Family Fun on the River Thames
There are plenty of great ideas for family activities to do on the Thames this summer.
As well as all kinds of boating, you can walk the Thames Path National Trail. Whether you’re walking or on a boat there’s plenty to see, iconic buildings, ancient countryside and nature reserves, islands and locks for camping, churches and abbeys and historic towns and villages along its 184 miles from the Cotswolds to London.
The River Thames makes a great playground with Geocaching, kayaking, orienteering, dragon boat racing or climbing the wall at Longridge. Visit Hampton Court Palace and its new Magic Garden, kids can climb the fiery red dragon as he guards the Magic Garden and the Towers. Explore the towns such as Henley-on-Thames, Marlow or Windsor on foot or take a Scavenger Challenge.
Enjoy exploring the next few sections, we’re sure you’ll find something special for you and your family and there’s walks for all the family whether you’ve got a buggy, the dog or use a wheelchair.
These sections provide some inspiration for family days out and holidays on the River. To make it easier we’ve divided it into:
Explore the beautiful, relaxing and inspiring
There really is so much to do on the river and nearby, that a day is not long enough. There are plenty of family-friendly places to stay nearby or on the river. Make your base at one of our family friendly hotels and you can discover history or enjoy a spot of camping...
Fun on the River Thames doesn't always have to cost you. There are plenty of free ways to have a cheap day out with the kids on the River Thames. Take a stroll, get on your bike, catch a fish or play Pooh Sticks...
Don’t forget there are endless ideas for adventure on the river. Check out our ideas for Great Family Days Out. The simplest way to explore the river is a rowing boat For a rainy day visit one of the Thames Valley Museums.