Ecological Boat Trips

Discover the Lower Lea River and learn about how this river not only plays a vital role in supplying London with much of its drinking water but also supports an amazing array of wildlife. This trip includes a guided tour of the Lower Lea, taking in Bow Ecology Park, Cody Dock reed bed, Cody Wilds, Three Mills Island, Channelsea River the Northern Outfall and Joseph Bazalgette’s Pumping station.

Ideal for educational field trips, corporate away days and private functions, the River Princess comprises of two indoor rooms on her lower deck which open out on one another to make one large space that accommodates up to 90 passengers. The back saloon has a fully licensed bar & canteen, while the forward saloon comes with integrated audio and visual equipment suitable for schools and work-based presentations and other functions. The top deck has a single large covered open space and makes a superb viewing deck and ancillary space.

In addition to schools packages, corporate team building sessions and simple private hire, our Community Boat service is able to offer a range of tailored environmental and heritage boat trips for groups of all ages and sizes.

Boat Trips

For quotations and booking enquiries, please contact:
Phone: 02074730429
email: [email protected]


Schools: £250 per trip (up to 3 hours)
Private Charter: £350 per trip (up to 3 hours)
Additional hours: £100 per hour

Schools: £35 per hour
Community: £45 per hour
Private: £75 per hour
Additional venue & equipment services available on request

Floating Classroom Hire

Why not hire the River Princess as a teaching space for your students? Click here for more information.

Outdoor Classroom

Over six weeks in Summer 2017, 17 young people, aged 14-18, from Newham Youth Offending Team and Newham Young Refugees and Migrants worked alongside staff from the charity Build Up to construct a new outdoor classroom at Cody Dock. The young people imagined and created the shelter from the ground up, gaining skills in carpentry and construction, as well as team work and design. The structure was built using reclaimed and natural materials, where possible sourced from the local area. The amazing space they have created, which was made possible by a £10,000 grant from the Big Lottery and a £1,500 donation from a generous private donor, is now used regularly by forest school groups, local primary school children and the general public and is available for hire.

Pricing List:

Community Rate: £25 (for 4 hours minimum) + £25 for wood if required
Additional Hire £5 p/h

Commercial Rate: £75 (for 4 hours) minimum + £25 for wood if required
Additional Hire £15 p/h

Ecology Field Trips for Schools

We have worked with numerous schools, colleges and other educational groups to offer engaging ecological field trips for their students. Below are some examples of work we have done:

If you’re interested in arranging an ecology field trip, or would like to hear more about what we can offer to compliment your curriculum, please get in touch.

Building a Bug Hotel

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RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch

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Citizen Science Lea Ecology Surveys

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Interested in arranging an ecology field trip?

Please get in touch if you’re interested in arranging an ecology field trip, or would like to hear more about what we can offer to compliment your curriculum.

Lea River water quality testing

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