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“Stand by and mark the manner of his teaching” – The Taming of the Shrew: IV, ii

Schools and colleges from around the world use Bancroft Cruisers to give their students a new perspective on the history of Will Shakespeare and his home-town, Stratford upon Avon.

Our onboard guides provide an engaging and informative commentary that touches on the history of Stratford; the development and management of rivers and canals; the life, times and works of William Shakespeare and other notable figures; local architecture; and the wide and varied wildlife along the banks of the River Avon.

On the Rita Ellen we have tables and chairs that can be used as workstations. We also offer a number of information sheets and quizzes that can be used during the cruise and after. If you want to get closer to the river, or have a large group, our open-sided traditional cruiser, the Princess Marina, accommodates up to 54 passengers (Princess Marina out of service at the moment).
The special rates below are available for all UK & international schools and colleges with students up to age 18.

The commentary is live so headphones are not required. The commentary can be delivered in bite-sized pieces to allow teachers time to translate if required.

Contact Us for more information, to book a daytime or evening cruise.

Daytime Cruise Rates

45 minutes 60 minutes
Student £4.50 £5.50
Accompanying
adult (2 free)
£4.50 £5.50