Point to Point

Point to Point is an audio walk like no other. Staged on the mighty landscape of the Lake District, it features a beautiful blend of words and music, creating an immersive, theatrical experience that lifts the soul, directs the eye and conceives a new connection with this extraordinary setting.

Point to Point Audio Walk for Lakes Ignite 2015

Take Me Back to Manchester Film

The Take Me Back To Manchester film has been commissioned by Lakes Culture, as part of the Lakes Ignite programme, and was screened at Brockhole Visitor Centre from 8 – 17 May and also at the Toronto Comic Art Festival on 9 & 10 May 2015.

Oliver East_TakeMeBackToManchester_Film_Brockhole Visitor Centre

PaperBridge unveiled in the Lake District

PaperBridge – a unique large-scale temporary installation made entirely from bright red paper, traversing a flowing river at the foot of Helvellyn, in the Lake District, was unveiled on Friday 8 May and remained in situ for 10 days as part of ‘Lakes Ignite’

Unveiling of Steve Messam's PaperBridge on 8 May

Harmonica Botanica

The ingenious creation of artist Dan Fox… Harmonica Botanica is a wonder to behold. Quite simply, it is a magical musical plant – displayed in a pot beneath a bronze dome, whose growth is monitored digitally and converted into delightful music.

Harmonica Botanica by Dan Fox


PaperBridge is a unique and striking installation that features a bright red, arched bridge, made entirely of paper! It is the work of environmental artist Steve Messam, who will be injecting an intensity of colour and creativity into the Lake District landscape

Paper Bridge by Steve Messam

10 Day Countdown to Lake District PaperBridge

There are just ten days to go until PaperBridge – a unique large-scale temporary installation made entirely from bright red paper, traversing a flowing river in the iconic Lake District landscape, opens as part of ‘Lakes Ignite’, Lakes Culture’s showcase spring arts programme.

Model of PaperBridge by Steve Messam, coming to the Grisedale Valley 8 -18 May

Take Me Back To Manchester

‘Wombwell’s Royal Number One’ famous travelling menagerie closed in 1872 with all the animals sold by auction in Edinburgh. The Asian elephant Maharajah was purchased by the owners of Manchester’s Belle Vue Zoological Gardens. So far so good. It was planned to send him by train to Manchester, but this … Continued

Oliver East - Take Me Back to Manchester sketch

Lakes Ignite: FESTIVALS

The Lakes Ignite complementary programme features a vibrant and varied selection of festivals exploring music, comedy and art, with each event promising a uniquely immersive and memorable experience. A lively celebration of culture, set against amongst the remarkable backdrop of the stunning Lake District.

Courtney Pine at Brewery Arts Centre Wed 6 May