We can’t rely on the sun to be out all the time, but when it does shine there’s nothing better than a picnic. It can be one of the most cost effective and fun ways to entertain friends, family and the kids.

Just pack all your favourite goodies into your cool bag or hamper and a couple of games or books with your picnic blanket, and you’re all set.

During the school holidays you can als0 take advantage of our boat trip offer Monday – Wednesday where a child can travel for free per full fare paying adult
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Great spots to picnic

We’re pretty spoilt for choice for luscious green picnic spots along the stretch of river between Richmond and Hampton Court Palace. Rather than have the hassle of the bus, car and parking, or trying to lug around bulky hampers or cool bags, a boat trip will add to the fun.

In particular, when you have family or friends to stay, a picnic and river trip is a leisurely way to enjoy our stunning stretch of river.

You can catch a Turk’s river trip to Richmond, Kingston or Hampton Court any day between April – October.

Picnic at Richmond

Richmond pic for YouTube

Step off the boat at Richmond and the bustling cosmopolitan riverside has plenty of spaces where you can settle down overlooking the water.

Half way along the river path you will notice some old arches, if you walk underneath and up the steps you will find Terrace Gardens where there is plenty of green space to let the kids run loose, or find a quiet spot. There’s also a fabulous coffee place there called Hollyhock Cafe.

Or take a leisurely 30 minute walk along the scenic towpath, to the historic Ham House and Gardens where the recent film Never Let Me Go which Teddington actress and Hollywood starlet Keira Knightley starred in with Carey Mulligan. Well worth the walk.

If you fancy a picnic but haven’t had time to pack one, you will find Tide Tables cafe along the river front that serve a range of salads and sandwiches, or take a 5 minute walk into Richmond to the outstanding artisan sandwich shop Cook & Garcia. – during summer they pack a mouthwatering picnic bag.

Picnic at Kingston


Canbury gardens has beautiful views of the river and plenty of space for the kids to run around – just at the back of Turks Pier. You will also find the pretty Boaters Inn or stroll under Kingston bridge and there are plenty of restaurants and cafes if needed overlooking the river

Picnic at Hampton Court Palace

Turks Pier Hampton Court

Step off at Turk’s Hampton Court pier and you are directly at the entrance to Hampton Court Palace. There are a limited number of gardens which you can enjoy for free, or you can buy a ticket to go into the royal gardens which are renowned for being the most beautiful gardens in the world. Read more

Another choice is to walk the very short distance to Bushy Park which has its own distinct royal character with the Diana fountain, acres of greenery and deer. Just 10 mins walk from Turk’s Pier.

When you fancy a coffee or good old English cuppa there is a small bustling street just set back from Hampton Court bridge in East Molesly. It’s just a 5 min walk and great for people watching with the river in the background.


Planning a picnic? Check out the Turk’s river tripping schedule here

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