Family Fun on the River Thames
Fun on the River Thames doesn't always have to cost you. There are plenty of free ways to treat the family.
Take a stroll
The Thames Path National Trail follows the river for its entire length, making it very easy to find and follow!
All along the trail you will find ducks and swans eager to be fed and open areas of grassland perfect for children to run around. Dotted along the way are family friendly pubs and restaurants plus little towns, museums and shops should you need extra amusement.
Many train stations are within walking distance of the Thames Path so leave the car at home and make a day of it!
Get on your bike
Although most of the towpath is dedicated to walkers, some stretches are suitable for cycling. So dust off your bikes and take the family out for a cycle ride. Popular cycling areas are:
Teddington Lock to Shepperton Ferry; Marlow to Hurley; Henley to Shiplake; Reading to Purley; Benson to Shillingford; Radley Railway Bridge to Sandford Lock and King's Lock to Swinford Bridge. See our Cycling page for more information.
Follow in the steps of Pooh Bear and Christopher Robin and introduce the family to a game of pooh sticks. There are over 100 bridges along the River Thames, many crossing over pretty and quiet little backwaters, perfect for a game of pooh sticks.
Catch a fish
Think angling heaven, think River Thames – a haven for some of the best coarse fishing in the country as well as night fishing, junior fishing and fishing for people with disabilities.
Free fishing (with a valid rod licence) is available at several sites along the River Thames, see our free fishing pages for more information. Eighteen sites offer fast weir water for more exciting fishing, visit the Environment Agency website for more information.
There are 30 species of fish in the non-tidal river and 90 angling clubs lease rights to fish. So, whether you are a serious match angler or just looking for a leisurely day out, the River Thames offers many fishy delights.
Explore the beautiful, relaxing and inspiring
Whether you fancy a day out with the family, a romantic getaway with your loved one or you simply want to explore the Thames' history, we've got an idea to suit you.
Why not spend some time with your loved one. The River Thames has lots to offer, whether you want to enjoy a romantic evening out or a relaxing weekend away.
There are loads of ways to enjoy the River Thames with your family - we've come up with lots of ideas to keep your little ones entertained!