Thames Fishing History Book signing

Dr David Solomon will be signing copies of his new book A History of Fish and Fisheries of the River Thames at Thames Tidefest on September 12th. You can come and meet the author and not only will he personally sign your copy of the book, but David is giving a £5 discount to every purchase made at the event. So come along to Strand On The Green on September 12th to get your copy and have a chat with the author.

The book itself describes the fascinating history of fish in the Thames, and the development of fisheries to catch them both for food and sport. It is lavishly illustrated with old engravings, maps and photographs, and contains a wealth of anecdotes and stories that will delight the angler, natural historian, historian and fishery professional alike. The author is both a lifelong angler and a fishery scientist, and he draws on his long experience in these fields for the background and material for this book.

Interesting stories include:-

· the numbers and price of each species of local freshwater fish used to feed Thomas Cranmer, former Archbishop of Canterbury, in the days leading up to his execution in Oxford in 1556 (pike were the most expensive);

· the long history of attempts to re-introduce salmon to the river (it held good numbers until the early 19th century);

· a thriving fishery for roach at London Bridge in the 18th century, and the interesting methods used to catch them;

· huge catches of barbel in Victorian times, made by groundbaiting with thousands of worms;

· the decline of the fishery for eels using traps and weirs

· the man with a lifetime catch of more than 800 Thames trout over 3 lb (including several of more than 10 lb). Details of availability will be found at www.fluvialbooks.com

Cruise The Thames in Style

Discover The River Thames

Thames Tidefest Offers you the chance to enjoy A River Thames Cruise aboard the wonderful Thames Launch ‘Discoverer’ with fun and informative commentary from Peter Finch, chairman of the River Thames Society.

Stand out on the open bow and stern decks as the trip will head downriver from Kew Pier past the historic village of Strand-on-the-Green – once home to Dylan Thomas and Nancy Mitford, past Oliver’s Island – apparently named after Oliver Cromwell at the time of the battle of Turnham Green. Further down, take in the old brewery Maltings buildings and the picturesque riverside villages of Mortlake and Chiswick Mall.

A wonderful trip at an amazing price !

London Mudlarker Lara Maiklem to hold book signing at this year’s Tidefest

London’s Mudlarker and best selling author, Lara Maiklem, will be at this year’s Tidefest on September 12th leading two foreshore walks and signing copies of her new book ‘A Field Guide to Larking’. This is a brilliant opportunity to meet the author and get your hands on a rare signed edition !

The book itself is a practical, interactive and inspiring guide to ‘larking’ – meaning to get out and about, to explore the world around us and to discover the little treasures hiding in plain sight. In this beautiful field guide, Lara teaches us how to lark for ourselves. There are maps and charts, tips and lists, and colour illustrations throughout to help identify finds. From tide tables for mudlarkers to a flint guide for fieldlarkers, this book is richly informative and yet small enough to pop in a pocket. Lara Maiklem has become synonymous with “Mudlarking” along the Thames foreshore and her first book, Mudlarking, was published in 2019 and quickly became a best seller.  

Lara’s two walks are already sold out but she is looking forward to meeting Thames enthusiasts at her book signing at the Strand on the Green Embankment between 12.00 and 1.30pm.

Lara says:

“Tidefest is my favourite river festival,  a proper chance to get hands on with the Thames in a beautiful setting.”

Tidefest is now in its 8th year and celebrates the recreational opportunities available on the River Thames in London withactivities for all the family. These include boats trips, paddle boarding, kayaking, foreshore walks, island visits, London’s biggest angling competition and much more.

Local wildlife organisations, river and environmental groups and community associations have been involved in organising  Tidefest since its inception in 2014. It is part of the month long Totally Thames Festival and is sponsored by Thames Water with support from the London Borough of Hounslow, Port of London Authority and the Environment Agency.

Visitors can enjoy river dipping with experts to discover what lives in the Thames or find some hidden corners with trips to the historic Oliver’s Island or the Eel Pie Island museum – celebrating the 60s music venue which saw the start of the careers of Eric Clapton and The Rolling Stones.

Full details including ticket bookings can be found at www.thamestidefest.net and on our Facebook page.

Tidefest Chairman Martin Salter from the Angling Trust said:

Tidefest is now a well-established annual event with a loyal band of followers who turn out every year.  It is an event which aims to help reconnect Londoners with their river and we do this by getting into and onto the water through a whole range of educational and recreational activities. I’m so pleased that Lara Maiklem is joining us once again to give us the benefit of her great knowledge of the history of this wonderful river that has enhanced and sustained our capital city for generations.  Please put September 12th in your diary and visit our website to find out what the River Thames has to offer.”

                                                         Come and Enjoy the River!

A Glorious Thames Cruise for just £12 !

Take a boat trip along the Thames aboard the beautiful Thames Launch “Windrush”. As part of Tidefest 21, The River Thames Society is organising four trips – each an hour long – around the Thames Tideway islands, leaving from Kew Pier . Guided commentary is included.

What better way to enjoy a day “Messing about on the River” and learning more about the historic River Thames. There will be lots going on along the riverbank at Strand On The Green so enjoy a wonderful cruise and then soak up the festival atmosphere or pop into one of the wonderful pubs nearby for a spot of lunch. Places are going fast, so BOOK NOW !

A Wonderful Thames Cruise for just £12 !

Depart from Kew Pier and explore the beauty and history of the River Thames with this amazing cruise aboard the Discoverer as it gently ambles along to Hammersmith. Peter Finch is the Chairman of the Thames Society and will be your guide, commentating on the amazing wildlife and rich history of the river.

Trips will leave Kew Pier at 10.30am, 11.45am, 1.00pm and 2.15pm

There are 12 places available each trip

Thames Tidefest 2021 is go !

We are delighted to announce that following the continued easing of the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions Thames Tidefest 2021 will definitely being going ahead as planned on Sunday September 12th at Strand on the Green, Chiswick and other venues along the Thames Tideway. However, as last year, most of the events in our reduced programme will have to be pre- booked.

Although most of the events have to be pre-booked, there will be free activities available on the day. There is always a fantastic festival atmoshphere at Strand On The Green where Tidefest is based so make sure you visit on Septemer 12th

Tidefest is now in its 8th year and celebrates the recreational opportunities available on the River Thames in London with activities for all the family. These include paddle boarding, kayaking, foreshore walks, island visits, London’s biggest angling competition and much more.

Local wildlife organisations, river and environmental groups and community associations have been involved in organising  Tidefest since its inception in 2014. It is part of the month long Totally Thames Festival and with main sponsor Thames Water and with support from the London Borough of Hounslow, Port of London Authority and the Environment Agency.

Tidefest gives the opportunity for young and old alike to learn more about the amazing wildlife of the tidal Thames.

Visitors can enjoy river dipping with experts to discover what lives in the Thames or find some hidden corners with trips to the historic Oliver’s Island or the Eel Pie Island museum – celebrating the 60s music venue which saw the start of the careers of Eric Clapton and The Rolling Stones.

Tidefest Chairman Martin Salter from the Angling Trust said:

“Tidefest is now a well-established annual event with a loyal band of followers who turn out every year.  It is an event which aims to help reconnect Londoners with their river and we do this by getting into and onto the water through a whole range of educational and recreational activities. The Thames holds over 120 different species of fish and is home to a tremendous array of birds yet surprisingly few people are aware of what a great resource we have here in the heart of London. Please put September 12th in your diary and visit our website to find out what the River Thames has to offer.”

Paddlesports have become a key part of Thames Tidefest in the past eight years and there are lots of opportunities to come along and have a go in one of our taster sessions.

                                                          Come and Enjoy the River!

Tickets Go On sale for Windrush Cruises !

River Thames Islands Cruise on the historic Windrush

Take a boat trip along the Thames. The River Thames Society is organising four trips – each an hour long – around the Thames Tideway islands, leaving from Kew Pier on the historic Thames launch the “Windrush”. Guided commentary is included. (Advance booking is essential as these trips sell out quickly)

The Windrush will leave Kew Pier at 11am, 12.15pm, 1.30pm, 2.45pm

Tickets – £12

12 places per trip

Cruise time 1 hour

Kayak & Canoe Taster Sessions Tickets on Sale !

Why not come down to the beautiful River Thames during Thames Tidefest and have a go at Canoeing or Kayaking with Edge Paddling ?

12th September 2021

About this event

If you’ve never been in a canoe or Kayak before this is your chance ! If you’ve had a go before and long to try it again, then this is for you too !

Sessions will begin every 30 mins and go on throughout the day.

There are four solo kayaks available for each session and two family canoes per session. ( family canoes can take 2 x adults and 2 x minors and MUST contain at least one adult)

Kayaks – 1 person per kayak, all participants must be 16years +

Please wear clothes that you don’t mind getting a bit wet and sensible shoes. All equipment, including buoyancy aids will be supplied.

Qualified coaches will lead the groups and coaches reserve the right to assess the suitability of groups on the day.

The Date is set ! September 12th 2021

Tidefest is a celebration of the recreational importance of London’s river and will involve a range of other activities designed to get people out and enjoying what the Thames Tideway has to offer. The groups involved in organising this year’s event include the London Wildlife Trust, Thames Angler’s Conservancy, Thames 21, The River Thames Society, ZSL and the Angling Trust. Other activities planned include foreshore walks, river dipping, seine netting, paddleboarding, sailing, kayaking and historical walks along the Thames Path. As soon as we have more details of the booking procedures for this years event, we will let you know !

2021 Angling Championship to be dedicated to the late Mike Martin-Davies

Following the announcement Tidefest will be held on Sunday 12th September 2021 we are pleased to confirm that the 2021 Thames Tidefest Angling Championship will once again be run in co-operation with The Angling Trust.

All the ticket monies will once again be donated to the kids angling charity Get Hooked on Fishing and the tickets are on sale from March 11th. This year’s trophy will be dedicated to the memory of Mike Martin-Davies, the talented Welsh match angler and three times Tidefest winner who sadly died of Coronavirus in January. It will be engraved with his name.

Mike with Keith Arthur celebrating one of his three Tidefest wins.

Now in its eighth year, the 40 peg match, which is sponsored by Thames Water, once again has generous pay outs with a first prize of £500. It is expected to attract some of the region’s top river anglers as previous matches have thrown up big bags of bream. Last year’s match was notable for the number of quality roach caught in the latter stages of the tide. All fish, with the exception of eels, can be weighed in.

The match is being held on two areas of gravel foreshore from Kew Bridge down to Barnes. Two sections will be on the left bank at Strand on the Green and two on the right at Barnes. The four main prizes will spread across the two zones to make for the fairest possible outcome.

Angling columnist and Thames specialist Keith Arthur welcomed the news saying:

“This year’s Tidefest Angling Championship, Covid permitting, looks like being the fairest yet. With shoals of roach catching contestants by surprise last year, 2021 could see the match won with redfins instead of the perennial bream. We will miss the angling brilliance of Mike, stolen from us by the vile disease, but with the match in his honour we will all be able to reflect on his loss and remember him how he would have wished.”

Angling Trust’s Martin Salter added:

“The Angling Trust is pleased that the lifting of lockdown restrictions will allow the Tidefest Angling Championship to take place again this year and it is appropriate that we honour the memory of Mike Martin-Davies at the same time.

“The competition is now firmly established as a popular event in the match fishing calendar and showcases what great fishing there is to be had right in the heart of London.

“We are committed to continuing to attract match anglers back to river fishing whilst at the same time highlighting the importance of cleaning up our urban rivers through schemes such as the Thames Tideway Tunnel. We are especially grateful to Thames Water for their generous sponsorship which means that once again all the ticket money will be going to support the fantastic work of the charity Get Hooked on Fishing that does so much to help youngsters get into our sport.”

Will Barnard, Angling Development Manager at Thames Water added:

“Thames Water is delighted to be sponsoring the 2021Tidefest including the much anticipated annual angling competition which is helpful in assessing the health of the river. In recent years our large sewage treatment works upstream at Mogden has benefitted from a multi-million pound upgrade which has delivered big improvements to the general water quality and with the Tideway Tunnel we will see an end to the damaging storm water incidents.”

Match Details:
40 peg Thames Tideway Angling Championship with £500 First Prize plus pools and trophy
Date and Time:
Sunday September 12th. Fishing 9.00am – 2.00pm (depending on tide)
Draw:
7.00am Strand on the Green, Kew Bridge London W4 3RE
Tickets on sale from March 11th from:
Tackle Up – 151 Fleet Road, Fleet GU51 3PD. Tel 01252 616129
To book tickets online go to – anglingtrust.net/competitions/tidefest-2021/ or tel: 0115 822 4519
Tickets:
£20 all in – £15 pools plus £5 ticket – proceeds to Get Hooked on Fishing
Prizes:
1st place – £500; 2nd – £400; 3rd – £200; 4th – £100. (Spread over two zones)
Plus £50 per 5 peg section.

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