Cruise the Ouse this Easter as John Bunyan Boat launches 2019 programme


The John Bunyan Boat team have added new cruises to their 2019 programme, following their most successful season in 2018.

This year’s public cruises launch in time for the Easter Bank Holiday weekend, kicking off with their first monthly Jazz Cruise of the season on Thursday 18 April. It departs from the Barns Hotel and entertainment is provided by Rachel & Friends.

On Easter Saturday the Fish & Chip Supper Cruise departs from Sovereign’s Quay  at 6.30pm and on Easter Sunday there is an Afternoon “Tea For Two” Cruise from Priory Marina at 2.30pm sailing downstream through Cardington Lock.

On Easter Monday there are short cruises along the Embankment, leaving from Sovereigns Quay (next to Star Rowing Club, and close to Riverside Bedford.)

John Bunyan Boat
The John Bunyan Boat at the Barns at Cardington

“Our team of volunteers are looking forward to taking to the waters again with local residents and visitors enjoying the sights of Bedford from the River Great Ouse,” said Graham Mabbutt of B&MK Waterway Enterprises Ltd who operate the John Bunyan cruises.

“Last year we carried 7,500 passengers and are looking forward to doing the same this year.  We are running a variety of cruises, so we hope that there is something for everyone to enjoy from tea for two, fish & chip suppers, afternoon tea cruises and lunch cruises all the way down to Great Barford.

We’re also continuing our very popular music cruises including jazz, Motown, and folk.  All of this whilst enjoying beautiful views of the Embankment, or the meadows and the trees.”

Full details of the cruises, times, prices etc. can be found on the website

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