Picnic Boat Hire

Private skippered cruises for up to 6 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 6 passengers, making it the perfect way to enjoy the river in privacy. Sit back, relax, and let your skipper take care of the driving. Add fizz and afternoon tea for a truly special afternoon on the river.

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. For a really special evening, why not book the 6pm slot for a pre-dinner drinks cruise before your restaurant reservation? We can even drop you off at Et Alia.

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 Saturday picnic boat cruise is £180 for a 90-minute cruise at 12 noon or 3pm, or £120 for a one-hour cruise at 6pm (perfect for pre-dinner drinks). You can either pay the full balance on booking, or reserve your sailing with a £40 deposit.

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.

Don’t forget you can add delicious treats to your booking, including afternoon tea and prosecco (vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free alternatives available). These can also be added later, if you aren’t sure when you make your booking.

    Information & Dates

  • Sat 8th of May 2021
  • Sat 15th of May 2021
  • Sat 22nd of May 2021
  • Sat 5th of June 2021
  • Sat 19th of June 2021
  • Sat 3rd of July 2021
  • Sat 17th of July 2021
  • Sat 31st of July 2021
  • Sat 7th of August 2021
  • Sat 21st of August 2021
  • Sat 28th of August 2021

Give a gift to remember

Need a day out to look forward to but don’t have a date in mind yet? You can book experience gift vouchers for all of our cruises, including private picnic boat hire.

Your gift vouchers will be emailed straight to you, ready to print at home and pop in a card – perfect for last minute gifts.

If you’ve recieved a gift voucher, remember you will need to book your experience online or over the phone before you visit us.