Gillian’s 50th Birthday Party
On a beautiful late spring evening Gillian stepped on board the New Southern Belle to celebrate a special birthday – here’s her story…
It was my 50th birthday in May and I planned to celebrate in style with up to 100 friends and family. I looked for a party venue in Richmond where I live, but wanted something more fabulous than a hotel room and buffet [read more]
A Special Celebrant Wedding Celebration on the Thames
It was a magical moment when my husband and I exchanged our personal wedding vows, on a beautiful boat, surrounded by our family and friends with the stunning scenery of the Thames passing by.
A celebrant wedding ceremony on a boat has a relaxed exclusivity you can’t find elsewhere.
It was private, it was intimate, it was romantic – and it was more fun than we could have ever imagined.
We wanted to share our story as we feel we uncovered a unique and special gem that other couples planning their wedding celebration would love to hear about.
Here’s what we did:
The weekend 8 – 10 December sees a bustling array of festive treats, artisan shopping and a relaxing boat trip – all on your South West London doorstep.
Boat trips between Kingston & Hampton Court will be running this weekend – it will be a busy one on the roads and trains – and is a far more relaxed, scenic way to travel.
Here’s what’s happening:
Good Food Festive Feast Hampton Court Palace
Hampton Court Palace grounds set the scene for an atmospheric, festive day out.
Explore a feast of flavours and artisan gifts with a backdrop of entertainment including local choirs and sing-along carols. Live cookery demonstrations will give you plenty of ideas to cook up seasonal treats that you may never have thought of.
For lovers of Great British Bake Off – finalist Steven Carter-Bailey is just one of the line-up of celebrity bakers and chefs!
This is a fantastic value day out, as an entrance ticket to the Palace also gives you entrance to the Festive Feast. Visit website
Boat trips will be running from Kingston to Hampton Court Palace
The river may not be in bloom, but you still experience a rich sense of nature and history on a boat trip – it’s a wonderful way to see the seasons in all their glory. And it is the most restful way to travel.
Kingston Christmas Market
Arrive back from the Festive Feast and head to the bustling Kingston Market. Christmas time always has a lovely vibe in the market square with its street food stalls – the Bratwurst is back along with the mulled wine!
Christmas stalls packed with stylish gifts start in the market place and stretch down to Clarence Street.
All in all, festive treats, artisan shopping and a relaxing boat trip – beats a packed Oxford Street or Covent Garden any day!
And when you want that early evening drink to round the day off – head to DoubleTree Kingston – 1 min walk at the back of Turks Pier – and relax with a cocktail or glass of wine in their stylish, relaxed bar.
For a different kind of Christmas party venue that is really easy to organise, Turk Launches have two easy options for you.
You can private hire one of our boats – or – join one of our public Christmas Disco Cruises:
Private hire party boats can start from Kingston, Richmond or Hampton Court and be daytime or evening.
Whilst our public disco cruises depart from and return to Kingston on specific dates.
- Private Hire 4 different sized party boats can cater for 20 – 150 guests. Only your party is on-board so you can personalise the boat as you like. Flexible catering options include canape receptions, hot/ cold buffets and sit down dinners. Entertainment options include disco, casino and live music.
- Christmas Disco Cruises join up to 150 other people, 4 hour cruise, glass of wine on arrival, fish & chip supper, just £26.50 per ticket. Depart Kingston 8pm return midnight. Dates are:
- Friday 1st December
- Friday 8th December
- Thursday 14th December.
Each of our three piers in Kingston, Richmond and Hampton Court are within walking distance of the public transport train and bus networks so easy to organise your party’s arrival.
Check out Christmas disco cruises
Check out Private Hire Christmas Party Boats
Or, to discuss your party just call 020 8546 2434
Looking for a memorable Christmas Party Venue in Surrey?
How special would it feel to have your own exclusive Christmas Party venue?
A tastefully furnished private boat, sparkling along the river where the venue is just yours.
If you are looking for Christmas party venues in Surrey, then for something different, take a look at a private dinner dance party boat along the Thames.
Turk Launches are a 300 year old river-boat company that runs river cruises between Kingston, Richmond and Hampton Court Palace. During April – October we run a daily tripping service. Private charter is available all year round.
We are looking to recruit a Bars Manager to work at our riverside base in Kingston-upon-Thames. This role would ideally suit a person who has worked as an assistant bar manager or has hospitality experience and enjoys working with a team. [read more]
Kirstie Allsopp’s The Handmade Fair – 15-17th September on The Green at Hampton Court
Save 15% on entrance ticket
Visitors to fair save £2 on boat trip ticket.
September is the perfect time for learning, and there’s no better place to pick up a new hobby than at The Handmade Fair.
They’ve gathered together some of the best creative minds in the business, and got them all under one roof to bring you a menagerie of making across a 3-day weekend. [read more]
Extra boat trips will be running this bank holiday weekend and there is plenty of fun to explore along the Thames. Take a look….
Hampton Court Palace
BBC Good Food Feast 26 – 28 August
Set in the magnificent Hampton Court Palace gardens
Delicious artisan producers
Stellar line up of cooks and chefs
Family fun and great, live music.
Ticket price includes free entry to Hampton Court Palace: BBC Good Food Feast.
Alongside the Food Feast, explore the magnificent history of Hampton Court Palace with its Maze, Digital Missions and Magic Garden.
Best eating out:
Sample a summer celebration of food & drink at the BBC Good Food Feast
- Richmond Foodies on Saturday August 26th in Heron Square
- Duck Pond Artisan Market on Sunday August 27th in Heron Square
- Browse local and ethical food and artisan crafts – all in a beautiful setting with live music in Richmond’s Heron Square, just 1 minute walk from Turk’s pier.
- Rowing boat hire
- Cycle hire
Best eating out:
- White Cross pub – opposite our pier
- The Ivy Cafe – just opened, 1 minute from our pier
- The Bingham – beautiful riverside views, 5 minute walk from our pier
- Cosmopolitan riverside
- Canbury gardens
- Kingston Market
- Fabulous shopping – John Leiws, Bentalls Centre and many quirky independents along the side streets
- Just a great place to shop and eat
- Plenty to watch along the river
Best eating out:
- You’ll find most delicious cuisines along the riverside: Comptoir Libanese, Busabi Eathai, Jackson Rye, Cau and Steins are just some of the reputable restaurants with riverside views
- Boaters Inn (pictured) in Canbury Gardens is a lovely pub with a BBQ garden where you can watch the world go by
Extra boat trips running – arrive by boat
Extra boat trips will be running all weekend to Kingston, Richmond & Hampton Court Palace.
Boat tickets purchased on board.
Bar on board each boat – sip a chilled drink on deck and watch the world go by.
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.
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.
From Monday 24 July to Wednesday 30 August, one child travels FREE per full fare paying adult on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
Here’s a few school hols entertainment tips for you: