October Half Term Thursday, 10 October 2019 Written by Mirehouse & Gardens We stay open until the 31st of October in the house and until the 3rd of November in the grounds and playgrounds. There is plenty to occupy youngsters at Mirehouse & Gardens before the winter evenings draw in. The woodland playgrounds are always popular 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". Under 4s are free of charge and the family nature trail helps to spot red squirrels, birds and unusual plants as you go round the gardens. Skimming stones by Bassenthwaite Lake certainly helps to pass the time in a stunning setting.In the house the owl trail or family quiz might help pass the time. Also, children are very welcome to play in the recently refurbished Victorian nursery until closing time. Then finishing off your visit to Mirehouse with a homemade cake, soup or Cumberland sausage from the Old Sawmill Tearoom across the road is always popular.