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Stratford on Avon, Warwickshire: River Avon

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

Looking for a boat to scatter your loved ones ashes in the Midlands area? The Boat at Stratford upon Avon is one of the most popular destinations in the country particular for Hindu and Sikh families. The skipper of the boat is now so well practised in the rituals of both religions it is now the go to destination for families scattering their loved one’s ashes in the West Midlands. Taking them on a beautiful cruise down the river Avon, out in to the peaceful countryside where they can scatter near the wear in peace and tranquility.


LocationStratford Upon Avon,  Warwickshire in the Midlands
Area of operationThe River Avon in Stratford upon Avon
Type of boat53 feet long Class V Luxury Passenger boat. Heated, carpeted and with tables and chairs.
Capacity of the boat30 MAX Capacity (including Children)
RefreshmentsYou can be served with: Masala tea, Yorkshire tea, freshly-brewed coffee, all with a nice selection of biscuits for  £3.5 per person.

They have a selection of chilled cans and water and a licensed bar.

You can also bring your own cold snacks.

Disabled accessYes the boat does have disabled access.

Hydraulic wheelchair lift from mooring into cabin.

Accessible toilet.

Duration of trip The trip last for around 90 minutes – 35mins cruises each way with plenty of time for the scattering
PriceThe cost is £450 for a 90 minute private dedicated charter.

There is a £75 deposit payable, to secure your cruise which is deducted from the fee.

Longer cruises can be arranged.

Additional informationA family run business offering a friendly and personal service tailored to the individual requirements.

They cater for families of all religions including Hindu, Sikh, Ravidas, Ramgarhia and Christian, and also for those guests preferring a non-denominational ceremony.

A full suite of prayers can be played and there is a ceremony table set to suit.

They also offer memory cruises – many guests often come every year to remember and celebrate the life of their loved ones.

Operating monthsAvailable all year weather and river flow permitting. In the wetter season, flooding may cause the trip to be postponed.
Scattering SiteDownstream of the town on the river Avon into fast flowing water – which flows to the river Severn and then the sea – there is picture below or a 20 second video on the Scattering Ashes YouTube channel
ParkingAvailable at The Crown Plaza close to the boat and the crew can arrange free passes.

Other cars can park in the Pay and Display car park next to the boat

Suitable urnScattering ashes directly onto the water can lead to them being blown about which some families may find distressing.

Scattering Ashes can 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 note-lets and a certificate to record the ceremony. Our sets and ceremony accessories can be viewed here: Sets and Ceremony Accessories

Recording your Scattering

Record a location where you have scattered your loved-one’s ashes so generations to come can find them for all time on The Ashes Register

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.

Note: Summer at this location gets very busy and there is often a wait of a number of weeks

    First Name (required) Surname Name (required)

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

    Your Email (required)

    Your contact number (required)

    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 Location Stratford upon Avon Ashes Hindu Sikh
    Scattering Ashes Location

    Scattering ashes Stratford upon Avon

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

    1. Reply
      Richard Martin - 28th March 2024

      Dear Fiona,

      Thank you for the thoughtful and beautifully organised trip today to spread the ashes of a most beloved father, husband and uncle.

      Your knowledge of the Hindu way, greeting us all so warmly yet discretely meant a lot. The chai and egg free biscuits were a lovely touch. You helped make a very hard day a beautiful send off for him.

      Thank you from the bottom of our hearts,

      The Lak**** family

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      Richard Martin - 12th December 2022

      Dear Fiona,

      Where do I start …

      From the beginning of my enquiry, you have been brilliant in your communication and your advice – as there are so many things unknown.

      My whole family were touched by your service and gob-smacked with your knowledge on hymns , culture and language. The fact you know how to adapt to people’s religious beliefs and cultures proves why your services and personal touch is sought after!

      The tea was nice, even my third cup. Lol, thanks for egg free biscuits.

      The whole family from young to old commented on what a beautiful ceremony it was, so thanks for making something as hard as this memorable.

      God bless

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      Atamjit Niber - 11th November 2021

      Very sad to say, I have had appalling experience with trying to get hold of anyone regarding a booking for scattering the ashes of my late father. I completed the form on 10th of October, made a number of phone calls, more emails, listened to the answerphone, wrote emails to the captains and to date still no response. Kindly, have the curtesy to replying back, even to say you are unable to assist etc.,

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        Richard Martin - 11th November 2021

        I am sorry to hear this Covid has really caused a problem: In a normal year the boat companies can comfortably handle the number of requests. However this year there has been a double problem: Firstly lockdown meant families had to wait until after lockdown to scatter as such there was a waiting list to get through, the bigger problem was that families who would normally take ashes back to Indian needed to use facilities in the UK, both combined effectively treble demand over certain period causing huge bottle neck which in turn created more calls etc.
        Nether the less I apologise for the service you have received from us and/or the boat company. We try to call everyone back the same day.

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          Payal Jain - 5th June 2023

          Hi Richard, I’m having the same experience. Registered via the website a couple of weeks ago and tried to call Fiona a couple of times and still not heard. Any way I can understand whether Fiona has capacity, so that I can look for an alternative option if needed? Thanks

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            Richard Martin - 6th June 2023

            Dear Payal
            Fiona get so busy during the summer, she will get around to you and people love her service. There are alternatives if needs be Boats on a Map
            Kind regards

            1. Kam - 3rd May 2024

              Hi I have tried to call the captain several times and no answer at all. I have sent an email twice ands been two weeks and still no answer. I would nice to get reply even if it’s a no answer or fully booked. I had to look at different place now.

            2. Richard Martin - 3rd May 2024

              I will chase them, appreciate it is difficult. but they are exceptionally busy.

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            Payal Jain - 30th August 2023

            We scattered my fathers ashes with Fiona and the team. Fiona and the team were amazing, so knowledgable of our religion, thought about details that made a sad day a warming experience – from the amazing masala team, having a diya to put into the water, helping us with music and making two little ones (under 3 years old) smile. It’s a beautiful place to scatter ashes, made even better with the thoughtfulness on logistics of the ceremony. A heartfelt thank you from all of us for making the day so special. We were so pleased we found this website and booked

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        Raj Rajput - 13th June 2022

        Very similar experience ! – I have made several calls , left messages and completed the on line request form a couple of time and still waiting after several weeks for a response. Appreciate there are disruptions with Covid but its important we are contacted so we can make necessary arrangements with in good time. In my case I have family who are abroad and so we need to firm up on a date for the scattering of my dads ashes before they can book tickets to come to the UK. I have no doubt that once everything is confirmed that the day will be excellent…its just the confirmation of the booking day and time that seems to be letting the boat company down.

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          Richard Martin - 22nd June 2022

          I understand Raj that must be very frustrating, just to make clear, these are the aspects handled by the boat company and not Scattering Ashes.
          Kind regards

    4. Reply
      Pradip Joshi on behalf of the Joshi family - 28th July 2021

      Having read all the marvellous reviews and on personal recommendation from a friend who had actually used this service we decided to go with Fiona.
      Just as the reviews had indicated, we found the service from Fiona and the crew absolutely first class and even better than we had imagined.
      All the arrangements and the scattering of our dear brother’s ashes were extremely dignified and gave him the kind of send off he deserved, all thanks to the hard work and cooperation of Fiona and her very able team.
      On behalf of the entire Joshi family I would like to pass on our sincere thanks for a very special day in our lives which will remain engraved in our memories eternally.

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      Channy hayer - 13th June 2021

      I would like to thank fiona and her 2 colleagues for making today a perfect day we booked to scatter my brother in law ashes and everything was so well organised and fiona was excellent and very considerent throughout she helped make today that little bit easier thank you so much from me and all my family x

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      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.

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      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.

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      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 .

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      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

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      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.

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      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.

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      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

    14. 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.

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      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.

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      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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