We look forward to seeing you onboard

Something totally different

You’ll see parts of Milton Keynes you have never seen before through Electra’s picture windows. You’ll be eye to eye with swans, herons and even the odd kingfisher. Stand in the bow and enjoy the breeze on a warm summer’s day, or watch as the leaves fall silently in autumn.

Make sure you have your camera in hand as we glide through parkland, past waterside art, alongside the local wildlife … and the occasional fisherman.

A green canal boat

Unlike diesel canal boats, Electra has lead-carbon batteries below deck, which charge overnight from renewable sources. There are also 12 solar panels on her roof to keep her topped up in the day.

All those volts also power the dishwasher that lets us use reusable glass and crockery, along with everything else on board.

Electra is zero-emission; she creates less disturbance to wildlife and other canal users and generates barely any waste. We recycle as much as we can and work with local businesses to reduce the food miles of what we serve on board.

Great facilities

Electra is accessible for all; we have a lift that can fit wheelchairs up to 700mm wide; it can also be used by guests with limited mobility. Don’t worry, our toilet is wheelchair friendly too. 

Click below for an audio description of boarding instructions, the lavatory, the cabin layout and unusual sounds.

The Galley Bar is available for both hot and cold refreshments, while the cabin is well ventilated with heating throughout. It’s a great place for up 12 guests to enjoy, seating is at six tables for two.

Run by volunteers

Our crew is entirely made up of volunteers; we’ll take care of you from start to finish, leaving you free to relax and enjoy the scenic cruise.

All of our Skippers and Cabin Hosts are fully trained and qualified, so you’re in safe hands.

Food options

We serve a tasty selection of hand-picked locally made treats throughout the year, from cakes to fish and chips, cream tea to mince pies.

Part of our green agenda is to source locally whenever we can.

What our customers say

img
  • star rating  We were on the Motown and soul cruise, what a fantastic way to spend an evening cruising the embankment with the excellent on board DJ getting all involved even the... read more

    bena249
    August 26, 2021

    star rating  We were on the Motown and soul cruise, what a fantastic way to spend an evening cruising the embankment with the excellent on board DJ getting all involved even the... read more

    ben a
    August 1, 2021
  • star rating  We went for a 2 hour boat trip on board the John Bunyan boat with a local social club. We all had a ploughman's lunch & hot drink served by... read more

    _pauldorow
    June 6, 2022

    star rating  First time on this boat for my wife and I. We booked an evening jazz cruise as a birthday treat. It was a really wonderful experience. The... read more

    Mike_Dennison3
    September 1, 2021
  • star rating  Spent a great afternoon on a Soul Cruise with a few friends. Both the DJs were excellent and play a great mixture of Soul tunes enjoyed by everyone on board... read more

    MitzyD123
    August 29, 2019

    star rating  We were on the Motown and soul cruise, what a fantastic way to spend an evening cruising the embankment with the excellent on board DJ getting all involved even the... read more

    ben a
    August 26, 2021
  • star rating  What a fabulous trip the Soul Cruise was from start to finish !
    Had so much fun dancing & singing to some excellent tunes from the 2 master DJ’s... read more

    TiggerLincs
    September 1, 2019

    star rating  What can I say, had the boat on a charter and what a great day we've had. Boat was lovely and the crew even better, all volunteers with a real... read more

    715carls
    September 1, 2019
  • star rating  A pleasant trip along the river with a very average "cream tea" consisting of only one scone//jam/cream on paper plates including the cup of tea, all pre-packed and covered in... read more

    MightyMerc
    September 1, 2019

    star rating  What a fantastic evening on the John bunyan.... a cruise down the ouse with perfect weather and great tunes of soul and Motown this a private charter so I was... read more

    audratimmins
    August 1, 2019
  • star rating  What a fantastic evening on the John bunyan.... a cruise down the ouse with perfect weather and great tunes of soul and Motown this a private charter so I was... read more

    Audra T
    August 29, 2019

    star rating  We had a lovely tip on the JB boat, just a lovely way to explore the river and going through the lock with an inch either side, the team certainly... read more

    908harveyc
    May 27, 2022
  • star rating  Spent a great afternoon on a Soul Cruise with a few friends. Both the DJs were excellent and play a great mixture of Soul tunes enjoyed by everyone on board... read more

    T Davies
    August 1, 2019

    star rating  Visited here with a group from Essex. Had two hour gentle cruise with a cream tea. From the moment we stepped aboard we were immediately looked after by the volunteers... read more

    casimmonds
    September 30, 2022
  • star rating  Lovely trip along the river. The volunteers are helpful and enthusiastic. They have all undergone appropriate training.
    The disabled lift worked well for my companion who walks with crutches,... read more

    Extraordinary779575
    April 23, 2022

    star rating  Great time ! We joined the boat at the priory marina and cruised for 3 hours to the Anchor pub at Great Barford. Beautiful countryside , a relaxing cruise followed... read more

    Michael G
    July 1, 2021
  • star rating  A pleasant trip along the river with a very average "cream tea" consisting of only one scone//jam/cream on paper plates including the cup of tea, all pre-packed and covered in... read more

    MightyMerc
    July 1, 2019

    star rating  What a fabulous trip the Soul Cruise was from start to finish ! Had so much fun dancing & singing to some excellent tunes from the 2 master DJ’s... read more

    Mandy A.
    June 1, 2019
  • star rating  What can I say, had the boat on a charter and what a great day we've had. Boat was lovely and the crew even better, all volunteers with a real... read more

    Carl S
    September 1, 2019

    star rating  Enjoyed a tranquil 2 hour summers evening mini cruise along Bedford River Ouse this evening. Fish OR chicken & chip supper included, bar and refreshments available - lovely. ... read more

    P8407HIdianas
    June 10, 2022