A school group awaits the arrival of a 'steamer' at Lakeside Pier

Great for school trips - we've been shortlisted for a prestigious School Travel Award

Published: 26th April 2022
Categories: Media Release

Our educational work with schools has been recognised and we're delighted to be named as a finalist in this year’s School Travel Awards.

The Lake District’s most popular paid for visitor attraction is nominated in the Best Geography Learning Experience category of the prestigious national awards.

A group of children about to board a cruise from Bowness Pier

Every year scores of pupils from schools across the country cruise England’s longest lake as part of educational field trips. Boat Masters with years of experience and knowledge turn their vessels into “floating classrooms” to teach visiting pupils all about the geography, wildlife and recreational use of Windermere.

Skipper Rob Beale talks with school pupils on board the boat trip

Windermere Lake Cruises’ Sales & Marketing Director Jennifer Cormack says: “It’s wonderful to have our work recognised by being named a finalist in such a prestigious set of awards.

“It is always lovely and very rewarding to see school children having an exciting and educational day out in the Lake District. There is so much to see and so much to learn as they cruise. Our staff are very knowledgeable and whether it’s finding out all about the area’s geography or its rich history – they work incredibly hard to make sure the classes have a fascinating time.”

Children listening to the presentation on board

The annual School Travel Awards recognise inspiring people and the very best companies, venues and attractions providing school trips.

Organised by School Travel Organiser magazine, this special initiative celebrates learning outside the classroom and raises the profile and importance of school trips for children.

The 2022 Awards Lunch and Ceremony takes place on Wednesday 25th May at the five-star Royal Lancaster Hotel in London.

We've been nominated as a finalist in the Best Geography Learning Experience Award. The nature of Geography learning lends itself to the outdoors and trips on England’s longest lake have created fond memories for many youngsters who’ve visited as part of school field trips. The award celebrates the venue, attraction or site that has made a lasting impression on school pupils. It also considers the educational outcomes, as well as how engaging the experience was for staff and students.

School travel award logo

Groups & SchoolsThe nomination follows a busy period of school cruises. We're now fully open for educational visits throughout the year and welcome school parties from across Cumbria and from further afield.

Classes can also combine a cruise with a visit to one or two nearby attractions including a ride on the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway and a tour of the Lakeland Motor Museum.

School groups can also enjoy a ‘Transport Trio’ package which includes entry to the Lakeland Motor Museum, a cruise on Windermere and a journey on the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway.

Other school trip itineraries include:

• The chance to see more than 30,000 motoring exhibits including over 150 magnificent classic cars and motorbikes bikes and other special toy and model displays at the Lakeland Motor Museum, before a short drive to Leighton Hall, where an exciting birds of prey display and an opportunity to play in the gardens awaits.

• For young writers, a brand-new Dove Cottage package has also been launched, combining a cruise on England’s best-known lake with a visit to the home of England’s best-known poets, William Wordsworth, in the nearby village of Grasmere.

• The ‘Lake Swing-der-mere” itinerary combines a cruise with an adventure at Treetop Trek at the Lake District Visitors Centre, Brockhole, where children and their teachers can make their way around an adventure course suspended high in the trees.

Further details and information for school groups can be found here

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