Sudbury Boat Trips

Rosette, Francis J Batten, Edwardian Lady and John Constable operate on the three mile stretch between Sudbury, Great Cornard and Great Henny.

Our boats are crewed by fully trained volunteers and are available for scheduled trips and private charters. Proceeds go towards the charitable aims and objectives of the River Stour Trust.

We also operate boat trips along the lower the Dedham Vale section of the River Stour between Stratford St Mary, Dedham, Flatford and Brantham. Click here for more information.


HENNY LUNCH CRUISE (Saturdays and Sundays)

Pre-booking is required for this 2-hour return cruise departing from The Granary, Sudbury at 11am with passage through Great Cornard Lock and a midway 2-hour stop for lunch at The Henny Swan (12pm-2pm) before returning by 3pm.

This scheduled service can usually accommodate up to 20 passengers aboard two boats (seating up to 8 and 12 respectively). The online booking facility is available until 12pm each Friday before the respective weekend. Customers must also confirm 12pm table booking directly with The Henny Swan.

Henny Lunch Cruise customers must also contact The Henny Swan independently to:

  • Confirm your 12pm table booking
  • Advise them of your travel arrangements
  • Book places for any members of your dining party not travelling on the boat/s
  • Please note: well behaved dogs are welcome in the bar and outside but need to be on a lead at all times.

GRANARY SHORT TRIP (11am-4pm, Sundays and advertised days in August)

Half hour non-landing return trips (up to 8 passengers per trip) departing from The Granary, Sudbury. Our Tea Room is open 10:30am-4pm, serving hot and cold refreshments, sandwiches/toasties and homemade cake.

HENNY SHORT TRIP* (12:15pm or 1:15pm, Saturdays and Sundays)

Half hour non-landing return trips departing from Henny (opposite The Henny Swan). *Trip availabiity and capacity is determined by bookings for our Henny Lunch Cruise.


Henny Lunch CruiseGranary Short TripHenny Short Trip
The Granary,
Quay Lane , Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 2AN
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The Granary,
Quay Lane , Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 2AN
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The Henny Swan, Henny Street, Gt Henny, Suffolk, CO10 7LS
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We advise arrival 15 minutes before departure to allow passengers a comfort break before boarding the boat/s and assist with a prompt departure.


Passenger Types & FaresCount towards boat capacityAll Short TripsHenny Lunch Cruise OFF PEAKHenny Lunch Cruise PEAK
Adult (12 years+)Yes£6.00£18.00£20.00
Child (5-11 years)Yes£3.00£9.00£10.00
Infant (1-4 years)YesN/AN/AN/A
Baby (under 12 months)NoN/AN/AN/A
  • Online booking is available until 12pm on the Friday before each weekend.
  • Click on the button below for the weekend cruise dates and availability (or call 01787 313199- weekdays only).
  • Click here for online booking guidance.


The charter period of up to 4 hours allows for the 2-hour return jouney to Henny (including a couple of passages through Great Cornard Lock) and a 2-hour stop at The Henny Swan. The charter fee is per boat and is irrespective of the number of passengers.

(Jul & Aug)
John ConstableRestored Stour Lighter retains its historic features so it is an open, uncovered boat. However, a purpose-built canopy can be fitted before your journey to act as shelter from the rain or the sunshine. 12£240.00£240.00
Edwardian LadyEdwardian style, electric boat with a fixed canopy and removable windows. 12£216.00£240.00
Rosette Edwardian style, electric boat with a fixed canopy and removable windows.8£144.00£160.00
Francis J Batten (FJ)Specially adapted pontoon-style boat with a fixed canopy and removable windows. She is suitable for those with impaired mobility or wheelchair users although this does affect capacity8*
Passenger numbers are subject to load capacity (average 82.5kg per person).
* A manual wheelchair will count as 1 passenger. An electric wheelchair or 2 manual wheelchairs will each count as 3 passengers.