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)


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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


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.


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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.

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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

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,

Surrey.TW9 1TH


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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 ( ) 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


Richmond on Thames
Richmond on Thames




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