Punting Season Information

Cambridge Punting Information

Punting in Cambridge

Here at the Traditional Punting Company, we strive to provide the best quality customer service, top rated tours and accessibility for all. That is why we are open every day of the year except Christmas Day. The only other time that we may not be open would be days of extreme weather as our staff and customers’ safety is our number one priority (these ‘closed days’ are few and far between and normally only occur in overhead electrical storms). Keep reading for more punting season information.

Being a tour operator we have our river location where you’ll embark on our Visit England Rose Marque tours as well as our back of house sales office. Our office hours differ from those down at our River Location. The office is open between 9am to 5pm Monday through to Sunday where you can speak to a member of our friendly sales team to book or discuss bookings, as well as helping with any other questions you may have. If you are calling out of office hours then you’ll be transferred to our river team if you have a booking that day or you can leave a voicemail and we’ll get back to you first thing at 9am.

Since punting is an outdoor business our hours of operation are governed by the weather and daylight. During the summer months, our river opening hours are longer allowing us to provide evening tours, with our punting service departing up until 9pm. However during the winter months our river opening hours are much shorter with tours departing up until 3pm. We always recommend dressing for the weather as well as the unpredictability of the British seasons. We always provide blankets and umbrellas for your comfort but a scarf and woolly hat doesn’t go a miss in the colder months. You are also more than welcome to bring your own food and drinks on board, so why not grab a hot drink from one of the Quayside cafe’s nearby before your tour. Or alternatively let us organise some picnics for you and your party to enjoy as you are effortlessly punted down-stream.

Evening punting along the river cam in front of Queen's bridge

Booking your Cambridge Punting Tour

To avoid disappointment we always recommend booking your punting tour in advance either online https://traditionalpuntingcompany.com/, over the phone (01223 782306) or by email (info@traditionalpuntingcompany.com). By booking your chauffeured punt tour you’ll receive up to a 40% discount compared to our ‘on the day’ rates at our river location

There is also the option to book with our river team at our Punting Landing Stage on the day. They’ll book you onto the next available tour so please bear in mind that there could be a wait before disembarkation and the price offered will be more expensive than the online advertised rates. Browse our range of tours that are perfect for all events and seasons, such as Christmas Punt and Hunts, Mother’s Day Punting and Hen Do Punting

Punting Cambridge staff, Punting reviews

Punting in the Rain

Punting in Cambridge is a sightseeing outdoor activity, so we operate in most weather conditions. If you have booked a tour and rain is predicted then we are more than happy to reschedule your tour to another date or time depending on availability and notice given. Most customers join us on board regardless of the weather as the cooler and wetter conditions decrease the amount of river users, meaning a more unique and personal experience. Punting on a quiet river provides an atmosphere like no other, so take to the river in the morning, later on in the afternoon/evening or on a grey day to increase your chance of a tranquil trip.

Punting in the rain with provided umbrella

Punting Season Information for Last Tour Times

All of our tours depart at quarter past and quarter to the hour. Our last tour times increase or decrease in half-hour increments depending on the season. Use this punting season information table to organise your Cambridge tour, by choosing a date and time that best suits you.

31st October – 7th November 2022 15:45
8th – 30th November 2022 15:15
1st December 2022 – 13th January 2023 14:45
14th – 20th January 2023 15:15
21st January – 3rd February 2023 15:45
4th – 28th February 2023 16:15
1st – 12th March 2023 16:45
13th – 24th March 2023 17:15
25th – 26th March 2023 17:45
27th March – 7th April 2023 18:15
8th – 21st April 2023 18.45
22nd April – 12th May 2023 19:15
13th May -1st June 2023 19:45
2nd June – 31st August 2023 20:15
1st – 10th September 2023 19:15
11th – 20th September 2023 18:45
21st – 30th September 2023 18:15
1st – 4th October 2023 17:45
5th -17th October 2023 17:15

Posted on November 4th, 2022, by the Traditional Punting Company Editor