Ambleside offers live music in a number of venues ranging from the folk singer in the traditional pub, to local ‘rock stars’ in the trendy wine bar and more widely known jazz and soul stars at Zeffirellis. Larger venues a short drive away are The Brewery Arts Centre at Kendal, The Coro at Ulverston and The Forum at Barrow.
Ambleside boasts an array of outdoor clothing & equipment shops making it the ideal place to renew your walking and outdoor gear. The village also has a number of interior decoration and gift shops - perfect for presents or for treating yourself.
Art Studios & Galleries
In Ambleside you can view or buy artwork, crafts and paintings from many well known artists as well as local craftsmen and women. Also in the vicinity are a number of heritage centres, art houses and galleries showing the works of famous artists.
Local Attractions & Activities
Ambleside hosts many local attractions and activities, either in the village itself or a short drive or bus ride away, such as: William Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter, Armitt Museum, Stagshaw Gardens, Wray Castle with many National Trust Propertys and beautiful Gardens to visit.
Large & Small Screens
Ambleside hosts a number of cinema screens showing everything from the current box office hits to relaying opera, concert and ballet productions.
Major sporting and national events are relayed on multiple screens in a couple of the local pubs.
Many Walks can be started from our front door, such as: Loughrigg, Wansfell, Fairfield Horseshoe, Red Screes, Skelwith Bridge, Grasmere, Rydal, Sweden Bridge and Skelghyll Woods.
Head North towards Grasmere & Keswick, South to Windermere & Bowness, or loop around the village to go to Coniston or the Langdales.
Tour the Lake Districts best driving routes: Wrynose & Hardknott pass, The Langdale Round, Kirkstone Pass to Ulswater, The West Coast including Morecambe Bay, Honister Pass & Slate Mine, Grizedale & Whinlatter Forrest and Keswick & Borrowdale.
Combine a Boat Cruise on Lake Windermere with a Walk or an Open Top Bus journey. Take the Steam Boat Gondala from the Blue Bird Cafe on Coniston or on Ullswater.
Ambleside has its own indoor Climbing Wall, you can hire Mountain Bikes in the village and you can hire Rowing Boats and Kayaks on Windermere.