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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.

Lacemakers at Mirehouse

While the house is open on Wednesdays afternoons in June, July and September, the West Cumbria and Border Lacemakers demonstrate their highly skilled techniques of Pillow (or Bobbin) lacemaking to visitors. Come and watch their fingers fly as they work at their craft in The Study at Mirehouse and enjoy the piano in the Music Room next door.  

New display on Poetry Walk

Commemorating the long held literary connections that Mirehouse has had over the years, the Victorian verandah is home to a new display of poems.  These nine beautiful poems  are by award winning poet David Scott who is a friend of the family.  It is a great honour for us to be able to share these poems with our visitors. 

Open for the season

We are now open for the season.  The grounds, playgrounds, lakeside walk and Old Sawmill Tearoom are open daily from 10 am until 4.30 pm.  The house opens on 3rd of April, on Wednesday and Sunday afternoons. We look forward to welcoming all our visitors until the end of October.  

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.