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School's out for summer

The summer holidays are here, the sun is out and there is plenty to occupy youngsters at Mirehouse & Gardens. The woodland playgrounds with swings, beck crossings and scramble nets are always a winner and timed races on the Steeple Chase are a favourite for burning off energy.

There is no shortage of fir cones to be "fired" from the woodland fort at attacking "armies"! The family nature trail is included in the price of the grounds tickets (Under 4s free) and spot red squirrels, birds and unusual plants as you go round the gardens.

In the house the owl trail or family quiz might help pass the time. Also, children are very welcome to play in the Victorian nursery until closing time. Then finishing off your visit to Mirehouse with ice creams, homemade cakes, soup or Cumberland sausage from the Old Sawmill Tearoom is always popular.

Mirehouse in July

As the weather warms up, the bees, bumblebees and butterflies can be seen appreciating the shrubs and flowers specially chosen for them in the Bee Garden.  The herb beds are coming into their season and the blossom in the apple orchard is beautiful at the moment.  In the terraced gardens round the house, the roses are starting to bloom in abundance and the wildflowers are still out around the Poetry Walk.

In the house, the West Cumbria and Border Lacemakers demonstrate their highly skilled techique of Pillow (or Bobbin) Lacemaking during Wednesday afternoons in June and July.  Come and watch their fingers fly as they work at their craft in The Study at Mirehouse while the house is open.

Part of Cumbria's Living Heritage

We are proud to be part of Cumbria's Living Heritage, a great collection of historic houses, gardens, castles, ruins and attactions in and around the Lake District.  From Kendal to Keswick, there are castles, homes and museums to explore - find inspiration for dog friendly attractions, days out with kids and places with cafes and restaurants.  Download a brochure from the website or pick one up at the various member properties.

Spring Gardens

The recent lovely weather has brought the rhododendrons and bluebells out early in our gardens and woods.  The main drive is awash with stunning colours and shapes.  The honey bees are beginning to emerge in the sheltered Bee Garden and there are many benches to encourage all visitors to sit and enjoy the tranquility of this sheltered walled garden during this lovely time.  The woods and the lakeside walk are peaceful for visitors and wildlife alike - badgers, red squirrels and rabbits are certainly in residence at the moment.


Visitor Attraction of the Year Award

We have just been presented The Visitor Attraction of the Year Award 2017 in the Cumbria Tourism Awards.  We are delighted and so honoured.  Everyone at Mirehouse & Gardens works so hard to welcome our visitors and this award is for all of you - thank you.