workington and Ulverston. Alternatively, enjoy two for one tickets on the South Tynedale Railway, the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway; and 50% off at the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway. Furthermore, why not try out Backbarrow’s Cliffhanger Escape Rooms for a 10% discount?

Plus, for any holiday-weary grown-ups, brand new offers include two-for-one at the Langdale Chase hotel for afternoon tea; two courses for less than a tenner at the Sun Inn at Crook near Kendal on weekdays between 5 & 6pm; and 20% off drinks in the Royal Barn at Kirkby Lonsdale Brewery.

Details of many, many more offers are online, where everything is broken down by location and category, including ‘Things to Do’, ‘Shopping’ and ‘Food & Drink’.

Gaynor Anderson – who oversees the MyCumbria card scheme at Cumbria Tourism, says, “This isn’t just great for families, but it’s a really strong way of supporting businesses here in Cumbria through the winter months. The team here has worked really hard to put together these offers, which should see big savings made really quickly over the half-term break and beyond. Cumbria really is a great place to enjoy 365 days a year; and most children don’t even seem to notice it’s getting a bit chilly at times!”

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