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Ullswater ‘Steamers’ are offering free travel to children this Easter (April 3rd – 16th) when they take along their teddy bear to share the cruise experience.

The award-winning attraction is championing the #teddyfest event which will also see prizes given out for the best dressed bear and the most spectacular ‘bears eye view’ in a social media competition.

#teddyfest will be launched by Appleby Manor’s very own ‘Ted’, at 10.45am, Pooley Bridge Pier on April 3rd.

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Howtown Pier facelift will be welcomed by walkers

Ullswater ‘Steamers’ can now stop at Howtown Pier during high water levels thanks to an £18,000 investment. 

The pier has undergone a lift of almost 2ft to make it the same height as both Pooley Bridge and Glenridding Piers.


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CHILDREN from Patterdale Primary School and Ullswater ‘Steamers’ staff will play their part in history on Monday (March 9th) as they come together to mark Commonwealth Day.

Pupils from the school will ‘Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth’ on Glenridding Pier at 10am, joining others from around the world as more than 730 flags are raised in 38 countries.

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Award winning Dawn Cruise with Mark Littlejohn

 Award-winning Lake District attraction, Ullswater ‘Steamers’, is offering a unique opportunity to step aboard for an exclusive Dawn Photography Cruise.

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Explore GB 2015

For breath-taking scenery, fascinating history and links to some of the Lake District’s most famous walks, look no further than the award-winning attraction, Ullswater ‘Steamers’. After cruising for more than 150 years on England’s most beautiful lake, the ‘Steamers’ has certainly stood the test of time. But those boats are not standing still.........

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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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