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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

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.

©National Trust Images/Paul Harris

Plants, poisons and potions trail

Kendal (4 miles, 6 km)

Sat 25 May - Sun 1 Sep 2019

Beware, the past is full of surprises... Follow this family trail to find out which medicines of the past were really rather dangerous. Cecilia Strickland took hemlock for her ailments, but little did she know it was actually poisoning her!

Jay Price's work is included in Auto - Destruct.

Auto - Destruct exhibition

Kendal (1 miles, 1 km)

Sat 29 Jun - Sat 31 Aug 2019

Auto-Destruct, a group exhibition of contemporary art relating to and reflecting upon the nature of our aspirational technological inventions and the destructive nature they become. Many of the works regard the automobile...

Ruskin, Turner & the Storm Cloud

Ruskin, Turner & the Storm Cloud

Kendal (1 miles, 2 km)

Fri 12 Jul - Sat 5 Oct 2019

Marking the 200th anniversary of Ruskin’s birth, this exhibition examines themes in his work including the influence of Turner, his fascination with the impact of industrialisation on the environment & his ongoing struggle with depression.

The Knotted Project Training Company 2019

Summer training for theatre-makers aged 16-25

Kendal (1 miles, 1 km)

Tue 16 Jul - Sat 7 Sep 2019

The Knotted Project Training Company is a new opportunity for young artists (aged 16-25) to develop their creative skills, networks and artistic practice as theatre and performance makers.

Clay Animal Sculpture workshop

Clay Animal Sculpture at Cowshed Creative

Staveley (5 miles, 8 km)

Sat 24 Aug 2019

Learn a range of modelling techniques to breathe life into your 3D animal sculpture at Cowshed Creative.

Sea Glass Jewellery at Cowshed Creative

Sea Glass Jewellery at Cowshed Creative

Staveley (5 miles, 8 km)

Sun 25 Aug 2019

Enjoy the subtle colours of sea glass combined with silver and create jewellery that is perfect for a summery look.

Kendal Farmers Market

Kendal Farmers Market

Kendal (1 miles, 1 km)

Fri 30 Aug 2019

Head to Kendal Market Place on the 30 August for a special celebration of twenty years of Kendal Farmers Market featuring a Farm to Fork Roadshow

Abstract Landscape workshop at Cowshed Creative

Abstract Landscape with Catherine MacDiarmid

Staveley (5 miles, 8 km)

Sat 31 Aug 2019

This workshop will provide an opportunity for people of all abilities to explore drawing and painting without the constraints of it “looking like something”.

Jay Price, White Dodge I, 2010.

Auto-Destruct: Artists in conversation

Kendal (1 miles, 1 km)

Sat 31 Aug 2019

Cross Lane Projects welcomes contemporary artists Lee Holden, Stacie McCormick and Pascal Rousson for an in conversation event, on the final day of the exhibition Auto-Destuct; contemporary art responses to the car.

Photographing the Natural World at Cowshed Creativ

Photographing the Natural World with Lucy Barden

Staveley (5 miles, 8 km)

Fri 6 Sep 2019

Capture the fleeting beauty of nature, from dew drops on leaves, to a shaft of light across the fields.

Harvest Festival Wheat Sheaf with Kate Reid

Harvest Festival Wheat Sheaf with Kate Reid

Staveley (5 miles, 8 km)

Sat 7 Sep 2019

Celebrate a traditional rural activity by creating your own salt dough wheat sheaf.

The OVO Energy Tour of Britain

OVO Energy Tour of Britain stage four

Kendal (1 miles, 1 km)

Tue 10 Sep 2019

Stage four of the 2019 OVO Energy Tour of Britain takes riders from Gateshead to Kendal on Tuesday 10 September.

Water in the landscape

Water in the Landscape in Pastels

Staveley (5 miles, 8 km)

Tue 10 Sep 2019

Create paintings of water in the landscape using chalk pastels with artist Karen Lester

Boys Only! 7-14 Yrs

Boys Only! 7-14 Yrs

Kendal (1 miles, 2 km)

Wed 11 Sep 2019

No girls allowed in this exclusive boy only dance workshop!

Wooden Spoon Carving at Cowshed Creative

Wooden Spoon Carving at Cowshed Creative

Staveley (5 miles, 8 km)

Sat 14 Sep 2019

Enjoy the traditional rural skill of carving decorative and useful utensils from wood.

Kendal

Buddhist Group of Kendal Open Meetings

Kendal (1 miles, 1 km)

Sun 15 Sep 2019

BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) meets from 2pm - 4.30pm, on the 3rd Sunday of the month (except December) at Castle Street Community Centre, Castle Street, Kendal LA9 7AD.

Mosaic in a day

Mosaic in a day with Kay Banks

Staveley (5 miles, 8 km)

Sun 15 Sep 2019

Join us for a fun and relaxing day learning the art of mosaic.

Lakes Cakes Fest

Lakes Cakes Fest

Kendal (1 miles, 1 km)

Sun 15 Sep 2019

Disabled access is limited to the downstairs and outside areas

Crosscrake Beer Festival

Crosscrake Beer Festival

Kendal (2 miles, 3 km)

Fri 20 Sep 2019

A beer festival at Kendal Rugby Club in aid of Crosscrake Community Hub

Stirling Silver Jewellery with Jo Dix

Stirling Silver Jewellery with Jo Dix

Staveley (5 miles, 8 km)

Sat 21 Sep 2019

Create a beautiful piece of jewellery inspired by the local environment.

Poster

Pandora’s Handbag

Kendal (4 miles, 6 km)

Sat 21 Sep 2019

Pandora’s Handbag are four ladies who sing acapella (without musical accompaniment).

Viva Wind Quintet

Viva Wind Quintet

Kendal (5 miles, 7 km)

Sat 21 Sep 2019

A Journey Around Europe with a Twist. An evening of light classical music by the Viva Wind Quintet.

Kendal Castle Autumn Sprint Triathlon

Kendal Castle Autumn Sprint Triathlon

Kendal (2 miles, 3 km)

Sun 22 Sep 2019

A super spring pool based sprint triathlon to kick start the season. The event is a 400m swim, 18km road bike & 5km run. It's ideal for first timers & we also attract a host of experienced/elite racers.

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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