Idyllic Experiences and Days Out on and along the river Thames
Step back in time and join us to enjoy memorable experiences and days out aboard our beautifully restored vintage boats and elegant pre-war Rolls Royces as we take you out on one of the most idyllic stretches of the River Thames through Oxfordshire and Berkshire.
This stretch of the river is linked with the timeless classic ‘Wind in the Willows’ and Jerome K. Jerome’s 1889 ‘Three Men in a Boat’, and you’ll pass by (or visit on a private tour) stately homes, centuries-old riverside restaurants, historic bridges and locks.
While the river is the focus of our experiences and days out, our Rolls Royce fleet means that a diversion inland to a place of interest is also an option.
Let us Inspire You: 7 Vintage Days Out to Enjoy
1 – A Classic Vintage Day Out
Laze about on the river with friends
2 – A Gourmet Cruise
Cruise to a selected restaurant on the river with canapés served en route.
What better way to arrive at one of the Thames’s most celebrated river-front restaurants than by vintage cruiser? Make a day of it with Canapés en route, then perhaps Afternoon Tea on the return trip – if you have room for it!
Popular restaurants include:
Beetle and Wedge at Moulsford
Immortalised in ‘The Wind in the Willows’ and ‘Three Men in a Boat’, the boathouse restaurant’s emphasis is on quality of food, wines and service.
The Swan at Pangbourne
A beautiful 17th century listed building with traditional oak beams and open fires. For lazy summer days there is a beautiful terrace overlooking the river.
Shaun Dickens at The Boathouse, Henley-on-Thames
An unparalleled riverside setting featuring fresh, local British produce. Recently awarded a coveted AA 3 Rosette Award.
3 – A Private Country House Tour
Experience the grandeur of a bygone era with a combined boat and country house tour.
Private tours can be arranged at:
The Hon. William Stonor and/or Lady Ailsa Stonor will guide you on a private tour of their home, a majestic house that has been home to the Stonor family for 850 years.
Architecturally fascinating, discover art and treasures collected from across the globe and view historic maps and documents that reveal generations of service to the country. A private tour through this house is a vivid walk through history.
Lunch is served in a private dining room and afterwards, guests return to their boat in a chauffeured Rolls Royce.
Built in 1666, Cliveden House has remained a pinnacle of intrigue and glamour for the elite.
The house has played host to every British monarch since George I and has been home to three Dukes, an Earl, Frederick Prince of Wales and the Astor family. A private Butler’s tour and talk will reveal the secrets and revelations from over 350 years of history.
Following the behind the scenes tour, lunch or afternoon tea will be taken.
The venues we use are personally selected, offering the highest standard of cuisine and service.
4 – A Celebration
An extraordinary venue for an anniversary, reunion, special celebration or even a proposal…
We love nothing more than celebrations on the River Thames during the day or evening. Our team will ensure that your cruise is more than special. We will happily dovetail our river cruise into your extended celebration plans but we like to think our private charter along the Thames will be the highlight of your day.
If we need to transport you from to and from the mooring, you only have to ask, and our vintage Rolls Royce will be there to meet you.
5 – A Traditional English Country Pastime
Experience the country life and history of Oxfordshire and Berkshire
6 – A Visit to a Winery
Visit one of England’s finest vineyards for a private tour and tasting
7 – A Classic River Event
What could be more prestigious and exciting than experiencing one of England’s historic events on the River Thames?
Britain is renowned for its pageantry and summer social events and the Thames does not disappoint. The following events are extremely popular and early booking is recommended.
Henley Royal Regatta – 3rd–7 July 2019
Founded in 1839 Henley Royal Regatta is undoubtedly the best-known rowing regatta in the world, and is famous both as a great sporting event and as a social occasion.
Vintage Days Out offers you an exclusive opportunity to experience Henley Royal Regatta 2019 in a style that embodies the glamour of the 1920s and 1930s. Your day includes collection by a Chauffeur-driven vintage Rolls Royce from a local pick up point, exclusive use of the beautiful Lollapalooza to cruise along the river to watch the races, and use of your own private riverfront marquee for refreshments and dining throughout the day with unrivaled views of the races.
Our Henley Royal Regatta Experience includes full hospitality throughout the day with private Chef.
We also arrange Vintage Days Out for Henley Women’s Regatta (21–23rd June 2019), the UK’s premier women’s rowing event.
Each Henley Royal Regatta Experience Day is limited to 8 guests. Book early for the most popular days of the Regatta: Friday 5 July, Saturday 6 July and Sunday 7 July when the quarter-, semi- and finals of the event are held.
Thames Traditional Boat Festival – 19th–21st July 2019
This popular event features the largest display of traditional boats in Europe, a WWI air display, a gathering of other ‘Dunkirk Little Ships’ who also sailed to Dunkirk, amphibious vehicles and, in the past, highlights have included Her Majesty’s ‘Rowbarge Gloriana’ and Duncan Campbell’s Blue Bird to name just a few. A perfect family day out on the river!
Royal Swan Upping – 15-19 July 2018 (TBC)
Follow the journey of the traditional rowing skiffs of the Royal Swan Uppers and Swan Uppers from the Vintners’ and Dyers’ livery companies for a day as they carry out their annual conservation survey of Her Majesty The Queen’s swans and cygnets in the Royal Swan Upping.