Your River Ceremony

A peaceful cruise on the River Avon.

The Avon rises near Rugby and joins the River Severn at Tewkesbury and then flows into the sea. Your loved ones ashes may be scattered in a peaceful and pretty spot downstream some distance away from the busy Stratford upon Avon town centre. You may scatter ashes with or without a religious ceremony. We respect your choice.
We offer a selection of devotional prayers which can be played on your private charter. Or you can bring your own music on an iPhone or Android mobile phone.
Flowers, paper petals, paper boats, ghee candles, bio-degradable water urns made of salt, sand or handmade paper may be floated on the river. If the urn is a scattering tube, is plastic or cardboard we will look after it when you leave. Plastic bags, plastic urns, scattering tubes or ceremonial cloths cannot be put in the river as they do not biodegrade and can be dangerous for the environment, wildlife and boats.

The cost of the cruise is £275.

Due to government COVID-19 lockdown regulations the current maximum number of guests who can attend the ceremony is twenty (20). This may increase in July 2021 if restrictions are eased.

COVID-19 Information & Rules

  • To comply with funeral service regulations and to keep everyone safe strict social distancing will be in place and the lead booker must keep a record of all guest contact details for 21 days. We will also keep the lead booker’s contact details for 21 days.  This is vital for the NHS Test and Trace service in England to contact the necessary people if coronavirus outbreaks are identified in venue.
  • All guests MUST wear a face covering of good quality except when eating or drinking. A safe distance should be observed with other households/support bubbles.
  • By law we display the Bancroft Cruisers NHS COVID-19 QR Code poster. We recommend you download the NHS COVID-19 App and that you check-in on boarding by scanning the QR code poster. You can download the app on your mobile or hereNHS Covid-19 
  • We are taking contactless temperatures of your crew and guests before each cruise.
  • No-one should attend if they have been in contact with COVID-19, have tested positive in the last 21 days, are waiting for a COVID result, are clinically vulnerable or are showing any symptoms.
  • What is a support bubble? Click here:  Basically a support bubble is where one person who lives alone can meet with another household. Once this bubble has been formed you should not change it. It means a person can have close contact with that household as if they were members of your own household. A household is where everyone lives together. For example – a household of 4 people cannot make a support bubble with a household of 3 people.
  • To know more about NHS TEST & TRACE click here:
  • Social Distancing  Learn more about current distancing here:
  • The GOV.UK website now offers some clarity on religious ceremonies or gatherings – we are not a place of worship but the information here offers guidance that we will apply carefully – for more information click here – this may change when lockdown ends: Ash Scattering Rules