Things to Do in Windermere and Bowness

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Things to Do in Windermere and Bowness

No holiday to Skelwith Fold Caravan Park is complete without a visit to the magnificent Windermere – home to the largest lake in England. Take the opportunity to explore the stunning countryside of Windermere, alongside the town of Bowness and head out onto the Lake itself. You will not be short of things to do. In fact, you may even need to make multiple trips to the area, just so you can fit in everything there is to see.  Windermere is definitely worth visiting so here are some ways to spend your day there.

Lake Windermere

Of the Lake District’s 18 waters, Windermere is the biggest. It runs about 10.6 miles or 17km from its northern tip near Ambleside to its southernmost point near Newby Bridge. The lake has a perimeter that stretches close to 26.2 miles. It’s so big the Windermere Marathon has become a popular event for many years. Its surface area of 5.7 square miles (14.8 square kilometres) also makes it the largest natural lake in England.

The World of Beatrix Potter

Located in the middle of Bowness, The World of Beatrix Potter is a delight for children and adults alike. The world-famous stories of the famous author are brought to life through exhibits, shows and gardens. Whether you prefer Jemima Puddleduck or Peter Rabbit himself, this attraction is perfect for a family day out in Windermere.

Blackwell Arts and Crafts Centre in Bowness

Also located in Bowness, Blackwell Arts and Crafts Centre is another great location for a family day out. Particularly for children aged 16 or below as they go in free. With exhibitions, frequent craft events, a tea room and a contemporary craft shop, there is plenty to do. Perfect visit to fuel your imagination whilst on holiday in Windermere.

Windermere Lake Cruises

The best and safest way to get out on the open water is a Windermere Lake Cruise. A boat trip allows you to experience the picturesque scenery from a unique perspective. With regular tours leaving all day long around England’s largest lake, make sure you put some time aside to see Lake Windermere in all its glory.

The Old Laundry Theatre

Whether it’s comedy, theatre productions or a Beatrix Potter inspired musical, then the Old Laundry Theatre is the perfect stop-off on your exploration of Windermere. With a bursting events calendar that has something for everyone, you might want to plan your trip to Windermere around the next production.

Cycle Hire

If you want to get a bit more active whilst visiting Windermere then you might consider hiring some bikes for you and the family. Located up in Windermere town centre, Country Lanes Cycle Hire offers a range of bikes to choose from. It is well positioned for exploring Windermere and other great locations nearby. Check out our recent blogpost regarding Cycle Routes near Skelwith, or find out more about cycle hire here.

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Hiking in Windermere

There are plentiful hiking opportunities in Windermere and great walking trails to follow. The trails are graded by difficulty, so you can find a route that is suited to your skill level. Enjoy a lovely walk at your own pace while you look at the dramatic landscapes and soak in the natural wonders Windermere has to offer.

The Lakes Aquarium

If you’re interested in sea life, consider a visit to the Lakes Aquarium, which is situated on the shore of lake Windermere. You will have the chance to discover the diverse marine life from around the world through a range of captivating exhibits. It’s a great family-friendly activity for all ages during your trip to Windermere. From Bowness, you can take a ferry directly to the lakeside pier which situated right next to the aquarium.

How to find Things to Do in Windermere and Bowness

Opening times: Always open

Distance from park
6.3 miles (approx. 16 mins)