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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.

After the Dance

After the Dance

Keswick

Wed 26 - Thu 27 Jul 2017

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

As You Like It

As You Like It

Keswick

Wed 26 Jul 2017

Shakespeare’s beguiling tale of mistaken identity, pastoral comedy and love.

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

Wed 26 Jul 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!

Force Crag Mine processing mill

Force Crag Mine Open Day

Keswick

Wed 26 Jul 2017

Accessible only by foot, bike or National Trust 4x4, discover one of the Lakes most quirky yet fascinating secrets located in the stunning Coledale Valley, near Keswick - you'll love it even if you're not sure mining is quite your thing!

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.

Gorge Scrambling Lake District total Adventure

Guided Gorge Scrambling

Windermere

Wed 26 Jul 2017

Gorge scrambling is a fun, yet challenging activity and a fantastic way to experience the Lake District

HSBC Guided Ride - Windermere Shore by bike & Boat

HSBC Guided Ride - Windermere Shore by bike & Boat

Windermere

Sat 22 Jul - Sat 19 Aug 2017

A guided cycle ride and a sail on Lake Windermere on the unique Bike Boat.

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 24 - Sat 29 Jul 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.

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 Evening Buffet Cruise

Summer Evening Buffet Cruise

Windermere

Wed 26 Jul 2017

A scenic cruise on Windermere with 2-course buffet, live music & stunning views.

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.

Ullswater Adventure Day

Ullswater Adventure Day - Reach Beyond Adventure

Ullswater

Wed 26 Jul 2017

Make the most of a day in the spectacular Ullswater Valley with our canoe journey, lakeside abseil & cliff jump adventure.

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.

Wordsworth Wednesdays

Wordsworth Wednesdays

Windermere

Wed 26 Jul 2017

Join the Wordsworth Trust for a packed day of activities

Angels In America Part 2 - Perestroika

Angels In America Part 2 - Perestroika

Kendal

Thu 27 Jul 2017

Part 2, Perestroika

Antique & Collectors Fair

Antique & Collectors Fair

Grasmere

Thu 27 - Sat 29 Jul 2017

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

Stand Up Paddleboard Windermere

Guided Paddleboard Tours of Windermere

Windermere

Thu 27 Jul 2017

If you would like to have a go at Stand Up Paddleboarding and take a tour of Windermere with an expert, sign up to one of our Guided SUP Tours which depart from Bowness every Thursday morning and afternoon from 20 July to 24 August 2017.

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.

Click the image below to view the range of attractions available.

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