Thames Dining Cruise

Enjoy an elegant experience with our river cruise on the Thames in Oxford – accompanied by a gourmet three-course meal.


  • 2.5 hour Thames Dining Experience
  • 90 minute River Cruise
  • Cruise Down the University Regatta Course, View Christ Church Meadow, College glimpses and University Boat Houses 
  • Exquisite Three Course Dining Afloat by The Folly
  • Complimentary Glass of Prosecco 
  • £65pp Adults, £35pp U16
  • Private Options Available on Request
  • Public Cruise each Sunday evening in season
The biggest surprise was the quality of the food, which was amazing. Well done all at The Folly for putting on such a professional and enjoyable experience. Great value; you will be blown away by the standard.
— Steve and Liz, Northampton


On embarkation you will be greeted with a welcome glass of Prosecco (or non alcoholic alternative if you prefer). You will then be asked to choose a starter, main course and dessert from a menu created by our Head Chef. Your starters are served whilst the vessel is moored beside our central Oxford river terrace. As the main course is served the vessel sets sail and takes in a fascinating reach of the River Thames as she flows through the University City.

We sail down the University Regatta course past Christchurch Meadows and College and the College Boat Houses. The city gives way to picturesque water meadows and countryside as we sail to Iffley Village (where we navigate the lock) and beyond to make our turn for home at Rose Island. A range of wine, beer and soft drinks are available to purchase on board.

Aboard the vessel you will experience exquisite catering prepared by our talented chefs whilst enjoying the sights and sounds of river life in the university city.

Your outing will begin at The Folly Restaurant where you will enjoy a drinks reception on the river terrace, complete with a glass of prosecco each. Your starters will be served aboard the boat prior to setting off.

During the cruise you will take in river sights steeped in a thousand years of Oxford history, inspiring great writers such as Lewis Carroll and C.S. Lewis, whilst being served a delightful main-course and dessert. During your 90 minute cruise you will pass beautiful countryside, the University Regatta course, the College Boat Houses and many more splendid landmarks.

Our dinner cruise offers the chance to relax, eat well, and enjoy an indulgent taste of river life in Oxford.

The cruise departs from our moorings at 'The Folly', Folly Bridge, Oxford, OX1 4JU.  Evening departures are at 5.30pm. The experience lasts approximately 2.5 hours. This cruise must be booked at least 2 hours before departure. Please arrive at the embarkation point by 5pm.

Our Thames Dinner Cruise costs £65 per person and £35 for children under 16.

We operate public sailings on Sunday evenings throughout the season.  

Private versions of this cruise can be booked on any day and at a time that suits you. Please contact us for more details.


If minimum passengers numbers are not booked on any given sailing the cruise will not proceed. In the rare circumstances that we need to cancel a cruise for this reason we will give you at least 48 hours notice and you will have the option to either reschedule the cruise for another date or receive a refund. If you have booked using a gift voucher then a refund will not be possible.

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