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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.

Link House

Link House by Bassenthwaite Lake

Link House is perfectly situated for a Lakeland holiday. Built in late Victorian times the house enjoys views over both fells and open countryside close to Bassenthwaite Lake and has a warm and friendly atmosphere.

Stone Cottage

Stone Cottage

EnjoyEngland gold award 2008 and much improved since then. A luxuriously renovated, character house in the tiny hamlet of Deepdale. Beautifully presented in contemporary, country style. Roaring log fire, beams and magical views.

Burnside Park

Burnside Park

Set in the heart of the Lake District National Park, in mature gardens, yet only 300 metres from the promenade, steamer piers and bustling village centre of Bowness-on-Windermere.

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.

Wansfell Holme BnB Holiday Lets

Wansfell Holme BnB Holiday Lets

A beautiful period home, dating from 1837, in a perfect location close to the shoreline of Lake Windermere and on the lower slopes of Wansfell.

Greaves Farm Caravan Park - Savoy

Greaves Farm Caravan Park

A small quiet park, family owned and supervised in a rural setting. The small static park is situated in an old farm orchard and has 2 luxury VisitEngland accredited caravans for hire. Ideal base for south of Lake District National Park.

The Apartments Coniston

The Apartments Coniston

5 contemporary, spacious and warm apartments, fully self-catering with all mod-cons, ideal base for walking, cycling, and exploring the lakes, secure bicycle storage, parking on-site for 1 car per apartment.

Fisherbeck

The Fisherbeck

Luxury en-suite accommodation in the heart of the Lake District serving award-winning breakfasts. Great views. Fabulous new rooms. Lite Bites and Bar. Parking. Pleasant garden. An easy stroll to Ambleside's shops, restaurants and lake.

Walker Ground Manor 5* B&B

Walker Ground Manor

A beautiful traditional English Lake District country house dating from 1680 retaining many original features, set in its own grounds. Offers guests 5 star accommodation within a relaxed & friendly atmosphere.

Fir Trees Guest House

Fir Trees Guest House

Here at Fir Trees, your hosts Vicki and Tim extend a warm and friendly welcome to their guests at this spacious family run Guest House.

Stockghyll Cottage

Stockghyll Cottage

Beautiful Lakeland stone cottage in a delightful wooded setting with a stream and waterfall in the lovely gardens. Only 10 minutes level stroll to Bowness town centre. Local produce used for yummy full English breakfasts.

MacDonald Old England Hotel & Spa

Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa

The Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa stands right on the shore of Windermere and boasts unrivalled views of England's largest lake.

Broad How

Broad How

Spacious, comfortable, warm and well-equipped, Broad How is a charming, large Lakeland house, sleeping 14, ideally sited in an acre of grounds, 0.5 mile from village of Patterdale, pub and shop. Restaurants, steamer and boat hire 1.5 miles.

Rothay 18 patio and view

Rothay 18

Rothay 18 is located at Lakelands, an exclusive holiday complex in a quiet location with unsurpassed views over Ambleside to Loughrigg and the surrounding area.

7 Lingmoor View, lounge

2 & 7 Lingmoor View

These two traditional Lakeland cottages are beautifully situated in Great Langdale valley in the heart of the Lake District where there are numerous walks to suit all abilities and ambitions.

The Knoll Country House

The Knoll Country House

When you want to get away from it all, come to the Knoll. This tranquil country retreat stands in beautiful grounds at the southern tip of Lake Windermere, surrounded by spectacular woodland.

Wateredge Inn

Wateredge Inn

Delightfully situated family-run inn on the shores of Windermere at Waterhead Bay. Enjoy country inn style dining, freshly prepared bar meals, real ales and fine wines all served overlooking the lake.

Reception

Southview Guest House

15% off 3 nights at Southview, 4 nights for the price of 3 at Southview

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

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.

Brantholme Guest House

Brantholme Guest House

Prime example of a Lakeland Victorian Villa sympathetically modernised to a very high standard, with stunning, unobstructed fell views. All rooms have super-king size beds, en suite with separate bath & shower, 40" TV & free internet.

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

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