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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.

What's On

Man and Mountain

Man and Mountain: Chris Bonington

Keswick

Sat 19 May 2018 - Sun 6 Jan 2019

Heritage Lottery Fund supported exhibition on world renowned mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington that traces his journey from the sandstone of Harrison’s Rocks to the highest summits on earth, and close connections to the Cumbrian landscape.

From Wordsworth to the Web

From Wordsworth to the Web

Kendal

Tue 19 Jun - Thu 20 Dec 2018

Here is the news! Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry celebrates 200 years of Kendal’s local paper, the Westmorland Gazette.

Votes for Women: Suffrage and Women's Lives

Votes for Women: Suffrage and Women's Lives

Kendal

Tue 19 Jun - Mon 31 Dec 2018

Discover the history of the suffragists and suffragettes and how women fought for their rights.

Dorothy Wordsworth & Women Mountaineers

Dorothy Wordsworth & Women Mountaineers

Grasmere

Sat 1 Sep - Sun 23 Dec 2018

Dorothy Wordsworth was a keen mountaineer. This exhibition celebrates her accomplishments on the bicentenary of her ascent of Scafell Pike.

Crawl in the Hall

Crawl in the Hall

Kendal

Fri 7 Sep 2018 - Fri 25 Jan 2019

The weekly creative sessions for the under-fives are inspired by works of art from Abbot Hall’s exhibitions and collections.

The Simpsons: An Arts & Crafts Family

The Simpsons: An Arts & Crafts Family

Windermere

Wed 24 Oct 2018 - Sun 6 Jan 2019

This exhibition places The Simpsons family in the context of the Arts & Crafts Movement in the Lake District, and will be especially enjoyed by anyone with an interest in Arts & Crafts furniture, embroidery, leatherwork or design.

The Santa Express

The Santa Express

Ambleside

Sat 3 Nov - Sun 23 Dec 2018

Join The Santa Express @ Hayes Garden World!...

Alison Watt: A Shadow On The Blind

Alison Watt: A Shadow On The Blind

Kendal

Thu 15 Nov 2018 - Sat 2 Feb 2019

A last chance to see work by one of Britain’s leading painters at Abbot Hall.

Grayson Perry at Abbot Hall Art Gallery

Grayson Perry: Julie Cope's Grand Tour

Kendal

Thu 15 Nov 2018 - Sat 16 Feb 2019

Julie Cope is a fictional character created by artist Grayson Perry – an Essex everywoman whose story he has told through the two tapestries and extended ballad presented in this Crafts Council touring exhibition.

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.

Grayson Perry, In Focus Display

Grayson Perry, In Focus Display

Windermere

Mon 19 Nov 2018 - Sun 6 Jan 2019

Grayson Perry In-Focus Display features three spotlight loans which will be displayed in the unique Arts & Crafts setting.

Earth Photo Exhibition

Earth Photo Exhibition

Hawkshead

Thu 6 Dec 2018 - Sun 20 Jan 2019

On display at Grizedale, the inaugural edition of the Earth Photo competition and exhibition presents a selection from an outstanding array of photographs.

Jane Rushton: Breathing Spaces

Jane Rushton: Breathing Spaces

Kendal

Thu 6 Dec 2018 - Sat 19 Jan 2019

From northern Britain, Iceland, Greenland and Svalbard my work engages with the particularities of landscape and is underpinned by an awareness of the processes at play within it.

Jenny Mclaren "Tracing Contours'

Jenny Mclaren "Tracing Contours'

Kendal

Thu 6 Dec 2018 - Sun 13 Jan 2019

The work in “Tracing Contours” is a collection of the various landscapes I walked through between June and October 2018, leading up to the exhibition.

Shona Branigan – Hiding in the Wood

Shona Branigan – Hiding in the Wood

Hawkshead

Thu 6 Dec 2018 - Sun 17 Feb 2019

Hand printing wood shows all its natural beauty and mystery.

Christmas Party Nights

Christmas Party Nights

Windermere

Fri 14 Dec 2018

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

Beauty & the Beast

Beauty and the Beast

Keswick

Fri 14 Dec 2018

When bright, beautiful Belle is taken prisoner by a fearsome beast, she discovers there is much more to her mysterious and frightening captor than appearances might first suggest. A thrilling and inventive take on the classic fairy tale.

Zoe Lyons: Entry Level Human

Zoe Lyons: Entry Level Human

Kendal

Fri 14 Dec 2018

Decide for yourself, as this hugely popular comic returns with a fresh crop of ‘quick-fire observational gags, delivered with utter conviction’ (Chortle), not to mention ‘proper laugh-out-loud one-liners’ (The Herald).

About Time - Live in the Jazz Bar

About Time - Live in the Jazz Bar

Ambleside

Fri 14 Dec 2018

You can expect a laid back lounge music – with a jazzy edge including songs from Burt Bacharach, Bob Dylan, Carol King and others.

West of Where

BAHA - Live Music - West of Where

Bowness-on-Windermere

Fri 14 Dec 2018

West of Where are a duo comprised of husband and wife, Samuel Marks and Shannon Spreen.

Bohemian Rhapsody

Bohemian Rhapsody

Keswick

Sat 15 Dec 2018

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

Christmas Party Nights

Christmas Party Nights

Windermere

Sat 15 Dec 2018

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

Kong Adventure Christmas Day

Kong Adventure's Christmas Fun Day

Keswick

Sat 15 Dec 2018

Festive fun at Kong Adventure! Explore our castle and dragon's lair for the Treasure hunt, and say Hi to Santa in his Christmas Grotto.

View from Scout Scar

Snow scapes in Acrylic

Windermere

Sat 15 - Sun 16 Dec 2018

In this workshop you will be painting snow-scapes in acrylic, maybe adding some pastel you can use your own or my photographs . A max of 6 people and all materials are provided.

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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Coombs Woods

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