Things to do in the Lakes this Summer

Creative Tourist
Culture in South Lakes
Courtesy of Lakeland Arts

15 February — 15 October 2019 Entrance is free

If this summer is all about the staycation, then those based in the North couldn’t be better served, with one of Britain’s largest and most picturesque national parks on their doorstep. But this isn’t just a call for urbanites to escape the big smoke and head into the hills in finer weather, there’s also a fantastic amount going in the region culturally over the next few months, too. We round up some of our favourite things to do in the Lakes this Summer.

Refuge: The Art of Belonging at Abbot Hall is not be missed, highlighting the personal experiences of migration and resettlement in Britain faced by some of the most significant artists of the early 20th century as a result of the Second World War. And to celebrate the 200-year-anniversary John Ruskin’s birth, the stately home turned art gallery will also be hosting a major exhibition offering a rare opportunity to view the leading Victorian art critic, draughtsman and watercolourist’s artistic output alongside that of his hero, the pioneering Romanticist J. M. W. Turner, whom he famously described as ‘the greatest of the age’.

Next door to the hall, Child Labour: Hidden Stories of Cumbria at Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry delves into the little-documented reality of life for many young people growing up in the region from the Industrial Revolution onwards. On the banks of Lake Windermere, the truly spell-binding Blackwell – The Arts & Crafts House is preparing to transform its beautiful stretch of lawn, overlooking the Coniston fells, into Messina, Sicily, ready for an open-air performance of Shakespeare’s timeless classic, Much Ado About Nothing. And lastly, Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories is celebrating the opening of its new model boating lake with a host of child-friendly activities, including the chance to make your own Dreamboat using recycled materials. (The widely-acclaimed museum is well worth checking out in itself, with a remarkable collection of boats that help tell the story of the Lakelands region.)

Pair with a wander up one of the (gentler) fells and a hearty round of afternoon tea and you can’t go wrong.

15 February — 15 October 2019 Entrance is free

Our top picks

Blackwell, The Arts and Crafts House

Blackwell, The Arts and Crafts House, Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House, Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 3JT - Visit now

Unlike many of the ‘historic houses’ that dot the English countryside, Blackwell in Cumbria embodies the entire opposite of rarefied stately-home-stuffiness.

Courtesy of Lakeland Arts

Where to go near Things to do in the Lakes this Summer

Victoria Arcade
Leeds
Shopping Centre
Victoria Arcade

Leeds’ go to place for premium shopping, Victoria Arcade, has both style and substance in abundance.

Alborz
Levenshulme
Restaurant
Alborz

Much-loved Persian restaurant on Stockport in Levenshulme, reopened after a lengthy lockdown-related hiatus.

Manchester
Restaurant
Jaan

New food concept from the team behind Another Hand, based at Exhibition and serving up exceptional Persian cuisine.

York
Restaurant
Pearly Cow York

A flawless culinary adventure through Britain’s best seasonal meat and seafood dishes.

The Rose & Monkey Hotel
Manchester
Restaurant
The Rose & Monkey Hotel

The Rose & Monkey Hotel is one of the Northern Quarter’s best music-led bars, with a truly impressive beer garden. Our new favourite Manchester pub.

Skof by Tom Barnes
Manchester
Restaurant
Skof by Tom Barnes

One of the year’s biggest restaurant launches, Skof comes to Manchester’s Noma district, headed up by star of Simon Rogan’s restaurants, chef Tom Barnes.

Maya
Manchester
Restaurant
MAYA Manchester

MAYA is a stylish new restaurant and bar on the corner of Canal Street and Chorlton in central Manchester.

Manchester
Restaurant
New Wave Ramen

New Wave Ramen is a stylish, friendly Japanese ramen bar and restaurant on Tib Lane in the heart of Manchester.

What's on: Exhibitions

Culture Guides

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga
Cinema in Manchester and the North

From the latest installment in the Mad Max franchise, to silent movie masterpieces we highlight the best new releases and big screen classics showing near you this month.