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Big crowds enjoy the river at Thames Tidefest 2018

Big crowds come out to enjoy the river at this year’s Tidefest
 
In glorious sunshine the tidal Thames was at its stunning best this Sunday for the fifth Tidefest held at Strand-on-the-Green in Chiswick and other locations along the Thames Tideway including Richmond, Twickenham, Brentford, Barnes and Deptford.
photo credit Anna Kunst
 
Local MPs Ruth Cadbury and Rupa Huq joined Hounslow Council Leader Steve Curran and Mayor Samia Chaudhary at the annual celebration of all the River Thames has to offer. Over two thousand people visited the stalls and took part of the host of activities on offer. There were great activities for all the family including foreshore and photographic walks, angling competition, paddle-boarding, river dipping, kayaking, London Wildlife Trust’s Dragonfly Detectives, nature reserve visits, stalls and displays, circus workshop, bouncy castle, children’s games, live fish tanks, local artists, food, music and generous discounts off admissions to the London Museum of Water and Steam. A new event this year is a special guided tour of Eel Pie Island Museum in Twickenham – the place which helped launch the careers of Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones and many others in the 1960s
photo credit Anna Kunst
 
There was lots on offer for boating enthusiasts including:
 
  • Boat trips around the Thames Tideway islands from Kew Pier on the historic Thames launch the Windrush
  • Paddleboarding – 50 minute supervised sessions by Active 360 at Kew Bridge from 9.30am plus a 3 hr Eco tour and lesson  to Chiswick Island and back.
  • Tour and exhibition on Thames Boatbuilding at the Lot’s Ait boatyard in Brentford – venue for the filming of the African Queen starring Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn
  • Generous discounts for rowing boat hire at Richmond Bridge with a Tidefest voucher
  • Taster sessions for those new to kayaking organised from the Boating Arch at Kew Bridge by Edge Paddling.
 
Tidefest aims to highlight the recreational importance of the Thames to Londoners and to encourage people to ‘enjoy the river’. It is part of the month long Totally Thames Festival and is sponsored by Thames Water, Fullers and Tideway, the company delivering the new Thames Tideway Tunnel to clean up the river.
 
Thames Action on Plastics 
 
This year’s Tidefest included a programme to show the damage single use plastic is doing to our great and historic river with:
 
  • A Paddle and Pick with  local paddleboarders  clearing plastic waste from river trees
  • A Thames Action on Plastics stall  in Kew Bridge Piazza promoting  In The Drink – a scheme to encourage pubs to switch from single use plastic cups 
  • Talks by Carolyn Newton and Carlos De Souza who created a paddleboard made from plastic bottles and went off to complete 12 marathons in 12 countries to draw attention to marine plastic pollution
  • An opportunity to meet Dhruv Boruah and his amazing bicycle – a man on a mission to reduce single use plastic and the damage it causes to marine life.  in 2017 he pedalled his floating water-bike, with a bamboo frame from the source of the Thames to Teddington. 
  • A special visit from  ‘Slurper the plastic straw monster’ who is part of the campaign by the Marine Conservation Society.

   

photo credit Anna Kunst
TideFest organiser,  Martin Salter from the Angling Trust, said:
 
“We were blessed with fabulous weather and big crowds for this year’s TideFest. It was good to see so many people enjoying the river and taking an interest in the fish and wildlife that live there. Once again we caught baby sea bass and flounder in the seine nets by Kew Bridge which shows what an important nursery area the Thames Estuary has become. We had a great reaction to the work that many of the Tidefest groups are doing to highlight the menace of plastic pollution and once again we are grateful for the excellent support we received from our local MPs, from our sponsors – Thames Water and Fullers and from and Hounslow Council.
 
Tidefest is all about helping Londoners to ‘reconnect with their river’ and that’s certainly what happened on Sunday.”
photo credit Anna Kunst

Amazing Thames Boat Cruises from just £5.00

As part of Thames Tidefest 2018 we have three amazing cruises available. However tickets are limited so BOOK NOW to ensure you don’t miss out.

Windrush Cruise

Cruises on “The Windrush” are always popular.

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”. 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

BOOK HERE

A guided boat trip and visit to Chiswick Pier and back aboard the Thames Discoverer.

The beauty of the River Thames and the Knowledge of Peter Finch..what a great trip !

Join Peter Finch – chairman of the River Thames Society, and an authority on the river, on guided river cruise aboard the magnificent Thames Discoverer. Peter will point out local landmarks throughout the trip.

At Chiswick Pier, you will see and hear about the work of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, their boat and the equipment they use. The RNLI at Chiswick is a working lifeboat Station. If they have to respond to an emergency on the day, and are not available, then Peter will take you on a short walk to explore the delights of old historic Chiswick.

The round trip will last just over an hour and is suitable for all ages.

The Discoverer will leave Kew Bridge Pier at

11am, 12:15pm, 1:30pm, 2:45pm,

£5 per passenger + booking fee

BOOK HERE

River Lea Heritage Cruise from Cody

Join the Gasworks Dock Partnership’s Heritage Cruise on a 2 hour tour to explore the rich industrial and waterways history of London’s River Lea. There will also be an exhibition in the Gasworks Gallery focusing on the River Lea and the Gardens and Cody Dock Cafe will be open as well

Venue: Boarding and alighting at Cody Dock – 11c South Crescent; Canning Town, London E16 4TL

Timings: Boarding to commence from 3pm – Boat leaves 3.30pm and will return no later than 5.30pm

Bookings: via TideFest Website

Ticket price £4 + Booking fee.

Children under 15 to be accompanied by adult

BOOK HERE

 

Tidefest ’18 Set to be Biggest and Best Yet !

Big crowds come out to enjoy the river at this year’s Tidefest
 
In glorious sunshine the tidal Thames was at its stunning best this Sunday for the fifth Tidefest held at Strand-on-the-Green in Chiswick and other locations along the Thames Tideway including Richmond, Twickenham, Brentford, Barnes and Deptford.
photo credit Anna Kunst
 
Local MPs Ruth Cadbury and Rupa Huq joined Hounslow Council Leader Steve Curran and Mayor Samia Chaudhary at the annual celebration of all the River Thames has to offer. Over two thousand people visited the stalls and took part of the host of activities on offer. There were great activities for all the family including foreshore and photographic walks, angling competition, paddle-boarding, river dipping, kayaking, London Wildlife Trust’s Dragonfly Detectives, nature reserve visits, stalls and displays, circus workshop, bouncy castle, children’s games, live fish tanks, local artists, food, music and generous discounts off admissions to the London Museum of Water and Steam. A new event this year is a special guided tour of Eel Pie Island Museum in Twickenham – the place which helped launch the careers of Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones and many others in the 1960s
photo credit Anna Kunst
 
There was lots on offer for boating enthusiasts including:
 
  • Boat trips around the Thames Tideway islands from Kew Pier on the historic Thames launch the Windrush
  • Paddleboarding – 50 minute supervised sessions by Active 360 at Kew Bridge from 9.30am plus a 3 hr Eco tour and lesson  to Chiswick Island and back.
  • Tour and exhibition on Thames Boatbuilding at the Lot’s Ait boatyard in Brentford – venue for the filming of the African Queen starring Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn
  • Generous discounts for rowing boat hire at Richmond Bridge with a Tidefest voucher
  • Taster sessions for those new to kayaking organised from the Boating Arch at Kew Bridge by Edge Paddling.
 
Tidefest aims to highlight the recreational importance of the Thames to Londoners and to encourage people to ‘enjoy the river’. It is part of the month long Totally Thames Festival and is sponsored by Thames Water, Fullers and Tideway, the company delivering the new Thames Tideway Tunnel to clean up the river.
 
Thames Action on Plastics 
 
This year’s Tidefest included a programme to show the damage single use plastic is doing to our great and historic river with:
 
  • A Paddle and Pick with  local paddleboarders  clearing plastic waste from river trees
  • A Thames Action on Plastics stall  in Kew Bridge Piazza promoting  In The Drink – a scheme to encourage pubs to switch from single use plastic cups 
  • Talks by Carolyn Newton and Carlos De Souza who created a paddleboard made from plastic bottles and went off to complete 12 marathons in 12 countries to draw attention to marine plastic pollution
  • An opportunity to meet Dhruv Boruah and his amazing bicycle – a man on a mission to reduce single use plastic and the damage it causes to marine life.  in 2017 he pedalled his floating water-bike, with a bamboo frame from the source of the Thames to Teddington. 
  • A special visit from  ‘Slurper the plastic straw monster’ who is part of the campaign by the Marine Conservation Society.

   

photo credit Anna Kunst
TideFest organiser,  Martin Salter from the Angling Trust, said:
 
“We were blessed with fabulous weather and big crowds for this year’s TideFest. It was good to see so many people enjoying the river and taking an interest in the fish and wildlife that live there. Once again we caught baby sea bass and flounder in the seine nets by Kew Bridge which shows what an important nursery area the Thames Estuary has become. We had a great reaction to the work that many of the Tidefest groups are doing to highlight the menace of plastic pollution and once again we are grateful for the excellent support we received from our local MPs, from our sponsors – Thames Water and Fullers and from and Hounslow Council.
 
Tidefest is all about helping Londoners to ‘reconnect with their river’ and that’s certainly what happened on Sunday.”
photo credit Anna Kunst

Book events and activities here

BOAT TRIPS & CRUISES

River Lea Heritage Cruise from Cody

Enjoy an amazing Heritage cruise on the River Lea

Join the Gasworks Dock Partnership’s Heritage Cruise on a 2 hour tour to explore the rich industrial and waterways history of London’s River Lea. There will also be an exhibition in the Gasworks Gallery focusing on the River Lea and the Gardens and Cody Dock Cafe will be open as well.

FULL DETAILS & BOOKING


Thames Cruise on the Windrush 

All aboard the Windrush for a magical Thames 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”. Guided commentary is included.

FULL DETAILS & BOOKING


A guided boat trip and visit to Chiswick Pier and back aboard the Thames Discoverer.

The beauty of the River Thames and the knowledge of Peter Finch..what a great trip !

Join Peter Finch – chairman of the River Thames Society, and an authority on the river, on guided river cruise aboard the magnificent Thames Discoverer. Peter will point out local landmarks throughout the trip.

At Chiswick Pier, you will see and hear about the work of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, their boat and the equipment they use. The RNLI at Chiswick is a working lifeboat Station. If they have to respond to an emergency on the day, and are not available, then Peter will take you on a short walk to explore the delights of old historic Chiswick. The round trip will last just over an hour and is suitable for all ages.

FULL DETAILS & BOOKING


Guided Walks, Tours & Adventures

Oliver’s Island Adventure

Oliver’s Island

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.  You will get to this secret island by kayak (provided) 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.

FULL DETAILS & BOOKING


Talk & Walk at the Eel Pie Island Museum.

walk in the footsteps of Jagger and Clapton

A 20-minute guided tour of the Museum which helped launch the careers of Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones and many others in the 1960s, followed by an illustrated Walk along the Embankment using archive photos to compare then and now. Participants are then welcome to come back to the museum to peruse the exhibits. This ticket will entitle you to membership and free access to the museum for one year and an Eel Pie Passport

FULL DETAILS & BOOKING


Strand on the Green Foreshore Walk

Come and explore the Thames foreshore at Strand-on-the-Green with Lara Maiklem (aka London Mudlark) 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.

FULL DETAILS & BOOKING


Historic Boatyard Tour – Lots Ait

Lot’s Ait Boatyard

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.

FULL DETAILS & BOOKING


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.

Time: 10am-12pm

Meeting point: Creekside Discovery Centre, 14 Creekside, Deptford, SE8 4SA

Tickets: £12 adults, £10 seniors/students, £8 children Booking Details: BOOK HERE

Paddlesports

Kayaking and Canoeing with Edge Progressive Paddling

Edge Progressive Paddling are a membership club run by volunteers for the local community who will be organising a set of multi boat paddling sessions on the Thames near Kew Bridge. They have many types of boat and vessels and their qualified and experienced Level 1 and Level 2 coaches will make sure you get the right one for your session! Sessions will last for 45 minutes, catering for both individuals and families. Wear light clothing and old pair of trainers or shoes. Please arrive 15 minutes early to get kitted up with bouyancy aids and paddles.

There’s a dry bag to put your small possessions and we have changing rooms on site.

Venue: Kew Bridge Arch, Strand on the Green.

Times: 10am – 5pm

Ages 7+

Cost: FREE

Bookings. Just turn up on the day !

Stand Up Paddleboarding

SUP specialists Active 360 will be running pre-booked 50 minute supervised sessions at Kew Bridge from 9.30am for those new to paddleboarding, although all those under 18s must be accompanied by an adult. Lots of other events too.

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

Foreshore clean-up

9.00 – 10.00am. A £5 Paddle and Pick event including a short SUP lesson

Red Dragon Racing

3/4 people per board races between railway bridge and Kew Bridge for 16 people

Cost: £8

Paddleboard Trips

3 hr Eco tour and lesson 13.15-15.15pm. Chiswick Island and back.

Cost: £40

3 hr SUP trip and lesson 13.15-15.15pm.

Cost £40

2 hr Trip and lesson downriver to Barnes and back 14.00-16.00.

Cost: £30

Building the Thames Garbage Patch

Reusing plastic collected from the Thames for SUP building workshops. Followed by a race with boards made from waste plastic bottles to highlight the scourge of plastic pollution.

Cost: Free

Bookings Bookings: via Active 360 website

Contact: 020 3393 5360

Big crowds come out to enjoy the river at this year’s Tidefest

Big crowds come out to enjoy the river at this year’s Tidefest
 
In glorious sunshine the tidal Thames was at its stunning best this Sunday for the fifth Tidefest held at Strand-on-the-Green in Chiswick and other locations along the Thames Tideway including Richmond, Twickenham, Brentford, Barnes and Deptford.
photo credit Anna Kunst
 
Local MPs Ruth Cadbury and Rupa Huq joined Hounslow Council Leader Steve Curran and Mayor Samia Chaudhary at the annual celebration of all the River Thames has to offer. Over two thousand people visited the stalls and took part of the host of activities on offer. There were great activities for all the family including foreshore and photographic walks, angling competition, paddle-boarding, river dipping, kayaking, London Wildlife Trust’s Dragonfly Detectives, nature reserve visits, stalls and displays, circus workshop, bouncy castle, children’s games, live fish tanks, local artists, food, music and generous discounts off admissions to the London Museum of Water and Steam. A new event this year is a special guided tour of Eel Pie Island Museum in Twickenham – the place which helped launch the careers of Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones and many others in the 1960s
photo credit Anna Kunst
 
There was lots on offer for boating enthusiasts including:
 
  • Boat trips around the Thames Tideway islands from Kew Pier on the historic Thames launch the Windrush
  • Paddleboarding – 50 minute supervised sessions by Active 360 at Kew Bridge from 9.30am plus a 3 hr Eco tour and lesson  to Chiswick Island and back.
  • Tour and exhibition on Thames Boatbuilding at the Lot’s Ait boatyard in Brentford – venue for the filming of the African Queen starring Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn
  • Generous discounts for rowing boat hire at Richmond Bridge with a Tidefest voucher
  • Taster sessions for those new to kayaking organised from the Boating Arch at Kew Bridge by Edge Paddling.
 
Tidefest aims to highlight the recreational importance of the Thames to Londoners and to encourage people to ‘enjoy the river’. It is part of the month long Totally Thames Festival and is sponsored by Thames Water, Fullers and Tideway, the company delivering the new Thames Tideway Tunnel to clean up the river.
 
Thames Action on Plastics 
 
This year’s Tidefest included a programme to show the damage single use plastic is doing to our great and historic river with:
 
  • A Paddle and Pick with  local paddleboarders  clearing plastic waste from river trees
  • A Thames Action on Plastics stall  in Kew Bridge Piazza promoting  In The Drink – a scheme to encourage pubs to switch from single use plastic cups 
  • Talks by Carolyn Newton and Carlos De Souza who created a paddleboard made from plastic bottles and went off to complete 12 marathons in 12 countries to draw attention to marine plastic pollution
  • An opportunity to meet Dhruv Boruah and his amazing bicycle – a man on a mission to reduce single use plastic and the damage it causes to marine life.  in 2017 he pedalled his floating water-bike, with a bamboo frame from the source of the Thames to Teddington. 
  • A special visit from  ‘Slurper the plastic straw monster’ who is part of the campaign by the Marine Conservation Society.

   

photo credit Anna Kunst
TideFest organiser,  Martin Salter from the Angling Trust, said:
 
“We were blessed with fabulous weather and big crowds for this year’s TideFest. It was good to see so many people enjoying the river and taking an interest in the fish and wildlife that live there. Once again we caught baby sea bass and flounder in the seine nets by Kew Bridge which shows what an important nursery area the Thames Estuary has become. We had a great reaction to the work that many of the Tidefest groups are doing to highlight the menace of plastic pollution and once again we are grateful for the excellent support we received from our local MPs, from our sponsors – Thames Water and Fullers and from and Hounslow Council.
 
Tidefest is all about helping Londoners to ‘reconnect with their river’ and that’s certainly what happened on Sunday.”
photo credit Anna Kunst