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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

Tsering Deki

Children of the Snow Land

Ambleside (0 miles, 0 km)

Wed 20 Mar 2019

Children of the Snow Land tells the story of a group of children born in the High Himalayas of Nepal – a remote area of great natural beauty but where life is extremely tough.

Discover Poetry

Discover Poetry

Grasmere (3 miles, 4 km)

Thu 21 Mar 2019

Join us in Dove Cottage or Rydal Mount 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!

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Groove Crusade - Live in the Jazz Bar

Ambleside (0 miles, 0 km)

Sat 23 Mar 2019

A one-off tribute to the work of the Crusaders, the great and enduring jazz-funk-soul masters.

Somewhere-nowhere

Rob & Harriet Fraser: Making Sense of Here

Ambleside (0 miles, 0 km)

Tue 26 Mar 2019

Rob & Harriet Fraser: Making Sense of Here: Artful ways of reflecting on the Lake District National Park, a landscape of multiple truths.

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.

Matt Howard

Matt Howard: Poet in Residence Reading

Grasmere (3 miles, 4 km)

Wed 27 Mar 2019

We are delighted to present a very special poetry reading and wine reception with Matt Howard, our March 2019 Poet in Residence.

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.

Rodina - Live in the Jazz Bar

Rodina - Live in the Jazz Bar

Ambleside (0 miles, 0 km)

Fri 29 Mar 2019

Aoife Hearty (vocals) and Joe Tatton (Piano) met in Leeds and have been writing, recording and performing together for 10 years now and are returning to Zeffirellis for the first time in a number of years.

Gerry excellent image

Gerry Richardson Trio - Live in the Jazz Bar

Ambleside (0 miles, 0 km)

Sat 30 Mar 2019

Great covers and smart originals - not to be missed if you love the evocative, steaming noise that is the old electric sideboard in full flight.

Mother's Day

Mother's Day Afternoon Tea & Film

Ambleside (0 miles, 0 km)

Sun 31 Mar 2019

Mother's Day Afternoon Tea & Film at Zeffirellis Sunday 31st March 2019

Three Hares by Sue Rowland

Green Door in Grasmere

Grasmere (0 miles, 0 km)

Tue 2 - Wed 10 Apr 2019

A diverse and exhilarating range of 2D and 3D work from more than half of Green Door's 100 members.

La forza del destino (Live from ROH)

La forza del destino (Live from ROH)

Ambleside (0 miles, 0 km)

Tue 2 Apr 2019

Jonas Kaufmann and Anna Netrebko star in Verdi’s epic La forza del destino (The Force of Destiny) an opera which demands the very best of singers for its powerful music and the fullest theatrical treatment for this story.

Grasmere History Group

Grasmere History Group

Grasmere (3 miles, 4 km)

Tue 2 Apr 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 4 Apr 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.

The King and I

The King and I: From The London Palladium ENCORE

Ambleside (0 miles, 0 km)

Thu 4 Apr 2019

The multi-award winning and critically acclaimed Lincoln Center Theater’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King And I comes to cinemas in this unmissable event recorded live from London’s iconic Palladium.

Dean Newton - Live in the Jazz Bar

Dean Newton - Live in the Jazz Bar

Ambleside (0 miles, 0 km)

Fri 5 Apr 2019

The Dean Newton Trio are a West Cumbrian based Jazz/Blues/Funk outfit. Featuring virtuoso guitarist Dean Newton, Violinski founder John Marcangelo on drums, and ex Squadronaires bass player, Jeffe Noble.

The Golden Age (recorded at the Bolshoi)

The Golden Age (recorded at the Bolshoi)

Ambleside (0 miles, 0 km)

Sun 7 Apr 2019

With its jazzy score by Shostakovich and its music-hall atmosphere featuring beautiful tangos, The Golden Age is a refreshing and colorful dive into the roaring 20’s. A historic ballet that can be seen only at the Bolshoi!

Wordsworth On Tour

Reimagining Wordsworth On Tour

Grasmere (3 miles, 4 km)

Mon 8 Apr 2019

This year we are taking Wordsworth on the road! Our free pop-up sessions will introduce William Wordsworth, his sister Dorothy, and their life at Dove Cottage in Grasmere.

Rembrandt (Exhibition on Screen)

Rembrandt (Exhibition on Screen)

Ambleside (0 miles, 0 km)

Wed 10 Apr 2019

Every Rembrandt exhibition is eagerly anticipated but this major show hosted by London’s National Gallery and Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum was an event like no other.

All About Eve

All About Eve - NT Live

Ambleside (0 miles, 0 km)

Thu 11 Apr 2019

Gillian Anderson (X-Files, NT Live: A Streetcar Named Desire) and Lily James (Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again) lead in All About Eve, broadcast live to cinemas from the West End in London.

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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