The second Windermere Boat Show has been hailed a huge success – and a great boost to raising awareness of life around the lake.
The not-for-profit show – which was held between 12-15 May – drew record visitors from across the UK to the shores of England’s largest lake.
Thousands basked in the south Lakeland sunshine and both seasoned lake-lovers and complete newbies enjoyed free taster sessions from stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking to sailing with local activity providers.
The lake was awash with boats as more than 30 businesses from across Cumbria and the country came to exhibit at the Windermere Boat Show – including Norfolk-based Dad’s Boats with their hand crafted pedal boat, which gave trips around the bay.
Joe Beaumont, event organiser, said: “The boat show proved to be a huge success, with numbers significantly up from last year. And, it has increased the public awareness of what this beautiful lake has to offer.
“The jetty was a hive of activity as there was plenty for all to enjoy. I would like to thank visitors, exhibitors, volunteer marshals and in particular South Lakeland District Council for making the show an overwhelming success.
“It is set to be a regular on Windermere’s boating calendar and we now look forward to planning yet another free Windermere Boat Show for 2018.”