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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

Making Your Group Day Out More Affordable

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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

Download our Groups Brochure

Special Offer for Group Organisers

Whether you've got half an hour or half a day, we've got the ideal cruise for you. Not only do we have special group rates throughout the peak times of the day, if you sail before 10.30am and after 4pm we offer a total of 20% discount per person (Pre booked groups only). In addition to that the group organiser will sail for free.

Choose from our Red Cruise, Yellow Cruise, Islands Cruise or Full Lake Cruise.

Prices for groups start at just £6.40 per adult. Contact us for more details.

If you are sailing with us we offer free coach parking at Bowness, and all of the group will receive a voucher entitling them to 10% discount in the Boatman's Cafe & Gift Shop.

We also have free coach parking at Lakeside and pick up/drop off point at Ambleside.

When purchasing any of our combined packages, group organisers are admitted free of charge on both the sail and attraction.

All you need to do is make one phone call to our Reservations Team and we will make all the bookings for you. Payment must be made separately for each attraction.

Contact us for more information.

Give your group a day out to remember on board a Windermere Lake Cruise.

Give your group a day out to remember on board a Windermere Lake Cruise.

Choose from individual cruises, or combination cruises to local attractions. We have activities to suit any group or booking.

Group Fares

Prices valid from 4 April 2020 to 26 March 2021 for groups of 20 or more.

Please pre-book to avoid disappointment.

Half Lake CruiseAdultChild (5-15)
Bowness to Ambleside (or vice versa)
Single (30 mins)£8.00£4.80
Return (75 mins)£10.50£6.30
Bowness to Lakeside (or vice versa)
Single (40 mins)£8.00£4.80
Return (90 mins)£10.50£6.30

Full Lake CruiseAdultChild (5-15)
Single (90 mins)£10.50£6.30

Freedom TicketAdultChild (5-15)
Valid for 24 hours£17.80£8.90

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Islands CruiseAdultChild (5-15)
Circular (45 mins)£9.00£4.50
* Includes free tea or coffee on board.

Discounts

20% off all Groups sailing before 10.30am and after 4pm. Return cruises must start before 10.30am and return after 4pm to qualify for discount. (Subject to availability, pre-booked groups only)

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 marvelous panoramic views, why not treat yourself to a tipple of your choice?

Disabled Access

Wheelchair users are strongly advised to call to confirm which vessel is operating which service. Our steamers are suitable for wheelchair users but on board toilet facilities can only be reached by means of stairs. There are adapted toilets at Lakeside, Bowness and Ambleside, and 'Radar' facilities close to Ambleside and Bowness piers. The main saloons are wheelchair accessible on Teal and Swan but not on Tern (although there is ample covered accommodation). We also offer concessions for disabled customers, full details are in our disability policy.

Please call 015394 43360 for details or fill in our contact form.

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.

Travelling by coach

Visiting us is easy by coach, and we've been welcoming coaches to our piers since we re-opened from lock-down on 4 July 2020.

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 ensure that we are operating in a Covid-19 secure manner, 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.
  • It would help us if you could tell us the break-down of your passenger household/bubbles within your coach, so we can book them on our cruises within our socially-distanced seating

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.

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