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Join us for an evening or daytime river cruise on board the Shields Ferry.


Evening river cruises (Live music on the Tyne)

If you're looking for something to liven up your weekends during the summer join us for some great live music on board the ferry.  Our trips run until the end of September and whatever your musical taste there's something to suit everyone from rock, pop, blues, hillbilly, rockabilly, Irish, swing, jazz, rock and roll, indie, ska, reggae and more!

The trips are 3 hours long - departing at 7.30pm and sailing South Shields-Pier Heads-NewcastleGateshead Quaysides-South Shields.  All trips include hot food, great music and some fantastic views along the river!

For full details about all our live music events, download a copy of our leaflet below.

Thursdays Live bands
7 September Barely Human (pop, rock, funk, disco) - BUY TICKETS
21 September Four Worried Men (pop, rock, indie) - BUY TICKETS
28 September The Revolutionaires (rhythm & blues) - BUY TICKETS
11 August Spiral Kings (80s/90s pop) - BUY TICKETS
18 August The Hitmen (rock, pop) - BUY TICKETS
25 August Borderland (soft rock, pop, party anthems) - BUY TICKETS
1 September Rivelino  (pop, rock, funk, soul) - BUY TICKETS
8 September The Understudies (pop, rock, punk, indie) - BUY TICKETS
15 September American Girl  (pop, rock) - BUY TICKETS
29 September Flux Capacitor (80s pop & rock) - BUY TICKETS
12 August The Gaslighters (pop, rock, soul, Irish) - BUY TICKETS
2 September The Shakes  (rock, pop) - BUY TICKETS
16 September  Soul Street  (classic soul, rock, pop, funk) - BUY TICKETS
23 September The Gaslighters (pop, rock, soul, Irish) - BUY TICKETS


Daytime river cruises (Family fun on the Tyne)

Family river trips run until the end of September and include River Commentaries, Sing-a-long-the-Tyne, Children's entertainment and Fish & Chip trips.  2 and 3 hour trips are available. They’re a unique way to view some of the historic sights along the banks of the Tyne and to see the modern new developments taking shape along the river.

Our 2 hour trips let you take in the monumental landmarks of the surrounding local areas of North and South Shields and sail out towards the piers. Our 3 hour trips, with live commentary by John Grundy, sail between South Shields and Newcastle, as far as NewcastleGateshead’s Quaysides where you will get to see, and sail under, the iconic Millennium Bridge!

Food and entertainment are also provided on many of our trips.  There’s something to suit the whole family.  

For full details about all our daytime cruises sailing this summer, download a copy of our leaflet below.

August Family trips
Thursday 3 August Reptile Encounters - BUY TICKETS
Tuesday 8 August Ollie’s BIG Boat Party - BUY TICKETS
Thursday 10 August Fish & Chips - BUY TICKETS
Sunday 13 August River Commentary - BUY TICKETS
Tuesday 15 August  Sing-a-long-the-Tyne - BUY TICKETS
Tuesday 22 August Tony Junior’s Boat of Fun - BUY TICKETS
Thursday 24 August Sing-a-long-the-Tyne - BUY TICKETS
Sunday 27 August River Commentary - BUY TICKETS
Tuesday 29 August  Ollie’s BIG Boat Party - BUY TICKETS
Sunday 3 September Fish & Chips - BUY TICKETS
Friday 22 September Fish & Chips - BUY TICKETS