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Tidefest 2019 Was The Best Ever !

Bigger crowds than ever came out to enjoy the river at this year’s Thames Tidefest held at Strand-on-the-Green in Chiswick and other locations along the Thames Tideway including Richmond, Twickenham, Brentford, Barnes and Kempton.

Local MP Ruth Cadbury joined Hounslow Council Leader Steve Curran and Deputy Mayor Raghwinder Siddhu along with the Mayor of Richmond Nancy Baldwin  at the annual celebration of all the River Thames has to offer.

The organisers estimated attendance at well over two thousand people with many of the advertised events and trips sold out well in advance.

 

There were great activities for all the family including foreshore and photographic walks, angling competition, paddle-boarding, river dipping, kayaking, London Wildlife Trust’s wildlife walk to Syon Park, Kempton nature reserve visits, stalls and displays, circus workshop, bouncy castle, children’s games, live fish tanks, local artists, food, music and generous discounts off admissions to the London Museum of Water and Steam and the Musical Museum. There were special guided tours of Eel Pie Island Museum in Twickenham – the place which helped launch the careers of Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones and many others in the 1960s

There were great activities for all the family including an angling competition, river dipping, kayaking, London Wildlife Trust’s wildlife walk to Syon Park, Kempton nature reserve visits, stalls and displays, circus workshop, bouncy castle, children’s games, live fish tanks, local artists, food, music and generous discounts off admissions to the London Museum of Water and Steam and the Musical Museum. There were special guided tours of Eel Pie Island Museum in Twickenham – the place which helped launch the careers of Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones and many others in the 1960s
Other activities included:

• Boat trips around the Thames Tideway islands and to Chiswick Pier on the historic Thames launches Windrush and The Discoverer.

• Paddleboarding – supervised taster sessions for newcomers by Active 360 at Kew Bridge plus a guided family paddle trip

• Tour and exhibition on Thames Boatbuilding at the Lot’s Ait boatyard in Brentford – venue for the filming of the African Queen starring Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn

• Taster sessions for those new to kayaking organised from the Boating Arch at Kew Bridge by Edge Paddling

* Photography and Bird Walks led by local experts and two Foreshore Walks led by the well known ‘London Mudlark’ Lara Maiklem whose new book is proving something of a hit.

Once again plenty of fish were caught both by anglers fishing the annual Tidefest Championship and by fishery officers carrying out seine netting to show the wide variety of species that now live in the Thames in London. The competition winner was RAF instructor Michael Dalziel with an 18lb 8oz bag of skimmers caught on the swimfeeder with worm and maggot. Michael collected £600 in prize money and a handsome silver plate from Angling Trust Ambassador Keith Arthur.

2019 winner Michael Dalziel with Angling Legend Keith Arthur and Martin Salter of Angling Trust

Tidefest is now in its sixth year and aims to highlight the recreational importance of the Thames to Londoners and to encourage people to ‘enjoy the river’. It is part of the month long Totally Thames Festival and is sponsored by Thames Water, Fullers Smith & Turner

TideFest chairman, Martin Salter from the Angling Trust, said:

“We had a great programme of activities this year and were lucky with the weather which saw us  attract our biggest ever Tidefest crowd. It was fabulous to see so many people enjoying the river and all it has to offer. We had a great reaction to the work that many of the Tidefest groups are doing to highlight the importance of the river and once again we are grateful for the excellent support we received from our local MPs, from our sponsors – Thames Water and Fullers and from and Hounslow Council.

Tidefest is all about helping Londoners to ‘reconnect with their river’ and that’s certainly what happened on Sunday.”

Tidefest 2019 Angling Champs Results

Thames Tidefest Angling Championship 2019

40 anglers fished the sixth Thames Tidefest Angling Championship 2019 on the tidal river at Strand on the Green, Chiswick and Barnes foreshores on Sunday September 8th.

 

A low river, cold over night temperatures and bright sunshine delivered tricky fishing conditions and for once the shoals of big bream that have dominated the event in previous years failed to put in an appearance. Whilst the match was a struggle for many there were a good number of decent roach and skimmer bream caught.

The winner was Drennan backed Michael Dalziel with an 18lb 8oz bag of skimmers caught on the feeder with worm and maggot. Michael collected £600 in prize money, courtesy of the sponsors Thames Water, and a handsome silver plate from Angling Trust Ambassador Keith Arthur. In second place was Ritchie Tomala who did well to weigh in 17.08 of roach on feeder and maggot. Both the top two came from the favoured Strand on the Green section. Third place was venue regular Gordon Bullock with a pole caught bag of 10.14 from Barnes.

Tidefest organiser Martin Salter said:

“This was our toughest match yet as the shoals of bigger bream looked to have moved upstream towards the fresher water. However, it was encouraging to see the number of skimmers and roach this far down the stretch. Once the Tideway ‘Super Sewer’ is built the river will be even cleaner I’m sure we will see the fishing improve as a result.”

2019 winner Michael Dalziel with Angling Legend Keith Arthur and Martin Salter of Angling Trust

 Results

1st – Michael Daziel     – 18lb 8oz.  Strand on the Green

2nd – Ritchie Tomala    – 17lb 8oz.  Strand on the Green

3rd  – Gordon Bullock  – 10lb 14oz. Barnes

4th. – Mark Brush         –  8lb 10oz.  Strand on the Green

Sections

Strand on the Green

1 – John Wilkinson (Snr) -2lb 10oz

2 – Stephen Rees            – 3lb

3 – Michael Scanlon       – 4lb 14oz

4 – Steve Edwards          – 4lb

Chiswick

5 – Ali Atlwater               – 5lb 14oz

Barnes

6 – Clive Westwood      – 5lb

7 – Michael Bindloss    – 2lb 4oz

8 – Tony Rice                 – 3lb 2oz

9 – Steve Payne            – 5lb 8oz

 

Bird walk will highlight Thames’s bird diversity

Andrew Peel from the RSPB will be hosting two inspirational bird watching walks aimed at highlighting the amazing diversity of bird species that can seen in central London thanks, in no little part, to the habitat provided by the Rivers Thames. From electric blue Kingfishers to snowy white Little Egrets, from delicate Goldfinches through to colourful Rose-Ringed Parakeets you are likely to see so many amazing birds on the walk. If possible bring your own binoculars and be ready to learn more in an hour than you did at school !

What’s even more amazing is that the guided walks cost just £2 for adults and £1 for children. So click the link below and book your ticket now !

 

Amazing Tidefest – It’s London’s Family River Festival !

“Wow what an amazing day by the river…I absolutely LOVE Tidefest”*

Now in it’s 5th year, Thames Tidefest 2019 is set to be the bigger and better than ever before. Dubbed “London’s Family River Festival”, Tidefest offers an eclectic mix of free and low cost events centred around the River Thames in London.

Thames Tidefest offers fun and enjoyment for everyone and most of it is absolutely free !

Live music, paddlesports, river cruises, riverside pubs, secret island adventures, historical walks, guided photography sessions, Rock ‘n Roll history, stalls, fishing, river dipping and much, much more and all with an environmental feel, Tidefest is an event for the whole family and one that won’t put a dent in your pocket.

Various paddlesports have always been a huge part of Tidefest and it’s a brilliant opportunity for absolute novices to try their hand.

Much of the Festival is absolutely free, just come along to Strand On The Green  in Chiswick on September 8th and join in the fun, or why not buy tickets for one of our amazing low cost special events ? River Cruises for a fiver, Historic tours for £3.00, Bird-watching walks for £2.00 and that’s just the start, all our events are either free or offer amazing value. So what are you waiting for ? Take a look at the ticketed events HERE or find out more about what’s absolutely free HERE.

We’d love to meet you at Thames Tidefest, so please come along and let’s all enjoy the river together !

 

 

*first time visitor feedback from last years event.

Photography Walks set to inspire

Always wanted to take better photographs ? Not sure what half the setting on your camera are for ? Thames Tidefest has the answer !

Join Jon Perry on a one hour Photowalk. Meet at Jon’s gazebo on Strand-on-the-Green for an introduction and then walk along Strand-on-the-Green. Bring your camera(s) and a fully charged battery! Flexible, informal and fun; learn what some of those camera buttons do, try out techniques to make your pictures more interesting (high key, low key, vary the depth-of-field, shooting blind, ICM, long exposures, creative compositions, shooting RAW… ). Find out the fun of ‘collecting photons!’

Jon has had photography as a second career for more than 40 years before becoming fully professional, has won many awards including a highly commended photo in the British Wildlife Photography Awards in 2016, which toured the country and is in their book.

Book now via the link below

Paddlesports at Tidefest

Below you will find links to buy tickets for 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

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!

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