Boulters Lock and Ray Mill Island

Boulters Lock and Ray Mill Island

Are you looking for somewhere exciting, good fun and free to take the children?  Here at Boulters Lock and Ray Mill Island there is so much to do.  Both of our little ones enjoy sitting watching the boats go through the lock. They tell us if the boats are big or small, how many people on the boat, if there are dogs on the boat and other interesting things like flags or other children.

Boulters Lock and Ray Mill Island

Ray Mill Island is a short walk across the bridge where we enjoy feeding bread to the ducks, geese and swans, walking around the island and watching the water in the weir (whilst holding our children’s hands).  There are sometimes canoes and kayaks showing off their skills which make this so much more interesting for them.

Boulters Lock and Ray Mill Island

We often take food with us as there are large grass areas where you can comfortably sit and enjoy a family picnic.  After their lunch, our two enjoy a good run around and there is a small play park next to the café (where the toilets are situated).  The café sells snacks, ice cream, coffee/tea and a delicious toasted tea cake.

Boulters Lock and Ray Mill Island

Walking away from the café round the corner a few interesting wooden animals, like a crocodile, a bird which they can sit on or climb on and jump off.  A large wooden moving bridge which they can run up and down on and our little boy loves this.

Boulters Lock and Ray Mill Island

As well as all of this there is a large aviary with plenty of birds to look at as well as several guinea pigs who have a very lovely home.  There are toilets here which are fine to use.  A great place to go for a picnic in the summer months.

For more information visit http://www.visitthames.co.uk/about-the-river/river-thames-locks/boulters-lock and http://www.rbwm.gov.uk/web/parks_ray_mill_island.htm