Event Services & Entertainment

On board event services and entertainment

Whatever you need to make your day a success, we can help 

Add the finishing touches to your day

At Hobbs of Henley, we work with a number of specialist providers to ensure your party or event stands out from the rest. Whether it’s the facilities at a corporate event or the music at a private party, we've teamed up with some great local companies to help you and your guests have a fantastic trip with our on board event services.

Our larger boats – the New Orleans, the Waterman and the Hibernia - have more room for presentation areas, bands, dancefloors and casino evenings but if you have something else in mind, give us a ring and we’ll see what we can do to help. Our normal Terms and Conditions apply but just let us know when booking your event if you're interested in any of the specialist entertainment or professional services outlined below.

Huge thanks for organising everything
 from start to finish –you made it all come together, seamlessly,and the event was a great success

On board event services : entertainment

Throwing an event and want to book some top quality entertainment for your guests? We can help, with our tried and tested performers.




Gin Tasting

The Gin to My Tonic create a bespoke gin tasting experience for you and your guests to enjoy.
They’ll build a tailored gin menu on your behalf based on your likes and your dislikes and will introduce each of the specifically selected gins and present their backstory, botanical make up and tasting notes. A fun, interactive experience with a professional team. Please contact The Gin to My Tonic for more information enquiries@thegintomytonic.com

From £25pp

Live music & cover bands

Pop, rock, funk, soul – whatever you want, our premium live music partner Eight Ray Music can probably supply it. 
All acts must be booked directly through Eight Ray Music, please email Sarah Lichtenstein   or call 01491 526720 to book.



All acts must be booked directly through Eight Ray Music. For more information and to book  - email Sarah Lichtenstein or call 01491 526720

£350 + VAT


Whether it be card effects, mind tricks, vanishing objects or smoke and fire, Stephen James will amaze your guests, click here to see Stephen in action 


The following acts must be booked directly through Hobbs of Henley.  Prices are based on a four hour hire and exclude VAT

Traditional jazz or swing duo / trio / quartet

Silk Street Jazz Band and Silk Street Swing Bands are perfect at creating a celebratory ambience at any event – guaranteed to get everyone’s foot tapping!
See their website for full details and their terms and conditions.

Duo - £500
Trio - £675
Quartet - £800


Humorous, on the spot caricaturist of your guests which they can keep as mementos of your event. If your looking for something unusual and fun for your special day please take a look at their website.


Casino with croupiers

Roulette and blackjack tables bring a glimpse of the old Mississippi to the Thames, complete with gaming chips and fun money


Close up table magician

Amaze your guests with one of our award winning table magicians. They’ve delighted countless parties over the years, and haven’t lost a volunteer yet!


Children's entertainer

Bertie Slippers is an Oxfordshire based children's entertainer who combines a mixture of magic, music games, puppets and balloons to create a fun packed magical experience. Please email Bertie to discuss your requirements. 


Elvis & Rock & Roll Tribute Act:

A hugely entertaining, award winning, Elvis tribute act who also features songs from other well known rock & rollers.

From £750

Balloons and decorations

Please see section below


Fireworks -


Pains Fireworks are the largest and most historic professional display company in the UK. For your wedding or celebration their passion, experience and expertise will shine through to give you that moment you'll never forget. Call 01794 884040.

From £1500

Please note we are unable to accommodate more than three musicians on the Hibernia and four on The Waterman and The New Orleans.

Onboard services – professional services

Hobbs has links to all sorts of professional, local suppliers to make planning your day as easy as possible. You can contact these companies direct but if you can’t see what you need, please talk to us - we’ll probably have been asked before!

Service & Supplier


Contact Details

Event management – Jemga Consultancy

Jemga Consultancy specialises in event management, marketing & social media. Whatever size your event, their experienced, personable and professional approach will exceed your expectations.

Contact Jo Cook:


M: 07525 355978

Professional lighting, theming and decoration - stressfreehire.com

This 20 year old company offers a comprehensive range of beautiful lighting, draping and decoration services that add the wow factor to any event.


Event photographer – Kathryn Fell Photography

For professional, creative photos of your event, Kathryn specialises in capturing shots of guests and important events in a natural, candid way. Capture memories of your event on film to keep forever.


F: https://www.facebook.com/KathrynFellPhotography

T: @Fellsie

M: 07958 371 770

Wedding photographer – Gabrielle McMillan

Our wedding photographer, Gabrielle McMillan, offers wedding photography for receptions on board our boats, producing stunning images of your special day.


Flowers – White Garden

Local florist Annette March from White Garden can produce beautiful flower displays to celebrate your day, whatever your requirements may be.


Wedding / event Master of Ceremonies – The Man in the Red Coat

The talents of the Man in the Red Coat (attire adaptable to match your event!) are ideal for the smooth running of any occasion where introductions, announcements and event time keeping are required, so you can concentrate on your guests. 

Contact James Hasler via:  


Decorative balloons and bunting – Berkshire Balloons

Berkshire Balloons, part of Reading-based Fun n’ Frolics, provide bespoke decorations for corporate events and celebrations.

Whatever you have in mind, they can probably deliver, but to make it easier they offer classic packages for the New Orleans, Waterman and Hibernia


Add that extra ‘Wow’ factor to your event or celebration

Contact us

with any questions about added services aboard our boats

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