Category Archives: 2017 Update

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.


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


Come and ‘Enjoy the River’ at TideFest 2017

Wildlife organisations, river and environmental groups and community associations have this week announced plans for the fourth TideFest to be held on the tidal Thames in London on Sunday September 10th


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 2017 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 10th 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

And much, much more !

paddle board girls

Activities and events will be available to book online soon.

kids dipping


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.

2016 Tidefest was awesome…2017 will be the best yet !

 If you didn’t manage to get to Tidefest 2016 you really missed out because last years event was simply awesome !


Paddle boarding, canoeing, fishing, sailing, trips to secret islands, guided walks, nature reserve tours, boats trips and so much more packed the day with fun and excitement for more visitors than ever before.

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 !

TideFest is now a key date in the London diary and has become a wonderful celebration of the fascinating tidal River Thames. The event which took place for the first time in 2014 highlights the recreational importance of the Thames to Londoners. TideFest 2017 will take place on Sunday September 10th at Strand on the Green, Chiswick and at other locations along the Thames Tideway so get it in your diary NOW !

Tidefest is for everyone..make sure you get along to our 2016 event.
Tidefest is for everyone..make sure you get along to our 2016 event.

TideFest is proud to be a partner of Totally Thames and to be supported by the Thames Tunnel Now Coalition, Thames Tideway Tunnel and Thames Water.

An even wider range of activities are currently being planned for Tidefest 2017 so keep checking back for news !






Community Activities and Displays

Even if you don’t fancy taking to the water in a kayak or on a sailboard and if fishing isn’t you thing either, there is still so much to do at Tidefest. Stop by and take part in activities to explore the biodiversity of the river and the need to conserve it in a fun and interactive way!

thames 21

The marquees on the riverside embankment host displays on the Thames Tideway, historical artefacts collected by local archivists, painting by local artists, children’s activities and an information point with material available from environmental and wildlife groups.

kids dipping

For 2017 we are planning to make the activities bigger and better than ever, so put the 10th September 2017 in your diary and make a date with Thames Tidefest !