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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.

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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

18/20 Cellar Bar, Dining & Rooms

18/20 Cellar Bar, Dining & Rooms

Centrally located in the heart of the popular market town of Keswick, 18/20 Cellar Bar, Dining & Rooms offers an ideal base from which to explore the spectacular Northern Lakes.

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Rockside Guest House

Rockside is a quirky 4-star quality guest house, located less than 2 minutes walk from the bus and train station. Rooms are all en suite, modern and individually styled. Friendly relaxed atmosphere and a home from home environment.

Lumley Fee Bunkhouse

Lumley Fee Bunkhouse

With breath-taking views across the Lythe Valley, the Lumley Free Bunkhouse offers cosy accommodation with stunning views. Perfect for families and groups.

Orchard Cottage

Orchard Cottage

Orchard Cottage is centrally situated in Coniston village. Excellent accommodation with three attractive en suite rooms all on ground level. Tea and coffee making facilities. Guest lounge with television, separate dining room.

Hillthwaite House

Hillthwaite

The family-owned Hillthwaite, between Windermere and Bowness, is one of area's highest hotels overlooking England's largest lake and with magnificent panoramic views over to Langdale Pikes, Crinkle Crags and Coniston Old Man.

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Braegarth

An impressive detached property with a beautiful 2 acre garden. The property boasts stylish and comfortable accommodation.

Greystones

Greystones

Greystones enjoys an enviable location with splendid views of Skiddaw, Latrigg and Blencathra. lt is only a 3 minute walk to the shops, restaurants and pubs in the historic Market Square.

Lane Head Farm Country Guest House

Lane Head Farm Country Guest House

One night stay for £70 at Lane Head Farm, 2 night stay for £130 at Lane Head Farm, 3 night stay for £180 at Lane Head Farm, 4 night stay for £220 at Lane Head Farm

Charming 18thC former farmhouse, close to Keswick & Ullswater. Set amid panoramic views of surrounding fells. Individually designed en-suite rooms, guest lounge, free onsite car parking, dogs welcome, cycle storage & free WiFi.

Pomona Bed & Breakfast

Pomona Bed & Breakfast

Situated near Coniston Water and within easy reach of the fells, Pomona is a charming 17thC oak-beamed cottage with free parking and Wi-Fi. Two superb pubs within walking distance both serving excellent food.

holidaycottages.co.uk

holidaycottages.co.uk

A leading holiday cottage lettings company with a selection of handpicked cottages in Cumbria and the Lake District.

Beck Allans Guest House

Beck Allans Guest House

A warm, comfortable, centrally situated 4-star guest house. All rooms have en suite bath and shower. Guest House lies in own grounds in the centre of Grasmere village. Close to shops, bars and restaurants.

Shaw End Mansion

Shaw End Mansion

Situated on a 200-acre estate, in a beautiful location and surrounded by fields and woodland, Shaw End Mansions 4 stylish and spacious Georgian apartments with open fireplaces, provide an excellent holiday base.

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Fairview

This modern first floor apartment, one of only four, offers an excellent base from which to explore the Lake District whilst enjoying the fine amenities that Bowness has to offer throughout the year

Scales Farm Country Guest House

Scales Farm Country Guest House

Scales Farm a 17C farmhouse on the slopes of Blencathra with spectacular views, close to Keswick, 10 mins from M6. All rooms en-suite, beamed lounge, private parking, bicycle storage and drying room. Mobility and dog friendly rooms.

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Yewfield Vegetarian Guest House

An impressive Gothic and towered house, dating back to 1859. Set in 80 acres of grounds by the beauty spot of Tarn Hows, Hawkshead.

Denton House

Denton House

A friendly atmosphere awaits you at this large 17th century house modernised to provide a Lake District guesthouse with 20th century comforts.

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Waterfoot Park

Waterfoot Park, is located within the Lake District National Park, easily accessible from J40 M6.

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Low Melbecks Barn

This impressively renovated Lakeland barn lies in an enviable location just a mile from Bassenthwaite Village in a fine rural area on the edge of the Skiddaw Fells, a perfect spot for walking or relaxing.

Rothay Garth

Rothay Garth

Rothay Garth has a superb position combining glorious mountain views with easy access to Windermere Lake and Ambleside.

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

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