Get involved in Ambleside's cultural landscape
When studying at a University like ours, there's plenty of opportunities to get involved in the local community, as a volunteer, through work, or just by experiencing the rich culture our Lake District locations have to offer.
Ambleside's bustling town and tourist scene means there's never a dull moment - whether you are looking for a bite to eat, taking in the local talent, or setting up your own events, there's nothing more rewarding than experiencing Ambleside to its fullest.
Students can get involved in a range of events hosted in Ambleside throughout the year. In July, head to Lowther Deer Park for the Kendal Calling festival. This huge festival is an amazing weekend of music, food, art, and comedy, and this year promises headliners such as Dizzee Rascal, The Streets, and Stereophonics.
For those looking for a challenge check out the Lakeland Trails 100k Ultra, an iconic trail run that kicks off at midnight in Ambleside. There are lots of different levels of the run available, so those of varying abilities can get involved and be a part of this memorable experience.
Be sure to check out Hayes Garden World too, which is open year-round and has different areas to discover, from its crystal palace with tropical plants to the colourful pets and aquatic centre.
Foodies will love the array of food and drink events that take place throughout the year, with Taste Cumbria and county food festivals and markets happening all across the Lake District. Plus, there are plenty of farmer's markets every weekend, which are renowned as being some of the best in the country. Pick up fresh, locally sourced produce, or treat yourself to some homemade cake and a hot chocolate as you spend sleepy Saturday mornings strolling around.
Finally, Ambleside celebrates Christmas in style with the annual Christmas Lights and Firework display. Allowing locals and visitors to really get into the spirit of the festive season, this fair includes Christmas markets, street performers, live music, a lantern procession, and finishes off with a stunning firework display.
All year long, Ambleside and the Lake District host a range of traditional festivals and cultural shows, as well as sporting events and challenges. Upon moving to Ambleside, it’ll quickly become clear how this thriving place is a hotspot for creativity, culture, adventure, and outstanding natural beauty. Get involved in the community, volunteer, take part and challenge yourself.
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