Windermere Jetty: Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories is an attraction due to open in Cumbria in 2017 that celebrates boating heritage on Lake Windermere in the Lake District.

Windermere Jetty

Source: Carmody Groarke

Windermere Jetty - View from Lake

The new museum describes itself as a ‘unique destination on the lake where you can immerse yourself in the boating heritage of Windermere’.

Visitors will get to see a collection of boats both on land and on water. Highlight vessels on display will include a motorboat from 1898, a racing boat from 1930 and a sailing boat from 1780.

Groups making a visit to Windermere Jetty will get to experience ‘the hold’ for a behind-the-scenes look at objects awaiting conservation.

There will also be an exhibition where visitors will see steam launches, sailing yachts, motor boats and record breaking speed boats. Find out about the people that built and owned the boats, discover stories of adventure on the lake, and learn about how boats were built to go faster.

The heart of the museum, created in the traditional style of a boathouse, will provide views of boats on Lake Windermere. See steam launches and motorboats bobbing on the lake and maybe even take a trip out one of the historic boats.

Windermere Jetty will also have a conservation workshop to see the local conservation team in action.

Groups will find out what is happening in the workshop, learn about how conservation decisions are made, and see how traditional wooden boat building skills are used to conserve the collection.

A cafe, reception and shop area will also feature in the new attraction.

An official opening date for Windermere Jetty: Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories is yet to be confirmed.

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Picture credit: Carmody Groarke.