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Learn how to get the best from your camera !

Always wished you could take better pictures ? Not sure what half the setting on your camera are for ?  Maybe you just want to get the best out of your smartphone camera ? Jon Perry will be leading a fun and informative Photography walk as part of Thames Tidefest that will help you become a better photographer in a fun and relaxed way. With a maximum 8 people on each walk, Jon will have plenty of time to help you improve and get the most from your camera. All this and it only costs £5.00 per person !

For more information and to book your place just click the button below.

Talks & Films

The Babcock room in the London Museum of Water and Steam will be hosting a programme of fascinating talks and films as part of Thames Tidefest 2019 on September 8th 2019. Below is the full programme.

11.30am – 12.30pm THE LIVING THAMES. Introduced by the director, Dorothy Leiper.

This award winning film, featuring Sir David Attenborough, The Living Thames is an odyssey along the river as it meanders through London and flows out to the sea, exploring its ever-changing ecology.

During his journey, from Teddington at the upper tidal reach to the sea, the presenter Chris Baines meets many people who tell him more and more about just how much life there is, in and around the Thames.

Just £2 for adults and £1 for under 16’s







Tales from the Thames: An oral history of the Thames Lightermen.

This fascinating 45 minute Documentary Film tells of the lives of the Thames Lightermen have operated the boats carrying cargo on the Thames with a history going back hundreds of years. Listen to some of their stories as they reminisce and see amazing archive film of how the Thames looked in times gone by and about the work they did and how it’s changed.

Just £2 for adults and £1 for under 16’s

3.30 – 4.30 CHISWICK SWIFTS – An illustrated talk by Catherine Day.

Local resident, Catherine is the RSPB representative for West London and founding member of the Chiswick Swift Project.

Swifts are exceptional birds. They make a 14,000-mile round trip from Central Africa each year to nest in the small spaces under our eaves or in other high nooks and crannies in our buildings.

The Chiswick swift project promotes ways to encourage nesting, especially in ‘swift hotspots’. Find out more about how you can help these beautiful birds

Just £2 for adults and £1 for under 16’s



Bird walk will highlight Thames’s bird diversity

Andrew Peel from the RSPB will be hosting two inspirational bird watching walks aimed at highlighting the amazing diversity of bird species that can seen in central London thanks, in no little part, to the habitat provided by the Rivers Thames. From electric blue Kingfishers to snowy white Little Egrets, from delicate Goldfinches through to colourful Rose-Ringed Parakeets you are likely to see so many amazing birds on the walk. If possible bring your own binoculars and be ready to learn more in an hour than you did at school !

What’s even more amazing is that the guided walks cost just £2 for adults and £1 for children. So click the link below and book your ticket now !


Amazing Tidefest – It’s London’s Family River Festival !

“Wow what an amazing day by the river…I absolutely LOVE Tidefest”*

Now in it’s 5th year, Thames Tidefest 2019 is set to be the bigger and better than ever before. Dubbed “London’s Family River Festival”, Tidefest offers an eclectic mix of free and low cost events centred around the River Thames in London.

Thames Tidefest offers fun and enjoyment for everyone and most of it is absolutely free !

Live music, paddlesports, river cruises, riverside pubs, secret island adventures, historical walks, guided photography sessions, Rock ‘n Roll history, stalls, fishing, river dipping and much, much more and all with an environmental feel, Tidefest is an event for the whole family and one that won’t put a dent in your pocket.

Various paddlesports have always been a huge part of Tidefest and it’s a brilliant opportunity for absolute novices to try their hand.

Much of the Festival is absolutely free, just come along to Strand On The Green  in Chiswick on September 8th and join in the fun, or why not buy tickets for one of our amazing low cost special events ? River Cruises for a fiver, Historic tours for £3.00, Bird-watching walks for £2.00 and that’s just the start, all our events are either free or offer amazing value. So what are you waiting for ? Take a look at the ticketed events HERE or find out more about what’s absolutely free HERE.

We’d love to meet you at Thames Tidefest, so please come along and let’s all enjoy the river together !



*first time visitor feedback from last years event.

Photography Walks set to inspire

Always wanted to take better photographs ? Not sure what half the setting on your camera are for ? Thames Tidefest has the answer !

Join Jon Perry on a one hour Photowalk. Meet at Jon’s gazebo on Strand-on-the-Green for an introduction and then walk along Strand-on-the-Green. Bring your camera(s) and a fully charged battery! Flexible, informal and fun; learn what some of those camera buttons do, try out techniques to make your pictures more interesting (high key, low key, vary the depth-of-field, shooting blind, ICM, long exposures, creative compositions, shooting RAW… ). Find out the fun of ‘collecting photons!’

Jon has had photography as a second career for more than 40 years before becoming fully professional, has won many awards including a highly commended photo in the British Wildlife Photography Awards in 2016, which toured the country and is in their book.

Book now via the link below

Thames River Cruises for a fiver !

Thames Tidefest is London’s Family River Festival which brings together a whole host of amazing events on September 8th. As part of the festival we offer two amazing River Thames cruises that highlight the beauty and history of the river. More details below !

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

A Guided return boat trip from Kew Pier to Chiswick Pier aboard the Thames Discoverer + visit to the Chiswick RNLI station

Join Peter Finch – chairman of the River Thames Society and an authority on the river, aboard the magnificent Thames Discoverer launch. Peter will point out and illuminate 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, Peter Finch will take you on a short walk to explore the delights of old historic Chiswick.

Then back to the boat for the return trip to Kew Bridge.

Tickets just £5*

*plus booking fee

Cruises on “The Windrush” are a real  highlight.

River Thames Islands Cruise on the historic Windrush

Take a boat trip along the Thames. The River Thames Society is organising four boat trips – each an hour long – 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)

The Windrush will leave Kew Pier at 11am, 12.15pm, 1.30pm, 2.45pm

12 places per trip

£10 per person*

*Plus booking fee