Category Archives: 2020 events

Free Fun For Kids

‘Skinny Bean’ will be giving his street clown show ,with fabulous circus tricks, slapstick comedy and arms length audience participation.

Performance times: 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm and 2.30pm alongside the information tent.

Audience size limited to 20 per performance (first come first served) please book a place at the information tent on the day.

Free Family River Dipping Wildlife Safari sessions

The Environmental Charity Thames21 will be taking small groups of family or friends onto the foreshore to examine the array of wildlife to be found in the river and under rocks on the Foreshore.

River dipping nets will be provided for producing kick samples of invertebrates in the river flow. Records of specimens found will be sent to the Greenspace Information for Greater London – the city’s biodiversity record centre.

Two supervised groups of up to four people (8 in total) on each session at – 10am, 10.45am, 11.30am, 12.15pm & 1pm on the Foreshore by Kew Bridge. Access via the slipway.

Bring your own wellies.

To book, choose one slot for up to four people from the drop down menu below.

illustrated Walk along the old Twickenham Embankment :Book Now

Join us for an illustrated Walk along the historic and fascinating Twickenham Embankment using archive photos to compare then and now. Particular reference will be made to the island, a place which helped launch the careers of Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie and many others including Prog Rockers Genesis, Pink Floyd, Hawkwind and Black Sabbath during the 1960’s.  Participants are then welcome to come back to the museum to peruse the exhibits, subject to social distancing limits.

Social distancing rules will apply. Please bring masks.

Book online using drop down menu below

Meet at the Eel Pie Island Museum, 1-3, Richmond Rd, Twickenham TW1 3AB

Walks start at 10:30am, 12pm, 2pm, 3:30pm, 5pm

Limit 10 attendees per session.

Cost: £5 + Booking Fee,

Paddleboarding at Tidefest 2020

Paddleboarding has become an essential part of the Thames Tidefest experience. There a few better ways to enjoy the river so why not book one of the Thames Tidefest Taster Sessions being run by Active 360 or take part in one of the Active 360 Paddleboard Natural History Tours !

Taster Sessions

Suitable for beginners. Please note we will not be able to take children under the age of 11 and you will not be able to book multiple children (more than 2) without contacting beforehand.

Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian!

You will start with an on land lesson and safety briefing before going out onto the river for a paddle around the local islands.

Depending on the tide you will either head up to Olivers Ait or Brentford Ait guided by one of our instructors.

What to bring

No specialist clothing is required. In warm weather, ordinary gym gear will be fine (shorts/leggings/T-shirt/sweatshirt). Preferably not cotton as it holds moisture – quick drying technical clothing is best if available.

No bare feet, footwear is required at all our SUP locations. Oldsandals with a heel strap or trainers you don’t mind getting wet. Or you can get cheap neoprene wet shoes from most large supermarkets.

Always bring a towel and a change of clothes just in case you take a little dip during the SUP lesson.

In colder weather (November – March), a wetsuit would be advisory.


You do not need to be a proficient swimmer, but should be comfortable about falling into water while wearing a buoyancy aid.

A certain level of flexibility and ability to get up to standing from kneeling is required for learning to paddleboard.

You will need to shower / wash thoroughly after the session if you have fallen in or been splashed and need to ensure any open cuts are covered.

We have taken people with physical and mental disabilities out on the water however please contact us before booking as we may need to take you out privately to ensure you receive the coach’s full attention.

We will also need to know of any recent injuries prior to the session.


Natural History Tours

A downriver paddleboarding trip learning about the Tideway, it’s wildlife and history. There are amazing animals to see and fascinating history to learn about and all while your floating down the river on a paddleboard !

This will include a lesson beforehand. Not suitable for anyone under the age of 16.


Oliver’s Island Trips Tickets Go On Sale

Unique opportunity to explore a secret Thames island !

Come and explore a secret island that is in full view as you walk along the towpath and yet out of sight. Oliver’s island is shrouded in mystery as well as trees and yet was a very important participant in the trading along the Thames over the past few hundred years. Come and see the view from its banks, explore its history both ancient and more recent, and hear about its environmental importance. Number have been limited this year to allow social distancing.

Transport by guided Kayak’s

Times: 09.00 Group 1; 09.30 Group 2; 10.00 Group 3; 10.30 Group 4; 11.00 Group 5.

Meet: Kew Rail bridge ramp – under the railway bridge and between City Barge and Bull’s Head pubs.


Each group will consist of 6 people

The trips are unsuitable for those under 16 and for those with mobility issues..

Please wear suitable footwear such as boots or trainers.

Strand On The Green Foreshore Walk 2020 Tickets Go On Sale

These highly popular Thames Foreshore guided walks have always been a big favourite at Tidefest.   Led by local archaeologist Dr Fiona Haughey who has worked on the Thames foreshore since 1993 theses fantastic walks provide a fascinating insight into the history of the area. Come along a witness the living history of London’s river. There will be two x  1 hour long walks and social distancing rules will be enforced.

Buy tickets below

FREE Kayak Taster Sessions at Tidefest 2020

Edge Paddling will run free covid compliant canoe or kayak Taster sessions on the hour from the Kew bridge boating arch 

Sessions will be held on the hour every hour between 11.00am and 4.00pm.

Cost: FREE

Open Canoes – Minimum 1 adult, minimum 2 participants, maximum 3 participants (must be from same household)

Kayaks – 1 person per kayak, all participants must be 16years +

Please wear clothes that you don’t mind getting a bit wet and sensible shoes. All equipment, including buoyancy aids will be supplied.

Qualified coaches will lead the groups and coaches reserve the right to assess the suitability of groups on the day.

All equipment will be cleaned between sessions to ensure covid-19 compliance.

All  sessions must be pre-booked  in  advance via online ticketing below. (Canoe bookings are per canoe, not per person – if you want one canoe for up to 3 people, just book one canoe)

Groups of up to six paddlers will be accompanied at all times by a qualified instructor.