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The Lake District

On the 10th July 2017, the Lake District received World Heritage Site status, positioning us alongside destinations such as the Taj Mahal, the Tower of London and the Great Barrier Reef. We welcome you to join us to celebrate this achievement and visit the UK’s largest World Heritage site.

The Lake District, Cumbria, is a region of incredible beauty famous for its stunning scenery, abundant wildlife and cultural heritage. The area is made up of ancient woodlands and forest, river valleys, lakes, mountains and simply stunning coastlines.

The North lakes is much wilder than the South, with the Skiddaw mountain range dominating the town of Keswick. The lush Borrowdale valley leads to the dramatic Honister mountain pass and into the natural lakes of Buttermere & Crummock. The South & Central Lake District has the charming villages of Grasmere & Hawkshead along with England's largest lake, Windermere.

Adventure seekers can head West to the higher ground of Great Langdale where the giant fells of Bowfell, Crinkle Crags and the highest peak, Scafell Pike, reside.

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Lake District
Ambleside
Ambleside

Ambleside

Ambleside is ideally located in the centre of the Lake District. The town is situated at the North end of Windermere Lake and at the foot of the popular scenic route over Kirkstone Pass.
Bassenthwaite
Bassenthwaite

Bassenthwaite

Bassenthwaite Lake, a finger of water lying tranquilly under the lofty bulk of Skiddaw, is indelibly linked with the spectacular sight of ospreys swooping over the lake and diving for fish in its waters.
Caldbeck
Caldbeck

Caldbeck

Caldbeck is one of the most beautiful and peaceful of all the Lakeland villages and is ideally situated for exploring the Lake District, the Scottish Borders, the Eden Valley and the North Pennines.
Coniston
Coniston

Coniston

Located on the banks of Coniston Water, in the shadow of the Coniston fells, the town was originally built to support the local slate quarrying and copper mining.
Grasmere and Rydal
Grasmere & Rydal

Grasmere & Rydal

Grasmere, cradled in a vale in the heart of the Lake District, is crowned with magnificent fells and mountains all around.
Hawkshead
Hawkshead

Hawkshead

Hawkshead has flourished from its beginnings as a Medieval market town. Today Hawkshead, with its car-free village centre, is the perfect place for the visitor to experience the 'real' Lake District.
Kendal Staveley and Lyth Valley
Kendal

Kendal, Staveley & Lyth Valley

The ‘Auld Grey Town' of Kendal, handsomely built in limestone, is the focal hub for shopping and culture in Lakeland.
Keswick and Borrowdale
Keswick and Borrowdale

Keswick & Borrowdale

It's central location makes Keswick the perfect place to stay when planning to explore the Lake District.
Langdale
Langdale

Langdale

The Langdale Valley is home to possibly one of the most well-known and well-walked mountain ranges in England.
Ullswater Valley
Ullswater Valley

Ullswater Valley

The glittering lake of Ullswater, extending from Pooley Bridge to Patterdale, is at the heart of this area.
Windermere and Newby Bridge
Windermere

Windermere & Newby Bridge

Windermere is the perfect Lakeland destination all year round. With the shores of the lake so close, you are never short of fantastic scenery or leisure activities.

What's On

'The Right Sort of Woman' exhibition

'The Right Sort of Woman' exhibition

Hawkshead

Sat 10 Feb - Sun 28 Oct 2018

Featuring Beatrix Potter's original artwork, handwritten letters and personal items, this new exhibition uncovers a lesser-known side to the well-loved children's author.

Man and Mountain

Man and Mountain: Chris Bonington

Keswick

Sat 19 May 2018 - Sun 6 Jan 2019

Heritage Lottery Fund supported exhibition on world renowned mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington that traces his journey from the sandstone of Harrison’s Rocks to the highest summits on earth, and close connections to the Cumbrian landscape.

From Wordsworth to the Web

From Wordsworth to the Web

Kendal

Tue 19 Jun - Thu 20 Dec 2018

Here is the news! Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry celebrates 200 years of Kendal’s local paper, the Westmorland Gazette.

Votes for Women: Suffrage and Women's Lives

Votes for Women: Suffrage and Women's Lives

Kendal

Tue 19 Jun - Mon 31 Dec 2018

Discover the history of the suffragists and suffragettes and how women fought for their rights.

Rodin: rethinking the fragment

Rodin: rethinking the fragment

Kendal

Tue 14 Aug - Sat 27 Oct 2018

See one of Auguste Rodin's best-known works – The Thinker. The iconic piece takes centre stage in this display which explores how the French sculptor (1840-1917) studied the fragments of ancient Greece and Rome.

Dorothy Wordsworth & Women Mountaineers

Dorothy Wordsworth & Women Mountaineers

Grasmere

Sat 1 Sep - Sun 23 Dec 2018

Dorothy Wordsworth was a keen mountaineer. This exhibition celebrates her accomplishments on the bicentenary of her ascent of Scafell Pike.

Crawl in the Hall

Crawl in the Hall

Kendal

Fri 7 Sep 2018 - Fri 25 Jan 2019

The weekly creative sessions for the under-fives are inspired by works of art from Abbot Hall’s exhibitions and collections.

Detail of Peter Rabbit letter

The Right Sort of Woman exhibition

Hawkshead

Wed 12 Sep - Sun 28 Oct 2018

Featuring Beatrix Potter's original artwork, handwritten letters and personal items, this exhibition uncovers a lesser-known side to the well-loved children's author.

Northern Collective Exhibition

Northern Collective Exhibition

Keswick

Wed 10 Oct - Sun 11 Nov 2018

The Northern Collective Exhibition comprises 16 artists from Cumbria and beyond and will showcase a rich diversity of themes and artistic processes including painting, printmaking, textiles, collage and assemblage.

Johnny English Strikes Again

Johnny English Strikes Again

Keswick

Fri 19 - Sun 28 Oct 2018

Rowan Atkinson returns as the much-loved accidental secret agent in "Johnny English Strikes Again".

Smallfoot

Smallfoot

Keswick

Fri 19 - Wed 31 Oct 2018

An animated adventure for all ages, with original music and an all-star cast, Smallfoot turns the Bigfoot legend upside down when a bright young Yeti finds something he thought didn't exist -- a human.

The House with a Clock in Its Walls

The House with a Clock in Its Walls

Keswick

Fri 19 - Sat 20 Oct 2018

Jack Black and Cate Blanchett star in this Amblin classic where fantastical events occur in the most unexpected places.

Antique & Collectors Fair

Antique & Collectors Fair

Ullswater

Fri 19 - Sun 21 Oct 2018

Antique and collectors fair, fine and vintage jewellery, antiques, collectables, decorative arts, vintage linens and china in centre of pretty Pooley Bridge, cafes, shops and Ullswater Steamer all nearby.

Frightful fun in the trees

Halloween Treetop Trail

Windermere

Fri 19 - Wed 31 Oct 2018

A spooky halloween hunt in the high trees!

Hallé Concert

Hallé Concert

Kendal

Sat 20 Oct 2018

For their visit to the Lakeland Sinfonia Concert Society this season, the Hallé bring a thrilling programme.

Windermere Lakes Record & Cd Fair

Windermere Record & CD Fair

Windermere

Sat 20 Oct 2018

Record & CD Fair Free entry / Free parking Situated between Windermere & Bowness on main Lake Road - easy to find and parking on premises.Tea/Coffee available. Vinyl for sale from £1 upwards to higher priced collectors & CD's from £2

The Wray Castle estate in autumn

Forests of Folklore

Ambleside

Sat 20 Oct - Sun 4 Nov 2018

Enter our Forests of Folklore where Germanic folklore shadows play hide and seek within the castle walls. Who will be seeking who?

PBFA Grasmere Book Fair

PBFA Grasmere Book Fair

Grasmere

Sat 20 Oct 2018

Antiquarian & seonchand books for sale .

Langdale Half Marathon

Langdale Half Marathon

Ambleside

Sat 20 Oct 2018

A beautiful half marathon in the heart of the Lake District. This stunning course takes in the Great Langdale and Little Langdale valleys with 360° views of the surrounding fells.

Langdale Marathon

Langdale Marathon

Ambleside

Sat 20 Oct 2018

A beautiful, challenging marathon course set in England's most spectacular mountain scenery.

The Halloween Experience 2018

The Halloween Experience 2018

Windermere

Sat 20 - Wed 31 Oct 2018

From 20 October to 31 October Brockhole is being taken over by monsters, ghouls and ghosts and you're invited to join them!

Peter Rabbit Tea Parties

Peter Rabbit Tea Parties

Bowness-on-Windermere

Sat 20 Oct 2018

Enjoy a scrumptious party lunch of sandwiches, sausage rolls, crisps and cakes galore with Peter Rabbit. 

Carry On Haunting Homicide Murder Mystery

Carry On Haunting Homicide Murder Mystery

Kendal

Sat 20 Oct 2018

It’s time to watch out for things that get bumped off in the night! A new heir has arrived at the House on Hammer Hill to claim his inheritance but he’s about to get more than he bargained for.

Picture the Scene

Picture the Scene

Keswick

Sat 20 Oct 2018

Local drama groups present three half-hour plays, winners of the 2018 North Cumbria Scriptwriters’ ‘Picture the Scene’ competition, each inspired by a picture of the playwright’s choice.

BOOK TICKETS

Book tickets online to a great selection of Lake District attractions, adventure activities and family fun days out. Book easily and securely with Golakes, your trusted local tourist board.

Click the image below to view the range of attractions available.

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