Sail the River Exe this Christmas

Step onboard the Stuart Line fleet this Christmas for a range of festively-themed trips. With our boats decorated to help you get into the spirit of Christmas, you can experience the River Exe in warmth and comfort no matter the weather, no matter the age. All our boats have toilets, fully stocked bars offering a range of hot or cold drinks and heated lower decks with wide, panoramic views on offer.

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Live Music in Exmouth reaches a whole new level with our Christmas Band Night Boat Trip!

This year one of the best local bands that Devon has to offer Carnaby Street comes onboard with us here at Stuart Line Cruises for our Christmas Band Night cruise.  On Friday 21 December it’s time to ditch the Christmas pub crazy and climb aboard with this 5 piece sixties tribute act who will get you all dancing!

We set sail in our festively decorated boat – that’s fully enclosed and has a heated lower deck that has a fully stocked cash bar with a range of drinks and locally produced Devon ales!

Leaving from Exmouth at 7.30pm we set sail out up the smooth and sheltered waters up the River Exe and return you safely again at 10.30pm. Tickets cost just £10 per person and are super popular so you will need to book!

These gigs are perfect for everyone who loves the South West local music scene but wants to mix it up and try a totally different venue to the pub this Christmas!

  • All tickets cost just £10 per person
  • Each trip lasts 3 hours
  • We set sail from Exmouth at 7.30pm and return at 10.30pm
  • These nights will take live music to a whole new level so pick your band, scroll on down and book your tickets before they sell out!

Christmas Parties with us here at Stuart Line Cruises are simply the best way to celebrate the festive season with a difference!

Celebrate with family, friends or why not have your works Christmas party with us on our three hour Christmas Party cruise!

To get your party started, you will all be welcomed aboard with a glass of hot mulled wine as we set sail out onto the River Exe.  On board will be a delicious locally produced buffet for you all to enjoy before you start throwing your best shapes to the sounds of our irresistible Devon based disco!

  • Your Christmas Party boat is fully enclosed and has a heated lower deck that is festively decorated to get you into the party spirit!
  • We also have a fully stocked cash bar with a range of drinks and locally produced Devon ales!
  • Your Christmas Party Cruise with us at Stuart Line Cruises is a fun and fabulous way to celebrate the festive season with a difference!
  • Tickets cost just £** per person
  • Ticket price includes your arrival drink, food and entertainment!
  • Booking is essential on these trips!

The biggest Christmas tradition in Exmouth has to be the Christmas Day Swim, so this year why not get the BEST view of this iconic event – from the water!

This Christmas Day join our Stuart Line family and watch from the warmth and comfort of the boat as the rest of Exmouth shivers and strains to see from the beach!

From our upper and lower decks you will clearly be able to see all the brave and daring swimmers on their annual charge down the beach dashing head-long into the water as all of their supporters cheer them into the icy waters of the river!

Our covered and cozy boat leaves Exmouth Marina at 10.45am on Christmas Day full of warm mince pies and hot mulled wine.  We’ll cruise down to Exmouth Seafront to watch the icy revelers on the beach and as the swimmers make their way out of the water we will cruise up the River Exe before returning you to the marina for 12.15pm – just in time to pop the turkey in the oven!

We’d love to welcome you all onboard to share this amazing day with us! We have limited spaces on this trip so advanced booking is essential!

  • Adult tickets £10.00 and Child tickets £7.00
  • Trip duration – 1.5 hours
  • Departs at 10.45am and returns at 12.15pm sharp!

While Father Christmas checks who’s been naughty or nice, parents enjoy mulled wine & mince pies,

Glitter & tinsel sparkle away, the crew are in costume for this festive day!

Into the Grotto children try to peek, to see if Santa is fast asleep,

Ah ha, he’s awake and he’s getting ready, to give them toys, books or even a teddy,

An hour later & the trip’s all done, by the looks on their faces they’ve all had fun!

They wave goodbye full of festive cheer, we’ll Sail with Santa again next year!


Our Sail with Santa trips are a family favourite that lets everyone know that Christmas is here!  These hour-long cruises set sail from Exmouth Marina and sails up the calm and sheltered waters of the River Exe.  This is one of our favourite trips of the year, the crew just love getting dressed up in their Christmas costumes, singing carols and helping out Santa and his elves in the grotto!

You’ll be amazed to see how our lower deck gets transformed into the perfect Santa’s Grotto.  The children have the chance to meet the man himself and tell him all about their year!  All the children will receive a lovely gift from Father Christmas, each of which is age specific and specially chosen by our crew!

The children will also have heaps of fun with our balloon modeling, get their faces painted, watch some magic, sing along to Christmas songs and even have a boat driving lesson!  They will also have a drink of squash and eat biscuits and some sweeties – not forgetting, of course, their amazing gift from Santa!

There’s also heaps for the grown-ups who will be able to enjoy a glass of hot mulled wine with a warm mince pie whilst they watch the magic show and sing along to the Christmas songs – you can even get your face painted too!

  • Tickets cost £10 per person or £4 for those aged under 1
  • Trip duration – 1 hour
  • We strongly recommend booking this trip in advance as this is a popular cruise and each present is chosen by our crew to be age appropriate to the child.

Take a break and make the most of the festivities on a cruise with us up the River Exe!

We have a range of wonderfully wintery Christmas themed boat trips to help you relax and really enjoy the holiday spirit!

Our Festive Specials have all the Christmas trimmings with a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie included in every trip!

We have seating on our heated indoor lower deck that have incredible panoramic views of the River Exe.  There is also fresh outdoor seating on our upper deck complete with blankets to keep you warm and toasty on those crisp winter days!

The calm and sheltered waters of the River Exe means that this trip runs uninterrupted during the Christmas and New Year period.  As a site of special scientific interest, during the winter months the river becomes a haven for migrating birds making this an incredible time to watch the wading and migrating birds including avocets, curlews, teal, oystercatchers, redshanks, and plovers!

So why not come onboard and sit back and enjoy the festive season whilst you listen as your Skipper gives you live commentary on our stunning surroundings!

  • Adults £9.50, Children £6
  • Trip duration – 1.5 hours
  • Sailing times vary so check the timetable below

Have your very own Christmas Party with us here at Stuart Line Cruises!

Come along this festive season and celebrate Christmas on the water with your very own bespoke party for you and your family, friends or work colleagues!

Take time out with family and friends to relax and enjoy the season or why not get you’re your work colleagues on board and have an office Christmas party you’ll all remember!

Prices and packages can be built to match your requirements – click here to find out more!

Our Festive timetable