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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

Refuge: The Art of Belonging

Refuge: The Art of Belonging

Kendal (1 miles, 2 km)

Fri 15 Feb - Sat 29 Jun 2019

Drawing on Abbot Hall’s own collection and supported by loans, this exhibition tells the story of artists who entered Britain as a result of Nazi occupation alongside a community project exploring the lives of refugees living in Cumbria.

The Strickland family seal

Cecilia's Story: A Life in Letters

Kendal (4 miles, 6 km)

Sat 16 Mar - Sun 27 Oct 2019

Uncover the story of Sizergh’s 18th century lady of the house, Cecilia Strickland, as her experiences of love, loss and hope are brought to life inspired by her surviving letters.

Anne, Countess of Pembroke

Anne, Countess of Pembroke

Kendal (1 miles, 2 km)

Fri 22 Mar - Sat 22 Jun 2019

In March 2019, Abbot Hall takes part in the National Portrait Gallery’s Coming Home project which is loaning portraits of iconic individuals to places across the country that they are most closely associated with.

The Yoke & Ill Bell Ridge

Guided Walk - Kentmere Horseshoe

Staveley (4 miles, 6 km)

Tue 26 Mar 2019

Guided Walk of the Kentmere Horseshoe

Brewery Arts Centre

Karen Matheson

Kendal (1 miles, 2 km)

Wed 27 Mar 2019

Widely recognised as the compelling vocals of Celtic super-group Capercaillie, Karen’s life in the limelight began with her performing as a child in her local village hall in Argyll on the West coast of Scotland...

Hal Cruttenden

Hal Cruttenden

Kendal (1 miles, 2 km)

Fri 29 Mar 2019

Hal’s literally filled our screens recently on Have I Got News For You, The Apprentice: You’re Fired, Bake Off: Extra Slice, and Live at the Apollo.

Tortoise in a Nutshell: The Lost Things

Tortoise in a Nutshell: The Lost Things

Kendal (1 miles, 2 km)

Sat 30 Mar 2019

A boy falls and finds himself in a dark and terrifying new world. It’s a world of lost things: car keys, wedding rings, dads, and a mysterious girl who is building an amazing machine.

Moya Brennan - The Voice of Clannad

Moya Brennan - The Voice of Clannad

Kendal (1 miles, 2 km)

Sat 30 Mar 2019

Moya Brennan, Voice of Clannad and First Lady of Celtic Music is touring internationally to showcase her new studio album Canvas. She comes to the UK in March 2018

Jogging Pals logo

#MentalHealthMile

Kendal (1 miles, 1 km)

Sun 31 Mar 2019

Mental Health Mile - Kendal

Elio Pace presents Elvis Presley

Elio Pace presents Elvis Presley

Kendal (1 miles, 2 km)

Mon 1 Apr 2019

On August 16th, 2017, commemorating the 40th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley, acclaimed singer-songwriter, Elio Pace premiered a very special, intimate and completely unique concert honouring his childhood musical idol.

Junior wildlifers

Kendal Kingfishers Wildlife Watch Club

Kendal (1 miles, 1 km)

Tue 2 Apr 2019

Come along and improve our minibeast hotel in the grounds of Plumgarths. We will also go hunting for minibeasts in the grounds. Outdoor clothing and sturdy footwear essential. For kids aged 6+

ROH - La Forza Del Destino (Encore Screening)

ROH - La Forza Del Destino (Encore Screening)

Kendal (1 miles, 2 km)

Tue 2 Apr 2019

Christof Loy directs a star-studded cast of singers, including Anna Netrebko, Jonas Kaufmann and Ludovic tézier, in Verdi’s epic opera, conducted by Antonio Pappano.

Fat Rascal Theatre - Vulvarine

Fat Rascal Theatre - Vulvarine

Kendal (1 miles, 2 km)

Wed 3 Apr 2019

Bryony Buckle is astoundingly average....

Moomin Valley Toy Theatres

Moomin Valley Toy Theatres

Kendal (1 miles, 2 km)

Sat 6 Apr 2019

Join us for this magical workshop. Make your own miniature theatre and puppets by creating scenery and characters inspired by Moomin adventures.

BYA - Scandi Silk Painting 8-14 yrs

BYA - Scandi Silk Painting 8-14 yrs

Kendal (1 miles, 2 km)

Sat 6 Apr 2019

Be inspired by the magical illustrations of Moomin creator Tove Jansson.

Scrutinise

Scrutinise

Kendal (1 miles, 2 km)

Sat 6 Apr 2019

A brand new spoken word night for Verbalise performers who are developing new material for full-length shows.

BYD - Baby Circus Inspired by Dumbo

BYD - Baby Circus Inspired by Dumbo

Kendal (1 miles, 2 km)

Tue 9 Apr 2019

Roll up roll up! You and your little one will get to try new circus skills as well as visit the story of dumbo, did you ever see an elephant fly?

BYD - Try the Circus Workshop 7-14 Yrs

BYD - Try the Circus Workshop 7-14 Yrs

Kendal (1 miles, 2 km)

Tue 9 Apr 2019

Try out juggling, poi, hoops and exciting movement in this taste of the circus.

BYD - Lion King Workshop 7-14 Yrs

BYD - Lion King Workshop 7-14 Yrs

Kendal (1 miles, 2 km)

Wed 10 Apr 2019

If you can’t wait to be king come along and explore the iconic story of the Lion King through movement, theatre and song.

A Bug's Life

A Bug's Life Kids' Club

Kendal (1 miles, 1 km)

Wed 10 Apr 2019

Looking for something fun, exciting and free to keep your littles ones entertained during the Easter holidays? Then come and join us at Westmorland Shopping centre, Kendal for an entertaining nature themed kids’ club with an Easter twist.

BYD - Fortnite Dances 7-14 Yrs

BYD - Fortnite Dances 7-14 Yrs

Kendal (1 miles, 2 km)

Wed 10 Apr 2019

Love fortnite? Then this is the dance workshop for you! Floss, dab, electro shuffle, disco fever; you name it, we will be dancing it along with your amazing creative ideas!

BYA - Family Pottery Workshop 7-11 Yrs

BYA - Family Pottery Workshop 7-11 Yrs

Kendal (1 miles, 2 km)

Sat 13 Apr 2019

Come for a fun day in our pottery studio to explore this wonderful tactile medium.

Textile landscape picture

Come and Create a Textile Landscape

Kendal (1 miles, 1 km)

Sat 13 Apr 2019

Using the Cumbrian landscape as inspiration, join local artist Penny Hillier-Evans and create your own textile landscape. This creative day is fuelled by lashings of tea and home-made cake.

Mischief and Mystery in Moomin Valley

Mischief and Mystery in Moomin Valley

Kendal (1 miles, 2 km)

Sat 13 Apr 2019

Based on the much-loved Moominland novels by Tove Jansson, this gentle heart-warming show tells the story of a year in Moominvalley.

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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