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Cruise The Thames in Style

Discover The River Thames

Thames Tidefest Offers you the chance to enjoy A River Thames Cruise aboard the wonderful Thames Launch ‘Discoverer’ with fun and informative commentary from Peter Finch, chairman of the River Thames Society.

Stand out on the open bow and stern decks as the trip will head downriver from Kew Pier past the historic village of Strand-on-the-Green – once home to Dylan Thomas and Nancy Mitford, past Oliver’s Island – apparently named after Oliver Cromwell at the time of the battle of Turnham Green. Further down, take in the old brewery Maltings buildings and the picturesque riverside villages of Mortlake and Chiswick Mall.

A wonderful trip at an amazing price !

Brilliant boat Cruises

Going on a relaxing cruise of the Thames in a beautiful and historic boat is one of the very best ways of getting to know the river better and as part of Thames Tidefest 2021 we have two fantastic cruises to choose from so scroll right down the page to see the choice on offer. Book now or miss out as our ticket prices are so good the tickets are always snapped up quickly !

River Thames Islands Cruise on the historic Windrush

Take a boat trip along the Thames aboard this historic Thames Launch. As part of Tidefest 21, The River Thames Society is organising four trips – each an hour long – around the Thames Tideway islands, leaving from Kew Pier . 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

Tickets – £12

12 places per trip

Cruise time 1 hour

A Wonderful Thames Cruise Aboard ‘Discoverer’

A River Thames Cruise aboard the wonderful Thames Launch ‘Discoverer’ with fun and informative commentary from Peter Finch, chairman of the River Thames Society. The trip is from Kew Pier towards Hammersmith Bridge.

Trips will leave Kew Pier at 10.30am, 11.45am, 1.00pm and 2.15pm

There are 12 places available each trip

Paddlesports At Thames Tidefest – Book Here

Paddlesports have always been an integral part of the Thames Tidefest experience. With our partners we offer a fantastic opportunity for people to try out canoeing, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding for themselves at a subsidised price. All our paddlesports events are below, so scroll to the bottom to see all of your choices !

EDGE PADDLING

If you’ve never been in a canoe or Kayak before this is your chance ! If you’ve had a go before and long to try it again, then this is for you too !

Sessions will begin every 30 mins and go on throughout the day.

There are four solo kayaks available for each session and two family canoes per session. ( family canoes can take 2 x adults and 2 x minors and MUST contain at least one adult)

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.

Chelsea Kayak Club Sea Kayak Taster Sessions

Chelsa Kayak Club are Offering 1hour 30min sessions as part of Thames Tidefest on September 12th. Cost per person £10 per session.

Each session includes some tuition followed by a paddle in a single sea kayaks.

Suggest wearing sports clothing and shoes that can get wet. 8 places available per session. Session timings:

Participants should be over 18 years of age, be able to swim 50 metres and come changed ready to paddle.

Active 360 Stand-Up Paddleboarding

Active 360 are offering three different ways to get out on the Thames on a Paddleboard.

Tidefest special Natural History tour

Join us as for a Thames Natural History Tour, as we explore the wonderful wildlife of the River Thames. The river was once biologically dead, all life extinguished by industrial pollution, but since the 1970s wildlife has been returning, and thriving. And we’re on a mission to find it.

The Thames is now home to more than 125 species of fish, which in turn support two species of seal, deep-diving cormorants, stealthy grey herons and more. Stand up paddleboarding allows us to enjoy a unique perspective of the river’s wildlife, immersing ourselves in nature.

As we paddle, you will also learn about the natural history and ecology of the Thames, and the issues that still threaten this iconic waterway.

This 2h session is suitable for those who have never paddled before. The session will include a lesson. Upon taking part in this session you will be able to sign up for the three-hour guided tour to Richmond.

Not suitable for anyone under the age of 16.

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KEW Tidefest special 2hr Group Trip

 

Join us for a Paddleboarding session at the Tidefest foreshore festival. Tidefest is an annual celebration of the River Thames and all it has to offer so there will be lots of other activities and entertainment for you to enjoy before and after your session.

The session will start with some land-based training at Kew Bridge, before heading out on the river and being gently taken by the tide. We will pass some of West London’s most iconic sites and when the tide turns we will be taken back to Kew Bridge with the tide.

*How far we get depends on the conditions on the day.

This stand up paddleboard session is suitable for beginners and adults of all abilities and ages. You will need to be able to swim and be confident in the water. Certain level of flexibility and ability to get up to standing from kneeling is required for learning to paddleboard.

You’ll be sharing your instructor/s, but you’ll be sure to meet some interesting people to add to the experience. The session will start with a safety briefing and some land-based training before heading out on the water for a guided tour. You’ll be able to ask for technique advice and tips along the way. Don’t be shy!

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KEW Tidefest special SUP taster session

 

Join us for a Paddleboarding taster session at the Tidefest foreshore festival. Tidefest is an annual celebration of the River Thames and all it has to offer so there will be lots of other activities and entertainment for you to enjoy before and after your taster session.

This stand up paddleboard session is suitable for beginners and adults of all abilities and ages. These sessions are also open to Children aged 11+.

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

You will need to be able to swim and be confident in the water. Certain level of flexibility and ability to get up to standing from kneeling is required for learning to paddleboard.

You’ll be sharing your instructor/s, but you’ll be sure to meet some interesting people to add to the experience. The session will start with a safety briefing and some land-based training before heading out on the water for a short guided tour. You’ll be able to ask for technique advice and tips along the way. Don’t be shy!

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Follow in the footsteps of Clapton & Jagger, Dickens & Henry VIII

Twickenham Riverside Heritage Walk & Visit to the Eel Pie Island Museum

Meet up at the award-winning Eel Pie Island Museum in central Twickenham before setting off on your fully illustrated walk along Twickenham’s historic Arcadian riverside. Some of your stops along the way: the newly pedestrianised Church St, the Embankment overlooking Eel Pie Island, Twickenham’s very own Naked Ladies, the White Swan Pub (time for a pint later!), and the Orleans House Gallery. Your walk will finish on the riverside opposite Ham House, next to Hammertons Ferry.

Participants are then welcome to return to the museum at any time during the day (the museum closes at 6pm), and find out more about the role this tiny island played in the Sixties’ British Beat Explosion, hosting soon-to-be international stars such as The Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart, Eric Clapton and the Who in its dilapidated ballroom music venue.

Even before it paid host to Rock and Roll legends like Mick Jagger the hotel on Eel Pie Island was a retreat known for its music and food. In the summer of 1838 it received a visit from Charles Dickens, he came by paddle steamer to visit the island and inside the hotel he would write much of Little Dorrit. He liked the island so much that he actually referenced it in his book Nicholas Nickleby where he described it as a place to “dance in the open air to the music of a locomotive band”.

In the 1600’s the sovereign of the UK was entitled to the first eel pie meal each year. The story goes that King Henry the eighth himself would be rowed up the Thames on his royal barge to claim his meal every year. This legend is simply a fraction of the fascinating history of Eel Pie Island, and of Twickenham. If you’d like to take a walk in the footsteps of Kings and Rock Gods and learn more about the island’s heritage, why not join us on the Twickenham Riverside Heritage Walk this summer.

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

Tours at 10am, 1pm, 4pm

Limit 15 Places per tour

Cost: £6 + Booking Fee,

Museum website – www.eelpiemuseum.co.uk

Explore the Thames Foreshore with Lara “Mudlarking” Maiklem !

Come and explore the rich history of the Thames foreshore with leading London Mudlarker Lara Maiklem.

Lara has become synonymous with “Mudlarking” in London and her book published in 2019 became a best selling sensation ! Read a Review Here

This walk is a special opportunity to join Lara on a trip through history as she explains Londons past through the objects that can be found on the banks of London’s river Thames.

Max. 20 people per walk at a cost of £4 per person

Walks at 14.00 – 15.00

15.30 – 16.30

Meeting Point is new river stairs leading down from the Piazza right by Kew Bridge.

Walks are suitable for 7year olds and upwards however there are steps and it can be muddy and uneven underfoot so suitable footwear -wellies, trainers or flat shoes are best and it’s not really suitable for anyone with a mobility issue.

Gloves will be provided .

Explore a Secret Island

Unique opportunity to explore a secret Thames island

Olivers Island is normally off limits to the public,

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.

Meeting Point is the ramp By Kew Rail Bridge by Strand on the Green Sailing Club (between the City Barge and Bull’s Head pubs)

No children under 16 or unaccompanied minors.

Access to the island is by boat and steep steps and the surface is very uneven so it is not suitable for those with mobility issues and sensible footwear is important.

Transport to the island provided by Strand on the Green sailing club. Masks are required on the boat but not on the island.

Tickets Go On sale for Windrush Cruises !

River Thames Islands Cruise on the historic Windrush

Take a boat trip along the Thames. The River Thames Society is organising four 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

Tickets – £12

12 places per trip

Cruise time 1 hour

Kayak & Canoe Taster Sessions Tickets on Sale !

Why not come down to the beautiful River Thames during Thames Tidefest and have a go at Canoeing or Kayaking with Edge Paddling ?

12th September 2021

About this event

If you’ve never been in a canoe or Kayak before this is your chance ! If you’ve had a go before and long to try it again, then this is for you too !

Sessions will begin every 30 mins and go on throughout the day.

There are four solo kayaks available for each session and two family canoes per session. ( family canoes can take 2 x adults and 2 x minors and MUST contain at least one adult)

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.

Watersports & Paddlesports

Find out how to get involved with our Watersports and Paddlesports events!

 

 

Edge Progressive Paddling

Come and have a 30minute kayak/canoe taster session

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! Wear light clothing and old pair of trainers or shoes. Meet Kew Bridge Arches, Strand on the Green, W4 3NG

No booking required, walk in and sign up 11.00 – 15.00

Boats, paddles and lifejackets provided. Please arrive 15 minutes early to get kitted up.

All participants must be able to swim to the riverbank wearing a lifejacket

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Stand-Up Paddleboarding Taster Session with Active 360

Try your hand at Stand-Up Paddleboarding at an amazing reduced price.

This stand up paddleboard session is suitable for beginners and adults of all abilities and ages. You will need to be able to swim and be confident in the water. Certain level of flexibility and ability to get up to standing from kneeling is required for learning to paddleboard.

You’ll be sharing your instructor/s, but you’ll be sure to meet some interesting people to add to the experience. The session will start with a safety briefing and some land-based training before heading out on the water for a short guided tour. You’ll be able to ask for technique advice and tips along the way. Don’t be shy!

SIGN UP HERE

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Tidefest Stand-Up Paddleboarding Group Trip

Join us for a Paddleboarding session at the Tidefest foreshore festival. Tidefest is an annual celebration of the River Thames and all it has to offer so there will be lots of other activities and entertainment for you to enjoy before and after your session.

The session will start with some land-based training at Kew Bridge, before heading out on the river and being gently taken by the tide. We will pass some of West London’s most iconic sites and when the tide turns we will be taken back to Kew Bridge with the tide.

*How far we get depends on the conditions on the day.

This stand up paddleboard session is suitable for beginners and adults of all abilities and ages. You will need to be able to swim and be confident in the water. Certain level of flexibility and ability to get up to standing from kneeling is required for learning to paddleboard.

You’ll be sharing your instructor/s, but you’ll be sure to meet some interesting people to add to the experience. The session will start with a safety briefing and some land-based training before heading out on the water for a guided tour. You’ll be able to ask for technique advice and tips along the way.

SIGN UP HERE

 

Buy Tickets

While it’s free to attend Thames Tidefest 2019 at Strand On The Green, we also organise a wide range of ticketed events and attractions including waterpsorts activities, guided walks, boat trips and riverside adventures.

Tickets are now on sale, but be quick, they sell out fast !

Just click the link to the type of event you are interested in.

Walks, Tours and Riverside Adventures

Boat Trips and Cruises

Watersports and Paddlesports

Talks and Films