Let’s Go Punting Shared Tour
We’ve updated our shared tour option to a COVID-19 safe format and since our reopening we’ve been getting a lot of enquiries such as ‘how do the seating arrangements actually work’ and ‘how should one proceed with their booking’. We therefore thought that it was the right time to clarify all of your questions in a helpful blogpost. Hopefully, this should make it clearer for those of you who are wanting to book a shared punting tour experience with us.
Shared Tour – Frequently asked questions:
“How can a shared punting experience be safe?”
A: To make this experience safe, we have implemented a seating strategy that avoids the interaction onboard with different households. So when taking part on a shared tour you would be allocated to a single row which has perspex screens acting as a protective barrier from the other sections available on board when the minimum 1 metre distance is not met.
Additionally, our shared tours are now booked for a specific departure time which aims to eliminate unnecessary queues and gatherings. Moreover, we have implemented a whole lot of wipeable equipment so all surfaces on our boats could get properly cleaned in between tours. Which assures that we follow the health and safety guidelines.
“Are masks mandatory onboard?”
A: No, you do not have to wear a mask onboard, it is up to you whether you want to or not.
“How many different households could be on the same shared tour?”
A: Due to the use of perspex screens we are able to accommodate a maximum of 4 different households on the same boat. Ideally, you should get in touch with us prior to your booking to clarify the total number of households, so we can find out the option that best suits your group.
“We are from different households, but we don’t want to be separated by a screen!”
A: We are currently offering the option to book for opposite seats onto the same section of the boat. This means that two groups of max 3 people, could seat opposite each other safely at a 1 metre plus distance.
“What does a ‘3 Seat Section’ or a ‘6 Seat Section’ actually mean?”
A: We have two different designs of boats available: one is divided into 2 section, which translates to 2 rows of 3 seats in one section and 2 rows of 3 in another. The other one consists of a boat divided into 3 sections. In other words, this boat has 1 row of 3 seats at the front, 2 rows of 3 in the middle and 1 row of 3 at the back. Therefore, our shared tour options are suitable for groups f any size (up to 9) and are prices per row (of 3 seats). If you have a bigger group, you may want to consider looking into our private punting tour options, for an enjoyable group experience
“How can I select a departure time for my tour?”
A: All shared tours are now requested to book a specific departure time ahead of the booking date. The ideal way to proceed to book a departure time is to book your tickets online, following up with a call (01223 651659) or email ( email@example.com) to secure your departure time. Alternatively, you can call us to book over the phone and we will process the booking as well as allocating your departure time straight away.
“Can I still bring food and drink onto the boat?”
A: Yes, you can and you should. We highly recommend bringing food and a drink to enjoy onboard.
“Is the audio tour app free to download?”
A: Yes, the audible app is completely free to download. All customers should download it in advance of their booking. We will provide you on the day with a unique code which will allow you to retrieve the audio tour for free. For better results, please use the app with headphones or earplugs. Find more about the audio app tour here.