Be inspired by our Creative Champions

Whether they’ve grown up here or discovered the area as an adult, our creative champions all have one thing in common, they’ve decided that Lakes and Dales is the only place for them!

Many inspirational people have been in touch telling us their stories, about how much they love the Lakes and Dales and the lengths they will go to in order to stay. We call them our creative champions – people who love and are dedicated to the rural communities in which they live and work.

The Knotted Project

The Knotted Project is a physical theatre company based in Cumbria and run by duo Natalie and Simon. They develop…

Clementine Bogg-Hargroves

Actor, Director and Writer Clementine Bogg-Hargroves started her independent creative journey with a one-woman theatre show at Hettie’s Café in…

Seth Benn

Dales sixth former Seth Benn has been inspired by our Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) competition for flexible housing…

Juliet Klottrup

Photographer and film maker Juliet Klottrup grew up ‘down South’ but spent her childhood holidays scampering around the Lakes. She…

Bretten Lord

Actor Bretten Lord has turned to his second love – antiques – so he can combine living in the Dales…

Rob and Harriet Fraser

Creatives Rob and Harriet Fraser don’t just live in the Lakes – they immerse themselves in the landscape through their…

Virpi Kettu

Animator-director Virpi Kettu spent seven years working on the Wallace and Gromit films following a two-week work experience placement at…

Dr Will Smith and Dr Polly Atkin

Wordsworth might be the cheerleader for Grasmere’s literary heritage but two book lovers and academics are putting it on the…

Lauren Smith, Laurenink

Former children’s worker Lauren Smith decided to follow her passion and has made her art her job. The Skipton-based papermaker…

Jessica Harris, Settle Stories

Former estate agent Jessica Harris swapped property for storytelling and moved to the Dales for her first job in the…

Kane Pulford-Roberts, The Clubhouse Coffee & Cycling

Work brought Kane Pulford-Roberts to Leeds, but the pull of a growing indy coffee scene and fantastic cycling was behind…

Josh Simpson, The Art Mill

Kendal based artist Josh Simpson is behind Picasso’s Playground, a project to bring a theatrical life drawing experience for all…

Bruce and Rebecca Elsworth

A chance comment on a walk past an empty shop led Bruce and Rebecca Elsworth to follow their dreams and…

Zanna Dennis

Following a successful career as Co-Creative Director of Blue Moose Dance Company, Zanna is now using her skills developed in…

Steph Dwyer

Steph Dwyer’s Great Place is underground, literally. Among the UK’s foremost cavers, Steph and her partner, Mike Bottomley, recently took…

Rachel Thornton

Bentham artist Rachel Thornton took the plunge to become a full-time artist in 2017 and she has never looked back.…

Boxer and Hound

Katy and Jake’s Settle coffee bar and bottle shop, Boxer and Hound, is a labour of love and the ticket…

Steep and Filter

Michael Jennings never considered living in the rural North until he met his wife, Alex, who is from Skipton. The…

Ollie Collie

Heather Thomas moved with her family from the Midlands to Sedbergh nearly four years ago. Said Heather: “We had always…

Elisa Lafuente

Elisa Lafuente

Elisa Lafuente, who was born and brought up in Spain, found artistic inspiration in the Lakes and Dales, settled in…

We would love to hear from more creative champions

Please contact us with your stories: GreatPlace@Cravendc.gov.uk