Where to Shop in Bowness-on-Windermere
There’s plenty of things to do in Bowness-on-Windermere during your stay at Craig Manor Hotel. There’s also a great selection of shops, whether you’re looking for gifts for friends and family or to purchase some locally sourced products or food and drink.
The two adjoining towns of Bowness and Windermere both have their own high streets, with a mixture of quirky local shops, larger chains and gift shops.
Most stores can be found in Bowness, with the high street winding down to the lakeshore. However, Windermere is notable as the home of the flagship Lakeland store, which is a fantastic place to find kitchenware and homeware.
Here are some of the best shops in the local area to check out during your stay in the Lake District.
Local shops in Bowness
This Lake District-based fragrance and skincare brand Bath House takes inspiration from the local landscape, with stores in both Bowness and nearby Ambleside.
With all manner of fragrances available such as bergamot and amber, bamboo and jasmine and more, it’s a great place to buy some local handmade souvenirs to take home with you. You can find everything from perfumes and face products to room diffusers.
Address: Queens Square, Bowness-on-Windermere, LA23 3BY
Opening hours: 10am – 5pm (Monday-Saturday) and 10am – 4.30pm (Sunday)
FAB Home Interiors
Bowness is also home to one of the four branches of FAB Home Interiors, a North West-based interiors supplier. They sell furniture, wall art, mirrors, lighting and other accessories for the home.
Their Bowness store is located right on the shores of Lake Windermere at Windermere Quays Marina. It’s the perfect place to find an accessory to take home with you.
Address: Windermere Quays, Glebe Road, Bowness-on-Windermere, LA23 3HE
Opening hours: 10am – 5pm (Monday-Saturday) and 10am – 4pm (Sunday)
Herdy is another local company that offer a range of homeware and accessories. The company was started down the road in Kendal, and today they have stores in Bowness, Grasmere, Keswick and Kendal. There’s also a Herdy factory shop in Kendal if you’re looking for a good deal!
Their gifts take inspiration from the iconic Herdwick sheep, a Lake District native sheep, which serves as the store’s emblem.
Herdy started by making mugs, pin badges and keyrings. Now they supply over 400 retailers worldwide, producing all kinds of Herdy branded products, such as wool clothing, bags, kitchen accessories and more.
Address: 1B, Chestnut Tree House, Lake Rd, Bowness-on-Windermere, LA23 3BT
Opening hours: 10am – 5:30pm
As the home of this kitchenware chain, the Windermere flagship store stocks all manner of kitchen gadgets and other home and garden products.
The Lakeland chain was founded in Windermere and has grown to over 60 stores throughout England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales in its 65-year history.
The 12,000 sq. ft. store attracts large numbers of visitors and is also home to a café and a state of the art kitchen that hosts regular product demonstrations. If you’re looking for somewhere to shop on your weekend break in the Lake District, this is a great place to explore.
Address: Alexandra Buildings, Windermere, LA23 1BQ
Opening hours: 8am – 7pm (Monday-Friday), 9am – 6pm (Saturday), 11am – 5pm (Sunday)
The Porterage Co.
The Porterage Co. is one of Cumbria’s largest independent wine merchants, stocking a wide range of wine, beers, gins and more.
They supply many top hotels and restaurants in the area and sell lots of varieties that you won’t find in the supermarkets, with real knowledge and passion for wine.
You can find the Bowness store a 2-minute walk from the World of Beatrix Potter.
Address: Belmont House, Lake Rd, Bowness-on-Windermere, LA23 3BJ
Opening hours: 11am – 7pm (Monday, Wednesday-Sunday)
Raining Cats & Dogs
Having started in Grange-over-Sands, Mabel & Mu opened up their new store by the lake in 2018. They stock a range of designer dog and cat products and gifts for animals loving humans. You can find everything from dog and cat collars to bandanas and bow ties!
Address: 2 Crag Brow, Bowness-on-Windermere, LA23 3BX
Opening hours: 10am – 5pm (Monday-Wednesday, Friday-Saturday), 10am – 4pm (Sunday)
Rebecca Cropper Art
If you’re looking to pick up some local bits and pieces to decorate your home with when you get back, pop into local artist Rebecca Cropper’s studio in Bowness.
Incorporating lots of the local landscape into her works, she sells framed and mounted pieces. The collection includes mugs, cushions, lampshades and other homeware too.
Address: Lake Rd, Bowness-on-Windermere, LA23 3AP
Opening hours: 10am – 5pm (Monday-Tuesday, Thursday-Saturday)
Clothing shops in Bowness
Another great Lake District company, Lakeland Leather, sells leather goods, such as leather jackets, bags, accessories and more.
They’ve grown from a humble beginning here in the Lakes to become one of the country’s largest independent leather retailers and are known for their exceptionally soft leather. They also have stores in Keswick, Ambleside and Kendal if you’re having a day trip out to explore the Lakes.
Address: Lake Road, Bowness-on-Windermere, LA23 3BT
Opening hours: 10am – 4pm (Monday-Friday), 10am-5pm (Saturday), 10.30am-4pm (Sunday)
As well as plenty of high-street clothing stores, Bowness is home to some independent fashion retailers, such as Morse Point designer clothing.
With both casual and formal designer clothing on offer, they stock a number of top brands such as BOSS, Aeronautica Militare, Barbour and more. You can find fashion for women and men as well as accessories including hats and pet accessories.
Address: Victoria Buildings, Royal Square, Bowness-on-Windermere, LA23 3ED
Opening hours: 10am – 5pm (Monday-Sunday)
Alongside these great local stores in the small town, Bowness is also home to a selection of high-street names such as Fat Face, Joules, Edinburgh Woolen Mill. Why not spend a day indulging in a bit of retail therapy during your stay in Bowness?
There are also some fantastic outdoor clothing shops to visit that are perfect if you’re planning to explore some of the best walks around Windermere. These include Edge of the World, Mountain Warehouse, Trespass, and TOG 24, where you can find walking boots, outdoor coats, walking equipment and more.
Gift shops in Bowness
Beatrix Potter Shop
One of the town’s best-loved tourist attractions is the World of Beatrix Potter, which brings all of your favourite characters from the children’s books to life.
However, the gift shop alone is worth a visit if you’re out shopping. The Beatrix Potter Shop has all manner of products for both kids and adults alike, including a range of lifestyle and home products and collectables.
Address: Crag Brow, Bowness-on-Windermere, LA23 3BX
Opening hours: 10am – 2pm (Monday-Friday)
Love the Lakes
Love the Lakes bring together all the very best of local gifts from brands such as the Lakes Distillery, Herdy and Cartmel Village Shop (the home of world-famous sticky toffee pudding).
Their flagship store is located in Bowness and they have another in Keswick. It is the place to head if you want to see the very best gifts that the area has to offer.
Address: Ash Street, Bowness-on-Windermere, LA23 3EB
Opening hours: 9.30am – 5.30pm (Monday-Saturday), 10am – 5pm (Sunday)
What supermarkets are in Bowness-on-Windermere?
Whether you want to grab something quick to eat or need some supplies during your stay, there is plenty of food shops and supermarkets in Bowness-on-Windermere. You’ll be able to find a wide variety of popular chains, including Booths, Sainsbury’s, Co-op and Tesco Express.
Discover local shops in the Lake District
Whether you’re on a short break in the Lake District or here for a longer visit, there is plenty of shopping to do in Bowness and Windermere. If you’d like to find out more about our hotel rooms or special offers, get in contact with us.