Ship ahoy!

Published on 27 April 2021

Event in Bedford Town Centre

A short series of cruises have been announced this summer on John Bunyan Boat.

The season starts on Bank Holiday Monday 31st May, with four 45-minute cruises running from Sovereign’s Quay along the Embankment.  

It's the perfect way to try the John Bunyan Boat for the first time, and is great for families with young children.

To ensure the boat can comply with Social Distancing guidelines, capacity will be limited to 12 passengers.

Departure from Sovereign’s Quay at 10.45am, 12.00pm, 1.45pm & 3.00pm. 

(Boarding the John Bunyan will take place 15 mins before the advertised times).

Adult £6, Concession £5, Child £4 per person and Family ticket £14 (2 Adult & 2 Children under sixteen). 

It is advisable to book in advance as these cruises are very popular.

Sovereign’s Quay is next to The Star Rowing Club, close to the Riverside leisure complex.

In June 2-hour afternoon cruises on Thursdays and Sundays from Sovereign’s Quay. Again restricted to 12 passengers, which bookings for tables of 2 or 4 people only.  

Prices are £26 for a table for 2, or £52 for a table of 4.  

Cream Teas available to order in advance.


For more details or to book tickets, visit the new look website. 

Booking phone line 01946 848 847

The 50-passenger John Bunyan Boat was launched at Priory Marina, Bedford on July 5th 2013, and since that date has carried over 45,000 passengers.  It has run over 160 cruises a season: a mixture of public cruises, special cruises such as Jazz, Afternoon Tea & Lunch cruises, Fish & Chip Suppers, and charter cruises for celebrations, family parties, wedding cruises, local organisations, local companies, schools and youth groups. 

The Bedford & Milton Keynes Waterway Trust was established in 1995 to promote a new 16 mile Waterway Park connecting the Grand Union Canal in Milton Keynes to the Great Ouse in Bedford. The Trust is a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity. Its role is one of advocacy for the Waterway Park. Having successfully established an alignment, now protected by policy in three Local Plans, the Trust is currently working with partners to establish a strong business case for the project as part of the infrastructure being planned in Oxford to Cambridge Arc. The Trust works with a range of partners to ensure opportunities to integrate the Waterway into development and deliver local benefits are maximized.


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