From iconic cultural figures of the past, to the contemporary and cutting edge, in 2017,  Lakes Culture has it all.


It’s time to plan the year ahead and book your cultural break to the Lake district today. We have a truly amazing range of inspirational culture on offer combined with some of the most luxurious accommodation, and outstanding food and drink you will ever find from contemporary boutique bolt holes to classic country Inns and not forgetting that lakeside view to make the jaw drop, we guarantee you will not be disappointed.

To make your visit even more memorable remember to get your LoveCumbria card – the seasons must have accessory. This exclusive visitors card gives you discounts and money off at restaurants, museums and outdoor attractions until the 31st March 2017. This year promises to be yet another exciting year of outstanding culture in the Lake District and Keswick continues to take centre stage with not only the return of the annual Words by the Water festival from the 3rd to the 12th March, but the magnificent Theatre by the Lake – sitting uniquely on the shores of Derwentwater and in the shadow of Skiddaw – will also host an astonishing four world premieres starting in March 2017 with William Wordsworth by acclaimed playwright and screenwriter, Nicholas Pierpan.

The creative hub of Kendal and the award winning Brewery Arts Centre is getting ready to welcome comedy giants such as Jenny Eclair Tony Law, Kieran Hodgson and Katy Brand at the 2017 Free-range Comedy Festival in May 2017.

Then it’s onto the autumn months when the town will once again reach out to its ever growing global audience when it hosts the Lakes International Comic Art Festival 13-15 October 2017 and Kendal Mountain Festival 16-18 November.

We all know the Lake District landscape has inspired so many world class writers and poets over the years that we can’t wait to put their homes and birthplaces further under the spotlight with Visit England’s Year of the Literary hero. Join in for yourselves and follow in the footsteps of romantic poet William Wordsworth from his birthplace at Wordsworth House and Garden in Cockermouth, to his former homes of Dove Cottage, Allan Bank and Rydal Mount and Gardens. Visit Brantwood, overlooking Coniston Water, the home of John Ruskin – art critic, writer and watercolourist and not forgetting Hill Top – both a National Trust treasure and inspiration for Beatrix Potter and her works.


If all this still isn’t enough we will also find out in July 2017 if the Lake District’s bid for World Heritage Status is successful and further confirm Cumbria’s leading position on the international cultural map. If you agree and think we deserve this global recognition you can show your support by backing the bid here

So, what are you waiting for?  Visit for the full 2017 Cultural Calendar and book that break today

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