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Vintage Barge Cruise for Two with Lunch Suffolk

Ipswich Dock   

• A cruise on a fully restored historic sail barge
• A full day voyage from Ipswich to Harwich and back
• Barges have seating, a corner bar and dining area
• Up to 50 guests on these River Orwell cruises
A Vintage Barge Cruise with Lunch for Two People in Suffolk



What's Included

• An Orwell river barge cruise for two people
• Allow three hours for this experience
• Plenty of relaxation whilst viewing the vessel under sail
• Light ploughman's lunch and dessert
• Ample views to enjoy
• You may be in a group of up to fifty people

What Can I Expect

Our Orwell River Cruises give you a unique way to see the sights around Ipswich! This wonderful half day barge cruise is like stepping back in time to an era when working barges filled the rivers transporting cargo and passengers around the country and beyond. These days the fully restored beautiful boats are a rare sight on the water.

With the aim of preserving sail-barges and keeping them working by offering cruises on the Orwell and other English rivers, Stephanie and Paul, the husband and wife team who set up this company are incredibly passionate and dedicated. The company now boasts a fleet of five fully-restored sail barges, namely SB Hydrogen, Thistle, Reminder and Kitty. And if, like us, you were wondering what the 'SB' stands for it's 'Sailing Barge'!

As soon as you step aboard you'll appreciate the amount of work that has gone in to restore these vessels to offer comfy seating, corner bars and convivial dining areas, all using high quality marine woods. Able to comfortably welcome 50 guests onboard whilst cruising gently along the River Orwell, these barges certainly offer a unique experience on the inland waters of Suffolk.

These Orwell river cruises set sail from Ipswich dock and head through the lock onto the main section of the River Orwell. Slipping quietly past the impossibly picturesque Pin Mill on the barge, you'll cruise under sail all the way to bustling Harwich harbour before turning around to head back to Ipswich. During the experience you may be able to assist the skipper and mate, as well as enjoying the views and a light ploughman's lunch with dessert that has been freshly prepared in the galley kitchens of these historic barges.


• Available on selected Fridays between March and October
• The cruise is weather dependant


• Sail from the Old Customs House in the historic dock, Ipswich

Suitable For

• Minimum age 12
• Under 18's must be accompanied
• Participants should be reasonably agile to be able to board the vessel
• Warm clothing suitable to the day should be worn
• Sensible flat shoes are advisable


Average Rating 4
Total Reviews 7
Recommend to Friend 7
about 4 years ago
Very well organised 2 hour plus cruise; with great weather also. Interesting to see the barge under sail with the crew handling the sails so smoothly. A very interesting commentary from one of the crew about the features of and around the estuary with his own experiences of sailing. Lunch: very good and plenty of it.
Dave and Mel Harmer
about 4 years ago
We motored and sailed down the River Orwell under sunshine and angry stormy skies. The crew were friendly, helpful and professional. The lunch was a cheese and ham ploughmans followed by hot apple/blackberry crumble. Delicious. It was a lovely 3hr cruise and the only downside was the torrential rain on the return journey which was just bad luck. Would certainly recommend this to other people. We have done thames barge cruises before, and would happily do it again. by Rob & Debbie Neve
Rob & Debbie Neve
about 5 years ago
What a wonderful day Motored down to Harwich with engine and sail turned and the engine was cut and came most of way home under sail. Had the opportunity to take on the steering which to the uninitiated is an experience in itself with wind and tide
Terry Oliver
about 6 years ago
We thoroughly enjoyed this experience, staff extremely helpful and informative concerning the barge and countyside. Lunch was delicious but do think that one hot/cold beverage should of been included in the price! It might also be helpful to provide nearby car park locations and approximate walking times to the quay especially when raining and for non locals. We would highly recommend this experience and are now looking at booking another trip next year.
Mr and Mrs Bede-Cox
about 6 years ago
Really enjoyed the half day cruise, staff were helpful and lunch was just right. Would recommend this experience!
Andrew Russ
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Saturday Special DeliverySaturdays Only£11.70
European Delivery3 - 5 working days£4.50
Rest of World Delivery5 - 7 working days£6.50

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* 93% delivered next working day

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Vouchers are usually valid for 12 months from the date of purchase (unless otherwise stated) and shall become invalid on the expiry date. The expiry date is set out on the Voucher. Vouchers may be extended for a further 12 months on payment of an admin fee of £10 plus any increase that may have taken place for that activity since the original date of purchase. Please note that some Vouchers cannot be extended; this will be stated on the Voucher. PLEASE NOTE: You must book and take your experience before the before the expiry date of the voucher.
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Vintage Barge Cruise for Two with Lunch Suffolk
A Vintage Barge Cruise with Lunch for Two People in Suffolk
Total Price£70.00
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