Special Cruises

4 - Saturday Evening Fish & Chip Supper Cruise

Priory Marina to Queens Bridge and return 2 hour cruise departing 6pm

Relax on the river as the sun goes down and enjoy your Fish and Chip Supper on board (Chicken & Chips, Vegetable Pancake & Chips also available). Licensed bar available on board.

Adult £19/ Concession £17 / Child £15 / Family £55 - Your Meal is included in your ticket price, you will be asked to confirm your choice after you have selected your ticket.

2020 Cruise Dates: 16th May / 30th May / 13th June / 27th June / 25th July / 15th Aug / 29th Aug / 19th Sept / 10th Oct TICKETS ON SALE SOON

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JB Afternoon tea5 - Barns Hotel Afternoon Tea Cruise 

Priory Marina to the Barns Hotel and return 3.5 hour (cruise and tea) departing 2pm

Take a relaxing trip through Bedford before heading downstream to the Barns Hotel to enjoy a traditional afternoon tea*. On leaving the Barns we return directly to Priory Marina. Licensed bar available on board.

£26 per person including afternoon tea.

2020 Cruise Dates: 20th May / 3rd June / 24th June / 8th July / 29th July / 5th Aug / 19th Aug / 9th Sept /       7th Oct TICKETS ON SALE SOON

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*please email us with your order number for any specific dietary requirements


JB moored by Great Barford bridge6 - Anchor Lunch Cruise

Priory Marina to The Anchor, Great Barford and return (by coach) 3 hour cruise departing 10am

Take a cruise from Bedford to Great Barford to enjoy lunch from one of our partners at The Anchor. Return to Bedford by coach*.

£36 per person including a buffet lunchª. Coach departs from the Anchor to return at 3pm.

2020 Cruise Dates: 17th June /15th July / 12th Aug / 16th Sept TICKETS ON SALE SOON

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*please note this cruise may not be suitable for all wheelchair users. Please call us on 0330 1239 511 to discuss your needs before booking your ticket.

ªplease email us with your order number for any specific dietry requirements


7 - Evening Jazz Cruise

Round trip from the Barns Hotel 2 hour cruise departing 7.30pm

Join our on-board Jazz line-up for a lovely evening on the beautiful Great Ouse. Pre - and post-trip drinks available at the Riverside Tavern, Barns Hotel. Licensed bar available on board.

£20 per person.

At an extra cost, you can select a fish & chip supper (£9) or a picnic box (£9) to go with your ticket.

Click here for dates and performer biographies (coming soon)

2020 Cruise Dates: 16th April / 21st May / 18th June / 23rd July/ 20th Aug / 17th Sept / 15th Oct TICKETS ON SALE SOON

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8 - Folk on the Boat Cruise

Round trip from the Barns Hotel 2 hour cruise departing 7.30pm

Featuring Hey Ho! Folk & Guest Artists. Pre- and post-trip drinks available at the Riverside Tavern, Barns Hotel. Licensed bar available on board.

£17.50 per person.

At an extra cost, you can select a picnic box. (£9) to go with your ticket.

2020 Cruise Dates: 14th May / 9th July / 10th Sept TICKETS ON SALE SOON

Read about the acts here (coming soon)

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9 - Motown Cruise

Round trip from the Barns Hotel 2 hour cruise departing 7.30pm

Featuring either DJ Keith Stewart or Martin Sloan. Pre- and post-trip drinks available at the Riverside Tavern, Barns Hotel. Licensed bar available on board.

£15 per person.

At an extra cost, you can select a picnic box. (£9) to go with your ticket.

2020 Cruise Dates: 23rd April / 28th May / 25th June / 30th July / 27th Aug / 24th Sept / 22nd Oct TICKETS ON SALE SOON

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10 - Irish Music Cruise

Round trip from the Barns Hotel 2 hour cruise departing 7.30pm

Featuring Bedford's own Inis Eire. Pre- and post-trip drinks available at the Riverside Tavern, Barns Hotel. Licensed bar available on board.

£17.50 per person.

At an extra cost, you can select a picnic box. (£9) to go with your ticket.

2020 Cruise Dates: 11th June / 13th Aug TICKETS ON SALE SOON

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Bank Holiday Monday Cruises

Round trips from Sovereigns Quay 45 min cruise departing 10.45am / 12pm / 1.45pm/ 3pm

On Bank Holiday Mondays, we'll be running short cruises along the Embankment. It's the perfect way to try the John Bunyan Boat for the first time, and great for family's with young children.

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

2020 Cruise Dates: 13th April / 25th May / 31st Aug TICKETS ON SALE SOON

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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.
We can reserve provisional places on our public cruises for groups of over 10 people for up to 30 days. Please call our booking line on 01946 69 03 01.

See bookings page for full details. Terms & Conditions apply.