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Picnic Cruise Oxford

River Thames, Oxford   

• Enjoy a picnic feast on the Thames in Oxford
• Guided tour of famous landmarks on the way
• Daytime or sunset cruises are available
• Beautiful Edwardian style river boats

What's Included

• A lunch time or sunset picnic cruise along the River Thames in Oxford
• Fully trained helmsman to take you past famous landmarks
• Picnic typically including chicken, cheeses, quiche, gala pie
• Scones, strawberries, cream, and cakes dependant on availability
• Allow two and a half hours for this experience
• A bar is available to make independent purchases
• Tea and coffee available by arrangement on booking

What Can I Expect

For scholarly lunch or tea, try our Oxford picnic cruise on a luxury river boat! Sample delicious fresh picnic food whilst taking in some of the key sights of the city of spires, as well as learning about the inspirational links that this section of waterway has with some of Britain's finest writers.

Your river boat cruise begins in Oxford city centre, where you'll board a traditional Edwardian-style boat with a full teak interior and little tables and chairs installed on deck ready for your floating picnic. During your cruise along the river you'll tuck into a platter with goodies such as quiche, salmon, marinated chicken, salad and Gala pie, all served with bread and followed by the cheese platter and scones with lashings of cream.

Daytime picnic cruises take you past Oxford's key sights, including Christchurch College and Folly Bridge, before heading away from the bustling streets of the city towards the open meadows, banks and woodland of the local area. It is this stretch of river, past Osney Island, Port Meadow, Godstow and Trout Island, which has played such a key role in English literature. In fact, your entire picnic river boat cruise itinerary follows in the wake of a very famous author - and your skipper for the day will regale you with all the history and literary anecdotes as you go.

If you choose the sunset Oxford picnic cruise, you will embark in the evening for a classically English riverboat experience, gliding past the University boat huts, waving at evening dog walkers on the towpath and drifting past peaceful fields and meadows, all whilst being shown the local landmarks as the sun goes down.

As the seat of academia, Oxford is a wonderful place to explore and the chance to see all the sights during the day or at sunset from the river that runs through it, complete with a delicious picnic lunch on board, makes for a superb outing. Each Oxford picnic river boat cruise lasts around two and half hours, giving you a new and memorable perspective on this renowned city of scholars and offering a tantalising taste of what this spectacular area has to offer.


• Available on selected days between April and October
• Lunch time cruises departure at 12.30pm
• Sunset cruises depart at 5pm or 6pm depending on the month
• Boarding is 15 minutes prior to departure


• On the River Thames with departures from No.1 Folly Bridge, Oxford

Suitable For

• Clothing should be suitable to the weather of the day
• Hats and sunscreen are advisable on hot days
• No high heels may be worn
• Buoyancy aids are available
• Under 18's must be accompanied by a fare paying adult
• No pets
• There is no wheelchair access but assistance can be given to those with a limited mobility to board the craft


Average Rating 4
Total Reviews 3
Recommend to Friend 3
9 months ago
We had an absolutely great day out. The boat trip was leisurely and very peaceful as we sailed along the back waters of the Thames with a selection of music in the background. The picnic baskets had a lovely selection of food and drinks in them, more than enough for two people. We saw cows and horses drinking at the edge of the Thames something you would not expect, passing along through the countryside. I enjoyed it so much I would do it again.
about 6 years ago
We had a lovely day on the river. It was very well organised and staff were friendly and welcoming. We would certainly recommend it .
Cathy Ridge
about 8 years ago
Really lovely cruise down the Thames with a charming boat driver. Pleasant picnic lunch with wine included.
James Stibbs
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Picnic Cruise Oxford
A Picnic Cruise on the River Thames
Total Price£45.00
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