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A Lake District Summer of Swallows & Amazons

Blackwell The Arts & Crafts House is the place to be this summer for a Swallow & Amazons extravaganza.

From June to September, Blackwell celebrates the magical children’s tale of Swallows and Amazons. Taking in the full school summer holidays, Blackwell is the place to be for fun, excitement and adventure. Arthur Ransome’s classic novel as brought to life in the 2016 film and since then this story has inspired so many to visit the location the novel was based around.

Blackwell The Arts & Crafts House is located just outside of Bowness on Windermere and is a magnificent building in itself. Summer of Swallows & Amazons at Blackwell includes an exhibition bringing to life Ransome’s classic novel where it’s all about the Lake District. Walk around and see excerpts and stills from the 2016 film alongside local archives from the Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry, the Harbour Pictures’ Collection.


If your’e lucky enough to have already begun the summer holidays then July 7th is a must date for the diary. The producer of the award winning film Nick Barton will be at Blackwell for a question and answer session as well as hearing more about how the film was inspired and created from the book.

Throughout the 3 months there will be activities for the whole family, young and old and it’s most definitely a day out whether it’s raining or not thanks to plenty to do inside if the its wet but also trails and outdoor crafts when its dry. Lookout for Wednesday’s when the resident storyteller is reading making this the way to fully get into the head of Arthur Ramsome and why the Lake District is so special.

Left it late to book a holiday or short break? There is still early summer availability at the Damson Dene Hotel which is just a 5 minute drive or very enjoyable bike ride to Blackwell. Tucked away between Bowness and Kendal it is the perfect place to stay when on a Swallows & Amazons adventure holiday. Newly refurbished family rooms are available overlooking the grounds which are vast and with a picturesque lake too. Visit to book.

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Whats On Windermere Now Nearly November!

The countdown to Christmas is beginning and here, there and everywhere festive chitter chatter is being heard. But there is lots going on prior to Christmas and especially in Windermere.

Guy Fawkes is sure to the flavour this weekend with various firework displays being held Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Here’s hoping for some clear nights so the spectacular pyrotechnics can be watched at their best. A couple of the hotels have displays close to the Lake which is a stunning backdrop.

windermere fireworks
Firework displays in Windermere and Bowness

The Windermere and Bowness Winter Lights will be switched on Saturday 30 November with a full day of Seeking Santa Cruise from Bowness Pier and Stars Parade through Windermere village. It should be an excellent day for the whole family.

Seeking Santa Cruise in Windermere

As with every month, Blackwell the arts and crafts house., is always worth a visit with exhibitions and at the beginning of December a Christmas Fair with arts and crafts to purchase. A full programme of the events at Blackwell can be found on their website

It is worth checking the local paper and tourist information centre if you';re visiting during November as there may be some other events such as local Christmas fares etc at schools or village halls.


But even if there’s nothing that takes your fancy in terms of events in Windermere, taking a short break through November and December is an excellent way to tick off some of that Christmas shopping or simply to relax before the frantic festive season really kicks in. With plenty of fantastic independent shops as well as the large Lakeland and Booths stores, Windermere makes the ideal Christmas shopping destination.