United Ferry Services

The Vintage Ferry Service starts at Tuckton Tea Gardens and runs down to Mudeford Sandbank, stopping at Wick Ferry (Captains club hotel) and Christchurch Quay.

The service begins its season at Easter and runs every day (weather permitting) until the end of October. The timetable will vary daily according to both the weather and the time of year, the minimum service being a boat every hour and a half, the maximum being every half hour.

It takes approximately 40 minutes to cruise down the river to the beach, passing through the unparalleled beauty of this little known harbour. The views of Christchurch Priory, Place mill, Hengistbury Head and the harbour are spectacular, with a wealth of wildlife to see on the way.


Adult Return
Child Return
(age 65+) Return
Adult Single
Child Single
(age 65+) Single
Family Ticket
2 Children)  
Tuckton to Mudeford Beach














Tuckton to Christchurch Quay
£4.50 £2.25 £3.50 £3.00 £1.50 £2.50  


 Tuckton to Wick Ferry




£1.50 £2.50 £2.00 £1.00




Christchurch Quay to Mudeford Beach
£8.00 £4.00 £6.50 £5.00 £2.50 £4.00


Additional – £1.50 per bicycle/Large bag/Pushchair etc

Children under 12 yrs are half the adult price. Children under 3 yrs and dogs are free.

Our speciality BBQ River Cruise – 1 hour Vintage Ferry cruise along the River Stour, boat leaves Tuckton Tea Gardens at 19:00pm and returns for a BBQ buffet in the gardens followed by new forest ice cream, tea & coffee.

£20.00 Adults

£13.00 Children under 12.

For enquiries and information on our BBQ Cruises, Weddings, Anniversaries, Children’s Parties and many more cruises that we can offer.

Please call us on 01202 429119 or email info@bournemouthboating.co.uk


History– We have 4 Headland boats, the Headland Belle, the Headland Queen, and the Headland Pal were all built in1934 with the Headland Maid following in 1935. Built in Elkins Boat yard, which still exists in Christchurch, they were designed specifically for Christchurch Harbour conditions.

The water in the harbour can be very shallow at low tide therefore a very shallow draft was necessary. These boats only draw 18 inches fully laden. In order to avoid a propeller protruding beneath the boat, a tunnel system was devised whereby the propeller is located within the tunnel, drawing the water up, through the tunnel inside the boat and pushing it out at the stern.

These ferries have maintained this service across Christchurch Harbour every year since their construction, except during the war, when they were commandeered by the Navy. There are many stories about their exploits. After the war they were returned to service in Christchurch, although only one retained the original varnished hull.

These boats have been carefully maintained in as original condition as possible given the need to conform to regulations covering passenger vessels.

"I love it! Everyone is so lovely and friendly"

-Vikki Louise Pearce