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Lakeland Arts - Easter ideas

3 April 2017

Explore Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House 

Whether you’re on a cultural exploration of the Lake District or looking for something to entertain the kids, there’s plenty to see at do at the striking and distinctively unique, Blackwell Arts & Crafts House.  

A Grade I listed building, Blackwell is a masterpiece of 20th century design. Set high above Windermere with impressive views over the lake, it was designed by architect M H Baillie-Scott as a holiday home for the Holt family.

The house features original works by leaders of the Arts & Crafts movement including WAS Benson and William De Morgan. Today, after an extensive restoration project, you can soak up the atmosphere, enjoy the magnificent lake views and learn more about the house and the people who made it their home. Every Friday at 2pm there are guided tours, free with standard entry.

What’s on at Blackwell House

  • Griet Beyaert & Paul Miller, The Light Within: Until 18 June 2017
  • Lights Fantastic Workshops: 1 April – 22 April, and 27 May – 3 June 2017
  • Introduction to Blackwell Guided Tours: Every Friday at 2pm

The Light Within Exhibition: 10 February – 18 June 2017
On now and throughout Easter is The Light Within installation by Griet Beyaert & Paul Miller. The captivating display is a fusion of glass making and digital technology inspired by Blackwell’s architectural features and unique setting. See a time-lapse video of the piece below.

PV from Lakeland Arts on Vimeo.

A Locally Sourced Tea Room and Contemporary Craft Shop
Blackwell has an award-winning contemporary craft shop which offers some of the best in British design. There is also a welcoming tea room where you can take a breather from the busy Bowness town and enjoy a flavourful menu with locally sourced ingredients.
The tea room provides table service seating both inside and on the terraces overlooking the lake.

Families at Blackwell House
Children can enjoy the fun interactives for free at Blackwell, or let off steam within the grounds. We have a lively programme of activities during the Easter period, as well as period costumes for dressing up and trail activity sheets. Why not take on the ‘Eye-spy’ Arts & Crafts challenge and see how many items you can find?

Families at Brockhole

Lights Fantastic Workshops
Inspired by The Light Within exhibition, we’re running Lights Fantastic workshops during the holidays at Blackwell. The drop-in sessions are a hands-on interactive space for families and visitors to experiment with light, colour and reflection. The sessions are suitable for ages 3+ and open between 10.30am – 5pm during the Easter and May Half Term holidays. Entrance for children is free with a paying adult.


For more information on what’s going on at Blackwell visit our website

Visit the Art Gallery and Museum in Kendal

Blackwell is just 5 minutes outside of Bowness-on-Windermere, but if you’re planning a trip to the delightful market town of Kendal, why not visit Abbot Hall Art Gallery or the Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry?

Abbot Hall is a Grade I listed building, originally designed by architect John Carr in 1759, it is now recognised as Kendal’s finest historic house. The Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry is next to Abbot Hall Art Gallery and is a must see for anyone interested in the history of the Lake District. Discover more about the people who lived in the area, and how the unique landscape shaped their lives.

What’s on at Abbot Hall Art Gallery

  • Julian Cooper, Paintings from 1970 – 2017: 7 April – 2 July 2017
  • Playing with Place’ Painting Workshops: 8 – 22 April 2017
  • Talks and Tours: Saturdays and Mondays

What's on at Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry

  • Fun on the Fells: 11 March – 28 October
  • Rag Rugging Demonstration: Every other Wednesday
  • Explore the Museum: First Wednesday of every month

Julian Cooper Exhibition: 7 April – 2 July 2017

Visit the Julian Cooper: Paintings from 1970 to 2017 exhibition at Abbot Hall Art Gallery, in celebration of Cooper’s 70th birthday. The show comprises 30 monumental paintings that serve as a powerful distillation of his extensive output over the last 45 years, and reflect the artist’s worldwide travels from the Lake District fells to the high peaks of the Himalaya.


Families at Abbot Hall Art Gallery and Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry
Children can get involved in an exploration of texture, perspective and scale at our ‘Playing with Place’ Painting workshops, inspired by Julian Cooper’s paintings. The drop-in sessions are free for under 16’s, and open between Sat 8 – Sat 22 April (excl. Sun), 10.30am – 1.30pm.

Other kids’ activities include a Children’s trail at Abbot Hall Art Gallery, or at Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry there is a free Detective Trail and a hands-on activity for children to have a go at weaving.


For more information on what’s on over Easter at Abbot Hall Art Gallery visit our website:, or find out what’s on at Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry at

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