The passenger barge Victoria was launched in 1975, and has since carried thousands of visitors along this historic and picturesque waterway. Recently refurbished, Victoria is a purpose built vessel licensed to carry 45 passengers. The seating can be adapted to suit any occasion, whether it is for an informal party, a club outing, a wedding reception, boardroom meeting or corporate events.
We sail Monday to Saturday between the hours of 11am and 7pm
Prices for customised packages;
A two hour cruise is £305
Additional Hours £140 each
(maximum cruise time is 4 hours)
We pride ourselves on providing the highest standards in both catering and service which is reflected in the fact that the majority of our customers return year after year. We have a large car park reserved for our patrons and ample room for two coaches.
We are pleased to offer delicious meals, served either individually plated or in buffet style. Please see our enclosed menu for the variety of meals available which can be adapted to your requirements. We will be happy to quote for special events and we pride ourselves in having successfully satisfied the demands of hirers for corprorate events, silver weddings, wedding receptions, and special birthdays etc.
We are pleased to offer home-cooked, delicious meals, served either individually plated or in buffet style. Please see our enclosed menu for the variety of meals available which can be adapted to your requirements. We will be happy to quote for special events and we pride ourselves in having successfully satisfied the demands of hirers for corprorate events, silver weddings, wedding receptions, and special birthdays etc.
Our bar carries a full selection of all the popular brands of soft and alcoholic drinks. Tea and coffee are always available as required. We operate an off-shore license so the bar is always open for the duration of the trip, attended by our friendly bar staff. We carry a range of good wines at attractive prices and should you wish to order something special, like champagne, please ask for our wine list.
The Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation is, as its name implies, a waterway which takes advantage of these two most attractive Essex rivers. It connects the town of Chelmsford with the fishing port of Heybridge Basin, and is fourteen miles long with twelve locks including the sea lock into Colliers Reach on the River Blackwater. A cruise aboard Victoria introduces this rural landscape, one of the county’s best-kept secrets, to the visitor from a unique perspective. Cruising peacefully downstream from Paper Mill Lock you pass such places as Ulting Church, Hoe Mill, Ricketts Lock, Beeleigh Weir then cruise into the Long Pond under the Black, Wave and Hall bridges to Heybridge Basin. Upstream towards Chelmsford is equally beautiful, in more open countryside, and passes LittleLittle Baddow (Kings) Mill, Stonhams, Cuton, Sandford and Barnes Locks.
THE VICTORIA CANNOT OPERATE WHEN THE RIVER GOES INTO FLOOD