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The Lake District

On the 10th July 2017, the Lake District received World Heritage Site status, positioning us alongside destinations such as the Taj Mahal, the Tower of London and the Great Barrier Reef. We welcome you to join us to celebrate this achievement and visit the UK’s largest World Heritage site.

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

David Hockney, A Rake's Progress

A Rake's Progress by David Hockney

Kendal

Fri 14 Jul - Sat 30 Dec 2017

Sixteen prints influenced by David Hockney's visit to New York in 1961.

I Wandered by Tracy Levine

Bright and Beautiful by Tracy Levine

Coniston

Thu 29 Jun - Sun 3 Sep 2017

Exhibition of wildflower paintings by local artist Tracy Levine. Meet the Artist talk 11.00am 24th July & 10th August included with admission.

Creative Art at Brockhole

Creative Art at Brockhole

Windermere

Mon 21 Aug 2017

Be inspired by the beautiful Brockhole gardens and create wonderful art in our series of themed drop in workshops. Drop in between 11am and 3pm. Suitable for all the family.

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.

Handbagged

Handbagged

Keswick

Mon 21 - Tue 22 Aug 2017

When Maggie met the Queen. Tea at four. Handbags at dawn.

HSBC Guided Ride - Brockhole to Hawkshead

HSBC Guided Ride - Brockhole to Hawkshead

Windermere

Sat 5 Aug - Sat 2 Sep 2017

A guided cycle ride from Brockhole to the historic village of Hawkshead.

Polka, 2016 © Karen Shepherdson

Karen Shepherdson - The Welcome Rest at Grizedale

Hawkshead

Wed 7 Jun - Tue 31 Oct 2017

The Grizdale Forest Visitor Centre offers an inspiring site for an exhibition of Karen Shepherdson’s long-term photographic series ‘The Welcome Rest’.

Kids Holiday Club

Kids Holiday Club

Windermere

Mon 21 - Sat 26 Aug 2017

(ages 6 to 10) Children aged six to ten years old can join our Kids Club. The Kids Club will run from 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday, with drop-off from 8.45am.

Spencer Read

Mighty Mondays - Spencer Read - Piano

Bowness-on-Windermere

Mon 21 Aug 2017

As usual, we'll be kicking off our Monday of Live Music at 7.30pm with outstanding performances from the man himself, Mr Spencer Read!

Miss Julie

Miss Julie

Keswick

Mon 21 Aug 2017

Midsummer’s Eve, Sweden. A night when the sun doesn’t set. A night of drinking and dancing. A night to break the rules. Scenes of a sexual nature

Path at Brantwood by J. Ruskin

On Home Ground: Ruskin in England and Scotland

Coniston

Thu 29 Jun - Sun 3 Sep 2017

This exhibition includes examples of Ruskin’s work from early tours to Scotland and the Lake District in 1837 and 1838; from his student days at Oxford and later occasional travels; and those made in and around Brantwood.

Painting Pop

Painting Pop

Kendal

Fri 14 Jul - Sat 7 Oct 2017

Paintings from 1960s Britain. This must-see summer exhibition celebrates British Pop Art from the early 1960s, including work by Sir Peter Blake, Pauline Boty, Patrick Caulfield, Richard Hamilton, David Hockney and Allen Jones.

Rob and Harriet Fraser – The Long View Exhibition

Rob and Harriet Fraser – The Long View Exhibition

Hawkshead

Wed 21 Jun - Thu 31 Aug 2017

Over two years Rob and Harriet Fraser have walked repeatedly to seven lone trees in Cumbria and spent time with them in all seasons, all weathers, night and day.

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.

Summer of Swallows and Amazons

Summer of Swallows and Amazons

Windermere

Thu 29 Jun - Sun 3 Sep 2017

Inspired by the Lake District, Arthur Ransome’s classic novel is brought to life with an exhibition featuring props from the 2016 film.

Where is Peter Rabbit?

Where is Peter Rabbit?

Windermere

Sat 10 Jun - Sun 3 Sep 2017

The smash-hit stage show of 2016 returns to delight audiences this summer.

Canoe & Bushcraft Journey

Canoe & Bushcraft Journey - Reach Beyond Adventure

Ullswater

Tue 22 Aug 2017

Take to the water by canoe journeying around Ullswater, stopping off along the way for one or two bushcraft activities such as firelighting and campfire cooking.

Fish Supper Cruise

Fish Supper Cruise

Ullswater

Tue 22 Aug 2017

Our famous fish supper cruises return on-board a two hour evening cruise with musical entertainment from Pete Lashley.

Guided Kayak Tour Windermere

Guided Kayak Tours of Windermere

Windermere

Tue 22 Aug 2017

Take a guided tour of Windermere it's islands and wildlife with an expert kayak guide. Suitable for all ages and abilities. Various locations and times throughout July and August.

Have a go at Rafting

Have a go at Rafting

Windermere

Tue 22 Aug 2017

Build your own raft and see if you can stay afloat on Windermere.

Miss Julie

Miss Julie

Keswick

Tue 22 Aug 2017

Midsummer’s Eve, Sweden. A night when the sun doesn’t set. A night of drinking and dancing. A night to break the rules. Scenes of a sexual nature

Terrific Trek on Tuesday

Terrific Trek on Tuesday

Grasmere

Tue 22 Aug 2017

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

The Emperor's New Clothes

The Emperor's New Clothes

Coniston

Tue 22 Aug 2017

The Emperor's New Clothes by Hans Christian Andersen. Performed by Illyria in the setting of Brantwood’s lakeside meadow. Gates open at 6pm. Show starts at 7pm. Great fun for adults & children alike.

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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