Experience Days On the Water

Family boat trips in Essex

Get ready to set sail with us along the River Blackwater. Whether you want to learn the ropes and try your hand at helming or simply sit back, relax and enjoy the stunning surroundings; build your day just how you want it and make family memories to last a lifetime.

Choose from a peaceful sail on one of our keelboats or an exhilarating powerboating experience, all skippered by one of our highly experienced instructors. Our river trips are ideal for groups of up to 7 people – at least one of whom must be an adult – including children from ages 8+. Let your little ones live out their dream of life on the ocean waves!

Sailing experiences

Taking place on our Dufour Drakkar sailing boats, our keelboats are perfect for all abilities. They provide a stable platform for sailing without you having to crouch down and endure physical fatigue. A great relaxing experience for all the family.

Powerboat experiences

Enjoy the power of our 6.8m Rigid Inflatable Powerboat – perfect for those wanting a thrilling hands-on experience of powerboating.

Build your own perfect day on the water

Select from either our sturdy Dufour Drakkar sailing boats or Rigid Inflatable powerboat.

You can then choose to depart from the Waterfront at West Mersea or the Marina at Bradwell-on-sea next-door to our Outdoor Centre. You’ll set out for a morning on the river, where everyone on-board can try their hand at helming.

You’ll then head into either West Mersea Waterfront or Maldon Quay where you can disembark to explore, for lunch at a local restaurant, or moor up and enjoy your picnic. If you would like to try your hand at some crabbing over lunch, we can provide crab lines and bait all at no extra charge, plus and you may even be able to stop off at one of the Blackwater’s secret beaches – tides permitting.

After lunch, you will hop back on board for the return journey to your starting point. The whole experience will last around six hours, but the memories will last you a lifetime.

You are in safe hands

A friendly, experienced and qualified instructor will be present onboard to skipper throughout the day ensuring you are in safe hands at all times. We put your safety first and kit you up with waterproofs (if required) and a lifejacket as part of the experience. But safety doesn’t have to mean a compromise on fun – whether you want to helm, navigate or sit back and enjoy the ride, you will have an unforgettable experience.

This will be a day to remember for everyone – the perfect present or celebration.

So what are you waiting for? Secure your families places and set sail.

Get in touch to book your unforgettable experience on the water now

Call: 01621 776256

Email: onthewater@essexoutdoors.com

Find out more about the Blackwater Estuary and the Essex Coast from Visit Essex

Good to know…

Find us at our Bradwell Centre;-

Essex Outdoors Bradwell, Waterside Road, Bradwell Waterside, Southminster, Essex, CM0 7QY

Tel: 01621 776256

Pre-booking is essential

Minimum age 7

For groups of up to 7 people

10am departure

Approximately 4.30pm return

Depart from either Bradwell Marina or West Mersea waterfront

Highly experienced instructor on board to lead you all day

Lifejackets must be worn (these will be supplied)


All day sailing or powerboating adventure

£190 for up to 7 people

Picnic baskets from £9 per person

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Sailing Experience Day

Get onboard one of our Dufour Drakkar sailing boats and take to the water

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Powerboat Experience Day

A thrilling day out on the river Blackwater Estuary on our high speed RIB

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