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Boating on the River Thames

What better way to escape everyday stress than messing about on a boat on the river? If you have a day, a week or just a few hours, you can unwind and discover the hidden treasures of the River Thames.

Relax and enjoy the river while someone else does the hard work on a boat trip. Or take charge of your own river adventure and hire a boat. Find out more on our boat trips and boat hire pages.

If you're feeling more energetic why not try canoeing, kayakingpuntingrowing or sailing? What is the difference between canoeing and kayaking? Sitting position: In a canoe the paddler either kneels on the bottom of the boat or sits on a raised seat. In a kayak the paddler sits on a low seat with their legs extended in front. Number of blades on the paddle: A canoe paddle has a blade on one end, while a kayak paddle is bladed at both ends. (Wikipedia). If a day’s not enough, why not hire a boat for a week or a few days there’s plenty of choice for a Boating Holiday.

If you already own your own boat or would like to find out more, visit our owning a boat section. The Environment Agency has information on registering a boat, water and boat safety, river closures, restrictions and conditions and a boaters checklist.

You can explore and try a wide variety of boats at the Beale Park Boat & Outdoor Show 2015. Classic boats and modern boats both new and used boats. Or visit the Thames Traditional Boat Festival in July.

Whatever way you decide to explore the river, for all you need to know about boating on the river take a look at our information for boaters or watch the video below.

For those cruising on the River Thames there are many marinas to choose from offering pleasant stays and a range of services.

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French Brothers Ltd

Windsor Majesty on the Thames at Windsor

French Brothers run boat trips on the River Thames from Windsor, Runnymede and Maidenhead. Choose from a short return trip or a full-day cruise....