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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

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.

Folk Art Exhibition

Folk Art

Kendal

Tue 21 Nov 2017 - Sat 14 Apr 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.

Claude Monet, Haystacks: Snow Effect

Claude Monet

Kendal

Fri 12 Jan - Wed 28 Feb 2018

See a masterpiece by one of the world’s most famous painters in Kendal. Claude Monet’s Haystacks: Snow Effect, will be displayed at Abbot Hall Art Gallery from Friday 12 January until 28 April.

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.

A Herstory of Keswick

A Herstory of Keswick

Keswick

Fri 19 Jan - Thu 10 May 2018

An important new account of Keswick’s story told through the eyes of women in a fascinating and interactive exhibition.

Charles Whinney & Beatrix Baker

Charles Whinney & Beatrix Baker

Coniston

Wed 24 Jan - Sun 11 Mar 2018

Charles and Beatrix present a selection of sculptural works and objects for the home. Both artists use locally sourced steam-bent green wood as a way to create curved forms. In the Severn Studio. Included in house or garden admission.

Fair & Foul

Fair & Foul: Ruskin and the Grotesque

Coniston

Wed 24 Jan - Sun 18 Mar 2018

Installation of works by Jill Rock an artist working in performance, mixed-media and installation. A contemporary response to the Gothic today. On display in the Blue Gallery. Admission included in house ticket.

Katie Spragg: Ceramics

Katie Spragg: Ceramics

Windermere

Fri 26 Jan - Wed 28 Feb 2018

Recognised as one of the country’s finest up-and-coming talents, Royal College of Art graduate, Katie Spragg creates ceramic works that aim to evoke a sense of wonder about being outside in nature.

Crawl in the Hall

Crawl in the Hall

Kendal

Fri 9 Feb - 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.

'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.

Local artist Ellie Chaney at work

Detail in Nature - an exhibition by Ellie Chaney

Windermere

Mon 19 - Wed 28 Feb 2018

We open our Gaddum Gallery for the first time with Ellie Chaney, a Cumbrian based artist.

February Family Fun

February Family Fun

Windermere

Mon 19 - Sun 25 Feb 2018

Follow the trail around our stunning grounds and shake off those winter blues, complete the activities and win a prize! Family friendly fun, suitable for all ages.

Have a go at Archery

Have a go at Archery

Windermere

Mon 19 - Sun 25 Feb 2018

Come and have a go at the ancient sport of archery, located on the stunning shoreline of Windermere, England's largest lake!

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.

Phoenix Dance

Phoenix Dance: Windrush, Calyx and Shadows

Keswick

Tue 20 Feb 2018

The acclaimed Phoenix Dance Theatre present a major new dance production, Windrush: Movement of the People, as part of their 2018 Mixed Programme.

U.DANCE

U.DANCE Cumbria

Keswick

Wed 21 Feb 2018

U.DANCE Cumbria is part of One Dance UK’s national celebration of young people’s dance. In Cumbria it brings together over 1,500 local children & young people to choreograph dance and share their achievements through performance.

The Chef Show

The Chef Show

Kendal

Wed 21 Feb 2018

Comedy show set in a curry house!

Keswick Film Festival

Keswick Film Festival

Keswick

Thu 22 - Sun 25 Feb 2018

Keswick Film Festival returns for its 19th year with its acclaimed blend of the best films from the world’s greatest festivals, thought-provoking documentaries, plus some retrospectives and very special guests.

A Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Recorded at the NT)

A Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Recorded at the NT)

Ambleside

Thu 22 Feb 2018

Tennessee Williams’ twentieth century masterpiece Cat on a Hot Tin Roof starring Sienna Miller alongside, Jack O’Connell and Colm Meaney.

Edie

Edie

Keswick

Thu 22 Feb 2018

At the age of 84, Edie (Sheila Hancock) is finally free of the ties that bound her to an invalid and domineering husband – and it is the moment to start making up for lost time.

La Isla

La Isla

Keswick

Fri 23 Feb 2018

Based on a true story this north African comedy is the tale of Ibrahim, a Moroccan soldier, who is sent to a deserted island off the Mediterranean coast of Morocco to monitor the movements of smugglers and illegal immigrants.

The Rider

The Rider

Keswick

Fri 23 Feb 2018

This authentic and heart-rending film is the story of Brady, a rodeo rider who has just emerged from a coma.

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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