Time to disconnect from your family group chat and re-connect with real-life communities?
The Lake District is the place where it’s the norm to say ‘hi’ to each and every walker that you pass on your rambles, and where ‘kissing gates’ do more than keep sheep in.
Come and find out what’s happening in our ‘happy hubs’ across the Lakes, and book you and your loved ones in for a dose of community happiness. Not sure where to visit?Call us on 01539 432 321 – we’d love to chat!
Ambleside is the beating heart and soul of the Lake District, and is the ideal place to immerse yourself in busy Lake District life, from traditional celebrations to live music performed by local talent.
The Lily is a popular hub for live music, quiz nights and comedy, and Zeffirellis is a very popular and relaxed jazz café, independent cinema and pizzeria.
Ambleside Rushbearing (usually taking place in the first week of July), is a well-attended ancient tradition that is just as much fun to watch as it is to take part in.
The procession moves through Ambleside following a 200-year-old tradition of laying new rushes on earth floors of churches.
Parish buildings in Ambleside fling open their doors over the summer months for the annual Lake District Summer Music Festival, known locally as LDSM.
The silver belt of Ambleside Sports has been a coveted prize amongst the local community for over 100 years. And today, the July event holds the title of hosting more sporting events in 5 hours than any other in the region, a must see when staying in the area.
In August, the Ambleside Summer Flower Show returns year after year filling another local Ambleside building, the Kelsick Centre, with homegrown produce and blooms.
Ambleside’s first ever outdoor shop, The Climbers Shop, are celebrating their Diamond Anniversary in 2019 with the Ambleside Trail 60 event. Rothay Park in Ambleside is the hub for what could become a regular fixture on Ambleside’s sporting calendar, and is sure to be a great day out!
A visit to the Lake District would not be the same without a day spent chatting to artisan food producers and local crafts folk at the award-winning Keswick Market.
Yes, you’ll come away with a boot filled with delicious local produce and unique gifts to take home, but more importantly your car will be filled with the stories you’ve been told, of local legions and myths. Keswick Outdoor Market is open on Thursday and Saturday and during the summer months attracts over 70 stalls, making it one of the largest market gatherings in Europe.
Many locals are ‘all paws in’ and take part in the popular outdoor event 'Keswick Scruffs', held in Fitz Park to celebrate Keswick holding the title of the UK’s most dog-friendly town.
The public spaces of Hope and Crow Park, right on the shore of Derwentwater, have a great buzz at this time of year too!
For 2020 look up tickets for Keswick Beer Festival as 2019 proved to be a record-year. This popular evet is a great way to ‘sample’ local life with over 50 different regional beers and ciders on tap. The 2020 dates have also been released now for the crowd-pulling Keswick Mountain Festival.
Here, life evolves in and around the lake. So, expect to see plenty of lycra, neoprene and sun creamed noses.
And revolve they do! From a busy cycle of shows at the 270 seat 'Old Laundry Theatre' in Bowness, which regularly host full house performances, to the packed booths and dancefloor of Baha café lounge in Bowness, where a mixed line-up of musical performances attracts a vibrant crowd.
The wonderful Lake District crowds come out to support the inspiring Asics Windermere Marathon in May, John West Great North Swim in June and the upcoming Olympic Distance Triathlon in July.
2020 places are open and filling up already, and these are events where being a spectator is lots of fun. Spring also attracts the crowds at the popular Windermere Boat Show.
New for 2019 is the daily Windermere Boat and Jetty ‘Conservation Conversation’, and is a chance to chat about reviving this rich local heritage.
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Not only are muddy boots welcome in the Langdale hub, they're expected! The Langdale valley is home to some of the most hardcore walkers and climbers in the Lakes, where you'll also have time to relax in the beer garden of the iconic Old Dungeon Ghyll, watching climbers scramble the scree up above.
Between 6pm and midnight, the large upstairs space at the Sticklebarn National Trust-owned pub in the Great Langdale valley is filled with families, walkers, locals and holidaymakers taking in live music, lectures, film showings and quizzes. This summer we’ll be heading to the Kendal Mountain Film Festival screening in August, and in July, the Sticklebarn Sessions with Dougie Maclean are a must.
Even before the drinking has started, the Sticklebarn is a-buzz of daytime activity. This summer’s ‘Discover Great Langdale’ guided walk of the famous Langdale Pikes is perfect for anyone new to the area and up for a challenge!
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