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We're celebrating UNESCO World Heritage status….

We can now count the Lake District alongside the Taj Mahal, the Tower of London and the Great Barrier Reef. Thank you to everyone who has supported us on the journey so far. Read our Blog articles and discover what makes our beautiful landscape so special. Would you like to contribute to the blog? Get in touch, we’d love to hear from you, contact us

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2018's World Heritage UK conference

The English Lake District is part of a UK family of 31 World Heritage Sites, from St Kilda in the north, to the Cornish Mines in the south. This family even extends beyond the UK’s shores to a handful of overseas territories, in the Atlantic and all the way to the Pacific. This group comes together once a year for the annual World Heritage:UK conference.

19 Oct 2018
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Reflecting on the Lakes

Poet Tony Walsh's celebration of the Lake District World Heritage Site and National Park.

17 Aug 2018
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Join us on a virtual tour across the Lake District World Heritage Site!

It’s official - the Lake District National Park has been granted World Heritage Site status. So to celebrate, this summer we're inviting visitors to Cumbria's shows and festivals to join us on a free 360 virtual tour of this iconic cultural landscape. First up, the BirdHIVE experience returns to Kendal Calling in Lowther Deer Park, 28 - 30 July, with brand new 360 VR Lake District scenes.

20 Jul 2017
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UNESCO visit takes bid a step closer

Last week we completed a major milestone in the Lake District’s nomination to be a World Heritage Site, with two expert assessors from UNESCO’s cultural heritage advisory body visiting us. It was a near impossible task to do this wonderful place justice in just a week, but the Lake District National Park, together with a range of organisations from the partnership, pulled together a fantastic programme showcasing three key themes of the bid: identity, inspiration and conservation.

11 Oct 2016
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How the 'cultural landscape' continues to inspire today

The dramatic Lakeland peaks, lakes and landscapes have been providing creative inspiration for generations and Lakes Culture has continued to seek out the talent in recent years too, with a series of stunning artworks that captivate imaginations across the county.

21 Sep 2016
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Get set for a virtual flight through stunning Lake District

From today (26 August 2016), fans of the Lake District National Park will be able to soar like a bird, scale a mountain and ripple across the top of a lake – within just three minutes, by experiencing BirdHIVE – a 360 degree virtual flight tour of the iconic Lake District.

26 Aug 2016
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Join us on a virtual tour to find out why the Lake District deserves World Heritage status

We’re looking forward to launching Bird HIVE, a 360 degree virtual flight tour of the iconic Lake District, at Kendal Calling and Lakes Alive festivals this summer in support of the World Heritage bid. Festival goers are being given the chance to soar like a bird, scale a mountain and ripple across the top of a lake, within just three minutes, taking a bird’s eye view of four iconic Lake District locations.

25 Jul 2016