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A Night to Remember on the River Cam

Punting on the Cam offers the perfect vantage point to view the spectacular fireworks that accompany ‘May Week’.

With a May Ball fireworks punting experience, you can relax with friends and family on our comfortable raised cushions and rugs that we supply, and make it a night you’ll never forget. These raised seats are an essential extra level of luxury as you will be seated for 2.5 hours.

The scenery and energy of the environment is captivating. The students are dressed in their Leavers’ Ball dresses and tuxedos, and the river is decorated in lighting. Champagne corks are being popped all around. The river is covered in punts full of people eagerly anticipating the fireworks display. May ball fireworks punting offers the best seats in the house.

Our punts depart from our landing stage at 8.30. The fireworks usually start around 10 pm, with raucous cheers from the students and punters alike. The display is done to a variety of different music genres, usually classical and pop. Large rockets shoot from the Fellows Lawn. Catherine wheels and flame throwers line the riverbank. Moving displays of light are shone onto the college buildings, and lasers are directed into the sky to accompany the fireworks. The display usually lasts around 10 minutes and finishes with a grand finale. You should expect to arrive back at around 11 pm. You are free to bring alcoholic drinks, but go easy because you will be seated for a while.

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The May Balls are an amazing spectacle, with a price tag to match, however, the Scholars Punting Cambridge prices are very reasonable.

Monday 17th June 2024 – Trinity College Ball, and Clare College
Tuesday 18th June 2024 – St John’s College Ball and Queen’s College.


Scholars Punting Co.

We pride ourselves on a warm, friendly service, offering chauffeured punting tours to meet individual needs and requirements. We offer excellent Cambridge punting deals on shared or private tours of the famous 'Backs' - the historic University of Cambridge colleges that align the river

All our punts are equipped with warm blankets and umbrellas, so rest assured you'll be comfortable come rain or shine. We also offer tours in a number of languages, so please let us know your preference and we'll make every effort to ensure your tour is extra special.

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