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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.

Grizedale Residency

Grizedale Residency Karolin Schwab & Ben Allan

Hawkshead

Thu 26 Sep - Sun 15 Dec 2019

Karolin Schwab and Ben Allan completed a six week residency at Grizedale.

Colour & Light

Colour and Light

Kendal

Fri 18 Oct 2019 - Wed 1 Jan 2020

Colour and Light: The Art and Influence of the Scottish Colourists

LGBT+

LGBT+ Within and Beyond

Kendal

Fri 1 Nov 2019 - Sat 1 Feb 2020

Lakeland Arts is embarking on a project to uncover the history of Cumbria’s LGBT community.

An Anxious Fish Grows Its Own Scales, 2019

Anna Reading - The Pothole

Kendal

Sat 9 Nov - Sat 14 Dec 2019

Cross Lane Projects is proud to present a solo exhibition of new work by Mark Tanner Sculpture Award 2018/19 winner Anna Reading.

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

Keswick

Fri 22 Nov 2019 - Sat 11 Jan 2020

A high-spirited and joyful adaptation featuring puppetry, fabulous music and plenty of laughs: glorious family entertainment for Christmas.

Santa’s Boat-Building Workshops

Santa’s Boat-Building Workshops

Windermere

Sat 30 Nov - Tue 24 Dec 2019

Our eager elves are ready for a busy month of toy boat building in the countdown to Christmas!

A magical Christmas of dining

Christmas dining at Windermere Jetty - lunches

Windermere

Sun 1 - Mon 23 Dec 2019

Join us in our Wolfson Learning Centre at the Museum with views over the lake.

Bread making

Cookery lessons - December

Kendal

Mon 2 - Tue 31 Dec 2019

Here at The Lyth Valley Restaurant with Rooms, we can offer multiple cookery lessons with our chefs.

The Legend of the Jazz Penguin

The Legend of the Jazz Penguin

Keswick

Tue 10 - Sun 29 Dec 2019

From the fabulous company who brought last years gorgeous show Hey Diddle Diddle!, we invite you to the North Pole Jazz Lounge, a magical place with a very special guest.

Baha

Christmas Party Night @ BAHA

Bowness-on-Windermere

Thu 12 - Fri 13 Dec 2019

JOIN US FOR A FULL ON, FUN PACKED PARTY NIGHT

Christmas dining at Windermere Jetty

Christmas dining at Windermere Jetty - dinner

Windermere

Thu 12 - Sat 21 Dec 2019

Experience a magical Christmas of dining.

Derek Eland

Derek Eland - 'Field Patterns'

Keswick

Fri 13 Dec 2019 - Mon 6 Jan 2020

Opening this Friday, 13th December, local artist Derek Eland’s solo exhibition “Field Patterns” opens in the Northern Lights Gallery’s third floor exhibition space & promises to be a genuine visual treat.

Christmas shopping in Hawkshead

Lakeland Arts and Crafts

Hawkshead

Fri 13 - Sun 15 Dec 2019

3 day event with locally made items ideal for that last Christmas shop.

Crawl in the Hall

Crawl in the Hall

Kendal

Fri 13 Dec 2019

A weekly event for the under 5s at Abbot Hall.

Santa's Grotto

Santa's Grotto @ BAHA Bowness

Bowness-on-Windermere

Fri 13 Dec 2019

Santa's in town for December at BAHA and we have a Ho lot going on!

Sorry We Missed You

Sorry We Missed You

Keswick

Fri 13 Dec 2019

Ken Loach's searing take on the gig economy

Le Mans '66

Le Mans '66 (Ford v Ferrari)

Keswick

Fri 13 Dec 2019

Academy Award-winners Matt Damon and Christian Bale star in FORD v FERRARI.

Christmas tree decorations

Make a gingerbread Christmas decoration

Kendal

Sat 14 - Sun 15 Dec 2019

Drop in and make your own biscuit Christmas tree decoration.

Santa's Grotto

Santa's Grotto @ BAHA Bowness

Bowness-on-Windermere

Sat 14 Dec 2019

Santa's in town for December at BAHA and we have a Ho lot going on!

Aladdin

Aladdin

Keswick

Sat 14 Dec 2019

A street rat frees a genie (Will Smith) from a lamp, granting all of his wishes and transforming himself into a charming prince in order to marry a beautiful princess.

Father Christmas Tea Parties

Father Christmas Tea Parties

Bowness-on-Windermere

Sat 14 Dec 2019

Why not come along to one of our Christmas Tea Parties with Father Christmas!

A Handmade Tale

A Handmade Tale

Grasmere

Sat 14 Dec 2019

Penelope Hemingway, author of 'Their Darkest Materials' (2019), goes in search of the women who created and drove the Langdale linen industry's success.

Le Mans '66

Le Mans '66 (Ford v Ferrari)

Keswick

Sat 14 Dec 2019

Academy Award-winners Matt Damon and Christian Bale star in FORD v FERRARI.

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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