Planning is almost complete for Tidefest 2018 which will take placeon September 2nd and all the signs are that it is going to be bigger and better than ever. Now in it’s 5th year the family friendly festival highlights and celebrates the recreational and historic importance of the Tidal River Thames to Londoners. The Festival features a huge range of events and activities including canoeing, fishing, paddleboarding, sailing and river cruises on the water, as well as a fantastic array of land based entertainment, guided walks and activities along the banks of the river and in particular at Strand on the Green in Chiswick. Booking is now OPEN so take a look and get involved.
Planning is now well under way for for Tidefest 2018 which will take placeon September 2nd and all the signs are that it is going to be bigger and better than ever. Now in it’s 5th year the family friendly festival highlights and celebrates the recreational and historic importance of the Tidal River Thames to Londoners. The Festival features a huge range of events and activities including canoeing, fishing, paddleboarding, sailing and river cruises on the water, as well as a fantastic array of land based entertainment, guided walks and activities along the banks of the river and in particular at Strand on the Green in Chiswick.
Paddleboarding is just one of the fun activities that you can get involved in during Thames Tidefest !
So now is the time to write “TIDEFEST ” in big red letters in your diary and calendar !
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.”
Do you recognise these men who worked on Lots Ait boatyard 37yrs ago? Is your your dad, an uncle or a neighbour? Tell us their names and any stories you may remember about them’. We are trying to find out more about the men who worked in the boatyard as we piece together details of the islands fascinating social history
If you can help please get in touch with
Dr Fiona Haughty, Archaeologist & Archaeological Illustrator, Director Archaeology on the Thames Project
There is also a chance to visit Lot’s Ait as part of Thames Tidefest ’17 where you will be given a guided tour and find out the fascinating history of the boatyard. See below
All Photos courtesy of Brian Liddle
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
There will also be an exhibition to be held at Brentford library, Boston Manor Road, TW8 8DW with thanks to Kathleen Samad, James Marshall and Ann Cartwright.
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.
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.
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.
The top four shared a £1000 pay out.
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
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 !