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Christmas Cruises on The John Bunyan Boat

Sunday 19 December 2021

Event in Bedford Town Centre

Saturday 11th December / Sunday 19th December 2.45pm and 4pm

Treat yourself to a Christmas mulled wine and mince pie cruise on John Bunyan Community Boat with friends or family! Wrap up warm and enjoy the winter scene outside – you’ll get a different view of Bedford as we cruise along the River Great Ouse.

Where? Sovereigns Quay round trip for 45 mins

When? Saturday 11th December / Sunday 19th December 2.45pm and 4pm – see calendar for available dates and tickets

How much? Adult £10.00, Child (1-17) £8.00, Family £32.00 (2 Adult, 2 Child)

Enjoy time out with family and friends cruising along Bedford Embankment seeing Bedford’s Christmas lights along the Embankment.

Our friendly trained volunteer crew will take care of you, leaving you free to relax and enjoy the cruise. Watch the world go by through the large picture windows which bring you eye to eye with the wildlife – or stand out in the bow area to take photos of a memorable trip.

The winter months are an amazing time to get outside and enjoy the crisp fresh air.  The river is quieter too and in December the structure of trees becomes more dramatic, and visibility along the water’s edge even better. There’ll be lots to see from the comfort of our saloon, with your choice of hot (or cold if you prefer!) drink in hand. John Bunyan will be decorated for the season and we can’t wait to welcome you on board!

Included in the ticket price is a cup of delicious mulled wine* accompanied by a scrumptious mince pie. (*Hot chocolate, coffee,  tea or squash available on board as an alternative for under-18s and non-drinkers.)

The John Bunyan Community Boat is a fully enclosed boat with heating, but we must also ensure good ventilation. Front doors will be kept open. So, please wrap up warm and make sure you dress for being outdoors, though we will do all we can to keep you as warm as possible indoors.

Please be aware that due to the season, this cruise may have to be cancelled if the water levels are too high. Please ensure you provide current contact details. We will endeavour to inform all ticket holders 2 days before the cruise if we cannot go ahead.

Cruise Dates :11th & 19th December


Ho Ho Ho! Santa makes a surprise visit to the John Bunyan Boat Cruise!

On Saturday 11th December, Santa made a surprise visit to the John Bunyan Festive Cruise, wishing all on board a Merry Christmas and checking that his ‘naughty & nice’ list was up to-date for the big day! Fortunately, he did not need to make any amendments to the list for the children on board, and all looks good for the big night delivering presents.

If you missed seeing us on the river and Santa’s surprise visit, we will be back on the river on Sunday the 19th December in the afternoon from 2.45 pm to 4.45pm. If you are down by the river on Sunday afternoon, please give us a wave, you may be lucky and see Santa if he makes another surprise visit, wishing everyone a merry Christmas before returning home to North Pole!

Event in Bedford Town Centre

Photo by: Steve Ashley 

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