What’s on in and around Windermere in February
A monthly round up of the highlights for visitors and locals who are looking for events, and activities in the area for the start of the new year, and those who like art and culture, Lakeland scenery, walking, good food and wine.
1: Blackwell, The Arts and Crafts House, near Windermere, has an exhibition of the Rusland Movement’s work throughout February, and continuing into June. The Rusland Movement is a group of dedicated craftsmen, craftswomen, and designers based in Cumbria, who created beautiful furnishings inspired by the nature around them.
The group invest their heart and soul in all that they create, by designing, and making beautifully elegant, commissioned pieces of furniture, destined to become heirlooms. There are spotlight displays in the Main Hall, and White Drawing Room. The bedroom’s showcase the very best in contemporary Arts & Crafts design, alongside stories of Blackwell’s own influence on their creations.
The bespoke furniture on display as part of the exhibition will be for sale, and smaller pieces of woodwork and furnishing will also be available in Blackwell’s contemporary Craft Shop. A catalogue of the pieces will be available at reception when you visit.
It also the last chance to see the exhibition of The Simpsons family work also on display at Blackwell. It will be especially enjoyed by anyone with an interest in Arts & Crafts furniture, embroidery, leatherwork or design.
2: The annual Keswick Film Festival begins on the 28th February. It is in its 20th year, following the festival’s introduction in 2000. It is organised by Keswick Film Club, in association with the amazing Theatre by The Lake, and is described as “Cumbria’s principal general film fest”.
The weekend involved screenings and events including new and independent cinema from around the world, prize winning films from other Film Festivals such as Cannes, Toronto and Venice, documentaries that both challenge and entertain, talks and retrospectives, and not to mention some very special guests.
The festival runs for four days, with films for all ages, families, and adults, in venues around Keswick. The festival kicks off with James Gardner’s Jellyfish and the final being the Oscar nominated Green Book. There are a range of films, in different styles and genres, this event is perfect for anyone interested in film or those who just like going to the cinema once in a while.
Screenings take place at the Alhambra, Keswick’s charming 105 year-old cinema, Theatre by the Lake’s grand Main House and intimate Studio, plus the giant screen at nearby Rheged, which makes for a visually stunning experience.
Visit http://keswickfilmclub.org/festival/home for more information on tickets and the event.
3: For fans of Beatrix Potter, the National Trust have created a Beatrix Potter Trail, allowing you to follow in her footsteps around the Lake District. You can take in and enjoy places that inspired her work, and that still have a strong connection with her today.
It starts at Hill Top, Beatrix Potter’s 17th century farmhouse. It encapsulates her life and has a collection of her things, giving a glimpse into her life. The large and varied collection at Hill Top and the Gallery give us a glimpse inside Beatrix Potter’s magpie mind. There are many pieces over 400 years old, such as antique furniture and original paintings but there are also many more modern items from across the world, all brought to this corner of the Lakes by Beatrix Potter. Each month we’ll be adding a new object on to this list to show you the kinds of things we’re looking after.
You can also walk around Beatrix Potter’s famous garden, where it is believed she got the inspiration for some many of her beloved stories about Peter Rabbit. It reopens, for the season, on the 16th February, and has a gift shop on site.
For more information on the Beatrix Potter Trail: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hill-top
4: Windermere offers some of the most brilliant and beautiful walks all year round. Whether you’re a fan of long hikes, or enjoy a short stroll along the lakeside – Windermere has something to offer.
Two of our favourites are Brant Fell above Windermere. https://www.walklakes.co.uk/walk_205.html
The walk to the fell is quite steep and can get a bit muddy but on a clear day the views from the top are certainly worth it though. From the top, you can see out across Lake Windermere, walking through woods, open spaces and taking in the breath-taking views.
And Orrest Head. https://www.walklakes.co.uk/walk_192.html. Go up there are see what inspired Wainwright!