A private event on the River

Gasp! “Are we going on a boat?”


These are some of the events happening on our passenger boat Juno:

  • A 50th Birthday event,
  • a party for 8yr olds
  • a family get-together for an 83 year old

Can we have a private party on the River?

Yes! We’ve had wedding parties, school groups, Brownies and Veterans on board. If you have a group – we’ll find a date!

How much is it?

Private hire starts at £200 per hour (off peak in weekdays) and £150 per hour thereafter. We are prioritising Private group bookings in 2023 at Weekends – so please get in touch if you’d like to book for an event.

We need at least 7 days notice to allocate crew for trips (most are volunteers) as we are a Community Interest Company (not for profit) that aims to facilitate people to experience the river who otherwise could not get access.

How many people can we have?

We are licensed for 48 passengers, however due to current restrictions our maximum is 30. We’d recommend 10-30 for maximum comfort, so that your guests can move around and chat to each other.

Where does the boat go?

We have options! We will tailor the trip to suit the age group on board. We can take a gorgeous hour long cruise from Yarm where we pass the River Leven, head towards Preston Park and then turn around and return back to Yarm…

Or we can take you on a longer trip towards Tees Barrage – which would take around 1 hr 15 mins to get their. Your party could disembark there or choose to return. We can travel through the Infinity Bridge too!

Can we bring drinks and snacks?

Yes – we recommend it. Our central area is perfect as a table for drinks and snacks. Please use paper or plastic for plates and glasses.

Can we have catered food?

Yes we can arrange this for you too – just let us know details and budget.

Can we have music on board?

We’ve had live acoustic musicians on board, which makes an event really special, or you can bring a playlist – and use a Bluetooth speaker that we will provide upon request.

What if it rains?

The rear half of our boat is covered – see the photos! Or bring some colourful umbrellas too – makes it an even more memorable event…!

When can I book?

We allocate weekdays for private trips however we can sometimes accommodate weekend trips around our peak scheduled times; 11:00 am or 5:00pm onwards.


What do I do next?

Please email or message us with an outline of your plans and a few date / time options for us to check availability. Once a date is fixed, you can book online or we’ll send a payment link. Or book direct here and we will be in touch to discuss details.

Email crew@rivershack.co.uk or message us using the chat option in the bottom right of the website.