Boats, Kayaks, Cruises & More


Do you fancy kayaking on the tidal Thames for Free ?

Edge Kayaking will be providing free kayaking sessions for around 150 lucky people at Tidefest ’17 .  To take part in these free sessions, participants will simply sign up on the day, with the sign up occurring At Edge Paddling’s facility that includes changing rooms and  toilets.

Edge Paddling will offer sessions from 12pm to 6pm.  They will be  45 min (approx) sessions starting every 25 minutes throughout the afternoon.

There will also be a prize draw for two Edge Paddling memberships and you do not even need to participate in a taster session to enter the prize draw ! Just pop along and fill out a form.


Unit 5,
Kew Bridge Arches,
Strand on the Green,
W4 3NG


Tidefest Kayak Challenge. 08/09/17

Kayak from Greenwich to Kew.  This is a guide led trip in stable double kayaks, leaving Greenwich with the flooding tide paddling right through the centre of London pasting some world famous landmarks. The trip is a good 4 to 5  hours and a fun challenging day afloat. If you need more information on the day get back to  us on

10 Members of the public

Timings:   08/09/17   – 10 am to 4.30pm

Ticket prices:  £20 per person

This event is open to adults only and 2 tickets per booking. Use the link to purchase tickets

Tidefest Round the Islands Paddle

Paddle on the 10th of September and explore the river from the seat of a kayak.  Leaving Strand on The Green we will paddle toward  Kew  around Olivers Island and back to Kew which should be a good hour afloat.  Explore the Thames from the river and enjoy messing about on the water.  This event is open to all abilities including complete beginners. Tours are guide led and in stable double kayaks with rudders.

Timings:  1.45pm to 3pm  3.15pm to 4.30 pm 4.45 pm to 6.00pm

Bookings are taken on the day, tickets available 2 hours before the event.  The event is open to anyone aged 9 and above,  all young people under age of 18 must be accompanied by and an adult on the water.  Ticket sales will be restricted on the day to ensure maximum availability, any questions email us

Ticket prices:  £5 per person

Meet Up Point – Strand on the Green

Stand Up Paddleboarding with Active 360

Paddleboarding specialists Active 360 will be running pre-booked 50 minute supervised sessions at Kew Bridge from 11am for those new to paddleboarding, although all those under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.

There will also be a Paddle and pick clean-up of Kew Bridge Drawdock in support of the environmental charity Watertrek UK who work to protect waterways around London, and elsewhere, from plastic pollution as well as two trips to Old Isleworth.


9.00 – 11.00am – Paddle and pick clean up of Kew Bridge Drawdock with a free one hour paddle for participants – £5  suggested donation to Watertrek to enable future work to tackle plastic pollution

11.00 – 11.50 taster session   – for 18 people   12.00 – 12.50 taster session   – for 18 people

13.00 – 13.50 taster session   – for 12 people

14.00 – 14.50 taster session  – for 12 people

15.00 –  15.50 taster session – for 18 people

Cost:  £8 adults £4 under 18s (with parent)

 Watertrek Charity Paddle to Old Isleworth

13.00 – 15.00pm – Two hour return trip to Old Isleworth  ( includes a lesson for beginners) for 12 people.

Costs: £20 per adult and £10 under 18s (with parent). All proceeds to Watertrek

Guided History Paddle to Old Isleworth

15.00 – 17.00pm –     Two way guided history SUP trip to Old Isleworth and back for 12 people.

Costs:  £20 per adult and £10 under 18s (with parent). A great opportunity to learn about the history of the Brentford / Isleworth area from the water.

Bookings:  via Active 360 website –

Contact: 020 3393 5360 for queries

Chiswick Pier Trust Events

‘Through the porthole – the pleasures, perils and pitfalls of houseboat living on the Thames’:  a double-bill presentation from Chiswick Pier Trust and the River Thames Society

Over a thousand people live afloat on the Thames between Teddington Lock and the Thames Barrier.  To the outsider, these floating villages look like an idyllic and affordable alternative to the over-heated London housing market.  Whilst the great views of the river, the sense of community and the closeness of nature are genuine, it’s not always plain sailing.  This double bill, presented as part of TideFest 2017, gives a more realistic view of life on the Thames, including the complicated and unregulated process of buying a houseboat.

1:45pm: ‘Life Afloat’ – Film on the Pleasures and Perils of Houseboat-living on the tidal Thames

Life Afloat is a 55 minute film which delves into the stories of house boat residents and challenges the romantic view of life afloat.  Residents interviewed for the film include actor Imogen Stubbs, who likens living on a boat to ‘living in a whale or a womb’, and artist Denis Postle who describes the experience as ‘like living inside a cello or a double bass’.  The film looks at how tidal life for these communities has changed throughout the decades. Originally a pursuit for bohemians and those with little income, changes have taken place alongside those of London house prices and river-side property development.  The film reflects on these changes and the impact it will have on the future of these floating communities.

Registration and refreshments from 1:30pm.

“Houseboat living” on the thames

3:00pm: ‘Buying a Houseboat on the Thames –  Understanding the Risks and Pitfalls’ – Talk from  Hilary Pereira of the River Thames Society

Buying a houseboat on the Thames is a high-risk venture in an increasingly expensive yet unregulated market. There are many questions to consider and speaker will guide the audience through these, including the differences from buying a flat and provide an illustrated guide to the various pitfalls that can catch out unwary buyers.  Hilary has lived afloat for many years, initially on the canals, but, for the last 40 years, on the Thames where she has also brought up two children on board.  This is a unique opportunity to hear from an experienced Houseboat resident and owner.

Time:   1:30 – 4:00pm

Venue: Pier House, Chiswick Pier Trust, Corney Reach Estate, Chiswick, London W4 2UG

Admission: £3 per event or £5 for both. (no charge for pensioners or under 16s)

Free to Chiswick Pier Trust and River Thames Society members

Hilary Pereira, Houseboat expert.

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)

Venue: Kew Pier on the Richmond Bank by Kew Bridge. TW9 3AT

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

Cost: £10 per person

All aboard the Windrush for a magical Thames Cruise !

Strand on the Green Sailing Club TideFest Open Day

Come to our railway arch HQ and see the various types of boats we use and have a chat with our members.
Dinghies will be on display and visitors will be able to see how things work first hand.

We are a a small sailing club set on a picturesque stretch of the river Thames near Kew Bridge and race in a variety of dinghies every Sunday from March to November.

Our races are normally around Strand, or up river to Isleworth, or down river to Hammersmith and beyond..
New members are very welcome.


When: 10th September

Rowing Boat Hire – Richmond – River Thames Society.

Boat hire at reduced rate of £ 3 per hour, in exchange for a discount voucher booked available via the link below

Pay and board at Richmond Bridge Boathouses

Richmond upon Thames,

Surrey. TW9 1TH

contact Mark Edwards.

Lea Navigation Reedbed Boat Tours

Thames21’s Love the Lea Programme has been working to improve the River Lea for the last five years, to provide habitats for wildlife and improve the water quality of the river they have been putting in new reedbeds into the Lea Navigation. Join them on board the ‘Alfred Le Roy’ for a relaxed trip on the river with commentary from Thames21 project officers. Advance booking required.

Please wear sensible footwear. Suitable for accompanied children over 8yrs.

Trips will be leaving at 10:30am, 1:00pm

Cost: Free of Charge

Meeting point: Thames21 Lock Office, Navigation Way Off Gilender Street, Bromley By Bow, E3 3JY

Finishing point Crate Brewery, The white building, Queen’s Yard, Hackney Wick, London E9 5EN