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Summer Treasure Trail1388

Summer Treasure Trail 19/07/2014 - 07/09/2014

Use your detective skills to follow the treasure trail as you explore Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum and win a summery surprise!

enquiries@wordsworth.org.uk

https://wordsworth.org.uk/attend-events/2014/07/19/summer-treasure-trail.html

 
Lemur Week for Azafady Project1000

Lemur Week for Azafady Project 25/08/2014 - 31/08/2014

There are over 109 species of Lemur living in Madagascar - at the Lake District Wildlife Park there are three species, but well over 30 different lemurs to look at. The Ring Tailed Lemurs feature in daily Keeper Talks and visitors can also treat themselves to a one-to-one Lemur Encounters too. 10% goes to the Lemur conservation project in Madagascar. Called the Azafady Project, the Lake District Wildlife Park has been closely linked to the good work for years, raising money to build schools and buy benches and desks for the village children to sit on at school. All week the Lake District Wildlife Park has extra activities to create awareness of lemurs and their fundraising project. It's fun informative and supports the people and animals on this fragile island.

info@lakedistrictwildlifepark.com

http://www.lakedistrictwildlifepark.com

 
The Winterling1715

The Winterling 30/08/2014

From the acclaimed writer of Jerusalem comes a brilliantly twisted thriller about living on the edge. It’s winter on Dartmoor and in a derelict farmhouse West waits for former associates from the city. The wine has been poured and he’s put on his suit. This could be his chance to get back in the game: a reunion and a return from exile. But there’s a mysterious girl upstairs, an axe by the door, and the dog is missing. Nothing is quite what it seems and going home will come at a price. “Like Harold Pinter crossed with Guy Ritchie plus Withnail and I” The Independent

http://www.theatrebythelake.com

 
Rookery Nook1714

Rookery Nook 30/08/2014

She’s pretty, wears pink pyjamas and turns up unexpectedly at Rookery Nook, a rented holiday home in Somerset. Local tongues begin to wag in the quiet seaside town of Chumpton-on-Sea and so begins a chaos of embarrassments, excuses and evasions, minor deceptions and major misunderstandings. Throw in a ferocious German stepfather (with an equally ferocious dog), a retired drunken Admiral, a hen pecked husband and a malevolent charlady and you have the perfect line-up for a funny, fast-moving farce by master of the genre Ben Travers. Simply great fun for the whole family.

http://www.theatrebythelake.com

 
A Weekend of Japanese Culture1397

A Weekend of Japanese Culture 30/08/2014 - 31/08/2014

Join us for a whole weekend of Japanese culture for all the family in celebration of our exhibition, Wordsworth and Basho: 'Walking Poets'. Learn some of the language, try your hand at writing haiku, and get creative with origami, calligraphy and more. This event will take place across the museum site. Cost: Free, but please book in advance so we have the right amount of materials.

enquiries@wordsworth.org.uk

https://wordsworth.org.uk/attend-events/2014/08/30/a-weekend-of-japanese-culture.html

 
The Four Elements: Earth1740

The Four Elements: Earth 31/08/2014

Two of the world’s leading pianists combine in Stravinsky’s own spectacular four hands arrangement of his Rite of Spring, with a brilliant new small-scale ‘pocket’ ballet performance. The evening also includes Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde (Song of the Earth), again in the composer’s own arrangement and in a newly commissioned performance inspired by Kenneth Macmillan’s famous ballet. Featuring: Martin Roscoe (piano), Peter Donohoe (piano), Wendy Dawn Thompson (alto), Christopher Diffey (tenor), Kelly McClelland & Erin Dixon (contemporary dancers), Undiscovered Dance Company

http://www.theatrebythelake.com

 
Seeing the Lights1717

Seeing the Lights 01/09/2014

A brand new hilarious comedy about family relationships, rivalries and responsibilities. Terry is a nurse by day and full time carer for his mum by night. As her 75th birthday approaches, the family descends and the siblings start to bicker. Should mum be in a home? Who’s done the most for her and who knows best? Terry wants things to stay as they are, but his sister Marion has other ideas. And then there’s the will… As the pressure builds and her favourite son Kenneth still hasn’t arrived for the party, mum’s left wondering if she’ll ever get to see Blackpool Illuminations just one more time.

http://www.theatrebythelake.com

 
Dracula1716

Dracula 01/09/2014

Desire and terror abound in this spine-tingling, sensual dramatisation of Bram Stoker’s famed Gothic novel. When Jonathan Harker visits Transylvania to help a mysterious Count with the purchase of a new property, he makes horrifying discoveries about his client. Soon afterwards, disturbing incidents start to unfold in England: an unmanned ship is wrecked at Whitby, strange puncture marks appear on a young woman’s neck and the inmate of a lunatic asylum raves about the looming arrival of his ‘Master’. Explore your darkest dreams with one of the greatest horror stories ever told.

http://www.theatrebythelake.com

 
The Comedy of Errors1718

The Comedy of Errors 02/09/2014

Twenty years after being separated in a shipwreck as babies, two pairs of identical twins find themselves in the seaport of Ephesus, a town with a reputation for sorcery and magic. Mistaken for each other, they are constantly bewildered by bizarre encounters, cross-purpose conversations and baffling misunderstandings. It all ends in riotous chaos. Shakespeare’s shortest play is a brilliantly colourful, mystical romantic comedy of confusion, reconciliation and reunion. Our production is Theatre by the Lake’s contribution to the 450th anniversary celebrations of Shakespeare’s birth.

http://www.theatrebythelake.com

 
Photography Day5037

Photography Day 02/09/2014

A unique opportunity to get behind the scenes and take snaps at various points along the line of the passing engines. Includes half day guided tour and unlimited train travel. Depart from Ravenglass and work your way along the line with our experienced guide. A rare opportunity!

steam@ravenglass-railway.co.uk

http://ravenglass-railway.co.uk/events/upcoming.php

 
Old Times1719

Old Times 02/09/2014

When two friends reunite after twenty years apart, sparks begin to fly. Anna returns to visit her old friend Kate and meets Deeley, Kate’s husband. What begins as a reunion reminiscing about their early years soon turns into something more sinister. An emotional battle commences where conflicting memories clash, sexual tension mounts and the lines between the past and the present, reality and imagination begin to blur. Pinter’s most passionate and mysterious of plays leaves you questioning where the truth really lies. Don’t miss this electrifying, enigmatic and gripping masterpiece.

http://www.theatrebythelake.com

 
Wild Walks on Wednesdays1360

Wild Walks on Wednesdays 03/09/2014

Explore the area around Dove Cottage with our education team as we learn about the wild landscape of the Lake District and get creative in response! Ideal for families. Please dress for walking and wear sturdy shoes. Cost: Free, but booking essential

enquiries@wordsworth.org.uk

https://wordsworth.org.uk/attend-events/2014/04/16/wild-walks-on-wednesdays.html

 
The Comedy of Errors1718

The Comedy of Errors 03/09/2014

Twenty years after being separated in a shipwreck as babies, two pairs of identical twins find themselves in the seaport of Ephesus, a town with a reputation for sorcery and magic. Mistaken for each other, they are constantly bewildered by bizarre encounters, cross-purpose conversations and baffling misunderstandings. It all ends in riotous chaos. Shakespeare’s shortest play is a brilliantly colourful, mystical romantic comedy of confusion, reconciliation and reunion. Our production is Theatre by the Lake’s contribution to the 450th anniversary celebrations of Shakespeare’s birth.

http://www.theatrebythelake.com

 
Old Times1719

Old Times 03/09/2014

When two friends reunite after twenty years apart, sparks begin to fly. Anna returns to visit her old friend Kate and meets Deeley, Kate’s husband. What begins as a reunion reminiscing about their early years soon turns into something more sinister. An emotional battle commences where conflicting memories clash, sexual tension mounts and the lines between the past and the present, reality and imagination begin to blur. Pinter’s most passionate and mysterious of plays leaves you questioning where the truth really lies. Don’t miss this electrifying, enigmatic and gripping masterpiece.

http://www.theatrebythelake.com

 
The Winterling1715

The Winterling 04/09/2014

From the acclaimed writer of Jerusalem comes a brilliantly twisted thriller about living on the edge. It’s winter on Dartmoor and in a derelict farmhouse West waits for former associates from the city. The wine has been poured and he’s put on his suit. This could be his chance to get back in the game: a reunion and a return from exile. But there’s a mysterious girl upstairs, an axe by the door, and the dog is missing. Nothing is quite what it seems and going home will come at a price. “Like Harold Pinter crossed with Guy Ritchie plus Withnail and I” The Independent

http://www.theatrebythelake.com

 
Rookery Nook1714

Rookery Nook 04/09/2014

She’s pretty, wears pink pyjamas and turns up unexpectedly at Rookery Nook, a rented holiday home in Somerset. Local tongues begin to wag in the quiet seaside town of Chumpton-on-Sea and so begins a chaos of embarrassments, excuses and evasions, minor deceptions and major misunderstandings. Throw in a ferocious German stepfather (with an equally ferocious dog), a retired drunken Admiral, a hen pecked husband and a malevolent charlady and you have the perfect line-up for a funny, fast-moving farce by master of the genre Ben Travers. Simply great fun for the whole family.

http://www.theatrebythelake.com

 
The Winterling1715

The Winterling 05/09/2014

From the acclaimed writer of Jerusalem comes a brilliantly twisted thriller about living on the edge. It’s winter on Dartmoor and in a derelict farmhouse West waits for former associates from the city. The wine has been poured and he’s put on his suit. This could be his chance to get back in the game: a reunion and a return from exile. But there’s a mysterious girl upstairs, an axe by the door, and the dog is missing. Nothing is quite what it seems and going home will come at a price. “Like Harold Pinter crossed with Guy Ritchie plus Withnail and I” The Independent

http://www.theatrebythelake.com

 
Rookery Nook1714

Rookery Nook 05/09/2014

She’s pretty, wears pink pyjamas and turns up unexpectedly at Rookery Nook, a rented holiday home in Somerset. Local tongues begin to wag in the quiet seaside town of Chumpton-on-Sea and so begins a chaos of embarrassments, excuses and evasions, minor deceptions and major misunderstandings. Throw in a ferocious German stepfather (with an equally ferocious dog), a retired drunken Admiral, a hen pecked husband and a malevolent charlady and you have the perfect line-up for a funny, fast-moving farce by master of the genre Ben Travers. Simply great fun for the whole family.

http://www.theatrebythelake.com

 
The September Fair1398

The September Fair 06/09/2014

'I believe there were many cakes...'. So said Dorothy Wordsworth of the 1800 Grasmere September Fair. Following on from last year's very popular event, this year's fair will be a showcase for dishes and produce created by groups across Cumbria, inspired by Dorothy Wordsworth's own recipes and journals. Like last year, there will also be opportunities to buy local crafts, enjoy a wide range of performances, and to meet some characters from Wordsworth's time!

enquiries@wordsworth.org.uk

https://wordsworth.org.uk/attend-events/2014/09/06/the-september-fair-039-delightful-day-it-is-for-all-who-dwell-in-this-secluded-glen-039.html

 
Seeing the Lights1717

Seeing the Lights 06/09/2014

A brand new hilarious comedy about family relationships, rivalries and responsibilities. Terry is a nurse by day and full time carer for his mum by night. As her 75th birthday approaches, the family descends and the siblings start to bicker. Should mum be in a home? Who’s done the most for her and who knows best? Terry wants things to stay as they are, but his sister Marion has other ideas. And then there’s the will… As the pressure builds and her favourite son Kenneth still hasn’t arrived for the party, mum’s left wondering if she’ll ever get to see Blackpool Illuminations just one more time.

http://www.theatrebythelake.com

 
Dracula1716

Dracula 06/09/2014

Desire and terror abound in this spine-tingling, sensual dramatisation of Bram Stoker’s famed Gothic novel. When Jonathan Harker visits Transylvania to help a mysterious Count with the purchase of a new property, he makes horrifying discoveries about his client. Soon afterwards, disturbing incidents start to unfold in England: an unmanned ship is wrecked at Whitby, strange puncture marks appear on a young woman’s neck and the inmate of a lunatic asylum raves about the looming arrival of his ‘Master’. Explore your darkest dreams with one of the greatest horror stories ever told.

http://www.theatrebythelake.com

 
The Lindisfarne Story1751

The Lindisfarne Story 07/09/2014

The inside story of Tyneside’s most-loved band, told by drummer and founding member Ray Laidlaw and front man Billy Mitchell and illustrated by archive images and video. They will share fascinating stories from the group’s early days hustling for gigs to their rise to fame in the seventies – and you’ll find out how it feels to be compared to Bob Dylan and The Beatles. They’ll also play intimate acoustic versions of songs including Lady Eleanor, Meet Me on the Corner, Fog on the Tyne and Run for Home.

http://www.theatrebythelake.com

 
The Comedy of Errors1718

The Comedy of Errors 08/09/2014

Twenty years after being separated in a shipwreck as babies, two pairs of identical twins find themselves in the seaport of Ephesus, a town with a reputation for sorcery and magic. Mistaken for each other, they are constantly bewildered by bizarre encounters, cross-purpose conversations and baffling misunderstandings. It all ends in riotous chaos. Shakespeare’s shortest play is a brilliantly colourful, mystical romantic comedy of confusion, reconciliation and reunion. Our production is Theatre by the Lake’s contribution to the 450th anniversary celebrations of Shakespeare’s birth.

http://www.theatrebythelake.com

 
Old Times1719

Old Times 08/09/2014

When two friends reunite after twenty years apart, sparks begin to fly. Anna returns to visit her old friend Kate and meets Deeley, Kate’s husband. What begins as a reunion reminiscing about their early years soon turns into something more sinister. An emotional battle commences where conflicting memories clash, sexual tension mounts and the lines between the past and the present, reality and imagination begin to blur. Pinter’s most passionate and mysterious of plays leaves you questioning where the truth really lies. Don’t miss this electrifying, enigmatic and gripping masterpiece.

http://www.theatrebythelake.com

 
Rookery Nook1714

Rookery Nook 09/09/2014

She’s pretty, wears pink pyjamas and turns up unexpectedly at Rookery Nook, a rented holiday home in Somerset. Local tongues begin to wag in the quiet seaside town of Chumpton-on-Sea and so begins a chaos of embarrassments, excuses and evasions, minor deceptions and major misunderstandings. Throw in a ferocious German stepfather (with an equally ferocious dog), a retired drunken Admiral, a hen pecked husband and a malevolent charlady and you have the perfect line-up for a funny, fast-moving farce by master of the genre Ben Travers. Simply great fun for the whole family.

http://www.theatrebythelake.com

 
The Winterling1715

The Winterling 09/09/2014

From the acclaimed writer of Jerusalem comes a brilliantly twisted thriller about living on the edge. It’s winter on Dartmoor and in a derelict farmhouse West waits for former associates from the city. The wine has been poured and he’s put on his suit. This could be his chance to get back in the game: a reunion and a return from exile. But there’s a mysterious girl upstairs, an axe by the door, and the dog is missing. Nothing is quite what it seems and going home will come at a price. “Like Harold Pinter crossed with Guy Ritchie plus Withnail and I” The Independent

http://www.theatrebythelake.com

 
Old Times1719

Old Times 09/09/2014

When two friends reunite after twenty years apart, sparks begin to fly. Anna returns to visit her old friend Kate and meets Deeley, Kate’s husband. What begins as a reunion reminiscing about their early years soon turns into something more sinister. An emotional battle commences where conflicting memories clash, sexual tension mounts and the lines between the past and the present, reality and imagination begin to blur. Pinter’s most passionate and mysterious of plays leaves you questioning where the truth really lies. Don’t miss this electrifying, enigmatic and gripping masterpiece.

http://www.theatrebythelake.com

 
Poetry reading: David Scott & Alison Brackenbury1399

Poetry reading: David Scott & Alison Brackenbury 09/09/2014

Join us for a rare opportunity to hear David Scott, and to mark the publication of Beyond The Drift: New and Selected Poems. David was a parish priest in Cumbria for eleven years, and now lives in Kendal. His poems belong to an English tradition that is rooted both in locality and in reticence. They work the ordinary details of his days into moments of extraordinary significance. Alison Brackenbury’s quietly formal poems draw on a lifetime’s experience of living in rural England and the threats to its survival, from the disappearing lapwings of her childhood to the recent floods in Gloucestershire. Her latest collection Then looks at the beauty and harshness of the natural world, in poems that remind us of our fragility and responsibility.

enquiries@wordsworth.org.uk

https://wordsworth.org.uk/attend-events/2014/09/09/poetry-reading-david-scott-amp-alison-brackenbury.html

 
The Winterling1715

The Winterling 10/09/2014

From the acclaimed writer of Jerusalem comes a brilliantly twisted thriller about living on the edge. It’s winter on Dartmoor and in a derelict farmhouse West waits for former associates from the city. The wine has been poured and he’s put on his suit. This could be his chance to get back in the game: a reunion and a return from exile. But there’s a mysterious girl upstairs, an axe by the door, and the dog is missing. Nothing is quite what it seems and going home will come at a price. “Like Harold Pinter crossed with Guy Ritchie plus Withnail and I” The Independent

http://www.theatrebythelake.com

 
Rookery Nook1714

Rookery Nook 10/09/2014

She’s pretty, wears pink pyjamas and turns up unexpectedly at Rookery Nook, a rented holiday home in Somerset. Local tongues begin to wag in the quiet seaside town of Chumpton-on-Sea and so begins a chaos of embarrassments, excuses and evasions, minor deceptions and major misunderstandings. Throw in a ferocious German stepfather (with an equally ferocious dog), a retired drunken Admiral, a hen pecked husband and a malevolent charlady and you have the perfect line-up for a funny, fast-moving farce by master of the genre Ben Travers. Simply great fun for the whole family.

http://www.theatrebythelake.com

 

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