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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

Jonathon Heyward (photo by Jeremy Ayres Fischer)

Lakeland Sinfornia Concerts

Kendal

Mon 20 Nov 2017 - Mon 30 Apr 2018

The Lakeland Sinfonia Concert Society is an Arts Council sponsored charity which promotes orchestral concerts in Kendal.

Votes for Women: Suffrage and Women's Lives

Votes for Women

Kendal

Thu 18 Jan - Mon 31 Dec 2018

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

A Herstory of Keswick

A Herstory of Keswick

Keswick

Fri 19 Jan - Thu 10 May 2018

An important new account of Keswick’s story told through the eyes of women in a fascinating and interactive exhibition.

'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.

Arctic Char by Brian & George Fell

Arctic Char

Ambleside

Mon 19 Feb - Tue 31 Jul 2018

Handmade in steel by Brian and George Fell, this sculpture of a shoal of Arctic Char showcases a rare and notable Lake District fish whose survival acts as a barometer of climate change.

Mountains We Made

Mountains We Made

Hawkshead

Mon 19 Feb - Tue 31 Jul 2018

Constructed from sustainably sourced oak from Grizedale Forest, Mountains We Made by Charlie Whinney invites young and old to walk along sections of Lake District mountains created from steam bent wood.

Ordnance Pavilion by Studio MUTT

Ordnance Pavilion

Ambleside

Mon 19 Feb - Tue 31 Jul 2018

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.

Claude Monet, Haystacks: Snow Effect

Claude Monet

Kendal

Thu 1 Mar - Sat 28 Apr 2018

See a masterpiece by one of the world’s most famous painters in Kendal. Claude Monet’s Haystacks: Snow Effect, will be displayed at Abbot Hall Art Gallery from Friday 12 January until 28 April.

Katie Spragg: Ceramics

Katie Spragg: Ceramics

Windermere

Thu 1 Mar - Thu 10 May 2018

Recognised as one of the country’s finest up-and-coming talents, Royal College of Art graduate, Katie Spragg creates ceramic works that aim to evoke a sense of wonder about being outside in nature.

Tracing the Landscape: Cumbrian Farm Women

Tracing The Landscape: Cumbrian Farm Women

Kendal

Tue 13 Mar - Sat 9 Jun 2018

The multi-media exhibition questions and seeks to understand why the farmer’s wife was, and remains one of the most elusive figures in agrarian history.

Crawl in the Hall

Crawl in the Hall

Kendal

Fri 16 Mar - Fri 14 Dec 2018

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

Sandra Orme

Of Truth of Skies by Sandra Orme

Coniston

Sat 17 Mar - Tue 1 May 2018

Pastel artist, Sandra Orme's work explores the ever changing landscape - light, seasonal colours, atmosphere and weather. On display in the Severn Studio. Admission is included in house or garden ticket.

Ashley Cooper

Images from a Warming Planet

Coniston

Mon 19 Mar - Sun 29 Apr 2018

An exhibition of stunning images from Ashley Cooper's new book Images from a Warming Planet which captures one man's mission to document climate change around the world. On display in the Loft. Included in house or garden admission.

Dorothy Wordsworth, A Stitch in her Time

Dorothy Wordsworth, A Stitch in her Time

Grasmere

Sat 24 Mar - Sun 29 Apr 2018

19th-century needlework, including Dorothy's embroidered post bag and a harp-shaped needle case that delighted Wordsworth, will be on display alongside textile responses to them.

Constructure

Constructure

Kendal

Sat 7 Apr - Sat 2 Jun 2018

Constructure is a group of four artists from the north of England; Artists Benedict Rutherford, Jamie Barnes, David Armes and Bonnie Craig.

Work by Hunt Emerson

Work

Coniston

Thu 12 Apr - Sun 2 Sep 2018

Marking the completion of Hunt Emerson & Kevin Jackson's masterful Ruskin comic, How to Work, Be Rich, & See, we present Emerson's tribute to Ford Maddox Brown alongside works on the theme of Work. In the Blue Gallery.

Jean Sturgis: A restrospective

Jean Sturgis: A restrospective

Grasmere

Sat 14 Apr - Sat 30 Jun 2018

An exhibition of the work of the Cumbrian artist Jean Sturgis (1931-2016) who was born in Kendal, spent a considerable part of her life in Italy, and returned to live in Kentmere.

Great Expectations

Great Expectations

Keswick

Sat 14 Apr - Mon 14 May 2018

Following a terrifying encounter with an escaped convict, young Pip is given an unexpected chance to better himself by visiting the reclusive and mysterious Miss Havisham.

Fairy and Dragon World

Fairy and Dragon World

Ambleside

Fri 20 Apr - Wed 5 Sep 2018

Join us from the Easter holidays through to September and your family will be enthralled to explore our magical enchanted forest to search for Fairy doors and Dragon eggs.

Finding your feet

Finding Your Feet

Keswick

Sat 21 - Sun 22 Apr 2018

A wonderfully feel-good English drama about the vicissitudes, and possibilities, of mid-life crises - Sandra (Imelda Staunton) finding new life and new love.

Isle of Dogs

Isle of Dogs

Keswick

Sat 21 - Mon 23 Apr 2018

In this stop-motion-animated film from writer/director Wes Anderson, an outbreak of canine flu in Japan leads all dogs to be quarantined on an island. A boy journeys there to rescue his dog Spots.

Epic: The Lakeland Loop Cycle Sportive

Epic: The Lakeland Loop Cycle Sportive

Ambleside

Sun 22 Apr 2018

The Lakeland Loop Cycle Sportive is a challenging ride which starts from the New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel in Great Langdale.

Kendal Sprint Triathlon

Kendal Sprint Triathlons

Kendal

Sun 22 Apr 2018

A super spring pool based sprint triathlon to kick start the Epic season.

Piers Lane

Keswick Music Society: Piers Lane

Keswick

Sun 22 Apr 2018

A performance from celebrated London-based Australian pianist Piers Lane.

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.

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