Shopping in Bowness-on-Windermere

There’s plenty to see and do here in Bowness-on-Windermere during your stay at Craig Manor, but 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 and food/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.

The majority of shops can be found in Bowness itself, with the high street winding down to the lakeshore, however, Windermere is notable as the home of the flagship Lakeland store.

Here are some of the most notable shops in the local area to check out during your stay.

bowness town centre

Lakeland

As the home of this kitchenware chain, the flagship store stocks all manner of kitchen gadgets, as well as other home and garden products too.

The Lakeland chain was founded right here in Windermere and has now grown to over 60 stores throughout the country in its 50-year history.

The 12,000 sq. ft. store attracts large numbers of visitors and is also home to a café, as well as a state of the art kitchen which hosts regular product demonstrations.

 

Herdy

Another local company (started down the road in Kendal), Herdy offer a range of homeware and accessories, all inspired by the iconic Herdwick sheep, which is a Lake District native sheep and serves as the store’s emblem.

Herdy now started out just making mugs, pin badges and keyrings, but now supplies over 400 retailers around the world and producing all kinds of Herdy branded products, such as wool clothing, bags, kitchen accessories and more.

 

Bath House

This Lake District-based fragrance and skincare brand 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, pomegranate and blackberry, juniper gin and more, it’s a great place to buy some locally handmade souvenirs to take home with you.

 

Love the Lakes

Love the Lakes bring together all the very best of local gifts, from brands such as the Lakes Distillery and Cartmel Village Shop (the home of sticky toffee pudding).

They have a flagship store located in Bowness, as well as one in Keswick and are the place to head if you want to see the very best gifts that the area has to offer.

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, with all manner of products for both kids and adults alike, including a range of lifestyle and home products and collectables.

 

Lakeland Leather

Another great Lake District company, Lakeland Leather sell all kinds of leather goods, such as leather jackets, bags, accessories and more.

They’ve grown from 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.

 

FAB Home Interiors

Bowness is also home to one of the four branches of FAB Home Interiors, a North West-based interiors supplier, selling furniture, wall art and other accessories for the home.

Their Bowness store is located right on the shores of Lake Windermere at Windermere Quays Marina.

 

Raining Cats & Dogs

If you’ve brought your four-legged friend along with you to the Lakes (or are just looking to spoil them when you get home, Raining Cats & Dogs is the place to head.

Having started out in Grange-over-Sands, they opened up their new store by the lake late last year and they stock a range of designer dog and cat products, as well as gifts for animals loving humans too.

 

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 lots of the top hotels and restaurants in the area and sell lots of varieties that you won’t find in the supermarkets, with a real knowledge and passion for wine too.

 

Morse Point

As well as plenty of high-street clothing stores, Bowness is home to a couple of independent fashion retailers too, 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 and more.

 

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, where she sells framed and mounted pieces.

Incorporating lots of the local landscape into her works, the collection also includes mugs, cushions, lampshades and other homeware too.

shopping bag collection

Alongside these great local stores, Bowness is also home to a selection of high-street names such as Pandora, Fat Face, Joules, Edinburgh Woolen Mill and more, so why not spend a day indulging in a bit of retail therapy during your stay in Bowness?

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