Festive events on and around Windermere

Festive events on and around Windermere

Categories: Days Out Events

With so many great events and attractions within a few minutes of our boats, there’s no better time to take a cruise with us.

This festive season, why not ditch the car and hop on a boat to some of the top family events listed below? All of our cruises allow you to hop off and break up the journey, so it’s a great value way to enjoy the best of Windermere’s local attractions.

Click on the links below to find out more about each activity. We've also advised on how best to get there and back by boat.

Winter wonderland train

Visit Santa in his Winter Wonderland

Saturday 3 November to Sunday 23rd December 2018

Meet Father Christmas at the North Pole – and try to find his train by following his long journey through a winter wonderland, keeping your eyes open for hidden golden tickets along the way. More information >

Hayes Garden World, Ambleside

⛴️ Hayes Garden World is a 6 minute walk from Ambleside (Waterhead) Pier. There are regular boat services to Bowness from Ambleside (Red Cruise), Brockhole (Red Cruise) or Lakeside (Yellow Cruise).

santa on a previous santa sailing.

Santa Special Sailings  Sorry, Sold Out

December 2nd,8th,9th,15th & 16th

Sorry, we have sold out for 2018. Tickets go on sale around September each year. More information >

Regular departures from Bowness Pier

⛴️ Santa Cruise may have sold out but our Red, Yellow and Blue (Islands) Cruises operate every day except Christmas Day this festive season.

Mother and child awaiting a steam train at Lakeside Station

Santa Special Train Ride

December 1st/2nd, 8th/9th and 15th/16th

Join Father Christmas and his helpers on a magical family journey on board the ‘Santa Express’ over three consecutive weekends. More information >

Lakeside & Haverthwaite Steam Railway

⛴️ Lakeside Pier (on the Yellow Cruise) is connected to the Lakeside Railway Station. It's a 1-minute walk from pier to platform.

Blackwell House

Christmas Craft Fair

December 1st - 24th

Get arty at this stunning festive craft fair and create Christmas collages and cards inspired by the Grayson Perry’s ceramics on display. More Information >

Blackwell, The Arts and Craft House, Bowness

⛴️ Blackwell is a 30 minute walk or 5 minute drive from our Bowness Pier, get there on the Red or Yellow Cruise from Ambleside or Lakeside.

Illustration of a festive scene

Creative Christmas Workshops (adults only)

December 1st- 19th

Join creative sessions, ideal for beginners and those at an intermediate level, with workshops including printmaking, textiles and festive themed crafts. More Information >

Brockhole – Lake District Visitor Centre

⛴️ The Red Cruise stops at Brockhole Pier and the main house/exhibition hall is a 5-minute walk away through the gardens. Direct boats to Bowness (via Ambleside) & Ambleside throughout the day.

Photo from a previous year's celebration

Windermere Christmas Celebration

Saturday 8 December/Sunday 9 December

Back for the third year, with stalls boasting everything from seasonal gifts to hot food, delicious offerings will be available all day along with a soundtrack of live music and on-street entertainment adding to the merry atmosphere. More Information >

Windermere Village Centre

⛴️ A shuttle bus will operate on both days from Bowness Pier to the event itself. Full details here.

Festive Guide Bbq Market Optimised

Winter BBQ Market

Saturday 1 December / Sunday 2 December

Also taking place at Hayes Garden world, let the experts demonstrate how there’s more to barbecuing than just the summer months. Festive demonstrations will be held top barbecue chef Richard Holden. More Information >

Hayes Garden World, Ambleside

⛴️ Hayes Garden World is a 6 minute walk from Ambleside (Waterhead) Pier. There are regular boat services to Bowness from Ambleside (Red Cruise), Brockhole (Red Cruise) or Lakeside (Yellow Cruise).

Santa greets children at the world of beatrix potter

Festive family fun at The World of Beatrix Potter

December 20 - 28th 

From tea parties with Father Christmas to Disney's ‘Frozen’ singalong sessions, there's plenty to keep the children occupied this December. More information >

The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, Bowness-on-Windermere

⛴️ 5 minutes walk from our Bowness Pier. Get there from Lakeside Pier on a Yellow Cruise or Ambleside and Brockhole on a Red Cruise.

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