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New 'Shop and Cruise' winter warmer in the English Lake District

14th November 2012 Print
Lake Windermere

Visitors to the Lake District are set to start 2013 in style with a relaxing seasonal cruise on England's largest lake, coupled with some retail therapy at one of the region's premier shopping outlet centres.

Windermere Lake Cruises and K Village, the Lakes Outlet, have joined together to offer a great day out to coach passengers looking for a unique mix of bargains, followed by a memorable boat trip - complete with some winter warmer treats.

K Village, known as “Shoe Heaven”, will be the first stop on the ‘Shop and Cruise’ excursion. Located in Kendal at the gateway to the stunning Lake District National Park, shoe fanatics can indulge their addiction with the largest Clarks store in the North of England, alongside top names like Staccato and Pavers Shoes.

With some impressive savings (up to 60% off RRP), they’ll even have money left over to pamper themselves – whether that’s with a stylish outfit from Klass and Double Two, outdoor winter gear at Trespass or Mountain Warehouse, or perhaps an iconic sheepskin jacket from Lakeland Fine Leather. Alternatively, shoppers could grab some kitchen essentials from top brands including Denby and ProCook, or pick up a bargain gift from the likes of Whittard of Chelsea, Domo or Cotton Traders.

Later, visitors can sit back and enjoy a well-earned break with a leisurely cruise on Lake Windermere, sailing with one of the UK’s most popular tourist attractions, Windermere Lake Cruises.

Passengers will take in the stunning landscape of wintry Windermere, from the warm and cosy surroundings of one of Windermere Lake Cruises’ traditional or modern launches. Among the winter warmers on offer will be coffee, brandy or even a hearty cup of hot chocolate with a hint of rum.

Visitors will enjoy unique views of wooded shorelines and lovely tranquil bays - and who knows, maybe even snow-capped mountains basking in crisp winter sunshine? What better way to experience the seasonal splendour of one of the world’s most famous landscapes?

Added incentives for coach parties

K Village offers a bumper package of benefits for coach drivers, such as a 25% discount on Clarks shoes, a frequent visitor driver bonus, a driver's lounge with newspapers and refreshments, plus free secure coach parking and a free hot drink and cake from Costa. To add value, extra incentives for passengers include a special 'meet and greet' service for all coaches, as well as a book of discount vouchers - on top of already heavily discounted prices. For more on group travel at K Village, visit

Meanwhile, Windermere Lake Cruises offers free coach parking at Bowness for pre-booked groups, plus a discount voucher for passengers at The Boatman's Café and Gift Shop. The group organiser can sail for free and drivers incentives are also available. For full details of group fares, visit

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Lake Windermere