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Lakes Ignite
Lakes Ignite

World Heritage Signature Experiences

Lakes Ignite

A celebration of contemporary art
in a World Heritage landscape.

Lakes Ignite 2018 presents six specially commissioned contemporary artworks to celebrate the Lake District’s designation as a World Heritage site. From January to July 2018, six artists are bringing their creative vision to the Lakes with a unique collection of artworks that are free to visit and explore.

Each installation provides a different perspective on our World Heritage story using very different media including metal, wood, mirrors, inflatables, performance and virtual reality. So whether you’re 8 or 80, come and spark your imagination in 2018 and experience art in our celebrated Lake District landscape.

Below, you will find a brief description of all the artworks and where you can see them. For more information including a map and interviews with the artists please visit www.lakesculture.co.uk/category/lakes-ignite-2018/

Slung

Lakes Ignite - Slung

See a breathing artwork

With a mild flavour of Dr Seuss, a hint of Haribos and smidgen of the Cheshire cat from Alice in Wonderland, Michael Shaw’s flamboyant Slung is composed of two large fluorescent pink and orange striped inflatables, suggesting a pair of huge lungs that inflate and deflate as though breathing the fresh air of the rich open countryside. Slung will take over The Mountain Hall at Rheged from 10 January to the end of July 2018.

Plan your trip to see Slung and also take in some of the events and exhibitions on throughout the year at Rheged, shopping (including a fabulous toy shop), a huge cinema showing the latest films, and enjoy delicious artisan food in the Foodhall and cafés. It’s free to park and come into the centre.

More info about what to see and do at Rheged

Arctic Char

Conservation caught in motion

From 18 January, outside the Ambleside Salutation Hotel in Ambleside you will find a shoal of Arctic Char. Handmade in steel by Brian and George Fell, this sculpture showcases a rare and notable Lake District fish whose survival acts as a barometer of climate change. The fish are three times their actual size, so approximately one metre each, and arranged in a dynamic formation, as though captured in mid-motion.

Book a stay at the Salutation Hotel to be your base as you explore this and the other Lakes Ignite installations in the National Park. The hotel boasts a central Lake District location with restaurant, leisure facilities and spa.

Lakes Ignite Arctic Char

Ordnance Pavilion

Get Inside OS Maps

In the picturesque Langdale valley, which takes its name from the Old Norse term for ‘long valley’, Studio MUTT has created a colourful, interactive architectural intervention that celebrates the impact Ordnance Survey mappings have had on our human and cultural interaction with the landscape.

From 27 Jan to the end of July, get up close to icons of OS maps as you’ve never seen them before. A real chance to take some truly contemporary Lake District landscape shots!

Find the Ordnance Pavilion behind Wainwrights’ Inn, a traditional Lakeland pub that is popular with locals and walkers alike, and try their special Lakes Ignite ale. Take your Lakes Ignite break in style by staying at The Langdale Hotel and Spa, a luxury four-star hotel just a five minute walk away from the Ordnance Pavilion.

Lakes Ignite - Ordnance Pavilion

Mountains We Made

Walk the Lake District in 2 minutes

Think you’ve ticked off all the main Lake District walks? Charlie Whinney has created a new landscape in which to think, play and wander through. Constructed from sustainably sourced oak from Grizedale Forest, Mountains We Made invites young and old to walk along sections of Lake District mountains created from steam bent wood.

From early January, Mountains We Made will be found next to the play area at Grizedale Forest. Known as ‘the forest of firsts’, it has a rich history and legacy of being the first forest in the UK to develop publically accessible sculpture trails. Mountains We Made, together with another piece by Charlie, will be new editions to the permanent collection made up of over 40 sculptures by some of the leading names in contemporary art.

This artwork was jointly commissioned by The Forestry Commission England, Lakes Culture and Lakes Alive.

More info on Grizedale Sculpture

Lakes Ignite - Mountains We Made

Time Mirror

Lakes Ignite - Time Mirror

Be In A Kaleidoscope

It’s time for reflection this summer at Blackwell, The Arts and Crafts House. Di Mainstone’s Time Mirror is a large tessellated funnel shaped structure, covered in polished mirror-like steel, which allows audiences of all ages to experience and capture the stunning Lake District surroundings in an experimental and abstract way; an interactive artwork that will provide some truly unique images of the Lake District.

The Time Mirror experience will open alongside Blackwell’s Centre of Ceramic Art exhibition from 18 May until the end of the July. The Centre of Ceramic Art exhibition will run until 9 Sept. Whilst visiting Time Mirror be sure to make time for lunch or cakes in the Tea Room and a browse around the Contemporary Craft Shop to pick up some beautiful, high quality, unique craftware and gifts.

More info and to buy tickets for Blackwell

*Time Mirror can be experienced without entry to Blackwell.

The Buried Moon

Lakes Ignite The Buried Moon

Look beneath the surface

The Strange Names Collective and the University of Cumbria invite you to the Ambleside campus this summer to find out what lies beneath what we think we know about this World Heritage cultural landscape. The Buried Moon is a three-part artwork exploring landscape and the cultural history of geology in the Lake District through a performance by Philip Stanier, Penny Newell and Gillian Lees, alongside a photographic exhibition and virtual reality experience by Wayne Burrows and animated by Adam York Gregory which allows viewers to drift below the surface, into the deep interior of the earth.

Performances will be on Sunday 27th May (at 7pm), Friday 29th, Saturday 30th June and Sunday 1st July (2 performances each day: matinee at 2.30pm and evening at 7pm).
You can reserve free tickets to the Buried Moon here.

Performances last 20 minutes: Sunday 27th May (at 7pm) and Friday 29th & Saturday 30th June and Sunday 1st July (2 performances each day: matinee at 2.30pm & evening at 7pm)

The Buried Moon is part of the University of Cumbria’s 10 year anniversary celebrations.

Find Places To Stay

We have a collection of great places to stay all around the Lake District.
Please click any of the links below to view details and book your stay.

The Waternook Estate

Waternook & The Great Barn

Waternook Lakeside Accommodation is an exclusive super-luxury five star destination with concierge services in the UK.

Cherry Tree Cottage at Satterthwaite

Cherry Tree Cottage at Satterthwaite

A gorgeous and sophisticated cottage in the sleepy hamlet of Satterthwaite, between Hawkshead and Lake Windermere, blissfully secluded yet only a stone's throw from the village pub.

Three Shires Inn

Three Shires Inn

This traditional slate Inn was built in 1872 near the meeting point of the old counties of Westmorland, Lancashire and Cumberland. The valley of Little Langdale is the most peaceful and unspoilt in the central Lake District.

Scarr Head Caravans

Scarr Head Caravans

Small working farm at foot of Coniston mountains and 2 miles south of Coniston village. three modern caravans set in large private garden. Lovely walks and scenery right out of the farmyard. Perfect base for a Lake District holiday.

High Dale Park Barn

High Dale Park Barn

The property is situated in an extremely peaceful location, well within the Lake District National Park, at the head of the tiny, unspoilt valley of Dale Park. Dale Park is one of Lakeland's best kept secrets. It abounds in wild life.

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Hacket Forge

This idyllic Lakeland cottage revels in its surroundings on the banks of the River Brathay, and is just a short walk from the picturesque Little Langdale.

Burn How Garden House Hotel

Burn How Garden House Hotel

The unique Burn How Hotel has individually designed rooms set in the privacy of our gardens. An oasis in the middle of bustling Bowness but only a 2-minute stroll to the village or lake Windermere.

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Lillibet Cottage

Situated just two minutes' walk from the market square at the heart of the popular town of Keswick, Lillibet Cottage is a delightful and somewhat quirky cottage that has been finished in contemporary manner to offer quality accommodation in

Quiet Site Caravan Park

The Quiet Site Holiday Park

Idyllic setting overlooking Ullswater. Number one holiday park on Tripadvisor in the Lake District 2017. Green Tourism Gold Award 2017. Top 100 Park 2017. Free showers, bathrooms and probably the best campsite bar in Britain.

The Old Farmhouse

The Hyning Estate

The Hyning Estate provides Luxurious, High Quality, "Green", Self-Catering Accommodation on the edge of The Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks just minutes from the M6 and Scotland to Euston main line railway station.

Heated showers and toilets

Wallace Lane Farm Campsite

Wallace Lane Farm Campsite is a peaceful and quiet little gem set high in the Cumbrian fells, with fantastic views over the Solway plain, sea and Scottish Mountains. Situated a short distance from the Village of Caldbeck.

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The Old Dairy

The perfect bolt hole for two, wishing to get away from it all. Situated on the outskirts of Ambleside

Tilberthwaite Apartment

Tilberthwaite Apartment

Perched above Bowness on Windermere this gem of an apartment provides 4 Star Gold luxury in a superb central location

Talbot House

Talbot House & Talbot Studio

Romantic Lakeland Stone cottages with terraced garden. The ideal location for a Lake District holiday, within 7 miles of Penrith. Three bedroom house & studio apartment. Open fire and wifi. Short breaks available.

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Luke's Hoose

The elevated setting of this stylish Lakeland cottage provides spectacular views to the Lake District mountains from almost every room.

Elterwater Park Country Guest House

Elterwater Park Country Guest House

High on the hills above Langdale valleys, with views from Kirkstone to Coniston Old Man. Excellent cuisine, homegrown produce, pretty garden, elegant decor. On Cumbria Way. Ample safe private parking.

Pinewood Cottage

Pinewood Cottage

A beautifully refurbished cottage near Newby Bridge ideally situated to explore the Lake District national park.

Denehurst Guest House bedroom

Denehurst Guest House

Denehurst is a traditional Lakeland stone house built in 1898 and full of Victorian charm and character. Situated in a quiet area away from the main road and with ample and convenient parking, we are just a 10-minute walk from Bowness.

Howbeck Guest House

The Howbeck Guest House

For accommodation, The Howbeck truly is a once discovered, never forgotten place to stay. A delightful Lake District retreat where the warmth and friendliness of staff is always apparent.

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Betamere

A delightful ground floor apartment with a quiet air of luxury very close to Lake Windermere at Waterhead - an ideal place for a relaxing holiday in the very heart of the Lake District.

World Heritage Cumbria
Blackwell Arts and Crafts House, Bowness-on-Windermere

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