Thames Tidefest ’17 events selling out fast !

With just less than a week to go until Thames Tidefest ’17 officially begins, tickets for the various events on offer are being snapped up by eager attendees.

Tickets for the Strand on the Green Foreshore Walk and the Oliver’s Island Adventure have both sold out completely and there are just 3 tickets left (at the time of writing) for the Lea Navigation Reedbed Boat Tour.

Oliver’s Island

However the good news is that there are still limited tickets left for a number of the other amazing events that make up Tidefest ’17.

Windrush Cruise

How do you fancy a cruise on the Thames for just £10 !  The River Thames Society is organising four hour-long boat trips around the Thames Tideway islands, leaving from Kew Pier on the historic Thames launch the “Windrush”. Your skipper will be Ken Dwan, a former Royal Waterman and Queen’s Bargemaster. Guided commentary is included.

Venue: Kew Pier on the Richmond Bank by Kew Bridge. TW9 3AT

Times: Trips leave at 11.00am, 12.15pm, 1.30pm and 2.45pm

Cost: £10 per person


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


‘Through the porthole – the pleasures, perils and pitfalls of houseboat living on the Thames’

A double-bill presentation from Chiswick Pier Trust and the River Thames Society

Over a thousand people live afloat on the Thames between Teddington Lock and the Thames Barrier.  To the outsider, these floating villages look like an idyllic and affordable alternative to the over-heated London housing market.  Whilst the great views of the river, the sense of community and the closeness of nature are genuine, it’s not always plain sailing.  This double bill, presented as part of TideFest 2017, gives a more realistic view of life on the Thames, including the complicated and unregulated process of buying a houseboat.

1:45pm: ‘Life Afloat’ – Film on the Pleasures and Perils of Houseboat-living on the tidal Thames

Life Afloat is a 55 minute film which delves into the stories of house boat residents and challenges the romantic view of life afloat.  Residents interviewed for the film include actor Imogen Stubbs, who likens living on a boat to ‘living in a whale or a womb’, and artist Denis Postle who describes the experience as ‘like living inside a cello or a double bass’.  The film looks at how tidal life for these communities has changed throughout the decades. Originally a pursuit for bohemians and those with little income, changes have taken place alongside those of London house prices and river-side property development.  The film reflects on these changes and the impact it will have on the future of these floating communities.

Registration and refreshments from 1:30pm.

“Houseboat living” on the thames

3:00pm: ‘Buying a Houseboat on the Thames –  Understanding the Risks and Pitfalls’ – Talk from  Hilary Pereira of the River Thames Society

Buying a houseboat on the Thames is a high-risk venture in an increasingly expensive yet unregulated market. There are many questions to consider and speaker will guide the audience through these, including the differences from buying a flat and provide an illustrated guide to the various pitfalls that can catch out unwary buyers.  Hilary has lived afloat for many years, initially on the canals, but, for the last 40 years, on the Thames where she has also brought up two children on board.  This is a unique opportunity to hear from an experienced Houseboat resident and owner.

Time:   1:30 – 4:00pm

Venue: Pier House, Chiswick Pier Trust, Corney Reach Estate, Chiswick, London W4 2UG

Admission: £3 per event or £5 for both. (no charge for pensioners or under 16s)

Free to Chiswick Pier Trust and River Thames Society members

Do you recognise any of these men ?

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

fiona_haughey@yahoo.co.uk

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.

Films, Talks & Tours

Chiswick Pier Trust Events

‘Through the porthole – the pleasures, perils and pitfalls of houseboat living on the Thames’:  a double-bill presentation from Chiswick Pier Trust and the River Thames Society

Over a thousand people live afloat on the Thames between Teddington Lock and the Thames Barrier.  To the outsider, these floating villages look like an idyllic and affordable alternative to the over-heated London housing market.  Whilst the great views of the river, the sense of community and the closeness of nature are genuine, it’s not always plain sailing.  This double bill, presented as part of TideFest 2017, gives a more realistic view of life on the Thames, including the complicated and unregulated process of buying a houseboat.

1:45pm: ‘Life Afloat’ – Film on the Pleasures and Perils of Houseboat-living on the tidal Thames

Life Afloat is a 55 minute film which delves into the stories of house boat residents and challenges the romantic view of life afloat.  Residents interviewed for the film include actor Imogen Stubbs, who likens living on a boat to ‘living in a whale or a womb’, and artist Denis Postle who describes the experience as ‘like living inside a cello or a double bass’.  The film looks at how tidal life for these communities has changed throughout the decades. Originally a pursuit for bohemians and those with little income, changes have taken place alongside those of London house prices and river-side property development.  The film reflects on these changes and the impact it will have on the future of these floating communities.

Registration and refreshments from 1:30pm.

“Houseboat living” on the thames

3:00pm: ‘Buying a Houseboat on the Thames –  Understanding the Risks and Pitfalls’ – Talk from  Hilary Pereira of the River Thames Society

Buying a houseboat on the Thames is a high-risk venture in an increasingly expensive yet unregulated market. There are many questions to consider and speaker will guide the audience through these, including the differences from buying a flat and provide an illustrated guide to the various pitfalls that can catch out unwary buyers.  Hilary has lived afloat for many years, initially on the canals, but, for the last 40 years, on the Thames where she has also brought up two children on board.  This is a unique opportunity to hear from an experienced Houseboat resident and owner.

Time:   1:30 – 4:00pm

Venue: Pier House, Chiswick Pier Trust, Corney Reach Estate, Chiswick, London W4 2UG

Admission: £3 per event or £5 for both. (no charge for pensioners or under 16s)

Free to Chiswick Pier Trust and River Thames Society members

Hilary Pereira, Houseboat expert.

A Plastic Ocean Film Showing

Plastic Oceans Festival – Two 90 minute environmental films to be shown at the One Over the Ait

There will be a special screening of “A Plastic Ocean” as part of Tidefest 2017. It’s a new adventure documentary that brings to light the consequences of our global disposable lifestyle. An international team go on a mission around the globe to uncover the shocking truth about what is lurking beneath the surface of our seemingly pristine seas.

Watch the trailer below.
https://youtu.be/6zrn4-FfbXw

Screenings: 3pm 

Venue: One Over the Ait, Kew Bridge Piazza (upstairs)

Admission:  Free Please book in advance for free tickets HERE


Oliver’s Island Adventure

 Come on a visit to this special place on the Thames – Oliver’s island at Strand on the Green – and hear about the long history and its current environmental importance. With kind permission of the PLA, who own the island, we are able to offer places for a limited number of visitors to this normally ‘out of bounds’ site for a series of archaeologist-led tours by Dr Fiona Haughey.

Access to the island is courtesy of the London Kayak Company Ltd whose volunteers will check off each group before they access the kayaks and make sure each member has a lifejacket.

For those aged over 16 only. Please wear trainers or similar and lifejackets will be provided.

Times: 10am, 10.30am, 11am, 11.30am, 12 noon. ( 5 groups of 6 )

Venue: Strand on the Green Sailing Club, under Kew Rail Bridge (between City Barge and Bull’s Head pubs)


Cost: £5 per person

Oliver’s Island

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

Lot’s Ait Boatyard

TideFest Discounts at London Museum of Water & Steam

London Museum of Water & Steam is home to magnificent collection of steam pumping engines and tells the history of London’s water supply. This great little museum by Kew Bridge is offering a special TideFest package where all kids under 15 yrs get in free of charge and adults receive a special £8.00 rate, instead of £11.50, by quoting Tidefest or presenting a Tidefest programme. The discount is valid on the day or afterwards with a programme.

Venue: Green Dragon Lane, Brentford, TW8 0EN

Times: 11am to 4pm

Cost: £8 adults, kids under 15 free

Contact: 020 8568 4757 or http://www.waternadsteam.org.uk/

Cost: £10 per person

London Museum of Water & Steam is home to magnificent collection of steam pumping engines.

Lea Navigation Reedbed Boat Tours

Thames21’s “Love the Lea” Programme has been working to improve the River Lea for the last five years, to provide habitats for wildlife and improve the water quality of the river they have been putting in new reedbeds into the Lea Navigation. Join them on board the ‘Alfred Le Roy’ for a relaxed trip on the river with commentary from Thames21 project officers. Advance booking required.

Please wear sensible footwear. Suitable for accompanied children over 8yrs.

Trips will be leaving at 10:30am, 1:00pm

Cost: Free of Charge to first 40 people in the queue

Meeting point: Thames21 Lock Office, Navigation Way Off Gilender Street, Bromley By Bow, E3 3JY

Finishing point Crate Brewery, The white building, Queen’s Yard, Hackney Wick, London E9 5EN

Bookings: Online http://tidefest17reedbedtour.eventzilla.net

NOTE:  If you have any booking queries please contact ben.fenton@thames21.org.uk


 

Guided Walks, Wild Adventures, Fish and Fishing

Low Tide River Wade in Deptford Creek

Join us for guided adventure in Deptford Creek for adults and accompanied children ages 9+. Wade in a wild river and experience a different perspective of London history and urban wildlife. Led by our conservationist with 30 years’ experience, we guarantee you some good, clean, muddy fun! The expeditions lasts about two hours. Participants need to be reasonably fit as you will be walking on the bed of a wild river. We provide waders, a waterproof and a walking stick and suggest you wear old clothes. Advance booking is essential.

Time: 10am-12pm

Numbers: 35 in total, individual bookings 1-6 people

Meeting point: Creekside Discovery Centre, 14 Creekside, Deptford, SE8 4SA Directions

Tickets: £12 adults, £10 seniors/students, £8 children 

Booking Details:

http://www.creeksidecentre.org.uk/events/low-tide-walk-10th-september-2017


Oliver’s Island Adventure

 Come on a visit to this special place on the Thames – Oliver’s island at Strand on the Green – and hear about the long history and its current environmental importance. With kind permission of the PLA, who own the island, we are able to offer places for a limited number of visitors to this normally ‘out of bounds’ site for a series of archaeologist-led tours by Dr Fiona Haughey.

Access to the island is courtesy of the London Kayak Company Ltd whose volunteers will check off each group before they access the kayaks and make sure each member has a lifejacket.

For those aged over 16 only. Please wear trainers or similar and lifejackets will be provided.

Times: 10am, 10.30am, 11am, 11.30am, 12 noon. ( 5 groups of 6 )

Venue: Strand on the Green Sailing Club, under Kew Rail Bridge (between City Barge and Bull’s Head pubs)


Cost: £5 per person

Oliver’s Island

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

Lot’s Ait Boatyard

Strand-on-the-Green foreshore walk

Come and explore the Thames foreshore at Strand on the Green with London Mudlark, Lara Maiklem. Here you’ll find evidence of the ancient past to the recent present beneath your feet and before your eyes. Uncovered twice a day, the dynamic inter-tidal zone reveals its secrets so come and see this precious resource for yourself before it erodes away.

Suitable for accompanied children aged over 7.

Please come with sensible footwear. (boots or wellies)

Venue: Meet outside the Bull’s Head pub, Strand on the Green.

Time: 2.30 – 4.30pm

Cost: £3 per person


Foreshore Activities – River Dipping and Seine Netting

On the Foreshore at Strand-on-the-Green there will be children’s activities including river dipping, water testing and games designed to explain and increase understanding of what’s going on in the river run by the environmental charity Thames21. Alongside this will be seine netting supervised by ZSL and the Institute of Fisheries management to show you what lives in the Thames. The Environment Agency will have a fish tank displaying live fish from the river.

Venue: Strand on the Green Embankment W4 3RE

Times: River Dipping from 11am. Seine netting 1pm to 4pm

Cost: Free to all but bring your wellies

 


Beckton Nature Reserve to open up for Tidefest

We’re going to open the Thames Water Beckton Nature Reserve.

Activities include:

  • Half-hour walks of the nature reserve on the hour, every hour
  • A 1.5hr bird watching walk at midday through the nature reserve and down to the mouth of the River Roding at low tide
  • Crafts for kids including bird box assembling and painting; making wildlife masks
  • Mini-beasting for kids (and adults!)

Venue: Attendees should head for the Showcase Cinema car park in Jenkins Lane, Barking, IG11 0AD from where the event will signposted (a 5-10 minute walk)

Times: 10am-3pm

Booking: Just turn up.

Cost: FREE OF CHARGE

Beckton Nature Reserve

Join the Wandle Trust (part of the South East Rivers Trust) and the Friends of Ravensbury Park for a river cleanup on Sunday 10th September. 

Meeting place: Ravensbury Park, check the Wandle Trust website at  to see the exact meeting spot.

Time: 11am to 3pm

What to expect: Volunteers will be invited to borrow a pair of chest waders and clear rubbish from the river, or litter pick around the park.

What to wear: Old clothes you don’t mind getting muddy, and working footwear such as boots or wellies.

What to bring: Bring along a packed lunch and Teas & Coffees will be supplied.

More information: Call Polly on 0833 497599 or email cleanups@wandletrust.org


50 peg Thames Tideway Angling Championship 

The Thames Tideway Angling Championship has been a huge success in recent years with weights of 30lb plus winning the match and over 30 anglers competing. 2017 looks like being the biggest and best yet so get yourself booked in !

We will be fishing three zones this year; the gravel foreshore downstream of Kew Bridge on the north bank, and below Chiswick road bridge and Barnes railway bridge on the south, where there are large shoals of roach, dace and bream. Waders are essential and wading up to thigh depth is allowed within the confines of your peg. All species can be weighed in except eels. The use of an easily moveable platform or tripod is advised as you will be following the tide down. The details are below and further information will be circulated nearer the time. Good luck!

Date and Time: Sunday September 10th – Fishing 9.00 am – 2.00 pm (depending on tides)

Draw: 7.00 am Strand on the Green, Kew Bridge, London W4 3RE

Tides at Kew Bridge: High – 6.06 am.  Low – 1.52 pm

THIS MATCH IS NOW SOLD OUT

For a round-up of last years event click the link below

https://thamestidefest.net/2016/10/18/tidefest-angling-championship-produces-fantastic-results/

Family Fishing Event

Do you fancy a day out with the family with lots of different fun activities ?

Would you like to introduce a member of your family or a friend to fishing ?

Maybe you are a beginner or an existing angler looking to brush up on your skills ?

The get along to the Thames Water Family Fishing Day run in collaboration with Get Hooked on Fishing and The Angling Trust. All sessions are Free with fishing tackle provided and instruction from our friendly licensed coaches, plus loads of other activities for anglers and non anglers alike.

Sep 10th – 11.00am – 4pm

Thames Water’s Walthamstow Angling Academy, N17 9NH

For more information cal Sam Edmonds on 07548737624 or email sam.edmonds@ghof.org.uk

What’s New For Tidefest ’17

 

Each year TideFest gets bigger and better. Although we are based at Kew Bridge we want people to enjoy and learn about as many of the wonders of Thames Tideway as possible. As well as our usual river based events we’ve lined up these additions to the programme:

Low Tide River Wade in Deptford Creek

A guided adventure in Deptford Creek for adults and accompanied children ages 9+. Wade in a wild river and experience a different perspective of London history and urban wildlife. Led by an experienced conservationist we guarantee you some good, clean, muddy fun!

 Lea Navigation Reedbed Boat Tours

Thames21 has been working to improve the River Lea for the last five years, to provide new reedbeds and great habitat for wildlife. Join them on board the ‘Alfred Le Roy’ for a relaxed trip on the river with commentary from their knowledgeable project officers.

A Plastic Ocean – Film Screening

Watch a new adventure documentary that brings to light the consequences of our global disposable lifestyle. An international team go on a mission around the globe to uncover the shocking truth about what is lurking beneath the surface of our seemingly pristine seas. Watch the trailer below.

See the Tidefest ’17 Preview Video

Thames TideFest will be back in Chiswick for its fourth year on Sunday 10th September 2017. This hugely popular community event requires months of planning and co-ordination between charities, businesses and Thames boroughs. The team at Chiswick Buzz caught up with the organisers during their meeting at One Over The Ait pub to find out what the festival has to offer this year.

CLICK THE PICTURE TO GO TO THE VIDEO

For more about Thames Tidefest and the events that will make 10th September so special click HERE

 

9.30am – 5.30pm