AN award-winning waterways theatre company will be visiting the Lake District to present a hike through the history of hostelling.

Now in their 46th year, the Mikron Theatre Company will appear for the first time at The Lakeside Restaurant at YHA Ambleside on Thursday May 11 as their national tour travels throughout the region.

They will perform Best Foot Forward which traces the history of youth hostelling from its inception in 1911 in the mind of a young German teacher-soldier who found himself in No Man's Land at the Christmas Truce, through to its founding in Britain in the 1930s and right up-to-date with modern youth hostels still holding true to the founding ideals.

Caroline White, Chief Executive of YHA (England and Wales), said: "The YHA network has changed beyond recognition in recent years, however many people still remember the days of wardens, chores and curfews. Thankfully, these are long gone but they are absolutely part of YHA's rich history and what better way to celebrate it than with comedy in this brilliant production.

"I am delighted that through our partnership with Mikron Theatre Company we can bring Best Foot Forward to the thousands of visitors we welcome to youth hostels each year."