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There'€™s nothing so nice as messing about on the river '€“ especially on a boat leisure trip with Hobbs of Henley-on-Thames


Experience the River from a different angle- with help from Hobbs of Henley




In Henley-on-Thames we're lucky enough to be blessed with one of the most famous and breathtaking stretches of river in the country.

But how many of us take this jewel in Henley-on-Thames' crown for granted?

Make 2014 a year to remember by getting out onto the river on a boat leisure trip, instead of just watching it go by.

Hobbs of Henley, the family run firm that knows the River Thames inside out, is determined to help you do just that.

This well known Henley-on-Thames company offers every conceivable way of helping you to get the most out of the river, whether you want to hire a boat, organise a party or enjoy an organised day cruise.

Hobbs of Henley, established in 1870, has an enviable reputation of providing the finest hospitality afloat, whatever your aspirations and budget.

From luxurious vessels to small motor launches, we offer a boat hire service that's second to none in Henley-on-Thames. Among our range of superb river vessels for hire, there's sure to be something that floats your boat.

With Hobbs of Henley, you're in safe hands - their extensive knowledge and experience of boat leisure trips goes back five generations. And whatever the occasion, their level of service is second to none.


River Cruise or Rowing Boat - the choice is yours

Hobbs of Henley are the specialists in boat hire and boat leisure trips, providing the most extensive range of boating facilities for miles around. Whether you are looking for a party venue in Henley-on-Thames that's out of the ordinary or simply want to hire a rowing boat or motor launch, Hobbs offers the ideal solutions for all river-based activities.

So whether you're new to Henley-on-Thames or just want to get out and enjoy the river, there's something for everyone.

Whether you want to:

  • Hire a rowing boat
  • Need boat mooring in Henley-on-Thames
  • Take a luxurious river holiday on our beautiful Linssen motor yacht
  • Enjoy a day out on a chauffeur-driven motor launch
  • Hire a motor launch and drive it yourself
  • Take a one-hour sightseeing trip along the Royal Regatta course
  • Charter a luxury passenger vessel for a special occasion or corporate event
  • Experience the Henley Royal Regatta or Festival on the river
  • Hold a wedding reception on one of our luxury vessels
  • Join one of our organised cruises...


... You can be assured of top quality service and individual attention - as well as a great day out on Henley-on-Thames' beautiful river.






Cruising with Hobbs of Henley


To help you get the most out of the jewel in Henley-on-Thames' crown, Hobbs have teamed up with some exciting people to provide a range of themed cruises for 2014. These include:


· Wildlife Cruises

· Jazz Cruises

· Spice Merchant Cruise

· Comedy Cruises

· Sightseeing Rivertrips

· Fawlty Towers Dinner Cruise

· Xmas Party Nights

· Elvis Party Nights

· Santa Cruises




Whatever your interest, you're sure to find something to suit, as well as experience a cruise to remember. For more information about our special event cruises, visit our website on the link at the top of this page.





For the most up-to-date information on all Hobbs of Henley's events, check out the
link to the Best of Henley's events pages on:



Scheduled River Trips from Easter to September


At Hobbs of Henley we also offer one hour public river trips on our three popular passenger vessels, Consuta II, Hibernia and Waterman from Easter to September. Whatever the weather, these luxurious cruisers allow you to enjoy a River Thames Boat Leisure trip in style and comfort. These popular river trips depart from and return to our boatyard at Station Road and last 60 minutes. Each trip features an informative pre-recorded commentary.

Bookings are taken in advance on the day of the trip only and it is recommended that you call us on the day to confirm availability and timings for all river trips.



Hobbs of Henley - a boat for all occasions


At Hobbs of Henley we offer an extensive range of boats and cruising vessels for every possible occasion, from days out, to tours and sightseeing trips as well as for use as party venues and wedding venues. We also provide elegant chauffeured launches for up to 12 people for that special day out or occasion.

Our scrupulously maintained river fleet includes:

  • The New Orleans - the largest and most luxurious passenger vessel on the upper Thames. Based on the style of a Mississippi Sternwheeler - this stylish vessel is the perfect venue for any special occasion from weddings to corporate events
  • The Hibernia - A new and exciting concept in passenger vessel design. Enjoy the beauty of the River Thames in this modern glass-encased boat. Perfect for entertaining.
  • The Waterman - One of our newest additions, this fine craft has been constructed using the latest technology and is extremely comfortable
  • ‘Jacqueline’ – our new Linssen 34.9 motor yacht available for weekend or weekly hire. Perfect for family river holidays or weekend away with friends or family, sleeps 6.
  •  ‘Olympic Launches’ – these motor launches are our new stylish additions to our fleet for 2014. They can either be chartered as chauffeur driven (max 10) or on a self drive basis (max 12)
  • The Lily-Anna and Evie - Our two skippered 12-seater Edwardian style motor launches. Perfect for Henley Regatta and Festival days
  • The Umpire's Launch - These traditional vintage umpire's launches built by Hobbs of Henley can accommodate up to 12 guests and allow you to enjoy the river in style
  • And many more...


Boat Maintenance and Management Services



As well as our luxurious passenger vessels, river trips, boat hire and self drive motor launches, Hobbs of Henley also provide a comprehensive River and Boating Service from their Henley-on-Thames base right by the River Thames. Our Henley Boatyard offers all kinds of services and facilities for the boat owner including:



Mooring and Storage facilities
•Seasonal Moorings for boats up to 20ft long in Goring
•Fuel and Water at the Station Road Yard in Henley.
•Outboard Motor Service and repairs. Telephone 01491 579681
•Seasonal small boat storage ashore during the boating season
•Inboard engine service and repairs from G-Mech Marine Engineers

Boatbuilding woodwork and fibre glass repairs from Paul Brownjohn at our Wargrave Road Boatyard





If you're a boat owner and need advice on any related subject, Hobbs of Henley can help. We are happy to provide all kinds of advice and useful information for the river user seven days a week throughout the boating season, April to September, and for five days a week during the winter months.





Messing About on the River has never been more inviting with Hobbs of Henley

Whether you're looking for a day out, a sightseeing trip, need boat hire, a river boat trip, boat maintenance, a party venue or boat moorings, we're here to help. Give us a call today on:

01491 572035



For more details of all that Hobbs has to offer, visit our website at by clicking on the link at the top of this page.





If you have used Hobbs of Henley, The Best of Henley would love to hear from you. We would be delighted if you would write a review about Hobbs of Henley, boat river trips, boat hire, boat maintenance and management, boat moorings, days out, party venues, tours and sightseeing and wedding venues.

And if you now use Hobbs of Henley, please can you tell them you saw their advertisement at Thanks!

©The Best of Henley






latest reviews

In December 2012, said about Hobbs of Henley

I just wanted to thank you and all your staff for a wonderful saturday evening on board the waterman. We had a fantastic time and the food was excellent. .everyone was so helpful and friendly we couldn't have had better people making our evening go so well. It was all a great experience even though we didn't sail anywhere. Many thanks again and wish you all a merry christmas. Regards

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In September 2012, said about Hobbs of Henley

I just wanted to convey my heartfelt, sincerest thanks to the crew members who helped make our wedding reception aboard the Waterman, on Saturday, a wonderful day to remember, it was perfect! We had a fabulous event, and everyone present agreed it could not have been bettered! Even the weather was kind to us. Thank you so much, I would not hesitate to recommend Hobbs as a wedding venue, and would definitely use Rhubarb again as the food and service was superb. Thanks again,

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In September 2012, said about Hobbs of Henley

“Just a quick note to tell you that Saturday's trip exceeded expectation, so thanks to all at Hobbs for that. Although Liz was not expecting the day to pass without some kind of celebration the surprise was total when after having noticed that the Waterman was ready for a trip, she realized it was loaded with her friends. The only regret I have is that during the chaos of bidding farewell to all of our guests, we failed to thank both the band and the catering staff. Please pass on to each and everyone of them our deepest thanks and tell them that their efforts contributed to a wonderful afternoon on the river. With kind regards, Richard Many thanks

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In September 2012, said about Hobbs of Henley

Hi Michelle Just wanted to express a huge thank you for our evening last night. The boat, food, steel band and atmosphere was amazing and everyone enjoyed it very much. We hope to book again with you in the future. Kind Regards Jo

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In September 2012, said about Hobbs of Henley

We came to Henley for a few days last week. On bank holiday we went on your 2.30 river trip the Waterman. It was brilliant the skipper was lovely and great with kids. Customer service from both of the crew brilliant. Will definitely try to do it again.

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In July 2012, said about Hobbs of Henley

We would like to thank you for organising our evening and all went extremely well. -The evening was a great success. -The crew were excellent in every way. Polite, courteous and very helpful. -The catering was also excellent and much appreciated by all. -The Stompers were perfect. Music was great for the occasion, and they were very tolerant of my numerous interruptions to make announcements. And finally........... Everyone was impressed, with many comments, by the presentation of the boat. Everything was pristine, and it made feel as if we were the first passengers. Thanks again,

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In July 2012, said about Hobbs of Henley

I just wanted to say what a wonderful night we all had last night! The weather was very kind to us with just a tiny shower to begin with. It cleared up and was warm enough to stay on top deck all night. The staff were very friendly and well organised and the food was lovely. I really can't say how fantastice our evening was. Could you please pass on our thanks to all the staff. Do you do a trip like this at every festival? It might have to be an annual occurence for us! Kindest regards

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In June 2012, said about Hobbs of Henley

I just want to thank you for helping to arrange such a wonderful evening. The food was delicious, the catering staff very helpful, the band fantastic! Please pass on our thanks to them all. The crew were great especially given the weather conditions. May God bless you all at Hobbs

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In May 2012, said about Hobbs of Henley

Just a note to say thank you to Hobbs of Henley for what turned out to be a very successful and most enjoyable lunch cruise for our celebration party on the Hibernia yesterday. Particular thanks go to Steve, James and Kay for their efforts in keeping us safe and well lubricated - what good people you have! And to the two catering girls, whose names I, regrettably, can't remember - they kept us well nourished and were always extremely attentive. I hope you will be able to pass on our sincere gratitude to them all. Despite the weather not being at its best for us, the river was looking beautiful and it was evident that all our guests thoroughly enjoyed themselves, showering us with compliments regarding the food and the wine. Frankly, we almost had to push them off the boat at the end. Finally our thanks to you, Michelle, for your advice and assistance. It was a truly memorable day for the two of us. Well done Hobbs

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In March 2012, said about Hobbs of Henley

Can I also complement you on your website. The links to companies like Pains – preferred suppliers – is immensely useful when planning an event. I was also invited to a tasting by Rhubarb to ensure that everything will be perfect on the day and the quality of their food was outstanding. The quality of your event partners also reflects on yourselves and is making me feel my event is going to be something very special. Plus Michelle has been very helpful with the planning of the fine detail of the evening – such as having the black tablecloths underneath the white ones – and saying that the staff are happy to get into the spirit of the occasion by wearing the Blues Bros hats and sunglasses.

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In February 2012, said about Hobbs of Henley

Hobbs of Henley is a fabulous family owned and run business, which always goes out of its way to make its clients feel special and valued. Every time I have been on one of their boats I have a wonderful time, and have attended a number of events , all of which have been great! Suzy and Jonnie are both wonderful hosts and run the business with such professionalism and customer focus!! I would recommend this business to anyone looking for an experience on the River Thames never to be forgotten!

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In February 2012, said about Hobbs of Henley

This is a long running family-run riverside business that is always looking to bring new experiences to its customers. The delight of a trip down the river can be to celebrate a special occasion - personal or national. They have taken the trouble to include trips as an education tool for children to learn more about the birds, creatures and habitats around the river. Whether tea, a buffet or a gourmet meal together with live music there is a cruise or short trip to suit both style and pocket. Henley-on Thames would not be half the attraction it is without this well- established modern business set in the Chilterns and operating on the River Thames

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In February 2012, said about Hobbs of Henley

Friendly, efficient team willing to go that extra mile to make the day special. Great variety of services and boats to suit any occasion. Great competitions to enter all year long with fantastic prizes.

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In January 2012, said about Hobbs of Henley

I loved the idea of their Christmas Santa cruises. We're just about to book our boat for Regatta from them - fourth year running!

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In September 2011, said about Hobbs of Henley

'Hobbs gave us SUCH a great night out on July 9th, that I have been meaning to write to you and say a BIG THANK YOU to you all. Thanks to you for pulling the whole thing together - you do your job with efficiency and great style - it was great fun working with you to pull the evening together. Also to Alex and the boat crew who were just FAB on the night - very professional and totally in control. Excellent. Also I must congratulate you on your choice of catering companies. All the guests commented on the excellent food, delicious salads and meat, and heavenly puddings. I thought the White Garden did beautiful flowers - just beautiful - exactly as we had discussed over the phone. If you are speaking to either the caterers or White Garden flower team, please can you thank them very much for the exceedingly professional job they did for us. Richard's summary at the end of his special evening was "That is the best way of spending money invented - we must do it again!!"

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In March 2011, said about Hobbs of Henley

As a family we have had the pleasure of enjoying quite a few trips on the river and Hobbs have made all trips enjoyable from sailing our own small motor boat right up to the New Orleans. Thank you Hobbs

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In October 2008, said about Hobbs of Henley

We recently held a Networking Evening on the New Orleans Paddle Steamer. Jonathan Hobbs and his crew were extremely helpful in organising the evening, and all our guests had a great time. If you want to hold a party or a company celebration the New Orleans offers something different. Taking a trip along the Thames is so relaxing with some great scenery.

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Hobbs of Henley Competition

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