Boats and bites: enjoy a picnic on the water with GoBoat

By Grant Sweeney

Last updated January 19, 2024

Picnic on the water

The UKs waterways offer a truly unique and exciting way to experience the beauty the country has to offer. Sailing on the water provides a serene and peaceful atmosphere that’s perfect for a picnic with loved ones. With GoBoat, you can bring your own food and rinks onboard to make the experience even more enjoyable.

GoBoat's fleet of boats can take you on a journey through the tranquil canals of our cities while providing a comfortable space for small groups to soak up the sun and take in the views. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or just looking for a fun and unique way to spend the day, GoBoat has something for everyone.

What food should you bring?

For your picnic its best to prepare food that’s easy to serve and eat with your hands. Whether its tiny snacks like carrots and hummus and tiny finger sandwiches, or something more fancy such as a homemade charcuterie board finished off with some cupcakes! The choice is yours, let your imagination decide! To ensure your food stays cool and fresh in the summer months we encourage you to bring a cooler and ice packs. Or alternatively, if you don’t fancy preparing your own food, you can buy some food locally to our GoBoat locations. Other essentials for your picnic include a camera, suncream, napkins, blankets, and don’t forget a bag for your rubbish!

Picnic on the water with GoBoat

Essentials for your trip

When planning your trip, its important to remember that the UK’s weather can be unpredictable, so it’s essential to bring suitable clothing and be prepared. We recommend that you keep an eye on the weather forecast in the days leading up to your trip. In case of windy or cold weather, bring things to keep you warm and dry and on hot summer days, remember to stay hydrated and bring sun protection such as suncream or a hat!

What are you waiting for?!

Do you fancy yourself a chance to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and immerse yourself in the tranquillity of the water? Book a GoBoat today, try something unforgettable an discover the UKs waterways for yourself.


Can I buy food and beverages at GoBoat?

We offer a small selection of snacks and non-alcoholic drinks at all our locations, with a selection of alcoholic beverages also available from our Canary Wharf kiosk. We recommend that you bring along your own picnic for the journey. Please remember that GoBoat Paddington is an alcohol-free location.

Are there any rules on how much food and drink I can bring?

You're allowed to bring all the food and soft drinks you want. Alcohol restrictions apply: a maximum of two beers/ cans or half a bottle of wine per passenger. The captain (driver) must remain sober at all times. Alcoholic drinks may not be brought to our Paddington or Canary Wharf locations.

Is it possible to go to the toilet when sailing with GoBoat?

There are no toilets onboard the GoBoat and it is not possible to disembark from the boat during the journey. We recommend that all passengers take a bathroom break before getting onboard! Our crew can advise you on the nearest facilities.

What do we do with our rubbish?

Often you'll be left with some rubbish after your trip. Remember to leave the boat nice and clean as you received it. There are bins at each location.