10 of the UK’s best new family attractions for 2019

Books and boats, surfing, science and sculpture … these day trips to new and improved venues offer an array of thrilling experiences

Opening on the shore of Windermere in March, this new museum will trace 200 years of boats and boat-building in the Lakes. The vessels on show (on the water and in boathouses and galleries) will range from historic steam launches to sailing yachts and record-breaking speed boats. The exhibits include Beatrix Potter’s tarn boat (from where she once sketched) and SL Dolly, thought to be the oldest mechanically powered boat in the world. The conservation workshop will also allow visitors to watch the restoration work take place. Venture out on to the water on cruise boats and grab the opportunity to sail on the Osprey, a restored Edwardian steam boat.
Opens 23 March, adult £9, under 16s £7, windermerejetty.org

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