Shake Up Part 2! Join us – Jan 23rd Boaters Bar, Bowness

‘You Shook and We Listened’

As we approach the end of 2019 we think January is a good time to bring you up to date on BWF progress at a second ‘Shake UP’ event.

We were delighted to see so many local businesses come together to Shake Up Bowness and Windermere last March. You shared incredible enthusiasm, knowledge and ideas about how Bowness and Windermere Forward can help our lovely towns do, be and look better!

New Chair Soph Newton of Flock, together with BWF’s dedicated Project Co-ordinator who is back from Maternity Leave, is ready to share Bowness and Windermere Forward’s 2020 Action Plan with the local community.

In addition to hearing from the Chair there will be the opportunity to browse the stalls of our brilliant board members. Find out about the key projects set to benefit Bowness and Windermere in 2020 including Orrest Head, Windermere Gateway and The Sculpture Trail.

Join us for drinks, canapes and importantly local ACTION!

Thursday 23rd Jan, Boaters Bar, Bowness @ 5.30pm





BIG thanks to the Welcome Volunteers!

HUGE thanks to all the lovely folk who volunteered their time this weekend to welcome visitors to Windermere and Bowness at Windermere Train Station!

It was great to see how much the volunteer’s smiles and local information was appreciated by visitors from all over the world.

We learnt a lot and look forward to organising the next event and a rota for busier times of the year.

Thanks to the Lake District National Park Authority all regular volunteers will have access to many great local discounts and perks 🙂

Email to join us!

Seeking Welcome Volunteers!

 Bowness and Windermere Forward, together with LDNPA, are seeking volunteers to welcome visitors at Windermere Train Station.

A number of hour long ‘shifts’ are available on the 18th, 20th and 21st. Volunteers will provide maps to visitors, direct them to the TIC and encourage them to explore Windermere before heading to Bowness.

HUGE thanks to all the volunteers who have signed up so far!

Community Integration Project

The lovely Erika from AWAZ  is hosting a practical session in Windermere to explore how people can be brought together to develop a joint community integration plan for the area.

 Join Erika and her team on the 11th of October to help make a positive difference in Bowness and Windermere.

And just in case you haven’t heard of AWAZ…. AWAZ is the first ever county wide BME organisation in Cumbria that aims to create strong and vibrant BME communities, fully engaged in the decisions which affect their growth and development. Awaz means ‘VOICE’ in several European, Middle Eastern and Asian languages.

Community Wellbeing Fair

Bowness & Windermere Forward are looking forward to being part of this event at the Marchesi Centre in Windermere on the 28th of September from 10am to 3pm!

Join us to enjoy free samples and find out about the many local opportunities to connect and get active.

We’ll be promoting B&W’s Forward volunteering opportunities, public realm projects and talking to all about the improvement we want to see in the community.


Glebe Market Success

Since their start in April, locals and visitors alike have been enjoying the various markets held on the Glebe, in Bowness. Visitor numbers have been in excess of 5000 at the Sunday Glebe market featuring Prom Art and around 1000 at the Farmers’ market.

Bowness Glebe Markets

The markets are attracting around 60 stalls from the surrounding area, giving visitors a great choice of local produce, as well as allowing Bowness to offer something a bit different on market days.

The markets’ success has been featured in the local media, of which full write ups can be found below:

First Bowness market was a great success – The Westmorland Gazette

Bowness Market success calls for extra dates – Cumbria Crack


Bowness & Windermere businesses support a shake up for the towns

The first ‘Shake Up’ Bowness and Windermere event was a great success with over 40 businesses joining us at The Lamplighter in Windermere to share ideas and help shape the future of the area.

Read the full article here:

Bowness and Windermere Forward will harness the positivity shared by all to inform future projects, developments and actions!

Bowness & Windermere set to benefit from new Welcome Ambassadors!

Together with The Lake District National Park Authority, Bowness and Windermere Forward are recruiting and training volunteers to become the Lake District’s version of the Olympic Game Makers!

Welcoming visitors with a smile, free map and dedicated local information at key arrival points, visitors will be encouraged to make the most of their stay by exploring the breadth of Bowness and Windermere, the surrounding viewing points and lake shore activities.

To find out more about the volunteer role and benefits of volunteering, please read this role profile and or contact for more information.

A training event for interested volunteers is taking place on the 15th of February at Windermere Works on Oldfield Court at 10am – please book via Chris.