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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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...

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.

The Buried Moon

The Buried Moon

Ambleside

Sat 26 May - Tue 31 Jul 2018

The Strange Names Collective presents The Buried Moon, a three-part artwork exploring landscape and the cultural history of geology in the Lake District through a performance by Philip Stanier, Penny Newell and Gillian Lees.

Where is Peter Rabbit?  The Beatrix Potter Musical

Where is Peter Rabbit? The Beatrix Potter Musical

Bowness-on-Windermere

Sat 26 May - Sun 2 Sep 2018

Inspired by the world-famous stories, this unique stage show brings to life Beatrix Potter’s favourite characters in a not to be missed visual spectacular.

Form over Function

Form over Function

Windermere

Tue 5 Jun - Sun 9 Sep 2018

This exhibition challenges the notion that ceramics are primarily functional. Explore how artists create art out of craft. Ranging from a playful hippo sculpture to an optical illusion box, works are themed into four subjects.

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.

Elisabeth Frink: Fragility and Power

Elisabeth Frink: Fragility and Power

Kendal

Fri 22 Jun - Sat 29 Sep 2018

Explore the personal experiences and influences that shaped the work of one of the most exciting British sculptors of the twentieth century, Elisabeth Frink.

Canoe Guided Tour of Windermere

Canoe Guided Tour of Windermere

Windermere

Sun 1 Jul - Sun 2 Sep 2018

Every Thursday and Sunday 2-4pm, join a UK GO Canoeing accredited Guided Tour of Windermere. Explore the lake, it's islands and wildlife. Improve your skills and share the experience. Great for families and beginners.

Lakes herdy trails

Lakes herdy trails Windermere and Bowness

Windermere

Fri 13 Jul - Fri 5 Oct 2018

Hunt the herdys on display in shop windows around Windermere and Bowness. Fill in the names on the trail sheets available to purchase for £1 from local retailers and the Tourist Information centre in Windermere.

Greg Stobbs-From Acorns

Greg Stobbs-From Acorns

Hawkshead

Sat 14 Jul - Fri 31 Aug 2018

An exhibition of illustrations inspired by the forest

Inspired By Nature

Inspired By Nature

Hawkshead

Sat 14 Jul - Sun 23 Sep 2018

Summer exhibition by nine Royal Society of Sculptor artists.

Mamma Mia: Here we go again!

Mamma Mia: Here we go again!

Kendal

Fri 20 - Thu 26 Jul 2018

Ten years later, in the greek island of Kalokairi, Sophie is pregnant with Sky’s child while running her mother’s villa.

The Breadwinner

The Breadwinner

Keswick

Sun 22 - Mon 23 Jul 2018

Beautiful animated tale about the power or stories to sustain hope - Parvena, 11, dresses like a boy to support her Afghani family.

The Piano

The Piano

Keswick

Mon 23 - Tue 24 Jul 2018

DIgitally restored 25th anniversary screening of Jane Campion's extraordinary, triumphant masterpiece about a mute woman’s rebellion in a newly colonised, Victorian-era New Zealand.

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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