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Buffet Cruise

Live music with a freshly prepared buffet

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The Buffet Cruise is back!
It starts again on Saturday 2 July and runs every Saturday in July and August.

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

A couple enjoying the views across Lake Windermere and the sunset behind the Lake District Fells

  • 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 two and a half hour cruise includes a quality two-course cold buffet - NEW menu for 2022, a fully licensed bar (includes draught 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.

A couple enjoying the fresh buffet served on board

When we sail

  • Saturdays - from 2 July to 27 August 2022, departs 7pm from Bowness Pier 1

Sample of buffet served NEW for 2022 (may be subject to change at caterers discretion)

  • Home-roasted ham, Poached Chicken Breast with fresh herbs, Vegetable Tart, Roasted Red Peppers & Tomatoes with Mozzarella, Pine Nuts and Pesto, Celeriac & Apple Remoulade, Seasonal Salad with Garlic Yogurt Dressing, New Potato Salad with Chives & Spring Onions, Assorted Bread Basket & Butter.
  • Fresh Berry Pavlova, Chocolate Cheesecake, Pear Frangipane Tart with Butterscotch Sauce.
  • Tea and coffee
  • Special dietary requirements can be catered for - simply enter details in the checkout section when booking.

A selection of dishes from the buffet served on board - all new for 2022

Ticket prices

Tickets must be booked in advance and can be bought online (enter date below) or by calling 015394 43360. Please note booking closes at noon on the day of the cruise, so we can prepare the boat and catering for the night's entertainment.

All prices include the full lake cruise, live band, 2-course buffet and tea & coffee.

  • Adults £39.95
  • Child (aged 5-15) £24.00
  • Family (2 adults & up to 3 children) £115.00

Steamer MV Swan or Teal on the Summer Evening Buffet Cruise with the sun setting over Lake Windermere

Pricing information

  • 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.

Photos of the live music and dancefloor on the Summer Evening Buffet Cruise on Lake Windermere

Standard Ticket Prices (valid from Saturday 2nd April 2022 until Sunday 30th October 2022)


Additional Information

  • The cruise returns to Bowness Pier at 9:30pm
  • Well-behaved dogs are allowed on board but please be aware that the journey lasts 2½ hours and there are no toilet facilities for dogs.
  • The bar on board accepts cash, cards and contactless payments.
A summer evening cruise on England's finest lake

A summer evening cruise on England's finest lake

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

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Sails Saturday nights in July and August

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  • Child prices are valid for children aged 5-15 years old.
  • Infants (Under 5s) who can sit on a parents knee travel free.

We're sorry, this cruise isn't sailing today. Please contact the booking office for more information.

Service Status


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💨 Sunday 26th June page last updated Sunday 12.00pm)

Windy weather is causing us problems on some of our services:

  • Row boats - Suspended due to the adverse weather conditions
  • Motor boats - Suspended due to the adverse weather conditions
  • Cruises - Due to the strong southerly winds, we are unable to operate our "steamer" vessels between Bowness and Ambleside this afternoon. Services between Bowness and Ambleside and vice versa will be operated by our smaller launch vessels and the MV Swift. Wheelchair users are strongly advised to ring 015394 43360 to confirm which vessel is operating on which service.

( keep checking back as this page will be updated throughout the day)

Service Status

🔴 RED CRUISE Bowness → Brockhole → Ambleside Waterhead✔️ Services OK
Bowness ↔ Lakeside

✔️ Services OK


Bowness ↻

✔️ Services OK
🚤 MOTOR BOAT HIRE from Bowness
Bowness Beach / Bowness Dock ↻

❌ Wind - no boats

🚤 MOTOR BOAT HIRE from WaterheadWaterhead (near Ambleside) ↻

❌ Wind - no boats

🟤 YELLOW CRUISE & STEAM TRAINHaverthwaite ↔ Lakeside ↔ Bowness✔️ Services OK
🟢 GREEN CRUISEAmbleside → Wray Castle → Brockhole → Ambleside
✔️ Services OK
🚶 WALKERS TICKETBowness → Brockhole → Wray Castle → Walk ↻
❌ Wind - Service cancelled
🚣 ROW BOAT HIRE from BownessBowness Beach / Bowness Dock ↻❌ Wind - no boats
🚣 ROW BOAT HIRE from WaterheadWaterhead (near Ambleside) ↻❌ Wind - no boats


Bowness ↔ Ferry House❌ Sorry, not running
FELL FOOT FERRYLakeside ↔ Fell Foot
❌ Sorry, not running

🕑: We are now running to our Summer timetable

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Access & Facilities

♿ Disabled Access

The Summer Evening Buffet Cruise is hosted on board our historic 'steamers' MV Swan or MV Teal.

  • Step-free access from pier to indoor/outdoor seating.
  • Toilets down steep steps.
  • On sunny nights, the band play on the upper outer decks that can only be accessed by stairs.

Please visit our Accessibility section for more information.

☕ On-Board Facilities

  • ☕ 🍺🍷 Full bar with hot/cold drinks, draught beer/lager
  • 🚾 Multiple toilets
  • 💺 Indoor & outdoor seats
  • 🕺 Dance-floor later in cruise

🎫 Conditions of Carriage

Our services are provided in accordance with our Conditions of Carriage.

🚭 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.

🐶 Dogs

All well behaved dogs are welcome on board and travel for free. However the Buffet Cruise is 2.5hours long and there are no doggy toilets on board.

🚲 Bikes

Sorry, no room for bikes on the Buffet Cruise.