With a range of self-drive day boats to hire, families can enjoy the sights, fun and excitement of a trip up or down the River Thames.
Chertsey Meads Boatyard, Chertsey KT16 8LN
Tel: 01932 564699
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Ages 5 - 12, All ages, Schools and Groups, Teenagers, Under 5s
(based on family of 4)
There is nothing nicer than a day out spending family time in a boat! Children love the ability of being free to choose where they would like to go and stopping off somewhere for refreshments and tying up the boat is very exciting. Chertsey Meads Marine is situated on the banks of the River Thames in the heart of Chertsey Meads Meadowland. To experience a day of boating fun, visit this family-run boatyard which offers self-drive day boats for hire by the hour or the day. Half days or occasional hours are usually available outside of the busy periods.
Travelling downstream will take you through Shepperton Lock, past the amazing Hampton Court Palace and then on to Teddington, which requires an early start and no stops to be able to return by 6 pm. Travelling upstream will take you past the ancient village of Laleham, through Bell Weir Lock and on towards Windsor, through the Queens back garden – The Royal Windsor Great Park, with breath-taking views of Windsor Castle.
Many restaurants and pubs along the way have their own mooring, so let the children decide where they would like to stop, or you can take a picnic and enjoy all the fantastic sights from the water. The boats range from an open 4 seater, which is ideal for fishing or fine weather trips, an 8 seater which is easy to handle and has electric launches with full weather protection and silent running, a 10 seater pontoon boat, to the largest 12 seater Fun Boats, ideal for a family party or children’s outing.
Expert tuition is always given prior to going out in the boat and buoyancy aids are available. It is always advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment, but last minute callers will be catered for. Enjoying a wonderful boat trip on the Thames is suitable for all ages of children, accompanied by an adult. Even your furry, four legged friends are welcome on-board too, which is great fun with lots of messing about in the water! Please telephone for availability and visit the website for accurate pricing.
Stay safe. Coronavirus advice is being updated daily and most attractions are closed. Feel free to browse for future trips. Let’s Go with the Children is still open and are here to help and support families with ideas and information to keep you safe and your kids entertained at home.