The Matthew provides a unique venue for your event. We offer a number of packages for corporate events and in the past have hosted catered harbour trips, quayside champagne networking events and even corporate family fun trips with the inimicable Captain Barnacle!
The Matthew is ideally located in the City Centre near the major hotels and all the centre has to offer in the way of entertainment for you to enjoy before or after your time on board.
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 Somerset-based Butcombe Brewery. We cannot offer corkage options and drinks must be consumed on board.
The ship can accommodate 40 people for a cruise or 50 people for a static hire. Although there is some seating on board, The Matthew is best suited to informal, standing events. We are closed on Mondays and our maintenance period is from November to February.
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.
Become a part of the Ships Crew for a 2-hour session that takes in various onboard challenges with an emphasis on teamwork as well as a trip around the 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.
The group is split into two teams and has one team seeing who can throw a monkey fist throwing line the farthest across the pontoon to reach the quayside, whilst the other team are shown how to tie various knots. The teams then swap tasks. Once they have all done the knots and throwing, the two teams compete against each other to put their new skills into practice. Each team is given ropes and pullies and need to rig 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, the group is given a tour of the ship plus a talk on its history and of John Cabot.