Say hello to summer with the best art and culture on offer in the Lake District

This summer Lakes Culture has a sizzling series of art, theatre and musical performances to inspire and satisfy the biggest cultural appetite in the Lake District, Cumbria. Check out our hottest Top 10 events coming soon…

Six Summer Season shows at Theatre by the Lake, Keswick
28 May – November 2016

This summer two contrasting plays – a laugh-a-minute comedy Watch It, Sailor by Philip King and Falkland L. Cary,and a dramatic debate about the morality of war The Vertical Hour by David Hare – launch the 2016 Summer Season at Theatre by the Lake in Keswick on Saturday 28 May. In the following weeks, they will be joined by four more productions, adding comedy, tragedy, and psychological drama into the mix. All six will be performed by a resident company of 14 actors and will play in repertoire until early November. Season ticket discounts are available to enjoy more than one play.

World premiere of family musical adventure ‘Where Is Peter Rabbit?’
Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness-on-Windermere
27 June – 4 September 2016

With lyrics by Alan Ayckbourn, this innovative show combines live performance, projection and recording, with Miriam Margolyes and Griff Rhys Jones lending their voices too. Celebrating both The World of Beatrix Potter™ Attraction’s 25th anniversary and the 150th Anniversary celebrations of Beatrix Potter, the ten week run of Where Is Peter Rabbit? will play up to three shows a day throughout the summer

Flight by Geraldine Pilgrim
Brockhole Windermere
7 – 10 July 2016

Since the Wright brothers first took to the air in 1903, our understanding of our place in the world has changed beyond comprehension. The ability to sail through the skies has radically altered every aspect of our lives, from the practicalities of industry and war to our intangible dreams and desires. In short, flight has transformed us. Now, we salute this transformation with a multi-layered performance and installation created by artist Geraldine Pilgrim.

Flight will capture the beauty, power and drama of flight in all its forms, paying particular tribute to its setting in Cumbria, an area rich in aviation history. At the heart of Flight are the young airmen of the First World War and the people they left behind. They looked up at the sky waiting for their loved ones to return, like migrating birds coming home – only to wait and wait as so many never came back Ticketed performances 8-10 July – tickets available from May. Free installation from 11 to 17 July.

Flight begins with a series of site-specific performance journeys over three days featuring local volunteer performers. After this opening weekend, the work will continue in the form of an innovative installation trail through the historic house and grounds of Brockhole, set in the heart of the Cumbrian Lake District. Co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW and Lake District National Park, part of Lakes Alive Festival. Supported by South Lakeland District Council and Cumbria County Council

Wordsworth Country – Lakes, Mountains and Waterfalls
Dove Cottage, Grasmere
Throughout summer

See how culture has inspired visitors to the Lake District in the past as well as continuing today with this latest exhibition ‘Wordsworth Country – Lakes, Mountains and Waterfalls’. It explores the ways in which Wordsworth’s words began to draw people to the landscape that inspired them, and shows how the Lake District became so inextricably linked with its most famous figure. By the end of the nineteenth century tens of thousands of people were visiting the Lake District, drawn by the writings of William Wordsworth. Tourists wanted to stand where he had stood, and to experience the very scenery described in his poetry.

Winifred Nicholson in Cumberland
Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal
8 July – 15 October 2016

An exhibition exploring the creativity of Winifred Nicholson viewed through the paintings that she made in Cumbria, (or Cumberland as it was then), where she lived for large parts of her life. The display, curated by Jovan Nicholson, will include about 45 paintings, many previously unseen from private collections, as well as some of her best loved paintings, and will draw on new research, including previously unseen archival material. The exhibition is divided broadly into three sections: Bankshead in the 1920s and 1930s, Boothby and the Lake District post war, and Bankshead again for the last two decades of her life.

Outdoor Theatre by Illyria at Brantwood
Brantwood Coniston
26 July & 23 August

This summer enjoy outdoor theatre in the most beautiful and unique rural setting with the magnificent Coniston fells as the background. Illyria will perform two special outdoor productions in Brantwood’s lakeside meadow with the option of using Coniston launch to travel to and from the productions. On the 26 July, Illyria will perform “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” as part of their 25th anniversary season before returning on the 23 August to perform Roald Dahl’s “Danny, the Champion of the World”. Bring your own seating and gates open at 6pm with the show starting at 7pm. Adults £11.50 Children & students £8.50. Coniston Launch will be running a ferry service to and from the performance, leaving Coniston Boat landings at 6.15pm and returning after the performance. Adults £3, children £1.50. Ferry must be booked in advance through Brantwood box office.

Lake District Summer Music
Various venues
30 July – 12 August

The Lake District Summer Music International Festival is a chance to hear great music played by world masters in a range of intimate venues set against the backdrop of the beauty of the Lake District. Enjoy chamber music, orchestral concerts, recitals, musical theatre, jazz, vocal works, pre-concert talks, and more. You can also enjoy a programme of opera and ballet with relayed from all of the great opera houses in the charming and intimate Fellini’s Arts Cinema in Ambleside.

Lakes Alive
26 to 28 August 2016

Lakes Alive is an annual arts festival in which to be inspired, join in and discover something new. The thriving and vibrant market town of Kendal is the heart of the festival and becomes the backdrop to a range of contemporary visual art exhibitions, new digital commissions and spectacular happenings including performance and installation.

Kendal Mountain Festival Outdoor Cinema
Grasmere 24 & 25 June

Enjoy an evening of award-winning adventure films curated by Kendal Mountain Festival in the great outdoors. Explore the village of Grasmere and surroundings by day before an evening of incredible adventure film, music, speakers and outdoor fun. This event is for all the family and is guaranteed to inspire and excite! These evenings bring the best of Kendal Mountain Festival to this iconic Lake District location. There will be food and drink available provided by local suppliers. Oh, and these events are Free! The events are all about supporting local communities and businesses after the 2015 floods. Supported by South Lakeland District Council.

Showcase Tours of Beatrix Potter’s House
Hill Top, Sawrey
2 June 2016

As part of the 150th Anniversary Celebrations in 2016, this after-hours tour at Hill Top is perfect for Beatrix Potter fans; it’s a chance to have exclusive access to the house and get up close to items from the collection. There’ll be time to browse the shop and a complimentary glass of wine.
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Note to Editors:

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• Lakes Culture aims to bring together the area’s tourism and cultural sectors to better promote the wealth of cultural activities on offer reaffirming the area as the UK’s leading rural cultural destination.
• The Lake District is one of only ten locations in the country to benefit from Cultural Destinations initiative a focused programme set up by Arts Council England and VisitEngland. The aim of Cultural destinations is to enable arts and culture organisations working in partnership with destination organisations to increase their reach, engagement and resilience through working with the tourism sector. Closer working between the two sectors will contribute to the economic growth of the cultural and tourism visitor economies.
• Organisations involved in the project include Kendal Brewery Arts Centre (Lead Organisation), Lakeland Arts, Wordsworth Trust, Theatre by the Lake, The Forestry Commission – Grizedale, Cumbria Tourism, The National Trust, Lake District National Park and South Lakeland District Council.
• The Lakes Culture project will also form a supporting strand of the World Heritage Status bid to be submitted by the Lake District National Park Partnership.

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