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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

Alpaca's

Guided Alpaca Walks

Keswick

Fri 20 Sep 2019 - Tue 31 Mar 2020

Experience Whinlatter with a difference.

Big Blue Berg

Earth Photo Exhibition

Hawkshead

Mon 30 Dec 2019 - Tue 28 Apr 2020

A brand new exhibition exploring some of the key challenges facing our world and its inhabitants. The Earth Photo 2019 competition and exhibition, offers a series of stunning and thought-provoking images of the planet.

Wood-fired pizza

Wood-fired pizza brunch

Newby Bridge

Sun 19 Jan - Sun 5 Apr 2020

Join us on the lakeshore for stunning views of lake Windermere and fresh wood-fired pizza.

STEAM Squad

Saturday Club

Windermere

Sat 8 Feb - Sat 12 Dec 2020

Every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month (except August) there’s a new squad in town…STEAM Squad.

Meet and Make

Meet and Make

Windermere

Thu 13 Feb - Thu 18 Jun 2020

Meet new friends and enjoy crafting.

Julian Cooper painting in Tibet

Among Mountains

Grasmere

Thu 20 Feb - Sun 10 May 2020

An exhibition of paintings by Julian Cooper, the foremost living mountain artist, of some of the world's great mountain ranges, in the Andes, in Tibet and in the Alps.

Estuary in the morning

A Triumph of Nature

Coniston

Sat 22 Feb - Sun 5 Apr 2020

“A TRIUMPH OF NATURE” An Exhibition of Watercolours, Wood engravings and Linocuts by Beverley White Running Saturday 22nd February to Sunday 5th April 2020

Keswick Film Festival

Keswick Film Festival

Keswick

Thu 27 Feb - Sun 1 Mar 2020

Daffodils? Snowdrops? No, the first sign of spring in the Lakes is the Keswick Film Festival, which will take place at the gloriously restored Alhambra Cinema, Theatre by the Lake and at nearby Rheged for its 21st year.

Kendal Charity Treasure and Scavenger Hunt

Kendal Charity Treasure and Scavenger Hunt

Kendal

Sat 29 Feb 2020

Come have a unique, budget and fun day out with loved ones whilst supporting a fantastic local project, Buzz Club Youthability! A perfect Saturday adventure for families, friends, groups, children, dogs... and all else in between.

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Painting animals in mix media

Windermere

Sat 29 Feb 2020

We will be painting animals in acrylic paint and pastel, you can use your or my photographs, a max of 6 students. . Lunch is not provided but there will be coffee, tea and biscuits.

Sculpting

Object Handling and Sculpting Workshop

Kendal

Sat 29 Feb 2020

Enjoy a unique object handling session with Kendal Museum’s own archaeology curator, followed by a clay sculpting workshop with local artist.

Michael McGoldrick, John McCuster & John Doyle

Michael McGoldrick, John McCuster & John Doyle

Kendal

Sat 29 Feb 2020

Folk music’s legendary triumvirate of musical magpies Mike McGoldrick, John Doyle and John McCusker are out on the road again in 2020.

Hollie McNish

Hollie McNish

Kendal

Sat 29 Feb 2020

Hollie McNish is a full-time writer who loves writing poetry. She has published three poetry collections Papers, Cherry Pie and Plum, and one poetic memoir on politics and parenthood, Nobody Told Me.

Flat 5

Flat 5

Ambleside

Sat 29 Feb 2020

Flat 5 Saturday 29th February 20:30 Free Event

Trust DJ

Trust The DJ - Live Sax and DJ

Bowness-on-Windermere

Sat 29 Feb 2020

Baha are excited to bring you the amazing 'Trust the DJ' for a winter residency, after an amazing season in Ibiza at both the opening and closing parties, they are here helping us get through those winter blues.

Natural Cumbria Eco Market - Windermere

Natural Cumbria Eco Market

Windermere

Sun 1 Mar 2020

Monthly Eco market in Windermere

In Search of Chopin

In Search of Chopin

Ambleside

Sun 1 Mar 2020

In a new film from the director of award-winning and critically acclaimed trilogy In Search of Mozart, Beethoven & brings us the music and life story of one of the world's favourite composers, Fryderyk Chopin.

Grasmere History Group

Grasmere History Group

Grasmere

Tue 3 Mar 2020

Grasmere History Group is a group of local people who meet monthly to discuss matters of local history.

Night Of The Living Dead- Remix

Night Of The Living Dead- Remix

Kendal

Tue 3 - Wed 4 Mar 2020

Seven performers armed with just cameras, costumes and props enter the stage- can they recreate the 60s cult classic horror shot-for-shot before our eyes? Through this retelling, imitating the dog create a searing story for now.

Young Actors: A Series of Public Apologies

Young Actors: A Series of Public Apologies

Keswick

Tue 3 - Wed 4 Mar 2020

A wickedly funny play about how our attempts to define ourselves in public are shaped by the fear of saying the wrong thing.

Tintoretto. A Rebel in Venice

Tintoretto. A Rebel in Venice

Ambleside

Wed 4 Mar 2020

Tintoretto was the ultimate Venetian. Venice practically oozes the spirit of the artist, whose giant and somewhat manic artworks cover a substantial portion of the floating city’s most opulent architecture. It is said that the Venetian-born

The Prelude

Finishing The Prelude

Grasmere

Wed 4 Mar 2020

Pamela Woof, former President of the Wordsworth Trust, leads her literature classes on Wordsworth’s great autobiographical masterpiece The Prelude for a fourth and final year.

Black Waters

Black Waters

Keswick

Wed 4 Mar 2020

An emotionally evocative piece that demonstrates from despair people can find value, inspiration and hope from Phoenix Dance Theatre

Dove Cottage Poets

Dove Cottage Poets

Grasmere

Thu 5 Mar 2020

A relaxed afternoon of reading, writing and talking about contemporary poetry.

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.

Coombs Woods

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