Ambleside & the Lake District

A place of adventure and culture

The Lake District town of Ambleside is a hub for public transport and offers something for everyone, from walkers to jazz fans. Located in the very heart of the Lake District National Park, Ambleside is a perfect destination for a relaxing short break.

The town has a cinema showing arthouse films and the latest releases. You can visit the Armitt Museum, a ruined Roman fort and even a jazz bar.

Local 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.

Windermere Marathon

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.
Windermere Marathon

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!

Ambleside Sports

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. 

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