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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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Use the interactive map and click on the different towns shown below to expore and find out more about that area.

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.

Ambleside

The town of Ambleside is situated at the Northern end of England's largest lake, Windermere. It is a popular market town with a great central location in the national park.

HAWKSHEAD

The pretty little village of Hawkshead has close ties with famous author, Beatrix Potter and her infamous Peter Rabbit stories. Her old residence, Hill Top, is located 5 minutes away at Sawrey and is a popular tourist attraction.

What's On

John Harden (1772-1847)

John Harden (1772-1847)

Kendal

Thu 15 Nov 2018 - Thu 28 Feb 2019

To celebrate UNESCO World Heritage Site Status for the Lake District, this display showcases the work of watercolorist John Harden capturing the cultural landscape of the early 19th century.

Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House

New Year New Maker: The Rusland Movement

Windermere

Fri 18 Jan - Sun 9 Jun 2019

Looks at the Rusland Movement’s beautiful furnishings inspired by nature.

Orion, Fleetwith Pike & That Tree

In the still of the night

Windermere

Sat 2 Feb - Sun 31 Mar 2019

Ben’s photographs feature impressive mountain ranges, arching celestial skies, low misty clouds and deep mirrored waters. His collection of work predominately celebrates the Lake District but ventures to Skye and beyond

Absence & Presence In John Ruskin's Clothing

Absence & Presence In John Ruskin's Clothing

Coniston

Wed 6 Feb - Sun 7 Apr 2019

Sarah Casey has been artist in residence at Brantwood throughout 2018 and the timely opening of the resulting exhibition on 6 February 2019 marks the 200th Anniversary of Ruskin’s birth on 8th February 1819.

Refuge: The Art of Belonging

Refuge: The Art of Belonging

Kendal

Fri 15 Feb - Sat 29 Jun 2019

Drawing on Abbot Hall’s own collection and supported by loans, this exhibition tells the story of artists who entered Britain as a result of Nazi occupation alongside a community project exploring the lives of refugees living in Cumbria.

All is True

All is True

Keswick

Fri 22 - Sun 24 Feb 2019

Shakespeare, the bio!

Gemma Louise Doyle

Live Music - Gemma Louise Doyle

Bowness-on-Windermere

Fri 22 - Sat 23 Feb 2019

We’re so excited to have Gemma back with us this February.

free solo

Free Solo

Keswick

Sat 23 Feb 2019

National Geographic Documentary Film's FREE SOLO, a stunning, intimate and unflinching portrait of the free soloist climber Alex Honnold, as he prepares to achieve his lifelong dream: climbing the face of the world's most famous rock... the

Cathedral Cavern

Lakes, Caves & Quarrys Meet Up

Langdale

Sat 23 Feb 2019

I am holding a Photography meet up for any level beginer or pro. Its just a bit of fun, and a nice walk and chat. You dont need to be a photographer to join us..

BYA - Family Pottery - 4-7 years

BYA - Family Pottery - 4-7 years

Kendal

Sat 23 Feb 2019

Join our pottery tutor Chris Barnes to explore different hand building techniques.

BYA - Family Pottery - 8-11 Years

BYA - Family Pottery - 8-11 Years

Kendal

Sat 23 Feb 2019

Join our pottery tutor Chris Barnes to explore different hand building techniques.

Brainiac Live!

Brainiac Live!

Keswick

Sat 23 Feb 2019

Strap on your safety goggles boys and girls, due to popular demand Science’s greatest and most volatile live show is returning with a vengeance.

Dance Workshop

Dance Workshop

Staveley

Sat 23 Feb 2019

Adult Dance workshop. 3 hour session - Ballroom, Latin, Rock n Roll 2pm - 5pm Suitable for Beginners & Intermediate levels

Elves & the Shoemaker - Northern Bite Size Ballet

Elves & the Shoemaker - Northern Bite Size Ballet

Ambleside

Sat 23 Feb 2019

With playful characters and spellbinding music, this adorable ballet is sure to have your little ones dancing with excitement!

February Half Term Canoeing

February Half Term Canoeing

Coniston

Sat 23 Feb 2019

Join like minded people on a guided canoe journey of Coniston Water. Using our local knowledge we will show you hidden coves, remote islands & jetties to jump off, making this one to remember.

Ed Gamble: Blizzard

Ed Gamble: Blizzard

Kendal

Sat 23 Feb 2019

After a sellout national tour in 2017, Ed Gamble is back with another bracing flurry of idiocy.

Steve Oakes Quartet - Live in the Jazz Bar

Steve Oakes Quartet - Live in the Jazz Bar

Ambleside

Sat 23 Feb 2019

A stalwart of the North West jazz community for many years, guitarist Oakes returns with his fine band and a repertoire not a little influenced by some of the great contemporary players of his instrument. Always a pleasure to hear.

Adrian Ventura & Tim Lowe

Live Music - Adrian Ventura & Tim Lowe

Bowness-on-Windermere

Sat 23 Feb 2019

BAHA welcomes back Adrian Ventura and Tim Lowe for another night of great music this February. Expect an evening full of great rock and local folk music, reggae, and blues!

Cathedral Cavern

Lakes, Caves & Quarrys Meet Up

Langdale

Sun 24 Feb 2019

I am holding a Photography meet up for any level beginer or pro. Its just a bit of fun, and a nice walk and chat. You dont need to be a photographer to join us..

Beginners Bike Maintenance Course

Beginners Bike Maintenance Course

Keswick

Sun 24 Feb 2019

Beginners Bike Maintenance Course - Learn just how easy it is to fix and maintain your own mountain or road bike. This basic cycle maintenance course is designed for those people who have very little knowledge of bicycle maintenance.

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Summer Jobs Recruitment Day

Bowness-on-Windermere

Sun 24 Feb 2019

Find out more about working for Windermere Lake Cruises this summer.

Tallow Tales. A Hawkshead Ghost Walk

Tallow Tales. A Hawkshead Ghost Walk

Hawkshead

Sun 24 Feb 2019

Join us for a stroll into Hawkshead's dark past.

Go Now! The Music of the Moody Blues

Go Now! The Music of the Moody Blues

Keswick

Sun 24 Feb 2019

Come along and experience this timeless music live, in tribute to the greatest classic rock band of a generation.

BBQ popup poster

Pappy's at Orrest Head Bar

Windermere

Sun 24 Feb 2019

If you like the sound of authentic Texan BBQ & live folk music, this might be the perfect event to perk up your weekend!

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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