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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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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

Gravel Workmen

Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer 2016

Hawkshead

Sat 3 Sep 2016 - Sun 1 Jan 2017

The Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year 2016 displays the exceptional shortlist of photographs submitted for this years award, accompanied by a portfolio by the winner Pedram Yazdani.

Christmas Trail

Christmas Trail

Hawkshead

Mon 28 Nov - Fri 23 Dec 2016

Self led Christmas Trail.

Create your own Christmas Wreath

Create your own Christmas Wreath

Ambleside

Tue 6 Dec 2016

Join in our “hands-on” experience and learn how to create your very own Christmas Wreath from the experts at Hayes

Hardman

Joseph Hardman: People on Film

Kendal

Sat 17 Sep - Sat 17 Dec 2016

Joseph Hardman was a prolific photographer who captured an image of Lakeland life between the 1930s and the 1960s.

Live Advent Window

Keswick Live Advent

Keswick

Thu 1 - Sat 24 Dec 2016

Keswick Live Advent is a pop-up festive event each day from 1st-24th December and the lighting of an illuminated window. Follow the trail of 24 windows

Paul Jenkins, Phenomena Elliptical Journey, 1998 ©

Paul Jenkins (1923 - 2012)

Kendal

Thu 27 Oct 2016 - Sun 1 Jan 2017

Employing an unorthodox approach to paint application, Paul Jenkins is as much identified with the process of controlled paint-pouring and canvas manipulation

Arts Council Collection

People on Paper

Kendal

Sat 29 Oct - Sat 17 Dec 2016

This exhibition brings together some of the finest examples from the Arts Council Collection

Santa has arrived!

Santa has arrived at Hayes Garden World

Ambleside

Sat 12 Nov - Fri 23 Dec 2016

Santa has arrived in his enchanting grotto where he is waiting just for you! Come along for a magical experience where Santa will have a little present waiting for every child who visits, and an instant photo to mark the occasion.

Savage Arena: The Legacy of Joe Tasker

Savage Arena: The Legacy of Joe Tasker

Keswick

Fri 9 Sep 2016 - Wed 31 May 2017

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

Annie Garnett

Spinning the Colours of Lakeland

Windermere

Sat 24 Sep 2016 - Sun 29 Jan 2017

Colour I revel in’ – the words of Annie Garnett, the creative Arts and Crafts designer and entrepreneur who became a key figure in the revival of hand spinning and weaving in the Lake District.

The Emperor and the Nightingale

The Emperor and the Nightingale

Keswick

Tue 6 Dec 2016

Join Wu and Xiao as they journey across a fantastical kingdom. The colour, movement and spectacle of Chinese theatre combine with the beauty of the nightingale’s song in a feast for the senses that will delight the whole family.

Tuesday Night Adventure Movies

Tuesday Night Adventure Movies

Ambleside

Thu 1 Sep - Tue 13 Dec 2016

Tuesday Adventure Movies - Free at Sticklebarn Relax in front of our big screen and enjoy some adventure packed movies every week...

Adult chocolate workshops with a Prosecco

Adult chocolate workshops with a Prosecco

Hawkshead

Wed 7 Dec 2016

It’s not just the kids that get to enjoy the fun at the Cocoa Bean!

Christmas Themed Smoky Jo's Food Smoking Course

Christmas Themed Smoky Jo's Food Smoking Course

Bowness-on-Windermere

Wed 7 Dec 2016

The Wild Boar is working with smoking experts Smoky Jo’s to provide one day courses, where guests will learn how to hot and cold smoke their own food.

The Emperor and the Nightingale

The Emperor and the Nightingale

Keswick

Wed 7 - Thu 8 Dec 2016

Join Wu and Xiao as they journey across a fantastical kingdom. The colour, movement and spectacle of Chinese theatre combine with the beauty of the nightingale’s song in a feast for the senses that will delight the whole family.

Langdale Valley

What Happened to our Fell Flora?

Kendal

Wed 7 Dec 2016

Cumbria Wildlife Trust member will describe how post glacial climate change and human activity have affected our precious fell flora over the last 10,000 years.

Aynsley Lister

Aynsley Lister

Kendal

Thu 8 Dec 2016

When explosive natural ability collides with fiery, emotionally charged compositions, the result is Aynsley Lister.

Badfinger

Badfinger

Kendal

Thu 8 Dec 2016

Badfinger the legendary 1970’s Powerpop band return to play live in the UK.

The Nutcracker - Live Screening - Ballet

The Nutcracker - Live Screening - Ballet

Kendal

Thu 8 Dec 2016

The Royal Ballet's glorious production of The Nutcracker, created by Peter Wright in 1984, is the production par excellence of an all-time ballet favourite.

A meeting of minds - Live letter reading

A meeting of minds - Live letter reading

Grasmere

Fri 9 Dec 2016

Come to sit back, relax with a cup of tea, and enjoy listening to the reading of letters and articles written by Beatrix Potter and her friend Canon Rawnsley.

Christmas Party Nights

Christmas Party Nights

Windermere

Fri 9 - Sat 10 Dec 2016

Why not celebrate with a Christmas party in style with a night of festive fun and yuletide merriment, which will start the festive season with a bang.

Comedy Club - December

Comedy Club - December

Kendal

Fri 9 Dec 2016

The Brewery's very own comedy club.

The Churchfitters

The Churchfitters

Keswick

Fri 9 Dec 2016

A Christmas special from The Churchfitters - a folk band like no other.

The Emperor and the Nightingale

The Emperor and the Nightingale

Keswick

Fri 9 Dec 2016

Join Wu and Xiao as they journey across a fantastical kingdom. The colour, movement and spectacle of Chinese theatre combine with the beauty of the nightingale’s song in a feast for the senses that will delight the whole family.

Things to do

Low Sizergh Barn Farm Shop

Low Sizergh Barn

Kendal

We’ve had a great year with Top Farm Shop accolades from the Times and Telegraph. Step through our farm shop doors and explore shelves full of local specialities and seasonal foods direct from farmers, growers, makers and producers.

Brantwood, Home of John Ruskin

Brantwood, Home of John Ruskin

Coniston

Brantwood house is a registered museum. The 9 rooms that Ruskin used are open to the public. The Severn Studio presents a programme of quality art and craft exhibitions throughout the year.

Tree Top Adventure

Go Ape Grizedale

Hawkshead

The UK's No.1 Forest Adventure. Take to the trees and speed down zip slides. They're part of an exciting course of rope bridges, Tarzan swings and crossings; all set high above the forest floor.

Beatrix Potter Gallery

Beatrix Potter Gallery

Hawkshead

This unique gallery space occupies the charming 17th century building which once served as the office of Beatrix Potter's solicitor husband, in the centre of Hawkshead village.

Eagle Experiences

Predator Experience

Newby Bridge

Challenge yourself by enhancing your experience day with the inclusion with some of the world's most tenacious raptors, the eagles.

Grizedale Forest Park and Visitor Centre

Grizedale Forest & Visitor Centre

Hawkshead

Grizedale Forest is in the heart of the Lake District between lakes Windermere and Coniston. Activities range from gentle walks, to bike riding, swinging through the trees on GoApe or enjoying a leisurely meal in the Cafe in the Forest

Windermere Lake Cruises, Bowness

Windermere Lake Cruises, Bowness

Windermere

Windermere Lake Cruises trace their origins back to Victorian days, steamers and launches carry over 1.35 million visitors each year. The steamers have saloons, promenade decks, teashops and licensed bars.

Guided mountain walks

Icicle Mountaineering

Windermere

Walk classic Lakeland mountain routes, guided by an expert leader, who will navigate and tell you about the area.

Wildlife Park

The Lake District Wildlife Park

Bassenthwaite

Go wild & experience a world of wildlife! There's over 100 species from Anaconda to Zebra. Rare and endangered species like Gibbons and Asian Fishing Cats, plus family favourites like lemurs and Meerkats. A great day out for all the family.

Old Laundry Theatre

The Old Laundry Theatre

Windermere

The Old Laundry Theatre is situated in Bowness-on-Windermere in the heart of the Lake District with a lively year round programme of drama, classical & folk music, spoken word, comedy and film.

Lakeland Maize Maze

Lakeland Maze Farm Park

Kendal

A great all-weather attraction featuring 2 maize mazes onsite. Quiz trails will keep you all entertained as you negotiate your way through the gigantic maize maze.

Best Places Travel

Best Places Travel

Kendal

We painstakingly plan every trip to match each group’s unique requirements.

Hill Top

Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's House

Sawrey

Hill Top is a time capsule of Beatrix Potter's life. Full of her favourite things, the house appears as if Beatrix had just stepped out for a walk. Every room contains a reference to a picture in a 'Tale'.

Mine Tours, at Honister Slate Mine

Honister Slate Mine

Keswick

Guided Mine Tours of England’s oldest working slate mine wend their way through the 900 year old mine deep in the heart of the former volcano, Fleetwith Pike.

Kendal Museum

Kendal Museum

Kendal

Kendal is a pioneering Teaching Musuem - where history and nature meet.

Rock Climbing

Mountain Adventure Lake District

Windermere

Rock climbing can be a rewarding and challenging day. The main focus of our Beginners rock-climbing course it get maximum climbing time whilst learning the skills to get the most out of your climbing session.

Windermere Lake Cruises, Waterhead

Windermere Lake Cruises, Waterhead

Ambleside

Windermere Lake Cruises trace their origins back to Victorian days, steamers and launches carry over 1.35 million visitors each year. The steamers have saloons, promenade decks, teashops and licensed bars.

Whinlatter Go Ape

Go Ape Whinlatter

Keswick

One lush green forest and a healthy dollop of breathtaking scenery; a smattering of tree-top high wires, tricky crossings and wind-in-your-face zip wires. Whinlatter is the highest Go Ape course in the country, at 360 metres above sea level

Esthwaite Water

Esthwaite Water

Hawkshead

The Osprey Safari is a self driven electric boat ride around Esthwaite Water, taking you to six different locations.

Sizergh House and Garden

Sizergh

Kendal

With more than 750 years of history and centuries-old portraits sitting alongside modern family photographs, this medieval house certainly feels lived in; indeed it is still home to the Strickland family.

Wray Castle

Wray Castle

Ambleside

Wray Castle is a mock-gothic Castle, on the western shore of Windermere. Empty of original furniture, this is a place for all the family to enjoy.

Levens Hall & Gardens

Levens Hall & Gardens

Kendal

Levens Hall is an Elizabethan mansion built around a 13thC Pele tower. The much loved home of the Bagot family, visitors often comment on the warm and friendly atmosphere.

Canoeing

River Deep Mountain High

Coniston

Fun lake activity, ideal for those who like to play on water but don't want to go it alone. 2-3 people per boat.

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