<div style="display:inline;"> <img height="1" width="1" style="border-style:none;" alt="" src="//googleads.g.doubleclick.net/pagead/viewthroughconversion/1028731116/?value=0&amp;guid=ON&amp;script=0">
CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to Lancashire Life today click here

10 Things To Do In Bowness and Windermere

PUBLISHED: 20:02 22 August 2012 | UPDATED: 23:34 23 October 2015

Ash Street

Ash Street

Archant

Bowness and Windermere may be separate places with different personalities but their proximity to each other means there are plenty of things for people to see and do here.

Blackwell Arts and Crafts
This is one of Britain’s finest houses, surviving from the turn of the last century with almost all of its original decorative features intact. Blackwell’s period rooms have been furnished with a blend of Arts and Crafts furniture and early country made pieces made by many of the Arts and Crafts designers and studios. There’s also a beautiful garden layed out by Thomas Mawson which visitors can discover or sit on the terrace and enjoy.

Blackwell, The Arts and Crafts House, Bowness-on-Windermere, LA23 3JT, 015394 46139

The Old Laundry Theatre
There’s always a lively season of music, theatre, comedy and film at The Old Laundry Theatre. Launched with the support of friend and playwright Alan Ayckbourn. Over the years they have attracted many stars, including some who have gone on to become patrons including Victoria Wood, Griff Rhys-Jones and Alan Rickman.

The Old Laundry Theatre, Crag Brow, Bowness-on-Windermere, LA23 3BX, 08445 040604

The World of Beatrix Potter
You can’t come to Bowness and not pay a visit to this museum. The area around Lake Windermere is full of Potter connections and here you can see her children’s tales come to life in a magical indoor recreation of the Lakeland countryside complete with sights, sounds and smells. You can even meet Peter Rabbit and have tea with him at organised events.

The World of Beatrix Potter, Bowness-on-Windermere, LA23 3BX, 015394 88444

Take a lake cruise
Windermere Lake Cruises is one of the most popular days out in the region. Cruises on England’s largest lake can be from 45 minutes to three hours depending on where you want to go. Cruises start from Ambleside, Bowness and Lakeside and see you cruising past stunning mountain scenery, secluded bays and wooded islands as well as the many spectacular hotels, which were once homes to the wealthy Lancashire cotton mill owners.

Windermere Lake Cruises, 015394 43360

Afternoon Tea at Miller Howe
There are lots of nice hotels, cafes and coffee shops offering delicious afternoon teas in the Lake District, but for a real treat book yourself in at Miller Howe. The quintessential afternoon tea includes freshly cut sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and a selection of mouthwatering pastries, which can be enjoyed while enjoying the stunning scenery over Lake Windermere.
Miller Howe, Rayrigg Road, Windermere, LA23 1EY, 015394 42536

Brockhole
Stop off at Brockhole, The Lake District Visitor Centre and you won’t be disappointed. Visitors can take in the scenic views and gardens which stretch down to the shores of the lake, browse round the shop or look around the free exhibitions. There’s a soft play area for the children and a new aerial woodland adventure, Treetop Trek and wildlife experience Predator Park, so plenty for everyone young or old to see and do.

Brockhole – The Lake District Visitor Centre, Windermere, LA23, 1LJ, 015394 46601

Go shopping
Bowness is a great place to pick up souvenirs or presents with a mix of shops many of which offer local produce. There’s also plenty of places for walkers to stock up on everything they need as well as plenty of cafes, restaurants and coffee shops to rest your feet and shopping bags after a morning’s extravagance! Neighbouring Windermere has a totally different feel for shoppers, with good selection of independent boutiques offering everything from clothes to gifts.

Make the most of the view
Orrest Head, above Windermere is considered by many to be the best viewpoint over Lake Windermere as on a clear day the fell offers a 360 degree view taking in the Langdales and Troutbeck Valley. It was Alfred Wainwright’s first climb and the view today remains just how he would have seen it.

Pamper yourself
With views out onto Lake Windermere the spa at the Macdonald Old England in Bowness is a must-visit, if you want the ultimate in relaxation. The swimming pool has an open air patio where spa guests can sit and relax and take in the view before and after their treatments, which includes a signature Elemis Pine Herbal Body Wrap, exclusive to the spa here.

Macdonald Old England Hotel and Spa, Bowness, 0844 879 9144

Dine out in style
After a day out, there’s plenty of places to quench your thirst and satisfy your appetite in both Bowness and Windermere including the Fayrer Garden House Hotel which was highly commended in the Lake District Hotel of the Year category in Lancashire Life’s Food and Drink awards 2011.

Related articles

0 comments

More from Out & About

Lancashire’s Walney Island looks like becoming an established breeding ground for grey seals.

Read more
Friday, November 17, 2017

This remarkable garden can whisk you on a horticulture tour of the world. Linda Viney took a trip

Read more
Monday, November 13, 2017

A fantastic end to 2017 is in store at the annual equestrian event in the centre of Liverpool.

Read more
Monday, November 13, 2017

John Lenehan heads for Gisburn to walk by the Ribble and sample the delights of the Auction Mart Cafe.

Read more
Monday, November 13, 2017

This busy community might sometimes feel like the village that time forgot, but it’s full of people who help themselves. Martin Pilkington reports

Read more
Silverdale
Monday, November 6, 2017

Follow our short guide to a festive trip to Lytham this Christmas.

Read more
Christmas
Monday, November 6, 2017

Windermere is dependent on tourism, but when the holidaymakers have left there remains a thriving village community

Read more
Windermere
Monday, November 6, 2017

The 218th Westmorland County Show welcomed HRH The Prince of Wales

Read more
Thursday, November 2, 2017

Is it a helicopter? Is it a plane? It’s neither. Or maybe both. Paul Mackenzie meets a man offering a unique bird’s eye view of the Lake District.

Read more
Lake District

It may only be a small town, but these home grown products are causing a big stir

Read more
Ormskirk
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

While conservation work is important globally, The Lancashire Wildlife Trust is stressing the need to think locally too. Alan Wright discusses the important of wildlife close to home.

Read more
Lancashire Wildlife
Monday, October 23, 2017

There are many reasons why the Forest of Bowland is designated Area of Natural Beauty, we’ve picked our favourite spots that we think you will love too.

Read more
Bowland
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The ‘Rural Oscars’ Are Back

Read more
 
Great British Holidays advert link

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter


Subscribe or buy a mag today

Lancashire Life Application Link

Local Business Directory

Lancashire's trusted business finder

Job search in your local area



Property Search