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  • CELEBRATING 10 YEARS: 2010 – 2020

  • "My river boating holiday gave us the freedom of living on wide-beam canalboat, but with the luxury of sleeping in a hotel"

  • The River Thames is truly stunning. We could moor up in so many picturesque places.

  • Extensive training is provided before your holiday so that you are happy & confident in driving the boat.

  • We are an RYA training School for Inland Waterways Helmsman Course, Powerboat Level 2 & First Aid Courses. Book online

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Luxury Wide Beam & Narrow boat Boating Holidays, boat hire & boat tuition in Oxfordshire UK

In light of the recent Corona Virus, we are only accepting new bookings for holiday dates after 4th July 2020. We hope to resume Boating holidays as soon as it is safe to do so. If you have a booking with us prior to 4th July please contact us.

If you have any concerns or questions, please do call us on 07780 88 71 72

Work Afloat & Holiday too.

With Free unlimited data WIFI onboard, this makes the perfect way to enjoy the isolated & tranquil setting on the Thames and still work from Home. The TV has Amazon Firestick so plenty of entertainment for everyone.

Welcome to MyRiverCruising canal boat holidays on the River Thames. We are based in Reading Berkshire, and pride ourselves in offering luxury self-drive narrowboat and wide beam boating holidays on the River Thames Oxfordshire.

Our beautiful narrow boats and widebeam canal boats provide luxurious accommodation which meet the exacting requirements of guests expectations, in boats which are easy to drive. We are dog friendly too. Please feel free to contact us if you have any query. We’re happy to help and discuss your holiday requirements.

What our customers say

We had the most fabulous time, cruising down the Thames. Couldn’t recommend highly enough! The boat is beautiful and we loved watching the amazing houses, waving at people on the bank and having a good girlie catch-up in the sunshine. Thank you so much.

Julie, Reading

We enjoyed an excellent four days cruising on the Thames, travelling through some beautiful and unspoilt stretches of river from Reading as far as Clifton Hampden near Oxford and returning to Henley via the beautiful villages of Sonning and Shiplake.

Nicholas W, Dorking

After watching Four in a bed seeing your boat Geanna I knew you deserved to win. I worked for a hotel boat company and I have to say what a beautiful boat you have. I will doubt you will need to advertise and I would like to say you both deserved to win the all way through.


Just a quick email to say a very big thank you for such a wonderful stay!! We had a memorable time on your amazing boat! You have thought of everything to make for a VERY comfortable stay…I’d like to move in! Also thank you for taking time out on Boxing day to take us for a trip! It was brilliant!

Lee Mitchell




Sleeps 8 – 11




Sleeps up to 8




Sleeps up to 8


Gina 2


Sleeps up to 6

RYA Training Courses

RYA Inland Waterways Helmsman Course

RYA Inland Waterways Helmsman Courses & Boat Tuition in Reading Berkshire RG4

Learn how to drive a narrowboat or widebeam boat in a relaxed informal atmosphere.

  • Tuition on your own boat or on one of our narrowboats or widebeam
  • Learn how to go through Thames Locks and Canal locks
  • Boat tuition tailored to your requirements
  • Book an individual place, 2 places or 3 places. Discounted rates for 2 and 3 people booking together
  • With a max of 3 students on any one course, this provides ample opportunity for practising your skills
  • Ladies only courses available and very popular!
  • Tuition in a relaxed informal atmosphere with an experienced RYA instructor

If you would like to ask any questions or would like to book a course solely for your party on a date not listed please call 07780 88 71 72 or email

RYA First Aid Course

RYA First Aid Courses in Reading Berkshire RG4

This is a class room based 1 day course that covers First Aid training from a boating perspective.

  • It is aimed for anyone who goes afloat, whether on inland waterways, estuaries or at sea where a working knowledge of first aid is essential in remote locations.
  • Book an individual place or more. Discounted rates for 2 or more persons booking together.
  • The course meets the requirements for Health & safety (First Aid) regulations 1981 for the purposes of Emergency First Aid at Work
  • This First Aid Course is an approved MCA Boat Master Licence Ancillary Course qualifying the holder for all water categories A, B, C & D
  • With a maximum of 12 attendees in the group, there is a relaxed atmosphere and ample space allowing attendees to practise first aid skills and ask questions.

RYA Powerboating Level 1 & 2 Course

RYA Powerboating Courses in Berkshire & Oxfordshire

This is a 2 day course. Minimum age 12 years

  • This course is for anyone wishing to drive mainly small, open sports type boats whether for pleasure or with another activity such as sailing
  • The types of commercial craft requiring this level certification are typically: charter fishing boats, small passenger launches, thrill ride operators, harbour patrol launches, construction site safety boats etc.
  • Course includes launching, mooring, anchoring and recovery plus all the boat driving skills required for basic competence in a powerboat
  • The course has a maximum ratio of 3 students to 1 instructor
  • Book an individual place, 2 places or 3 places. Discounted rates for 2 and 3 people booking together
  • Save 10% on the course price if booked with a boating holiday or with another course*

*This offer applies for 2 or more courses booked together and will be applied to the lesser course price. 10% off the course price will be applied if booked with a boating holiday. Must be booked at the same time. Please call for details.

Day boat hire on the River Thames

Enjoy a day out and explore the River Thames at your own pace in our beautiful day hire boat

Flat rate £250 for day hire.

This is an ideal boat for day boat hire and can accommodate up to 8 people by day and can also be booked as a self-drive boating holiday  on the Thames for weekend breaks, mid-week breaks or longer

Gina is a charming 58ft narrowboat and her size makes her very easy to drive as well as providing generous living space inside.

The front deck has seating for 4 persons and the extremely spacious stern deck allows more people to enjoy the views and of course provides ample space for the helmsman.

British Marine

RYA approved

Boating holidays on the River Thames

If you’d like to contact us please click here or call us on 07780 88 7172

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