Picnic Boat Hire

Private skippered cruises for up to 5 passengers

Enjoy the River Dee in style and comfort, away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Our picnic boat Bonkie is suitable for up to 5 passengers, making it the perfect way to enjoy the river in privacy. Sit back, relax, and let your skipper take care of the driving and the drinks.

Take a look at our galleries below for some picnic cruise inspiration!

Sail in style and comfort

A private picnic boat cruise is the perfect way to take in the sights of the river as a small group.

Sit back and relax as we head upstream from The Groves in Chester, out into the tranquil Cheshire countryside. We’ll take care of the food, the drinks and the driving.

Bonkie is ideal for special days such as anniversaries, birthdays, proposals – or simply a way for you and your family to relax and enjoy the river together in prviacy.

Please note that the boat is unheated with limited shelter (ideal for the summer months) and there is no wheelchair access. Toilet facilities are available at our moorings.

Book your river escape

You can now book your picnic boat hire online, and recieve instant email confirmation.

A picnic boat cruise is £150 for a 90-minute cruise, the perfect length to see the highlights of Chester’s River Dee. We also have some one-hour cruises available for £120, ideal for relaxing with an early evening drink before your dinner reservation.

Pack your own picnic, or pick up something special from one of Chester’s many eateries on your way down to the river. Pre-book your drinks with us to have them chilled and ready for you, or bring your own onboard with you.

Your deposit is fully refundable up to 48 hours ahead of your cruise, so you don’t need to worry if Covid-19 restrictions or a bad weather forecast get in the way of your plans.

See below for dates which can be reserved online with instant confirmation. If you don’t see the date you want, just get in touch and we’ll see what we can do.