At Bournemouth Boating Services, we offer a wide range of boating experiences, from hiring your own private motor boat, to joining a ferry cruise; we’re based in Tuckton, on the bank of the River Stour which flows into Christchurch Harbour, adjoining Hengistbury Head!
Our vintage ferry service runs from April until October between Tuckton Tea Gardens, Wick Ferry, Christchurch Quay and Mudeford Sandbank for the beach and Hengistbury Head. It’s the best way to beat the traffic and have an adventurous trip over to the park at the Quay or a day on the beach at the famous Mudeford Sandbank.
Some historians believe that the first ferry rights were granted before the Christchurch Priory was built, which would make the service nearly 1000 years old, but nobody disputes that the service is at least 200-250 years old.
The Wick Ferry runs between Wick and the Captain Club Hotel Saturday, Sunday and Monday between 10am and 4pm from November to March and every day (weather and tide permitting) from Easter until the end of October, from 10am until 5:30pm.
If the flag is flying, the ferry is running.
Click the buttons below to download our Timetable and Ferry Fares (2023)
Self Drive Motor Boats
Self-Drive Motor Boats are available for hire at Tuckton, Wick Ferry & Christchurch Quay from April to October.
Each boat takes up to 6 passengers and these smaller boats give access to areas up the River Stour that the ferries do not see. In recent years there have been several sightings of seals and their pups, it really is a great way to go and explore nature off the beaten track!
The self drives are rented on an hour or half an hour basis as they are only allowed on the river Stour, with exit to the harbour and sea strictly forbidden.
Instruction and guidance on your route will be given at the time of hire by a member of our team.
£35.00 for an hour
£25.00 for half an hour
We do not take bookings for this facility
Self drive motor boats are currently being hired on a first come first-served basis. We advise you to call us on the day, especially at weekends, to check availability.