Brilliant mid-term activities in Barrow

The coastal town of Barrow-in-Furness is full of exciting attractions which are all ready to welcome families during mid-February, with a great program of activities and events on offer for those looking for entertainment during the school holidays .

The Forum, Barrow’s premier theatre, hosts a huge range of entertainment with comedy, dance, theater and children’s entertainment. ‘The Circus Spectacular’, an exciting international circus act will be presented at the Forum on Wednesday 18 February, with circus magic to delight all ages. The fun continues with the Forum hosting circus skills workshops during the midterm week. Learn to hoola hoop with Matrix Circus experts! Call the Forum ticket office on 01229 820000 to book.

Meanwhile, a month-long free exhibition by renowned abstract artist Clyde Hopkins will be on view starting Wednesday, February 23. Clyde’s career has spanned four decades, and the special exhibition coincides with his widow, Marilyn Hallam, providing additional artwork for permanent display at Barrow Town Hall.

The Dock Museum is another fantastic attraction for a free family day out, with hidden gems, beautiful model ships and exhibits that detail Barrow’s industrial and social history. On February 17 and 18, the Museum is organizing Movie Maker animation workshops, children will learn how to bring their Lego toys to life! Tickets (£5 per child) for the workshops are available, in person, at the Dock Museum.

For rainy days, kids will love an exhilarating day out at Urban Extreme – The huge indoor skate park features mini ramps, quarter pipes, foam pits and a giant bowl, complete with scooters, BMXs and boards rollerblades available for hire and 2 hour lessons available too.

Animal lovers will enjoy visiting Dalton-in-Furness Zoo Safari, home to rare and endangered animals. Visitors can get up close and personal and watch feeding time with lemurs, big cats, penguins and giraffes or try their hand at “being a keeper for the day” with one of the unique animal encounter experiences .

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While Barrow offers a packed program of activities, the town also reminds visitors not to forget the beautiful natural landscape that surrounds Barrow, which is just waiting to be explored.

With over 60km of coastline and many popular cycling and walking routes available, ranging from family trails to more challenging trails. It’s so easy to take a relaxing walk or get on two wheels and enjoy all the coastal scenery at a faster pace!

The Abbey Circular Walk and Westfield Trail from Roose to Rampside (with the option to go to Roa Island) are pushchair friendly. While Sandscale Haws is ideal for a walk along the sandy beach. Discover valuable dune habitats and enjoy magnificent views across the Duddon Estuary to the Lake District mountains. Be sure to check the tide times before exploring this stunning National Trust reserve.

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South Walney Nature Reserve offers stunning views over Morecambe Bay and is home to abundant wildlife. This coastal reserve, managed by the Cumbria Wildlife Trust, is open from 10am to 4pm daily and is a great place to spot rare bird species. It is also home to Cumbria’s only colony of gray seals.

After all that fresh air, hungry explorers can end the day with a hearty meal in one of the city’s traditional pubs or modern restaurants.

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Remember the best way to continue supporting local attractions is to follow the UK Government’s COVID-19 safety guidelines. The Welcome Back to High Streets project is funded by the ERDF Fund and the UK Government.

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