Discover Lakes Culture

Watch our 60 second animation and discover the Lake District – a celebrated landscape that inspires outstanding art, world-class poets & writers, funky festivals, thrill seekers, family fun, great food & drink… and more!

Discover Lakes Culture for yourself!


The Lake District is beautiful in all seasons – daffodils in the spring, shimmering lakes in the summer, rich autumnal colours and crisp white mountain tops in the winter.

It is a landscape that has inspired some of the world’s greatest writers, artists and radical thinkers –  William Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Thomas De Quincey, James Losh, John Ruskin, W. H. Auden, J. M. W. Turner, LS Lowry, Kurt Schwitters, Li Yuan-chia and Andy Goldsworthy, to name but a few. The Lakes continues to inspire today with a unique showcase of cultural venues, special events and festivals throughout the year.

From iconic cultural figures of the past, to the contemporary and cutting edge, Lakes Culture has it all


The Lakes Culture event programme promises long-running and award-winning events such as the Words by the Water literary festival in Keswick and the internationally acclaimed Kendal Mountain Festival, as well as new and exciting cultural experiences and festivals.

Find out about cultural highlights taking place throughout the year on our What’s On Calendar

The Lake District is the perfect location to enjoy historical and contemporary culture alongside the tranquillity of our countryside and the fantastic quality regional food and drink offer.

Discover more Lake Culture with our recommended Top 20 Cultural Things to Do in the Lake District

Lakes Culture film
Lakes Culture illustration from film