Thursday Cruises

Sovereigns Quay to Cardington and return - 2 hour cruise departing at 14:30

Cruise under the historic Town Bridge past Bedford Castle mound and then through the Town Lock, and along the quiet river to Cardington lock. These cruises run from June until the end of October.

Adult £12 / Concession £10 / Child £8 /Family £28

If you're booking in advance, you can also book the following refreshments in addition to your ticket.

Cream Tea £5.50 / Ploughman's Lunch £7.50 (add 50p for Gluten-free option) Licensed bar available on board.

Tip: to book, click the link below and select THURSDAY CRUISES from the drop-down menu. Select the date of your cruise, and then select your tickets. Click on ORDER TICKETS. The next screen will offer you FOOD OPTIONS available on your selected cruise. Select the food you would like, then add the quantity. You will then be taken through for payment.

Click here to book your tickets and food

 We can reserve provisional places on our public cruises for groups of over 10 people for up to 1 month. Please call our booking line on 01946 69 03 01.


One-way Walkers Special- Priory Marina to Sovereigns Quay - 45 minute cruise departing at 13.30

Designed for those who want to appreciate the River Great Ouse both on foot and by boat, we are introducing our new one way trip. Cruise from Priory Marina (parking available), through Town Lock and under Town Bridge before disembarking at Sovereign's Quay (next to Riverside Bedford) and taking a leisurely afternoon walk back to the Marina. Licensed bar available on board.

Adult £6 / Concession £5 / Child £4 / Family £14

Please note this ticket is valid for a one way journey only, and can not be used for a return journey.

Tip: to book, click the link below and select THURSDAY CRUISES from the drop-down menu. Select the date of your cruise, and then select your tickets. Click on ORDER TICKETS. You will then be taken through for payment.

Click here to book your tickets


Passengers must arrive 15 minutes before departure time. Bookings close 36 hours before cruise start time. You can still purchase a ticket on board, subject to availability, but not book food.
All cruise times approximate, dependent on river conditions and time spent going through locks.
If the river is in flood, cruises will be re-routed or cancelled and alternative dates or refunds will be given. Please check the latest news before you leave. If you have not pre-booked, please check our Facebook page for last minute changes.
Family tickets are for 2 adults and 2 children.
Concessionary rates are available to pensioners, students, and people with disabilities.
Documentary proof may be asked for.

See bookings page for full details. Terms & Conditions apply