Corporate Events

Corporate Events

The Matthew is a fantastic venue for your work night out, VIP hosting or team building event.

Please complete an enquiry form to start planning your event with us.

The Matthew provides a unique venue for your event. We offer a number of packages for corporate events – we have hosted a variety of events, including catered harbour trips, quayside champagne networking events, and even corporate family fun trips with the inimitable Captain Barnacle!

The Matthew is ideally located in Bristol City Centre, near the major hotels and all that the Centre has to offer in the way of entertainment for you to enjoy before or after your time on board. 

Hiring The Matthew

We enjoy working with companies both large and small, those who have travelled far or who are local. Our clients include Airbus, Pukka and EDF Energy.

Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, we are taking bookings for up to 30 people only for trips that are due to take place before June 21st. However, for bookings that will be taking place after June 21st, the ship can accommodate 40 people for a cruise or 50 people for a static hire. These numbers are dependent on government restrictions in place at the time of booking and so may change in the future. Please contact the office should you require more information.

Although there is some seating on board, The Matthew is best suited to informal, standing events.


The Matthew is available for private hire from Tuesday to Sunday, between April and early November. Please be aware that we are closed on Mondays and throughout our maintenance period, from December until March.


We use a number of local caterers to provide everything from finger buffets and nibbles to traditional fish and chips delivered straight to the ship while you’re on board. We have a fully licensed bar on board and our drinks are supplied by the notable Averys of Bristol wine merchants and the Somerset-based Butcombe Brewery. We cannot offer corkage options and all drinks purchased must be consumed on board. 

Other information

  • We recommend that passengers wear weather-appropriate clothing. 
  • We do have some umbrellas on board, but there is not a great deal of cover. 
  • The only reason we would not go ahead with a trip because of the weather would be in the event of high winds, as it can be dangerous to manoeuvre the ship in the harbour under these conditions.
  • See our FAQs for more information.

Team Building aboard The Matthew

Become a part of the Ship's Crew for a two-hour session, taking in various onboard challenges with an emphasis on teamwork, plus a trip around the Floating Harbour. You’ll be able to get a taste of what it was like to sail the ship in Tudor times and learn a bit more about the history of John Cabot on the way. For the best experience, we limit this to up to 30 people and the group is split into two teams. If it's a much smaller group we can work with one team.

Whilst one team is seeing who can throw a monkey fist throwing line the farthest (across the pontoon to reach the quayside), the other team are shown how to tie various knots. The teams then swap tasks. Once the tasks are completed, the two teams then compete against each other to put their new skills into practice. Each team is given ropes and pullies and are set the challenge of rigging a bosun’s buoy between the stern and the bow of the ship. They then have to race against each other to transfer a bucket of water from one end of the ship to the other, without stepping on the main deck!

In addition, you'll be given a tour of the ship, plus a talk about her history and John Cabot.

Please fill out our enquiry form to start planning your event with us.