Punting for special events and occasions
This is a story about a lesser-known side of our business – but one which we’d love you to read and share – because The Cambridge Punt Company can handle your weirdest, most wonderful requests. Events, celebrations, launches, corporate promotions – if there’s water, give us a call. We can help you create a spectacular event.
So in this particular tale, we get a call on the Punt-Phone from a production company called Cake. Good name, we think, so we’re willing to talk. It turns out Cake threw some launch parties for Game of Thrones. We’re all ears now. They tell us they’re doing a job with IKEA and they’re creating a marvellous floating marketplace – think of a lovely Thai market on the water, but with IKEA goods instead. And here’s where The Cambridge Punt Company come in – they need our punts – in Shoreditch, on Regent’s Canal.
We think, hello, this is all a bit Alice-in-Wonderland – we’re in! We get the job and we’re delighted. And then we wake up the next day and take a cold shower – and we think, okay, how are we actually going to do this?
When in doubt, hire a flatbed lorry. We ship ten of our finest punts to London. We’re not completely reckless, however – we test the water at Regent’s Canal first – even getting one punt pole to central London requires some creativity! So our boats arrive and we lift them lovingly on to the water. Then Cake’s enormous production team build some wonderful canopies on our large ferry punts. The art department get creative with decoration and lanterns. Each punt is colour-themed – purple, pink, green, red, blue – they are crammed to the rafters with IKEA goods of each shade. Regent’s Canal welcomes its very own pop-up floating market and it all looks absolutely beautiful – especially as night falls and the colourful lights glow.
Then the Cake-IKEA-Cambridge-Punt-Company crew provide a delightful soiree. Guests enjoy a jazz band, an open air champagne bar and lovely food. For the main attraction, we chauffeur the partygoers on our smaller punts, all around the floating marketplace. We stop off at each of the ferry punt stalls – for people to look around and chat to charming actors about the goods.
It’s all quite remarkable, really – the way it all comes together so fast. And yes, the adrenaline flows as we work 16-hour days on Thursday and Friday. We get the job done and when Saturday comes, everything turns out rather well. There’s lots of interest from people passing by. And most importantly, IKEA create the splash they want with this most unlikely of pop-ups.
So, the moral of the story is this – no brief is too far-fetched for The Cambridge Punt Company. We have some beautiful new boats, built with such care and love. And this gives us some excess capacity to the punts we use for our Cambridge punting tours.
Punting for luxury events, weddings, celebrations and corporate promotions
Perhaps you’re a planner for luxury events or weddings. We can bring our punts to the lake or river beside grand country houses. Of course, we can test the depth of the water, to ensure punting is possible.
You might be a festival planner, wanting a relaxing and fun activity. Punts have been provided for the Secret Garden Party before. You might be thinking of something similar to entertain your guests.
Or you could be a creative agency like Cake, planning a launch party or pop-up promotion, a waterside conference or a summer staff party. Challenge us with your brief.
Celebrate your special day with the Cambridge Punt Company
Of course, you’re always welcome to bring your celebration to us on the River Cam. Work parties, hen and stag parties, birthdays and Christmas parties, reunions, send offs – we love them all. We welcome foreign delegates visiting Cambridge for conferences, taking a leisurely break from their work schedule to enjoy our punting tours. We help Cambridgeshire school staff to celebrate the end of term, letting their hair down and forgetting all about paperwork for the day.
We’ll always work hard to make your punting experience special. You can bring your own refreshments or we can arrange the picnic and drinks. We train our punt chauffeurs to provide bespoke commentary on board, to match your interests and the tone of your activity.