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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

West cast lovliness

Conservation Day

Ravenglass

Sat 21 Jan 2017

Come and join us at this magnificent sand dune nature reserve helping with a number of tasks including fencing and invasive species control.

‘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.

Victory Hall

Broughton Pantomime - The Three Musketeers

Broughton-in-Furness

Fri 27 Jan 2017

Broughton Drama Group present their 2017 annual pantomime, ‘The Three Musketeers’.

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.

Cockermouth Choral Society

A Taste of Italy - Cockermouth Choral Society

Cockermouth

Sat 28 Jan 2017

What better than a concert of wonderful Italian music from across the centuries to chase away the winter blues?

Victory Hall

Broughton Pantomime - The Three Musketeers

Broughton-in-Furness

Sat 28 Jan 2017

Broughton Drama Group present their 2017 annual pantomime, ‘The Three Musketeers’.

Victory Hall

Broughton Pantomime - The Three Musketeers

Broughton-in-Furness

Sun 29 Jan 2017

Broughton Drama Group present their 2017 annual pantomime, ‘The Three Musketeers’.

The Escapade Book & Film Group: The Great Gatsby

The Escapade Book & Film Group: The Great Gatsby

Egremont

Sun 29 Jan 2017

The Escapade Book & Film Group is a brand new book club at Florence Arts Centre in Egremont… with a difference.

Clint's Quarry volunteers

Conservation Day

Egremont

Fri 3 Feb 2017

Clint's Quarry is a wonderful nature reserve with incredibly rich flora. We will be working to enhance the grassland habitat by clearing some of the encroaching scrub.

Stand-Up Comedy Night: Dicky Dippinson

Stand-Up Comedy Night: Dicky Dippinson

Egremont

Sat 11 Feb 2017

Florence gets funny again in 2017!

Fish & Chip Suppers at the Railway

Fish and Chip Evenings

Ravenglass

Fri 17 Feb 2017

Join an evening diesel departure from Ravenglass at 6pm and enjoy a Fish and Chip Supper at Fellbites Cafe, Dalegarth for Boot Station. Ticket price £10.50 includes a Fish Supper at Dalegarth. Call Dalegarth to book on 019467 23192.

'Posting Letters to the Moon'

'Posting Letters to the Moon' Live reading

Ennerdale

Tue 7 Mar 2017

In this live performance, fresh from the world première at the 2016 Hampstead Theatre Festival, wartime letters between the actress Celia Johnson and her husband Peter Fleming are read by their daughter Lucy Fleming and Simon Williams.

Alice in Wonderland

Looking into Wonderland

Whitehaven

Sat 11 Mar - Mon 10 Apr 2017

A fine selection of the illustrations from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and Through the Looking-Glass and what Alice found there (1872) will be on show at The Beacon Museum Whitehaven from 11th March up until the 2nd April 20

Fish & Chip Suppers at the Railway

Fish and Chip Evenings

Ravenglass

Fri 17 Mar 2017

Join an evening diesel departure from Ravenglass at 6pm and enjoy a Fish and Chip Supper at Fellbites Cafe, Dalegarth for Boot Station. Ticket price £10.50 includes a Fish Supper at Dalegarth. Call Dalegarth to book on 019467 23192.

Miles Jupp: Songs of Freedom

Miles Jupp: Songs of Freedom

Whitehaven

Thu 23 Mar 2017

Astronauts. Regrets. The sexes. Social Media. Hipsters. Rage. Medicine. Manners. Identity. Lost stuff. Other stuff...

Peppa Pig at Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway

Peppa Pig at the Railway

Ravenglass

Sat 25 - Sun 26 Mar 2017

Peppa Pig returns to the Railway for two visits in 2017!

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.

Teddies Go Free

Teddies Go Free

Ravenglass

Sat 8 - Sun 23 Apr 2017

Join in the fun this Easter as we grab those teddies because #teddyfest is back!

Easter at Muncaster

Easter

Ravenglass

Fri 14 - Mon 17 Apr 2017

Free entry for every child with a teddy* over the Easter weekend 14th – 17th April 2017, Friday to Monday inclusive.

Fish & Chip Suppers at the Railway

Fish and Chip Evenings

Ravenglass

Fri 21 Apr 2017

Join an evening diesel departure from Ravenglass at 6pm and enjoy a Fish and Chip Supper at Fellbites Cafe, Dalegarth for Boot Station. Ticket price £10.50 includes a Fish Supper at Dalegarth. Call Dalegarth to book on 019467 23192.

Cumbria Sausage Festival

Cumberland Sausage, Food and Drink Festival

Ravenglass

Sat 29 Apr - Mon 1 May 2017

The Cumberland Sausage Festival returns to Muncaster Castle for the third year!

Meet Fred

Meet Fred

Whitehaven

Fri 5 May 2017

Prejudice against puppetry is the only acceptable form of prejudice - David Sefton, Artistic Director, Adelaide International Festival...

Photography Day

Photography Day

Ravenglass

Tue 16 May 2017

The team is back to take you on a behind the scenes photography treat.

Things to do

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.

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!

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.

The Rum Story

The Rum Story

Whitehaven

The Beacon

The Beacon Museum

Whitehaven

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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