Boat on the River Avon

 Our River Boat in Bath                                                                




Deborah has been overseeing events on board the boat since Penny

started operating back on the River Avon after being transformed by Deborah

and her husbands company Strawberry Field Catering.


Deborah also deals with the office side of business alongside Andrea

and meets with prospective clients.


Deborah is very passionate about her business and passionate about Penny herself.




The Penny Lane River Boat was built in Bristol in 1982 and first launched as ‘The Pride of Bath’.


The decor on board is contemporary with a vintage river feel and her interior never fails to impress whilst

she cruises the River Avon in Bath.


Flexible seating, central heating, a stocked bar with draught, bottled beers & spirits. Spacious ladies & gents toilets.


She is one of the very few river boats now operating, that has a large open air top deck with seating,

where all your guests can sit and enjoy the view and weather.


Our boat is the largest vessel that operates on the River Avon in Bath.  Passenger Maximum is 106 bodies,

including crew, entertainers and babies.


We offer private and corporate boat hire with the occasional ticketed boatevent thrown in for the public to enjoy.


We provide private hire all year round and ticketed events on selected dates.

Providing a friendly and flexible approach, yet a professional service for all our customers.


Within our licence laws we have to provide catering on every event.


 Operating under the strict safety standards and guidelines of the MCA (Maritime Coastguard Agency)


Our skippers and crew are fully trained and we have safety equipment on board for 125 passengers.

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Andrea has been overseeing events on board the boat since joining

The Penny Lane and had previously worked on the boat and in the office of

the Pride of Bath for 10 years.


Being Deborah's right hand woman, from booking stage to seeing through the actual event together they ensure their most personal attention at all times.


She is very hands on and they are in charge of every aspect on board even found painting her in the winter months. A true labour of love for both Ladies.

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Kev has been head skipper on board The Penny Lane since 2008, after previously being a skipper aboard The Pride of Bath.


The safe operation of the boat and safety of the passengers is paramount to Kev

and all final decisions lie with him concerning the operation of the vessel.


Kev is friendly and passionate about the boat  the river and its surroundings.




Steve is second skipper on board The Penny Lane and previously operated boats for Bristol Ferrry Company in his spare time.

Both skippers hold full time jobs down as well as working on board The Penny Lane.

When operating the vessel Steve's decisions are final and passenger,

boat and crew safety is again paramount in any decision enforced.


Steve is very laid back character - just like the river itself.


We have a great crew of 6

regular staff working the bar,

serving and tending to customers needs.


Our crew do all jobs on board and are trained in health and safety on board.


They help and assist where necessary and do most jobs on board from

serving customers to operating locks.


We also have a great team of chefs who provide delicious catering from our

on board Galley.


Our entire team works tirelessly to provide you with an event to remember.

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23rd February 2016


" Hi Andrea,

I think it is safe to say that the

quality of the food surpassed our expectation and that the evening

was a thoroughly enjoyable one, despite not sailing.

Please pass my thanks onto the team that were waiting on us. The service was excellent and I have only heard positive comments about the

whole experience.

Well done and thanks to all of you."



James Petherbridge

Global Owner Experience Director

Dyson Limited