Hoist the sails! Beginners' sailing sessions at the castle

A sailing boat on Windermere

Wray Castle has teamed up with Windermere Outdoor Adventure Centre for taster sailing sessions this summer.

Pull on your buoyancy aids and join the crew on a traditional sailing boat – you’ll be part of a team of keen recruits on board, including a tactician, a helmsman and a jib sheet crew. What will your role be?

Fun for all the family

This is the perfect family activity for any budding skipper, there’s a family boat for children aged between 3-16 or for the more intrepid adventurer a ‘kids only’ boat for children aged 7-16.

Taster sailing sessions at Wray Castle

Just have a go

No sailing experience is needed, these sessions are for just for you try your hand, learn a new skill and hopefully find something you enjoy!

Book now

Sessions are running from 23 July till 30 August, at various intervals throughout the day and include approximately one hour on the lake. The cost is £12 per child and £6 for an adult; advanced booking is essential. Children aged 3 - 6 must be accompanied by an adult. For session times and to book your place please visit our what's on page.

Upcoming events

Take off! A summer of things that flutter

Sat 17 Aug 2019
10:00-17:00
A celebration of bees, butterflies and moths through a range of indoor and outdoor self-led family activities. Are you ready to take off this summer?

Landmark in the landscape

Sun 18 Aug 2019
10:30-11:15
This 45 minute outdoor guided tour takes in the theatrical architecture of Wray Castle together with its picturesque setting.

Upping sticks at sixty

Sun 18 Aug 2019
11:00-11:15
This 10 minute talk introduces the Dawsons, a middle class couple from Liverpool, who built Wray Castle and made a new life in the Lake District.

The survival of Wray Castle

Sun 18 Aug 2019
12:00-12:15
A 10-minute talk explaining the journey this extraordinary building has been on; from family home to institution to public place.

Hoist the sails! (Boat two: 7 - 16 yrs)

Tue 20 Aug 2019
09:30-11:00
A chance to take to Windermere on a sailing boat, learn a skill and compete in a team race. Who will win the Dawson's silver cup?

Hoist the sails! (Boat one: families)

Tue 20 Aug 2019
09:30-11:00
A chance to take to Windermere on a sailing boat, learn a skill and compete in a team race. Who will win the Dawson's silver cup?