School's out for summer Wednesday, 19 July 2017 Written by Mirehouse 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.