Tonbridge River Trips Our Trips and Boat info



Our trips

Based at the Big Bridge in Tonbridge High Street, come and see Tonbridge from the perspective of the river. Our quiet, green, sedate, electric launch, will take you around the town and out in to the countryside, the skipper will provide some local history and point out any wildlife as we go whilst you enjoy the peace and relax.

  • Trips run 1100 to early evening... (weather and river permitting)
  • See home page for schedule
  • Strictly limited to a maximum of 12 passengers
  • There is no minimum number of passengers
  • Run on bookings first then first come - first served basis.
  • Trips are up to 50/55 minutes
  • Booking is advised to avoid disappointment
  • The days trip schedule is displayed on the sailing board
  • Priced at £10 for adults and £5 for under 16's
  • Available during days as advised above
  • You may bring your own refreshments onboard
  • Well behaved dogs are welcome





As the scheduled trip but exclusive to you and your party, a cruise around Tonbridge and the countryside to enjoy the peace, scatter ashes, just to relax, or to celebrate an anniversary. Historical info is available from the skipper if that's your thing, maybe spot a kingfisher

The boat can be booked in advance for special and exclusive use, just a few ideas:-

  • Picnic trips - we recommend Boxes by Lisa They can be ordered and waiting on board.
  • Ferry to Haysden Park
  • Photography
  • Celebrations
  • Wedding carriage
  • evening bat trips
  • Scattering ashes
  • Relaxation
  • Exclusive use


The following should be considered when booking:

  • maximum number of passengers 12 (larger parties can be catered for only by splitting the group)
  • there is no minimum number of passengers
  • no toilet facilities
  • cost is based on £100 for the trip
  • you may bring your own refreshments onboard
  • Trips to the Leigh Flood barrier take about 1 hour




An exclusive cruise of more than 1 hour, around Tonbridge and the countryside and/or going further afield down through 1 or 2 locks to enjoy the peace, experience a lock, or to celebrate an event, email your ideas thoughts or requests or to discuss options and timings before booking. Email to request trips outside scheduled dates and times

The boat can be booked in advance for special and exclusive use, just a few ideas:-

  • Picnic trips - we recommend Boxes by Lisa They can be ordered and waiting on board.
  • Lock Experience
  • Widllife
  • Hen or Stag
  • Ferry to Haysden Park
  • Photography
  • Celebrations
  • Wedding carriage
  • Evening bat trips
  • Scattering ashes
  • Relaxation
  • Exclusive use


The following should be considered when booking:

  • maximum number of passengers 12
  • there is no minimum number of passengers
  • no toilet facilities
  • cost is based on £100 per hour
  • you may bring your own refreshments onboard
  • Trips to the Leigh Flood barrier take about 1 hour
  • Down river trips minimum 2 hours maximum 4 hours




If it is wildlife you are interested in seeing it is possible to spot some on the day time cruises but for a better chance we recommend you book to join one of our wildlife experiences, we have the early morning Dawn Chorus Experience, the evening Down River Exeperience or the late evening Bat Experience to choose from, all experiences are about 2 hours in length and are Ecologist lead. Of course this is "wild" life so nothing can be guaranteed but if nothing else it is a wonderful trip in the Kent countryside with a sunrise or sunset thrown in

We run wildlife experiences with an ecologist on board who is well versed in the local flora and fauna:-

  • 3 types of experience, Dawn Chorus, Down River, and Bat watching
  • all experiences are about 2 hours
  • cost £25 per head
  • hot drink and busicuits provided
  • Bat detectors provided (on the Bat Experience)
  • Booking essential
  • Email us to get on the mailing list
  • Dawn Chorus early morning starts before dawn
  • Down River early evening starts at 6:30pm
  • Bat trips late evening start just before sunset


By prior arrangement we can take you from the Big Bridge mooring to Haysden Country Park, and by prior arrangement we can pickup from Haysden Park and bring you back to the Big Bridge mooring

The choice is yours, a one way trip or a round trip from either the Big Bridge or Haysden Park, with or without a stop over.
As our trips are scheduled to run on the hour from the Big Bridge, they will stop at Haysden at either 25 or 35 minutes past the hour if requested.

To request a stop at Haysden please email (below) at least a day in advance or call the skipper on the number on the home page.
info@tonbridgerivertrips.co.uk

  • Trips to or from Haysden depend upon availability
  • cost £5 per head per trip
  • Email us well in advance for availability and booking

We are very sorry for your loss and will do our utmost to provide a suitable and respectful journey and location for scattering the ashes on the river Medway near Tonbridge.

Scattering ashes can usually be done within our normal operating schedule but please contact us with your wishes.

We can take a maximum of 12 passengers at a time (Covid-19 restrictions permitting) on our electric boat to a quiet, peaceful and scenic part of the river, ideal for scattering ashes.

You are more than welcome to bring along drinks and nibbles for the journey (Note there is no loo on board) and it is fine if you want to play some music from a mobile phone or scatter flowers or petals along with the ashes.

Please book an exclusive trip and add a note that it is for scattering ashes.








If you have any questions or unusual requests, please do not hesitate to contact us info@tonbridgerivertrips.co.uk

To avoid disappointment please book in advance.

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Our Boat "Enid May"

A new electric powered launch built in 2015, a Phoenix21 built at Potter Heigham on the Broads, the motor is a 3.5kW brushless induction engine that drives the boat at 5Kts (the speed limit) for about 14 hours on a single charge. This makes this boat very quiet and peaceful for guided trips on the Medway around the Tonbridge area.

Below are links to 3 short videos of our boat and trips