Region: West Midlands

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Bancroft Cruisers, Crowne Plaza Mooring, Stratford Bridgefoot, Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire CV37 6YR

Contact: 01789 269669



Let’s go messing about on the river…

Schools, nurseries and colleges from around the world use our 45 minute River Avon cruises to complement study subjects or just for fun!

On the Rita Ellen wide-beam cruiser we have tables and chairs which can be used as workstations. 

We also offer information & quiz sheets that can be used on the cruise and after. The quiz sheets can be tailored after a chat with group leaders.

On our cruises our onboard tour guides give an interesting & amusing commentary which touches on:

the history of Stratford upon Avon;

the development and management of rivers and canals;

the life, times & works of William Shakespeare;

local architecture;

and the wide and varied wildlife along the banks of the Avon.

The commentary can be tailored to suit the age of the students and subjects being studied.

Cruises depart from the Crowne Plaza hotel in the centre of Stratford upon Avon.

Students can bring picnics onboard or we can provide a packed lunch. 

The Rita Ellen boat is fully accessible with a hydraulic lift for wheelchairs

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Why you are you a great place for educational visits?

Bancroft Cruisers are the only boat company offering a live commentary tailored to suit the age of students and the areas of interest. Our cruises can be from 45 minutes up to 2 hours.

What does a typical educational visit include?

Every cruise is tailored to suit the age of students, nationality and subject being studied. 

Our cruises are fun and informative and students experience historic Stratford upon Avon from the river and also beautiful Warwickshire countryside.

What group sizes do you cater for?

On each cruise we can accommodate 36 students. For bigger groups we can run consecutive cruises. 

Do you provide projects, teacher’s packs, work sheets or any useful information?
We can offer work sheets and quizzes. These would be designed after discussions with the lead teacher. 

Are you happy for children to take photos, video or audio?

No restrictions but permission must have been gained from parents by the school or college.

What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?

Bancroft Cruisers can supply a comprehensive risk assessment and a code of conduct.

What is the cost of the visit?
For school & college students and adults the cost of a 45 minute cruise is £4.50 per person. 2 teachers free of charge. 
One hour cruises cost £6.50 per student adults. 2 teachers free of charge.

Is specific clothing required for the trip?

Sensible shoes

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?

We have a qualified first aider on all cruises.

Please list facilities available. 
Children are seated at tables and can bring packed lunches. Soft drinks, crisps and biscuits can be bought onboard.  For teenage groups and international exchange groups we offer cream teas which cost £6 per person and are very popular. Cream teas must be ordered in advance. Teachers and group leaders are offered tea and coffee free of charge.

What are your disabled facilities? 
The boat is the only one on the river in Satrtford upon Avon that is fully accessible with a lift and toilet facilities for wheelchair users. All windows are at a height suitable for little guests or people in wheelchairs.  

What are your opening days and hours?

Availability all year weather permitting. Times flexible by arrangement with bookers.

Is there anything else that you feel is important and want to include in your information?
Bancroft Cruisers are based at Crowne Plaza hotel a few minutes walk from the main coach park. Schools often book a cruise in the morning when they arrive as we are on the route into the town centre or Royal Shakespeare properties. Alternatively the cruise can be booked as the last attraction on the way back to the coach.

We are a friendly company very close to the town and welcome guests with limited mobility and wheelchairs users. Our commentary is informative and entertaining. It’s not boring! 

If children become restless we often put music on to keep them occupied and group leaders happy!

Age of Children / Pupils: Pre-school 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Type of Visit: Boat Trips Historic Buildings Historical Heritage Maritime Outdoor Education Safety Awareness Wildlife and Nature

Curriculum Topics Covered: English Environmental Studies Geography History Leisure & Tourism

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December