Dedham Boathouse Boat Hire in Essex. views of constable country overlooking river stour. And rowing boats.

Boat Hire at Dedham Boathouse in Essex

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Dedham Boathouse Boat Hire in Essex

Dedham Boathouse Boat Hire in Essex. View of rowing boats on the River Stour.

I have heard a lot about Dedham Boathouse Boat Hire in Essex and thought now lockdown has eased, it would be the perfect destination for a family day out in Essex.

Dedham Vale is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Dedham Boathouse is located just minutes from the picturesque Dedham High Street on the River Stour. Free parking is available on site for customers or there is more parking available at Dedham public car park just a couple of minutes walk away.

Boat Hire in Essex

At Dedham Boathouse you can hire boats boats from March to October on the River Stour for £20 for 1 hour. Boat Hire is available 7 days a week from 9am to 4pm. Tickets for boat hire are purchased at the kiosk. You do not need to pay a deposit and advanced booking is not required. They recommend a maximum of 4 Adults to a boat or up to 5 people with children in the party. There is no minimum age requirement but a responsible person over 17yrs of age must be present in the boat.

It felt very comfortable and safe, with queues socially distanced and the boats being cleaned between each hire. We boarded our rowing boat and took a leisurely journey along the river approximately 25-30 mins. At the half way point we turned around and made our way back along the river to the Boathouse. There is no better way to see the gorgeous rolling fields of Constable Country. The views at Dedham Boathouse were simply spectacular with plenty of wildlife to see along the way. Flatford Mill is just a mile and a half along the river, which was made famous by artist John Constable.

Rowing Boat Hire in Dedham. A row of clinker rowing boats on the water.


The Kitchen at Dedham Boathouse

The kiosk at Dedham Boathouse is currently open serving ice cream, drinks and snacks with plenty of outdoor seating to enjoy the riverside views. We really enjoyed our homemade caramelised onion sausage rolls!

The Kitchen at Dedham Boathouse will reopen for inside and outside dining on 17th May 2021 where they serve breakfasts and lunches. From 28th May 2021, their ‘Row and Dine’ is back. Enjoy 1 hour of rowing followed by a two course meal for £21.95 per head. Booking in advance is required. Available slots are 5pm and 6.30pm.

For more information visit the Dedham Boathouse website.

alfresco dining views over river stour at Dedham.
OUtdoor seating are with tables and patio area at Dedham Boathouse in Essex

Dedham Village

Dedham Village has a picturesque High Street with quaint period properties, a Church, boutique shops, country pubs, Dedham Art and Craft Centre and not forgetting Tea Rooms. The perfect spot for afternoon tea would be The Tiptree Tea Room – The Essex Rose which features in our list of the ‘Best Afternoon Teas in Essex’.

Dedham Village, close up of the flowers on Dedham Memorial monument with Tiptree Team Room The Essex Rose in the background

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