More details on our Passenger Boat and the charity

What are the facilities for the disabled?

Rivertime has been specially designed for wheelchair access. There is a fixed boarding ramp and a wheelchair lift to lower passengers down to the lower saloon. The toilet is raised and the entrance wide enough for wheelchair access.

Measurements for the ramp, lift and doorways are as follows;

  • The boarding ramp is 28 inches wide 
  • Lift Platform 49 inches in length x 32 inches in width 
  • Cabin Doorway 33 inches wide 
  • Toilet compartment doorway 27.5 inches wide, once inside there is plenty of room. 

WE REGRET OUR LIFT CANNOT ACCOMMODATE MOBILITY SCOOTERS. IT IS HIGHLY ADVISABLE THAT LONG WHEEL BASE WHEELCHAIRS ARE MEASURED IN ADVANCE TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT ON THE DAY.

How long are the trips?

2 or 4 hours, boarding 15 minutes before the trip start time. Times can be flexible at certain times of the year

Where will we go on our river trip?

Our 2 hour trips range between 8 – 12 miles in depending on the trip location and we will almost certainly travel through a lock twice. We always return to the boarding point for disembarkation.

What are the typical sights to expect?

Our Oxford trip is very rural as we are near to the source of the Thames where the river is much narrower and meanders through rural countryside. Expect to see lambs skipping down to the water’s edge, quaint lock houses and rolling countryside – the views are glorious in all directions. 

The Thames through Reading Henley and Windsor is much more built up with many historic sights to take in. Dream houses lining the banks are great to observe and busy boat yards, pubs and locks give you a really good feel of the river community. 

What wildlife should I be looking out for?

Mallards, Great Crested Grebes, Swans with their cygnets, Canadian, Egyptian and Graylag Geese, Moorhens, Coots, Tufty ducks, Herons, Commorants and if you are very lucky, the bright blue flash of a Kingfisher

How much will it cost to use the boat?

A two hour trip costs £205 and a four hour trip £370. If 2 two hour trips are booked on the same day each will cost £185.

How many passengers does the boat hold?

We are licensed to carry 12 passengers to include a minimum of 2 carers but this will depend on your group’s needs. We have the space for up to 5 passengers with their wheelchairs who will require a carer of their own.

Is it possible for the boat to be used by a disabled person and his/her family?

The boat can be booked for exclusive use for up to 12 family members or friends. If you would like to book seats on a shared boat trip please contact Lucy for dates and cost

Does the boat have heating?

Yes, we have central heating and a pile of blankets for those who feel the chill when the roof is back.

What Catering facilities are available on Rivertime?

Our galley is equipped with an urn and small fridge as well as tea, coffee, sugar, biscuits and milk. We have mugs, small sandwich plates, basic cutlery and a 2m x 1m fold out table to seat 6 – 9 depending on how many wheelchairs are on board. You are welcome to bring individual packed lunches or a shared picnic lunch.

How can Rivertime be booked?

To book Rivertime, email your enquiry to Lucy Herbert at skipper@rivertimeboattrust.org.uk or call her on the dedicated phone line 07599 29 55 44

Are the crew fully experienced and trained in boat handling?

All crew members have the necessary qualifications and training in line with national guidelines.

Do the staff have Criminal Records Bureau checks (Now called The Disclosure and Barring Service)?

All staff employed on the boat and the Trustees have been checked by the Criminal Records Bureau.

Does the Rivertime Boat Trust have all the necessary advice and support?

The Trustees are fortunate in having professional advisers in all areas of activity.

Is the boat fully licensed and insured for the disabled, disadvantaged and their carers?

Yes, all relevant insurances and licenses are in place as required by the Environment Agency and the Passenger Boat Association, part of the Marine and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

What safety precautions are provided on the boat by the charity?

All statutory regulations are in place as required by the Passenger Boat Association (part of British Marine).

Is the charity registered with the Charity Commission?

Yes, the registration number is 111992.

How can a trip be supported by sponsorship?

An organisation wishing to support the Rivertime Boat Trust can identify and sponsor a group to enjoy a trip on the boat.

How do I donate to the Rivertime Boat Trust?

Either direct to the office or by using the donate button on this website which includes the Gift Aid facility – click HERE for details

What does the Rivertime Boat Trust offer?

The Rivertime Boat Trust offers the opportunity for disabled and disadvantaged adults, children and young people to develop a long term involvement with the river and accessible water sports by providing a safe, supportive and stimulating environment. In addition the collaborations with the River and Rowing Museum in Henley-on-Thames and The Accessible Boat Club’ operating at Bisham Abbey Sailing School means that the core offering has been expanded such that students can benefit from classroom learning and by being able to captain their own vessel in the form of a bell boat, sail boat, canoe or Wheelyboat.

What is the vision of The Rivertime Boat Trust?

To inspire disabled and disadvantaged adults, children and young people to develop a long term involvement with the river and accessible water sports by encouraging other like-minded people to develop the ‘Rivertime’ concept along the length of the River Thames and across the UK.

What are the values of The Rivertime Boat Trust?

We seek to INSPIRE disabled and disadvantaged adults, children and young people to develop a long term involvement with the river

Inspirational – We inspire disabled and disadvantaged adults, children and young people to develop a long term involvement with the river and accessible water sports

Nurturing – We nurture disabled children and young people to become successful adults who will impact positively on their local community

Supportive – We provide a safe, supportive, vibrant and stimulating environment 

Passionate – We encourage a passion for the river and accessible water sports 

Innovative – We are an innovative charity committed to developing the ‘Rivertime’ concept across the UK 

Respectful – We are a highly inclusive charity, respect all cultures and beliefs and have a strong sense of community 

Egalitarian – We believe in the principle that all people are equal and deserve equal rights and opportunities