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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

A Woman of No Importance

Oscar Wilde: A Woman of No Importance

Ambleside (0 miles, 0 km)

Wed 23 Jan 2019

First performed in 1893, Oscar Wilde’s marriage of glittering wit and Ibsenite drama satirised the socially conservative world of the Victorian upper-class, creating a vivid new theatrical voice which still resonates today.

Rowland Jones - Live in the Jazz Bar

Rowland Jones - Live in the Jazz Bar

Ambleside (0 miles, 0 km)

Fri 25 Jan 2019

Today his music whilst retaining its bluesy roots, has also incorporated the broader genre of Americana.

Northern Bite Size Ballet: Tortoise & the Hare

Northern Bite Size Ballet: Tortoise & the Hare

Ambleside (0 miles, 0 km)

Sat 26 Jan 2019

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

Mike Smith Quartet - Live in the Jazz Bar

Mike Smith Quartet - Live in the Jazz Bar

Ambleside (0 miles, 0 km)

Sat 26 Jan 2019

Currently touring as featured saxophonist with Elkie Brooks, powerhouse Liverpool player Smith makes the most of a day off and brings his considerable musical wit, wisdom and skill back to Zeffirelli’s.

La traviata - Live from the ROH

La traviata - Live from the ROH

Ambleside (0 miles, 0 km)

Wed 30 Jan 2019

Richard Eyre’s production for The Royal Opera brings out all the emotional colour, from the giddy discovery of love, through painful confrontation to the inevitable conclusion.

I'm Not Running - Live from the NT (12A)

I'm Not Running - Live from the NT (12A)

Ambleside (0 miles, 0 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.

Dale Storr - Live in the Jazz Bar

Dale Storr - Live in the Jazz Bar

Ambleside (0 miles, 0 km)

Fri 1 Feb 2019

Dale Storr's musical journey has taken him from his rural Lincolnshire upbringing to his own musical mecca, New Orleans. Dale's early musical interests were inspired by his parents' record collection of early rock'n'roll and country music.

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

Inside Outside - Live in the Jazz Bar

Inside Outside - Live in the Jazz Bar

Ambleside (0 miles, 0 km)

Sat 2 Feb 2019

Subtle and expressive chamber jazz from this long-established and highly-respected duo.

A Private War plus Q&A

A Private War plus Q&A

Ambleside (0 miles, 0 km)

Mon 4 Feb 2019

In a world where journalism is under attack, Marie Colvin (Academy Award nominee Rosamund Pike) is one of the most celebrated war correspondents of our time. Broadcast of the live Q&A will follow after the film.

Grasmere History Group

Grasmere History Group

Grasmere (3 miles, 4 km)

Tue 5 Feb 2019

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

Young Picasso (Exhibition on Screen)

Young Picasso (Exhibition on Screen)

Ambleside (0 miles, 0 km)

Wed 6 Feb 2019

Three cities play a key role: Malaga, Barcelona and Paris. Young Picasso visits each and explores their influence on Picasso, focusing on specific artworks from these early years.

Dove Cottage Poets

Dove Cottage Poets

Grasmere (3 miles, 4 km)

Thu 7 Feb 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.

Elaine Davidson - Live in the Jazz Bar

Elaine Davidson - Live in the Jazz Bar

Ambleside (0 miles, 0 km)

Fri 8 Feb 2019

She is a one of a kind true English Folk Singer with a beautiful voice as well as an accomplished acoustic guitarist, see her live whenever you can, it will be a truly magical experience.

New Views for a New Year

New Views for a New Year

Grasmere (3 miles, 4 km)

Sat 9 Feb 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.

LWT - Live in the Jazz Bar

LWT - Live in the Jazz Bar

Ambleside (0 miles, 0 km)

Sat 9 Feb 2019

Lawrence Woof (piano), Ben McCabe (drums) and Andy Boothman (double bass) bring their distinctive and engaging energy to standards, popular tunes and original material.

Reverence

Reverence

Ambleside (0 miles, 0 km)

Mon 11 Feb 2019

Reverence - A Journey Into Fear is a full length mountain bike film that delves into the psyche of eight elite Mountain Bike superstars on a quest to understand what motivates them to tirelessly lay down their legacy.

Valentine's Dinner in the Jazz Bar

Valentine's Dinner in the Jazz Bar

Ambleside (0 miles, 0 km)

Thu 14 Feb 2019

Enjoy a 3 course dinner plus live music in the Jazz Bar on Valentine’s Day!

Lucy Mae - Live in the Jazz Bar

Lucy Mae - Live in the Jazz Bar

Ambleside (0 miles, 0 km)

Fri 15 Feb 2019

Jazz infused Soul and RnB, co-written with French multi instrumentalist Luc Phan, Mae’s sound is unique, giving nods to the likes of Amy Winehouse and Sade.

Iain Bain: A Celebration

Iain Bain: A Celebration

Grasmere (3 miles, 4 km)

Sat 16 Feb 2019

On what would have been Iain Bain's 85th birthday, we are joined by Peter Quinn of the Bewick Society and acclaimed author Jenny Uglow to present an afternoon of talks in tribute to his life and collection.

Jeffrey Hewer Quartet - Live in the Jazz Bar

Jeffrey Hewer Quartet - Live in the Jazz Bar

Ambleside (0 miles, 0 km)

Sat 16 Feb 2019

A welcome return for ex-pat Toronto guitarist now based in Leeds, fronting a band featuring some of the city’s most experienced players. Expect carefully-crafted, tuneful original compositions and an occasional classic cover.

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.

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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