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Bancroft Cruisers

Address: Holiday Inn Stratford | Bridgefoot, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6YR, England
Phone Number: +44 1789 269669
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Boat tours, Boat Tours & Water Sports
Owner description: The best 45 minute sightseeing cruise in Stratford upon Avon!! We offer excellent sightseeing...
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Type: Boat tours, Boat Tours & Water Sports
Owner description: The best 45 minute sightseeing cruise in Stratford upon Avon!! We offer excellent sightseeing cruises and we're the only company to have a boat with a licensed bar, wonderful cream teas and a Live commentary by our own on-board guides. Our guides share the history - and the amusing unknown history - of Stratford & Shakespeare during your cruise. We're a family business that operate 365 days a year, river conditions permitting. We can also cater for private parties - birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas, schools & coach groups - we do just about everything! Our ghost themed evening cruises are popular with local residents and tourists alike. If you'd like to know more please call or drop us an email.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

The Rita Ellen was hired for a 2 hour cruise for the bride to be's surprise nautical themed hen. Fiona kept in touch in the months leading up to the hen to make sure every detail was planned, even down to the layout of the tables! Prosecco on arrival, followed by 2 hours of tunes being played from our iPod... More 

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Worcester
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15 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Being a tourist honey pot Stratford upon Avon charges a little more than other riverside towns on the Avon for its hospitality (e.g. Evesham) but at £5.50 this trip has to be excellent value for money. Saturday 7 Feb was cold and the mooring frozen over but a cold February day proved to be a great way of avoiding the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Booked a charter river cruise January 17th for a combined Stag and Hen (Stens and Hags) weekend on the Rita Ellen and although we weren't able to do the journey we originally had scheduled due to heavy rain in the week Fiona made every effort to make sure that we were still able to enjoy a cruise up river. It... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Despite the freezing ice the boat was nice and warm. We were greeted by our friendly guide who had great knowledge and gave his own slant on Shakespeare and Stratford's history. The kids found the gruesome details of history great and attentively listened to the guide.

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Fiona R, Owner at Bancroft Cruisers, responded to this review

Hi Stephanie G, Many thanks for your lovely review! I'm pleased you enjoyed your cruise and mulled wine and mince pies. It was really cold that day but the frost looked beautiful on the trees along the riverbank . I'll pass your comments to Romeo. Hope to see you in the New Year. Best wishes, Fiona Rae Director Bancroft Cruisers More 

Birmingham, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

A lovely cruise on the Avon with a very knowledgable guide and friendly helpful crew. We had mulled wine and delicious mincepies as it was near Christmas. Our charming guide, Romeo, was full of interesting local information.

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Fiona R, Owner at Bancroft Cruisers, responded to this review

Hello 35Best, Many thanks for your great review. It's lovely to be able to cruise on the River Avon even in the winter! I'll pass it on to Romeo - and our wonderful bakers. Hope to see you again in the summer for a Pimms Cruise. Best wishes, Fiona Director Bancroft Cruisers Stratford upon Avon 01789 269669 More 

North Wales, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014 via mobile

We booked this cruise on line and then there was a mix up when we got there with the booking, however the staff were so helpful and sorted us out another cruise, treated us like royalty and upgraded from a cream tea to a Champagne cream tea. They even sang happy birthday to me, staff really made this an amazing... More 

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Burnley
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

I loved the cruise on the Avon but what really made it for me was our guide Andy, Andy is a true performer, funny, knowledgable with great delivery. I assumed he was an actor filling in between jobs, I was amazed that this was his full time job. Andy should be on the after-dinner circuit earning good money, he is... More 

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

The crew helped me surprise my girlfriend with a cream tea and champagne trip along the River Avon, we were booked into the private bow area and allowed on first which made everything even more special. The staff were extremely helpful and kind, both before and during the trip and the guided talk is funny and informative without being too... More 

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

We took our two kids 12 and 15 on the trip this afternoon and had a lovely afternoon. We found the site easily and the tour took place on time. The staff were happy and approachable, they ensured that we knew what was going on and the commentary was funny and interesting. I never knew that was where the word... More 

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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

On a glorious afternoon, 10 September, a group of work colleagues and myself joined the Rita Ellen cruise boat moored alongside the Holiday Inn hotel. We were warmly greeted by a lovely lady called Fiona, who welcomed us all aboard, and we then proceeded to cruise up the river Avon whilst enjoying our wine and cream tea...a delightful, relaxing experience!... More 

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