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Paddle to the Pub in Richmond, Surrey

£ 69

Richmond, UK

Paddle to the Pub in Richmond, Surrey
Minimum age: 14
Richmond, UK
Max. group size: 12
Cancellation: Firm
Minimum booking size: 1
Duration: 2 hours
£ 69

Activity Highlights:

Unwind from the hustle and bustle of everyday life with our ‘Paddle to the Pub’ experience! Set against the tranquil backdrop of Richmond-upon-Thames, this 2.5-hour paddleboarding or kayaking journey offers the perfect blend of exercise, relaxation, and socialising.

Key Details

  • Activity Options: Stand-Up Paddleboarding or Single/Double Kayaking
  • Duration: 2 hours and 30 minutes
  • Group Size: Up to 12 people
  • Pricing: £69pp

What to Expect

Your adventure starts with a 15-20 minute safety briefing and land-based paddle training near Richmond Bridge.

Depending on tide and weather conditions, we’ll either head upstream toward the scenic Eel Pie Island and Teddington or go downstream to explore Isleworth and Kew Gardens.

Halfway through, we’ll dock at a charming riverside pub for a refreshing drink (please kindly note that drinks are not included in the package) before making our way back.

Certainly! For those who prefer a more laid-back experience, we also offer sit-on-top single or double kayaks instead of our standard SUP option.

Location

Our base is conveniently located near Richmond Bridge, a focal point of one of the most stunning and safe stretches of the Thames.

Prerequisites

  • Comfort in water while wearing a buoyancy aid
  • Basic flexibility and the ability to stand from a kneeling position
  • Notification of any recent injuries
  • For those with physical or mental disabilities, please contact us prior to booking for more tailored attention
  • 14+, with children accompanied by an adult

What to Bring

  • Comfortable, quick-drying clothing (avoid jeans or cotton)
  • Hat and sunscreen for sunny days
  • Bottle of water
  • For colder months, consider bringing a wetsuit (also available upon request)
  • Optional dry bag for personal items (available for purchase)

Why Choose Us?

We don’t just offer activities; we offer experiences. With multiple locations on the stunning Thames and a team of qualified, passionate coaches, we strive to make each session unforgettable. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned paddler, you’ll learn something new and have a great time doing it! Choose from our variety of sessions or opt for a private session tailored just for you or your group. Come find out why we’re the go-to paddleboarding hub in Richmond!

Ready for a one-of-a-kind adventure? Book your ‘Paddle to the Pub’ session today!

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What's Included:

  • Paddleboard and paddle, or kayak (single or double)
  • Buoyancy aid (mandatory for all participants)
  • Safety briefing and basic training
  • Storage space for bags and valuables
  • Exceptional guidance from our skilled coaches

What's Not Included:

  • Drinks at the pub
  • Transportation to and from our meeting point

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Train/Tube: Richmond Train Station is a 10-minute walk away. There are frequent overground trains from London Waterloo and Clapham Junction, as well as Underground trains on the District Line, and Overground trains from North London.
  • Bike: You can cycle along the towpath to Richmond Bridge and chain your bike up to the railings.
  • Bus: Richmond Bus Station is a 5-minute walk away.
  • Parking: The easiest parking is at Friars Lane Car Park, 5 minutes from Richmond Bridge.

Our SUP classes are designed for all skill levels, guaranteeing that each participant will acquire new knowledge and leave feeling a sense of achievement.

Those aged 14 and above can join if they’re supervised by a parent or guardian on the water.

For those 10 and older, private lessons are usually possible, but group sessions are not advised. You can view our private sessions at the bottom of the page.

Absolutely! All sessions are supervised by a certified instructor and are timed to occur at ‘half-tide’ for minimal river flow at Richmond, maximising safety.

You’ll get to paddle on the scenic Thames, either heading upstream towards Eel Pie Island and Teddington or downstream towards Isleworth, Kew Gardens, and Chiswick.

From Richmond, you will usually start by paddling downstream towards Richmond Lock, and then upstream towards Glover’s Island, Ham House, Eel Pie Island and Teddington. On most sessions we reach Eel Pie Island before turning back to Richmond, and on High Tide sessions expect to get to Teddington Lock and back in a two-hour session.

You’ll begin with a safety overview and some land-based instruction. Then, we head to the water for a guided lesson that covers everything from paddleboarding gear, river safety, tidal understanding, to maneuvering techniques. We aim to have you standing and paddling confidently quickly!

Sorry, this experience is for people only. However, you can book our special Doggy Paddle sessions at the bottom of the page!

Come dressed in the attire you plan to paddle in, as our changing space is quite basic.

Your bags and valuables can be safely stored in our lockable storage area.

You don’t need specialised attire, but please avoid jeans and cotton, as they become uncomfortably cold when wet. Quick-drying gym clothes or swimwear work well in warm weather (shorts, leggings, T-shirts, fleeces).

Footwear is optional; most people prefer to paddle barefoot, but water shoes, flip-flops, or older trainers are fine if you prefer.

For sunny conditions, pack a hat, sunscreen, and a water bottle.

During colder months (November to March), we recommend wearing a wetsuit. These are available upon request, or you can bring your own. Also, pack extra layers, a towel, and a change of clothes in case you end up in the water.

Consider bringing a small dry bag to hold spare clothes, money, essential medications, and your phone in a waterproof case. If you don’t have a dry bag, we sell them on-site. If you’re concerned about losing sunglasses, sunglasses straps are available for purchase for £5.

Our sessions include the use of our paddleboards (or kayaks), paddles and mandatory buoyancy aids.

Nearly everyone is standing up within 10 minutes of getting on the water.  We use really stable boards that make it easy for everyone to get started, and tried and tested techniques to help you feel comfortable standing on the boards.  It’s a brilliant all-body workout, and you’ll certainly feel it the day after (in a good way).  And don’t worry about your core muscles – if you paddle enough they will become super-strong!

The Thames is currently one of the cleanest rivers running through a major city in the world, and is recognised as a massive environmental success story. It currently boasts about 325 wildlife species in its tidal stretches, including; cormorants, herons, seals, and perch, some of which you’ll be sure to see on your trip. You’ll also be sharing the river with lots of people who also use the water, especially rowers, kayakers, motorboats, and the occasional open-water swimmer!

As a precaution for paddling in any inland water, open cuts should be covered with plasters and tape, and you should wash your hands with soap / antibacterial gel before eating any food. Take a shower if you fall in.

Not very likely – but there’s a small chance. We will teach you techniques to help you feel stable on your board, and how to get down onto your knees if you need a break from standing. We will also make sure you know how to get back on your board in the unlikely event that you do take a dip.

Our kayaks are very sturdy, so it is extremely unlikely that you would fall in.

We occasionally cancel group trips if we do not have the minimum number of participants to run the session (this is rare between Spring-Autumn). We also very occasionally cancel if we deem conditions on the day to be unsafe (e.g. very strong winds, nearby thunderstorms, fast river flow, etc.), but we are not put off by wet weather. In fact, it’s lovely on the river in the rain! If your session is cancelled by us, you will have an option to reschedule.

Absolutely! If you would like further information on our corporate options, you can just drop the Adventuro team a message in the online chat, and they will help facilitate.

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Cancellation Policy

Flexible

  • You can cancel until 48 hours before your booking for a full refund.
  • If you cancel after that, you’ll pay 50% up to 24 hours beforehand and the full amount after 24 hours.
  • Where applicable, deposit payments are non-refundable.

Moderate

  • You can cancel until 5 days before your booking for a full refund.
  • If you cancel after that, you’ll pay 50% up to 48 hours beforehand and the full amount after 48 hours.
  • Where applicable, deposit payments are non-refundable.

Firm

  • To receive a full refund, you must cancel at least 14 days before their booking.
  • If you cancel between 7 and 14 days before your booking, you’ll pay 50% of the cost.
  • If you cancel less than 7 days before the booking starts, you’ll pay the full amount.
  • Where applicable, deposit payments are non-refundable.

Strict

  • To receive a full refund, you must cancel at least 30 days before your booking.
  • If you cancel between 7 and 30 days before your booking, you’ll pay 50% of the cost.
  • If you cancel less than 7 days before the booking starts, you’ll pay the full amount.
  • You can also receive a full refund if you cancel within 48 hours of paying if the cancellation occurs at least 14 days before the booking starts.
  • Where applicable, deposit payments are non-refundable.

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