Start your Electric Picnic Boat Hire from Sutton Staithe, which is situated at the top of the River Ant. Explore the expanse of Barton Broad before choosing your destination, How Hill, Thurne, Ranworth and  South Walsham Broad all within easy reach.  There are plenty of choices on this quieter stretch of the river with beautiful scenery and plentiful wildlife to enjoy along the way.

These environmentally friendly boats will take parties of up to 8 and 12. Each Electric Picnic Boat is fitted with a gas hob, toilet and sink on board. Perfect for a self-contained day out with family or friends.

We will supply life jackets, full instructions, a map and some ideas where to explore.

Please bring your own crockery and cutlery.  Dogs welcome, we provide doggy lifejackets.

It is easy to book with us! We like to offer a personal service and speak with you, so please call us on: 01692 581653 or email: to make your booking.

Electric Picnic Boat Hire Prices 2024

4 Hours£95£1354 Hours£135£165
5 Hours£120n/a6 Hours£165n/a
6 Hours£140n/aAll Day (9.30am – 5pm)£195£235
All Day (9.30am – 5pm)£160£195
To book please call us on: 01692 581653 or email:

Peak Season runs from 22nd July up to and including 1st September 2024.  Off-Peak Prices at other times.

We will ask you to pay a deposit to secure your booking. This is non-refundable unless we are able to re-let out the boat we reserved for you.

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Fantastic boatyard. I emailed several boat hire companies but chose these guys as the lady answering emails was very friendly and helpful.  When we arrived at the yard the guys there were just as nice. Everyone was lovely and welcoming, and the boat was fantastic.  Will definitely use them again.

Sera April 26, 2023

We hired an 12 person electric picnic boat for the day during Easter and had a lovely time. The boat was very well kept, the instructions and explanation given about how to drive and manoeuvre the boat were clear and thorough. There was plenty of room for 4 adults, one child and 4 dogs (varying in size and age!). The on board facilities of the kettle on a gas hob, toilet, water and table were very useful throughout the day. We had a great time exploring The Broads. Thank you!

Katrina October 13, 2023

We had a picnic boat today lovely clean boat and fantastic service from really nice people.

Ken July 25, 2022

If you're looking for a delightful day out on the water, I highly recommend the electric picnic boat hire from Sutton Staithe Boatyard. My recent experience with their 8-seater picnic boat, 'Glittering Waters,' was nothing short of fantastic.

From the moment we arrived, the staff at Sutton Staithe Boatyard were welcoming and professional. They provided clear instructions and safety guidelines, ensuring we felt comfortable and confident before setting off. Their friendly demeanor and willingness to answer any questions added to the overall positive experience.

The boat itself was in excellent condition, showcasing the meticulous care and maintenance by the boatyard. 'Glittering Waters' lived up to its name with a sleek design and clean, spacious seating area that easily accommodated our group of four. The electric engine made for a quiet and smooth ride, allowing us to fully immerse ourselves in the serene surroundings.

Given the quality of the boat and the service provided, the price was more than reasonable. We enjoyed a leisurely cruise, stopping for a picnic on board, which was both relaxing and enjoyable. The boat was equipped with everything we needed, making the experience stress-free and fun.

Overall, our time on 'Glittering Waters' was memorable and exceeded our expectations. Sutton Staithe Boatyard offers an excellent service, and I highly recommend their electric picnic boat hire for anyone looking to enjoy a peaceful and picturesque outing on the water.

Carl Nancollas July 3, 2024