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About Dreamboats

Dreamboats was launched as a millennium project for Wimborne April 23rd2000.

It became part of the charity Vision Wimborne along with Dial-a-Ride and later the Youth Café.

A couple of years before the millennium Somebody said about the lack of rowing boats on the River Stour ‘somebody ought to do something about it’ and the idea was born in the mind of local councillor Pat Hymers. She gathered an enthusiastic group together and with support from businesses, the council (who owned the land) and local people, they managed to launch their five boats in time to celebrate the millennium.

They have gone from strength to strength and now have a large pontoon, a workshop, 2 boathouse, sixteen craft to hire, heaps of life jackets and all the other paraphanalia needed to keep boats floating safely on the water. This year three Stand-Up-Paddleboards are to be added to the fleet.

Project launch, April 23rd, 2000

The committee of dedicated volunteers do all the jobs needing to be done to make sure everything is safe and efficient.

It includes employing boatmen who hire out the boats and look after people who come down to the river to enjoy the environment and relax as well as take some exercise.This year we will be doing the same thing and following the rules so that our customers are kept safe.

We have two special projects at the moment. One is to raise the funds for a specially adapted boat that can be used by people with disabilities. We think that enjoying the delights of rowing on the river should be available to everyone. Adding this boat to our collection means that we need more storage so we must get this in place too.

Come and enjoy this delightful experience for yourself. We are open every weekend, on school holidays and this year, all of July and August.

Opening Times & Prices

We are now open daily 11am – 5pm, our usual running season is from May to September where we are open every weekend from May, daily from July and then weekends in September.

We are open 11am – 5pm, but please take note that opening times are subject to weather conditions, which can been seen on our News page.

Rowing Boat Hire is priced at £15.00 per hour and we are only accepting card payments.

Please note that you must be 18 or over to hire a boat. Bouyancy aids are mandatory for under 16s and are available (and recommended) for adults.

Our safety guidelines are set out in the Dreamboats Rivercard and hirers are asked to read and observe these rules as a condition of hiring. 

Dreamboats, Wimborne. Finding us is now even easier.

Getting Here & Parking

Dreamboats is located down a footpath just off of Riverside Business Park (near Wimborne Market) BH21 1QU, with access onto the estate from Poole Road and Leigh Road; look out for the new brown tourist attraction signs to Wimborne Riverside.

Parking is available and signposted off the first right turning onto the business park. You can see a map with our location on our Contact Page and contact The Boatman if you can’t find us!


There is a new playground located right next to our Dreamboats dock and beautiful park space for your summer picnic, making Dreamboats your perfect family day out! Please consider the idyllic surroundings and use the bins provided or take your rubbish home.


We welcome you to bring your dog(s) to take part, as they love it as much as you do!