The Quay Watermen's Association, Quay River Tours, (QWA- a social enterprise) received funding in 2016 from the Coastal Communities fund for our two Coulam 20 Wheelyboats. The boats can seat up to eight adults or 6 wheelchair users and are fitted with the latest 90HP Suzuki Outboards.
The boat skippers are fully insured and the venture is licensed by the Dee Conservancy with all necessary risk assessments and safety equipment in place. Before boarding the boat you will receive a safety brief and be kitted out in the latest Life Jackets.
We offer taster sessions and longer trips:
We run short (20 minute) trips from bridge to bridge for £5 per person. Hopefully you will see the potential for longer trips!
The longer Quay River Tours go up-stream as far as Chester Weir. The cost of this is £20 per person for the round trip of just over 2 hours depending on the tide etc.
The trips must be booked in advance and a 50% deposit paid. We need to have a full boat booked in order to cover our costs. Please see our Sailing Times pages for details of forthcoming tours.
Please arrive one hour before sailing time, and bring warm/waterproof clothing.
Trips are suitable for groups or individuals (minimum numbers apply):
In 2017 we secured a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a project called “Putting the Quay Back Into Connah's Quay”. As part of this project we welcome organisations such as bird-watchers, photography and history groups as well team building groups and private parties, (minimum number applies).
Refreshments before, or after, your River Dee trip can be arranged at the cafe in the Kathleen and May Heritage Centre. We serve snacks and homemade cake. If the weather is good your tea can be taken on the old stone dock area with it’s amazing view if the river and its wildlife.
We also invite you to spend time in our Heritage Centre looking at the wealth of information that we have about the history of the Connah’s Quay docks and community.
If you require any further information, or a short visit to explain what is available, please get in touch on the contact details below.