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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

Where is Peter Rabbit? The Beatrix Potter Musical

Where is Peter Rabbit? Beatrix Potter Musical

Windermere

Mon 27 Jun - Sun 4 Sep 2016

Where is Peter Rabbit? The Beatrix Potter Musical Adventure

Grasmere Guzzler - Amy Cowell Photography

Grasmere Guzzler Beer & Music Festival

Grasmere

Fri 2 - Sun 4 Sep 2016

This years ‘Grasmere Guzzler’ Beer Festival, will take place on 2nd, 3rd and 4th September. This is the 10th year that we have celebrated this FREE and fantastic event and we are expecting more visitors than ever before.

Westmorland County Show

Westmorland County Show

Kendal

Thu 8 Sep 2016

Westmorland County Show is one of the largest one day shows in the County. Voted by the Farmers Guardian readers as the 5th top show and the only one-day show in the top 12.

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival

Kendal

Fri 14 - Sun 16 Oct 2016

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival will put a spotlight for one fantastic weekend on the brilliance, diversity and quirkiness of comic art.

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

Kendal Mountain Festival

Kendal Mountain Festival

Kendal

Thu 17 - Sun 20 Nov 2016

It's a celebration of mountain film, literature, art, athletes and legends, that aims to inspire more people to explore, enjoy and represent mountains, wilderness and their cultures.

German Christmas Markets

Ja Windermere German Christmas Markets

Windermere

Sat 10 - Sun 11 Dec 2016

Windermere is hosting a brand new German Christmas Market on 10th & 11th December, there will be a wide range of festive stalls selling fantastic seasonal gifts from knitwear to soaps.

Things to do

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.

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.

Townend

Townend

Windermere

A real Lakeland hidden treasure set in the beautiful village of Troutbeck, this 17thC solid stone and slate house sits imposingly on the hillside, its huge chimneys typical of the area.

Peter Rabbit

The World of Beatrix Potter

Bowness-on-Windermere

The World of Beatrix Potter™ Attraction in Bowness-on-Windermere is a vibrant visitor centre offering a unique experience for all the family. Explore a magical world where all 23 enchanting tales are brought to life.

The Cocoa Bean Company & Chocolate World

The Cocoa Bean Company & Chocolate World

Hawkshead

A unique and interactive experience for children that is truly unforgettable.

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

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.

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.

Steam Yacht Gondola

Steam Yacht Gondola

Coniston

Float back to Victorian times as you indulge in a luxurious cruise on captivating Coniston water in this exquisite steam-powered craft.

Kendal Leisure Centre

Kendal Leisure Centre

Kendal

Indoor sports hall, badminton, football, hockey, short tennis and much more. One squash court and a table tennis table.

Keswick Brewing Compnay

Keswick Brewery

Keswick

A small family-run brewery set up with quality and environmental issues at it's heart.

Blackwell, The Arts & Craft House

Blackwell, The Arts & Craft House

Windermere

Blackwell is one of England's most important surviving houses from the turn of the 20thC. Designed by MH Baille Scott between 1898 and 1900, it is a superb example of arts and crafts movement.

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.

Windermere Lake Cruises, Lakeside

Windermere Lake Cruises, Lakeside

Newby Bridge

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.

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.

Lakeland Climbing Centre

Lakeland Climbing Centre

Kendal

Award winning Climbing Centre, the largest in the Lake District boasting the tallest indoor wall in the country at 25m, Europe's first indoor Via Ferrata and Kendal CrazyClimb. Fun for everyone!

Greenlands Farm Village

Greenlands Farm Village

Kendal

Located next to an artisan village, the Open Farm is a real hands-on experience, loved by both children and adults (and don't worry if it is raining there's lots undercover)

The origins of the Tale of Peter Rabbit

Allan Bank

Grasmere

Did you know that the tale of Peter Rabbit started out an illustrated letter? Take a seat in the study and have a go at writing and colouring in your own story letter to someone special at home.

The Heaton Cooper Studio

The Heaton Cooper Studio

Grasmere

The Heaton Coopers are a family of artists that go back 4 generations. The studio in Grasmere, founded by William Heaton Cooper (1903-1995) in 1939.

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

Esthwaite Water

Esthwaite Water

Hawkshead

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

Theatre by the Lake

Theatre by the Lake

Keswick

Theatre by the Lake has a setting on the shores of Derwentwater no other professional theatre in Britain can match. Each year it stages up to nine of its own productions of classic, modern and new plays and has won multi-starred reviews.

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