Windermere Lake Cruises


Buffet Cruise

Live music with a freshly prepared buffet

Enjoy a freshly prepared buffet, a relaxed atmosphere and a unique viewing point for some of the Lake District's most beautiful scenery.

Our resident band 'Trickle Charge' will be playing a selection of Latin rhythms, mainstream jazz and tasteful pop as you cruise the entire length of Windermere. This popular 2 and a half hour cruise includes a quality 2 course cold buffet, a fully licensed bar (includes draft ale and lager) and a dance floor later in the cruise. This elegant cruise is a great way to spend a summer evening and are always extremely popular - make sure you book your place early to secure your place.

When we sail

  • June - Every Saturday, 7pm from Bowness Pier 1
  • July & August - Every Wednesday and Saturday, 7pm from Bowness Pier 1

(Our last sailing of the year is Saturday 23 August)

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Sample of Buffet served (may be subject to change at caterers discretion)

  • Roast Cumbrian ham, Roast vegetable quiche, Marinated chicken fillet, Spanish rice salad, Summer leaves, Spiced potato salad, Tomato pasta salad, Cherry tomatoes, Pickled beetroot, Classic coleslaw, Country bread basket, Mayonnaise and dressings
  • Chocolate fudge cake with cream, Apple pie with cream
  • Tea and coffee

Standard Ticket Prices (valid until Sunday 2nd November 2014)

Tickets for cruises sailing today must be purchased at one of our booking offices. Tickets for cruises from tomorrow can be purchased in advance online, or from any our booking offices on the day of travel.

Adult Child
Valid for children aged 5 - 15. Under 5's travel free.
Family tickets are valid for 2 adults and 3 children.
£29.95 £18.00 £85.00

Additional Information

  • There is a discount of £1 per person for groups of 12 adults or more and the organiser can sail completely free of charge (not available by booking online)!
  • You are advised to book these cruises early as they tend to get booked up quite quickly.
  • Please ring us on 015394 43360 to reserve your place or book online by selecting a cruise date below in the 'Book your cruise' section below.


Music provided our resident band 'Trickle Charge'.

Music provided our resident band 'Trickle Charge'.

A relaxed atmosphere, great music and delicious food can be enjoyed alongside stunning views on this cruise.

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Book Your Visit

Select a date to view prices and sailing times.

  • Save online by booking in advance.
  • Child prices are valid for children aged 5 - 15 years. Children under 5 travel free.
  • Family tickets are valid for 2 adults and 3 children.


Sails Saturday nights 14th June 2014  - 23th August 2014 and Wednesday nights 9th July 2014 - 20th August 2014. MV Swan/Teal departs Bowness Pier 1 at 7.00pm and returns at 9.30pm.

 Prices and timetable information are subject to change without notice.

Todays sailings from Bowness

Depart Bowness Arrive Bowness Vessel type
19:00 21:30 Steamer

Service Status

Plain Sailing On Windermere?

All of our cruises are running as normal and to schedule.

Access & Facilities

Disabled Access

This cruise is operated by one of our ‘steamers’ and offers wheelchair access.
The boats can be accessed by a ramp from the pier to the main cabin which is under cover and is on the same level. Unfortunately the toilets are down a number of steps but we do have toilets on Bowness Pier. If you have any specific access requirements or questions, then please call us to discuss.

Concessions for Disabled Customers

If a disabled adult in your group needs a carer, then the carer travels free. For more information about this scheme and to see all the terms and conditions, please read our company policy for disabled passengers.

On-Board Facilities

Toilets are available on all our ‘steamers’ and launches (check for disabled access) but not our traditional launches. Many of our vessels have licensed bars and/or tea bars. So whilst enjoying the marvellous panoramic views, why not treat yourself to a tipple of your choice.

Conditions of Carriage

Our services are provided in accordance with our Conditions of Carriage which can be found on our homepage under ‘About Us’.

No Smoking Policy

For the safety and comfort of all passengers and crew, Windermere Lake Cruises Ltd operates a no smoking policy on-board its vessels, piers and shore premises. This includes electronic cigarettes.