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Family activities this Easter at Lakeland Arts

Fun Easter workshops across Lakeland Arts’ venues

From Forest to Fleet at Windermere Jetty

Lakeland Arts is marking Easter and English Tourism Week with a series of fun family sessions across its venues.

From Forest to Fleet takes place at the new Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories from 1 April-6 May (apart from 5,8,9 April).

Step into a Lakeland forest in the Learning Centre at the new museum. From Forest to Fleet is a temporary installation for families. Learn about nautical flags, nature and traditional boatbuilding. This is a free drop-in activity.

Artist Hannah Fox and carpenter Duncan Copley designed the installation to captivate children’s imaginations and connect them to the journey that many items in the collection have made.

Ian Read, Lakeland Arts’ Head of Learning & Engagement said: “We are really looking forward to welcoming families to the new museum this Easter with some fun sessions in our Learning Centre.

“Every day there are specially designed activities relating to the museum collections that will help you get a greater understanding of the museum collection.”

At Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry, Kendal, families can learn how to make oak swill baskets under the guidance of craftsperson Lorna Singleton – during special workshops this Easter.

Weave Your Own Basket sessions take place twice daily over five days at Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry in Kendal.

Lorna currently has her baskets on show in an exhibition at the museum. She is one of only four oak swill basket makers in the whole world.

This workshop is for anyone aged 8 to 18. Perfect for those that have never tried basket weaving and want to have a go. Sessions last 60 minutes and cost £5 per participant.

Sessions begin on 9 April and each has ten places. Booking is essential. Details and to book here.

At Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House, Bowness-on-Windermere, families can enjoy Patterns from Nature printmaking workshops.

Learning officer Ella will be on hand to work with families to create works of art. Families can take inspiration from the beautiful patterns of the house to design their own custom print.

Patterns from Nature is a drop-in workshop, free with admission to the house, which runs from Thursday 11 April to Saturday 13 April and Thursday 18 April to Saturday 13 April (11am-3pm). More details here.

Families can also take watercolour kits out onto the grounds at Blackwell throughout April; using the stunning views of Windermere and Coniston Fells for inspiration.

Blackwell also has a special Afternoon Tea running throughout English Tourism Week (30 March – 7 April).  Visitors can enjoy Afternoon Tea for two and visit the house for only £14.50 p/p.

The Afternoon Tea includes an irresistible range of cakes and pastries, served with sandwiches and your choice of tea or coffee. To book Afternoon Tea ring: 015394 46139.

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