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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

Orion, Fleetwith Pike & That Tree

In the still of the night

Windermere (2 miles, 4 km)

Sat 2 Feb - Sun 31 Mar 2019

Ben’s photographs feature impressive mountain ranges, arching celestial skies, low misty clouds and deep mirrored waters. His collection of work predominately celebrates the Lake District but ventures to Skye and beyond

Don Quixote - Live from the ROH

Don Quixote - Live from the ROH

Ambleside (0 miles, 0 km)

Tue 19 Feb 2019

Cervantes’s story of the bumbling knight Don Quixote has inspired countless artistic interpretations. Marius Petipa choreographed this sparkling ballet about the encounters of the man from La Mancha and his faithful squire Sancho Panza.

Wordsworth’s Yew Trees Revisited

Wordsworth’s Yew Trees Revisited

Grasmere (3 miles, 4 km)

Wed 20 Feb 2019

John Strachan of Bath Spa University takes a detailed look at Wordsworth’s great 1803 lyric on the ancient Lakeland yew trees at Lorton Vale and Borrowdale.

Discover Poetry

Discover Poetry

Grasmere (3 miles, 4 km)

Thu 21 Feb 2019

Join us in Dove Cottage for our monthly poetry reading group, where we’ll read and talk about a selection of classic and contemporary poems chosen to reflect the changing seasons.

No Soap No Radio - Live in the Jazz Bar

No Soap No Radio - Live in the Jazz Bar

Ambleside (0 miles, 0 km)

Fri 22 Feb 2019

No Soap No Radio offers a considerable and kaleidoscopic catalogue of great songs and dynamic, accessible music, boasting great rhythmic command and heart-stopping refrains.

Elves & the Shoemaker - Northern Bite Size Ballet

Elves & the Shoemaker - Northern Bite Size Ballet

Ambleside (0 miles, 0 km)

Sat 23 Feb 2019

With playful characters and spellbinding music, this adorable ballet is sure to have your little ones dancing with excitement!

Steve Oakes Quartet - Live in the Jazz Bar

Steve Oakes Quartet - Live in the Jazz Bar

Ambleside (0 miles, 0 km)

Sat 23 Feb 2019

A stalwart of the North West jazz community for many years, guitarist Oakes returns with his fine band and a repertoire not a little influenced by some of the great contemporary players of his instrument. Always a pleasure to hear.

Oscar Wilde: Lady Windermere's Fan

Oscar Wilde: Lady Windermere's Fan

Ambleside (0 miles, 0 km)

Wed 27 Feb 2019

Kathy Burke brings together a talented comedic cast including the Olivier Award winning actress Samantha Spiro as Mrs Erlynne, Kevin Bishop as Lord Darlington and Jennifer Saunders as the Duchess of Berwick.

Grasmere History Group

Grasmere History Group

Grasmere (3 miles, 4 km)

Tue 5 Mar 2019

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

Dove Cottage Poets

Dove Cottage Poets

Grasmere (3 miles, 4 km)

Thu 7 Mar 2019

Dove Cottage Poets is an informal poetry writing group that meets at the Wordsworth Trust on a monthly basis. Anyone who wishes to develop their poetry, or just enjoy shared reading and writing, whatever stage you are at, is very welcome.

Antique & Artisan Fair

Antique & Artisan Fair

Grasmere (0 miles, 0 km)

Fri 8 - Sun 10 Mar 2019

Antiques, collectables, fine and vintage jewellery, decorative arts, vintage linens, china and local artisan products all available at this small fair in centre of pretty Grasmere village.

Stevie Williams Unplugged - Live in the Jazz Bar

Stevie Williams Unplugged - Live in the Jazz Bar

Ambleside (0 miles, 0 km)

Fri 8 Mar 2019

His style and plethora of diverse musical influences seamlessly blends blues, soul, country & folk music with a high sense of entertainment, resulting in a performance of songs that are at once world-worn and timeless.

The Big Sleep

The Big Sleep

Windermere (2 miles, 3 km)

Sat 9 Mar 2019

The Big Sleep is held every winter to raise money for Cumbria Community Foundation’s Winter Warmth Appeal – a pot of cash distributed to help older people suffering from rising fuel costs and poor health.

New Views for a New Year

New Views for a New Year

Grasmere (3 miles, 4 km)

Sat 9 Mar 2019

Working in collaboration with Prism Arts, we invite emerging and developing artists working in Cumbria to come and spend time with our collection up close to offer a fresh perspective on objects that we see and work with every day.

The Poetry Business Writing School

The Poetry Business Writing School

Grasmere (3 miles, 4 km)

Sun 10 Mar 2019

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to hear twelve contemporary poets in just ninety minutes.

The Sleeping Beauty (recorded at the Bolshoi)

The Sleeping Beauty (recorded at the Bolshoi)

Ambleside (0 miles, 0 km)

Sun 10 Mar 2019

A resplendent fairytale ballet perfomed by the Bolshoi, The Sleeping Beauty features scores of magical characters including fairies, the Little Red Riding Hood, Puss in Boots and a beautiful young Princess Aurora performed by Olga Smirnova.

Michael Woods - Live in the Jazz Bar

Michael Woods - Live in the Jazz Bar

Ambleside (0 miles, 0 km)

Fri 15 Mar 2019

Michael Woods is a Fingerpicking, Ragtime, Bottleneck & Blues guitarist who has been performing for about 33 years, inspired by the great country blues guitarists like Blind Blake, Blind Boy Fuller & Rev. Gary Davis.

A Curator’s View

A Curator’s View

Grasmere (3 miles, 4 km)

Sat 16 Mar 2019

This season our Curator Jeff Cowton is feeling inspired to explore more of the amazing art pieces in the Trust’s collection in this informal round-table talk.

Discover Poetry

Discover Poetry

Grasmere (3 miles, 4 km)

Thu 21 Mar 2019

Join us in Dove Cottage for our monthly poetry reading group, where we’ll read and talk about a selection of classic and contemporary poems chosen to reflect the changing seasons.

Katherine Lupino - Live in the Jazz Bar

Katherine Lupino - Live in the Jazz Bar

Ambleside (0 miles, 0 km)

Fri 22 Mar 2019

Katherine loves Jazz music and takes influences for her style from Old Hollywood and finds inspiration from bands, artists and acts such as Postmodern Jukebox, Caro Emerald, Dita Von Teese and Annie Lennox.

Northern-Ballet-dancers - Three Little Pigs

Three Little Pigs - Northern Bite Size Ballet

Ambleside (0 miles, 0 km)

Sat 23 Mar 2019

With playful characters and spellbinding music, this adorable ballet is sure to have your little ones dancing all the way home with excitement!

Diana Ross

Diana Ross: Her Life, Love and Legacy

Ambleside (0 miles, 0 km)

Tue 26 Mar 2019

The magic of Diana Ross has touched millions of hearts around the world. Her magnificent life and unparalleled career have influenced music, film, fashion and stage with her spirit forever woven in the fabric of humanity.

Oscar Wilde: An Ideal Husband

Oscar Wilde: An Ideal Husband

Ambleside (0 miles, 0 km)

Wed 27 Mar 2019

Directed by Jonathan Church, this entertaining and still topical play brings an act of political sin into the heart of the English home.

Antique & Artisan Fair

Antique & Artisan Fair

Grasmere (0 miles, 0 km)

Fri 29 - Sun 31 Mar 2019

Antiques, collectables, fine and vintage jewellery, decorative arts, vintage linens, china and local artisan products all available at this small fair in centre of pretty Grasmere village.

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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