Visit Upper Eden

Kirkby Stephen Jubilee

A must for visiting children are the soft play centre, Kirkby Stephen Station East (open weekends) and Brough Castle Ice Cream Parlour.  There are also two playgrounds in Kirkby Stephen plus one in Warcop and Winton.  Don’t forget to enjoy the countryside, nature reserves, parks and walks.

There are two free leaflets aimed specifically at visiting families with the Brough Family Buggy Walks and the Kirkby Stephen Adventure Trail which also contains a list of 41 free and cheap children’s activities.  Both leaflets include things to look out for and find.  They are available at the Visitor Centre or to download.

Here we offer you a list of 50 cheap or free things to entertain your children while you are in the Eden Valley:

  1. Feed the ducks at Frank’s Bridge
  2. Walk over Millennium Bridge and see Coup Karnan below
  3. Visit Stainmore Railway at weekends
  4. Walk the Poetry Path and take rubbings from your favourite stones
  5. Pretend to be a train on the buggy friendly NVT walk
  6. Look for red squirrels and report your sightings
  7. Visit Smardale Gill Nature Reserve
  8. Sit in the bird hide at Crossbank Nature Reserve
  9. See a hay meadow in bloom
  10. Go to Bowes Museum if it rains
  11. Travel on the Settle-Carlisle Railway over Ribblehead Viaduct
  12. Be a Knight or Princess at Brough Castle
  13. Look for fairies at Stenkrith Park
  14. Discover the Leper’s squint at St Michael’s Church, Brough
  15. Go Geocaching
  16. Discover the Loki Stone
  17. Fly a kite at Tailbrigg
  18. Defend the stone seat in Edensyde
  19. Have a picnic
  20. Find and identify 5 small pebbles or stones
  21. Watch a cricket match at Hillsbottom
  22. Find a piece of sheep’s wool
  23. Climb to the Jubilee Cairn on Kirkby Hill
  24. Find a waterfall
  25. Try Brough Buggy Walk
  26. Visit Platform 3 soft play centre (height restriction 150 cms.)
  27. Learn about Lady Anne Clifford
  28. Get 100 things in a matchbox
  29. Play Pooh Sticks at Swingy Bridge
  30. Identify some Brockram local stone
  31. How many buildings in Kirkby Stephen can you find with dates on?
  32. Discover and identify 5 insects
  33. Go on the Cumbria Classic Coach to “Barney” or Hawes
  34. Find the ancient elm tree
  35. Visit Farfield Mill
  36. Learn to count in old Cumbric – Yan, Tan, Tethera …
  37. Do the Kirkby Stephen Town Trail
  38. Imitate a bird song
  39. Learn a local legend
  40. Skim a stone on a quiet stretch of River Eden
  41. Find the Boar’s Tusk in Kirkby Stephen Parish Church
  42. Learn about Sir Andreas de Harcla
  43. Visit the summerhouse in Jubilee Park
  44. Go to the Brough Ice Cream Parlour and playground
  45. Find the furlong signpost
  46. Visit Wensleydale Cheese Factory
  47. Discover the Wharton oak and old deer park
  48. Find the old Grammar School
  49. Discover Bloody Bones Lane
  50. Visit a local play park