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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) 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.

Sizzling summertime

In spite of having to water the rhododendrons, we are basking in unprecedented summer sunshine in the Lake District.  In the Bee Garden at Mirehouse, the hum of bumblebees in the borders and herb beds are a sign of sizzling heat and sunshine.  The slight breeze off Bassenthwaite Lake is much appreciated on the lakeside walk, and although the beck is low, and Squirrel Island playground is almost not an island now, there is the very pleasant sound of water in the background down the drive.  Visitors to the house these last couple of weeks have been appreciating the cool and airy rooms as they go round while listening to the piano music and enjoying resting on our sofas and chairs. 

At the end or start of your visit, there's always the ice cream, cakes and cold drinks at The Old Sawmill Tearoom.  Enjoy the sunshine! 

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.  

Mirehouse Poetry Competition

We are delighted to announce that the Mirehouse Poetry Competition for 2018 has now been judged.  The competiton is held in conjunction with the Words by the Water Festival - more details are available on our dedicated Poetry Prize page.

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.