A bit about us

Visit Bancroft Cruisers for friendly tour guides, a relaxing  atmosphere, a complete range of private charter packages.

WE ARE TAKING BOOKINGS FOR PRIVATE CHARTERS AT THE MOMENT.   We’re a family business offering the best event cruises in Stratford upon Avon! Funny & informative guides perform a live commentary. Wonderful Afternoon & Traditional Cream Teas onboard. And just in case the weather’s chilly The Rita Ellen is fully enclosed and heated. We have a lift for bringing wheelchairs into cabin and also wheelchair friendly toilet facilities. And we are the only riverboat cruise company on the River Avon to offer our own onboard guide – not a recorded or digital commentary.

The Rita Ellen mid cruise

Cruise past the Royal Shakespeare Theare

We specialise in pre-booked trips, corporate events, parties and school groups, and offer discounted rates for educational trips and group travel.

Our lovely vessel, The Rita Ellen, is an elegant event cruiser with a fully licensed bar and galley. She is ideal for a enjoying a cuppa, or something stronger! Or an afternoon or cream tea while relaxing on a sightseeing cruise and also very popular for holding a party to celebrate a wedding, anniversary, birthday or hen party! We have fantastic caterers and ensure your cruise is a success.

Cruises starts and finish at the quay at Crowne Plaza Stratford-upon-Avon, just a 5-minute walk from Stratford’s main coach and car park.

People we like and think you’d like too:

Go Cotswolds Unique! Go Cotswolds is the only tour operator offering scheduled, guided minibus day trips of the Cotswolds from Stratford-upon-Avon. Tom and his team visit some of the most picturesque Cotswolds towns, villages and beauty spots in the area and come highly rated on TripAdvisor! Go Cotswold also run speciality tours (including Brewery & Pub tours – hic!) and private hire.

Stratford Town Walk – An award-winning walk around Stratford’s historic streets.  Excellent guides and excellent value. Walks run (hop) 365 days a year – they’re committed! Town walk team give discount cruise vouchers too.

Loxley’s Restaurant & Wine Bar – More really lovely people,  gorgeous food and great wine in a original Elizabethan surroundings – 10 minutes walk from us.  Excellent Tripadvisor reviews.

El Greco A super family-owned independent restaurant – excellent menu, great service and atmosphere. They cater for large groups so excellent choice if you’re organising a hen party or family gathering.

Stratford upon Avon Holiday Park   – On the banks of the beautiful River Avon a complex of holiday parks tastefully laid out to take full advantage of this superb location. On the complex visit the Riverside bar & restaurant.

Visitor Information Centre – the one-stop shop for visitor information – friendly & informative team & booking centre for our Sightseeing tours.