Want to visit a World Heritage Site?
A visit to Lakeside is now a visit to a globally recognised UNESCO World Heritage Site.
In summer 2017, the Lake District was officially awarded World Heritage status, giving it the same international status as sites including Stonehenge, the Grand Canyon and the Great Barrier Reef.
What this means for Lakeside
While the Lake District is known nationally for its dramatic landscape, this stunning part of the UK has now received worldwide recognition as Tony Ball, Programme Operations Manager explains:
“Becoming a World Heritage Site puts the Lake District well and truly on the international map. It means that schools visiting Lakeside are not just enjoying an outdoor education centre, their students are also experiencing an area that’s internationally recognised for its cultural importance.”
Benefits of World Heritage status
Becoming a World Heritage Site is a huge boost for Lakeside and the Lake District. The area will benefit from greater worldwide exposure, which is expected to attract international visitors and greater investment.
At the heart of everything is the UNESCO philosophy which: ‘seeks to encourage the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world’.
It provides an incentive to retain traditional skills by investing in apprenticeships, and encourage entrepreneurial activities that will enhance the area, such as sustainable travel. As World Heritage states:
“Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations. Our cultural and natural heritage are both irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration.”