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Banish Those January (and February!) Blues With Our Lakes Cultural Calendar

After the buzz and excitement of Christmas and New Year, it’s quite natural to succumb to the post-festive season blues.

But luckily, help is at hand! There are some fantastic events planned for early 2017 in the Lake District and popping these dates in your diary is sure to bring a smile and eliminate those January blues.

Running until 3 April is The Power of the Hills: John Ruskin and Mountains at Brantwood, Coniston - an unmissable event for anyone who loves the work of Ruskin. No single feature of the earth excited more feeling in Ruskin than the hills, he drew mountains throughout his life and possibly no artist or writer before or since has understood them so fully in all their aspects.

On 13 January, it’s Northumberland Music Festival On Tour! Taking place at The Wordsworth Hotel & Spa, Grasmere is The Three English Tenors - packed with great tunes and humorous stories about the life of a tenor, our three intrepid heroes sing their way through all the great tenor arias, songs and more high notes than you can shake a stick at!

From 13 January to 11 March is George Shaw: My Back to Nature, at Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal. This exhibition by Turner Prize nominee George Shaw comes to Abbot Hall from the National Gallery, London, where he spent two years as Associate Artist (2014-2016) and is inspired by woodland scenes in the National Gallery’s collection.

Moving into February, from 16 to 19 is Keswick Film Festival at Alhambra Cinema and Theatre by the Lake. Set against the stunning Lakeland landscape in all its winter grandeur, the 18th Keswick Film Festival will take you to places in the world - New Zealand, South Pacific islands, Tibet and the Arctic Circle to name but a few - where the majesty of the natural environment also shapes the lives, loves and fortunes of those who live there.

On 19 February at HillTop, Sawrey, you can enjoy the Beatrix Potter Guided Walk: Love of a lifetime. This is the chance to walk in Beatrix Potter's footsteps through parts of the south Lakes she loved so much and learn how the National Trust is continuing to look after what she left for all to enjoy and cherish.

From 24 to 26 February is the Askham Hall Classical Music Concert - this February, renowned Israeli pianist, Noam Greenberg, will be among the international musicians heading to the Lake District for the second Askham Hall Music Festival Weekend.

Over at Rheged, Penrith, The Great Print Exhibition is running until 26 February. This major exhibition of printmaking in all its forms returns in a new time slot over winter. It is the largest exhibition of its kind in the North of England, featuring over 350 artworks by more than 60 British artists.

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