A private picnic on a river boat has got to be best way to experience the sights and sounds of Henley Regatta.
Henley River Boats offers a comfortable chauffeur driven ‘Antaris’ boat that is perfect for parties of up to 6 people. Your party can be picked up and dropped off from moorings in front of the River & Rowing Museum. The boat comes equipped with a refrigerator, high-quality picnic plates, glasses and cutlery ready for your use, and there is a USB speaker so you can play your own tunes.
The company was recently founded by two university friends Andrew and Charles who share a love of boating and the water. Andrew grew up in Jersey, Channel Islands where his hobbies included bird watching, sailing and fishing. Charles grew up in Pembrokeshire, Wales, surrounded by the sea, stunning scenery, and rain! Charles has since moved to Henley-on-Thames.
Henley River Boats’ regular skipper is Henry who grew up living by the Thames and knows all about the local sights and stories. Henry is known for going above and beyond what is required for the job. Andrew said, “On one trip a child dropped his spectacles into the river by the mooring. Without hesitation, Henry stripped off just to his shorts and jumped in up to his neck to fish them out!”
On a more serious note, all the skippers used by Henley River Boats are qualified to ‘RYA Power Boat level 2’ and the boat you will be travelling in has passed the high standard of boat safety checks as set out by the UK’s Marine and Coast Guard Agency.
Henley River Boats is one of a number of small operators on the river, catering for events such as the Regatta, music festivals (Henley, Rewind), birthdays, anniversaries and weddings.
Henley Regatta boat departure times are at 10am, 12.30pm, 3pm and 8pm and the cost is £240 for 2 hours.
For more details and to book go to https://henleyriverboats.com/