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Great days out in the Lake District for your school

Great days out in the Lake District for your school

School Group Information

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

We have designed our school packages with teachers and tutors in mind. We have tried to take into account the needs of the National Curriculum and link its requirements to the trips and packages that are available for schools and childrens’ groups alike.

  • Pre-visits are available at all the attraction packages listed. This enables the teacher to make a judgement on the suitability of their chosen package
  • We offer a wide range of days out for 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 at the cruises below or through the range of packages (listed on the right) to find one that sparks your interest, or watch our video for more information.

A scenic cruise for your group

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 £5.44 per child. 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.

Contact us for more information.

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 fun and adventure!

Views from the Lake

Group Fares (20+ people)

Prices valid until April 2025 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 CruiseAdultChild (5-15)
Bowness to Ambleside (or vice versa)
Single (30 mins)£11.20£6.80
Return (75 mins)£14.90£9.00
Bowness to Lakeside (or vice versa)
Single (40 mins)£11.20£6.80
Return (90 mins)£14.90£9.00

Full Lake CruiseAdultChild (5-15)
Single (90 mins)£14.90£9.00

Freedom of the Lake TicketAdultChild (5-15)
24 hours travel£26.00£13.00


Islands CruiseAdultChild (5-15)
Circular (45 mins)£12.20£6.10

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

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

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

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

Meet the fleet!

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.

Coach park

Coach park

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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