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What's on in Ambleside

Largely geared to tourists and visitors, the high street is packed with independent shops, cafes and restaurants and there are plenty of pubs to enjoy a pint of locally brewed beer or something stronger (or weaker, depending on your tastes!).

Check out the National Trust owned Bridge House, which is one of the most photographed buildings in the Lake District. This charming, stone-grey relic of the 17th century stands on the beck in the town centre and is a quirky reminder of Ambleside’s past. You can’t miss it because it will be surrounded by tourists taking selfies.

There’s a seemingly endless row of outdoor clothing stores but limited opportunities for every day purchases, with the town lacking any large supermarket. The town hosts a small outdoor market on a Wednesday with a variety of traders but Kendal is the nearest town for a broader range of shops and superstores. Parking can be tricky, especially in the Summer months but there are several large car parks which are sign posted and varied in price. Hayes Garden World attracts visitors from all over the UK, particularly at Christmas when it has a huge festive display of lights, trees and decorations.

Ambleside has its own privately owned Zeffirellis cinema, showing the latest releases and arthouse films. It also has a pizzeria attached and relaxed jazz cafe for live music. In September the town hosts The Festival of the Fells, a four day outdoors and cultural event.

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