Region: East of England

Disabled Facilities: No

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Mill Lane Punting Station , , Cambridge CB2 1RS

Contact: 01223 359 750



We are Cambridge’s largest boating company, offering a range of outdoor activities. There are historic tours of the city, do-it-yourself boat hire options and, through a partnership with the local Wildlife Trust, we offer unique Bat Safari tours.

We understand the time, commitment and effort required to arrange memorable school outings for pupils. For this reason, our Bookings Team are happy to assist teachers in any way we can to help plan a successful day in Cambridge. Please call us on 01223 359750 to discuss your requirements.

Why is this venue great for School Trips and Educational Visits?

Scudamore’s are a great choice for school trips and educational visits, perfect for those looking to blend outdoor activities with educational benefits. Pupils can build confidence, learn history in the setting, soak up the amazing ecosystems and gain motivation in diverse subject areas. There are great team work opportunities and most importantly, you’ll have a lot of fun!

Our activities can be built into a day in Cambridge and offer the option of diverse educational benefits. Choose which activities suit your crew best, with a choice between experienced tours or boat hire adventures. We offer the chance to appreciate Cambridge’s fascinating history, hear about our amazing local ecosystems and bat population, enjoy the sublime city centre architecture or travel out along idyllic country routes. Enjoy the great outdoors and leave Cambridge with fantastic memories of your day.

What does a typical school trip or educational visit include?

The exciting thing about Scudamore’s is that you can adapt your visit to specifically meet the needs of your own crew and build it into other Cambridge activities such as museum visits. Options include:

Historical Punting Tours: Famed tours with award-winning content covering the history of Cambridge from its medieval routes. Experience a world-famous tourist destination offering a unique experience.

Boat Hire Experiences: Pupils can try their hand at mastering the art of punting, canoeing or kayaking.

Bat Safari: Dusk punting tours to appreciate our local environment and learn some exciting bat facts from a Wildlife Trust expert. Pupils will use specialist bat detectors to identify species flying around their punt. An added bonus is that 50% of your ticket prices go directly to the local Wildlife Trust to support our local environment and habitats.

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What size groups do they cater for?

We’re flexible with experience catering for both small and large groups. Please give our Bookings Team a call to discuss your exact requirements on 01223 359750.

What can they provide you with to support your school trip or educational visit?

We offer a children’s sticker activity book on our College Backs punting tours.

Can you take photos, video or audio? Are there any copyright restrictions?

There are no restrictions on individuals taking photographs, video or audio footage. We advise care as water does not bode well for recording equipment.

Commercial use requires a licence from the Cam Conservators. Please view their website for more information:!filming/c9ze.

How do you arrange a risk assessment?

Teachers are more than welcome to visit the site beforehand to carry out risk assessments. We can provide a general risk assessment at the time of booking as well as a copy of our School Visit Policy.

What does it cost?

College Backs Punt Tour (45 minutes)
£87.50 per 12 passenger punt on weekdays, £100.00 on weekends and bank holidays

College Backs Punt Tour Extended (60 minutes)
£97.50 per 12 passenger punt on weekdays, £115.00 on weekends and bank holidays

School Punt Hire (6 person) £17.50 per hour (Minimum booking of 5 punts)

Bat Safari Tours
£20 Adults
£18.50 Concessions
£15 Children under 16y

Is specific clothing required?

We suggest that you wear something suitable for outdoor activities. Dress for the current weather conditions, for example bring coats during the winter months! Please wear appropriate footwear (soles with good grip) and call our Bookings Team with questions on 01223 359750.

Do you have first aid on site?

We have qualified first aiders on our Punting Stations.

What facilities do they have for school trips and educational visits?


Pupils are welcome to bring packed lunch and nibbles with drinks onto the boats. We ask that rubbish is collected and taken away.

Alternatively, there are many local restaurants to our inner city location that will be happy to cater for your group.


There are public toilets close to each of our locations.

Are there disabled facilities?

Due to our ancient access points it’s advisable to contact our Bookings Team with your specific requirements on 01223 359750.

What are your opening days and hours?

We are open 364 days a year from 9am till dusk, river conditions allowing.

Do you have any testimonials from previous customers who have visited you on an educational visit?

“The school punting tour was the high-light of our visit to Cambridge, and I am sure the pupils will never forget it.  The three young men who acted as our chauffeurs were outstanding.  They were both informative, and entertaining, and well able to cope with the constant stream of questions which were thrown at them, whilst still negotiating their ways around other punters, some of whom had steering skills that left a lot to be desired.” Ms. Padley

“The guys giving the tour were excellent and our staff and students agree that they had a great time on the punts. The punts were ready and organised, and the information on the tour was fantastic. We found out so much about Cambridge, and the chauffeurs were happy to answer any questions. Thank you so much for making our trip easier to organise. The personal touches in arranging such a large trip help us to choose who we arrange our trips with.” Ms. Stephenson

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 City Tours Historic Buildings Historical Heritage Outdoor Education Outdoor Pursuits Parks and Gardens Sports Themed Attractions Team Building Wildlife and Nature

Curriculum Topics Covered: Environmental Studies History Leisure & Tourism PE PSHE Science

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