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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

David Hockney, A Rake's Progress

A Rake's Progress by David Hockney

Kendal

Fri 14 Jul - Sat 30 Dec 2017

Sixteen prints influenced by David Hockney's visit to New York in 1961.

After the Dance

After the Dance

Keswick

Mon 25 Sep 2017

A dazzling dissection of love, class and the capacity for self-deceit.

Fairy and Dragon World

Fairy and Dragon World

Ambleside

Sat 1 Apr - Sun 1 Oct 2017

Our Fairy World attraction proved such a hit last summer, that it was voted Best Garden Centre Attraction at the recent Garden Retail Awards! This year, it returns bigger and better than ever – and here be dragons!

Common Blue by John Ford

Glenfender Wildlife by John Ford

Coniston

Fri 14 Apr - Tue 31 Oct 2017

This exhibition showcases some of the animals captured in photography from an unimproved northern hay meadow in the Cairngorms. Included in admission.

Ann Marie

Green Door

Langdale

Sun 24 Sep - Thu 12 Oct 2017

A new exhibition from Green Door members with work inspired by Kurt Schwitters or by the Merz Barn.

Polka, 2016 © Karen Shepherdson

Karen Shepherdson - The Welcome Rest at Grizedale

Hawkshead

Wed 7 Jun - Tue 31 Oct 2017

The Grizdale Forest Visitor Centre offers an inspiring site for an exhibition of Karen Shepherdson’s long-term photographic series ‘The Welcome Rest’.

Lakeland Hauntings Ghost Walks

Lakeland Hauntings Keswick Ghost Walk

Keswick

Mon 25 Sep 2017

Keswick has another history full of murder, intrigue and tortured souls. From slate built houses to the surrounding lakes and fells this is an area steeped in legend and mystery. Follow “The Lady”… if you dare.

Scafell Pike from Lord’s Rake, by Jamie Hageman

Mountain Art Exhibition

Ambleside

Thu 21 Sep - Thu 5 Oct 2017

An exhibition of mountain images at Cookhouse Gallery, Church Street, Ambleside

Painting Pop

Painting Pop

Kendal

Fri 14 Jul - Sat 7 Oct 2017

Paintings from 1960s Britain. This must-see summer exhibition celebrates British Pop Art from the early 1960s, including work by Sir Peter Blake, Pauline Boty, Patrick Caulfield, Richard Hamilton, David Hockney and Allen Jones.

Remarkable Invisible

Remarkable Invisible

Keswick

Mon 25 Sep 2017

“He wouldn’t be the first misguided, self-delusional genius. So smart and so dumb.” Strong language.

Spencer Read

Spencer Read - Piano

Bowness-on-Windermere

Mon 25 Sep 2017

Who’s ready for an amazing Monday night full of high energy Rock & Roll combined with bass and drums, or just acoustic piano!

Bowderstone

The Time Machine

Keswick

Sat 23 Sep - Sun 29 Oct 2017

Visit our pop-up exhibition in the former climber's hut to see how dramatically the landscape has changed over the last 200 years. #evolvingmasterpiece

Family ghyll scramble

Wet and Wild Wednesdays

Kendal

Wed 6 - Wed 27 Sep 2017

Wet and Wild Wednesdays, Canoeing and Ghyll Scrambling, Throughout September 2 of our most popular activities in one day

Women of the Arts & Crafts Movement

Women of the Arts & Crafts Movement

Windermere

Fri 15 Sep 2017 - Mon 1 Jan 2018

The show recognises works by women artists whose contributions have often been overlooked, or wrongly attributed in favour of a more prominent male family member.

Yromem

yromem

Windermere

Sat 9 Sep - Sat 4 Nov 2017

Miroslaw Balka, a contemporary artist from Poland, will install a tantalising exhibition in Windermere in September.

After the Dance

After the Dance

Keswick

Tue 26 Sep 2017

A dazzling dissection of love, class and the capacity for self-deceit.

Remarkable Invisible

Remarkable Invisible

Keswick

Tue 26 Sep 2017

“He wouldn’t be the first misguided, self-delusional genius. So smart and so dumb.” Strong language.

Handbagged

Handbagged

Keswick

Wed 27 Sep 2017

When Maggie met the Queen. Tea at four. Handbags at dawn.

Miss Julie

Miss Julie

Keswick

Wed 27 Sep 2017

Midsummer’s Eve, Sweden. A night when the sun doesn’t set. A night of drinking and dancing. A night to break the rules. Scenes of a sexual nature

Spencer Read

Spencer Read - Piano

Bowness-on-Windermere

Wed 27 Sep 2017

Come and join us at BAHA for a night of amazing music from the talented Spencer Read.

As You Like It

As You Like It

Keswick

Thu 28 Sep 2017

Shakespeare’s beguiling tale of mistaken identity, pastoral comedy and love.

As You Like It

As You Like It

Keswick

Fri 29 Sep 2017

Shakespeare’s beguiling tale of mistaken identity, pastoral comedy and love.

British Women Climb

British Women Climb

Keswick

Fri 29 Sep 2017 - Sun 16 Sep 2018

The Mountain Heritage Trust are pleased to announce that their new British Women Climb exhibition will open at Keswick Museum on the 29th September 2017.

Live Music

Liam Fender

Bowness-on-Windermere

Fri 29 Sep 2017

We have another fantastic night of Live Music tonight at BAHA with two top performances from guitarist Liam Fender and pianist Spencer Read.

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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