Lakes Culture is bringing together the area’s tourism and cultural sectors to better promote the wealth of cultural activities on offer reaffirming the area as the UK’s leading rural cultural destination. For more information on Lakes Culture and to download resources to help you market your visitor offer to the cultural tourist please visit our resources page here

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Lakes Culture – Working in Partnership

The Lake District is one of only ten locations in the country to benefit from the Cultural Destinations initiative, a focused programme set up by the Arts Council England and VisitEngland. The aim of Cultural Destinations is to enable arts and culture organisations working in partnership with destination organisations to increase their reach, engagement and resilience through working with the tourism sector. Closer working between the two sectors will contribute to the economic growth of the cultural and tourism visitor economies. Lakes Culture is a pilot and second round project in the Cultural Destinations initiative.

Organisations involved in the project include Kendal Brewery Arts Centre (Lead Organisation), Lakeland Arts, Wordsworth Trust, Theatre by the Lake, the Forestry Commission – Grizedale, Cumbria Tourism, the National Trust, Lake District National Park, South Lakeland District Council and Lake District Summer Music.

The Lakes Culture project forms a supporting strand to the English Lake District World Heritage Partnership with the Lake District National Park Authority and partners.

Lake District World Heritage Site

On 9 July 2017 the Lake District was awarded World Heritage Site status, joining an elite list – from Egypt’s pyramids and the Taj Mahal, to Hadrian’s Wall.

The English Lake District World Heritage Site

The three ingredients which make the Lake District so special:

1. Our spectacular landscape, shaped by people for thousands of years through farming and industry.

2. The Lakes drew romantic poets like Wordsworth, artists, adventure seekers and tourists alike – from inspiring picturesque villas to romantic poetry, to simply taking in the view.

3. As the Lake District grew in popularity, so did our desire to protect it, sparking the birth of a conservation movement – and the beginning of the National Trust and the National Parks.

Find out more on the Lake District World Heritage website

For any further information about Lakes Culture, please get in touch.

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