Written on 25/09/19 by Paul Oldham

'In Our Hands' Premiere

At the beginning of the 20th century, a group of visionary conservationists recognised that the fragile beauty of the spectacular Lake District landscape, which had been the inspiration for poets and artists down the centuries, was under threat from the conflict between 'use and delight'.

Fleetwith Pike

Out of this concern, at a rally in Fitz Park, Keswick on June 17th 1934, Friends of the Lake District was born. From lobbying to influence the creation of the Lake District as a National Park – a campaign which came to fruition in 1951 – to fighting many and major threats to the magnificence of these cherished landscapes, the charity has been the backbone of the protection of the Lake District for 85 years and will continue to stand up for the beauty, tranquillity and freedom of the fells.


"In Our Hands" is a bewitching blend of poetry and superlative visual imagery which celebrates the vital connections between people and place; looks to the future for our children and recognises that Friends of the Lake District will always have, on behalf of this much-loved landscape, "the dedication to continue to ask, are we on the right road?"

The evening will begin with a series of fascinating talks and reflections:

A trailer of "Life of a Mountain: Helvellyn" will lead to the finale and premiere showing of the "In Our Hands", Friends of the Lake District's short film, commissioned to celebrate their 85th anniversary. 1934 – 2019.

You can be at the premiere, which is taking place at the Rheged Centre on Friday, 25th October, by booking your ticket now. Tickets cost £10 (£8 for concessions).

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