19 Aug 2021
From epic family days out to partying with friends to some 90s classics, there is plenty to keep you entertained in the region during the bank holiday weekend.
Here’s our round-up of some of the best activities and events ahead of the long weekend. Leave the car at home because all of them are easy to reach along the routes covered by Stagecoach Cumbria and North Lancashire.
Are you up for the Barrow Super Soapbox Challenge?
The streets will be lined with spectators as the spectacular Soapbox Challenge takes over Barrow town centre on Sunday, 29 August. This free family-friendly event transforms the town into a 350 metre racetrack, and teams have to maneuver hay bales and chicanes in their homemade soapbox in an effort to be crowned the fastest. This year the event, organised by Barrow BID, will be welcoming back special guest Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards. Eddie, who rose to fame with his ski jumping exploits in the 1988 Olympics.
Enjoy three days out in one
The Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway steams its way along a picturesque route from the shore of Lake Windermere to the wooded hillsides overlooking the River Leven. You can also combine your trip on the tracks with a jaunt across the lake with Windermere Lake Cruises or a visit to the underwater world of the Lakes Aquarium. If you’ve still got time left you can also pop next door to get revved up at the Lakeland Motor Museum.
Step back into the Britpop era
Morecambe’s Alhambra Theatre is set to go back in time to the 1990s, with acts from across the country converging to pay homage to the musical legends of the era. The Morecambe Calling 90’s Revisited event will feature high quality tributes to groups such as Oasis, the Happy Mondays, New Order and The Charlatans.
Lose yourself in Total Enigma
If you’re after a really mind-bending challenge, test your wits at Total Enigma in Carlisle. Work with your team to solve puzzles and break free from a confounding series of escape rooms at Atlas Works in Denton Holme, or take a swing in the dark playing UV mini golf at the site in Hillcrest Avenue.
Release your inner King Kong
For an August bank holiday weekend, planning at least one indoor activity is usually a good idea.
Kong Adventure, in Keswick, is somewhere that will definitely have you climbing the walls - but in a good way. The indoor complex has climbing challenges to suit all abilities and is a guaranteed way to burn off plenty of energy, even when it’s raining outside. Traditional climbing walls sit alongside Krazy Kong, where you can try your hands (and feet) at speeding climbing or even scaling a beanstalk.