Engineer for the day gift experience

Roll up your sleeves and join the crew for a hands-on adventure. You’ll spend time up on the helm as well as experiencing life in the engine room of our magnificent, rebuilt, Victorian steam boat.

An unusual steam footplate experience in the heart of the Lake District

This is a truly unique package which is tailor-made for one person. We’ll kit you out with a Steam Yacht Gondola branded set of overalls (so you don’t get those rolled-up sleeves dirty) and show you how to work old-fashioned steam technology.

From the moment you arrive until the minute you leave, you can choose to be as involved with the many and varied aspects of crewing Gondola as you wish. You’ll learn all sorts of fascinating things about what it takes to run the boat from our friendly, knowledgeable crew.

Bring along and lunch and do as the crew do - take a seat on the outer decks or in the indoor saloons and join in the boating conversation. Or take a step off for a short time and pop to the Bluebird Café on the shores of the lake for a bite to eat.

In addition, your gift includes a complimentary family ticket for one cruise on the day so that your nearest and dearest can enjoy the thrill of a cruise on Gondola free of charge. And there's plenty for your family to see and do around Coniston for the rest of the day whilst you're enjoying yourself in the engine room.

" I had a thoroughly enjoyable day – Julian, Paul and the rest of the crew made me feel most welcome from the moment I arrived until the end of the day with their friendly, relaxed approach. Their enthusiasm, knowledge and professionalism is a credit to the NT."
- James

Highlights of the day

During your trip you will:

  • learn to light the boiler and raise steam
  • feed the firebox with our environmentally friendly fuel logs, take on water and tend the engine
  • learn how to tie up the boat at the jetty and set up the passenger gangway
  • try your hand at helming in the stunning surroundings of Coniston Water
  • discover the history of the boat and learn how she was resurrected from the depths of Coniston Water
  • invite up to 3 people to join you on board for one of the day's sailings  - a chance to get those all important photographs of the Engineer in action.

You’ll leave as an ‘honorary member’ of the crew with your Steam Yacht Gondola overalls as a memento of your fabulous day with us, along with a complimentary guidebook and Steam Yacht Gondola engineer’s mug.

Whether it’s a treat for yourself or a present for someone special, ‘Engineer for the Day’ is an experience to treasure.

Cost and booking

The day's package is £295 for one person.

Alternatively, email us for more information and a booking form.

Note: We only run one engineer experience on any one day, so our focus will be entirely on you - you won't have to share with anyone else. Please bring along a packed lunch or grab a bite to eat from the Bluebird Café on the shores of Coniston.