SCHOOL + EDUCATION  GROUPS – Fun and educational

Camboats are pleased to be able to offer a broad spectrum of school/educational activity events.

These range from classic 45 minute/1 hour round trips to half or full day events linked into key topics within the curriculum. Preferably trips should be planned some time in advance to ensure that the specified intended learning outcomes can be sufficiently and innovatively designed into the event, and that we have the boats available.

  • Our boats are perfect for a leisurely trip along the river with commentary, coupled with shore-based activities. These can include wild-bird feeding, colouring in and other shore based activities linked to specific curriculum topics.
  • Our mission is to provide an engaging means to introduce concepts such as waterway ecology, river/canal history and heritage, travel and transport, pollution and environmental impact. These topics can be delivered in isolation or as a wider more encompassing event, through a variety of means that could involve the children in any form of imaginative learning from artistic expression, to map reading and the development of river tour guides!
  • The event can provide an innovative way of fulfilling areas of cross curricular interest within the National Curriculum, meeting the demands of all Key Stage pedagogy.
  • In these hectic days it is good for body and soul to engage with the natural environment. Slowing the pace of life down and taking notice of the beauty of the environment around us gives us all a new perspective.
  • We have a number of event locations depending on the need:  e.g. Jesus Green in the city, Cambridge Museum of Technology, The Plough Fen Ditton.

Group Leader Feedback

“Everyone had a great time, we will look at making this an annual trip” Cub Group

Thank you for a lovely trip – The children loved seeing all the wildlife and the experience of being on the boat was fantastic. Hopefully we will continue with our water topic in future years and so will be making return visits!” CG, School Teacher – Cambridge

Our boats are perfect to engage with the river environment

Rosie and children

Please note, to access ‘Rosie’ the narrowboat requires use of three steps down into the cabin.  However our Eco-Solar Electric boat ‘Princess Charlotte’ has a flat deck with easy access, with the approach from the shore to the boat via a wheelchair ramp. Full Risk Assessment and Insurance documents available on request.  Contact us with your requirements


For an in-depth educational we are also able to offer boat-handling training.  This can be available for anyone 14 or older.  Contact us for details.  Individual learner plans can be created covering both ‘crew’ and ‘helmsman’ syllabus content.  Over time this can led to obtaining the full RYA Inland Waterway Certificate.

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Simply the best unique river boat trips on the River Cam, Cambridge and beyond !