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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

'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.

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.

Rodin: rethinking the fragment

Rodin: rethinking the fragment

Kendal

Tue 14 Aug - Sat 27 Oct 2018

See one of Auguste Rodin's best-known works – The Thinker. The iconic piece takes centre stage in this display which explores how the French sculptor (1840-1917) studied the fragments of ancient Greece and Rome.

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.

Detail of Peter Rabbit letter

The Right Sort of Woman exhibition

Hawkshead

Wed 12 Sep - Sun 28 Oct 2018

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

Moment - Exhibition of paintings by Maria Burton

Moment - Exhibition of paintings by Maria Burton

Windermere

Wed 10 - Thu 18 Oct 2018

Introducing our new exhibition of original paintings by Maria Burton

Northern Collective Exhibition

Northern Collective Exhibition

Keswick

Wed 10 Oct - Sun 11 Nov 2018

The Northern Collective Exhibition comprises 16 artists from Cumbria and beyond and will showcase a rich diversity of themes and artistic processes including painting, printmaking, textiles, collage and assemblage.

Mamma Mia

Mamma Mia

Keswick

Thu 18 Oct 2018

Full of more glorious Abba classics, it’s another not-to-be-missed feelgood movie, telling the back story of Donna's youth alongside her daughter's struggle with her own pregnancy.

Bold Girls

Bold Girls

Keswick

Thu 18 Oct 2018

In war-torn Belfast, Marie, Cassie and Nora are just getting on with their lives - but when a strange young girl disrupts their Friday night out, the revelations which ensue threaten their friendship irrevocably.

Single Spies

Single Spies

Keswick

Thu 18 Oct 2018

Bennett’s Olivier award-winning comedy masterpiece explores one of Britain’s most fascinating stories of espionage.

Johnny English Strikes Again

Johnny English Strikes Again

Keswick

Fri 19 - Sun 28 Oct 2018

Rowan Atkinson returns as the much-loved accidental secret agent in "Johnny English Strikes Again".

Smallfoot

Smallfoot

Keswick

Fri 19 - Wed 31 Oct 2018

An animated adventure for all ages, with original music and an all-star cast, Smallfoot turns the Bigfoot legend upside down when a bright young Yeti finds something he thought didn't exist -- a human.

The House with a Clock in Its Walls

The House with a Clock in Its Walls

Keswick

Fri 19 - Sat 20 Oct 2018

Jack Black and Cate Blanchett star in this Amblin classic where fantastical events occur in the most unexpected places.

Antique & Collectors Fair

Antique & Collectors Fair

Ullswater

Fri 19 - Sun 21 Oct 2018

Antique and collectors fair, fine and vintage jewellery, antiques, collectables, decorative arts, vintage linens and china in centre of pretty Pooley Bridge, cafes, shops and Ullswater Steamer all nearby.

Frightful fun in the trees

Halloween Treetop Trail

Windermere

Fri 19 - Wed 31 Oct 2018

A spooky halloween hunt in the high trees!

The Beatrix Potter Gallery

Conservation in action at the Beatrix Potter Galle

Hawkshead

Fri 19 Oct 2018

Drop in between 1pm and 3pm and meet the conservation team, who look after the National Trust's Beatrix Potter collection.

Bold Girls

Bold Girls

Keswick

Fri 19 Oct 2018

In war-torn Belfast, Marie, Cassie and Nora are just getting on with their lives - but when a strange young girl disrupts their Friday night out, the revelations which ensue threaten their friendship irrevocably.

Single Spies

Single Spies

Keswick

Fri 19 Oct 2018

Bennett’s Olivier award-winning comedy masterpiece explores one of Britain’s most fascinating stories of espionage.

Jason Byrne

Jason Byrne

Kendal

Fri 19 Oct 2018

The ‘Outright King of Live Comedy’ (The Times) Jason Byrne is on the road again for more comedy chaos.

Hazeyjane - Live in the Jazz Bar

Hazeyjane - Live in the Jazz Bar

Ambleside

Fri 19 Oct 2018

Creation of Northamptonshire-based composer, acclaimed acoustic guitarist and singer Chris Brown, hazeyjane is the vehicle for the live musical expression of his own original songs and adaptive arrangements of celebrated pieces of poetry.

Hallé Concert

Hallé Concert

Kendal

Sat 20 Oct 2018

For their visit to the Lakeland Sinfonia Concert Society this season, the Hallé bring a thrilling programme.

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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