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The Lake District

The Lake District, Cumbria, is a region of incredible beauty famous for its stunning scenery, abundant wildlife and cultural heritage. The area is made up of ancient woodlands and forest, river valleys, lakes, mountains and simply stunning coastlines.

The North lakes is much wilder than the South, with the Skiddaw mountain range dominating the town of Keswick. The lush Borrowdale valley leads to the dramatic Honister mountain pass and into the natural lakes of Buttermere & Crummock. The South & Central Lake District has the charming villages of Grasmere & Hawkshead along with England's largest lake, Windermere.

Adventure seekers can head West to the higher ground of Great Langdale where the giant fells of Bowfell, Crinkle Crags and the highest peak, Scafell Pike, reside.

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Lake District
Ambleside
Ambleside

Ambleside

Ambleside is ideally located in the centre of the Lake District. The town is situated at the North end of Windermere Lake and at the foot of the popular scenic route over Kirkstone Pass.
Bassenthwaite
Bassenthwaite

Bassenthwaite

Bassenthwaite Lake, a finger of water lying tranquilly under the lofty bulk of Skiddaw, is indelibly linked with the spectacular sight of ospreys swooping over the lake and diving for fish in its waters.
Caldbeck
Caldbeck

Caldbeck

Caldbeck is one of the most beautiful and peaceful of all the Lakeland villages and is ideally situated for exploring the Lake District, the Scottish Borders, the Eden Valley and the North Pennines.
Coniston
Coniston

Coniston

Located on the banks of Coniston Water, in the shadow of the Coniston fells, the town was originally built to support the local slate quarrying and copper mining.
Grasmere and Rydal
Grasmere & Rydal

Grasmere & Rydal

Grasmere, cradled in a vale in the heart of the Lake District, is crowned with magnificent fells and mountains all around.
Hawkshead
Hawkshead

Hawkshead

Hawkshead has flourished from its beginnings as a Medieval market town. Today Hawkshead, with its car-free village centre, is the perfect place for the visitor to experience the 'real' Lake District.
Kendal Staveley and Lyth Valley
Kendal

Kendal, Staveley & Lyth Valley

The ‘Auld Grey Town' of Kendal, handsomely built in limestone, is the focal hub for shopping and culture in Lakeland.
Keswick and Borrowdale
Keswick and Borrowdale

Keswick & Borrowdale

It's central location makes Keswick the perfect place to stay when planning to explore the Lake District.
Langdale
Langdale

Langdale

The Langdale Valley is home to possibly one of the most well-known and well-walked mountain ranges in England.
Ullswater Valley
Ullswater Valley

Ullswater Valley

The glittering lake of Ullswater, extending from Pooley Bridge to Patterdale, is at the heart of this area.
Windermere and Newby Bridge
Windermere

Windermere & Newby Bridge

Windermere is the perfect Lakeland destination all year round. With the shores of the lake so close, you are never short of fantastic scenery or leisure activities.

What's On

After the Dance

After the Dance

Keswick

Mon 29 - Tue 30 May 2017

A dazzling dissection of love, class and the capacity for self-deceit.

Exchanging Views: Fu Zi & Ingrid Christie

Exchanging Views: Fu Zi & Ingrid Christie

Coniston

Sat 29 Apr - Sun 11 Jun 2017

Two artists, living over 5,000 miles apart, meet in Beijing in 2015. With neither artist speaking one another's language, the only way they can communicate is through their paintings. Included in admission.

Exhibition of Paintings - "From Cumbria to Cornwal

Exhibition of Paintings - "From Cumbria to Cornwal

Ambleside

Sun 30 Apr - Fri 30 Jun 2017

"From Cumbria to Cornwall" is a small exhibition of recent paintings by South Lakeland Artist Amanda Watson.

Fairy and Dragon World

Fairy and Dragon World

Ambleside

Sat 1 Apr - Sun 1 Oct 2017

Our Fairy World attraction proved such a hit last summer, that it was voted Best Garden Centre Attraction at the recent Garden Retail Awards! This year, it returns bigger and better than ever – and here be dragons!

Common Blue by John Ford

Glenfender Wildlife by John Ford

Coniston

Fri 14 Apr - Tue 31 Oct 2017

This exhibition showcases some of the animals captured in photography from an unimproved northern hay meadow in the Cairngorms. Included in admission.

Guided Tour of Windermere - Kayak or SUP

Guided Kayak & SUP Tours Of Windermere

Windermere

Sat 27 May - Sat 3 Jun 2017

As part of National Go Canoeing Week we are offering guided kayak tours of Windermere. Explore the islands & scenery with a specially trained Go Canoeing tour guide. All abilities & ages welcome. Great family adventure. Booking essential.

Image Biosystem by Méadhbh O’Connor

Meadhbh O’Connor – Biosystem Exhibition

Hawkshead

Mon 6 Mar - Sun 11 Jun 2017

Biosystem is a solo exhibition by Méadhbh O’Connor. Méadhbh (pronounced ‘Mave’) is an Irish artist who works at the conjunction of art, science and environmentalism.

Savage Arena: The Legacy of Joe Tasker

Savage Arena: The Legacy of Joe Tasker

Keswick

Fri 9 Sep 2016 - Fri 1 Sep 2017

The Mountain Heritage Trust is delighted to present the first exhibition celebrating the life and achievements of pioneering mountaineer Joe Tasker.

Spring Animals with Silverband

Spring Animals with Silverband

Windermere

Tue 30 May 2017

Meet sugar gliders, baby guinea pigs, fluffy chicks, lizards and baby owls and have the opportunity to handle them.

Terrific Trek on Tuesday

Terrific Trek on Tuesday

Grasmere

Tue 30 May 2017

A guided walk around Dove Cottage and Town End with the Wordsworth Trust Education Team

Wild Things

Wild Things

Hawkshead

Tue 30 May 2017

Join us on Tuesday's throughout the school holidays to discover the secrets of the deep dark wood.

After the Dance

After the Dance

Keswick

Wed 31 May 2017

A dazzling dissection of love, class and the capacity for self-deceit.

Derwent Island House

Derwent Island House Open Day

Keswick

Wed 31 May 2017

Your adventure begins by canoe, a peaceful paddle across this short stretch of Derwent Water to the intriguing little island. Discover the reality of life on the island past and present, indoors and out.

How My Light is Spent

How My Light is Spent

Keswick

Wed 31 May - Fri 2 Jun 2017

“Kitty, my hands have disappeared.” “Pardon?” Strong language and sexual references.

Peter Rabbit Tea Parties

Peter Rabbit Tea Parties

Bowness-on-Windermere

Wed 31 May 2017

Enjoy a scrumptious party lunch with Peter Rabbit.

After the Dance

After the Dance

Keswick

Thu 1 - Fri 2 Jun 2017

A dazzling dissection of love, class and the capacity for self-deceit.

Antique & Collectors Fair

Antique & Collectors Fair

Grasmere

Thu 1 - Sat 3 Jun 2017

Antique and collectors fair, small but offering great selection of fine and vintage jewellery, antiques, collectables, decorative arts, furniture, vintage linens and china.

Cycling along the Grasmere Trail - Guided Cycle

Cycling along the Grasmere Trail - Guided Cycle

Ambleside

Thu 1 Jun 2017

A guided cycle ride led by trained volunteer Lake District National Park Rangers.

Geoffrey Keezer and Gillian Margot

Geoffrey Keezer and Gillian Margot

Ambleside

Thu 1 Jun 2017

GRAMMY-nominated pianist Geoffrey Keezer features scintillating and soulful vocalist Gillian Margot for an evening of duets.

Dove Cottage Garden

Meditations in Dove Cottage Garden

Grasmere

Thu 1 Jun 2017

Find peace and tranquility, and discover the art of tai chi, in 'the loveliest spot man hath ever found'

Treemendous

Treemendous

Hawkshead

Thu 1 Jun 2017

Treemendous family craft activities in the Yan. Drop In between 11am - 3pm

Adventure Cycle Festival

Adventure Cycle Festival

Ambleside

Fri 2 Jun 2017

The brand new Adventure Cycle Festival takes place 2-4 June at the spectacular location of Brathay Hall on the shores of Windermere.

Bassenthwaite Festival 2016 - Singers Relaxing

Bassenthwaite Festival

Keswick

Fri 2 Jun 2017

A concert of beautiful Baroque music performed by the instrumentalists of Cumbrian chamber group Ensemble Buxtehude, directed by David Gibbs.

Every Brilliant Thing

Every Brilliant Thing

Kendal

Fri 2 Jun 2017

You’re seven years old. Mum’s in hospital. Dad says she’s ‘done something stupid’. She finds it hard to be happy. You make a list of everything that’s brilliant about the world. Everything worth living for.

BOOK TICKETS

Book tickets online to a great selection of Lake District attractions, adventure activities and family fun days out. Book easily and securely with Golakes, your trusted local tourist board.

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