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.

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

Zanna Dennis is having a positive impact on young people across the North of England through dance. From a farming…

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…

Shaun and Beth Nixon

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Elisa Lafuente

Elisa Lafuente

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

Em Hill

Em Hill

Em Hill gave up the chance to move to London and pursue a career in singing because she felt her…

Alice Cummings

Alice Cummings

Alice Cummings moved to Malham because she always wanted to live in the countryside. Six years later she has retrained…

We would love to hear from more creative champions

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