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Stratford on Avon, Warwickshire: River Avon

Boat for scattering ashes on the River Avon in Stratford upon Avon

Location Stratford Upon Avon
Area of operation The River Avon in Stratford upon Avon
Type of boat 53 feet long Class V luxury Passenger boat. Heated, carpeted and with tables and chairs.
Capacity of the boat Up to 16 (due to new COVID-19 restrictions)
Refreshments Tea, coffee & Masala Chai are charged at £2 per cup (in china cup & saucer) and they have a selection of chilled cans and water and a licensed bar. You can also bring your own cold snacks.
Disabled access Yes. Hydraulic wheelchair lift from mooring into cabin. Accessible toilet.
Duration of trip Approx 90 minutes
Price £250 for the 90 minutes.
Additional information A family run business offering a friendly and personal service tailored to the individual requirements. Caters for all religions especially Hindu and Sikh families as the River Avon flows into the River Severn and then out into the sea.
Operating months Available all year weather permitting.
Parking Available at The Crown Plaza and the crew can arrange two free passes. Other cars can park in the Pay & Display car park next to the boat
Suitable urn Scattering ashes directly onto the water can lead to them being blown about which some families may find distressing. We supply a wide range of urns specifically designed for water ceremonies. They are all 100% biodegradable and will dissolve in water – please follow this link: Water urns We also supply a range of water ceremony sets which include an urn, flower petals, dissolvable noteless and a certificate to record the ceremony. Our sets and ceremony accessories can be viewed here: Sets and Ceremony Accessories


Unfortunately due to the  lockdown announcement Bancroft Cruisers are cancelling all booked cruises. This will be reviewed when the lockdown is lifted.

We take everyone’s health very seriously. And crew members have vulnerable relatives with whom they are support bubbled and I can’t take the risk of compromising us or your guests.

We hope things will calm over the next few weeks and we are taking provisional bookings from the beginning of March 2021. If anything changes I will let you know.

Please accept our sincere apologies, and please take good care of yourself & your family over the next few weeks.

  Next Steps… If you would like more information or to enquire about availability, please fill in the form below. The boat operator will then contact you directly as soon as they can.  If you have an urgent request you will be sent the direct telephone number via email as soon as you have submitted the form. Please note Scattering Ashes is not the boat operator, filling in the form below is the quickest way to speak with the skipper.

    First Name (required) Surname Name (required)

    Name of the deceased (optional - but it helps for booking purposes)

    Your Email (required)

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    Do you need us to supply a water urns ? These are an additional cost to the boat and we will contact separately about these.

    Your Message - included preferred dates if known


    Scattering ashes Stratford upon Avon

    12 thoughts on “Stratford on Avon, Warwickshire: River Avon

    1. Reply
      Mr Mann - 20th December 2020

      We booked a river cruise and although it was cancelled many times due to river levels Fiona was in constant conversation and was very accommodating with alternative dates.

      The ceremony was beautifully done with the lovely touch of shabads (hymns). Everyone was made to feel comfortable and at ease during the cruise.

      I would whole heartedly recommend this service

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      Alex - 23rd November 2020

      We used Bancroft Cruisers to scatter my partner’s mother’s ashes, and I would heartily recommend them for this service.
      The staff, in particular Fiona, were extremely friendly, and very knowledgeable on traditional Sikh ceremonies appropriate for a scattering.
      The music and hymns provided via the sound system were very fitting, and they made sure to explain the hymns chosen to those of the group who aren’t Sikh, so they could appreciate the ceremony properly.
      Refreshments were provided, including homemade spiced tea, which was lovely. The staff had even made a small diya for the ceremony, as it was also Diwali when we did the scattering. This extra touch was extremely appreciated.
      The boat cruise was great too – we went down the river to a location just outside of Stratford, and the route was very scenic (even if the weather was a bit gloomy!). The spot at which we scattered the ashes was very tranquil, and the side of the river could be reached via footpath, if we wanted to visit the site again on foot.
      Thank you Fiona and Co. My partner sends her well wishes.

    3. Reply
      Mrs Parmar - 24th September 2020

      Sikh Ashes Scattering Ceremony
      We booked the Sikh ceremony to scatter our dads ashes on 30th August 2020 and it was the best decision we made.
      We were allowed 16 people due to Covid -19 which was enough for the main family and grandchildren to attend. Weirdly enough with dad we have always been 17 so when Fiona informed us of the 16 rule I thought for a minute it means one less – but this was of course with dad. He was definitely there with us.
      We were really anxious about the whole thing as usually if it wasn’t the current circumstances we would go to India, but we have to say it was the best decision we ever made.
      Fiona was absolutely fantastic from booking the initial date to the ceremony and we can’t thank her enough. She thought of every little detail, the Kirtan, Ardas – the scented sticks (toof). The crew on the day were amazing not rushing, everything was really calm and peaceful and just how we planned it for dad. The grandchildren all got involved in the ceremony and we took our own (environment friendly) balloons with us for them them to let go of. Fiona had already kindly printed off little labels with the Kanda sign on them for the children to all write their messages. It was a beautiful day and as the water urn touched the water the sun came out. We also threw flowers into the water.
      We arranged to have the refreshments too and we have to say Fiona masala Tea was just amazing. Our dad loved his Indian tea and we all raised our cups to our dad.
      Thank you so much Fiona and your Team for giving dad such a smooth, peaceful and memorable final journey.

    4. Reply
      Arti Panchmatia - 3rd September 2020

      We just want to say a big thank you to Fiona and the crew. We did the scattering ceremony on bank holiday Monday for our mum .
      Fiona went out her way and sorted out everything and thought of little things to make it personnel .

      The grandchildren were very happy to be included in the ceremony . The whole event was so calm and peaceful . Fiona did not rush us at all she gave us time to say our good byes . Can’t thank you enough .

    5. Reply
      Sukminder Singh chahal - 14th August 2020

      We booked Sikh ashes scattering Ceremony for my mum/grandmother today. We just want to thank Fiona for a excellent costumer service she really made us feel comfortable and really took care of us. The prayers on the boat was beautiful and soothing. Fiona really went out her way to make my family feel at ease. We can’t thank you enough Fiona. X

    6. Reply
      Sheela - 26th February 2020

      Sikh Ashes Scattering Ceremony
      The Ceremony was booked for scattering my Husbands Ashes, Just want to thank Fiona for the excellent Service.
      She was very understating and caring, kept me informed and called a couple of days after the ceremony to check how i was, appreciated very much and touched as this was unexpected but very thoughtful of her.
      Very good with the children and made us all feel welcome.
      Thanks Fiona for your support , much appreciated.

    7. Reply
      Meera Solanki - 16th September 2018

      We chose to book this boat for a Hindu Scattering of the Ashes ceremony, for my father.
      I cannot express my thanks to Fiona and the two gentlemen for their kindness and hospitality. The service they provided was exceptional and the boat was above and beyond our expectations!!
      We were allowed to perform our ceremony peacefully and the setting was absolutely beautiful.
      I was able to communicate with Lana easily through email and she answered all my queries with professionalism and speed.
      The boat accomadated our family of 27 people easily and the children were also very welcomed by Fiona. Fiona had a couple of balloons which she let the children write a farewell message on, and they then released these at the end of the boat trip, i thought that this was such a nice touch!!
      Once again cannot fault Fiona and her team, easily and definately a 5 star service.

    8. Reply
      sudha - 20th August 2018

      i booked this boat in July for scattering my husbands ashes and i was there with my extended family yesterday It was a beautiful sunny day and we had a wonderful ceremony with the help of Fiona and the crew I wish to give my heartfelt thanks to Fiona for making my friends and family welcome.i would highly
      recommend this boat to my friends and family

      1. Reply
        Ammon Enterprises Ltd - 20th August 2018

        Thank you very much Sudha, we will pass your message onto Fiona.
        Kind regards

    9. Reply
      Talbinder Dhaliwal - 28th June 2018

      I wish to give my heart-felt thanks to Scattering Ashes (Stratford on Avon) for their wonderful service. From the initial communication right through to the end of the ceremony, we were made to feel at ease especially as such events are performed with a heavy heart. Fiona was professional throughout and I know my mum would be looking down and pleased with the send off.

    10. Reply
      Gohil - 30th April 2018

      I booked this boat for Scattering my Dad’s Ashes Hindu Ceremony. Fiona and Toby was so helpful and made us feel very welcome. The boat trip was warm and comfortable, as we had x3 children with us, which she provided something for them to be occupied with. Scattering the Ashes was a beautiful ceremony and the balloons was a lovely gesture from Fiona. Also after the ceremony tea/coffee + biscuits was provided, which was lovely. Thank you so much for your help and your patients with us, we really appreciated it. Thank you.

    11. Reply
      Mrs Powar - 2nd August 2017

      Sikh Ashes Scattering Ceremony
      I booked this boat for the Sikh Ashes Scattering Ceremony, we took my father’s ashes and all my family went today, I just want to thank Fiona for her excellent customer service, I have had a lot of communication with Fiona, from the time I booked this to the end of the actual ceremony. Fiona took excellent care of us. She was so helpful, caring and very sensitive too. She made a very difficult and sad day a lot more bearable. I would definitely recommend this boat cruise to everyone as I can’t thank Fiona enough for her hospitality and how she made our family feel so welcome on the boat, Fiona really went out of her way to help me and nothing was impossible, I really appreciated that. The Punjabi prayer music that was on in the background was a lovely touch too. Thank you so much Fiona x

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