Dickensian Festival Ulverston | Blenheim Lodge

Who doesn’t like Christmassy events? There’s all that nostalgia of picture postcard scenes to enjoy in real life – even if only for a day or two. Christmas and New Year will arrive in a month’s time, with events to match! And here are three events to pique your interest. All are within easy reach of Blenheim Lodge Guest House – so do come and take some time out with us at our Bed and Breakfast in Bowness on Windermere whilst you recharge your batteries for New Year 2020.

Ulverston Dickensian Festival

The Ulverston Dickensian Festival will enter its 21st year in 2019, and also coincides with the local Christmas market. It is a community event where many people go dressed in Victorian costume. This year, the event takes place this weekend on 23rd and 24th November 2019, so do click here to make a LAST MINUTE BOOKING with us at Blenheim Lodge: our B&B would make a great base for attending this festival and other activities and sightseeing in the Lakes.

This is . . . one of the most popular Dickensian Festival events in the country. It attracts thousands of people but it’s not too packed for visitors and local people to wander around and have a fabulous time and savour the wonderful atmosphere of a traditional market town in the Dickensian era.

As well as Ulverston’s fantastic specialist shops, great pubs and cafes, cobbled streets and great atmosphere, there is a huge variety of free entertainment, free events for children , costume competitions, balloon modelling, horse drawn carriages, music, dancing. And its all FREE!  Plus a wonderful traditional fairground, complete with Helter Skelter, and lots of music from Folk to Brass Bands.

There is also a fabulous Christmas market, with lots of unusual gifts and festive food.

Why not come in costume and enter into the spirit of the event and take part in our period dress competition and the grand parade around the town which takes place on both days?


Dickensian Festival Ulverston
The Dickensian Festival is a feast for the eyes and senses with many attendees dressed in Victorian costumes, a Christmas market, and specialty foods on offer. (Photo courtesy of https://www.mirror.co.uk)

Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top Christmas Event

This year, for the first time, the National Trust will open Hill Top for a Christmas event:

On this exclusive afternoon you will see festive objects from the collection not usually on display, make a natural Christmas decoration and finish off in style with carols and festive refreshments – the perfect start to the festive season.


The event will take place on 1st December 2019, and visitors are asked to pre-book their tickets. For more information, please see the National Trust’s website. Fans of Beatrix Potter will enjoy this exclusive visit to her house and gardens – what a wonderful treat!

Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's House
The kitchen in Hill Top, Beatrix Potter’s cosy 17th Century farmhouse. (Photo courtesy of https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hill-top)

Windermere Christmas Celebration

The Christmas Market in Windermere has been renamed the “Windermere Christmas Celebration”. Held in the main streets of Windermere, this event will take place on 14th and 15th December 2019. According to the organisers, there will also be an ice rink to enjoy:

Preparations to bring an ice rink to this year’s Windermere Christmas Celebration have been completed and tickets for the attraction have been released for online sale, organisers said.

The ice rink will be open for skaters of all levels to enjoy on the opening night, Friday, December 13, to as well as being open all day on both Saturday 14 and Sunday 15.

It is the first time an ice rink will be at the event which is held in early December, it will take centre stage among rows of holiday-themed stands, selling locally made craft goods, food and even mulled wine.


The Windermere Christmas Market has now been renamed the Windermere Christmas Celebration. (Photo courtesy of cumbriacrack.com)

Location of Blenheim Lodge B&B

Blenheim Lodge is well located in Bowness on Windermere in the heart of the Lake District National Park. Windermere is five minutes’ ride from us, and Hawkshead is approximately 20 minutes’ ride away. As for Ulverston, our B&B is only 20-30 minutes’ ride. How do we know? We used to be patients of a dental practice there until we managed to get onto the waiting list of a local dental practice in Windermere!

Special Offers

If you are looking for a friendly and peaceful place to stay, do come check us out at Blenheim Lodge. Our AA 4-Star B&B overlooks Lake Windermere and the Langdale fells, and nestles tranquilly upon a fellside into organic fields and woodlands. The local amenities and attractions of Bowness on Windermere are just a 2-5 minute walk from our door. If you are driving, we also offer free parking in our car park.

Book DIRECT using the link here on the top right hand side of this page to take advantage of our Special Offers, which are only available when booking on our own website or contacting us by phone or email. There are lots of pictures and descriptions of our guest house on our website, but, of course, do feel free to contact us if you have any questions about our Bowness Bed and Breakfast accommodation.

Look forward to meeting you!

lake windermere views from blenheim lodge guest house, bowness on windermere
This sunset photo of views over Lake Windermere and surrounding fells was taken from Blenheim Lodge, our Bowness on Windermere B&B. Blenheim Lodge is ideally situated away from busy traffic and noisy footfall, but only a 5-minute walk to Bowness village centre and Lake Windermere.

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