A BANK holiday festival of activities on a green theme is being staged this weekend at Wray Castle and along Windermere’s western shore.

There will be pond-dipping and lake science for young people between the Ferry and Claife station, art workshops for children and adults, wildlife, landscape and history story walks, and a tree-trail.

The programme of activities has been arranged by Windermere Reflections whose three year programme to increase understanding of environmental issues in the Windermere catchment is coming to an end. Inside the castle there will be the last chance to see their showcase exhibition.


Outside the castle and along the lake shore, all the activities are free.

“We want to encourage visitors to explore Windermere’s quieter western shore,” said Liz Davey, programme manager. “Coming by lake, with Windermere Lake Cruises, to Wray, Bark Barn or Ferry House adds an extra something to a great day out.

“It’s a final chance to catch up with what we have been doing to highlight water quality issues in the catchment and the positive actions we can all take to make a difference.

The schedule is:

Sunday August 24:

11-4: Lake science sessions on shore between Ferry and Claife station. Park at Bowness and cross by ferry or park at Harrowslack and walk back to the lake.

11-4.30: Children’s art workshops in Wray Castle with Nicki Smith

11-4: Landscape painting sessions with Irene Sanderson in Wray Castle

2.30–4: Lakeshore story walk with Geoffrey Cowell. Meet at Wray Castle entrance. Mini bus transport back.

All day: Self-guided activity tree-trail between Wray Castle and Fleming Wood (map ref SD387987). Collect a guide at the castle.

Monday August 25

11-4: Lake science sessions (as Sunday)

11-4.30: Children’s art workshop (as Sunday)

11-4: Art workshop (as Sunday)

12-4.45: Musical stories from the landscape with Bill Lloyd at Wray Castle

All day: tree-trail (as Sunday)

Full details of the weekend’s activities can be found on www.windermere-reflections.org.uk/