THERE are scores of summer activities for all the family across Lakeland Arts' venues this summer.

During the six week holiday visitors can get creative at Kendal's Abbot Hall Art Gallery and Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry; Blackwell, The Arts and Crafts House at Bowness, and Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories.

Ian Read, head of participation and learning said that LA had a really exciting summer programme of family events and activities across all its museums and galleries. There is a mixture of free and paid-for activities to suit all the family this summer.

He added: "We have launched Everyday Creativity which sees creative stations across all our venues that will signpost visitors to spend five minutes being creative. Studies have shown that just five minutes of creativity every day can improve your wellbeing.

"This is also the very first summer season for Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories. Visitors can enjoy an array of boat, lake and landscape inspired activities while getting creative as a family.”

There are several family friendly activities at Windermere Jetty from map adventures to daily storytelling of Swallows and Amazons.

Windermere Jetty has also launched a summer pass which enables families to pay once and then enter the museum as many times as they like during the summer break, until September 9.

Also, running at Windermere Jetty from August 27-30 (10am-4pm), is Eco-Camp, a week-long ecology themed camp on the edge of Windermere, aimed at seven-11 year olds interested in protecting the environment. During the week children will investigate and focus on the ecology of the lake and become environment champions while gaining a Superstar Crest Award. Children will need clothing for all weathers and packed lunch. To book email

Lakeland Arts is running another summer camp: CLIMArt, for youngsters aged 11-15, who will work with an artist and Lakeland Arts Learning Team to respond to the CLIMArt theme. Places are limited to 15 and booking is essential. CLIMArt Camp, runs from August 19-23, at Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry and Blackwell, from 10.30am-4.30pm. To book go online at

Meanwhile, at Kendal's Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry exhibition Child Labour: Hidden Stories of Cumbria looks at the experiences of youngsters in a bygone age who worked in a variety of industries across the region.

There are interactive experiences for all the family demonstrating why small children were considered ideal for roles in mines where they needed to work in smaller spaces.

Families can pit themselves against each other in a test of speed and agility with bobbins or step back in time and enter a Victorian classroom.

Staying at Kendal's Abbot Hall, head across the cultural courtyard from MOLLI and through the doors into Abbot Hall Art Gallery, one of the nation's most popular and important regional art galleries, which is staging Ruskin, Turner and the Storm Cloud, the biggest exhibition ever staged at the Kendal gallery, which features 135 works and runs across six galleries.

Abbot Hall will be open on Sundays throughout summer with half price admission to anyone in the CA or LA postcodes (Cumbria and north Lancashire).

The 50 per cent offer applies to all tickets: visitors need to produce something that shows that their address.

Artists John Ruskin and JMW Turner both liked to record what they did on their holidays and visits abroad, often in very detailed drawings and paintings. So, visitors can create an imagined landscape or a version of their holiday within doodles as part of a self-led Everyday Creativity.

Across all venues Everyday Creativity is asking people to take time away from day-to-day life and try something new, or to rekindle a passion. There will be creative stations that will signpost visitors to spend five minutes being creative.

Also, Abbot Hall is putting on Gallery in the Library sessions at Kendal Library throughout summer. The free sessions for under 5s will explore art and the senses.

Elsewhere, at Blackwell, there are plenty of craft activities for all the family.

Fake Nature sessions on August 20/27 are ideal for children aged seven plus where families can enjoy artist-led workshops to make a mossy pin cushion or silk flowers

Nature Tiles sees visitors creating clay tiles inspired by the William Morris and William De Morgan designs around the house, held on August 21/28.

And Under The Canopy welcomes all to a multi-sensory forest of play offering the opportunity for all to create their own wilderness within an abstract world of woodland, birdsong and nature.