Terms and Conditions for the Hughes Hall College Punt Club Membership

COVID-19 Announcement (12-June-2020)

“From Friday 12th June we’re reopening our Boatyard punt station, offering self-hire punt rentals on the upper river stretch towards Grantchester.

To ensure the safety of our visitors and staff we’ll be operating at a reduced capacity and will require customers to book in advance.

In order to best serve you and keep you safe:

· We’ve updated your booking portal where you can reserve your membership ticket for a specific time in advance.

· We ask you to familiarise yourself on our reopening here: https://www.scudamores.com/coronavirus.

· To keep everyone safe, we’ll no longer accept any walk-in customers with old reservations prior 12th June, as they are without allocated time. You or the ticket user will need to reserve a new timed slot on your portal.

· We’ve reserved 1/3 of our fleet to only serve you, our members, on any given day.

Your craft:

We’re allowing punt only reservations. Our kayaks and canoes are not available as a safety precaution due to the nature of the reusable buoyancy and flotation aids. Your booking entitles you to hire one of our large ferry punts. We’ve limited the capacity of these to 6 people (5 seated passengers and one brave volunteer from your group to punt)!


How to book:

– First please choose the date followed by your arrival time on your portal.

– The time slot is for your arrival time only. It will take approximately 15 minutes to set you up safely on your boat.

– You’ll need to return the boat before the day’s closing time

– Our ticket Terms and Conditions still apply and the ticket holder must be present on the day and be part of the punting party

What we ask of you

– Only punt with members of your own household.

– Bring your own hand sanitiser (and other PPE if you want to of course).

– Be confidently mobile as we have had to adapt how we hold the boat to get you on and off and are unable to offer you a supporting hand or arm.

– NOT to participate if you / anyone in your household have been infected or displayed any coronavirus symptoms, or have been in contact with anyone that has the virus, within the last 14 days.

– NOT to participate if you / anyone in your household is deemed in the vulnerable categories as defined in the current UK Government advice.

When you arrive

– Please arrive 5 minutes before your time slot. Sadly, if you’re more than 15 minutes late, we won’t be able to guarantee you entry. Your entry will then be at the discretion of the Duty Manager, whose decision will be based on visitor numbers and the ability to maintain safe social distancing.

– Have your membership card ready to show the Scudamore’s staff member at the front entrance.

– As part of your check-in you’ll be asked to secure a debit/credit card hire deposit (contactless) and to sign our Conditions of Hire (online signature).

During your visit

– To help keep everyone safe, please follow social distancing, and government guidance throughout your visit.

– Please look out for our staff and any signs around the site, taking care to follow their guidance.

– Be aware that, as a safety precaution, we are currently unable to provide any customers with personal floatation devices.

– You are encouraged to clean or sanitise your hands immediately before and after hire. Hand sanitiser will be available on site for the use of any customers who don’t have their own.

If you have any queries, please let us know.

Best wishes,

Scudamore’s Customer Service

Scudamore’s Punting Company

Tel: 01223 359750


Please read our Terms & Conditions HERE


On bookings in the winter

Dear Punt Ticket Holder,

We hope you enjoyed the wonderful summer and excellent sunny days on the river.

As we get into the winter season we would like to remind you that there’s an increased possibility of adverse weather.

The river current, air temperature and wind speed measurements are tested and checked at our stations every morning between 9:00 and 9:30.

For safety, our self-hire boats stop operating in temperatures under 5°C and our tours do so when it’s under 0 °C.

To keep yourself informed – if you’re intending to go on the river at a particular day – please check our website where any weather-related updates will be posted or you can call us directly on 01223 359 750.

Our daily opening and closing times can be found here: www.scudamores.com/opening-times.

We look forward to seeing you on the river soon.


The Bookings Team

Scudamore’s Punting Company

Tel: 01223 359750


Please read our Terms & Conditions HERE


Membership Information

We have annual tickets for two punts at Scudamore’s, allowing Hughes Hall Punt Club members to hire a punt at Scudamore’s Mill Lane station for free throughout the whole year. Each of the two punts can be booked by one Punt Club member per day for as long as the whole day (i.e. a total of two punt club member bookings per day). Unfortunately, we do not allow double bookings for both punts. Please check the Punt Club terms and conditions for details and make sure that you have read the latest version before hiring a punt.

How to become a member
1. To join the Punt Club, please fill in the membership form. We also ask for a donation of £15 as a small contribution to the expenses of the Punt Club. The donation can be made by bank transfer to the MCR:
Account name: Hughes Hall MCR
Sort code: 401608
Account number: 50462411
Reference: PUNT’your CRSID’ (like ‘PUNTabc01’)

2. Send an email to the Infrastructure Officer (mcr.infrastructure@hughes.cam.ac.uk) attaching the membership form and conformation of the bank transfer. Once your donation has been verified by the treasurer (this normally occurs on a Sunday), you will be registered for use and get access to the punt booking system.

How to hire a Scudamore’s punt
1. Bookings can be placed directly through the online booking portal, to which you will get access after your membership is confirmed.

2. Enter your @cam.ac.uk email address. You will get a temporary password giving you access to the online Boat Request Form. When entering your details, please make sure that you type in your correct name as it is shown on your ID or university card. You can only book one punt per user per day. Due to a bug in the system it allows you to book two punts, but if these are in the same name it condenses them down so the administrator view that is seen by Scudamore’s only sees one booking.

3. After your booking, you will receive a confirmation email from Scudamore’s. The Admiral will also be notified about your booking request.
4. Go to Scudamore’s Mill Lane Station and hire a 6-person punt (or a kayak/canoe!) towards Grantchester or the College Backs. All you need to bring is a proof of identify as well as a proof of your affiliation to Hughes Hall. You will be asked to leave your credit card as a deposit. The punt must be returned before the station closes (see T’s & C’s).

Happy punting!