South Lakeland is well known for its stunning landscapes, but did you know it is also home to an abundance of cultural experiences?

February sees a whole host of exhibitions, events and theatre shows to discover – there’s always something to see and do. Discover for yourself with this special place has inspired poets, authors and artists for generations and enjoy the work of the current generation of talented artists who have fallen in love with this land of lakes and fells.

The Armitt Museum

Discover local history and heritage with a visit to The Ruskin Museum in Coniston, or the Armitt Museum in Ambleside. Learn more about the life of Beatrix Potter with a trip to Hill Top house, which reopens on February 18th.  Visit museums, art galleries and theatres; and enjoy all the area has to offer.

Take a look at what’s on this month and immerse yourself in the South Lakes’ fantastic arts and culture scene.

Brewery Kendal

Brewery Arts | New Beginnings

9 Feb to 25 March

An exhibition of work by Green Door Artists members at Brewery Arts. This exhibition imagines a futuristic vision for the world over the next 50 years, exploring contemporary ideas, styles and approaches to making

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Unearthed at Blackwell

Image: © Lakeland Arts

Blackwell - the Arts & Crafts House | Unearthed by Amy Williams

27 Jan to 4 June

A large-scale paper installation by Kendal-based visual artist Amy Williams. Produced with local community groups, the installation unearths hidden or lesser-known stories of extraordinary women from Cumbrian history.

Discover Blackwell - the Arts & Crafts House

Farfield Mill

Farfield Mill | Exspiravit – Decorum Textile Artists

11 Jan to 2 April

Founded in 2017, Decorum is a group of five women artists who work in close collaboration. Their practice takes on many forms as they aim to convey traces of past lives through the observation of the present. ‘Exspiravit’ features new works inspired by the Rachel Kay Shuttleworth Archive housed at Gawthorpe Hall.

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Kendal Museum – The People’s Gallery | Wild Waters Exhibition

4 Feb to 25 Feb

This exhibition by artist and photographer Lavinia Haslam focuses on current trends around wild water swimming, and visualises activities surrounding Windermere beyond the ideals of traditionalism. It is accompanied by a soundtrack by Mikey Elliot.

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Wordsworth Grasmere | To the Lakes!

18 Feb to 30 Dec

'To the Lakes!' invites today’s visitors to the area to experience the Lake District through the words and images captured by tourists 200 years ago. Featuring an unparalleled watercolour collection, with costumes and games to help families imagine their own 18th/19th-century tour of the Lakes.

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What's On During Half Term 

If you’re looking for something to do with family this half term, we’ve got you covered! There’s something for all to enjoy in South Lakeland with many attractions hosting children’s activities during the February half-term

Are you visiting us during the half term break? Here’s a selection of arts and culture activities for all the family to enjoy.

Brewery Arts | Groove Baby Presents: Groove into the Woods

Saturday 25 Feb | 2pm

Family favourite Groove Baby arrives with an exciting, jazz and funk-fuelled show, especially for little ones aged 3-7 and their grown-ups!

Ministry of Science

Image: Ministry of Science / The Coro

The Coro Ulverston | Ministry of Science Live

Monday 20 Feb 2023 | 4:30pm – 6:20pm

Liquid Nitrogen clouds! Fire tornados! Hydrogen bottle rockets! The UK's favourite science show is back and more explosive than ever. Dive deep into the world of science and look at how it shapes everything around us – with a few loud bangs along the way.

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Wordsworth Grasmere

Image: Wordsworth Grasmere / Tom McNally Photography

Wordsworth Grasmere  | A Day at Dove Cottage 

Monday 20 Feb to Friday 24 Feb 

Step into another century as you experience William Wordsworth’s life at Dove Cottage. Throughout half term, you’ll find daily activities like art activities, dress up costumes, old fashioned games, a garden and woodland trail, and more.

Learning Space at Wordsworth Grasmere | Winter Make and Play

Tuesday 21 Feb | 10:30am – 12:30pm

Drop into the Learning Space for some half-term ‘Make and Play’ family activities. Create your own binoculars and birdhouses; and visit the Sensory Garden with a Sensory Story Sack. Entry is free and there’s no need to book.

Windermere Jetty Museum

Image: Windermere Jetty Museum

Windermere Jetty Museum | Voyage into Steamland

Monday 20 Feb to Friday 24 Feb | 10am-4pm

Voyage into Steamland is a fun audio story trail which takes you on an audio journey around the museum. Hear about one fisherman’s quest to rescue his hometown Steamland, with the help of his sidekick Sage.

Discover the Windermere Jetty Museum

Save The Date

Abbot Hall Art Gallery to Reopen on May 20th 

Located in the heart of Kendal, Abbot Hall has been home to the Lakeland Arts collection for 60 years, and includes a variety of painted works from George Romney; as well as work by Dame Barbara Hepworth, JMW Turner, and John Ruskin. Following extensive refurbishment, Abbot Hall will reopen on 20 May 2023 with a new exhibition by internationally recognised artist Julie Brook.

Brantwood to Reopen in March

Brantwood in Coniston was once home to John Ruskin; today, visitors can explore the 250-acre estate. After a period of maintenance, Brantwood will reopen to the public in March, with a brand-new reading room to in which to relax.

Join us and discover a rich cultural landscape. Be inspired and experience our living heritage; visit to plan your trip.

The Culture in South Lakes campaign is funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund | #UKSPF

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