VISITORS can experience a magical Christmas at Lakeland Arts venues this winter.

Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories celebrates its first Christmas with fabulous food and festive family activities.

There are daily festive feasts in the museum’s lakeshore café and bookable Christmas lunches and evening dining events.

Windermere Jetty Head Chef Mark Crowe and his team are cooking up delicious daily alternatives to the traditional seasonal offerings, including turkey escalope with cranberry and parsley dressing and vegetarian portobello mushroom stuffed with a chestnut and walnut crumb.

After all that delicious food, children can meet Santa’s elves and decorate and make toy boats in time for the big day. Santa’s boat-building workshops begin on November 30 and run through to Christmas Eve.

A brand new exhibition opens at Windermere Jetty called Nature’s Winter. This exciting and immersive installation exploring nature and weather through a sensory experience of light, sound and story, is perfect for families. It is designed to encourage people to slow down and enjoy the details in the world around us.

Details about all of Windermere Jetty’s Christmas events at

Walk in a winter wonderland at Blackwell, The Arts and Crafts House. Once upon a Woodland is the creation of artist Hannah Fox and is a striking paper installation in the dining room at Blackwell.

Blackwell will also welcome the harmonies of four talented local choirs. They will awaken the festive side of the Holt family home during special recitals: December 8 at midday, December 13 at 2pm and December 14 at midday. Enjoy the sounds of a traditional festive choir free with house admission.

Christmas lunches begin at Blackwell, the Arts & Crafts House from December 3. Delicious two and three-course lunches can be booked in advance: with your preferred date and time.

There are also daily festive specials in the Blackwell Tea Room. Look out for parsnip and ginger cream soup, turkey and cranberry tarts, Seasonal winter stews, mulled wine and minced pies. There is no need to book – just turn up and find a table.

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The shops at Blackwell and Windermere Jetty are open each day and both are fully stocked with unique gifts for that special someone and beautiful pieces to decorate your homes this Christmas.

You can admire the genius of the Scottish Colourists over at Abbot Hall Art Gallery at Kendal. Colour and Light: The Art and Influence of the Scottish Colourists is open now.

Centred on masterpieces from the renowned Fleming Collection, the finest collection of Scottish art outside public museums and institutions this exhibition explores not only the ground-breaking artistic achievements of the Scottish Colourists, but for the first time the gallery is also addressing their influence on subsequent generations of Scottish artists and their lasting impact on modern British art.

Joint tickets are available for Abbot Hall Art Gallery and the nearby Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry where you can see the museum decked out for the festive season as it would have been in Victorian times.

The museum shop is ideal for picking up local craft gifts and children’s stocking fillers. Joint tickets to see the Victorian Christmas and Scottish Colourists £9.90.