Sudbury River Trips

Rosette can each accommodate up to 8 passengers, Francis J is our specially adapted pontoon style boat that can accommodate up to 8 passengers including those with impaired mobility (her capacity is affected by wheelchair users); whilst Edwardian Lady and the restored John Constable Lighter can each carry up to 12 passengers. All these boats operate between Sudbury, Great Cornard and Great Henny.

Rosette, Francis J and Edwardian Lady are available for scheduled trips and private charters (subject to existing bookings and commitments) from Spring until the end of October (see below). The John Constable is available for private charters – click here to find out more.

We also operate boat trips on the lower river between Stratford St Mary, Dedham, Flatford and Brantham. You can find out more about all of our boats by clicking here.

2019 Season –  Saturday 30 March until Sunday 27 October:
  • Henny Swan Lunch Cruises on Saturdays & Sundays
  • Half Hour Trips on Sundays
  • Half Hour Trips on Wednesday afternoons in August
  • Private Charters by arrangement on other days

Please note:

  • Calls to the 0844 numbers cost 7p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge
  • All trips are dependent on availability, weather and river conditions to ensure the safety of our passengers and volunteers.
  • The boats only operate within civil twilight hours for safety and insurance reasons.
  • Passenger numbers on all our boats are subject to load capacity (average 82.5kg per person).
  • The River Stour Trust operate the boat trips and are entirely separate to The Henny Swan who run the pub and restaurant. Therefore, payments to The Henny Swan are not related to the River Stour Trust boat trip. Boat fares are payable directly to the River Stour Trust.


All charter enquiries: 0844 800 5016*

Charters are by arrangement only and are usually up to 4 hours although a lesser period or additional hours can be discussed to suit your requirements. The charter charge starts at £120 for an 8-seater craft. We are able to assist with some catering arrangements e.g. picnic hamper, afternoon tea at our venues.

There are a range of trips you can enjoy, such as:

  • Return cruise to Great Henny where passengers can disembark to enjoy a meal at The Henny Swan
  • A visit to our Visitor Education Centre (VEC) to enjoy a picnic by the river
  • Make arrangements for afternoon tea at the RST Tea Room at The Granary
  • River trips for guests attending functions at RST venues or The Henny Swan



Henny Swan Lunch Cruise
Return cruise with lunch stop at The Henny Swan, CO10 7LS (click here for link to map)

10.45am-11.00am departure from the Granary, Quay Lane, CO10 2AN (click here for link to map)
Travel through Great Cornard Lock – Midday arrival at The Henny Swan
Return trip departs at 2.00pm to arrive back by 3.00pm

Advance booking advisable  – 0844 800 5015*

Book your table at The Henny Swan by calling 01787 267953

  • Fares
  • Adult (12 years+) £15.00
  • Child (2-11 years) £7.50
  • Baby (0-2 years) No charge
  • Dog £1


Return Trips from The Henny Swan, CO10 7LS
Available when lunch cruise trip is running
Non-landing return trips to Great Cornard Lock
– Departing at 12.15pm (returning for lunch at 1pm)
– Departing at 1.15pm (returning for lunch at 2pm)

Advance booking advisable  – 0844 800 5015*
Book your table at The Henny Swan 01787 267953

  • Fares
  • Adult (12 years+) £5.00
  • Child (2-11 years) £3.00
  • Baby (0-2 years) No charge
  • Dog £1.00

(Also on Wednesday Afternoons in August)

Return trips to Great Cornard Lock
Regularly departing from the Granary Tea Room, Quay Lane, CO10 2AN (click here for link to map)
Half hour non-landing return trip
11.00am – last trip at 4.30pm, no pre-booking before the day
(1.00pm-4.00pm on Wednesday afternoons in August)

  • Fares
  • Adult (12 years+) £5.00
  • Child (2-11 years) £3.00
  • Baby (0-2 years) No charge
  • Dog £1.00


Visit TripAdvisor to read the reviews and/or leave your own comments: River Stour Trust – Day Tours


hsfront_bThe Henny Swan is an independently owned riverside pub and restaurant in the pretty hamlet of Henny, located 2 miles from Sudbury.

We’re passionate about our beer and wine with a selection of draft beers and wonderful wines at exceptional prices. Not forgetting premium spirits, cocktails and interesting soft drinks so there’s something to keep everyone happy!

Our talented team of chefs specialise in modern European cuisine with a rustic edge, using fresh, local, seasonal produce wherever possible.

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