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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

Thu 28 Sep - Fri 22 Dec 2017

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

Red Cloud, Tall Tree

'Along the lane, across the dale ...'

Coniston

Thu 2 Nov - Sun 10 Dec 2017

An exhibition of paintings by the Ravenstonedale artist David William Morris.

Folk Art Exhibition

Folk Art

Kendal

Tue 21 Nov 2017 - Wed 28 Feb 2018

Why do we make things beautiful? This exhibition explores why people devote time and effort to making beautiful objects, and the unique and fascinating stories of their lives.

Lady Windermere’s Fan

Lady Windermere’s Fan

Kendal

Thu 23 Nov 2017

A touring production by Theatrical Niche Ltd in Association with Time Zone Theatre. Directed by Pamela Schermann.

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.

LAND | SEA | LIFE

LAND | SEA | LIFE

Kendal

Fri 20 Oct 2017 - Sat 17 Feb 2018

See over 70 works by over 40 leading artists including Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Graham Sutherland and Laura Knight in this fascinating collection.

Santa’s Winter Wonderland

Santa’s Winter Wonderland

Ambleside

Thu 9 Nov - Sat 23 Dec 2017

Come with us into the magical world of Santa’s Winter Wonderland.

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.

Keswick

Christmas Light Switch On

Keswick

Fri 24 Nov 2017

Join us as we celebrate the swtiching on of our Christmas Lights.

An image of Jo Vincent's exhibition space 2015

Craft Market Kendal

Kendal

Fri 24 - Sun 26 Nov 2017

Christmas gifts from some of the finest makers in the region

Glass Fusing for Beginners with Diane Rowlinson

Glass Fusing for Beginners with Diane Rowlinson

Coniston

Fri 24 Nov 2017

The day will give you a basic understanding of glass fusing, the issues of compatibility, available kilns, slumping & moulds, etc. You will learn cutting & design skills to produce a light catcher to admire.

Hamlet (Encore Screening) (12a)

Hamlet (Encore Screening) (12a)

Kendal

Fri 24 Nov 2017

Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, The Imitation Game) takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy.

The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden

Keswick

Fri 24 - Sat 25 Nov 2017

“When a garden’s kept proper, all weeded and neat, that chases the wild away. But when it’s left alone, for nature, who knows what secret things’d grow there...” Suitable for ages 6+

Short Film Night

Short Film Night

Windermere

Sat 25 Nov 2017

Come and enjoy an evening of short films with us. No competition this year but a chance to see a programme selected by us

The Book of Darkness and Light

The Book of Darkness and Light

Kendal

Sat 25 Nov 2017

Three chilling tales. Two ghostly performers. One thrilling night.

Verbalise November

Verbalise November

Kendal

Sat 25 Nov 2017

Spoken word open mic for writers, poets, storytellers, anyone with something to say. Come along and listen or come to be heard. This month our guest is the fantastic Jonathan Humble.

The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden

Keswick

Mon 27 Nov 2017

“When a garden’s kept proper, all weeded and neat, that chases the wild away. But when it’s left alone, for nature, who knows what secret things’d grow there...” Suitable for ages 6+

Shadow Tales

Shadow Tales

Keswick

Tue 28 Nov 2017

Set in the 1860s, Shadow Tales is a story of a boy haunted by his past. Charles must return to India to discover the truth about his parents and, through many adventures, discovers who he really is.

The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden

Keswick

Tue 28 Nov 2017

“When a garden’s kept proper, all weeded and neat, that chases the wild away. But when it’s left alone, for nature, who knows what secret things’d grow there...” Suitable for ages 6+

Nightmares in Norfolk

Nightmares in Norfolk

Windermere

Wed 29 Nov 2017

North Country Theatre presents a double dose of terrifying tales, one told tongue in cheek and one… straight down the line!

The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden

Keswick

Wed 29 - Thu 30 Nov 2017

“When a garden’s kept proper, all weeded and neat, that chases the wild away. But when it’s left alone, for nature, who knows what secret things’d grow there...” Suitable for ages 6+

Jason Manford - Work In Progress

Jason Manford - Work In Progress

Kendal

Thu 30 Nov 2017

Jason Manford, is back with a work in progress show ahead of his national tour in 2018.

Snowdrift by David Pooley

“Affordable Art”

Staveley

Fri 1 - Sun 3 Dec 2017

Members of Green Door, the region’s leading artists’ collective, are heading to Staveley Roundhouse for a weekend of Affordable Art from 1 – 3 December.

Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House

Christmas Advent Events

Windermere

Fri 1 - Sun 31 Dec 2017

Visit Blackwell in December for daily festive events and activities, including a Christmas craft fair, children's trail and Victorian Christmas talks.

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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Coombs Woods

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