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Lakeland Arts: What to do in the lakes when it’s blowing a gale

8 November 2017

Author: Lakeland Arts

As the Lake District turns a beautiful array of orange and reds in the autumn months, the weather is also becoming increasingly wet and windy. When it’s too cold to explore the countryside on foot, visit some of the very best wet weather options the Lake District has to offer.

Discover the history and beauty of one of the UK’s most outstanding Arts and Crafts Houses

Set high above Windermere with stunning views of the lake and surrounding fells, Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House is often described as a gem of the Lake District. A Grade I listed building, Blackwell is a masterpiece of twentieth century design, built as a holiday home for the Holt family of Manchester brewers.

Women of the Arts & Crafts Movement

Until Monday 1 January 2018, you can visit the popular Women of the Arts & Crafts Movement exhibition. The show recognises works by women artists whose contributions have often been overlooked, or wrongly attributed in favour of a more prominent male family member. The exhibition features works by May Morris, Margaret Macdonald and Phoebe Anna Traquair, with loans from the Victoria and Albert Museum and National Museum of Scotland.

Blackwell also offers a unique craft shop, and welcoming Tea Room for a delicious menu of locally sourced ingredients, cream teas and homebaked cakes. During December enjoy a glass of mulled wine with a mince pie, or there is always the option for a glass of Prosecco, beer or wine when you visit.

Find out more information on what’s going on at Blackwell.

Abbot Hall

Or, Visit Abbot Hall Art Gallery and Museum

Just 20 minutes from Bowness-on-Windermere is the delightful market town of Kendal, home to the award winning Abbot Hall Art Gallery. See an impressive range of permanent and temporary exhibitions and displays. Bring the kids for fun family activities every time they visit, and enjoy great food in the Bakestone café.

From 20 October 2017 – 17 February 2018, you can visit LAND | SEA | LIFE: A British Art Collection. See 70 works by over 40 leading artists including Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Graham Sutherland and Laura Knight in this fascinating collection.

The exhibition also investigates the notion of collecting and visitors are invited to share their own collections and motivations for collecting, populating a wall of contributions as part of the exhibition.

Find out what’s on at Abbot Hall Art Gallery.

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