Ambleside & the Lake District
Ambleside, a place of adventure and culture
In the heart of the Lake District, Ambleside is a hub for public transport and offers something for everyone, from walkers to jazz fans. Located in the very centre of the Lake District National Park, Ambleside is a perfect destination for a relaxing short break.
Lake District Events for 2019
Ambleside Spring Flower Show
16 -17 March 2019
Show of spring flowers and plants, cookery, floral art, handicrafts and photography classes
30 March 2019
Coniston’s largest annual community event raising money for local charities an clubs. Probably the most picturesque 14-mile road race in Britain around Coniston water.
Bowness Bay Blues
12 – 14 April 2019
The flagship of all that is good about blues music around Bowness Bay, Windermere.
Keswick to Barrow Walk
11 May 2019
A sponsored 40-mile walking and running event in the Lake District, to raise money for charities and good causes.
Fred Whitton Challenge
12 May 2019
The Fred Whitton Challenge consists of a 112 mile sportive around the Lake District, starting at Grasmere and taking in climbs of Kirkstone, Honister, Newlands, Whinlatter, Hardknott & Wrynose passes – the most difficult one-day cycling event in the country!
Windermere Boat Show
17 – 19 May 2019
The shores of England’s largest lake come alive with watersports and a huge colletion of vessels. Lots to do for all ages on and off the water.
19 May 2019
Often described as the friendliest and most beautiful UK marathon, finish this breathtaking course, amidst a carnival atmosphere, in the grounds of Brathay Hall with stunning views over England’s largest lake.
Great North Swim
7 – 9th June 2019
Europe’s biggest open water swimming event returns to Brockhole on Windermere this year for a fantastic weekend of competition, family fun and lots more!
25th July 2019
A popular traditional Lakeland sports event held in Ambleside every year. this event is one of the most well known and well attended traditional countryside sports fairs in Cumbria. It is also one of the few places you can spectate the famous Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling.
Lake District Summer Music International Festival
27 July – 9 August 2019
Chamber music comes to the fore at this international arts festival featuring intimate musical performances by artists from the classical field.
Lake District Folk Weekend
2 – 4 August 2019
A fun filled weekend of folk concerts, workshops, singarounds and sessions allowing everyone (visitors included) to get involved!
Ambleside Summer Flower Show
10 – 11 August 2019
This horticultural and craft show includes children’s classes, cut flowers, plants, cookery classes, wine classes and more.
Rydal Sheepdog Trials and Hound Show
15 August 2019
Held in Rydal Park, this traditional show features classes for a range of dogs, as well as trade stands, and food and drink stalls.
20 August 2019
A popular country show just outside Hawkshead. Horse, sheep and cattle shows; a horticultural tent; trade stands; and much more at this great family day out.
25 August 2019
Fell running, wrestling and hound trails are on the schedule at this popular local sporting event which showcases traditional Lakeland sports. There’s also live music, food and drink stalls, and plenty of family fun!
31 August 2019
Now in its 7th year, this popular open water swimming event sees participants swim the full length of Coniston Water.
6 – 8 September 2019
Now in its 4th year, this free festival features contemporary art installations, ‘happenings’, and participatory events in Kendal and around the Lake District.
Heritage Open Days
13 – 22 September 2019
A free festival of heritage and culture, with venues across the UK opening their doors to visitors.
Lakes International Comic Festival
11 – 13 October 2019
This unique event brings comic artists, creators and writers to Kendal for a weekend of live drawing events, exhibitions, workshops and much more! Local businesses also get involved by creating comic art displays.
Kendal Mountain Festival
14 – 17 November 2019
An award-winning event which has become a must visit for outdoor enthusiasts. The International Film Competition is a highlight of the festival, which also features art exhibitions, workshops, active sports events and much more.
Ambleside Community Christmas Lights Switch on
16 November 2019
Christmas begins in Ambleside: a lantern parade through town culminates in the switching on of their Christmas lights, accompanied by a festive fireworks display.
Windermere & Bowness Winter Lights
30 November 2019
Windermere & Bowness’ Christmas lights are turned on, lending a festive atmosphere to these two pretty Lakeland towns.
Hawkshead Christmas Fair
7 – 8 December 2019
Market stalls, food and drink stands, live music and more await at this Christmas fair held in the charming village of Hawkshead.
Windermere Christmas Celebration
14 – 15 December 2019
A highlight of the festive calendar, market stalls line the streets of Windermere; there are also food stalls and live entertainment to get visitors into the Christmas spirit.
There are so many walks for all abilities straight from our door, whatever your ability. Take a look at the maps and leaflets in the lounge or just ask us for ideas. For walks further afield, check out the bus timetables.
Arranging a walking holiday? We can accommodate up to 14 people in their own individual beds.
Take a boat ride on Windermere
It’s an easy 15 minute walk from Elder Grove B&B to Waterhead on Lake Windermere. Here you can choose from rowing boats, launches or steamers. There are short cruises to the Brockhole Visitor Centre and Wray Castle . Or head to Bowness and its many shops and restaurants plus attractions like The World of Beatrix Potter.
Leave the car behind – go by bus
Why not let someone else drive while you take in the magnificent views of the Lake District? Ambleside’s main Kelsick Road bus stop is just a two-minute walk around the corner. Find out more at GoLakes or we have bus timetables available.
From Easter to October the 599 service runs every 20 minutes to and from Grasmere and Bowness. It’s hourly during the winter months.
The main service buses of 555 or 556 run from Keswick to Kendal and Lancaster every hour Monday to Saturday. The 559 is open-top.
The service to Langdale and Hawkshead and Coniston runs every two hours. There’s also a bus service to Newby Bridge and down to Barrow.
For the ultimate sightseeing tour, the minibuses of Mountain Goat venture up our twisting mountain passes on half and full day guided tours.
Ambleside’s bike hire shops have everything you need to get you out and about. You can hire electric bikes from Country Lanes next to Windermere railway station. Brought your own set of wheels? We’d be happy to arrange secure storage for them.
Whether you’re heading to a lake cruise or eating out locally, do let us know. We often have a range of discount vouchers for local attractions and eateries.