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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. 

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    16 August 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.

  • Brockhole on Windermere

    Bird Hive at Brockhole

    Soar like a bird, tip over the edges of a mountain and skim the top of a beautiful lake! Join us on a 360 degree virtual reality flight over iconic Lake District landscapes, that have long been a source of artistic inspiration and find out why this special place deserves World Heritage status.

    Location: Brockhole, Windermere.

  • Family Ramble

    Brockhole Family Ramble

    Learn how to find your way when walking in the countryside.

    Location: Windermere

  • Guided walk led by Lake District National Park volunteers

    Miterdale Meander - walk

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

    Location: Eskdale

  • 17 August 2017

  • Grasmere Trail

    Explore the Grasmere Trail - cycle ride

    Discover this new trail from Ambleside via Rydal Water to Grasmere with trained leaders.

    Location: Grasmere

  • Elaine, walk leader

    Historic Hawkshead - walk

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

    Location: Hawkshead

  • 18 August 2017

  • Pond monsters

    Creatures from the Deep

    What amazing creatures can you find in the Brockhole pond? Look out for great diving beetles, damsel flies and newts. Sessions at 10.30am, 12.15pm, 1.45pm and 3.15pm. Age 6+. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

    Location: Brockhole, Windermere.

  • Blackbeck Tarn

    Haystacks - Wainwright's Favourite Fell - walk

    From Honister, climb through old slate mine workings, past Blackbeck and Innominate Tarns to the summit, for fabulous views of Buttermere and beyond.

    Location: Borrowdale

  • 19 August 2017

  • Child with smoking grass to start a bushcraft fire

    Family 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. Suitable for accompanied children age 4+ with family.

    Location: Brockhole, Windermere.

  • Grasmere

    Wordsworth's Grasmere - walk

    Discover Wordsworth's Grasmere and learn about one of England's finest Romantic poets.

    Location: Grasmere

  • Black Crag

    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

  • Guided bike rides in the Lake District

    Windermere - The Shore Line by bike and boat

    Leave the traffic behind with a sail on the unique Bike Boat to Windermere's far shore - ideal for families.

    Location: Brockhole Visitor Centre

  • 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

  • Aira Force

    High Above Glencoyne - walk

    We take the bus to Aira Force then traverse the hillside path for magnificent views of Ullswater.

    Location: Ullswater area

  • 20 August 2017

  • Brockhole on Windermere

    Face Painting at Brockhole

    Pop into facepainting at Brockhole and be transformed into one of your favourite characters by our professionally trained face painter. Drop in from 11am - 3pm.

    Location: Brockhole, Windermere.

    16 August 2017

  • Guided walk led by Lake District National Park volunteers

    Miterdale Meander - walk

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

    Location: Eskdale

  • Brockhole on Windermere

    Bird Hive at Brockhole

    Soar like a bird, tip over the edges of a mountain and skim the top of a beautiful lake! Join us on a 360 degree virtual reality flight over iconic Lake District landscapes, that have long been a source of artistic inspiration and find out why this special place deserves World Heritage status.

    Location: Brockhole, Windermere.

  • Family Ramble

    Brockhole Family Ramble

    Learn how to find your way when walking in the countryside.

    Location: Windermere

  • 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.

  • 17 August 2017

  • Elaine, walk leader

    Historic Hawkshead - walk

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

    Location: Hawkshead

  • Grasmere Trail

    Explore the Grasmere Trail - cycle ride

    Discover this new trail from Ambleside via Rydal Water to Grasmere with trained leaders.

    Location: Grasmere

  • 18 August 2017

  • Pond monsters

    Creatures from the Deep

    What amazing creatures can you find in the Brockhole pond? Look out for great diving beetles, damsel flies and newts. Sessions at 10.30am, 12.15pm, 1.45pm and 3.15pm. Age 6+. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

    Location: Brockhole, Windermere.

  • Blackbeck Tarn

    Haystacks - Wainwright's Favourite Fell - walk

    From Honister, climb through old slate mine workings, past Blackbeck and Innominate Tarns to the summit, for fabulous views of Buttermere and beyond.

    Location: Borrowdale

  • 19 August 2017

  • Aira Force

    High Above Glencoyne - walk

    We take the bus to Aira Force then traverse the hillside path for magnificent views of Ullswater.

    Location: Ullswater area

  • 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

  • Guided bike rides in the Lake District

    Windermere - The Shore Line by bike and boat

    Leave the traffic behind with a sail on the unique Bike Boat to Windermere's far shore - ideal for families.

    Location: Brockhole Visitor Centre

  • Black Crag

    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

  • Grasmere

    Wordsworth's Grasmere - walk

    Discover Wordsworth's Grasmere and learn about one of England's finest Romantic poets.

    Location: Grasmere

  • Child with smoking grass to start a bushcraft fire

    Family 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. Suitable for accompanied children age 4+ with family.

    Location: Brockhole, Windermere.

  • 20 August 2017

  • Family cycle

    Windermere with a Castle - guided family cycle ride

    Bring the family on our leisurely guided cycle ride discovering quiet trails on the western shore of Windermere.

    Location: Brockhole, near Windermere

  • Blencathra

    Blencathra Summit - walk

    Walk by Scales Fell to Blencathra's summit. Cross to Foule Crag then down to Glenderamackin Coll, Bannerdale Crags, returning by Bowscale Fell.

    Location: Near Keswick

  • Elaine, walk leader

    Wetherlam and Tilberthwaite Gill - walk

    An energetic walk ascending Wetherlam along Wetherlam Edge. Return to Tilberthwaite by Hole Rake and an old mining track.

    Location: Near Coniston

  • Brockhole on Windermere

    Face Painting at Brockhole

    Pop into facepainting at Brockhole and be transformed into one of your favourite characters by our professionally trained face painter. Drop in from 11am - 3pm.

    Location: Brockhole, Windermere.

  • 21 August 2017

  • Guided walk led by Lake District National Park volunteers

    Dales Way from Staveley to Windermere - walk

    Stroll along quiet lanes from Staveley on this panoramic linear walk. Continue over farmland before finishing at Windermere. Return by bus.

    Location: Staveley

  • Creative art

    Creative Art at Brockhole

    Be inspired by the beautiful Brockhole gardens and create wonderful art in our series of themed drop in workshops from 11am - 3pm. Suitable for all the family.

    Location: Brockhole, Windermere.

  • 22 August 2017

  • Family Ramble

    My First Fell - Bowness Family Walk

    Discover the joy of climbing a Lake District fell on this family walk to the summit of Brantfell. Spectacular views from the top!

    Location: Bowness

  • Children paddling a raft on a lake

    Have a go at Rafting

    Build your own raft and see if you can stay afloat on Windermere. Bring along a towel and a change of clothes. Sessions at 11am, 1pm and 2.45pm. Age 7+.

    Location: Brockhole, Windermere.

  • 23 August 2017

  • Coppermines family

    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

  • Family Ramble

    Brockhole Family Ramble

    Learn how to find your way when walking in the countryside.

    Location: Windermere

  • 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.

  • View of Ullswater

    Unbelievable Ullswater - walk

    A circular walk up to the Cockpit between Barton Fell and Askham Fell, with a national park ranger, to discover what makes Ullswater special.

    Location: Near Penrith

  • 24 August 2017

  • Brockhole on Windermere

    Wildlife Explorer

    Explore the grounds at Brockhole and become a nature detective with help from Cumbria Wildlife Trust. Sessions at 10.30am, 12.15pm, 1.45pm and 3.15pm. Suitable for age 6+.

    Location: Brockhole, Windermere.

  • Grasmere Trail

    Explore the Grasmere Trail - cycle ride

    Discover this new trail from Ambleside via Rydal Water to Grasmere with trained leaders.

    Location: Grasmere

  • 25 August 2017

  • High Spy

    High Spy Ridge and Valleys - walk

    A peaceful walk by River Derwent before ascending under High Spy for a ridge walk with panoramic views of the northern fells.

    Location: Borrowdale

  • Monk Coniston

    Monk Coniston Tree Walk - walk

    Follow the re-opened path from Coniston Water through Monk Coniston with its amazing trees, to Tarn Hows returning by beautiful Tom Gill and Yewdale.

    Location: Near Coniston

  • 26 August 2017

  • Steamer on Ullswater

    In the Footsteps of Wordsworth - walk

    Take the steamer from Glenridding to the legendary Aira Force waterfalls.

    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

  • Wasdale

    Family Wasdale Wander

    Discover the wonders of this iconic landscape, on this family walk. Acclaimed by many to be Britain's best view.

    Location: Wasdale

  • 27 August 2017

  • Kids on bikes

    Windermere with a View - guided family cycle ride

    Bring the family on our leisurely five mile guided cycle ride discovering the mysterious Claife Viewing Station along traffic-free trails and very quiet minor road.

    Location: Brockhole, near Windermere

  • Helvellyn

    Helvellyn Avoiding the Ridges - walk

    Join us on this challenging walk to one of the most iconic fells in the Lake District.

    Location: Ullswater area

  • Esk Estuary

    Esk Estuary Escapade - walk

    Discover the plants, wildlife and landscape of this coastal area. Includes short river crossings by volunteer ferry and by ford (bring old spare footwear) and return by Muncaster Castle and Roman remains.

    Location: Ravenglass

  • Rannerdale Knott 300x300

    Rannerdale Knotts - walk

    A short climb to the ridge of Rannerdale Knotts, giving magnificent views over Buttermere, Crummock Water and Lorton Vale.

    Location: Buttermere

  • Guided bike rides in the Lake District

    Exclusive World Heritage guided bike ride: Pooley Bridge Potter

    Join a British Cycling ride leader and a Lake District National Park member of staff on one of 13 exclusive guided bike rides that celebrates the Lake District's World Heritage status

    Location: Pooley Bridge

  • 28 August 2017

  • Guided walk led by Lake District National Park volunteers

    Caves, Falls and Fells - walk

    Follow old quarry roads to Little Langdale, visit Cathedral Cave and then on to spectacular Colwith Falls returning over High Oxen Fell and Hodge Close.

    Location: Near Coniston

  • Keswick

    Discover Keswick - walk

    A leisurely stroll around and about the town on level paths to discover something about its landscape and fascinating history.

    Location: Keswick

  • 29 August 2017

  • Coniston

    Tilberthwaite to Holme Fell - walk

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

    Location: Near Coniston

  • Birds of prey

    Beautiful Birds of Prey

    Meet birds of prey from Silverband Falconry. Watch them demonstrate their amazing hunting and flying skills. Shows at 11am, 12pm, 1.30pm and 2.30pm.

    Location: Brockhole, Windermere.

  • 30 August 2017

  • Guided walk led by Lake District National Park volunteers

    Glorious Green Gable - walk

    Three Wainwrights in a row. A steep climb to Grey Knotts, then on to Brandreth and Green Gable's summit, returning by Moses Trod.

    Location: Borrowdale

  • Brockhole on Windermere

    Face Painting at Brockhole

    Pop into facepainting at Brockhole and be transformed into one of your favourite characters by our professionally trained face painter. Drop in from 11am - 3pm.

    Location: Brockhole, Windermere.

  • 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.

  • Eskdale Mill

    Eskdale Family Wander

    A delightful walk along the beautiful Esk valley to visit historic sites. Includes tour of Eskdale Mill.

    Location: Boot

  • View of Ullswater

    Unbelievable Ullswater - walk

    A circular walk up to the Cockpit between Barton Fell and Askham Fell, with a national park ranger, to discover what makes Ullswater special.

    Location: Near Penrith

  • 31 August 2017

  • Laal Ratty

    Steam to the Hills - walk

    Take the 'Ratty' steam train to Eskdale Green and walk back to the sea over Muncaster Fell.

    Location: Ravenglass

  • Detective

    Minibeast Detectives

    Come along and explore the bug life at Brockhole, make a minibeast hotel and try out different ways of catching bugs without hurting them. Sessions at 10.30am, 12.15pm, 1.45pm and 3.15pm. Age 6+. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

    Location: Brockhole, Windermere.

  • 01 September 2017

  • Guided walk led by Lake District National Park volunteers

    Yew Beauty! - walk

    An short walk through beautiful National Trust owned Yewdale Woods, returning along the Cumbria Way to Coniston.

    Location: Near Coniston

  • 02 September 2017

  • View of Ullswater

    Glenamara to Silver Bay - walk

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

    Location: Ullswater area

  • Hand holding a compass on top of a map

    Navigation Skills for Women

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

    Location: Ullswater area

  • Guided bike rides in the Lake District

    Brockhole across Windermere by boat to Hawkshead

    A thrilling ride which explores the little-known western side of Lake Windermere on a mix of cycle ways and minor roads.

    Location: Windermere

  • Coniston

    Coniston Old Man and Dow Crag - walk

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

    Location: Coniston area

  • 03 September 2017

  • Helvellyn

    Helvellyn from Swirls - walk

    Follow Helvellyn Gill up to the summit with its dramatic and wide-ranging views.

    Location: Near Thirlmere

  • Coppermines family

    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

  • 06 September 2017

  • Watendlath

    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

  • 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.

  • 08 September 2017

  • Lakes Alive

    Lakes Alive offers a weekend of spectacular happenings in and around Kendal and wider Lake District National Park.

  • Guided walk led by Lake District National Park volunteers

    Dales Way from Staveley to Windermere - walk

    Stroll along quiet lanes from Staveley on this panoramic linear walk. Continue over farmland before finishing at Windermere. Return by bus.

    Location: Staveley

  • 09 September 2017

  • Lakes Alive

    Kendal’s fantastic family friendly arts festival will return on 8-10 Sept 2017. Day two promises spectacular happenings in and around Kendal and wider Lake District National Park

  • Ullswater Steamer

    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

  • 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

  • Coppermines view

    Coppermines Valley - walk

    Through the Coppermines Valley to Red Dell and Levers Water returning by Boulder Valley.

    Location: Near Coniston

  • Guided bike rides in the Lake District

    Exclusive World Heritage guided cycle ride: Keswick - Ride to Force Crag Mine

    Join a British Cycling ride leader and a Lake District National Park exclusive guided bike rides that celebrates the Lake District's World Heritage status.

    Location: Keswick

  • 10 September 2017

  • Lakes Alive

    Kendal’s fantastic family friendly arts festival will return on 8-10 Sept 2017. Day three promises spectacular happenings in and around Kendal and wider Lake District National Park

  • The brow of a wooden boat on a lake

    Pikeawassa and High Street - walk

    Cruise to Howtown, then ascend Pikeawassa and Wether Hill, returning along the old Roman Road to Pooley Bridge.

    Location: Near Penrith

  • Guided bike rides in the Lake District

    Exclusive World Heritage guided bike ride: Coniston Circuit

    Join a British Cycling ride leader and a Lake District National Park member of staff on one of 13 exclusive guided buke rides that celebrates the Lake District's World Heritage status.

    Location: Coniston Boating Centre

  • 12 September 2017

  • 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.

  • 13 September 2017

  • Alcock Tarn

    Alcock Tarn and Nab Scar - walk

    A steady climb through Forest Side to Alcock Tarn and up onto Nab Scar with its panoramic views. Return from Rydal along the Coffin Route.

    Location: Grasmere

    16 August 2017

  • Guided walk led by Lake District National Park volunteers

    Miterdale Meander - walk

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

    Location: Eskdale

  • 17 August 2017

  • Grasmere Trail

    Explore the Grasmere Trail - cycle ride

    Discover this new trail from Ambleside via Rydal Water to Grasmere with trained leaders.

    Location: Grasmere

  • 18 August 2017

  • Blackbeck Tarn

    Haystacks - Wainwright's Favourite Fell - walk

    From Honister, climb through old slate mine workings, past Blackbeck and Innominate Tarns to the summit, for fabulous views of Buttermere and beyond.

    Location: Borrowdale

  • Pond monsters

    Creatures from the Deep

    What amazing creatures can you find in the Brockhole pond? Look out for great diving beetles, damsel flies and newts. Sessions at 10.30am, 12.15pm, 1.45pm and 3.15pm. Age 6+. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

    Location: Brockhole, Windermere.

  • 19 August 2017

  • Child with smoking grass to start a bushcraft fire

    Family 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. Suitable for accompanied children age 4+ with family.

    Location: Brockhole, Windermere.

  • Black Crag

    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

  • 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

  • Aira Force

    High Above Glencoyne - walk

    We take the bus to Aira Force then traverse the hillside path for magnificent views of Ullswater.

    Location: Ullswater area

  • 20 August 2017

  • Elaine, walk leader

    Wetherlam and Tilberthwaite Gill - walk

    An energetic walk ascending Wetherlam along Wetherlam Edge. Return to Tilberthwaite by Hole Rake and an old mining track.

    Location: Near Coniston

  • Blencathra

    Blencathra Summit - walk

    Walk by Scales Fell to Blencathra's summit. Cross to Foule Crag then down to Glenderamackin Coll, Bannerdale Crags, returning by Bowscale Fell.

    Location: Near Keswick

  • 21 August 2017

  • Guided walk led by Lake District National Park volunteers

    Dales Way from Staveley to Windermere - walk

    Stroll along quiet lanes from Staveley on this panoramic linear walk. Continue over farmland before finishing at Windermere. Return by bus.

    Location: Staveley

  • 22 August 2017

  • Children paddling a raft on a lake

    Have a go at Rafting

    Build your own raft and see if you can stay afloat on Windermere. Bring along a towel and a change of clothes. Sessions at 11am, 1pm and 2.45pm. Age 7+.

    Location: Brockhole, Windermere.

  • 23 August 2017

  • View of Ullswater

    Unbelievable Ullswater - walk

    A circular walk up to the Cockpit between Barton Fell and Askham Fell, with a national park ranger, to discover what makes Ullswater special.

    Location: Near Penrith

  • 24 August 2017

  • Grasmere Trail

    Explore the Grasmere Trail - cycle ride

    Discover this new trail from Ambleside via Rydal Water to Grasmere with trained leaders.

    Location: Grasmere

  • Brockhole on Windermere

    Wildlife Explorer

    Explore the grounds at Brockhole and become a nature detective with help from Cumbria Wildlife Trust. Sessions at 10.30am, 12.15pm, 1.45pm and 3.15pm. Suitable for age 6+.

    Location: Brockhole, Windermere.

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!