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“Mudlark” Lara will be signing books at Tidefest.

What a few weeks it’s been for “London Mudlark” Lara Maiklem !

Her new book Mudlarking was chosen as Radio 4’s Book of The Week, was featured on Stanley Tucci’s Instagram and has gone straight into the Sunday Times Best Sellers Top 10. She has been a guest on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch and BBC Breakfast and just about every radio station that could book her ! Social media loves her, the press are all writing about her and the Thames Tidefest Mudlark Walks  sold out in a day.

But fear not ! you can still meet the woman herself, and buy yourself a signed copy of the book everyone is raving about at Thames Tidefest on September 8th. Lara will be signing books and chatting between 12.30pm and 1.30pm at Strand On The Green. To make the whole thing even more fabulous, we have managed to secure a discount on the cover price, so the books will be priced at £15.99 instead of the RRP of £18.99 ! So come along to the festival get yourself a bargain and get your chance to meet the most famous Mudlark in the world !

Film Screening Set To Show The Amazing History of Thames Boatmen


Tales from the Thames: An oral history of the Thames Lightermen.

As part of Thames Tidefest 2019 there will be a screening of “The Weekend Millionaires”. On September 8th. This fascinating 45 minute Documentary Film tells of the lives of the Thames Lightermen have operated the boats carrying cargo on the Thames with a history going back hundreds of years.

Listen to some of their stories as they reminisce and see amazing archive film of how the Thames looked in times gone by and about the work they did and how it’s changed.

Tickets cost Just £2 for adults and £1 for under 16’s

The film will be screened in The Babcock Room inside the London Museum of Water & Steam, just round the corner from Strand On The Green where the main Festival is located.

Book yours by clicking the button below

Rare chance to visit an amazing wildlife site

Get the chance to visit a Site of Special Scientific Interest not normally open to the public and take a walk guided by a local wildlife expert.

Kempton Nature Reserve is a 50 acre wetland site, and used to be an operational reservoir. It is now a site of Special Scientific interest for wetland birds such as gadwall and shoveler.

A Gadwall with chicks

Walk the circular paths and uncover the wildlife gems with local wildlife experts. In spring and summer the reserve’s main lake, meadows, ponds and woodlands comes alive with butterflies and dragonflies.

Emperor Dragonfly

You might see swifts, a common sandpiper, little grebe or if you are lucky a kingfisher or a sparrowhawk. Plus pick up some tips from experience birders and spot some wonderful wetland birds from the bird hides at Kempton Nature Reserve in Hampton, not normally open to the general public!

A Beautiful Sandpiper

The walks are FREE and will last 1.5hrs and you will be guided by local experts. Walks will start at 9.30am and 11.30am. To book please email

Learn how to get the best from your camera !

Always wished you could take better pictures ? Not sure what half the setting on your camera are for ?  Maybe you just want to get the best out of your smartphone camera ? Jon Perry will be leading a fun and informative Photography walk as part of Thames Tidefest that will help you become a better photographer in a fun and relaxed way. With a maximum 8 people on each walk, Jon will have plenty of time to help you improve and get the most from your camera. All this and it only costs £5.00 per person !

For more information and to book your place just click the button below.

Talks & Films

The Babcock room in the London Museum of Water and Steam will be hosting a programme of fascinating talks and films as part of Thames Tidefest 2019 on September 8th 2019. Below is the full programme.

11.30am – 12.30pm THE LIVING THAMES. Introduced by the director, Dorothy Leiper.

This award winning film, featuring Sir David Attenborough, The Living Thames is an odyssey along the river as it meanders through London and flows out to the sea, exploring its ever-changing ecology.

During his journey, from Teddington at the upper tidal reach to the sea, the presenter Chris Baines meets many people who tell him more and more about just how much life there is, in and around the Thames.

Just £2 for adults and £1 for under 16’s







Tales from the Thames: An oral history of the Thames Lightermen.

This fascinating 45 minute Documentary Film tells of the lives of the Thames Lightermen have operated the boats carrying cargo on the Thames with a history going back hundreds of years. Listen to some of their stories as they reminisce and see amazing archive film of how the Thames looked in times gone by and about the work they did and how it’s changed.

Just £2 for adults and £1 for under 16’s

3.30 – 4.30 CHISWICK SWIFTS – An illustrated talk by Catherine Day.

Local resident, Catherine is the RSPB representative for West London and founding member of the Chiswick Swift Project.

Swifts are exceptional birds. They make a 14,000-mile round trip from Central Africa each year to nest in the small spaces under our eaves or in other high nooks and crannies in our buildings.

The Chiswick swift project promotes ways to encourage nesting, especially in ‘swift hotspots’. Find out more about how you can help these beautiful birds

Just £2 for adults and £1 for under 16’s



Thames River Cruises for a fiver !

Thames Tidefest is London’s Family River Festival which brings together a whole host of amazing events on September 8th. As part of the festival we offer two amazing River Thames cruises that highlight the beauty and history of the river. More details below !

The beauty of the River Thames and the Knowledge of Peter Finch..what a great trip !

A Guided return boat trip from Kew Pier to Chiswick Pier aboard the Thames Discoverer + visit to the Chiswick RNLI station

Join Peter Finch – chairman of the River Thames Society and an authority on the river, aboard the magnificent Thames Discoverer launch. Peter will point out and illuminate landmarks throughout the trip.

At Chiswick Pier, you will see and hear about the work of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, their boat and the equipment they use. The RNLI at Chiswick is a working lifeboat Station. If they have to respond to an emergency on the day, and are not available, Peter Finch will take you on a short walk to explore the delights of old historic Chiswick.

Then back to the boat for the return trip to Kew Bridge.

Tickets just £5*

*plus booking fee

Cruises on “The Windrush” are a real  highlight.

River Thames Islands Cruise on the historic Windrush

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

12 places per trip

£10 per person*

*Plus booking fee

Live Music Line Up a Big Part of Tidefest

What could be better than a glorious day by the River Thames, a spot of lunch and some free Live Music at Thames Tidefest!

Come on Down to Tidefest at Strand On The Green Chiswick on September 6th 2020 and enjoy a wealth of musical entertainment for FREE !



Our musical line up has not yet been announced for 2020, but here is a sample of the acts that graced the stage at Tidefest in 2019 to get you in the mood !

Duffy & Bird

Folk/Americana duo Duffy & Bird are Tricia Duffy on lead vocals and Al Bird on vocals/guitar. The duo’s blend of vocals with Duffy’s warmth and clarity creates a beautiful and emotive harmonic effect that is coupled with Al’s sensitive acoustic guitar. Betraying Al’s roots in rock, their songs combine fluid vocals with cleverly precise guitar arrangements.

Chansongs Trio

Ealing based, vocal-led, cosmopolitan group Chansongs Trio offer a celebratory repertoire of French and American Jazz to soothe your soul.


Olive+Alex is a collaborative project between Chiswick based Olivia McShane and St Margret’s Alex Bloomfield. The duo compose and produce their music together in McShane’s home studio, joining us at Thames Tidefest for their first acoustic set they will offer a selection of original songs and covers.


Saffron is a local 16 year old singer/songwriter currently studying at the BRIT school. She comes from a very musical family and has been playing gigs all over London since she was 11, she loves performing to live audiences and trying out her new songs. Joining us at Thames Tidefest she will be singing a mixture of her own songs as well as her versions of some of her idols.