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Press Pack 2015

Romance, Nature & Great Fresh Air Fun Underpin ‘Steamers’ Big News For 2015! Press Pack 2015



Lake District visitor attraction, Ullswater ‘Steamers’ is set to become a real force of nature during the 2015 tourism season, as it launches its fourth pier on England’s most beautiful lake and opens up a whole new world of opportunity for walkers, sightseers and lovers of the arts.


The new purpose-built jetty will be at Aira Point, near to the majestic Aira Force waterfall, said to be the most impressive cascade of water in the Lake District.  The new pier is a joint project between the National Trust, which owns and manages the area around Aira Force, and Ullswater ‘Steamers’ and will be the first Lake District jetty to be constructed in the last fifty years.  The pier will open on May 23, 2015.


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Winter Walking in Ullswater

Get those winter warmers on and head out for a walk in the striking Ullswater valley….


The Ullswater valley is beautiful all year round but when the mountain air is crisp and the peaks are snow-capped, the sight is truly spectacular.

 To make the best of the stunning scenery, why not take a cruise on an Ullswater ‘Steamer’ and combine it with some of the most famous walks in the Lake District?

 An award-winning attraction, Ullswater ‘Steamers’ creates the perfect opportunity to combine a trip on the lake with a stroll – they are the boats that are made for walking!




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Turner Film to attract new visitors to Ullswater

Lake District visitor attraction, Ullswater 'Steamers' is hoping a new movie will help drive higher visitor numbers to the serene waters of Ullswater in 2015.

The movie, 'Mr Turner', released this week and focused on the life of painter, JMW Turner, should increase interest in the works of a painter whose landscape sketches include a graphite on paper representation of the magnificent Aira Force waterfall.  In spring 2015, Ullswater 'Steamers' will be opening a new pier at Aira, on the western side of the lake, in conjunction with the National Trust, who manage the land around the waterfall.

This will open up new cruise and walking options for visitors, whether their interest in Aira Force is inspired by Turner, by nature, or by Wordsworth, whose poem 'The Sonambulist' is based on the legend of Sir Eglamore and lady Emma, which enshrines the waterfall in mystery and ghostly visions of Emma, who fell into the chasm below the waterfall while sleepwalking.

Ullswater 'Steamers' expects the pier to open in May 2015 and is gearing up for massive interest in the new cruise options that will accompany it.

Marketing manager, Rachel Bell sats, "The new Turner film is perfectly timed to boost interest in Aira Force, which is often thought to be the most beautiful waterfall in the Lake District.  This should help the new pier get off to a great start, serving visitors wishing to visit Ullswater's western shore.'


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The build up to Christmas can often be swamped by shopping panic and dinner chaos, but why not take the time to sit back and enjoy a pleasant afternoon with Ullswater ‘Steamers’ and Inn on the Lake this year?  The two award-winning businesses have teamed up to offer a fabulous Yuletide Afternoon Tea and Cruise package.

Relax in the cosy atmosphere of the hotel’s Lake View lounge, with its spectacular views looking out towards the lake, or warm those toes in front of a roaring fire while you indulge in a selection of freshly prepared sandwiches, homemade fruit scones and some delicious cakes, biscuits and strawberry Pimms jelly.

Then it’s time to get your winter warmers on for a winter cruise around the stunning Ullswater lake. With a panorama of snow-capped mountains, the views are truly magical at this festive time of year.




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Green Tourism Peoples Choice

Ullswater ‘Steamers’ need your support


Lake District attraction Ullswater ‘Steamers’ is hoping to beat off tens of businesses around the country to take the ‘2014 Green Tourism People’s Choice Award’.

 Won by the company who gets the most public votes before November 6, staff at Ullswater Steamers are asking locals to get behind them to ensure they get the gong.

 The Steamers were automatically nominated for the award after being shortlisted in the Visitor Attraction category of this year’s ‘Green Tourism GoldStar Awards’.

 The awards honour businesses and organisations that have done most to promote sustainability within the industry, by implementing cost-saving practices that help the environment, improve customer service and benefit the bottom line.

 There were more than 2,400 contenders whittled down to just 60 – of which Ullswater ‘Steamers’ is one.


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It's a Monster Bash !

Its the return of the ghostly galleon at Halloween so be prepared for the screams from onboard as the Stu Di Doo magic and his crew get to work on charming this years little monsters. Fancy dress encouraged. The full press release is attached.

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Red Deer Cruises are back !

Visit the beautiful remote valley of Martindale and hear the roar of the Red Deer during a wildlife event not to be missed this October.

Home to the oldest native red deer herd in England, the conservation area on the western shores of Ullswater is the perfect place to catch sight of the Red Deer Rut.

The enchanting competition – which involves the biggest and strongest males in the herd trying to round up the females (hinds) for mating – results in a bellowing echo around the fells as dominance is fought for.

With stunning mountain scenery and gushing waterfalls, the Eden Valley is a wonderful place to be as the autumn colours shine through, and what better excuse to visit than to see one of nature’s amazing sights

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Six in shortlist for national Green Tourism Awards

A TOTAL of six Cumbrian businesses have been shortlisted for this year's coveted Green Tourism Goldstar Awards.

The finalists account for the second highest number from any area of the UK, outside Devon and Cornwall, and include a pub, a guest house, a hostel, two activity centres and a visitor attraction.

They are among 60 UK finalists shortlisted from a total of 2,400 contenders whittled down to make the list of nominations for 13 award categories.

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Family Of Businesses Raises Additional Sums for Nurture Lakeland

 A family of Lake District-based businesses, which has long supported the aims and conservation projects managed by Nurture Lakeland, has now created another means of donating to the responsible tourism organisation’s Visit Give Protect scheme.

Lake District Estates’ businesses, Ullswater ‘Steamers’ and the holiday parks Hill of Oaks (Windermere), Buck Yeats Lodge Park (Newby Bridge), Woodclose Park (Kirkby Lonsdale) and Waterfoot Park (Pooley Bridge) all now offer an online donation opt in button, which allows those booking tickets or holidays to donate an minimum sum of £1 to Nurture Lakeland. With Gift Aid, this can increase to at least £1.25.


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Join a Lake District National Park ranger for a fun and fact-filled cruise on Ullswater


A series of special Ullwater ‘Steamers’ cruises will take place over the summer months to add something a little different to one of the Lake District’s top visitor attractions.

Discover the magical stories associated with the beautiful lake on July 22

nd, when volunteer ranger Howard Simpson will give his ‘Myths and Legends’ talk.

Cruise through the scenic valley as you hear about the most haunted area in Cumbria, learn about the legends of Aira Force and find out where the last fairies were ever seen in 1850.

Howard said: "It gives passengers a different background to all the areas they see as we cruise along. I will talk all the way up the lake and then everyone can take it in and relax on the way back."

On August 5

th, learn about the abundance of flora and fauna in the Ullswater ‘Steamers’ environs in the ‘Wildlife’ commentary.

Home to red deer, brown trout, salmon, perch, minnows, red squirrel, Holly Blue butterflies, red-breasted merganser, cormorant and many more species, there is plenty to hear about and look out for.

Fell ponies roam nearby fells whilst lakeshore trails are graced with Bracket Fungus, Wood Cranesbill, Pink Purslane, Wood Sorrell and much more.

Broaden your knowledge of the landscape around you as Geoffrey Cowell outlines how the Lake District mountains were formed between 450 and 370 million years ago in the ‘

Mountains High and Valleys Deep’ cruise on August 19th.

Geoffrey will also talk about the types of fish in the lake, birdlife and the major landmarks passed on the cruise, as well as the trees and woodlands that adorn the beautiful area.

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