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'Great big picnic' planned to celebrate Lake District's new World Heritage status

The Lake District is now listed as a World Heritage Site Credit: PA

Members of the public are being invited to take part in a 'great big picnic' to celebrate the Lake District listing as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

The Picnic in the Park is set to take place on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 July, with celebrations taking place across National Trust locations and Lake District forests and at Brockhole on Windermere.

People can bring their own food or buy picnic boxes from the café.

It’s party time to mark a unique and once in a lifetime achievement in an iconic and stunning location.

– Richard Leafe, Lake District National Park Chief Executive

Attendees will also be able to see the new sculpture by Charlie Whinney, created in celebration of the Lake District’s newly awarded status, entitled ‘Mountains We Made’.

More details can be found on the Lakes World Heritage website.


WATCH: future of Maryport's Roman fort secured

On Monday, it was announced that new owners had taken over Alauna Roman fort at Maryport.

The North of England Civic Trust plans to turn the site into a visitor attraction.

Matthew Taylor reports.


New owner for historic Roman fort

Digs have taken place at the site.

A World Heritage Site in Cumbria appears to have had its future secured.

The Alauna Roman Fort at Camp Farm, in Maryport, faced uncertainty after the charity that owned it stopped trading last year.

But ownership has now been transferred from the Hadrian's Wall Trust to the North England Civic Trust, which intends to continue restoring and investigating the site, and ultimately to open it as a visitor attraction.

'Everyone thinks the Lake District is special'

The 40,000 people who live in the Lake District are being asked their views on the future of the national park.

The final five year plan will be scrutinised as part of the Lake District's bid for World Heritage status.

Katie Hunter's spent the day with business owners, locals and tourists in Bowness on Windermere finding out what they think the Lake District's priorities should be:

People's views of Lake District 'really important'

People living in the Lake District will be asked for their views on how the national park should be managed in the future.

A plan is being drawn up to look at such issues as jobs, tourism and housing. People's views will be used to form part of the bid by the Lake District to become a World Heritage Site.

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