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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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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.

What's On

David Hockney, A Rake's Progress

A Rake's Progress by David Hockney

Kendal

Thu 28 Sep - Fri 22 Dec 2017

Sixteen prints influenced by David Hockney's visit to New York in 1961.

British Women Climb

British Women Climb

Keswick

Fri 29 Sep 2017 - Sun 16 Sep 2018

The Mountain Heritage Trust are pleased to announce that their new British Women Climb exhibition will open at Keswick Museum on the 29th September 2017.

By Jeeves directed by Alan Ayckbourn

By Jeeves directed by Alan Ayckbourn

Windermere

Fri 6 Oct - Sat 4 Nov 2017

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Alan Ayckbourn’s light-hearted, fun musical BY JEEVES is the highlight of the Old Laundry Theatre’s 25th Anniversary Season 2017.

Feel Good Autumn

Feel Good Autumn

Hawkshead

Wed 4 Oct - Sun 5 Nov 2017

Self led Autumn activites.

Ghosts and Ghouls Halloween Trail

Ghosts and Ghouls Halloween Trail

Windermere

Sat 14 - Tue 31 Oct 2017

Join in the spooky fun at Brockhole with our ghoulish scavenger hunt around the grounds. Suitable for all ages.

Ghoulish Owls

Ghoulish Owls

Windermere

Sun 22 Oct 2017

Meet Dumbledore, the white faced owl, Tassle and Ivy, the barn owls and Eggnog, the little owl.

Common Blue by John Ford

Glenfender Wildlife by John Ford

Coniston

Fri 14 Apr - Tue 31 Oct 2017

This exhibition showcases some of the animals captured in photography from an unimproved northern hay meadow in the Cairngorms. Included in admission.

Grand Day Out Weekend in Langdale

Grand Day Out Weekend in Langdale

Langdale

Sat 21 - Sun 22 Oct 2017

The Grand Day Out returns in October 2017 for more outdoor enjoyment and fundraising over a whole weekend!

Polka, 2016 © Karen Shepherdson

Karen Shepherdson - The Welcome Rest at Grizedale

Hawkshead

Wed 7 Jun - Tue 31 Oct 2017

The Grizdale Forest Visitor Centre offers an inspiring site for an exhibition of Karen Shepherdson’s long-term photographic series ‘The Welcome Rest’.

LAND | SEA | LIFE

LAND | SEA | LIFE

Kendal

Fri 20 Oct 2017 - Sat 17 Feb 2018

See over 70 works by over 40 leading artists including Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Graham Sutherland and Laura Knight in this fascinating collection.

Patrick Hemmerlé

Patrick Hemmerlé

Keswick

Sun 22 Oct 2017

Patrick is a phenomenal French pianist based in Cambridge. After performing Bach’s Goldberg Variations here last year he returns with another landmark of piano music - Beethoven’s ground-breaking Diabelli Variations.

Bowderstone

The Time Machine

Keswick

Sat 23 Sep - Sun 29 Oct 2017

Visit our pop-up exhibition in the former climber's hut to see how dramatically the landscape has changed over the last 200 years. #evolvingmasterpiece

Women of the Arts & Crafts Movement

Women of the Arts & Crafts Movement

Windermere

Fri 15 Sep 2017 - Mon 1 Jan 2018

The show recognises works by women artists whose contributions have often been overlooked, or wrongly attributed in favour of a more prominent male family member.

Woodland Pumpkin Trail

Woodland Pumpkin Trail

Grasmere

Sat 21 Oct - Sun 5 Nov 2017

The Allan Bank woodland has been taken over by spooky pumpkins, venture into the woods and see how many you can find… don’t forget to check inside the spine-tingling tunnel. Draw the faces as you go and spot 6 or more to win a prize.

Yromem

yromem

Windermere

Sat 9 Sep - Sat 4 Nov 2017

Miroslaw Balka, a contemporary artist from Poland, will install a tantalising exhibition in Windermere in September.

The lovely Barkbooth Nature Reserve

Conservation Day

Kendal

Mon 23 Oct 2017

Join us in this beautiful setting at the head of the Winster Valley where we will be cutting and burning scrub to benefit rare butterflies.

Handbagged

Handbagged

Keswick

Mon 23 - Tue 24 Oct 2017

When Maggie met the Queen. Tea at four. Handbags at dawn.

Striding Edge with Red Tarn in the background

Helvellyn via the infamous Striding & Swirral Edge

Ullswater

Mon 23 Oct 2017

The Lake District at its best! Classic guided walk with Into the Outside up to the summit of Helvellyn (950m) via the infamous scrambles along Striding and Swirral Edge from Glenridding. Groups, families and individuals welcome!

Miss Julie

Miss Julie

Keswick

Mon 23 Oct 2017

Midsummer’s Eve, Sweden. A night when the sun doesn’t set. A night of drinking and dancing. A night to break the rules. Scenes of a sexual nature

Circus Club @ Scrapstore

Circus Club @ Scrapstore

Kendal

Tue 24 - Fri 27 Oct 2017

Come learn a variety of circus skills,from stilt walking to juggling,Poi to Diablo. With the opportunity to perform at our party on Friday evening

Life Drawing with Sally Bamber

Life Drawing with Sally Bamber

Coniston

Tue 24 Oct 2017

Working mainly with charcoal, responding to the nude model as subject. Life drawing is an essential study for all those interested in figurative drawing. All materials provided and refreshments available during the day.

Miss Julie

Miss Julie

Keswick

Tue 24 Oct 2017

Midsummer’s Eve, Sweden. A night when the sun doesn’t set. A night of drinking and dancing. A night to break the rules. Scenes of a sexual nature

Out Of Focus

Out Of Focus - Ambleside Players Autumn Production

Ambleside

Tue 24 - Sat 28 Oct 2017

Out Of Focus - An hilarious comedy by Peter Gordon

Print Making Workshop @ Scrapstore

Print Making Workshop @ Scrapstore

Kendal

Tue 24 Oct 2017

A fun friendly craft session for all!

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.

Coombs Woods

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