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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

She's so lovely, acrylic and pastel paointing

Painting animals in mix media

Windermere

Sat 18 Apr 2020

We will be painting animals in acrylic paint and pastel, you can use your or my photographs, a max of 6 students. . Lunch is not provided but there will be coffee, tea and biscuits.

Experimenting with inks

EXPERIMENTING WITH INKS

Kendal

Sat 18 Apr 2020

Combine traditional drawing methods using inks with more experimental approaches to get to grips with this versatile medium.

Kendal

Buddhist Group of Kendal Open Meetings

Kendal

Sun 19 Apr 2020

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.

The Smyths "Meat is Murder" 35th Anniversary

The Smyths "Meat is Murder" 35th Anniversary

Kendal

Fri 24 Apr 2020

The Smyths present “Meat is Murder” + more is a 2 set / 2 hour show that will celebrate the album in its entirety alongside classics and hits by The Smiths.

Lawson Park House and Gardens

Lawson Park Visiting Day

Coniston

Sat 25 Apr 2020

Grizedale Arts invites you to join them at their historic headquarters, Lawson Park, as they open up to the public what they do and where they do it.

Introduction to silk painting and batik

INTRODUCTION TO SILK PAINTING AND BATIK

Kendal

Sat 25 Apr 2020

During this creative one day course, you will learn a number of techniques in order to produce beautiful pieces of art painted on silk. You will discover how to paint onto silk and create different effects using watercolour techniques, text

Mary Coughlan

Mary Coughlan

Kendal

Sat 25 Apr 2020

Mary Coughlan is one of Ireland’s greatest female jazz and blues singers, a true artist who has carved out a highly regarded career and a legion of devoted fans worldwide.

Kendal Colour Dash

Kendal Colour Dash

Kendal

Sun 26 Apr 2020

Welcome to the 2020 Kendal Colour Dash, a 5km fun run filled with colour for the whole family.

The Wandering Hearts

The Wandering Hearts

Kendal

Thu 30 Apr 2020

Harmony-laden Americana band The Wandering Hearts burst onto the scene last year with their debut album Wild Silence.

GANDEYS CIRCUS

Gandeys Circus 2020:Unbelievable

Kendal

Sat 2 - Mon 4 May 2020

Europe’s largest touring big top show is BACK, taking you on an unforgettable fun-filled voyage around the world in 80 minutes!

Make a 3D Hare in Chicken Wire – 2 days

Make a 3D Hare in Chicken Wire – 2 days

Coniston

Mon 4 May 2020

In this two day workshop you'll learn how to make a chicken wire sculpture of that most iconic animal, the hare. With lots of help and guidance, and using simple techniques, you'll make a sculpture of about 20 inches high that's suitable fo

Make a Stag’s Head in Chicken Wire – 1 day

Make a Stag’s Head in Chicken Wire – 1 day

Coniston

Wed 6 May 2020

In this one day workshop you'll learn how to sculpt a chicken wire taxidermy style stag head with wire or twig antlers. With lots of help and guidance, and using simple techniques, you'll make a sculpture that's suitable for display in the

Lawson Park House and Gardens

Lawson Park Visiting Day

Coniston

Fri 15 May 2020

Grizedale Arts invites you to join them at their historic headquarters, Lawson Park, as they open up to the public what they do and where they do it.

Martin Taylor & Martin Simpson

Martin Taylor & Martin Simpson

Kendal

Fri 15 May 2020

Award winning Jazz guitarist Martin Taylor teams up with acoustic and slide guitar virtuoso Martin Simpson.

Warner E Hodges 16th May 2020 Kendal

Warner E Hodges + Drivin N Cryin

Kendal

Sat 16 May 2020

WARNE E HODGES - DRIVIN N CRYIN SATURDAY 16TH MAY 2020

Kendal

Buddhist Group of Kendal Open Meetings

Kendal

Sun 17 May 2020

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.

Arnside viaduct

Painting lakescapes in acrilyc

Windermere

Mon 18 May 2020

We will be painting the lakescapes in acrylic paint.Maybe do some finishing touches in pastel, you can use your or my photographs, a max of 6 students. . Lunch is not provided but there will be coffee, tea and biscuits.

Boeing Boeing

Boeing Boeing

Keswick

Thu 21 May - Tue 27 Oct 2020

It’s 1960s Paris and the debonair Bernard, a self-styled lothario, is having his cake and eating it.

Wilt

Wilt

Keswick

Thu 21 May - Sat 31 Oct 2020

A love letter to the natural world, Wilt is a gentle, tender and lyrical play about the nature of change.

The Welkin

National Theatre Live: The Welkin

Kendal

Thu 21 May 2020

The Welkin, a new play by Lucy Kirkwood. One life in the hands of 12 women. Rural Suffolk in England, 1759. As the country waits for Halley’s comet, a young woman is sentenced to hang for a heinous murder.

Weave your own Fabric

Weave your own Fabric

Staveley

Tue 2 Jun 2020

Weave a colourful piece of cloth suitable for a Cafetier Cosy or other small project of your choice. Experiment with pattern, colour and texture and let your imagination run wild! Depending on your progress, make some table mats too.

Rope

Rope

Keswick

Thu 4 Jun - Sat 31 Oct 2020

This gripping noir thriller, supposedly based on a real life case and famously filmed by Alfred Hitchcock, transforms the ‘whodunnit’ into the ‘will they get away with it?’

These Walls

These Walls

Keswick

Thu 4 Jun - Sat 31 Oct 2020

Danni’s got a new cellmate. Not that anyone bothered to tell her. She’s called Becky, and she’s pregnant.

Experimenting with Monoprint at Cowshed Creative

Experimenting with Monoprint

Staveley

Thu 4 Jun 2020

Monoprinting is an ideal introduction to printmaking using a range of simple techniques to create your own stunning prints.

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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