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Lake District attractions launch ‘Teacher Taster Days’ to increase school visits

MV Teal on Windermere. (Chris Truswell)

[T]ourism businesses in the Lakes will be running a series of free Teacher Taster Days over the summer, as part of a new campaign to generate interest for school groups for the upcoming academic year.

Attractions like Windermere Lake Cruises already welcome hundreds of school groups annually, but with the result of the Lake District’s World Heritage bid being revealed this weekend, they are looking to increase interest from schools wanting to find out more about heritage, conservation and the natural landscape.

The ‘Go Windermere’ collective of six businesses have devised the Teacher Taster Days to give everyone from infant school teachers to university lecturers an insight into the type of experiences available for educators.

That includes Windermere Lake Cruises, the Lakeland Motor Museum, the World of Beatrix Potter, Lakes Aquarium, Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway, and the Lake District Visitor Centre at Brockhole.

Sales and Marketing Manager at Windermere Lake Cruises, Jennifer Cormack, says, “School groups are an important part of our day-to-day business, so as attractions, we are working together to welcome teachers and give them a special preview of what we do. It is not just about having a good day out; we want to develop lasting relationships with schools so we can tie in with the curriculum and create the best learning experience too.”

The Teacher Taster Days will run every Friday from 14 July to 8 September 2017.

Teachers can sign up online to plan a day trip to one or more of the six Windermere attractions. They can also being one only adult for free.

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