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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

Crawl in the Hall

Crawl in the Hall

Kendal (1 miles, 2 km)

Fri 7 Sep 2018 - Fri 25 Jan 2019

The weekly creative sessions for the under-fives are inspired by works of art from Abbot Hall’s exhibitions and collections.

Alison Watt: A Shadow On The Blind

Alison Watt: A Shadow On The Blind

Kendal (1 miles, 2 km)

Thu 15 Nov 2018 - Sat 2 Feb 2019

A last chance to see work by one of Britain’s leading painters at Abbot Hall.

Grayson Perry at Abbot Hall Art Gallery

Grayson Perry: Julie Cope's Grand Tour

Kendal (1 miles, 2 km)

Thu 15 Nov 2018 - Sat 16 Feb 2019

Julie Cope is a fictional character created by artist Grayson Perry – an Essex everywoman whose story he has told through the two tapestries and extended ballad presented in this Crafts Council touring exhibition.

John Harden (1772-1847)

John Harden (1772-1847)

Kendal (1 miles, 2 km)

Thu 15 Nov 2018 - Thu 28 Feb 2019

To celebrate UNESCO World Heritage Site Status for the Lake District, this display showcases the work of watercolorist John Harden capturing the cultural landscape of the early 19th century.

Songhoy Blues

Songhoy Blues

Kendal (1 miles, 2 km)

Tue 22 Jan 2019

Mali’s celebrated stars of the desert blues genre and one of Africa’s most successful musical exports.

Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club Ft Smoove & Turrell

Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club Ft Smoove & Turrell

Kendal (1 miles, 2 km)

Fri 25 Jan 2019

The Funk ‘n’ Soul Show returns for one of the biggest and friendliest club nights around. Craig will be joined by Newcastle’s finest soulsters, Smoove & Turrell.

Kendal model railway exhibition

Kendal Model Railway Exhibition

Kendal (2 miles, 3 km)

Sat 26 - Sun 27 Jan 2019

The annual Kendal model railway exhibition

Band of Burns

Band of Burns

Kendal (1 miles, 2 km)

Sat 26 Jan 2019

Band of Burns welcomes you to one of the most powerful and compelling sounds of Folk and World music.

Everybody's Talking about Jamie

Everybody's Talking about Jamie

Kendal (1 miles, 2 km)

Tue 29 Jan 2019

Filmed live at the Apollo Theatre: Everybody's Talking about Jamie

Deep House Yoga

Deep House Yoga

Kendal (1 miles, 2 km)

Thu 31 Jan 2019

If you love your house music and soul and have tried the odd yoga pose, this 2 hour vinyl delight of yoga is just for you.

NT Live - I'm Not Running (Live Screening)

NT Live - I'm Not Running (Live Screening)

Kendal (1 miles, 2 km)

Thu 31 Jan 2019

I’m Not Running is an explosive new play by David Hare, premiering at the National Theatre and broadcast live to cinemas.

ROH - La Triviata (Encore Screening)

ROH - La Triviata (Encore Screening)

Kendal (1 miles, 2 km)

Wed 6 Feb 2019

Richard Eyre’s beautiful production provides the perfect setting for Verdi’s opera about a courtesan who sacrifices all for love.

We Are Bronte

We Are Bronte

Kendal (1 miles, 2 km)

Thu 7 Feb 2019

Morecambe and Wise meets David Lynch in this madcap reimagining of the Brontë myth, presented in Publick Transport’s irreverent and playful style.

The Kendal Soul Train Clubnight

The Kendal Soul Train Clubnight

Kendal (1 miles, 2 km)

Sat 9 Feb 2019

Welcome aboard the Kendal Soul Train, please have your tickets ready for an uplifting journey filled with funk, soul, disco and Motown classics.

Take the plunge

Kendal Castle Aquathlon

Kendal (2 miles, 3 km)

Sat 9 Feb 2019

400 metre pool swim followed by 5km castle run in the dusk.

Morgan and West: Parlour Tricks

Morgan and West: Parlour Tricks

Kendal (1 miles, 2 km)

Thu 14 Feb 2019

Time travelling magic duo Morgan & West present an evening chock full of jaw-dropping, brain bursting, gasp eliciting feats of magic.

Holy Moly & The Crackers

Holy Moly & The Crackers

Kendal (1 miles, 2 km)

Thu 14 Feb 2019

2017 and 2018 have been huge years for Holy Moly & The Crackers.

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.

Henge

Henge

Kendal (1 miles, 2 km)

Sat 16 Feb 2019

Attention Earth! Do not be alarmed.

Megson

Megson

Kendal (1 miles, 2 km)

Fri 22 Feb 2019

Four times nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and double winners of the Spiral Earth Awards Megson, aka Stu & Debbie Hanna, draw heavily on their Teesside heritage to create a truly unique brand of folk music.

Ed Gamble: Blizzard

Ed Gamble: Blizzard

Kendal (1 miles, 2 km)

Sat 23 Feb 2019

After a sellout national tour in 2017, Ed Gamble is back with another bracing flurry of idiocy.

ROH - Don Quixote (Encore Screening)

ROH - Don Quixote (Encore Screening)

Kendal (1 miles, 2 km)

Tue 26 Feb 2019

Love and friendship triumph in Carlos Acosta’s vibrant production of this dazzling Ballet.

Emergence Dance Company - Emergence

Emergence Dance Company - Emergence

Kendal (1 miles, 2 km)

Thu 28 Feb 2019

This bold company of 12 dancers head out on their first tour with new works created especially for them by Phoenix Dance Theatre’s Artistic Director, Sharon Watson and company Artistic Director Joss Arnott.

Blazin' Fiddles

Blazin' Fiddles

Kendal (1 miles, 2 km)

Fri 1 Mar 2019

Blazin’ Fiddles are one of the world’s most prolific fiddle groups.

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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