This August Bank Holiday weekend, the weather will be hot, hot, hot and there’s plenty happening between Hampton Court Palace, Richmond and Kingston to keep you entertained.
Extra boat trips running all weekend – nothing better than relaxing on deck watching our beautiful Thames go by.
When there are restless kids to entertain over the school holidays, or family and friends are coming to stay– just how are you going to keep everyone amused?
One simple idea is a boat trip along the Thames.
Here’s a few school hols entertainment tips for you:
During the school holidays we have 2 FREE boat trip offers for kids.
A boat trip is a great thing to do when bored kids are leaving you frazzled! And the best experience to enjoy when you have friends or family to stay.
All of our helpful crew are used to children ( we manage up to 300 of them on Thumbs up its Thursday!) – and there is space on board for bikes, micro-scooters and pushchairs.
There is a bar on board each boat so drinks and crisps can be purchased – perfect time for parents and grandparents to put their feet up with a glass of something chilled and enjoy a natter as well as the stunning views.
Saturday 14 September 2019
The Great River Race, London’s river marathon, will take place on Saturday, 14 September 2019.
The race which attracts competitors worldwide starts at Millwall, London Docklands at around 11am with the first boats finishing at Ham, Surrey from around 1.30pm onwards.
The winners will receive the coveted Challenge Trophy of The Company of Watermen & Lightermen of the River Thames.
Arrive by Boat from Kingston or Richmond
Shuttle boat from Hampton Court Station to Show Entrance.
One of the most pleasurable ways to get to Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival is to arrive by boat.
You can take the boat service from Richmond or Kingston or the shuttle boat from Hampton Court station.
The shuttle boat service starts on Preview night – Mon 1st July running from 4pm – 11pm and continues daily throughout flower show week from 9am – 7pm.
On a beautiful summer evening, could there be a better night out than cruising along the river Thames with all your friends, dancing the night away?
No stifling pub or club to navigate. Just one of the most scenic routes along the Thames, a very lively dance floor, tasty fish & chip supper – and a relaxing outside deck where you can chill out and watch the night sky over a good natter.
The Turk’s disco cruise is an ideal night out for a birthday, a great work’s get together and a different way to meet up with friends. [read more]
During the Easter holidays help is at hand for busy parents needing ideas for the kids with our kids offers!
Monday to Wednesday 15 – 17 April 2019, one child can travel FREE per full fare paying adult on boat trips from Richmond, Kingston or Hampton Court.
Plus – Thursday 11 and 18th April, we are taking part in Thumbs up It’s Thursday with free boat trips for kids on the 10.30am amd 11.15am round trip Kingston to Hampton Court
Plan an extra special surprise for Mum on Mother’s Day by arriving by boat to your favourite riverside destination.
Boat trips will be running between Kingston, Richmond and Hampton Court – check timetable
Where to eat along Kingston riverside
Whilst Kingston town centre is renowned for its historic Market Place and vast choice of High Street shops in the Bentalls Centre – it’s when you take a stroll along the River Walk that you relax into holiday mode.