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Do you recognise any of these men ?

Do you recognise these men who worked on Lots Ait boatyard 37yrs ago? Is your your dad, an uncle or a neighbour? Tell us their names and any stories you may remember about them’.  We are trying to find out more about the men who worked in the boatyard as we piece together details of the islands fascinating social history

If you can help please get in touch with

Dr Fiona Haughty,   Archaeologist & Archaeological Illustrator,  Director Archaeology on the Thames Project

fiona_haughey@yahoo.co.uk

There is also a chance to visit Lot’s Ait as part of Thames Tidefest ’17 where you will be given a guided tour and find out the fascinating history of the boatyard.  See below

All Photos courtesy of Brian Liddle

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

Times: Tours are at 2pm, 3pm, 4pm and 5pm for groups of up to 20 persons.

Cost: £3 per person

There will also be an exhibition to be held at Brentford library, Boston Manor Road, TW8 8DW with thanks to Kathleen Samad, James Marshall and Ann Cartwright.

Films, Talks & Tours

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.

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.
https://youtu.be/6zrn4-FfbXw

Screenings: 3pm 

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

Admission:  Free Please book in advance for free tickets HERE


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)


Cost: £5 per person

Oliver’s Island

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

Times: Tours are at 2pm, 3pm, 4pm and 5pm for groups of up to 20 persons.

Cost: £3 per person

Lot’s Ait Boatyard

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

London Museum of Water & Steam is home to magnificent collection of steam pumping engines.

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 http://tidefest17reedbedtour.eventzilla.net

NOTE:  If you have any booking queries please contact ben.fenton@thames21.org.uk


 

Boats, Kayaks, Cruises & More

Edge Paddling FREE KAYAKING

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.

LOCATION/MEETING POINT : 

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

COST: FREE OF CHARGE

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 info@londonkayakcompany.com

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

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/tidefest-tour-greenwich-to-kew-tickets-35872830602


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 info@londonkayakcompany.com

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.

Programme

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 – www.active360.co.uk/calendar-SAAS.htm

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.
http://strandsailing.org.uk

Where: UNDER THE KEW RAILWAY BRIDGE, 19 STRAND-ON-THE-GREEN, CHISWICK,       LONDON W4 3PH

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

http://tidefest17boathire.eventzilla.net

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


 

FREE EVENTS

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 cleanups@wandletrust.org


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

Cost: FREE OF CHARGE

Contact: http://www.mola.org.uk/time-truck


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.

https://www.facebook.com/duffyandbird/

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 http://tidefest17reedbedtour.eventzilla.net

NOTE:  If you have any booking queries please contact ben.fenton@thames21.org.uk


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.
https://youtu.be/6zrn4-FfbXw

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 sam.edmonds@ghof.org.uk


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.

Cost: FREE OF CHARGE

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

Guided Walks, Wild Adventures, Fish and Fishing

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

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 

Booking Details:

http://www.creeksidecentre.org.uk/events/low-tide-walk-10th-september-2017


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)


Cost: £5 per person

Oliver’s Island

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

Times: Tours are at 2pm, 3pm, 4pm and 5pm for groups of up to 20 persons.

Cost: £3 per person

Lot’s Ait Boatyard

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


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

 


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.

Cost: FREE OF CHARGE

Beckton Nature Reserve

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 cleanups@wandletrust.org


50 peg Thames Tideway Angling Championship 

The Thames Tideway Angling Championship has been a huge success in recent years with weights of 30lb plus winning the match and over 30 anglers competing. 2017 looks like being the biggest and best yet so get yourself booked in !

We will be fishing three zones this year; the gravel foreshore downstream of Kew Bridge on the north bank, and below Chiswick road bridge and Barnes railway bridge on the south, where there are large shoals of roach, dace and bream. Waders are essential and wading up to thigh depth is allowed within the confines of your peg. All species can be weighed in except eels. The use of an easily moveable platform or tripod is advised as you will be following the tide down. The details are below and further information will be circulated nearer the time. Good luck!

Date and Time: Sunday September 10th – Fishing 9.00 am – 2.00 pm (depending on tides)

Draw: 7.00 am Strand on the Green, Kew Bridge, London W4 3RE

Tides at Kew Bridge: High – 6.06 am.  Low – 1.52 pm

THIS MATCH IS NOW SOLD OUT

For a round-up of last years event click the link below

https://thamestidefest.net/2016/10/18/tidefest-angling-championship-produces-fantastic-results/

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 sam.edmonds@ghof.org.uk

What’s New For Tidefest ’17

 

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.