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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 26 and 27 May, 29 and 30 June and 1 July.
A link to reserve free tickets will be available here in due course.

Exhibition will run from 26 May to the end of July.

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.

Broadrayne farm Cottages

Broadrayne Farm Cottages

Broadrayne is a traditional Lakeland Farm with a small cluster of former 17th to 19th century farm buildings nestling round a picturesque farmyard in the beautiful Vale of Grasmere.

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.

Hazel Bank Country House

Hazel Bank Country House

Award-winning Hazel Bank, an early Victorian country house, stands secluded and peacefully amidst beautiful 4-acre gardens with breathtaking views of Great Gable and other central Lakeland fells. Recently refurbished to exacting standards.

Lady of the Lake

Waterfoot Park

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

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.

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.

The Lodore Falls Hotel

Lodore Falls Hotel

Elegantly offering the perfect combination of romance, luxury and lakeside adventure - the Lodore Falls Hotel radiates countryside sophistication.

The Kings Head Hotel

The Kings Head

A former 17thC coaching inn situated at the foot of Helvellyn in the heart of the Lake District, The Kings Head is surrounded by spectacular scenery with unsurpassed views toward St Johns in the Vale, Blencathra and Skiddaw.

Wordsworth Barn Living Area

Wordsworth Barn

Spacious, stylish, very well equipped barn conversion with spectacular views and idyllically located in a quiet position, only metres from the village amenities of Patterdale, a mile from the shores of Ullswater.

Rayrigg Villa Guest House

Rayrigg Villa Guest House

Rayrigg Villa is a traditional Lakeland stone house built in 1873, and ideally situated in the heart of Windermere village. A warm welcome is always guaranteed and a full English breakfast is provided by the owners Pauline and Wills.

Mill Beck

Mill Beck

A delightful, modern, 2-bedroomed house with south-facing patio garden in a quiet courtyard location with its own private parking. It has been furnished and equipped to a very high standard with full gas central heating and free WiFi.

Merewood Country House Hotel

Merewood Country House Hotel

Set in its own secluded, twenty-acre estate of beautiful landscaped gardens, woodland and meadow, and with stunning views overlooking Lake Windermere, it’s hard to resist a relaxing Lake District break at Merewood.

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.

Fornside Farm Cottages

Fornside Farm Cottages

A 17thC working Lakeland sheep farm set in magnificent scenery. Beautifully converted from traditional stone barns, our cottages are spacious, comfortable and well equipped.

The Castle Green Hotel in Kendal

The Castle Green Hotel in Kendal

The hotel is set in 14 acres of natural gardens and woodland yet is only 6 miles from M6 & 10 miles from Windermere and the Lake District. Recently awarded Best Western Fans Favourite for 2015 it offers modern comfort.

Littlefield

Littlefield

Littlefield has 4 en suite bedrooms with TV and is 5 minutes walk to the town and close to the lake and theatre. Many lovely walks start from our door. We pride ourselves on our warm hospitality and welcoming atmosphere.

Briery Wood Country House Hotel

Briery Wood Country House Hotel

Moments from the eastern shores of Lake Windermere and set in seven acres of beautiful secluded gardens and woodland lies Briery Wood. The informal and friendly service is so good you’ll hardly notice it.

Bowfell Cottage

Bowfell Cottage

Bowfell Cottage is admirably situated fronting a private drive just off A5074, Lyth Valley Road, above eastern shore of the lake about 1 mile south of Bowness Bay and set in 0.5 acre of wooded ground and gardens. Excellent parking.

Pine Tops

Pine Tops

Pine Tops has 2 comfortable self catering apartments set in 2 and a half acres of gardens and woodland, with panoramic views of Lake Windermere and mountains. Situated in a peaceful but convienient location near to all the popular amenities

Mosscrag Guest House

Mosscrag Guest House

Situated opposite Glenridding beck, surrounded by fells, Helvellyn, Sheffield Pike and Placis Fell, 300yds from Ullswater lake, central village position, easy access to steamers, sailing and horseriding activities.

We are the Lakes
Blackwell Arts and Crafts House, Bowness-on-Windermere

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