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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

Treasure from Dust: the geology of John Ruskin

Treasure from Dust: the geology of John Ruskin

Coniston

Thu 8 Aug 2019 - Mon 31 Dec 2029

Ruskin could not resist the wonder he felt at the ability of the earth to form itself into crystalline treasures and spectacular mountain ranges.

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

Moon's Halo

"Forces of Nature" - Paintings by Tiana Marie

Coniston

Thu 24 Oct - Sun 24 Nov 2019

Celebrating John Ruskin's Bi-Centenary year, an exhibition of paintings by Tiana Marie exploring the forces of Nature as the elements of earth, air, fire, water and ether.

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.

Bread making

Cookery lessons

Kendal

Fri 1 - Sat 30 Nov 2019

Here at The Lyth Valley Restaurant with Rooms, we can offer multiple types of cookery lessons with a maximum of 6 people per class.

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.

World Toilet Day

World's Toilet Day

Ambleside

Tue 19 Nov 2019

A toilet is not just a toilet. It’s a life-saver, dignity-protector and opportunity-maker. We are hosting a free event and exhibition in Rydal Hall to highlight the world's sanitation crisis on Tuesday 19th November from 10am - 4pm.

The Romantics and Ancient Art

The Romantics and Ancient Art

Grasmere

Tue 19 Nov 2019

How did the eighteenth-century vogue for collecting antiquities inspire Romantic poets and artists?

Idlewild

Idlewild

Kendal

Tue 19 Nov 2019

Idlewild’s marriage of punk rock, poetry and Highland spirit saw them grow from a raucous cult curiosity into chart-bothering national treasures.

The Aeronauts

The Aeronauts

Keswick

Wed 20 Nov 2019

Based on true events - a period drama/balloon expedition to fly higher than anyone in history.

The Aeronauts

The Aeronauts

Keswick

Thu 21 Nov 2019

Based on true events - a period drama/balloon expedition to fly higher than anyone in history.

Discover Poetry

Discover Poetry

Grasmere

Thu 21 Nov 2019

Enjoy some poetry and a cup of tea by the fire with Grasmere poet Polly Atkin.

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.

The Aeronauts

The Aeronauts

Keswick

Fri 22 Nov 2019

Based on true events - a period drama/balloon expedition to fly higher than anyone in history.

Car Park King

Car Park King

Windermere

Fri 22 Nov 2019

Add a drop of Monty Python, a dash of Blackadder and a sprinkle of Spike Milligan and you have a side- splitting, bizarre, unmissable comedy that is ‘Car Park King.’

Mountain Heritage Trust

One Day as a Tiger

Keswick

Fri 22 Nov 2019

John Porter discusses his award-winning, humorous and poignant memoir of mountaineering legend Alex MacIntyre.

Lock In Christmas Carol

Breaking Tradition: The Lock In ‘Christmas Carol’

Kendal

Fri 22 Nov 2019

Half gig, half dance show and half panto! Join the BBC Award Winning team of musicians & dancers for 150% of the very best festive live music, song and dance!

Lee "Scratch" Perry

Lee “Scratch” Perry

Kendal

Fri 22 Nov 2019

Regarded with awe throughout the music world, Lee “Scratch” Perry holds status as one of the most enduring and original reggae producers and artists of all time.

Official Secrets

Official Secrets

Keswick

Fri 22 Nov 2019

She risked everything to stop an unjust war. Her government called her a traitor.

Tony Smith

BAHA - LIVE MUSIC - TONY SMITH

Bowness-on-Windermere

Fri 22 - Sat 23 Nov 2019

We're bringing you an outstanding and moving artist with 30 years experience tonight!!!

Greyhound Trust South Lakes

Greyhound Trust South Lakes - Meet 'n' Greet Day

Kendal

Sat 23 Nov 2019

Greyhound Meet 'n' Greet at the Birdcage, which is at the top of Finkle Street in Kendal

Choose from wooden spoons to simple gifts

Wooden Spoon and Festive Wood Carving

Staveley

Sat 23 Nov 2019

Learn the easy, time-honoured and low-tech way of carving creative spoons and gifts out of wood.

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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