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What's On in the Lake District in April

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Lake District Show & Festival Calendar

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The Armitt Museum, Ambleside

All Month

Beatrix Potter - Image and Reality

If you think that Beatrix Potter was just an author, think again. The truth about this remarkable and highly talented lady is revealed in this exhibition. Told through her own words and images using material bequeathed by Beatrix Potter to the Armitt upon her death in 1943, the exhibition tells the story of her extraordinarily life. For more details, see the Armitt Web site here ...

Blackwell, the Arts and Craft House, Bowness

All month (Continues to 18th June)

Griet Beyaert & Paul Miller - The Light Within

This exhibition will showcase the work of artists Griet Beyaert and Paul Miller, who bring together fine glass sculpture and digital technology. Works by Beyaert will also be placed around Blackwell culminating in an installation in the Oliver Thompson Gallery.

For more information see the Blackwell web site here ....


Selected Dates until 23rd

3D film - The Search for life in Space

Are we alone? For more details, times and prices, click here


1st - 23rd

Exhibition - New Quilting

A new exhibition that will challenge perceptions of quilt making, revealing a strong and vibrant contemporary craft form that is just as likely to be found hanging on a gallery wall or urban loft apartment as it is in a rural farmhouse. For more details, times and prices, click here

Keswick (Theatre by the Lake)

1st - 22nd April, not inc 2nd, 9th or 16th (Sundays)

William Wordsworth

Set in Spring 1812 in the parlour of their 3rd home, Grasmere Rectory, amongst the piles of washing, smoking chimneys and children running riot, William Wordsworth writes. Conditions in the family home are so bad that his wife has fled for the health of their new-born baby. With no money coming in, the daily dilemma of having freedom to pursue his art while providing for his family is reaching breaking point.

Nicholas Pierpan’s poignant new play looks at the man behind the name and explores how some of the most beautiful and startling poetry in history came to be created.

For more details and to book see the Theatre by the Lake web site here ...

Brantwood, Coniston, Home of John Ruskin

1st - 24th

The Power of the hills:John Ruskin and Mountains

Mountains inspired and obsessed Ruskin his entire life. For more information see the Brantwood web site here ...

Lakeland Motor Museum, Backbarrow


Lakeland Classic Car Club

The Lakeland Historic Car Club meet on the first Saturday of every month at the museum and Cafe Ambio. Everyone is welcome to attend whether you're an owner, enthusiast or just keen to see some great examples of some classic local cars. For more information about the Lakeland Motor Museum, click here

Abott Hall Art Gallery, Kendal

7th - 30th

Julian Cooper

An exhibition of work by Cumbrian artist Julian Cooper on the occasion of his 70th birthday. Predominantly from private collections this retrospective show offers an insight into his working practice over five decades. Over 30 monumental paintings will reflect the artist’s travels in the Lake District and all over the world. For more details see the Abott Hall Web site here ...

Bowness on Windermere

Bowness Bay Blues Weekend

7th - 9th April

A weekend of top quality music, played in a wide range of venues in and around Bowness Bay. From sizzling electric to mellow acoustic blues and foot-tapping R'n'B, there is something for everyone here. For details of who's on when and where, see the Bowness Bay Blues web site here ....

Keswick (Theatre by the Lake)

7th April

Play with a Poem

North Cumbria Scriptwriters presents the world premières of three original one-act plays, winners of the 2016 competition for playwrights living in Cumbria. Each play has been inspired by a poem of the writer’s choice, which will also feature in the script.

For more details and to book see the Theatre by the Lake web site here ...

Keswick (Theatre by the Lake)

8th April

Clara's Gift

Leipzig 1840. Robert Schumann, an unknown composer, gives his beloved fiancée Clara Wieck a special gift on the eve of their long awaited wedding - a cycle of eight songs strangely foretelling the lovers’ own story

For more details and to book see the Theatre by the Lake web site here ...

Keswick (Theatre by the Lake)

10th - 22nd April (excluding 16th)

Two Way Mirror by Arthur Miller

A beautiful double bill exploring illusion, love and the power of desire.

In the thrilling yet tender 'Some Kind of Love Story', a private detective is determined to expose a miscarriage of justice.

'Elegy for a Lady' follows a conversation between a shopkeeper and a man searching for a gift for his dying mistress.

For more details and to book see the Theatre by the Lake web site here ...

Keswick (Theatre by the Lake)

23rd April

The Primrose Piano Quartet

Schubert’s irresistibly carefree Trout Quintet will be the finale of the concert season, played by this distinguished piano chamber ensemble with international double bass virtuoso, Leon Bosch.

For more details and to book see the Theatre by the Lake web site here ...

Keswick (Theatre by the Lake)

26th - 29th April

Edge of Darkness by Brian Clemens

Emma returns after a disappearance of several years and is suffering severely with
amnesia. Why does she seem familiar with certain Russian phrases? And why does she
have such a horror of a harmless silver bell, a portrait on the wall and knives?

For more details and to book see the Theatre by the Lake web site here ...

Keswick (Theatre by the Lake)

26th, 27th and 29th April

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

An evening of short films that will take you on journeys that push the boundaries of adventure in the great outdoors. Expect highs and lows, action, travel and extreme talent captured through the lens of the world’s best filmmakers.

For more details and to book see the Theatre by the Lake web site here ...

Keswick (Theatre by the Lake)

28th April

Heaven Rocks

The combined Keswick and Whitehaven Committed 2 Rock Choirs –with 130 singers – unite for an evening of powerful anthems and brilliant solo performances

For more details and to book see the Theatre by the Lake web site here ...

Grange over Sands

30th April

Prom Art

The first Prom Art event of the year. Grange over Sands promenade is transformed into an open air art gallery as local artists display and sell their work. For more details, see the prom art web site here ...


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