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One thing you can never guarantee on a staycation in Britain is the weather. 

Luckily, there are plenty of things to do in Windermere when it is raining.

We have compiled a list of some of the best indoor activities and attractions in Windermere and nearby Bowness-on-Windermere. All of which are great for sheltering from less-than-perfect weather. For more indoor attractions in the Lakes, why not take a look at our post on things to do in the Lake District when its raining?


1. The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction

Jemima Puddleduck at the World of Beatrix Potter Attraction

A great attraction that all the family can enjoy, the World of Beatrix Potter features exhibits starring Potter’s best-loved characters. There is also a shop and tea room to enjoy once you’ve finished.

For more information visit the World of Beatrix Potter website.


2. Blackwell, The Arts and Crafts House
Exterior of Blackwell Arts and Crafts House Bowness-on-Windermere

Originally built as a holiday cottage in 1901, Blackwell is an important example of an Arts and Crafts house. Explore the house, designed by Mackay Hugh Bailie Scott, as well as the garden, designed by Thomas Mawson.

For opening times and admission prices, please check the Blackwell House website.


3. Lakeland

akeland Windermere Flagship store

Yes, this is the cookery shop. Lakeland’s flagship store is based in Windermere and is a must-see for avid bakers and those that love to cook. The site offers a state-of-the-art demo kitchen, a fully licensed cafe, as well as the largest collection of Lakeland products under one roof.

For opening hours, take a look at Lakeland’s website.


4. The Old Laundry Theatre

The stage at The Old Laundry Theatre Bowness-on-Windermere

Attached to the World of Beatrix Potter Attraction in Bowness is The Old Laundry Theatre. This space was once a redundant Edwardian laundry that has been converted into a 250 seat theatre-in-the-round. Offering a variety of music, talks, plays, comedy acts, and films, The Old Laundry is a great place to spend an afternoon or evening dodging the rain.

Take a look at The Old Laundry website for what’s on and more information.


5. Windermere Jetty Museum

Families at Windermere Jetty Museum

Windermere Jetty is a new museum located on the shores of Windermere, just outside the town itself. It celebrates the boating history of the popular holiday location, with exhibitions including Beatrix Potter’s own rowing boat and some of the world’s oldest mechanically powered boats and sailing yachts.

For more information take a look at the Windermere Jetty Museum website.


If you are also going to be visiting the North Lakes, why not take a look at our post on things to do in Keswick when its raining?


Browse our range of Windermer holiday cottages, we have a wide selection of properties that are ideal for a break in the Lakes. Otherwise, why not look at our full range of cottages in the Lake District.


Images courtesy of: David Avoura King (CC BY-ND 2.0); Tony and Maureen Kemp, Gordon Griffiths (CC BY-SA 2.0);