Community Activities and Stalls at Strand on the Green


A whole range of free, 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 Tunnel, children’s activities and games, stalls run by river and environmental groups. The London Wildlife Trust will be there 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. There will be a charity stall run by WaterAid as well as live music, ice creams, refreshments and lots of information to take away.

Venue: Strand on the Green Embankment W4 3RE

Times: 10am to 5pm

Foreshore Activities – River Dipping and Seine Netting

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. The Environment Agency will have a fish tank displaying live fish from the river.

Venue: Strand on the Green Embankment W4 3RE

Times: River Dipping from 11am. Seine netting 1pm to 4pm

Cost: Free to all but bring your wellies


Join the Wandle Trust (part of the South East Rivers Trust) and the Friends of Ravensbury Park for a river cleanup on Sunday 10th September. 

Meeting place: Ravensbury Park, check the Wandle Trust website at  to see the exact meeting spot.

Time: 11am to 3pm

What to expect: Volunteers will be invited to borrow a pair of chest waders and clear rubbish from the river, or litter pick around the park.

What to wear: Old clothes you don’t mind getting muddy, and working footwear such as boots or wellies.

What to bring: Bring along a packed lunch and Teas & Coffees will be supplied.

More information: Call Polly on 0833 497599 or email

MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology) Time Truck

The new MOLA Time Truck will be parked up next to Kew Bridge and hosting a rolling drop in demonstration of the Thames Water sponsored Cleaning up History education programme. This innovative activity includes hands on education around London’s sewers combined with the thrill of archaeological discovery. There will also be an opportunity to learn more about the Time Truck, MOLA’s ambitious outreach plans, and Thames Water’s education programme.

Venue: Kew Road (west of Kew bridge) W4 3NG

Times: 10am to 5pm

Booking: Just turn up



Local Artists Tent

Steph Curtis-Raleigh will be joined by Cascade Ceramics, Romaine Dennistoun, wildlife artist and other local artists to celebrate art and the river. For a second year, there will be a river painting which is free for everyone to contribute to – young or old. The river will ‘flow’ during the day to be unveiled in all its glory at the end of Tidefest. Last year, several metres of river were created by visitors to the event. Romaine Dennistoun will also run some events to help visitors to consider and create wildlife work based on the water fowl on the foreshore. In addition, there will be original work on display for people to browse and buy.

Music at Tidefest

Duffy and Bird will be playing two sets in the Kew bridge Piazza to entertain visitors.

Their music features Al Bird on guitar and Tricia Duffy  on vocals. 2 birds, 1 capo. Unique twists and interpretations of great tunes. Rock, pop, country and a bit of jazz.

Lu Pradere and the KARAMOKO JEMBE DRUMMERS will also be playing for the second year running to add that special carnival beat!

We are hoping to put on a drumming workshop as well for any aspiring musicians.

TIMINGS: 1pm – 4pm

Thames Water Marquee

 Thames Water are organising some fun, interactive, craft activities to help you learn about the biodiversity of the river and why we need to protect it. They will be handing out freebies to help you to save water, energy and money, along with an opportunity to take part in the Network Challenge where you get to design your own water system.

Venue: Strand on the Green Embankment W4 3RE

Times: 10am to 5pm

WaterAid activities

WaterAid will provide a mix of engaging activities to entertain and educate Tidefest attendees about their work. The main engagement activities will include:

Virtual Reality– To understand the work WaterAid does people will experience the difficulties caused by the earthquake in Nepal using Audio and Visual VR equipment: Virtual reality (VR) provides a sensory experience by immersing you in a 360° world. Watch Aftershock in VR and you’ll find yourself in post-earthquake Nepal, as plumber Krishna takes on the challenge of restoring his community’s damaged water supply.

Poopla – The flying toilet is a reality for some people, this game changes the way people think about their access to a decent toilet !

So head over to the WaterAid area, have fun and learn a lot !

Wallace the Wet wipe monster at Strand on the Green

The MCS ‘Wet Wipes Turn Nasty When You Flush Them’ campaign highlights the monster issue that flushing unflushables is becoming and urges the public to get behind the charity’s call for better wet wipe labelling

In 2015, during the MCS Great British Beach Clean, volunteers found nearly 4,000 wet wipes around the UK coastline – that’s roughly 50 for every kilometre cleaned – a 30% rise on the previous year and a 400% rise in a decade.

But wet wipes also pose a massive threat to marine life. Containing plastic, these squares never go away – they just get slowly broken down and become microplastics which are then ingested. Organisms negatively impacted by ingesting microplastic range from the small zooplankton to larger marine animals such as fin whales and they’ve been found in mussels heading for human consumption.

The good news is that kids love Wallace, so they will have lots of fun while they learn.

TIMES: 11am – 4pm

Wallace The Wet Wipe Monster

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 to first 40 people in the queue

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

Bookings: Online

NOTE:  If you have any booking queries please contact

A Plastic Ocean Film Showing

Plastic Oceans Festival – Two 90 minute environmental films to be shown at the One Over the Ait

There will be a special screening of “A Plastic Ocean” as part of Tidefest 2017. It’s a new adventure documentary that brings to light the consequences of our global disposable lifestyle. An international team go on a mission around the globe to uncover the shocking truth about what is lurking beneath the surface of our seemingly pristine seas.

Watch the trailer below.

Screenings: 3pm 

Venue: One Over the Ait, Kew Bridge Piazza (upstairs)

Admission:  Free Please book in advance for free tickets HERE

Chiswick Swift Project

Find out about the Chiswick Swift Project to save our few remaining swifts in W4 and the new Swift Flowing Thames initiative in West London. 

  • Display boards, plus leaflets to take home about the lifestyle of this extraordinary species.
  • What we found out during the first Big Chiswick Swift Count this summer.
  • Information for accommodating swifts at home or at work, in listed buildings, new-builds, or in extensions and loft conversions.
  • Examples of commercially-available swift nest boxes and nest bricks on display.
  • How to DIY your own swift nest boxes or unobtrusive swift nest places.
  • Pick up a programme of talks and trips 2017–18 and information about RSPB Central London Local Group (also covers W4 & W6).

Framed and mounted images by well-known Chiswick photographer Jon Perry for sale:

  • Beautiful and atmospheric images of Chiswick along the Thames.

A donation from the sale of each one will go to the Chiswick Swift Project to help save this UK Amber-Listed Bird of Conservation Concern.

LOCATION: Strand On The Green

Family Fishing Event

Do you fancy a day out with the family with lots of different fun activities ?

Would you like to introduce a member of your family or a friend to fishing ?

Maybe you are a beginner or an existing angler looking to brush up on your skills ?

The get along to the Thames Water Family Fishing Day run in collaboration with Get Hooked on Fishing and The Angling Trust. All sessions are Free with fishing tackle provided and instruction from our friendly licensed coaches, plus loads of other activities for anglers and non anglers alike.

Sep 10th – 11.00am – 4pm

Thames Water’s Walthamstow Angling Academy, N17 9NH

For more information cal Sam Edmonds on 07548737624 or email

Beckton Nature Reserve to open up for Tidefest

We’re going to open the Thames Water Beckton Nature Reserve.

Activities include:

  • Half-hour walks of the nature reserve on the hour, every hour
  • A 1.5hr bird watching walk at midday through the nature reserve and down to the mouth of the River Roding at low tide
  • Crafts for kids including bird box assembling and painting; making wildlife masks
  • Mini-beasting for kids (and adults!)

Venue: Attendees should head for the Showcase Cinema car park in Jenkins Lane, Barking, IG11 0AD from where the event will signposted (a 5-10 minute walk)

Times: 10am-3pm

Booking: Just turn up.


Beckton Nature Reserve

Community Police at Tidefest

Come along and meet PC Sao Aung and PCSO Paul Kingsmill who are the Dedicated Ward Officers for the Chiswick Riverside Ward.

Sao is going to bring along the police the bike-marking team and will be offering advice on crime prevention in the community. The bike-marking service is free to anyone who wants to security mark their pedal cycles and register on National Cycle Database – similar to having a traceable chassis number on a car.

Sao and Paul are specifically tasked to engage with residents, listen to their concerns in relation to crime, anti-social behaviour and any question they may have for their local police. Residents can follow them on @MPSChiswickRvr