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Activities, events and walks in the Lakes

There are lots of events and activities happening in the National Park celebrating local culture, wildlife, scenery and much more. From fabulous family days out to high fell hikes. Events take place across the National Park so no matter where you are, you'll find something nearby.

Browse our calendar of activities and things to do. Just click on event titles to find out more. Many are free or low-cost. 

Guided walks and navigation days run from around Easter to end of October. 

Read our walks blog posts for more inspiring ideas and visit our walking pages for more tips and ideas.

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    29 March 2017

  • Garden Tour - Meet the Experts

    Join a guided tour around Brockhole's Mawson gardens and get an insight into Brockhole's history, plants and seasonal highlights. Followed by a delightful afternoon tea in the café.

    Location: Brockhole, Windermere.

  • 01 April 2017

  • Helvellyn 2

    Winter Skills Day Course

    Exciting opportunity for you to sharpen up your winter skills; or treat a loved one to an unrivalled opportunity to learn from one of only 2 fell top assessor’s in England.

  • 02 April 2017

  • Helvellyn 2

    Winter Skills Day Course

    Exciting opportunity for you to sharpen up your winter skills; or treat a loved one to an unrivalled opportunity to learn from one of only 2 fell top assessor’s in England.

  • 07 April 2017

  • FA photo

    8 Hour Emergency First Aid

    This practical and fun 1 day training course, based in the Lake District, will provide you with essential lifesaving skills in the outdoors.

  • 08 April 2017

  • Hand holding a compass on top of a map

    Navigation Skills for Beginners

    Head outdoors to improve your navigation skills. Map and compass provided.

    Location: Grasmere

  • FA photo

    16 Hour Outdoors First Aid

    This practical 2 day training course will provide you with essential lifesaving skills in the outdoors.

  • 09 April 2017

  • Group of walkers resting on a grassy hill with fells in the background

    Hills, Gills and Falls - walk

    Delightful walk over Tom Heights to Colwith Force and Holme Fell with views over Coniston Water.

    Location: Near Coniston

  • 11 April 2017

  • Mini Beasts

    Minibeast Magic with Silverband

    Find out how Milly the Mombassa train millipede defends herself, see the scorpions that change colour and meet the bearded dragon who eats his lunch in front of children! All this and more - sessions at 11am, 12 noon,1.30pm and 2.30pm.

    Location: Brockhole, Windermere.

  • Group of walkers resting on a grassy hill with fells in the background

    Historic Hawkshead - walk

    A leisurely walk with spectacular views through the fields around Hawkshead, learning about its fascinating history.

    Location: Hawkshead

  • 12 April 2017

  • Brockhole on Windermere

    Wordsworth Wednesdays

    Join the Wordsworth Trust for a packed day of activities - including fun for tiny tots with Rucksack of Rhymes (11am - 12pm), an introductory talk on Wordsworth from 12.30pm - 1pm and craft activities and stories for all the family from 2pm - 3pm. A great day out for all!

    Location: Brockhole, Windermere.

  • 13 April 2017

  • A book

    The Magic of Storytelling

    Sit back, get comfortable and listen to tales all about the myths and legends of the Lake District. Sessions at 11am, 12 noon, 1.30pm, 2.30pm. Suitable for all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

    Location: Brockhole, Windermere.

  • Blea Tarn

    Over Lingmoor into Little Langdale - walk

    Climb out of Elterwater village onto Lingmoor Fell and Side Pike before an exciting descent to Blea Tarn and Little Langdale, returning to Elterwater.

    Location: Near Ambleside

  • 14 April 2017

  • Easter

    Egg'stra Special Easter

    Have fun on our Easter trail around the gardens and enjoy face painting, egg decorating and easter animal mask making. From 11am - 3pm.

    Location: Brockhole, Windermere.

  • Coniston

    Family Walk - Coppermines Valley

    Walk around the Coppermines Valley and hear tales of the men, women and children who worked in the copper mining industry.

    Location: Near Coniston

  • Castlerigg

    Castlerigg Stone Circle - walk

    A gradual ascent to ancient Castlerigg stone circle in its awe-inspiring setting. Panoramic views of the surrounding fells. One of Britain's earliest stone circles.

    Location: Near Keswick

    29 March 2017

  • Garden Tour - Meet the Experts

    Join a guided tour around Brockhole's Mawson gardens and get an insight into Brockhole's history, plants and seasonal highlights. Followed by a delightful afternoon tea in the café.

    Location: Brockhole, Windermere.

  • 01 April 2017

  • Helvellyn 2

    Winter Skills Day Course

    Exciting opportunity for you to sharpen up your winter skills; or treat a loved one to an unrivalled opportunity to learn from one of only 2 fell top assessor’s in England.

  • 02 April 2017

  • Helvellyn 2

    Winter Skills Day Course

    Exciting opportunity for you to sharpen up your winter skills; or treat a loved one to an unrivalled opportunity to learn from one of only 2 fell top assessor’s in England.

  • 07 April 2017

  • FA photo

    8 Hour Emergency First Aid

    This practical and fun 1 day training course, based in the Lake District, will provide you with essential lifesaving skills in the outdoors.

  • 08 April 2017

  • FA photo

    16 Hour Outdoors First Aid

    This practical 2 day training course will provide you with essential lifesaving skills in the outdoors.

  • Hand holding a compass on top of a map

    Navigation Skills for Beginners

    Head outdoors to improve your navigation skills. Map and compass provided.

    Location: Grasmere

  • 09 April 2017

  • Group of walkers resting on a grassy hill with fells in the background

    Hills, Gills and Falls - walk

    Delightful walk over Tom Heights to Colwith Force and Holme Fell with views over Coniston Water.

    Location: Near Coniston

  • 11 April 2017

  • Group of walkers resting on a grassy hill with fells in the background

    Historic Hawkshead - walk

    A leisurely walk with spectacular views through the fields around Hawkshead, learning about its fascinating history.

    Location: Hawkshead

  • Mini Beasts

    Minibeast Magic with Silverband

    Find out how Milly the Mombassa train millipede defends herself, see the scorpions that change colour and meet the bearded dragon who eats his lunch in front of children! All this and more - sessions at 11am, 12 noon,1.30pm and 2.30pm.

    Location: Brockhole, Windermere.

  • 12 April 2017

  • Brockhole on Windermere

    Wordsworth Wednesdays

    Join the Wordsworth Trust for a packed day of activities - including fun for tiny tots with Rucksack of Rhymes (11am - 12pm), an introductory talk on Wordsworth from 12.30pm - 1pm and craft activities and stories for all the family from 2pm - 3pm. A great day out for all!

    Location: Brockhole, Windermere.

  • 13 April 2017

  • Blea Tarn

    Over Lingmoor into Little Langdale - walk

    Climb out of Elterwater village onto Lingmoor Fell and Side Pike before an exciting descent to Blea Tarn and Little Langdale, returning to Elterwater.

    Location: Near Ambleside

  • A book

    The Magic of Storytelling

    Sit back, get comfortable and listen to tales all about the myths and legends of the Lake District. Sessions at 11am, 12 noon, 1.30pm, 2.30pm. Suitable for all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

    Location: Brockhole, Windermere.

  • 14 April 2017

  • Group of walkers resting on a grassy hill with fells in the background

    Glenamara to Silver Bay - walk

    Walk by picturesque Lanty's Tarn, visit the ice house then on through an ancient deer forest to Silver Bay on magnificent Ullswater.

    Location: Ullswater area

  • Castlerigg

    Castlerigg Stone Circle - walk

    A gradual ascent to ancient Castlerigg stone circle in its awe-inspiring setting. Panoramic views of the surrounding fells. One of Britain's earliest stone circles.

    Location: Near Keswick

  • Coniston

    Family Walk - Coppermines Valley

    Walk around the Coppermines Valley and hear tales of the men, women and children who worked in the copper mining industry.

    Location: Near Coniston

  • Easter

    Egg'stra Special Easter

    Have fun on our Easter trail around the gardens and enjoy face painting, egg decorating and easter animal mask making. From 11am - 3pm.

    Location: Brockhole, Windermere.

  • 15 April 2017

  • Helvellyn 2

    Winter Skills Day Course

    Exciting opportunity for you to sharpen up your winter skills; or treat a loved one to an unrivalled opportunity to learn from one of only 2 fell top assessor’s in England.

  • Daffodils

    A Host of Daffodils - walk

    Walk from Glenridding to the legendary Aira Force waterfalls and to the site of Wordsworth's golden daffodils, made famous by William and Dorothy Wordsworth.

    Location: Ullswater area

  • Hand holding a compass on top of a map

    Navigation Skills for Beginners

    Head outdoors to learn basic navigation skills. Map and compass provided.

    Location: Ullswater area

  • Easter

    Egg'stra Special Easter

    Have fun on our Easter trail around the gardens and enjoy face painting, egg decorating and easter animal mask making. From 11am - 3pm.

    Location: Brockhole, Windermere.

  • Group of walkers resting on a grassy hill with fells in the background

    Family Walk - Cathedral Cave

    Follow old tracks to Little Langdale and Slater Bridge. Then to the famous Cathedral Cave with optional underground visit.

    Location: Near Coniston

  • 16 April 2017

  • Helvellyn 2

    Winter Skills Day Course

    Exciting opportunity for you to sharpen up your winter skills; or treat a loved one to an unrivalled opportunity to learn from one of only 2 fell top assessor’s in England.

  • Guided walk led by Lake District National Park volunteers

    Catstycam by Red Tarn - walk

    Walk up Mires Beck, see complete views of Ullswater and the drama of Red Tarn. Reach the peak of Catstycam before descending back to Glenridding.

    Location: Ullswater area

  • Elterwater quarry

    Elterwater's Slate Heritage - walk

    This gentle walk leaves Elterwater Common towards Chapel Stile, then into a working slate quarry. Returning on quiet byways through native woodland.

    Location: Near Ambleside

  • Elaine, walk leader

    Little Langdale - Fells and Tarns - walk

    An energetic walk to the summit of Lingmoor by Blea Tarn, returning over Slater Bridge.

    Location: Near Coniston

  • Easter

    Egg'stra Special Easter

    Have fun on our Easter trail around the gardens and enjoy face painting, egg decorating and easter animal mask making. From 11am - 3pm.

    Location: Brockhole, Windermere.

  • 17 April 2017

  • Family on the Ullswater Way

    Steamer, Dale and Fell - walk

    Cruise to Howtown then walk over Beda Fell to view the ancient deer forest of Bannerdale. Return by Boredale Hause.

    Location: Ullswater area

  • Coniston

    Coniston Old Man and Dow Crag - walk

    Hike these iconic Lake district fells to bag two must-do Wainwright summits!

    Location: Coniston area

  • Easter

    Egg'stra Special Easter

    Have fun on our Easter trail around the gardens and enjoy face painting, egg decorating and easter animal mask making. From 11am - 3pm.

    Location: Brockhole, Windermere.

  • 18 April 2017

  • Elaine, walk leader

    Greenburn Valley and Helm Crag - walk

    Walk up into the remote Greenburn valley. Follow the ridge to Helm Crag and the famous 'Lion and the Lamb' rocks before descending to Grasmere.

    Location: Grasmere

  • Group of walkers resting on a grassy hill with fells in the background

    High Rigg - a Mountain in Miniature - walk

    A circular walk up, over and around High Rigg in St John's-in-the-Vale, with panoramic views.

    Location: Near Thirlmere

  • A book

    The Magic of Storytelling

    Sit back, get comfortable and listen to tales all about the myths and legends of the Lake District. Sessions at 11am, 12 noon, 1.30pm, 2.30pm. Suitable for all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

    Location: Brockhole, Windermere.

  • 19 April 2017

  • Tom Gill

    Black Crag and Yewdale - walk

    A leisurely walk to the viewpoint of Black Crag by Tom Gill and Tarn Hows, returning by Tom Heights plantation.

    Location: Near Coniston

  • Brockhole on Windermere

    Wordsworth Wednesdays

    Join the Wordsworth Trust for a packed day of activities - including fun for tiny tots with Rucksack of Rhymes (11am - 12pm), an introductory talk on Wordsworth from 12.30pm - 1pm and craft activities and stories for all the family from 2pm - 3pm. A great day out for all!

    Location: Brockhole, Windermere.

  • 20 April 2017

  • Group of walkers resting on a grassy hill with fells in the background

    The Hidden Valley of Watendlath - walk

    Bus to Rosthwaite, then over the fell to the hanging valley of Watendlath, returning to Keswick on woodland and lakeshore paths by Derwentwater.

    Location: Near Keswick

  • Group of walkers resting on a grassy hill with fells in the background

    Miterdale Meander - walk

    Delightful walk along River Mite valley to visit stone circles and old mine workings above Eskdale.

    Location: Eskdale

  • Children learning bushcraft skills

    Den Building, Bushcraft and Survival Skills

    Get to grips with basic survival skills, including shelter building, fire lighting and rope, string and knot tying. Sessions at 11am, 1pm and 2.45pm. Age 7+.

    Location: Brockhole, Windermere.

  • 21 April 2017

  • Child with a magnifying glass

    Mini Monster Fun

    Explore and investigate the plants and creatures in the Brockhole gardens on a bug hunt, then make your very own monster on a stick to take home. Sessions at 10.30am, 12.15pm, 1.45pm and 3.15pm. Suitable for age 6+.

    Location: Brockhole, Windermere.

  • Group of walkers resting on a grassy hill with fells in the background

    Tilberthwaite to Holme Fell - walk

    A delightful walk over Holme Fell with views over Yewdale and Coniston Water.

    Location: Near Coniston

  • 23 April 2017

  • Group of walkers resting on a grassy hill with fells in the background

    Blawith Beacon Trek - walk

    A walk over Torver Common to the summit of the Beacon with panoramic views over Coniston Water.

    Location: Near Coniston

    29 March 2017

  • Garden Tour - Meet the Experts

    Join a guided tour around Brockhole's Mawson gardens and get an insight into Brockhole's history, plants and seasonal highlights. Followed by a delightful afternoon tea in the café.

    Location: Brockhole, Windermere.

  • 07 April 2017

  • FA photo

    8 Hour Emergency First Aid

    This practical and fun 1 day training course, based in the Lake District, will provide you with essential lifesaving skills in the outdoors.

  • 08 April 2017

  • Hand holding a compass on top of a map

    Navigation Skills for Beginners

    Head outdoors to improve your navigation skills. Map and compass provided.

    Location: Grasmere

  • FA photo

    16 Hour Outdoors First Aid

    This practical 2 day training course will provide you with essential lifesaving skills in the outdoors.

  • 09 April 2017

  • Group of walkers resting on a grassy hill with fells in the background

    Hills, Gills and Falls - walk

    Delightful walk over Tom Heights to Colwith Force and Holme Fell with views over Coniston Water.

    Location: Near Coniston

  • 11 April 2017

  • Mini Beasts

    Minibeast Magic with Silverband

    Find out how Milly the Mombassa train millipede defends herself, see the scorpions that change colour and meet the bearded dragon who eats his lunch in front of children! All this and more - sessions at 11am, 12 noon,1.30pm and 2.30pm.

    Location: Brockhole, Windermere.

  • 13 April 2017

  • A book

    The Magic of Storytelling

    Sit back, get comfortable and listen to tales all about the myths and legends of the Lake District. Sessions at 11am, 12 noon, 1.30pm, 2.30pm. Suitable for all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

    Location: Brockhole, Windermere.

  • Blea Tarn

    Over Lingmoor into Little Langdale - walk

    Climb out of Elterwater village onto Lingmoor Fell and Side Pike before an exciting descent to Blea Tarn and Little Langdale, returning to Elterwater.

    Location: Near Ambleside

  • 14 April 2017

  • Castlerigg

    Castlerigg Stone Circle - walk

    A gradual ascent to ancient Castlerigg stone circle in its awe-inspiring setting. Panoramic views of the surrounding fells. One of Britain's earliest stone circles.

    Location: Near Keswick

  • Group of walkers resting on a grassy hill with fells in the background

    Glenamara to Silver Bay - walk

    Walk by picturesque Lanty's Tarn, visit the ice house then on through an ancient deer forest to Silver Bay on magnificent Ullswater.

    Location: Ullswater area

  • 15 April 2017

  • Hand holding a compass on top of a map

    Navigation Skills for Beginners

    Head outdoors to learn basic navigation skills. Map and compass provided.

    Location: Ullswater area

  • 16 April 2017

  • Elaine, walk leader

    Little Langdale - Fells and Tarns - walk

    An energetic walk to the summit of Lingmoor by Blea Tarn, returning over Slater Bridge.

    Location: Near Coniston

  • Guided walk led by Lake District National Park volunteers

    Catstycam by Red Tarn - walk

    Walk up Mires Beck, see complete views of Ullswater and the drama of Red Tarn. Reach the peak of Catstycam before descending back to Glenridding.

    Location: Ullswater area

  • 17 April 2017

  • Coniston

    Coniston Old Man and Dow Crag - walk

    Hike these iconic Lake district fells to bag two must-do Wainwright summits!

    Location: Coniston area

  • Family on the Ullswater Way

    Steamer, Dale and Fell - walk

    Cruise to Howtown then walk over Beda Fell to view the ancient deer forest of Bannerdale. Return by Boredale Hause.

    Location: Ullswater area

Shows and festivals in and around the National Park

Check out our Country shows and festivals page for details of events ranging from Marmalade Festivals to Crab Fairs!