Swan Upping

Spend a day watching meeting and following The Royal Swan Uppers as they travel through the reaches from Caversham. The annual process of collecting data, assessing the health of new cygnets and tagging them is a sight to watch as Her Majesty’s Swan Upper and Swan Uppers from The Worshipful Company of Vintners and The Worshipful Company of Dyers carry out this age old tradition. Enjoy a toast to the swans as well as lunch on-board.

Swan Upping Cruise

18th July  Tickets £55

Swan Upping Cruise

A unique opportunity to be part of a tradition dating back 100’s of years (with medieval routes). Guests are welcomed on board with tea, coffee and biscuits before being joined by the Swan Uppers representing The Queen, The Vintners and The Dyers who will moor their rowing skiffs nearby. As the Swan Uppers depart in search of new cygnets we will cruise close by ready to get a birds-eye view of the tagging and measuring, to celebrate the first find, a glass of bubbly will be offered and a toast raised to the swans

 Lunch will be served on-board and the vessel will cruise gently along the river passing into the next reach observing additional cygnets being tagged by the swan uppers. The bar will be available throughout the cruise alongside our wine menu.


Honey Roasted Gammon Ham with Dijon Mustard

Coronation Chicken

served with

Mixed leafy salad with crispy croutons

Potato salad

Fresh bread and butter


Home-made desserts


Tea and Coffee

Swan Upping Reading

The Schedule

 You are welcome to board from 10.00 when tea, coffee, and biscuits will be served, after the Swan Uppers depart we will slip our lines and head upstream, during which time the bar will open for alcoholic refreshment. Lunch will be served between 1300 and 13.30 depending on the swans. There is an open deck on all our vessel as well as good views and seating areas. The cruise will return to the pier between 15.00 and 15.30.

Dietary Requests

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Book Swan Upping

Adult £55


Swan Upping Cruise  – 18th July

Departure Point

The Swan Upping Cruise will depart from our boarding point at Caversham Promenade or Caversham Pier (they are next to each other) by Reading Rowing club beside Caversham Bridge Reading. There are public car parks nearby.

Disability Access

The boat for this cruise is multi-deck, access is via steps outside and inside the boat. Unfortunately, this boat is not wheelchair accessible. We recommend giving the office a quick call on 01189 481088 to discuss your requirements and we can advise on the best options for you or your guests.