River Thames Boat Project
Who we are
The River Thames Boat Project is a registered charity that gives people of all ages and abilities the chance to access the Thames, to discover this fascinating river, and to learn more about its environment.
Our specially adapted community boats, Thames Venturer and Thames Discoverer provide day and residential cruises for disabled people of all ages and abilities and elderly people from its berth in Kingston upon Thames. We also offer education and learning via our School on the River programmes for schools and community groups.
Relying on grants and voluntary donations, we offer heavily subsidised cruises and environmental education activities tailored to the needs and interests of children and adults with disabilities, youth groups, community organisations, schools and colleges, as well as individuals who are not part of any group.
Thames Venturer is a specially converted Dutch barge, with a large upper deck offering superb views of the Thames and passing scenery. She has a spacious saloon with a galley to prepare hot and cold meals and drinks. There is sleeping accommodation for up to ten passengers and four crew. A lift provides access from the main deck to the saloon for those who cannot manage the stairs, and there are two accessible toilets and a shower.
Thames Discoverer, our second accessible boat, came into operation in the Summer of 2018. The spacious saloon has large windows that provide wonderful views of the Thames so you feel connected to the water whether you are inside or outside. There is a galley to prepare hot and cold meals and drinks and the boat has two toilets one of which is accessible to wheelchair users.
As a charity we rely on donations and support, please support us in anyway you can.