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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.

Rose Cottage

Rose Cottage

A superb luxury self-catering cottage in the peaceful village of Hesket Newmarket, 200 metres from the village pub and restaurant. A spa bath and log burner are two of the world-class luxuries available.

Seymour House

Rooms36

The newly renovated family and dog-friendly Rooms36, VB 4-star silver award-winning bed and breakfast is situated a short flat walk from Keswick town centre and about a 5-minute flat walk from Derwentwater queen of the lakes.

1 Park Road

1 Park Road

1 Park Road is a unique bed and breakfast located in Windermere village. Providing locally sourced food & drink with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, we are the perfect place for your Lake District retreat.

Open Plan Living Room

Oak Cottage

Oak Cottage is full of character! Built in the 1850's this Lake District holiday cottage is split over four floors. Sleeping up to 6 people a holiday here will be memorable!

Glenburn Hotel

The Glenburn Hotel & Restaurant

Small contemporary hotel close to Windermere with 16 en suite guest rooms. Bar/Lounge and restaurant. Parking on site and free wi fi throughout. Guests also have free use of Leisure spa and pool in Bowness

Crosslands Farm

Crosslands Farm

Crosslands is a 17thC farmhouse in the unspoilt valley of Rusland nestled between the lakes of Windermere and Coniston. It is a perfect base for walking & cycling within easy reach of Hawkshead, Grizedale Forest and all the lakeland hills.

The Glen exterior

The Glen

The Glen is situated in a quiet location in its own grounds under "The Helm" (local walk and view point of Lake District Moutains and Morecambe bay) but within a 100 metres of country pub & restaurant.

Leathes Head Hotel

The Leathes Head Hotel

A stunning Edwardian Country House Hotel situated in two and a half acres of private grounds with a Bar, Lounge & Rosette Restaurant with dishes freshly prepared by the hotel’s award-winning chef.

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Fern Cottage

Fern Cottage is ideally located just a 2-minute walk from Ambleside village. This beautiful spacious property offers a comfortable holiday or Lake District break.

The MacDonald Swan Hotel

The MacDonald Swan Hotel

Whatever the reason for your visit and whatever the weather outside, you can expect to sleep soundly within the walls of this 17thC coaching inn. Many of our bedrooms have views across the garden towards Helm Crag.

The Waternook Estate

Waternook & The Great Barn

Rated The Sunday Times "Top 12", super-luxury self catering accommodation and retreats within a private, lake fronting estate, with helicopter landing and exclusive concierge services.

Ullswater Caravan Camping & Marine Park

Ullswater Holiday Park

At the Ullswater caravan park, we specialise in a friendly welcome, practical family facilities and a range of accommodation to suit all needs. An ideal place for exploring the Lakes.

The Old Sawpit

The Old Sawpit

Enjoy a cosy holiday in The Old Sawpit. This Elterwater property has lots of character, and sleeps up to 4 people.

Crookwath Cottage Lounge

Crookwath Cottage

Crookwath Cottage is the ultimate hideaway cottage. Aga, wood fires, walks straight from the door onto the Dodds. Sleeps 2-6 people. Cost range between £595-£1295per week. Private 25 acre woodland along the Aira Beck.

Lindeth Howe

Lindeth Howe

Idyllic secluded retreat with superb views over Lake Windermere & fells, once owned by Beatrix Potter. Boasts beautiful bedrooms, cosy lounges, a 2 AA Rosette restaurant with holistic treatments.

Scafell Hotel

Scafell Hotel

Situated in the heart of Borrowdale Valley just off the main road which goes to Buttermere, The Scafell Hotel was formerly a coaching inn, frequented by travellers making the journey over Honister Pass from Keswick to Cockermouth.

View across the dining and living room

Balmoral House Apartment 6

Balmoral Apartment is situated in the centre of Keswick Market Town, five minutes' walk to the shores of Lake Derwent water and Theatre by the Lake.

Waters edge Caravan Park

Waters Edge Caravan Park

Within easy reach of Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and Morecambe Bay. The Lancaster Canal within walking distance. Various small villages and eatery's locally. Rail 6 miles.

The Villa, Levens

The Villa, Levens

Located in the South Lakes, our hotel is furnished to 5-star standard with the Brettargh Suite for ceremonies and smaller functions, and a spectacular purpose-built marquee pavilion for all occasions.

Spa bath room

Southview Guest House

The Southview is a licensed guesthouse with 10 en suite bedrooms including 6 superior rooms and 4 classic bedrooms.

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

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