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.


Partnership Project with The Lake District Foundation Underway

Bowness and Windermere Forward are currently developing a joint project with the Lake District Foundation to research and test assumptions regarding the perceived need to enhance the viewing points and walking trails around Bowness and Windermere.

Following on from the success of the new Bowness and Windermere Map, the
long term ambition is to enhance all viewing points so they are accessible, well promoted and interpreted to celebrate the area and its World Heritage Status.

Additionally, utilising The Lake District Foundation’s expertise, each enhanced route would integrate Visitor Giving opportunities to allow visitors to donate towards a project fund specifically for Bowness and Windermere projects.

The first phase toward achieving this goal is to generate evidence for potential funders which demonstrates how the idea can generate benefits for local communities. Together with The Lake District Foundation, we are preparing an application to Awards for All for a development grant – more news on the success of this to follow.

Enhancement Survey

Bowness and Windermere Forward have created a survey for local people and business owners to complete. Our aim is to find out where you would like to see improvements. We will use the gathered information to help us prioritise projects and secure future funding.

The survey will take around five minutes to complete (unless you have lots of ideas which is welcomed!).

Please follow this link to complete the survey. 

Thank you for your support.