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Culture in South Lakeland

Explore culture in the Lake District!South Lakeland is the rural cultural hub of the north of England, with so many fascinating venues to choose from.

Lakeland Arts Trust is highly regarded for its collections and exhibitions programme at Abbot Hall Art Gallery, the Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry, Kendal, and also Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House, Windermere. There’s also the Steamboat Museum, with its nationally-significant collection of boats, although this is currently closed for renovation.

Running a local and international network of exhibitions, events, education and community projects is the contemporary arts organisation, Grizedale Arts in the Coniston valley. Their exciting programmes take place across Cumbria, the UK and work with local communities to change global culture.

William Wordsworth, Britain’s greatest Romantic poet is portrayed beautifully by The Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere. Art and literature are brought to life for thousands of people every year at world-renowned Dove Cottage, Wordsworth’s first family home.

If it’s a hub of creativity you’re looking for, then visit The Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal, one of the leading arts centres in the UK.  Offering a year-round programme of inspiring and diverse theatre, dance, music, comedy, cinema, lectures and exhibitions.

Donald Campbell and his water speed record in Bluebird K7 are amongst the magnificent local history collections at the Ruskin Museum, Coniston. There’s literary and cultural heritage collections from Swallows and Amazons, the classic children’s adventure story, to works from the greatest visionary of the 19th Century, John Ruskin.

In Cumbria’s borders, in the Yorkshire Dales, there’s Farfield Mill arts, craft and heritage centre, all housed in a restored Victorian woollen mill. There’s something for everyone, from heritage displays, working looms, exhibitions and craft demonstrations, to workshops, events and arts and crafts for sale by local artists.

Want to have a look at more cultural ideas in the Lakes? Visit GoLakes.