Kendal Comic & Comedy

We’re starting at the Hawkshead Brewery in Staveley with a British-style tapas lunch in the Beer Hall: how do you fancy Yorkshire pudding filled with local beef braised in Brodie’s Prime and horseradish sauce or perhaps bitter-battered plaice goujons and tartare sauce?

Lakes International Comic Art Festival (photo by Neil Rothwell)

Keswick & Derwentwater

The first-ever pencil was made in Keswick – from graphite mined nearby. The pencil industry continues there today – and Derwent pencils are used across the world.

Theatre by the Lake, Keswick

Grizedale & Coniston

Cultural adventures by bike and boat! Search for sculptures and stories in the scenic Grizedale Forest and enjoy adventures by kayak on Coniston Water, with a memorable trip over to ‘Wild Cat Island’.

Grizedale Sculpture Trail - photo credit Tony West

Kendal Serendipity

Enjoy a day of arts and culture in a creative Lakeland town… Kendal’s often bypassed en route to the more spectacular scenery beyond. But it’s the kind of town that rewards a day’s wandering, with little planned.

Hawkshead & Ambleside

If you haven’t been there yet, you should drop into Beatrix Potter’s world-famous Hill Top farmhouse near Hawkshead, bought from the proceedings of her first book ‘The Tale of Peter Rabbit’, and also the inspiring Armitt Museum in Ambleside.

Beatrix Potter writing by the lake - (photo credit Momentum Pictures)