Engineer for the day gift experience

Engineer lighting the fire

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.

You’ll also enjoy a superb picnic lunch lovingly made by our friends at the famous Bluebird Café.

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.

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
  • enjoy a hearty packed lunch provided by the Bluebird Café
  • 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.


The cost of 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.