Setup & Info

A flexible space for you to make your own

Room Set Up & Decoration:


For private events in the Marquee or Lower Boathouse we provide the following as part of the hire charge (** items have an additional charge):

Marquee Dimensions: 9m x 15m

Lower Boathouse Dimensions: 9m x 12m

Round tables (5ft seat 8-10 & 6ft seat 10-12) / Long tables (8ft seat 8-10)

Wooden chairs (lime wash colour)

White table linen

Paper napkins, crockery, cutlery & glasses

Single stem flowers

Long candles / tea lights

Easel to display seating plan

Fairy lights

Sound system for background music

Dance floor

Mood Up-lights / disco lighting **

Projector + screen / large TV for presentations **

Heating / cooling units

All event setup & clean down is done by Cherwell Boathouse staff.

For weddings, early access is possible for you to put up bunting & any other specific decoration. All other table decoration can be done by CB staff with instruction provided.



Flower arrangements:

Bicycle Blooms – 01865 200281
Emma Walker Flowers – 01865 558578
Daisies Flower Shop – 01865 553014
Fabulous flowers – 01865 511811


Frog Orange – 01865 766777


Gatineau – 01865 311779
Gail’s Bakery – 01865 557839
Barefoot Bakery – 07814 49500



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