JOHN BUNYAN BOAT – 2017 Season Launch

Posted 5th March 2017

The John Bunyan is Bedford’s Community Boat run by volunteers, and provides cruises both public and private hire on Bedford’s River Great Ouse. Last year it carried over 7,000 passengers and in total has carried over 22,000 passengers since it was launched in July 2013. 

This year’s public cruises launch on Easter Saturday with an evening Fish and Chip Supper Cruise, followed on Sunday afternoon by an Afternoon Tea Cruise, Bank Holiday Monday also has a special Afternoon Cruise. Thereafter there are public cruises every Thursday and Sunday with Fish & Chip Supper Cruises on various Friday and Saturday evenings. 

The boat which carries 50 passengers also has monthly Lunch Cruises to The Anchor in Great Barford and Afternoon Tea Cruises to The Barns Hotel, plus a monthly Jazz Cruise featuring top national and regional jazz trios. 

The boat is fully licensed for drinks, has a 5 Star Food Certificate, and is available for private functions and parties of all descriptions including wedding cruises. 

Due to being run by volunteers prices are very reasonable and cruises can be booked online at, or by phoning 01908 690301. 

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