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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

John Harden (1772-1847)

John Harden (1772-1847)

Kendal

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.

Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House

New Year New Maker: The Rusland Movement

Windermere

Fri 18 Jan - Sun 9 Jun 2019

Looks at the Rusland Movement’s beautiful furnishings inspired by nature.

Orion, Fleetwith Pike & That Tree

In the still of the night

Windermere

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

Absence & Presence In John Ruskin's Clothing

Absence & Presence In John Ruskin's Clothing

Coniston

Wed 6 Feb - Sun 7 Apr 2019

Sarah Casey has been artist in residence at Brantwood throughout 2018 and the timely opening of the resulting exhibition on 6 February 2019 marks the 200th Anniversary of Ruskin’s birth on 8th February 1819.

Refuge: The Art of Belonging

Refuge: The Art of Belonging

Kendal

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.

Mary Queen of Scots

Mary Queen of Scots

Keswick

Sun 17 - Mon 18 Feb 2019

A tale of two queens....

Rock Climbing in Langdale

February Half Term Rock Climbing

Coniston

Mon 18 Feb 2019

Challenge yourself - have a go at Rock Climbing in the picturesque valley of Langdale.

Stan and Ollie

Stan and Ollie

Keswick

Tue 19 Feb 2019

Heartwarming, nostalgic film about the famous comedy duo's last tour around Britain in the 50s.

Don Quixote - Live from the ROH

Don Quixote - Live from the ROH

Ambleside

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.

Don Quixote - Royal Ballet

Don Quixote - Royal Ballet

Keswick

Tue 19 Feb 2019

LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP TRIUMPH IN CARLOS ACOSTA’S VIBRANT PRODUCTION OF THIS DAZZLING BALLET. APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME: 2 HOURS 45 MINUTES, INCLUDING ONE INTERVAL

Bohemian Rhapsody

Bohemian Rhapsody

Keswick

Wed 20 Feb 2019

Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury

Mary Queen of Scots

Mary Queen of Scots

Keswick

Wed 20 - Thu 21 Feb 2019

A tale of two queens....

The Gingerbread Man

The Gingerbread Man

Keswick

Wed 20 - Thu 21 Feb 2019

Imagine being born in an oven and the first person you meet wants to dunk you in his tea!

Family Bushcraft in the Lakes

February Half Term Family Bushcraft

Coniston

Wed 20 Feb 2019

Share a new experience and join us in our private woodland. Learn about the key elements of survival - shelter, warmth, food and drink. Our expert instructors will have you lighting fires and cooking something delicious in no time.

Wordsworth’s Yew Trees Revisited

Wordsworth’s Yew Trees Revisited

Grasmere

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.

An Evening with Alice Roberts

An Evening with Alice Roberts

Keswick

Wed 20 Feb 2019

Anthropologist, author and broadcaster Professor Alice Roberts has been delving into Britain’s past and making archaeology programmes for nearly twenty years.

free solo

Free Solo

Keswick

Thu 21 Feb 2019

National Geographic Documentary Film's FREE SOLO, a stunning, intimate and unflinching portrait of the free soloist climber Alex Honnold, as he prepares to achieve his lifelong dream: climbing the face of the world's most famous rock... the

Sourpuss

Sourpuss

Keswick

Thu 21 - Fri 22 Feb 2019

Sourpuss is a very grumpy, ginger cat. Shut out of the house he feels lost and confused, but the garden soon intrigues him. Watch Sourpuss on his journey of discovery, learning the secrets of the great outdoors.

Discover Poetry

Discover Poetry

Grasmere

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.

Limehouse Lizzy live at Bootleggers Kendal

Limehouse Lizzy Live

Kendal

Thu 21 Feb 2019

Limehouse Lizzy Live at Bootleggers

Jamie Walker

Live Music - Jamie Walker

Bowness-on-Windermere

Thu 21 Feb 2019

This evening we welcome the very talented Jamie Walker to our lounge bar.

All is True

All is True

Keswick

Fri 22 - Sun 24 Feb 2019

Shakespeare, the bio!

Megson

Megson

Kendal

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.

The Noise Next Door

The Noise Next Door

Keswick

Fri 22 Feb 2019

The Noise Next Door are the UK’s premier improvisation comedy troupe who have taken the comedy world by storm.

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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