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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

Weather fails To Dampen Spirits as Tidefest ’17 is a Hit !

Despite some indifferent weather this year’s Tidefest on Sunday September 10th proved a hit with local people with many events selling out in advance including the foreshore walk at Strand on the Green and the ever popular trips to Oliver’s Island and on the historic Thames launch the Windrush.

Cruises on “The Windrush” were popular as always.

50 anglers took part in the Tidefest Angling Championship which saw some good weights of bream taken from Strand on the Green with the winner Mike Smith landing over 28lbs from his peg beside Kew Railway bridge. A small barbel was landed at Chiswick and most competitors caught several eels which is a good sign to see them returning to the river. Once again the seine netting produced a number of baby bass which shows what an important nursery area the Thames has become for this popular species.

There were some terrific Bream caught during the Tidefest Angling Championship

Paddleboarding specialists Active 360 ran pre-booked 50 minute supervised sessions for those new to paddleboarding and 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.

Young and old alike loved the paddleboarding

As usual Thames 21 organised river dipping on the foreshore and this year we welcomed Wallace the Wet Wipe Monster to highlight the campaign against plastic pollution being run by our friends at the Marine Conservation Society.

Wallace The Wet Wipe Monster can be seen in the background !

For the first time this year activities took place at on Kew Bridge Piazza next to the One Over the Ait pub which also hosted the Thames Water stakeholder reception attended by local organisations, Hounslow councillors and Brentford and Isleworth MP Ruth Cadbury. These included live music from Duffy and Bird and a demonstration of a Victorian Fire Engine showing how they put out fires in London 150 years ago with the original appliances plus actors in period costume from the London Museum of Water and Steam.

The One Over The Ait Pub

The Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA) Time Truck hosted a rolling drop in demonstration of the Thames Water sponsored Cleaning up History education programme. This innovative activity included hands on education around London’s sewers combined with the thrill of archaeological discovery. There was also be live music, arts and crafts, charity stalls and children’s games.

The Time Truck

TideFest 2017 programmes included events at Richmond, Chiswick Pier, Brentford, Barnes, Deptford, Hackney, Beckton, and other locations along the Thames Tideway. The festival is now an established River Thames event which aims to highlight the recreational importance of the Thames to Londoners and encourage people to ‘enjoy the river’. It is part of the month long Totally Thames Festival and is sponsored by Thames Water and Tideway.

TideFest is organised by a coalition of organisations led by the Angling Trust, River Thames Society, and London Wildlife Trust.

TideFest organiser, Martin Salter from the Angling Trust, said: “We are really pleased with the growing popularity of TideFest which is now in its fourth year with a host of new attractions including film shows, talks, live music, river walks and nature reserve visits. It is now firmly established in the Thames calendar and will continue grow with the generous support of our sponsors.”

 

 

Weather fails to dampen spirits at this year’s Tidefest

Despite some indifferent weather this year’s Tidefest on Sunday September 10th proved a hit with local people with many events selling out in advance including the foreshore walk at Strand on the Green and the ever popular trips to Oliver’s Island and on the historic Thames launch the Windrush.

Cruises on “The Windrush” were popular as always.

50 anglers took part in the Tidefest Angling Championship which saw some good weights of bream taken from Strand on the Green with the winner Mike Smith landing over 28lbs from his peg beside Kew Railway bridge. A small barbel was landed at Chiswick and most competitors caught several eels which is a good sign to see them returning to the river. Once again the seine netting produced a number of baby bass which shows what an important nursery area the Thames has become for this popular species.

There were some terrific Bream caught during the Tidefest Angling Championship

Paddleboarding specialists Active 360 ran pre-booked 50 minute supervised sessions for those new to paddleboarding and 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.

Young and old alike loved the paddleboarding

As usual Thames 21 organised river dipping on the foreshore and this year we welcomed Wallace the Wet Wipe Monster to highlight the campaign against plastic pollution being run by our friends at the Marine Conservation Society.

Wallace The Wet Wipe Monster can be seen in the background !

For the first time this year activities took place at on Kew Bridge Piazza next to the One Over the Ait pub which also hosted the Thames Water stakeholder reception attended by local organisations, Hounslow councillors and Brentford and Isleworth MP Ruth Cadbury. These included live music from Duffy and Bird and a demonstration of a Victorian Fire Engine showing how they put out fires in London 150 years ago with the original appliances plus actors in period costume from the London Museum of Water and Steam.

The One Over The Ait Pub

The Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA) Time Truck hosted a rolling drop in demonstration of the Thames Water sponsored Cleaning up History education programme. This innovative activity included hands on education around London’s sewers combined with the thrill of archaeological discovery. There was also be live music, arts and crafts, charity stalls and children’s games.

The Time Truck

TideFest 2017 programmes included events at Richmond, Chiswick Pier, Brentford, Barnes, Deptford, Hackney, Beckton, and other locations along the Thames Tideway. The festival is now an established River Thames event which aims to highlight the recreational importance of the Thames to Londoners and encourage people to ‘enjoy the river’. It is part of the month long Totally Thames Festival and is sponsored by Thames Water and Tideway.

TideFest is organised by a coalition of organisations led by the Angling Trust, River Thames Society, and London Wildlife Trust.

TideFest organiser, Martin Salter from the Angling Trust, said: “We are really pleased with the growing popularity of TideFest which is now in its fourth year with a host of new attractions including film shows, talks, live music, river walks and nature reserve visits. It is now firmly established in the Thames calendar and will continue grow with the generous support of our sponsors.”

 

 

Thames Tidefest ’17 events selling out fast !

With just less than a week to go until Thames Tidefest ’17 officially begins, tickets for the various events on offer are being snapped up by eager attendees.

Tickets for the Strand on the Green Foreshore Walk and the Oliver’s Island Adventure have both sold out completely and there are just 3 tickets left (at the time of writing) for the Lea Navigation Reedbed Boat Tour.

Oliver’s Island

However the good news is that there are still limited tickets left for a number of the other amazing events that make up Tidefest ’17.

Windrush Cruise

How do you fancy a cruise on the Thames for just £10 !  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.

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


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


‘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