Special Cruises

We are delighted to announce a series of Socially Distanced Cruises to see in the Autumn on the John Bunyan Boat.

Before you book

To ensure we can comply with Social Distancing guidelines, we are restricting our capacity to 12, which means we can only accept bookings for tables of 2 or 4 people (if your party is an odd number, you will need to round up). Each party must be part of the same support bubble. PLEASE NOTE WHEN YOU BOOK 1 "TABLE FOR 2" YOU ARE PAYING FOR 2 PEOPLE TO COME ON BOARD. WHEN YOU BOOK 1 "TABLE FOR 4" YOU ARE PAYING FOR 4 PEOPLE TO COME ON BOARD.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are only able welcome on board those who;

  • are able to board the boat unassisted (or with minimal assistance from a companion)
  • can wear a mask for the duration of the trip (except when eating or drinking)
  • can sit for a minimum of 1 hour uninterrupted.

Unfortunately, this means we are unable to accept bookings for anyone who would require the lift to board, including wheelchair users, anyone who is medically exempt from wearing a mask, or for small children who would not be able to stay seated for the duration of the cruise. This is to ensure we can protect both passengers and volunteers, and we look forward to welcoming you back on board the John Bunyan Boat very soon. There are no Concession tickets available for these cruises.

The contact details you give when booking your tickets will be stored, as per our existing privacy policy, but we may now, in the event of any outbreak need to pass those contact details to the track and trace system, in the event of an outbreak. By purchasing a ticket you agree to us doing so. Please ensure you put up to date contact information on your booking.

You will be asked to complete some screening questions on the day before boarding the vessel, please read the questions below carefully and if you answer Yes to any question, please do not book a ticket. If your circumstances change and you would answer Yes to any of the questions between booking tickets and your cruise date, please give us a call or email as soon as possible to rearrange your cruise.

Screening Questions

  • Has anybody who lives in your house been diagnosed with Coronavirus in the last 14 days?
  • Have you, or anyone in your household been advised to self-isolate because you have Coronavirus symptoms?
  • Have you been advised to self-isolate because you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for Coronavirus?
  • Are you, or anyone in your household suffering from flu, high temperature, new continuous cough or loss or change to sense of smell of taste?
  • Have you been advised to self-isolate because you have entered the UK in the last 14 days?
  • Have you been advised to shield by current government guidance because you are at high risk from Coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable)?
  • Are you travelling from an area currently in local lockdown, or an area defined as an Area of Intervention with advice not to travel by Public Health England?

On the day

You will be asked to confirm that you answer No to all the above questions. If you have to answer Yes, you will not be allowed to board and a refund will be arranged (usually within 5 working days.) Boarding will also depend on a temperature check, carried out by our volunteers.

The wearing of a facemask or covering is compulsory on boarding the boat, and throughout the duration of the trip.

Our Volunteer crew will be wearing all appropriate PPE for yours and their protection.

You will be asked to queue at an appropriate distance while boarding. Please pay attention to signage on the shore.

You will be sat facing the bow of the boat in tables of 2. We have space for 1 table of 4 per trip, you may book this via our website if it is available. If your party is an odd number, you will need to round up, as we won't be able to seat different bubbles next to each other we are unable to sell single tickets.

We have one toilet on board, which will be open during the cruise. We ask that you do not queue to use the toilet. If you are unsure if it is free, please ask a cabin crew member.

Unfortunately, no food or drink will be available to be consumed on board for September cruises. You are welcome to bring a bottle of water if you need to, but please do not remove your masks more than is necessary.

JB Afternoon tea

Barns Hotel Afternoon Tea Socially distanced cruise

Priory Marina to Barns Hotel and return departing at 2pm

Table for 2 people £52 / Table for 4 people £100

7th October 2020, 21st October 2020

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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

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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 

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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.

2021 Cruise Dates: please check back soon for more details

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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)

2021 Cruise Dates: please check back soon for more details

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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.

2021 Cruise Dates: please check back soon for more details

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.

2021 Cruise Dates: please check back soon for more details

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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.

2021 Cruise Dates: please check back soon for more details

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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

2021 Cruise Dates: please check back soon for more details

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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.