Festive events on and around Windermere
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.
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
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 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
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
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.
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.
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
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