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A royal visitor for Windermere's newest attraction

It's Prince Charles' second visit to the North West in a week. Credit: PA

The Prince of Wales will open Windermere's newest attraction, a state of the art museum showcasing boats in the Lake District.

The £20million Windermere Jetty Museum will display 40 vessels which reflect the 200-year history of technical, social and business development in the area.

It's the first contemporary building to be constructed on the banks of Windermere in over 50 years.

Windermere's newest attraction, the first to be built in 50 years Credit: Windermere Jetty Museum

Highlights of the collection will include:

  • 11 vessels listed by National Historic Ships as nationally important
  • Four vessels that are part of the National Historic Fleet
  • 10 classic Windermere steam launches (1890s/1900s)
  • A rare early yacht, Margaret (1780)SL Dolly (1850), thought to be the oldest mechanically powered boat in the world
  • Beatrix Potter’s tarn boat, which she used to sketch in on Moss Eccles Tarn
  • Pioneering motor, speedboats and hydroplanes used on the lake from 1898-1980 Canfly (1922), powered by a seven-litre Rolls Royce aero engine
  • Two fully-restored boats on the lake, one of which visitors will be able to sail on when the museum opens


Four people from region invited to royal wedding

Amy Wright and Heather Hall, of the Usual Place Community Cafe in Dumfries, will attend Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's big day on Saturday 19 May.

Kimberley Watkin and Adam Hughes from Carlisle will also be attending, for their work beneath Carlisle Railway Station.

They are one of 1,200 members of public, from across the country, who have been invited to the big day.

Royal wedding invite joy

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Credit: PA

Two people in our region have been invited to the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Kimberley Watkin and Adam Hughes will represent Carlisle Undercroft at Windsor Castle on Saturday 19 May.

They are one of 1,200 members of public, from across the country, who have been invited to the big day.

In a post on the Carlisle Undercroft Facebook page, the pair wrote:

Our invite recognises the ‘strength of our contribution to the local community’ and we are humbled and excited to have been chosen to attend."

– Carlisle Undercroft Facebook page
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