Hogsmill offers amazing combination of History and Nature

Hogsmill Nature Reserve Community Day – Surbiton Lagoon

A great day out for all the family at Thames Water’s Hogsmill Nature Reserve at Kingston. This is a special opportunity to visit a nature reserve that is part of an operational works site and normally closed to the public. The event is going to be on the public side of the reserve as we are in the middle of construction for the Hogsmill Growth Project currently on the operational side. There will be opportunities to try bird watching with local experts, bird house building, pond dipping, honey tasting with the Kingston Bee Keeping Association, craft activities making clothes pin dragonfly fridge magnets and bottle fish along with wildlife face painting. There will be bird and mammal identification games with prizes and light refreshments will be available. Kingfishers, Foxes and a variety of beautiful butterflies are all regular sights at Hogsmill.

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Artists such as the 19th century pre-Raphaelite painters, for example Holman Hunt and John Everett Milais, found the Hogsmill to be a source of inspiration for their work. It was along the banks of the Hogsmill that Milais painted his famous “Ophelia”. Hunt’s painting “The Light of the World” in which he depicts Jesus knocking at a door, was set against one of the disused huts of the Gunpowder Mills.

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Further Information 07747 647 708

Times: 11am – 3pm

Venue: Hogsmill Nature Reserve, Lower Marsh Lane, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 3BW

Free Tideway Boat Tour added ahead of Tidefest ’16

Tideway Boat Tour on MBNA Thames Clippers

Fri 9 Sep 2016, 4pm – 7pm / Free event

Westminster Pier, Victoria Embankment, SW1A 2JH

The Tideway boat tour will view and discuss twelve Tideway sites by river: Victoria Embankment, Blackfriars, Chambers Wharf, King Edward Memorial Park, Heathwall Pumping Station, Falconbrook Pumping Station, Kirtling Street, Albert Embankment, Chelsea Embankment, Cremorne Wharf, Carnwath Road, Putney Embankment.

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The Tideway boat tour will be hosted by our Head of Stakeholder Engagement, Geoff Loader. Geoff Loader will be assisted by Michael Appleton, Communications Executive Central, and Sarah Linney, Communications Executive East for Tideway.

Location

Westminster Pier, Victoria Embankment, SW1A 2JH

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The MBNA Thames Clippers will depart promptly at 4pm, please be on Westminster Pier for 3:45pm. Tideway staff will be on Westminster Pier to assist with boarding.

BOOK ONLINE HERE

Visit Brentford’s Secret Island !

It’s ‘Back to the Future’ with TideFest – a unique pop-up museum, exhibition and guided tour of historic Lots Ait – Brentford’s secret island!

Lot's Ait Boatyard
Lot’s Ait Boatyard

Visitors to this year’s TideFest will have a chance to visit Lots Ait Boat Yard and learn about the importance of this small island on the Thames. Lots Ait is home to John’s Boat Works, the Two-Lipped Door snail and a thriving community of boat dwellers, artists and artisans.  It was also a key location for the film ‘The African Queen’ which starred Oscar winner Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn!

Hepburn and Bogart in the African Queen
Hepburn and Bogart in the African Queen

Established in the 1920’s by Thames & General Lighterage Company and closed in 1980, Lots Ait Boat Yard was the site of one of the last tidal boat yards on the Thames.  Since careful restoration work was completed in 2012, the site has housed John’s Boat Works, a traditional working boat yard.  With an exhibition of photographs from a bygone age of Thames boatbuilding, past will meet present as visitors walk around the yard and hardstand with John Watson, accompanied by Stuart and Ian Shields, former apprentices of the original Lots Ait Boat Yard.  After forging successful careers in the maritime sector, Stu and Ian are back to share and entertain with tales, memories and knowledge of life at the old boat yard.

Stuart and Ian Sheilds
Stuart and Ian Sheilds

Curious (and mostly rusty) artefacts – found on site – will be available to view and handle, a sunken barge can be discovered, and throughout, historic images can be viewed at their original locations.

"The Hammer" just one of the amazing relics of a bygone age.
“The Hammer” just one of the amazing relics of a bygone age. (picture courtesy of Wendy Kloos)

 

 

Owner John Watson said:

“Lots Ait has a rich and amazing boat building history that I’m looking forward to sharing with visitors to TideFest. The title of our event ‘Lots Ait – Back to the Future’ is intended to give a sense of time travel as we look at the past, present and potential of the island.  We are excited to be working with Stuart and Ian Shields, who will be sharing their knowledge and first hand accounts of work and life on the old yard.  In addition to learning about the island’s historic past, visitors will have the opportunity to discover the natural environment of Lots Ait and it’s wild inhabitants with the archaeologist, Greer Dewdney.  So if local residents have ever wondered what lies over the blue bridge by Goat Wharf bus stop on Brentford’s High Street then this is their chance to discover the charming and busy island of Lots Ait.”

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The tours are suitable for adults and accompanied children over 12 yrs.  Advance booking is required for the tours which leave at 2.30pm, 3.15pm and 4pm.  Groups need to be at the gate 10 minutes beforehand – from Goat Wharf, adjacent to 41 High Street, Brentford, TW8 0BB.  Tickets are £3 available online at HERE

The Carpentry Shop
The Carpentry Shop

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More info:  Wendy Kloos, curator and project manager ‘Lots Ait – Back to the Future’: 07875000465, or Martin Salter, TideFest Organiser: 07976946033

 

Pictures: Pre-war tugs at Lots Ait dock

 

Notes:

TideFest is supported by the Thames Tunnel Now Coalition with sponsorship from Thames Tideway, Fullers and Thames Water. All activities are either free or offered at a substantially reduced rate. Check website or Facebook page at www.thamestidefest.net or www.facebook.com/thamestidefest for more information.

Tidefest partners: Active 360, Angling Trust, Brentford FC Community Sports Trusts,  Edge Paddling, Get Hooked on Fishing, London Wildlife Trust, River Thames Society, RSPB, Strand on the Green Assoc, Strand on the Green Sailing Club, Thames 21, Thames Tunnel Now, Thames Anglers Conservancy, Totally Thames, Port of London Authority.

MP Ruth Cadbury to take to the water at this year’s TideFest

Brentford and Isleworth MP Ruth Cadbury has announced that not only will she will be attending this Tidefest but that she plans to take to the water and have ago at kayaking.

Ruth Cadbury paddle boarding at TideFest 2015
Ruth Cadbury paddle boarding at TideFest 2015

Tidefest is annual event to celebrate the recreational importance of the Thames Tideway to Londoners. It is based at Strand on the Green, Chiswick and other locations along the tideway from 10am to 6pm and is a day packed with loads of great activities for all the family.

There’s paddleboarding, kayaking, river dipping, guided foreshore walks, boat trips, an angling competition, nature reserve visits, artists displays, seine netting, live fish tanks, museum discounts, children’s games, stalls, music, refreshments and much, much more.

No experience required ! Tidesfest provides an amazing opportunity for complete novices to find themselves afloat on the tidal Thames !
No experience required ! Tidesfest provides an amazing opportunity for complete novices to find themselves afloat on the tidal Thames !

Ruth Cadbury said:

‘ We are so lucky to have the Thames on our doorstep and Tidefest is our opportunity to celebrate all that this means; Sport, nature, a transport route and a beautiful landscape. Kayaking and paddle-boarding are two sports I have been able to learn since being here. They’re fun, easy to pick up and you don’t need to be particularly fit! I look forward to seeing people coming down to try them out at this year’s Tidefest.’

Peter Hughes from Edge Paddling added:

“Kayaking is one of the best ways to enjoy the Thames, and Kew Bridge is one of the very best locations to launch from. Our Club is very social and thrives on an equal mix of men and women. We welcome people of all skill levels, and TideFest is a great opportunity for the public to try a free taster session.”

On the Foreshore at Strand-on-the-Green there will be children’s activities including river dipping, water testing and games designed to explain and increase understanding of what’s going on in the river run by the environmental charity Thames21.

There’s a series of highly informative archaeological tours of Oliver’s Island at Strand-on-the-Green. These fascinating walks will be led by archaeologists Dr Fiona Haughey and Mike Webber. There will also be other foreshore walks and a tour of the historic Lots Ait boatyard at Brentford which is hosting an exhibition of boat building on the Thames. Booking through the website at www.thamestidefest.net

Lot's Ait Boatyard
Lot’s Ait Boatyard

The River Thames Society is organising four hour-long boat trips around the Thames Tideway islands, leaving from Kew Pier on the historic Thames launch the Windrush. Guided commentary included. Trips leave at 11.00am, 12.15pm, 1.30pm and 2.45pm but advance booking essential

TideFest organiser Martin Salter from the Angling Trust said:

“TideFest is now an established annual event that is growing in popularity and which aims to help reconnect Londoners with their river. The Thames holds over 120 different species of fish and is home to a tremendous array of birds and other wildlife yet far too few people are aware of what an amazing resource we have in the heart of our capital city.”

Martin Salter at last year Tidefest
Martin Salter at last year Tidefest

TideFest is supported by the Thames Tunnel Now Coalition with sponsorship from Tideway, Fullers and Thames Water. All activities are either free or offered at a substantially reduced rate

 

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More info:

Check website or Facebook page at www.thamestidefest.net  or www.facebook.com/thamestidefest  for more information.

Contact:

Martin Salter – (Angling Trust and organizer) 07976946033

Ian Tokelove  – (London Wildlife Trust) 07834867420

Peter Hughes – (Edge Paddling) 07900 895237

Picture:  Ruth Cadbury MP Paddleboarding on the Thames at last year’s TideFest

Photocall: 12 noon Sunday Sept 11th with Ruth Cadbury MP Kayaking from Kew Bridge with Edge Paddling

Notes:

Tidefest partners: Active 360, Angling Trust, Brentford FC Community Sports Trusts,  Edge Paddling, Get Hooked on Fishing, London Wildlife Trust, River Thames Society, RSPB, Strand on the Green Assoc, Strand on the Green Sailing Club, Thames 21, Thames Tunnel Now, Thames Anglers Conservancy, Totally Thames, Port of London Authority.

PRE-BOOK EVENTS ONLINE

TideFest is annual event to celebrate the recreational importance of the Thames Tideway to Londoners. It takes place at Strand on the Green, Chiswick and other locations from Richmond to Barnes and is a day packed with loads of great activities for all the family. This year programme includes kayaking, river dipping, guided foreshore walks, boat trips, an angling competition, nature reserve visits, artists displays, seine netting, live fish tanks, children’s games, refreshments and much, much more. 

 Because of the generous sponsorship provided by Tideway and Thames Water we are able to offer the activities below either free of charge or at substantially reduced rates.

Below are a list of the events that need to be pre-booked online if you would like to see the events that don’t require pre-booking take a look at our “turn-up on the day programme HERE

 Paddleboarding with Active 360  

Try Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) on the Thames. Active 360 will be running pre-booked 50 minute supervised sessions at Kew Bridge from 11am to 4pm for those new to paddleboarding, at just £10 per person (£5 for under 25s and all under 18s must be accompanied by an adult). There will also be a mass paddle from Kew to Putney and back starting at 2pm to help environmental charity Watertrek UK to protect waterways around London from  plastic pollution  The trip will a return to Kew by around 5.30pm and will be supervised by Active360 coaches and experienced marshals.  Participants to make £30 donation (which also covers use of all equipment – or just £10 if bringing own boards).  Participants can also invite sponsorship. Beginners to SUP on the Thames must take a short SUP lesson first   (available at a reduced price on the day or in the weeks leading up to the trip)

BOOKING DETAILS: http://www.active360.co.uk/calendar-SAAS.htm

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Archaeological Walks and visits to Lots Ait and Oliver’s Island

A series of highly informative archaeological walks and tours of Oliver’s Island at Strand on the Green and the nearby historic Lots Ait boatyard at Brentford have been organized for this year’s TideFest. Advanced booking is essential as these popular events sell out quickly

Oliver’s Island

Come on a visit to this special place on the Thames – Oliver’s Island at Strand on the Green. Come and hear about the long history of this island and its current environmental importance. Thanks to the Port of London Authority we are able to ferry visitors to this intriguing place for archaeologist-led tours led by Dr Fiona Haughey and Mike Webber. For those aged over 16 only. Please wear sensible foot-gear and life jackets will be provided.

Times: 11am, 11.15am, 11.30am, 12.00pm, 12.15pm, 12.30pm

Numbers: 6 groups of 5 people – 30 in total

Meeting point: Strand on the Green Sailing Club, under Kew Rail Bridge (between City Barge and Bull’s Head pubs)

Tickets: £5 per person    BOOK NOW HERE

Oliver's Island
Oliver’s Island

 

Lots Ait Boatyard Tour – Brentford 

Come and discover Brentford’s best kept secret and learn about the importance of this small island on the Thames. Lots Ait is home to John’s Boat Works, the Two-Lipped Door Snail and a thriving community of boat dwellers. It was also a key location for the film ‘The African Queen’. Meet John and a former apprentice from the original boat yard and hear about Lots Ait’s amazing boat building history. View the exhibition and learn about its historic past and discover the natural environment of this small island and its wild inhabitants with archaeologist Greer Dewdney. Suitable for accompanied children over 12 yrs.

Times: 2.30pm, 3.15pm, 4pm – but groups will need to be at the gate on 10mins beforehand

Numbers: 3 groups of 15 – 45 in total

Meeting point: Goat Wharf adjacent to 41 High Street, Brentford, TW8 0BB

Tickets: £3 per person    BOOK NOW HERE

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Strand-on-the-Green foreshore walk

Come and explore the Thames foreshore at Strand-on-the-Green with archaeologists Dr Fiona Haughey and Mike Webber where you can find evidence of the ancient past right up to the recent present underneath your feet!  Uncovered twice a day, the dynamic inter-tidal zone reveals its secrets so come and look for this ‘treasure’ before it erodes away. Please come with sensible footgear. Suitable for accompanied children over 5 yrs

Time: 3pm

Numbers: 40 in total

Meeting point: Outside the Bull’s Head pub, Strand on the Green W4

Tickets: £3 per person    BOOK NOW HERE

Strand On The Green
Strand On The Green

Angling Competition- Angling Trust

The prestigious Thames Tideway Angling Championship takes place from 11am to 4pm at Strand on the Green and Barnes foreshores. 40 top anglers from across the UK will be taking part and spectators are welcome. Last year the first prize went to Andriks Lekstutis who caught fish with a combined weight of over 31lbs (14kg) at Strand-on-the-Green – demonstrating just how healthy the river now is. All fish are returned to the river unharmed after the ‘weigh in which takes place from 4 – 5pm.

NOW FULLY BOOKED

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Boating events River Thames Society

 Windrush Cruise

 Take a boat trip along the Thames. The River Thames Society is organising four hour-long boat trips around the Thames Tideway islands, leaving from Kew Pier on the historic Thames launch the “Windrush”. Your skipper will be Ken Dwan, a former Royal Waterman and Queen’s Bargemaster. Guided commentary is included. (Advance booking is essential as these trips sell out quickly)

Times: Trips leave at 11.00am, 12.15pm, 1.30pm and 2.45pm

Numbers: 4 groups of 12 – 48 in total

Meeting point: Kew Pier on the Richmond Bank by Kew Bridge

Tickets: £10 per person    BOOK NOW HERE

Kew Pier, starting point for the Thames Cruise
Kew Pier, starting point for the Thames Cruise

 

Chiswick Pier Heritage Trail Guided Walk

Chiswick Pier ‘Heritage Trail’ – An Historic Walk along the Thames from Chiswick to Hammersmith

Join us at Chiswick Pier and take a scenic and historic walk along the Thames Path, from Chiswick to Hammersmith Find out more about the history of some of the buildings along this part of the Thames, and take a new look at the river and its heritage. The walk will start at Chiswick Pier on the Corney Reach Estate and finish at William Morris’ House near Furnivall Gardens, Hammersmith.

The walk, hosted by Chiswick Pier Trust, will start at 11:30 (meet at Pier House) and take no more than an hour to complete. There are plenty of good pubs at the end of the walk to retire to for a well-earned drink, or a spot of lunch. Otherwise, walkers are free to follow the path back to Pier House.
Please wear sensible footwear. Most suitable for adults, but open to all ages.
Meeting point: Chiswick Pier Trust, The Pier House, Corney Reach Way, Chiswick, W4 2UG. Please meet inside Pier House by the fish tank (immediately on your right as your enter). Toilets available at Pier House.

Nearest bus stop: Edensor Road on the E3.

Ticket Price: £3 – Free to members of Chiswick Pier Trust.

Book Here Now

Chiswick Pier
Chiswick Pier

Richmond Row Boats – TideFest Discounts

Fancy something a little more energetic? Our friends at Richmond Bridge Boat Hire are offering £5 per person off the hire of their extensive fleet of rowing boats in exchange for a discount voucher that can be booked through the TideFest website. Check out their website to see the boats on offer at http://www.richmondbridgeboathouses.co.uk/

This generous offer is restricted to one voucher person with a limit of 100 people in total. Each boat must contain at least one adult.

Times: Rowing boat hire from 10am to 7pm

Venue: Richmond Bridge Boat Hire, Bridge Boathouses, Richmond upon Thames,

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GET YOUR DISCOUNT VOUCHER HERE

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TideFest Guided Walk – Richmond

Walk along the towpath from Richmond Lock to Ham House with Alan Sherriff of Richmond Heritage Guides (www.richmondwalks.co.uk ) and hear more details about the historical features, both above and below, this famous stretch of the  River Thames.

Time:  11.30 – 12.30pm

Where: Meet at Richmond Lock Footbridge, Richmond Riverside TW1 1QX          Numbers: 40 maximum

Tickets: £3 each

BOOK HERE

Richmond on Thames
Richmond on Thames

 

 

Come and ‘Enjoy the River’ at TideFest 2016

Wildlife organisations, river and environmental groups and community associations have this week announced plans for the third TideFest to be held on the tidal Thames in London on Sunday September 11th

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TideFest is a relatively new River Thames event which took place for the first time in 2014 to highlight the recreational importance of the Thames to Londoners and to encourage people to ‘enjoy the river’. TideFest 2016 takes place at Strand-on-the-Green in Chiswick and at Brentford, Barnes and other locations along the Thames Tideway, as part of the month long Totally Thames festival.

A wide range of activities have been planned from 9am to 7pm on Sunday 11th September at either free or heavily subsidised rates including:

  • Stand Up Paddleboarding on the Thames. Active 360 will be running pre-booked 50 minute supervised sessions at Kew Bridge from 11am to 4pm for those new to paddleboarding, at just £10 per person. There will also be a mass paddle from Kew to Putney starting at 2pm in aid of the charity Water Aid.
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Stand-up Paddleboarding is awesome fun
  • Try free Kayak Taster Sessions with Edge Paddling at Kew Bridge. Newcomers can simply turn up from 12 noon to 6pm and try kayaking on the Thames with qualified coaches. Must be 12 years or over. A free prize draw is included, with three free club memberships worth £96 on offer.
  • A day out at Thames Water’s Hogsmill nature rserve at Kingston. This is a special opportunity to visit a nature reserve that is part of an operational sewage works and normally closed to the public. There will be opportunities to try bird watching with local experts, bird house building, honey tasting with the Kingston Bee Keeping Association and wildlife face painting. Light refreshments will be available.
  • A whole range of family-friendly activities and displays will be available at the Strand-on-the-Green. Marquees on the riverside embankment will host displays on the Thames Tideway, historical artefacts collected by local archivists, paintings by local artists, children’s activities and an information point with material available from environmental and the Port of London Authority. London Wildlife Trust will also be on hand to talk about the capital’s wildlife and to sign up Dragonfly Detectives as part of an exciting new project to survey the capital’s rivers and ponds.
  • The prestigious Thames Tideway Angling Championship takes place from 11am to 4pm at Strand on the Green and Barnes. 40 top anglers from across the UK will be taking part and spectators are welcome. Last year the first prize went to Andriks Lekstutis who caught fish with a combined weight of over 31lbs (14kg) at Strand-on-the-Green – demonstrating just how healthy the river now is. All fish are returned to the river unharmed.
  • On the Foreshore at Strand-on-the-Green there will be children’s activities including river dipping, water testing and games designed to explain and increase understanding of what’s going on in the river run by the environmental charity Thames21. Alongside this will be seine netting supervised by ZSL and the Institute of Fisheries management to show you what lives in the Thames.
  • A series of highly informative archaeological tours of Oliver’s Island will be held at Strand-on-the-Green. These fascinating walks will be led by archaeologists Dr Fiona Haughey and Mike Webber. For those aged over 16 only. Please wear sensible footwear. 11.00am, 11.15am, 11.30am, 12.00pm, 12.15pm, 12.30pm. There will also be other foreshore walks and a tour of the historic Lots Ait boatyard.
The Iconic Kew Bridge over the Thames
Kew Bridge from Strand on the Green, Chiswick – home to TideFest 2016
  • Take a boat trip along the Thames. The River Thames Society is organising four hour-long boat trips around the Thames Tideway islands, leaving from Kew Pier on the historic Thames launch the Windrush. Guided commentary included. Trips leave at 11.00am, 12.15pm, 1.30pm and 2.45pm (advance booking essential)

All activities can be booked via the TideFest website from August 1st onwards

Gordon Scorer, Chief Executive of London Wildlife Trust said:

Gordon Scorer CEO of London Wildlife Trust
Gordon Scorer CEO of London Wildlife Trust

“TideFest is a great opportunity to enjoy a day by the river with lots to see and do – both on and off the water. You can discover what lives in the river, explore the river’s archaeological history or get out on the water by boat, kayak or even Stand Up Paddleboard. The Trust will also be on hand to talk about London’s wildlife and we’d love to see you there!”

TideFest organiser Martin Salter from the Angling Trust said:

IMG_3825“TideFest is now an established annual event that is growing in popularity and which aims to help reconnect Londoners with their river. The Thames holds over120 different species of fish and is home to a tremendous array of birds and other wildlife yet far too few people are aware of what an amazing resource we have in the heart of our capital city. We are planning a range of new attractions this year which we hope to announce in the coming weeks.”

TideFest is supported by the Thames Tunnel Now Coalition with sponsorship from Tideway, Fullers and Thames Water.

. All activities are either free or offered at a substantially reduced rate. Check website or Facebook page at www.thamestidefest.net or www.facebook.com/thamestidefest for more information.

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More info:

Martin Salter – (Angling Trust and organizer) 07976946033

Ian Tokelove  – (London Wildlife Trust) 07834867420

 

Notes:

Tidefest partners: Active 360, Angling Trust, Brentford FC Community Sports Trusts,  Edge Paddling, Get Hooked on Fishing, London Wildlife Trust, River Thames Society, RSPB, Strand on the Green Assoc, Strand on the Green Sailing Club, Thames 21, Thames Tunnel Now, Thames Anglers Conservancy, Totally Thames, Port of London Authority.