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!

Meet 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.

Dr Will Smith & Dr Polly Atkin

Wordsworth might be the cheerleader for Grasmere’s literary heritage but two book lovers and academics are putting it on the map for modern creative writing.

Lauren Smith

Former children’s worker Lauren Smith decided to follow her passion and has made her art her job.

Jessica Harris

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

Kane Pulford-Roberts

Work brought Kane Pulford-Roberts to Leeds, but the pull of a growing indy coffee scene and fantastic cycling was behind his decision to move to Skipton.

Josh Simpson

Kendal based artist Josh Simpson is behind Picasso’s Playground, a project to bring a theatrical life drawing experience for all the family to festivals and schools.

Bruce and Rebecca Elsworth

A chance comment on a walk past an empty shop led Bruce and Rebecca Elsworth to follow their dreams and open their own restaurant in Skipton.

Zanna Dennis

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

Steph Dwyer

Among the UK’s foremost cavers, Steph and her partner, Mike Bottomley, recently took over Settle-based Yorkshire Dales Guides.

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 to a country lifestyle for their family.

Michael & Alex Jennings

The couple, who met at university in Liverpool, decided to make the town their home, drawn by Alex’s roots but also a desire to live in a lovely area but one which is also accessible to urban attractions.

Heather Thomas

Heather Thomas moved with her family from the Midlands to Sedbergh nearly four years ago.

Shaun and Beth Nixon

GPLD has a number of experts working with us to help boost the appeal of our area for younger people.

Elisa Lafuente

Was born and brought up in Spain, found artistic inspiration in the Lakes and Dales, settled in Kirkby Lonsdale and is exhibiting her paintings at Farfield Mill, Sedbergh this summer.

Em Hill

Em Hill gave up the chance to move to London and pursue a career in singing because she felt her home was in the Lakes.

Alice Cummings

Alice Cummings moved to Malham because she always wanted to live in the countryside.

Dr Will Smith & Dr Polly Atkin

Wordsworth might be the cheerleader for Grasmere’s literary heritage but two book lovers and academics are putting it on the map for modern creative writing.

Lauren Smith

Former children’s worker Lauren Smith decided to follow her passion and has made her art her job.

Jessica Harris

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

Kane Pulford-Roberts

Work brought Kane Pulford-Roberts to Leeds, but the pull of a growing indy coffee scene and fantastic cycling was behind his decision to move to Skipton.

Josh Simpson

Kendal based artist Josh Simpson is behind Picasso’s Playground, a project to bring a theatrical life drawing experience for all the family to festivals and schools.

Bruce and Rebecca Elsworth

A chance comment on a walk past an empty shop led Bruce and Rebecca Elsworth to follow their dreams and open their own restaurant in Skipton.

Zanna Dennis

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

Steph Dwyer

Among the UK’s foremost cavers, Steph and her partner, Mike Bottomley, recently took over Settle-based Yorkshire Dales Guides.

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 to a country lifestyle for their family.

Michael & Alex Jennings

The couple, who met at university in Liverpool, decided to make the town their home, drawn by Alex’s roots but also a desire to live in a lovely area but one which is also accessible to urban attractions.

Heather Thomas

Heather Thomas moved with her family from the Midlands to Sedbergh nearly four years ago.

Shaun and Beth Nixon

GPLD has a number of experts working with us to help boost the appeal of our area for younger people.

Elisa Lafuente

Was born and brought up in Spain, found artistic inspiration in the Lakes and Dales, settled in Kirkby Lonsdale and is exhibiting her paintings at Farfield Mill, Sedbergh this summer.

Em Hill

Em Hill gave up the chance to move to London and pursue a career in singing because she felt her home was in the Lakes.

Alice Cummings

Alice Cummings moved to Malham because she always wanted to live in the countryside.

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We would love to hear from
more Creative Champions.

Please contact us with your stories.

Get in Touch

We would love to hear from
more Creative Champions.

Please contact us with your stories.
Get in Touch