River Cruise on our Passenger boat

Can I have a boat trip on the river Tees?

Yes! We offer river cruises at a gentle pace along the River tees in our wooden passenger boat, Juno.


What is it?

We cruise on the River Tees for 35-40 mins between Yarm and Preston Park.

When are the trips?

We are now able to return to our usual schedule at weekends and bank holidays.

We are also running a mix of summer club trips 10-2pm some weekdays in August and public trips thereafter – see the schedule here: https://rivershack.co.uk/weekly-schedule/

Can I pre-book?

Yes you can if you’d like to guarantee a space  (book here 24 hrs in advance) or we are now offering walk-up passengers too – please arrive at least 15 mins before departure time – where we offer a FIRST COME FIRST SERVED basis.

How do I use the booking system?

Choose a service, then any RiverShack employee and then one of these times 11:00, 12:30, 14:00 and 15:30.

Then complete your contact details (track & trace*) then pay via PayPal. We will check your details & payment and then confirm your booking within 48 hrs.

How much do trips cost?

A small bubble is £25 (for to to 2 Adults and 2 children)

A large bubble is £45 (for up to 6 people)

How many people can the boat accommodate?

We can currently accommodate 8-10 groups in bubbles, however our maximum capacity is 48 people.

Can I book the boat for a private trip or group event?

Yes – we love taking out community groups, school trips and birthday parties – Prices are £150 for the first hour and £100/hr thereafter.


If you have a mobility equipment we will assist you on board separately. There are 4 steps down into the boat with handrails.


We love a friendly pooch – please keep your dog on a lead for the comfort of all passengers.

Food & drinks

Yes please bring a snack or picnic – and take all litter home with you or dispose of it on board. We hope to start serving drinks and snacks in coming weeks.


Sorry, we do not have toilets on board (as Juno was designed for short trips), please use the local facilities in our local cafes & pubs who will welcome you.

river boat sign

Turn right at this sign (above) for Yarm Wharf Car park


There is a car park within 50 metres of the Wharf: Yarm Wharf Car Park £1.50 per day. Drive past the Sainsbury’s rear car parks, follow the road to the right and you’ll see signs for the car park. See this parking map for the 3 long stay car parks in Yarm.


  • we are compliant with data usage for Covid-19 track & trace.

River pontoon access for SUP & small boats

Using a SUP, canoe, kayak or small boat at Yarm

Did you know that the only public access points for river users are at Preston Park and Tees Barrage?

That’s why RiverShack set up an access point at Yarm Wharf (below), to encourage more leisure use of our river at this location. The photo shows our private pontoon, which is available for use by request – read on to find out how to get the gate access code.

The pontoon is behind Sainsbury’s at Yarm Wharf and it sits on rising pile guides to keep it at river level. It is designed to be at the perfect height for folks using paddleboards (SUP), Canoes, Kayaks or small boats.

Who can use it?

All responsible river users! It is a private pontoon so users accept full responsibility for themselves and their equipment when using it.  We simply ask for confirmation or evidence of either:

  • Canal River Trust license
  • British Canoeing license

See below for info on how to get licenses.

How can I use the Pontoon?

Contact us via messenger or text before you wish to use the pontoon to confirm you have a valid license (see above) and to confirm the nature of your use. Read more