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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.

See the Tidefest ’17 Preview Video

Thames TideFest will be back in Chiswick for its fourth year on Sunday 10th September 2017. This hugely popular community event requires months of planning and co-ordination between charities, businesses and Thames boroughs. The team at Chiswick Buzz caught up with the organisers during their meeting at One Over The Ait pub to find out what the festival has to offer this year.

CLICK THE PICTURE TO GO TO THE VIDEO

For more about Thames Tidefest and the events that will make 10th September so special click HERE

 

Fishing Events

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

Tidefest Angling Championship Produces Fantastic Results !

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32 anglers fished at Barnes and Strand on The Green and despite hot sunny conditions and the presence of over 2000 people enjoying walks, paddleboarding, kayaking, river cruises or simply strolling along the towpath, the bream fed well.

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There were three weights of over 30lbs with the winner, Martin Davies landing 46.11 of bream up to 8lbs plus from SoTG. Second with the top weight at Barnes was Ricky Tomala with 32.11 followed by Steve Edwards with 30.09 then Gordon Bullock with 20.8.

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All in all it was a fantastic event that not only produced brilliant fishing, but also showcased the joys of fishing the tidal Thames to huge numbers of people.

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The top four shared a £1000 pay out.

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The event is sponsored by Tideway – formerly Thames Tideway Tunnel – and Thames Water and the match organised by the Angling Trust with support from Will Barnard, Angling development manger at TW

See the highlights of Tidefest ’16 on film !

This years event was definitely the best Tidefest yet, with huge numbers of people getting involved, more events, more fun and lots of sunshine on the beautiful River Thames. Thankfully our friends at Chiswick Buzz were there to record the whole event and they have put together a fantastic video that really captures the joy and atmosphere of the day. Click the link below and have fun watching !

Click the image above to see the video.
Click the image above to see the video.

MP Ruth Cadbury to take to the water at this year’s TideFest

Brentford and Isleworth MP Ruth Cadbury has announced that not only will she will be attending this Tidefest but that she plans to take to the water and have ago at kayaking.

Ruth Cadbury paddle boarding at TideFest 2015
Ruth Cadbury paddle boarding at TideFest 2015

Tidefest is annual event to celebrate the recreational importance of the Thames Tideway to Londoners. It is based at Strand on the Green, Chiswick and other locations along the tideway from 10am to 6pm and is a day packed with loads of great activities for all the family.

There’s paddleboarding, kayaking, river dipping, guided foreshore walks, boat trips, an angling competition, nature reserve visits, artists displays, seine netting, live fish tanks, museum discounts, children’s games, stalls, music, refreshments and much, much more.

No experience required ! Tidesfest provides an amazing opportunity for complete novices to find themselves afloat on the tidal Thames !
No experience required ! Tidesfest provides an amazing opportunity for complete novices to find themselves afloat on the tidal Thames !

Ruth Cadbury said:

‘ We are so lucky to have the Thames on our doorstep and Tidefest is our opportunity to celebrate all that this means; Sport, nature, a transport route and a beautiful landscape. Kayaking and paddle-boarding are two sports I have been able to learn since being here. They’re fun, easy to pick up and you don’t need to be particularly fit! I look forward to seeing people coming down to try them out at this year’s Tidefest.’

Peter Hughes from Edge Paddling added:

“Kayaking is one of the best ways to enjoy the Thames, and Kew Bridge is one of the very best locations to launch from. Our Club is very social and thrives on an equal mix of men and women. We welcome people of all skill levels, and TideFest is a great opportunity for the public to try a free taster session.”

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.

There’s a series of highly informative archaeological tours of Oliver’s Island at Strand-on-the-Green. These fascinating walks will be led by archaeologists Dr Fiona Haughey and Mike Webber. There will also be other foreshore walks and a tour of the historic Lots Ait boatyard at Brentford which is hosting an exhibition of boat building on the Thames. Booking through the website at www.thamestidefest.net

Lot's Ait Boatyard
Lot’s Ait Boatyard

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 included. Trips leave at 11.00am, 12.15pm, 1.30pm and 2.45pm but advance booking essential

TideFest organiser Martin Salter from the Angling Trust said:

“TideFest is now an established annual event that is growing in popularity and which aims to help reconnect Londoners with their river. The Thames holds over 120 different species of fish and is home to a tremendous array of birds and other wildlife yet far too few people are aware of what an amazing resource we have in the heart of our capital city.”

Martin Salter at last year Tidefest
Martin Salter at last year Tidefest

TideFest is supported by the Thames Tunnel Now Coalition with sponsorship from Tideway, Fullers and Thames Water. All activities are either free or offered at a substantially reduced rate

 

ENDS

 

More info:

Check website or Facebook page at www.thamestidefest.net  or www.facebook.com/thamestidefest  for more information.

Contact:

Martin Salter – (Angling Trust and organizer) 07976946033

Ian Tokelove  – (London Wildlife Trust) 07834867420

Peter Hughes – (Edge Paddling) 07900 895237

Picture:  Ruth Cadbury MP Paddleboarding on the Thames at last year’s TideFest

Photocall: 12 noon Sunday Sept 11th with Ruth Cadbury MP Kayaking from Kew Bridge with Edge Paddling

Notes:

Tidefest partners: Active 360, Angling Trust, Brentford FC Community Sports Trusts,  Edge Paddling, Get Hooked on Fishing, London Wildlife Trust, River Thames Society, RSPB, Strand on the Green Assoc, Strand on the Green Sailing Club, Thames 21, Thames Tunnel Now, Thames Anglers Conservancy, Totally Thames, Port of London Authority.

Come and ‘Enjoy the River’ at TideFest 2018

It’s back and it’s bigger and better than ever ! Tidefest ’18 will be held on September 2nd and it’s set to be even more spectacular than last year !

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TideFest is fast becoming one of the most popular annual events in London. The River Thames event which took place for the first time in 2014 to highlight the recreational importance of the Thames to Londoners and to encourage people to ‘enjoy the river’. TideFest 2018 takes place at Strand-on-the-Green in Chiswick and at Brentford, Barnes and other locations along the Thames Tideway, as part of the month long Totally Thames festival.

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A wide range of activities have been planned from 9am to 7pm on Sunday 2nd September at either free or heavily subsidised rates including:

  • Tidesfest Fishing Match
  • Canoeing
  • Stand-Up Paddleboarding
  • Sailing
  • Boat trips
  • Secret Island Visits
  • Archeological walks
  • Historical Tours
  • Have a go activities
  • Eco events

And much, much more !

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Activities and events will be available to book online soon.

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Come and ‘Enjoy the River’ at TideFest 2016

Wildlife organisations, river and environmental groups and community associations have this week announced plans for the third TideFest to be held on the tidal Thames in London on Sunday September 11th

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TideFest is a relatively new River Thames event which took place for the first time in 2014 to highlight the recreational importance of the Thames to Londoners and to encourage people to ‘enjoy the river’. TideFest 2016 takes place at Strand-on-the-Green in Chiswick and at Brentford, Barnes and other locations along the Thames Tideway, as part of the month long Totally Thames festival.

A wide range of activities have been planned from 9am to 7pm on Sunday 11th September at either free or heavily subsidised rates including:

  • Stand Up Paddleboarding on the Thames. Active 360 will be running pre-booked 50 minute supervised sessions at Kew Bridge from 11am to 4pm for those new to paddleboarding, at just £10 per person. There will also be a mass paddle from Kew to Putney starting at 2pm in aid of the charity Water Aid.
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Stand-up Paddleboarding is awesome fun
  • Try free Kayak Taster Sessions with Edge Paddling at Kew Bridge. Newcomers can simply turn up from 12 noon to 6pm and try kayaking on the Thames with qualified coaches. Must be 12 years or over. A free prize draw is included, with three free club memberships worth £96 on offer.
  • A day out at Thames Water’s Hogsmill nature rserve at Kingston. This is a special opportunity to visit a nature reserve that is part of an operational sewage works and normally closed to the public. There will be opportunities to try bird watching with local experts, bird house building, honey tasting with the Kingston Bee Keeping Association and wildlife face painting. Light refreshments will be available.
  • A whole range of 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, historical artefacts collected by local archivists, paintings by local artists, children’s activities and an information point with material available from environmental and the Port of London Authority. London Wildlife Trust will also be on hand 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.
  • The prestigious Thames Tideway Angling Championship takes place from 11am to 4pm at Strand on the Green and Barnes. 40 top anglers from across the UK will be taking part and spectators are welcome. Last year the first prize went to Andriks Lekstutis who caught fish with a combined weight of over 31lbs (14kg) at Strand-on-the-Green – demonstrating just how healthy the river now is. All fish are returned to the river unharmed.
  • 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.
  • A series of highly informative archaeological tours of Oliver’s Island will be held at Strand-on-the-Green. These fascinating walks will be led by archaeologists Dr Fiona Haughey and Mike Webber. For those aged over 16 only. Please wear sensible footwear. 11.00am, 11.15am, 11.30am, 12.00pm, 12.15pm, 12.30pm. There will also be other foreshore walks and a tour of the historic Lots Ait boatyard.
The Iconic Kew Bridge over the Thames
Kew Bridge from Strand on the Green, Chiswick – home to TideFest 2016
  • 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 included. Trips leave at 11.00am, 12.15pm, 1.30pm and 2.45pm (advance booking essential)

All activities can be booked via the TideFest website from August 1st onwards

Gordon Scorer, Chief Executive of London Wildlife Trust said:

Gordon Scorer CEO of London Wildlife Trust
Gordon Scorer CEO of London Wildlife Trust

“TideFest is a great opportunity to enjoy a day by the river with lots to see and do – both on and off the water. You can discover what lives in the river, explore the river’s archaeological history or get out on the water by boat, kayak or even Stand Up Paddleboard. The Trust will also be on hand to talk about London’s wildlife and we’d love to see you there!”

TideFest organiser Martin Salter from the Angling Trust said:

IMG_3825“TideFest is now an established annual event that is growing in popularity and which aims to help reconnect Londoners with their river. The Thames holds over120 different species of fish and is home to a tremendous array of birds and other wildlife yet far too few people are aware of what an amazing resource we have in the heart of our capital city. We are planning a range of new attractions this year which we hope to announce in the coming weeks.”

TideFest is supported by the Thames Tunnel Now Coalition with sponsorship from Tideway, Fullers and Thames Water.

. All activities are either free or offered at a substantially reduced rate. Check website or Facebook page at www.thamestidefest.net or www.facebook.com/thamestidefest for more information.

ENDS

More info:

Martin Salter – (Angling Trust and organizer) 07976946033

Ian Tokelove  – (London Wildlife Trust) 07834867420

 

Notes:

Tidefest partners: Active 360, Angling Trust, Brentford FC Community Sports Trusts,  Edge Paddling, Get Hooked on Fishing, London Wildlife Trust, River Thames Society, RSPB, Strand on the Green Assoc, Strand on the Green Sailing Club, Thames 21, Thames Tunnel Now, Thames Anglers Conservancy, Totally Thames, Port of London Authority.