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Explore South Lakeland

South Lakeland, situated in the English Lake District, is justifiably known all over the world for its astounding natural beauty and unique, vibrant culture. This website is your guide to explore South Lakeland, the beautiful place we call home.

We give you an insider's guide to all the wonderful sights and attractions and can show you some of the South Lakes' best-kept secrets. You’ll also find a fascinating world of towns and villages much referenced in English culture like Wordsworth's GrasmereAmbleside, Coniston, Ulverston, Hawkshead, and not forgetting Kendal, Cumbria, plus a hatful of hidden gems just waiting to be discovered in this beautiful part of the Lake District. South Lakeland also supports Lakes Culture, sharing with you the best in arts and culture.

What's On South Lakeland

This site keeps you up-to-date with what's on in the South Lakes through our comprehensive events guide, as we strive to be the essential South Lakeland resource for locals and visitors alike. If you're visting the South Lakes, or live here, our easy to use local events search tells you eveything that's happening in Kendal and the rest of the region so you will never be short of something to do. 

Where To Go South Lakeland

Enjoy South Lakeland is our where to go guide in South Lakeland, so you can browse the best places to eat out, the right places to shop and an individual guide to all the essential places in each town and village. We also provide the ability to browse a local business directory and get offers on goods and services, making South Lakeland an even better place to be. South Lakeland enjoys national recognition due to the uniqueness and high quality of produce available when drinking and dining out, making our food and drink guide essential when planning your evening out with a comprehensive guide to restaurants and pubs and inns. We also share where to find the best local products from Kendal mint cakes and award winning chesses to micro breweries and Cumberland sausages. 

Days Out South Lakeland

No one needs reminding about the ample opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors in the Lake District, but sometimes so much choice can be overwhelming. That's where our activities section comes in. Whether you like to walk, pedal, windsurf, play sports, or seek shelter from the rain, we detail days out and activities designed just for you. Cyclists are particularly spoilt in the region, and we have some great free cycling routes round places like Kendal, Coniston and Windermere which will ensure maximum enjoyment regardless of your cycling level or preference for mountain biking or road cycling. 

Secret South Lakeland

As beautiful as the famous places in South Lakeland are, sometimes you may want to seek out some of the best kept secrets in the region. We share these with you in our hidden gems section. This offers you the chance to explore some of the less beaten paths, like Ruskin's view, or travel on steam trains at Haverthwaite Railway.

Your South Lakeland

As part of South Lakeland District Council, the Explore South Lakeland site exists solely to serve the people of South Lakeland and visitors to the region which is why you are free and more than welcome to contribute. If you have an event coming up, take advantage of our free event submission page and we will ensure it gets the widest possible audience. Similarly, if you have a business in South Lakeland be sure to let us help you promote it, by adding it to our business directory from our sister site Invest in South Lakeland. And if you have a favourite spot in the South Lakes that you think deserves more recognition, be sure to share it with us for inclusion in our hidden gems section.

To find out more, explore our website, and explore South Lakeland! 

See and do
World class, eye opening art.

World class, eye opening art.

South Lakeland is brimming with life and steeped in history, attracting people from all over the world. There is much to see and do at any time of the year, and the best part is, it’s all on your doorstep!

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What’s On
Performances on an inspirational stage.

Performances on an inspirational stage.

South Lakeland is a spectacular setting for world-class cultural events and festivals, with over 800 to enjoy throughout the year.

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Enjoy
Drink in the views, eat up the goodness!

Drink in the views, eat up the goodness!

There’s so much to enjoy right here in South Lakeland, where our towns and villages all offer their own unique experience. You can shop till you drop, eat, drink and be merry, or simply relax.

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Activities
Go take a hike!

Go take a hike!

The Lake District, the country's biggest adventure playground is on our doorstep. With England's highest mountains and largest lakes, its rich natural environment is simply breathtaking.

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Hidden Gems
Castles and keeps, industry and innovation.

Castles and keeps, industry and innovation.

Do you think you know everything there is to know about the place where you live? You'd be surprised! Use this site to discover some of South Lakeland's best-kept secrets.

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Travel
Get around without costing the earth.

Get around without costing the earth.

From within South Lakeland there are so many ways to explore the district you are spoilt for choice. By foot, by bike or by boat!

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