River Thames boat cruises


WiFi comes too! River Thames Boat cruises and Boating Holidays on The Thames

Quite often along the rivers and canals of Great Britain, you come across something that makes you smile. Last weekend, whilst visiting our new holiday hire boat ‘Gema’ at Stoke Prior, we saw this little Gem, ‘Duckingham Palace’ complete with it’s own little cannon and soldier standing guard. And so the resident Royals don’t get lost in the dark, it even comes with solar lights, lighting up the Royal entrance!

So, the latest news, hot off the press, is that our new holiday hire boat Gema is nearly ready and will be on her way to us on 5th March! We are really excited with this boat, she will be absolutely amazing with a modern, fresh feel in her interior. Despite not having any photos yet on our website, people are already booking boating holidays on Narrowboat Gema.

Accommodating 8 people, Gema is ideal for larger group bookings or for parties that would like the luxury of extra space whilst on their narrow boat holiday. With 3 cabins that can be made up as twins or doubles, Narrowboat Gema offers flexibility for all different types of social mix, whether it’s a family birthday celebration, a hen party or friends holidaying together.

In response to guest feedback from last year, we have now installed WiFi into all of our holiday Hire Boats On The Thames. This should appeal to our teenager guests especially! Guests can purchase on arrival a 1GB or 2GB simm card and can top up during their holiday. You then get to take the simm card home at the end of your holiday.This is perfect for just checking the emails and finding great places to eat and drink whilst cruising on the Thames.

We are also installing a new Free View TV aerial on Boat Geanna. despite having an expensive state of the Art satellite system on Boat Geanna, it can sometimes be difficult to get a signal from the satellite dish if moored close to trees. I can remember spending hours, trying to move the boat 3 yards, just so the dish can ‘lock’ on to a slither of space between trees to pick up the signal! No more worry now. If we can’t find that perfect mooring spot, then the new omni aerial will be able to take over.

The joys of modern technology!

Boat Trips River Thames Caversham – The new Wind-In-The-Willows boat cruises River Thames

Introducing our new boat cruises on the River Thames for 2013

Easter is fast approaching and the daffodils will be out, the sun will start to shine and we will all be outside enjoying the fresh air and warm sunshine…..

So  what better way to spend an afternoon but out on a boat cruise on the River Thames.

Many of our guests are families with children and we know how difficult it can be to entertain children during the school easter holidays. We’ve therefore created a brand new River Thames cruise for families based on the Wind-In-The-Willows famous quote:

There is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” Quote from The Wind in the Willows

Our new ‘Wind-In-The-Willows’ boat cruises on the Thames capture this feeling. The boat cruise will depart from Sonning and our guests will experience going through a River Thames lock, cruise at a leisurely pace along the Thames, maybe slowing down to take photos of interesting wildlife along the way, spot a kingfisher or simply slow down to say ‘hello’ to the many swans and ducks. During the cruise we drop anchor and explore an island – ideal for children who love to explore and seek adventure on an island. Then after a delicious cream tea with scones, jam and cream and of course a pot of tea or coffee, we set sail again along the meandering river cruising back to Sonning.

With there being a maximum of just 12 passengers on anyone boat cruise, this will feel like your own personal river cruise.  All places must be booked in advance for these cruises. Booking a Wind-In-The-Willows River Thames boat cruise is easy. Adult ticket prices are just £20 each, Children £10 each or why not purchase a Family Saver ticket (2 adults 2 children) for just £50. This includes a 2 hour boat cruise and a cream tea on boat GINETTA. Or alternatively why not book the whole boat to celebrate a special occasion with your own personal boat cruise?


We’ve selected a variety of dates and times for these cruises all of which can be viewed on our Wind-In-The-Willows cruise booking page. Simply select and click on the cruise and you’ll see how many spaces are left on that cruise (a maximum of 12 places are available on any one cruise). Then fill in the booking form and you can pay online and immediately reserve your place.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to help.