Low Tide River Wade in Deptford Creek
Join us for guided adventure in Deptford Creek for adults and accompanied children ages 9+. Wade in a wild river and experience a different perspective of London history and urban wildlife. Led by our conservationist with 30 years’ experience, we guarantee you some good, clean, muddy fun! The expeditions lasts about two hours. Participants need to be reasonably fit as you will be walking on the bed of a wild river. We provide waders, a waterproof and a walking stick and suggest you wear old clothes. Advance booking is essential.
Numbers: 35 in total, individual bookings 1-6 people
Meeting point: Creekside Discovery Centre, 14 Creekside, Deptford, SE8 4SA Directions
Tickets: £12 adults, £10 seniors/students, £8 children
Oliver’s Island Adventure
Come on a visit to this special place on the Thames – Oliver’s island at Strand on the Green – and hear about the long history and its current environmental importance. With kind permission of the PLA, who own the island, we are able to offer places for a limited number of visitors to this normally ‘out of bounds’ site for a series of archaeologist-led tours by Dr Fiona Haughey.
Access to the island is courtesy of the London Kayak Company Ltd whose volunteers will check off each group before they access the kayaks and make sure each member has a lifejacket.
For those aged over 16 only. Please wear trainers or similar and lifejackets will be provided.
Times: 10am, 10.30am, 11am, 11.30am, 12 noon. ( 5 groups of 6 )
Venue: Strand on the Green Sailing Club, under Kew Rail Bridge (between City Barge and Bull’s Head pubs)
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 ‘Back to the Future’ exhibition curated by Wendy Kloos and learn about its historic past and discover the natural environment of this small island and its wild inhabitants with archaeologists Dr Fiona Haughey and Ynys Crowston-Boaler.
Suitable for accompanied children over 12 yrs.
Venue: Meet at Goat Wharf (by the gate on 10mins beforehand) adjacent to 41 High Street, Brentford, TW8 0BB
Strand-on-the-Green foreshore walk
Come and explore the Thames foreshore at Strand on the Green with London Mudlark, Lara Maiklem. Here you’ll find evidence of the ancient past to the recent present beneath your feet and before your eyes. Uncovered twice a day, the dynamic inter-tidal zone reveals its secrets so come and see this precious resource for yourself before it erodes away.
Suitable for accompanied children aged over 7.
Please come with sensible footwear. (boots or wellies)
Venue: Meet outside the Bull’s Head pub, Strand on the Green.
Time: 2.30 – 4.30pm
Cost: £3 per person
TideFest Discounts at London Museum of Water & Steam
London Museum of Water & Steam is home to magnificent collection of steam pumping engines and tells the history of London’s water supply. This great little museum by Kew Bridge is offering a special TideFest package where all kids under 15 yrs get in free of charge and adults receive a special £8.00 rate, instead of £11.50, by quoting Tidefest or presenting a Tidefest programme. The discount is valid on the day or afterwards with a programme.
Venue: Green Dragon Lane, Brentford, TW8 0EN
Times: 11am to 4pm
Cost: £8 adults, kids under 15 free
Contact: 020 8568 4757 or http://www.waternadsteam.org.uk/
Cost: £10 per person
Beckton Nature Reserve to open up for Tidefest
We’re going to open the Thames Water Beckton Nature Reserve.
- 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)
Booking: Just turn up.
Cost: FREE OF CHARGE