Boat Hire

Boat hire

Opening times

Open from 30 March to 30 September 2018, 11am to 5pm weekends during term time and every day during Wokingham school holidays. Last hire is at 4.30pm.

Get in and have a go! A perfect activity for families and friends to enjoy. No experience or booking necessary to hire any of the canoes, kayaks, stand up paddleboards and pedalos for an entertaining, challenging or relaxing experience. Buoyancy aids are included in the hire. Minimum age is 2+, subject to fitting in a life jacket, the use of which is compulsory.


Parental supervision

Children under 8 years old need to be supervised on the water by a parent or guardian. Between 8 and 16 years old, parents or guardians may supervise children from the shore. Parents and guardians need to be present to register 16 to 18 year olds before they go on the water, but otherwise do not need to supervise them.

Affordable fun 

Activity centre members receive 10% off our pay and play boat hire. Visit our membership page to find out more. CAN (Children with Additional Needs) card holders get 10% off our pay and play boat hire. This covers one carer per CAN card holder only and is subject to availability.

Boats available to hire

  • Open canoes (maximum 4 people per boat)
  • Kayaks (maximum 1 person per boat)
  • Sit-on kayaks (maximum 1 person per boat)
  • Tandem kayaks (maximum 2 people per boat)
  • Stand up paddleboards (maximum 1 person per boat)
  • Sailing dinghies (maximum 4 people per boat: Previous experience required)
  • Pedalos (maximum 5 people per boat)

Boat hire prices  

Open canoes, kayaks, paddleboards and pedalos

  • £6 per person per half hour, includes paddle and lifejacket

Sailing dinghies

  • Single handed £16 per hour

  • Double handed £23 per hour

  • Includes buoyancy aid and helmet

We don't accept pre-bookings for boat hire, just turn up on the day. Generally during our busiest periods the maximum wait for a specific boat will be around 30 minutes.


How does the weather affect boat hire? 

Pay and Play Boat Hire runs in all weathers. Boat hire will only close if lighting is seen or thunder heard in the immediate area, and will only reopen 30 minutes after the last lightning flash has been seen. 

Hire of canoes and stand up paddleboard is subject to wind conditions – if the wind is constant at 12mph or gusting over 17mph they will not be allowed on the lake.

Hire of all boats will stop if the wind is at a constant of 20mph.

If you are concerned about the weather conditions, please contact the activity centre prior to coming down on 0118 934 4424.

When would I be eligible for a refund?

Should your boat hire session be cut short due to thunder and lighting, you will be offered the opportunity to go back out on the lake once safe to do so, or offered a cash refund. 

Bring your own boat

You can launch your own non-powered craft or model boats onto the lake for £15 per day per boat during our operating hours (PDF document).


Inflatable craft will need to have at least two sponsons and everyone on the water needs to be wearing a buoyancy aid or lifejacket. Paddleboard users can use a leash instead.


If you are launching your boat regularly, or wish to launch outside our operating hours, you may wish to sign up as a member for free launching. You can find out more on our membership page.