Special Events

Special Events

Whatever your special event, celebrate on board The Matthew – a truly unique venue! We're available for birthdays, reunions, weddings, engagement shoots, proposals, anniversaries, and much more.

Please check out the prices for hiring out The Matthew and then complete the enquiry form to start planning your event with us.

Join us on board The Matthew for a really special way to celebrate with friends and family. Whether it be a pirate-themed wedding reception or a sea-shanty accompanied anniversary, we will work with you to make sure you have a fantastic time celebrating with us.


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 must be consumed on board.

Party numbers

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 your trip 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. We are closed on Mondays and throughout our maintenance period, from December until March.

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.

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

(Header photo by Neil James)

Photo By Carolyn Eaton
Photo by Carolyn Eaton.

Corporate events

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

Film, television and festivals

The Matthew is a popular location choice for film and television productions – there genuinely isn’t another ship like her in the world!

Plan your visit

The Matthew is an ideal place to start your exploration of Bristol's harbourside.