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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.

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.

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.

British Women Climb

British Women Climb

Keswick

Wed 25 Apr - Sun 16 Sep 2018

Follow the history of women’s climbing on rock, snow, ice and indoors – from the 19th century to the present day.

In Search of Mary Shelley

In Search of Mary Shelley

Grasmere

Sat 5 May - Mon 27 Aug 2018

In Search of Mary Shelley: The Girl Who Wrote 'Frankenstein' This exhibition marking the bicentenary of 'Frankenstein's' publication, based on the book by Fiona Sampson, explores how Mary Shelley became the girl who wrote the famous novel.

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.

Where is Peter Rabbit?  The Beatrix Potter Musical

Where is Peter Rabbit? The Beatrix Potter Musical

Bowness-on-Windermere

Sat 26 May - Sun 2 Sep 2018

Inspired by the world-famous stories, this unique stage show brings to life Beatrix Potter’s favourite characters in a not to be missed visual spectacular.

Form over Function

Form over Function

Windermere

Tue 5 Jun - Sun 9 Sep 2018

This exhibition challenges the notion that ceramics are primarily functional. Explore how artists create art out of craft. Ranging from a playful hippo sculpture to an optical illusion box, works are themed into four subjects.

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.

Elisabeth Frink: Fragility and Power

Elisabeth Frink: Fragility and Power

Kendal

Fri 22 Jun - Sat 29 Sep 2018

Explore the personal experiences and influences that shaped the work of one of the most exciting British sculptors of the twentieth century, Elisabeth Frink.

Canoe Guided Tour of Windermere

Canoe Guided Tour of Windermere

Windermere

Sun 1 Jul - Sun 2 Sep 2018

Every Thursday and Sunday 2-4pm, join a UK GO Canoeing accredited Guided Tour of Windermere. Explore the lake, it's islands and wildlife. Improve your skills and share the experience. Great for families and beginners.

Lakes herdy trails

Lakes herdy trails Windermere and Bowness

Windermere

Fri 13 Jul - Fri 5 Oct 2018

Hunt the herdys on display in shop windows around Windermere and Bowness. Fill in the names on the trail sheets available to purchase for £1 from local retailers and the Tourist Information centre in Windermere.

Greg Stobbs-From Acorns

Greg Stobbs-From Acorns

Hawkshead

Sat 14 Jul - Fri 31 Aug 2018

An exhibition of illustrations inspired by the forest

Inspired By Nature

Inspired By Nature

Hawkshead

Sat 14 Jul - Sun 23 Sep 2018

Summer exhibition by nine Royal Society of Sculptor artists.

Torchlight

Torchlight

Kendal

Thu 26 Jul - Thu 30 Aug 2018

Come and join us to make our costumes,props and sculptures for this years entry. We would love for you to join us on the procession too

Circus Skills

Circus Skills

Kendal

Thu 26 Jul - Thu 30 Aug 2018

Come learn to juggle ,spin plates and so much more

Edge - Frances Winder

Edge - Frances Winder

Kendal

Fri 27 Jul - Sat 29 Sep 2018

This exhibition will include some large abstract beach based pieces, the edge of shorelines, fields, rivers and lakes.

Model Making

Model Making

Kendal

Fri 27 Jul - Fri 31 Aug 2018

Each week we shall have a different modelling project. But you are also welcome to bring your own ideas.

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.

A sailing boat on Windermere

Hoist the sails! Sailing taster sessions

Ambleside

Thu 16 - Thu 30 Aug 2018

A chance to take to Windermere on a sailing boat, learn a skill and compete in a team race. Who will win the Dawson's silver cup?

Antique & Collectors Fair

Antique & Collectors Fair

Ullswater

Thu 16 - Sun 19 Aug 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.

Mamma Mia

Mamma Mia

Keswick

Fri 17 - Mon 27 Aug 2018

Full of more glorious Abba classics, it’s another not-to-be-missed feelgood movie, telling the back story of Donna's youth alongside her daughter's struggle with her own pregnancy.

Windermere Lakes Record & Cd Fair

Windermere Record & CD Fair

Windermere

Sat 18 - Sun 19 Aug 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

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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