Special Event

Festival of the Lake

17 August 2024
Included in general admission

A fun day celebrating the magic of Windermere

Join us for an unforgettable celebration of the lake!

Immerse yourself in a day of festivities featuring captivating talks, live music, vibrant stalls, and exciting lake-themed activities. There's also opportunity to sail on Amazon and embark on a heritage boat trip. Come celebrate everything you love about Windermere with us!

Live music

(12.30pm) Nobody’s Friend Shanty Group

(3-5pm) Fiona Hanlon

(5-6.30pm) Kev Kendal


Lake and boat related stalls inside the museum. Stallholders include the Steamboat Association, Friends of the Lake District, who are running a children's colouring competition and a Waterbird stall.

Watch and have a go

Windermere Jetty Conservation team: traditional boatbuilding skills and demonstrations.

Windermere Model Boat Club Exhibition Day on the boating pond.

Rope making on the wharf.

Knotting skills – knots: why we use them and how to make them.


Windermere Jetty Conservation Team – conservation talks and stories of the boat collection.

Ken Burdon talking on ‘Henry Segrave: British Pioneer in land and water speed records’.

Ian Gee talking on ‘How boats were built to go faster & seaplanes were made to take off from water’.

Other talks still to be confirmed.

Sailing Trips on Amazon

1 hour sailing trips.

£80 per trip.

Capacity on each trip: either 2 adults & 2 children (under 15) or up to 3 adults.

Buoyancy aids provided. Please bring waterproofs, comfortable clothes to suit the weather and appropriate footwear. No experience of sailing required.

Sailing times:10.30am, 11.45am, 1.30pm, 2.45pm

If you are interested in sailing on Amazon, please book your place by calling 01539 637940 or book on the day at the reception desk.

Food and drink

Lakeshore cafe open all day, with beer on tap from 12pm and a barbecue from 5pm.


Full access to the festival with museum admission. Members and annual pass holders go free.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

This listing is supplied by one of our museum partners and is not moderated by Art Fund.

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Windermere Jetty Museum

Windermere Jetty Museum Of Boats Steam & Stories, Rayrigg Road, Windermere, LA23 1BN

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10am - 5pm

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