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Western Lake District

With secluded beaches, tranquil lakes and rugged mountains, the Western Lake District is overflowing with natural beauty. Home to England's highest mountain, Scafell, and it's deepest lake, Wastwater, this is a special place just waiting to be explored.

Historic harbours, Iron Age forts and tales of smuggling, spices and slaves all add to the allure of a rich maritime heritage. Head to the coast to marval at the views from St Bees Head, the beach is the start of the famous Wainwright 'Coast to Coast' walk. Later stop off at Georgian Whitehaven and Roman Maryport.

Cockermouth is the birthplace of famous poet, William Wordsworth. Close at hand are Bassenthwaite Lake and Whinlatter, England's only true mountain forest.

Eskdale and Ennerdale valleys are true monuments to the beauty of the Lakes and with a busy social calender across the area, the Western Lakes is a must visit.

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Western Lake District
Buttermere Loweswater and Ennerdale
Buttermere

Buttermere, Loweswater & Ennerdale

The Buttermere Valley is a picture postcard of blue ribbon lakes, Buttermere, Crummock Water and Loweswater, ‘knotted' together at the small villages of Buttermere and Loweswater, like ‘a string of pearls each connected to the next'.
Cockermouth
Cockermouth

Cockermouth

The very pretty Georgian town of Cockermouth is the gateway to the largely undiscovered Western Lake District. It’s a lovely place to stay and the added bonus is you can be on a lakeshore.
Maryport Allonby and Aspatria
Maryport

Maryport, Allonby & Aspatria

Maryport has always had a close affinity with the sea, from its earliest fishing days to the busy docks and sea-faring ships of the Georgian and Victorian eras.
Ravenglass Muncaster and Eskdale
Ravenglass

Ravenglass, Muncaster & Eskdale

The green fields and woodlands of the valley of Eskdale, complete with the sparkling thread of the river Esk, penetrate deep into the central Lakeland fells.
Silloth
Silloth

Silloth

The Victorian seaside town of Silloth is a popular destination for its leisurely atmosphere, seaside recreation and spectacular sunsets.
Duddon Valley
Duddon Valley

The Duddon Valley

The Duddon Valley offers unrivalled walking with spectacular views - on the fells, through forest and woodland and along the river bank.
Whitehaven
Whitehaven

Whitehaven & St Bees

The maritime port of Whitehaven was once the third largest in the UK with trade links all over the world.
Workington
Workington

Workington

Workington was built on the bedrock of coal, its reserves exploited by the Curwen family who reaped huge wealth and prosperity from the underground resources.

What's On

Christmas Tea in the Castle

Christmas Tea in the Castle

Ravenglass

Sun 4 Dec 2016

Enjoy a delicious Christmas Afternoon Tea in the splendour of Muncaster Castle; a fabulous treat for yourself or an exclusive pre-Christmas gift for someone special.

Live Music: The Red Dirt Skinners

Live Music: The Red Dirt Skinners

Egremont

Sun 4 Dec 2016

Our live music goes from strength to strength this year, and we’re topping it off this December with a set from the award-winning and genre-defying duo The Red Dirt Skinners.

The Hollyman

Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids

Whitehaven

Fri 4 Nov 2016 - Sun 8 Jan 2017

Award-winning photographer Sara Hannant has travelled the length and breadth of the country capturing vibrant images which reflect her eye for the unexpected, offering a captivating and surprising glimpse of contemporary ‘Merrie England’.

Santa Express

Santa Express

Ravenglass

Sat 3 - Sun 4 Dec 2016

All aboard! Our favourite 'Santa Express' event returns to the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway for 2016.

Entwined lives by Tim Laman (USA)

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016

Whitehaven

Sat 19 Nov 2016 - Mon 2 Jan 2017

Until Monday 2nd January 2017 (Tuesday to Sunday 10am – 4.30pm, with last entry 3.45pm). Also open Mondays during school holidays and bank holidays.

Luke Jackson

Luke Jackson

Egremont

Fri 9 Dec 2016

Florence Arts Centre tops off a great year of live music with BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards nominee, Luke Jackson with support from talented local singer-songwriter Emma Dockeray.

Christmas Elves and Crackers!

Christmas Elves and Crackers!

Workington

Sat 10 Dec 2016

The Bread And Butter Theatre Company will be brightening up The Hub this December with two performances to get you in the mood for Christmas.

Christmas Owls By Moonlight

Christmas Owls By Moonlight

Ravenglass

Sat 10 Dec 2016

Your opportunity to visit Muncaster after dark in the run-up to Christmas and enjoy an evening of owl flying displays plus a two course hot supper and talk by the Hawk & Owl Centre.

Santa Express

Santa Express

Ravenglass

Sat 10 - Sun 11 Dec 2016

All aboard! Our favourite 'Santa Express' event returns to the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway for 2016.

Christmas Tea in the Castle

Christmas Tea in the Castle

Ravenglass

Sun 11 Dec 2016

Enjoy a delicious Christmas Afternoon Tea in the splendour of Muncaster Castle; a fabulous treat for yourself or an exclusive pre-Christmas gift for someone special.

Ghost Stories for Christmas

Ghost Stories for Christmas

Egremont

Sun 11 Dec 2016

Nothing says ‘Christmas’ quite like a Victorian ghost story to chill the blood on a cold winter’s night!

Just in Case – Christmas Special

Just in Case – Christmas Special

Workington

Sat 17 Dec 2016

Watch festive fun under The Hub in Workington Town Centre from 1-3pm with The Fairly Famous Family!

Santa Express

Santa Express

Ravenglass

Sat 17 - Thu 22 Dec 2016

All aboard! Our favourite 'Santa Express' event returns to the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway for 2016.

Christmas Owls By Moonlight

Christmas Owls By Moonlight

Ravenglass

Sun 18 Dec 2016

Your opportunity to visit Muncaster after dark in the run-up to Christmas and enjoy an evening of owl flying displays plus a two course hot supper and talk by the Hawk & Owl Centre.

Christmas Tea in the Castle

Christmas Tea in the Castle

Ravenglass

Sun 18 Dec 2016

Enjoy a delicious Christmas Afternoon Tea in the splendour of Muncaster Castle; a fabulous treat for yourself or an exclusive pre-Christmas gift for someone special.

Christmas Lights Switch On

Carols round the tree

Cockermouth

Sat 24 Dec 2016

Carols round the tree with Cockermouth Mechanics Band.

New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve

Cockermouth

Sat 31 Dec 2016

What better way to celebrate the start of New Year’s Eve than at a distillery?

‘Wycinank

Wycinanki - the Art of Polish Paper Cuts

Whitehaven

Wed 18 Jan - Sun 19 Mar 2017

‘Wycinanki’ or paper cuts are a traditional Polish folk art. They first appeared in the 19th century, when they decorated the inside walls of rural homes.

Lanty Slee Evening (Alternative Burns Night)

Lanty Slee Evening (Alternative Burns Night)

Cockermouth

Fri 20 Jan 2017

Join us for a spectacular evening for a Burns Night with a twist – The Lakes Distillery celebrates the life and times of the infamous Lake District whisky smuggler, Lanty Slee.

Feel the Force

Feel the Force

Whitehaven

Fri 27 Jan - Sun 5 Mar 2017

Ever wondered how magnets work, where anti-gravity comes from and what's inside those mysterious black holes? Come along to our interactive science exhibition 'Feel the Force' and discover for yourself, with experiments and machines for you

Lanty Slee Evening (Alternative Burns Night)

Lanty Slee Evening (Alternative Burns Night)

Cockermouth

Fri 27 Jan 2017

Join us for a spectacular evening for a Burns Night with a twist – The Lakes Distillery celebrates the life and times of the infamous Lake District whisky smuggler, Lanty Slee.

Mechanicals Bare Cats

The Mechanicals

Whitehaven

Sat 25 Mar - Sun 30 Apr 2017

The Mechanicals is an exhibition of two parts. Witty, beautifully hand crafted automata are displayed alongside hand-on exhibits that show the basic mechanisms involved in making the automata work.

Things to do

The Rum Story

The Rum Story

Whitehaven

Maryport Maritime Museum

Maryport Maritime Museum

Maryport

The museum illustrates the maritime, social and industrial history of Maryport, using objects, paintings and story boards in themed galleries.

Wordsworth House

Wordsworth House and Garden

Cockermouth

A visit to Wordsworth House and Garden is a unique opportunity to experience late 18th-century life at first hand.

The Lakes Distillery

Lakes Distillery

Cockermouth

The award-winning Lakes Distillery Company opened in December 2014 in The Lake District National Park with the vision of producing a world class single malt whisky and a global brand that is recognised and respected around the world.

The Beacon

The Beacon Museum

Whitehaven

Situated on Whitehaven's attractive harbour side, The Beacon is home to the town's museum collection.

Gincase Farm Park

The Gincase

Silloth

This has something for everyone. The Farm Park has lots of friendly farm animals in 16 paddocks, large Playbarn with huge indoor play area and more; a Cumbrian Craft Barn and Tearoom.

Muncaster Castle

Muncaster Castle

Ravenglass

Home of the Penningtons for 800 years. Tour this glorious castle with an informative and free interactive wand.

Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway

Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway

Ravenglass

Welcome to Lakeland's oldest, longest and most scenic railway!

Plaza Cinema, Workington

Plaza Cinemas

Workington

6 screen independent cinema. Free parking, 3D films, disabled access, snack kiosk and bar.

Senhouse Roman Museum

Senhouse Roman Museum

Maryport

An internationally significant Roman collection housed in a Victorian Naval Battery adjacent to the Roman fort at Maryport.

Rosehill Theatre

Rosehill Theatre

Whitehaven

Our vision is to be a local theatre of national significance, presenting and producing first class arts and entertainment alongside a vibrant programme of creative learning work to engage young people and others in the community.

Lake District Coast Aquarium

Lake District Coast Aquarium Maryport

Maryport

The Lake District Coast Aquarium opened in May 1997 and contains 65+ themed tanks containing a collection of the diverse marine life found around the Cumbrian and UK coastline.

Duddon Mosses National Nature Reserve

Duddon Mosses National Nature Reserve

Duddon Valley

At Duddon Mosses you'll discover one of England's few remaining peatland habitats, with striking views over the Lakeland Fells and the sea.

Jennings Brewery

Jennings Brewery

Cockermouth

Jennings Brewery was originally established as a true family concern back in 1828, in the village or Lorton. The company moved to its current location in 1874, in the historic town of Cockermouth, in the shadow of Cockermouth Castle.

Grey Croft Stone Circle

Grey Croft Stone Circle

Seascale

The present circle of 10 standing stones, 80' diameter, was restored in 1949. A low oval mound at the centre produced burnt bone fragments and part of a jet ring.

Studfold Gate Stone Circle

Studfold Gate Stone Circle

Workington

Stone circle is now incomplete and has a modern wall cutting through it, incorporating one stone. Eleven others survive, some only a few inches high.

Lacra Stone Circle

Lacra Stone Circles

Millom

Remnants of five stone circles and two possible stone avenues, circles range from 14' to 60', one of them having contained a cremation.

Swinside Stone Circle

Swinside Stone Circle

Millom

Originally know as Sunkenkirk, consists of 50 stones at the foot of Black Combe. Access is via a long farm track from a minor road branching off the A595. Well worth the walk!

Eskdale Moor / Burnmoor Circle

Eskdale Moor/Burnmoor Circle

Eskdale

Several stone circles and many small cairns are visible on the moor. The circles are distinguished by the occurance within them of small cairns. Construction date is thought to be around 2000BC.

Gretigate Stone Circles

Gretigate Stone Circles

Seascale

Three circles and nine small cairns. The south circle is 104' across, the north-west is 72' with a low central cairn. The third is immediately north of the second, it is 24' across and also encloses a small cairn.

Elvastone Circle

Elvastone Circle

Cockermouth

The 15 stones, of which the tallest is just under one metre, form an almost perfect circle some 40 metres in diameter. Only 15 stones of the original 30 remain.

Creche

Whitehaven Sports Centre

Whitehaven

Run by qualified staff, children under five can be booked into our creche for up to two hours while you take part in a fitness class or other activity at the centre.

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