John Bunyan Boat returns to the River Great Ouse this Bank Holiday Monday

John Bunyan boat
John Bunyan boat

After months off the water, the John Bunyan Boat has announced a series of ‘Socially Distanced Cruises’ beginning on Bank Holiday Monday (31 August).

The hour-long cruises will run from Sovereign’s Quay along the Embankment.

Capacity on the boat will be restricted to just 12, in order to comply with social distancing guidelines. Bookings will only be accepted from parties of two or four people and each party must be part of the same support bubble.

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

The Cruises will run from Sovereigns Quay (close to Riverside Bedford) on:

Bank Holiday Monday 31 August at 2pm and 3.30pm for an hour’s cruise along the Embankment. Tickets for a party of two £14, or a party of four £26.

Every Thursday and Sunday Afternoon in September and October at 2pm and 3.30pm. Tickets for a party of two £14, or a party of four £26.

A special Afternoon Tea Cruise on Wednesday 7 October leaving Priory Marina at 2pm for a cruise along the River Great Ouse through Bedford before heading downstream to the Barns Hotel to enjoy a traditional afternoon tea.  Licensed bar available on board. Party of two £52 / Party of four £100

The John Bunyan Community Boat launched in 2013, enabling both local people and visitors access to the River Great Ouse.

All funds raised from the John Bunyan Community Boat go toward conservation and development of a broad waterway park, which will link the Grand Union Canal in Milton Keynes to the river Great Ouse in Bedford through a series of waterway parks.

More information on the waterway park can be found on the Bedford and Milton Keynes waterway trust website.

The John Bunyan Community Boat is operated and maintained by volunteers, and they are always on the look-out for individuals to join the team. You don’t need to have any previous experience, just a ‘can do’ attitude.

Further details are available on the website, including terms and conditions and the Covid19 regulations and questionnaire.

To book a cruise go to the website: or phone 01946 690 301

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