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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

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!

Fish Supper Cruise

Fish Supper Cruise

Ullswater

Tue 27 Jun 2017

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

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.

Global Field Day – Land Management Training Event

Global Field Day – Land Management Training Event

Kendal

Tue 27 Jun 2017

We are changing the way we farm at Low Sizergh: looking at how we can use nature to achieve a thriving, food producing, species-rich landscape

Handbagged

Handbagged

Keswick

Mon 26 - Tue 27 Jun 2017

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

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’.

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.

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.

Handbagged

Handbagged

Keswick

Wed 28 Jun 2017

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

Antique & Collectors Fair

Antique & Collectors Fair

Grasmere

Thu 29 Jun - Sat 1 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.

Handbagged

Handbagged

Keswick

Thu 29 - Fri 30 Jun 2017

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

Dove Cottage Garden

Meditations in Dove Cottage Garden

Grasmere

Thu 29 Jun 2017

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

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.

Cumbria's finest!

Tree Identification in the Lake District

Kendal

Thu 29 - Fri 30 Jun 2017

A fascinating two day course suitable for all levels of ability, with leading UK tree scientist and tutor, Matt Parrott offering tips and techniques for recognising many types of broadleaved trees and conifers around the Lake District,

Moth night last year!

Annual Moth Night in the Wildlife Garden

Kendal

Fri 30 Jun - Sat 1 Jul 2017

An event in partnership with Butterfly Conservation. Moth enthusiasts will be running light traps on Friday evening in our gardens at Plumgarths. (Bring a torch!). We hope to increase the 145 species found here to date!

Miss Julie

Miss Julie

Keswick

Fri 30 Jun - Sat 1 Jul 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

Barbecue Cookery Demonstrations

Weber Summer Barbecue Cookery School

Ambleside

Fri 30 Jun 2017

If you want to refine your BBQ skills, so you are equipped and ready for the BBQ season then who better to show you the ropes than a Weber certified barbecue chef?

Ambleside Rushbearing

Ambleside Rushbearing

Ambleside

Sat 1 Jul 2017

This is an ancient tradition going back to the early 1800’s when the old rushes that were used to keep the floor warm in winter were thrown out and new ones brought in.

Birkett Cup Regatta

Birkett Cup Regatta

Ullswater

Sat 1 Jul 2017

Watch the Birkett Cup Race on-board an exclusive charter

Handbagged

Handbagged

Keswick

Sat 1 Jul 2017

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

High Snab Farm, Newlands

Hay Meadow Walk at High Snab Farm

Keswick

Sat 1 Jul 2017

From the heart of the Newlands Valley wander through some of Lakeland's highest hay meadows, with views of Robinson and Causey Pike.

Keswick Ghost Walks

Keswick Ghost Walks

Keswick

Sat 1 Jul 2017

The walks are led by “The Lady”, an elegant character in full Victorian mourning dress. The Lady is played by Jane Dickens; a native Cumbrian and professional actor with 20 years storytelling experience.

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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