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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

Votes for Women: Suffrage and Women's Lives

Votes for Women

Kendal

Thu 18 Jan - Mon 31 Dec 2018

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

'The Right Sort of Woman' exhibition

'The Right Sort of Woman' exhibition

Hawkshead

Sat 10 Feb - Sun 28 Oct 2018

Featuring Beatrix Potter's original artwork, handwritten letters and personal items, this new exhibition uncovers a lesser-known side to the well-loved children's author.

Arctic Char by Brian & George Fell

Arctic Char

Ambleside

Mon 19 Feb - Tue 31 Jul 2018

Handmade in steel by Brian and George Fell, this sculpture of a shoal of Arctic Char showcases a rare and notable Lake District fish whose survival acts as a barometer of climate change.

Mountains We Made

Mountains We Made

Hawkshead

Mon 19 Feb - Tue 31 Jul 2018

Constructed from sustainably sourced oak from Grizedale Forest, Mountains We Made by Charlie Whinney invites young and old to walk along sections of Lake District mountains created from steam bent wood.

Ordnance Pavilion by Studio MUTT

Ordnance Pavilion

Ambleside

Mon 19 Feb - Tue 31 Jul 2018

Studio MUTT has created a colourful, interactive architectural intervention that celebrates the impact Ordnance Survey mappings have had on our human and cultural interaction with the landscape.

Tracing the Landscape: Cumbrian Farm Women

Tracing The Landscape: Cumbrian Farm Women

Kendal

Tue 13 Mar - Sat 9 Jun 2018

The multi-media exhibition questions and seeks to understand why the farmer’s wife was, and remains one of the most elusive figures in agrarian history.

Crawl in the Hall

Crawl in the Hall

Kendal

Fri 16 Mar - Fri 14 Dec 2018

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

Constructure

Constructure

Kendal

Sat 7 Apr - Sat 2 Jun 2018

Constructure is a group of four artists from the north of England; Artists Benedict Rutherford, Jamie Barnes, David Armes and Bonnie Craig.

Work by Hunt Emerson

Work

Coniston

Thu 12 Apr - Sun 2 Sep 2018

Marking the completion of Hunt Emerson & Kevin Jackson's masterful Ruskin comic, How to Work, Be Rich, & See, we present Emerson's tribute to Ford Maddox Brown alongside works on the theme of Work. In the Blue Gallery.

Jean Sturgis: A restrospective

Jean Sturgis: A restrospective

Grasmere

Sat 14 Apr - Sat 30 Jun 2018

An exhibition of the work of the Cumbrian artist Jean Sturgis (1931-2016) who was born in Kendal, spent a considerable part of her life in Italy, and returned to live in Kentmere.

Fairy and Dragon World

Fairy and Dragon World

Ambleside

Fri 20 Apr - Wed 5 Sep 2018

Join us from the Easter holidays through to September and your family will be enthralled to explore our magical enchanted forest to search for Fairy doors and Dragon eggs.

British Women Climb

British Women Climb

Keswick

Wed 25 Apr - Sun 16 Sep 2018

Follow the history of women’s climbing on rock, snow, ice and indoors – from the 19th century to the present day.

In Search of Mary Shelley

In Search of Mary Shelley

Grasmere

Sat 5 May - Mon 27 Aug 2018

In Search of Mary Shelley: The Girl Who Wrote 'Frankenstein' This exhibition marking the bicentenary of 'Frankenstein's' publication, based on the book by Fiona Sampson, explores how Mary Shelley became the girl who wrote the famous novel.

Avengers

Avengers: Infinity War

Keswick

Fri 18 - Thu 24 May 2018

The Avengers and their Super Hero allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.

Time Mirror

Time Mirror

Windermere

Fri 18 May - Tue 31 Jul 2018

Di Mainstone’s Time Mirror is a large tessellated funnel-shaped structure made of polished, mirror-like steel that reflects the stunning Lake District surroundings...

Leda Stott

An IFLAS Open Lecture - Leda Stott

Ambleside

Fri 18 May - Tue 19 Jun 2018

Using examples from her work in Africa, Europe and Latin America, Leda’s talk will focus on efforts to involve local stakeholders in the development and delivery of collaborative solutions that seek to address poverty and social exclusion.

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.

Tree Tales

Tree Tales-Booking Essential

Hawkshead

Thu 24 May 2018

Fact and fiction a stroll through the forest at Grizedale discovering more about the trees.

Jeeves & Wooster

Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense

Keswick

Thu 24 May 2018

Join aristocratic fool Bertie Wooster and his dutiful valet Jeeves for a weekend away at a country house. When Wooster is unwittingly called on to play matchmaker, the ever dependable Jeeves is there to save Bertie’s bacon.

Rails

Rails

Keswick

Thu 24 May 2018

In a dead-end town one hot summer, the lives of two teenagers collide in a blur of hormones, loneliness and dreaming.

Peter Rabbit

Peter Rabbit

Keswick

Fri 25 - Sun 27 May 2018

Peter Rabbit, the mischievous and adventurous hero who has captivated generations of readers, now takes on the starring role of his own irreverent, contemporary comedy with attitude.

Jeeves & Wooster

Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense

Keswick

Fri 25 May 2018

Join aristocratic fool Bertie Wooster and his dutiful valet Jeeves for a weekend away at a country house. When Wooster is unwittingly called on to play matchmaker, the ever dependable Jeeves is there to save Bertie’s bacon.

Rails

Rails

Keswick

Fri 25 May 2018

In a dead-end town one hot summer, the lives of two teenagers collide in a blur of hormones, loneliness and dreaming.

Elaine Davidson - Live in the Jazz bar at Zeffs

Elaine Davidson - Live in the Jazz bar at Zeffs

Ambleside

Fri 25 May 2018

Elaine has the unique ability to write a beautiful melody, an incredibly honest lyric and deliver it with true depth and passion. Listening to Elaine’s music recalls a time of mastery in songwriting and story telling.

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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