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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) so pick it up at the entrance 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.

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.   

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.  

Red Squirrel Update

At least three families of red squirrels have made their home in the playgrounds and and sheltered gardens at Mirehouse.   The lakeside walk through woods and parkland with the mixed deciduous/conifer woodland provides a fantastic location for the red squirrels.

Our red squirrels are cared for by Fran Foster of North Lakes Squirrel Rangers, who works closely with conservation groups, farmers and volunteers.  Follow developments on Facebook - North Lakes Red Squirrel Ranger and support the project by enjoying a chocolate and shortbread squirrel biscuit from The Old Sawmill Tearoom!