The Arts in and around the Lake District are certainly forces to be reckoned with, and it’s all down to beautifully unique locations and an incredibly high standard of production and design. The Lake District isn’t short of spectacular arts venues, but they each have their own distinctiveness and charm. A setting, which has been inspiring well-known names in the Arts world for years, is host to some of the leading annual events and theatre houses in Britain.
Brewery Arts Centre
The Brewery Arts Centre is a creative hub with theatre, cinema, bars, cafes and galleries. Located in Kendal, it presents diverse, high quality and incredibly impressive shows all year round and is one of the leading arts centres in the UK. If you are visiting in the day, visit the art house-style Warehouse Café, which is a perfect home-away-from-home atmosphere. If you’re visiting in the evening, book a table at the Vats Bar and Grainstore, which specialises in cask ales and offers the Brewery’s excellent pizzas and Brewery Tapas menu every day.
Theatre by the Lake
Lauded by The Independent as “the most beautifully located and friendly theatre in Britain”, the Theatre by the Lake is located a stone’s throw from Derwentwater on the edge of the award-winning town of Keswick. The theatre consists of two stages – a 400-seat main House and a 100-seat Studio and produces at least 9 of their own productions throughout the year, including classic, modern and new plays. Audiences of all ages are welcome, with their Christmas plays being a firm family favourite! “Eat, drink and be merry” at the Café by the Lake and Stalls Bar, which offers breakfast, lunch, an evening meal, snacks and drinks.
The Old Laundry Theatre
Bowness-on-Windermere is certainly a tourist honey pot, and it’s thanks to its thriving venues and attractions. Created from an old Edwardian laundry, the aptly named ‘Old Laundry Theatre’ is a theatre-in-the-round which consists of 270 seats, and has welcomed a number of TV favourites, including Alan Carr and Victoria Wood. The annual programme includes folk music, classical music, spoken word, comedy and an annual Cumbria Short Film Competition, creating a bustling and diverse experience. The theatre also shares a relationship with The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) who bring graduating student shows to the Lake District each year. You are also invited to enjoy a laid-back dining experience in their Old Laundry Bistro or get a taste for locally produced ales in the Theatre Bar - the perfect pre-theatre experience!
Events & More
The Lake District is home to a variety of leading events every year, including the Lakes International Comic Arts Festival, and the Kendal Mountain Festival, which both take place annually. Both are ‘must-sees’ and are perfect opportunities to rub shoulders with your comic-art, athletic and filmmaker heroes. There are plenty of other independent cinemas around the area, including Zeffirellis in Ambleside which has a modern vegetarian restaurant, and the Royalty cinema in Bowness on Windermere, to name a few.