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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.

Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House

Christmas Advent Events

Windermere

Fri 1 - Sun 31 Dec 2017

Visit Blackwell in December for daily festive events and activities, including a Christmas craft fair, children's trail and Victorian Christmas talks.

Folk Art Exhibition

Folk Art

Kendal

Tue 21 Nov 2017 - Wed 28 Feb 2018

Why do we make things beautiful? This exhibition explores why people devote time and effort to making beautiful objects, and the unique and fascinating stories of their lives.

Jonathon Heyward (photo by Jeremy Ayres Fischer)

Lakeland Sinfornia Concerts

Kendal

Mon 20 Nov 2017 - Mon 30 Apr 2018

The Lakeland Sinfonia Concert Society is an Arts Council sponsored charity which promotes orchestral concerts in Kendal.

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.

Santa’s Winter Wonderland

Santa’s Winter Wonderland

Ambleside

Thu 9 Nov - Sat 23 Dec 2017

Come with us into the magical world of Santa’s Winter Wonderland.

Snow Play

Snow Play

Keswick

Mon 11 - Thu 14 Dec 2017

Help Mr Green against Mr White in this highly interactive smash-hit London production. You get to make a giant snowman, cover a whole house in snow and have a super snowball fight!

Stephen K Amos: Bread And Circuses

Stephen K Amos: Bread And Circuses

Kendal

Wed 13 Dec 2017

Brexit. Trump. No more Mary Berry on the Great British Bake Off. Things are looking bleak, so wouldn’t it be better to just forget all about it?

The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden

Keswick

Mon 11 - Wed 13 Dec 2017

“When a garden’s kept proper, all weeded and neat, that chases the wild away. But when it’s left alone, for nature, who knows what secret things’d grow there...” Suitable for ages 6+

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.

The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden

Keswick

Thu 14 Dec 2017

“When a garden’s kept proper, all weeded and neat, that chases the wild away. But when it’s left alone, for nature, who knows what secret things’d grow there...” Suitable for ages 6+

Christmas Party Nights

Christmas Party Nights

Windermere

Fri 15 - Sat 16 Dec 2017

Why not celebrate with a Christmas party in style with a night of festive fun and yuletide merriment, which will start the festive season with a bang.

The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden

Keswick

Fri 15 Dec 2017

“When a garden’s kept proper, all weeded and neat, that chases the wild away. But when it’s left alone, for nature, who knows what secret things’d grow there...” Suitable for ages 6+

Victorian Christmas Talk

Victorian Christmas Talk

Windermere

Fri 15 Dec 2017

A special Victorian Christmas talk exploring why the Victorians began celebrating Christmas with traditions, and why these traditions became so popular. Followed by mulled wine and mince pies.

Carols around the Tree

Carols around the Tree

Grasmere

Sat 16 Dec 2017

Sing along with Grasmere Glee around the tree at our Allan Bank carol concert. Anyone can join in, the more the merrier.

Christmas Tree Ornament Making

Christmas Tree Decoration Making

Kendal

Sat 16 Dec 2017

Create a Christmas ornament to take home (£2 donation) or donate it to decorate the Museum's tree and help raise funds for Lakeland Arts' Dementia Programme.

Father Christmas Tea Party

Father Christmas Tea Party

Windermere

Sat 16 - Sat 23 Dec 2017

Come and enjoy our very special Father Christmas Tea Party in our amazing winter wonderland. Fun for all the family!

The Office Quiz Xmas Special Presented By Keith

The Office Quiz Xmas Special Presented By Keith

Kendal

Sat 16 Dec 2017

Think you know The Office?!

The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden

Keswick

Sat 16 Dec 2017

“When a garden’s kept proper, all weeded and neat, that chases the wild away. But when it’s left alone, for nature, who knows what secret things’d grow there...” Suitable for ages 6+

Fallen Angels Choir

Carols & Christmas Songs Night

Keswick

Sun 17 Dec 2017

Carols And Christmas Songs Night With Fallen Angels Choir

Jingle Bell Jog 2017

Jingle Bell Jog 2017

Bowness-on-Windermere

Sun 17 Dec 2017

Christmas-themed charity fun run - open to all ages, abilities and even the dog - Christmas outfits are essential!

Moulettes

Moulettes

Kendal

Sun 17 Dec 2017

Moulettes are a Brighton based British band of multi-instrumentalists with 2-part harmony female vocals, amplified Cello, Auto-Harp, Electric Guitar, Drums, Bass and Synths and samples woven into an incomparable alt.pop/rock/ folk universe.

Santa at Ullswater Steamers

Santa Cruise & Christmas Magic

Ullswater

Sun 17 Dec 2017

A festive treat and fun for all, activities on-board with the Happy Elf, Stu-di-doo Christmas Magic show and of course meet Santa and hand over that all important letter!

Snow Play

Snow Play

Keswick

Sun 17 Dec 2017

Help Mr Green against Mr White in this highly interactive smash-hit London production. You get to make a giant snowman, cover a whole house in snow and have a super snowball fight!

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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