Lake District UNESCO bid

Become a story-telling school and join our campaign for World Heritage status.
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We need your help!

To celebrate our bid for World Heritage status, we would love your primary school to take part in a mass storytelling competition. This will help tell the world why the Lake District deserves this ultimate badge of international recognition. 

We have devised a series of activities to transform your pupils into budding journalists to discover why where they live is so special through a series of fun activities.

Get involved and your pupils will learn about their environment, history and the special qualities of the Lake District. There is also the chance for them to win a fantastic prize for your school!

Your mission

In groups of 5 to 10, children are asked to work on the following three activities:

1. Community reporter

Interview your parents, local shop keepers, farmers, grandparents or neighbours to find out interesting facts, secrets or stories that only a few people know about the place where you live and why they think it is special. Tell their stories with words, photos, videos or drawings.

2. Artistic impressions

The Lake District has been an inspiration to lots of wonderful people over the years. Draw, paint, take photographs or cut out pictures to create a collage to sum up what the Lake District means to you.

3. Message in a bottle

Write a message you think someone from 50 to 100 years ago would write to tell you about his or her life in the Lake District. Tell us who this person is. Write a message for someone to read in 50-100 years’ time about your life in the Lake District now.

We will share the best of your stories here on the Lake District World Heritage website.

Download materials

Find out more about the Lake District on our Learning pages.

The big prize

We are asking Cumbrian schools in five geographical areas to take part in our competition to find the greatest World Heritage reporters. The areas are defined as:

  • Eastern Lake District (including Eden District)
  • Western Lake District (including Copeland District)
  • Northern Lake District (including Allerdale and Carlisle Districts)
  • Central and South Eastern Lake District (including South Lakeland District)
  • Southern Lake District (including Barrow-in-Furness District)

Deadline for entries

Friday 16 June 2017. Maximum two entries per school per activity.

The winning group from each area will win a video camera for their school and the overall winner will also win a free class trip to Brockhole on Windermere.

Full terms and conditions.

How to enter

When a winner from your school has been selected, please email us at, letting us know the name of the class, school and contact details as well as sending the content that has been created. Please ensure that you have the relevant photo permissions for all children featured.

If you prefer, you can post them in to us at: World Heritage Schools competition, Communications team Lake District National Park Murley Moss Oxenholme Road Kendal LA9 7RL

If you have a school Twitter or Instagram account, we’d love you to share your content there and tag it with #lakedistrictbid – we can then post content onto

If you have any questions, please email us at or call us on 01539 724555.

Good luck!

The Lake District National Park team