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Great days out in the Lake District for your group or school

Great days out in the Lake District for your group or school

Groups & Schools

Great days out in The District for groups of 20 passengers and more.

We offer a wide range of days out for adults and children. Combine your cruise with a visit to one or two nearby attractions - we have an itinerary to suit any interest, timescale or budget.

Have a look through the range of packages (listed on the right) to find one that sparks your interest, or watch our video for more information.

Video: Bringing your group to Lake Windermere

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Group Fares (20+ people)

Prices valid from 2 April to 30 October 2022 for groups of 20 or more.

  • Please pre-book to avoid disappointment by calling the group booking line on ☎️ 015394 43360
  • Group organisers travel FREE for groups of 20+ passengers
  • 20% off all group sailings before 10:30 and after 16:00 (subject to availability, pre-booked groups only

Half Lake Cruise
AdultChild (5-15)
Bowness to Ambleside (or vice versa)
Single (30 mins)£9.10£5.50
Return (75 mins)£12.10£7.30
Bowness to Lakeside (or vice versa)
Single (40 mins)£9.10£5.50
Return (90 mins)£12.10£7.30

Full Lake CruiseAdultChild (5-15)
Single (90 mins)£12.10£7.30

Freedom of the Lake TicketAdultChild (5-15)
24 hours travel
£20.90£10.45


Islands CruiseAdultChild (5-15)
Circular (45 mins)
£10.10£5.05

Find the perfect itinerary for your groups

Find the perfect itinerary for your groups

With over 30 hand-picked itineraries, find a group package that meets your interest, timings or budget.

View our gallery of local attractions that we partner with.

On-Board Facilities

We aim to keep groups onto our larger vessels like MV Swift, traditional 'steamers' and modern launches. If your group has specific requirements, we can advise which boat and departure would be best for you.

Half-Lake (Red Cruise / Yellow Cruise)

  • MV Swift - ☕ 🍺🍷🥪Full bar with hot/cold drinks, draught beer/lager & sandwiches/snacks | 🚾Toilets including accessible toilet | 💺Indoor & outdoor seat
  • 'Steamers' Swan / Teal / Tern - ☕ 🍺🍷🥪 Full bar with hot/cold drinks, draught beer/lager & sandwiches/snacks | 🚾 Multiple toilets | 💺 Indoor & outdoor seats
  • Launches like Miss Cumbria / Miss Lakeland - ☕🍾 Bottle bar with hot/cold drinks/snacks | 🚾 Single toilets | 💺 Indoor & outdoor seats

Full-Lake

  • 'Steamers' Swan / Teal / Tern - ☕ 🍺🍷🥪 Full bar with hot/cold drinks, draught beer/lager & sandwiches/snacks | 🚾 Multiple toilets | 💺 Indoor & outdoor seats

Islands (Blue) Cruise

  • Launches like Miss Cumbria / Miss Lakeland - ☕🍾 Bottle bar with hot/cold drinks/snacks | 🚾 Single toilets | 💺 Indoor & outdoor seats

♿ Do you have wheelchairs in your group?

Some of our vessels offer better access than others for people with mobility issues. See our guide here


We're delighted to be finalists in the the 2022 School Travel Awards. Read more >

Enjoy the best Lakeland views, only available from the water.

Enjoy the best Lakeland views, only available from the water.

Your group will love the best views of the Lakeland fells, all from the comfort of our quality vessels.

Meet the fleet - your group will love our wide range of comfortable vessels

Travelling by coach

Visiting us is easy by coach, and we've been welcoming coaches to our coach parks for over 70 years.

All coach drivers with cruise passengers are welcome to use our award-winning* Bowness coach park free of charge and will receive a warm welcome from our dedicated coach park staff. The coach park is a few yards from our pier at postcode LA23 3HJ and hosts ticket offices, café and gift shop.

⚠ To make sure we have space for you, we ask that all coaches are pre-booked:

  • All cruise tickets must be pre-booked in advance and your coach parking can be done at the same time. Call us on 015394 43360 to book.

If you’re dropping off customers at Lakeside, Ambleside (Waterhead) and planning to pick them up from Bowness then make sure you pre-book your space at Bowness Coach park by calling 015394 43360.

📄 See all the benefits to both coach drivers and customers of using our coach park here (PDF Download)

*Best River and Inland Cruise Operator in the National Coach Tourism Awards in 2015 and 2017 and nominated in 2018 and 2019.

Our award-winning coach park in Bowness has a ticket office, helpful staff, cafe and gift shop.

Useful information for coach drivers

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