Each year TideFest gets bigger and better. Although we are based at Kew Bridge we want people to enjoy and learn about as many of the wonders of Thames Tideway as possible. As well as our usual river based events we’ve lined up these additions to the programme:
Low Tide River Wade in Deptford Creek
A 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 an experienced conservationist we guarantee you some good, clean, muddy fun!
Lea Navigation Reedbed Boat Tours
Thames21 has been working to improve the River Lea for the last five years, to provide new reedbeds and great habitat for wildlife. Join them on board the ‘Alfred Le Roy’ for a relaxed trip on the river with commentary from their knowledgeable project officers.
A Plastic Ocean – Film Screening
Watch 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.
Thames TideFest will be back in Chiswick for its fourth year on Sunday 10th September 2017. This hugely popular community event requires months of planning and co-ordination between charities, businesses and Thames boroughs. The team at Chiswick Buzz caught up with the organisers during their meeting at One Over The Ait pub to find out what the festival has to offer this year.
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For more about Thames Tidefest and the events that will make 10th September so special click HERE
This year Thames Tidefest will have an new attraction in the shape of an 8m wide monster ! Wallace the Wet Wipe Monster will be doing his best to get an important message across about Wet Wipes.
We all love a wet wipe! Wipe the baby’s bum, get rid of the make-up and cleanse, slap on the fake tan –our bathrooms are full of them. But instead of ending up in the bin when they’re finished with – millions are being popped down the pan because of consumer confusion.
That’s because some are labelled flushable, some biodegradable and some need you to read every bit of the small print which most of us can’t be bothered to do. But the truth is, even those labelled flushable are failing to meet the water industry standard, just adding to the nightmare.
The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) has today launched a campaign to persuade retailers and manufacturers to clearly label their wet wipe products with a ‘DON’T FLUSH’ message on their packaging so they go in the bin, not down the loo.
“Our sewerage systems weren’t built to cope with wet wipes. When flushed they don’t disintegrate like toilet paper, and they typically contain plastic so once they reach the sea, they last for a very long time. They can cause blockages in our sewers, and then, everything else that has been flushed down the loo can either back up into people’s homes, or overflow into rivers and seas,” says MCS Head of Pollution, Dr Laura Foster.
Flushed wet wipes are a nightmare. It only takes a few to clog up your drains and when they team up with fats and oils they create massive fatbergs in the public sewers –which can be as big as a bus!
So Wallace will be on hand to make us smile and get the message across about binning wet wipes rather than flushing them, so put September 10th in your diary and get down to Tidefest and meet Wallace for yourself.
32 anglers fished at Barnes and Strand on The Green and despite hot sunny conditions and the presence of over 2000 people enjoying walks, paddleboarding, kayaking, river cruises or simply strolling along the towpath, the bream fed well.
There were three weights of over 30lbs with the winner, Martin Davies landing 46.11 of bream up to 8lbs plus from SoTG. Second with the top weight at Barnes was Ricky Tomala with 32.11 followed by Steve Edwards with 30.09 then Gordon Bullock with 20.8.
All in all it was a fantastic event that not only produced brilliant fishing, but also showcased the joys of fishing the tidal Thames to huge numbers of people.
The top four shared a £1000 pay out.
The event is sponsored by Tideway – formerly Thames Tideway Tunnel – and Thames Water and the match organised by the Angling Trust with support from Will Barnard, Angling development manger at TW
This years event was definitely the best Tidefest yet, with huge numbers of people getting involved, more events, more fun and lots of sunshine on the beautiful River Thames. Thankfully our friends at Chiswick Buzz were there to record the whole event and they have put together a fantastic video that really captures the joy and atmosphere of the day. Click the link below and have fun watching !
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.
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.
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.
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.
Westminster Pier, Victoria Embankment, SW1A 2JH
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.