Tidefest 2021 announced !

Thames Tidefest is now in its eighth year and is a celebration of all that the River Thames has to offer. It aims to help Londoners reconnect with their river and is a day packed with loads of great activities for all the family. We are delighted to announce that Tidefest will be held on September 12th, so get the date in your diaries.

We are taking things one step at a time at the moment with regards to our usual full programme of events, but we certainly intend to put on a fantastic selection of events in line with whatever restriction are in place as we get to September. Expect to be thrilled by ‘mudlark’ style archaeology, guided walks, canoeing, paddleboarding, fishing, and a whole host of activities which showcase the Thames’s amazing history and wildlife.

Free Fun For Kids

As always there will be a whole host of free and low cost events for all the family. As soon as we have more information about this years event you will find it right here ! In the mean time take a look at kids enjoying the day at previous events…

photo credit Anna Kunst

History plays a big part in Tidefest

One of the main themes of Thames Tidefest is celebrating the history London’s magnificent river. We run, exclusive guided tours of amazing places, guided history walks, archaeology events and so much more. We will have full details of the History events that will feature at Tidefest 2021 soon, but until then here’s a look at some amazing pictures form past events.

Lara Maiklem signs copies of her best selling Mudlarking book at Thames Tidefest
History in Practice at the London Museum of Water & Steam

Covid-19 Statement

COVID-19

This year’s Thames Tidefest has been reduced in scale to comply with the government’s coronavirus regulations and to keep everyone safe. There will be no stalls, food or live music and all activity events are to be pre-booked either online or at the information tent on the day. Hand sanitisers and wipes will be available and social distancing rules will be applied. However there will still be lots of happy smiling faces and a chance to enjoy the beautiful tidal Thames.


How you can help: Please help us keep everybody safe by bringing your own masks – for use where appropriate- and adhering to instructions on our signage. Do not attend if you, or anyone you have been in contact with, in the last 14 days has had any Covid-19 symptoms. Please adhere to social distancing and try to keep no less than 2 metres away from anyone who is not from your household or support bubble. Most of all please be curteous to others and have fun.

Tidefest is back on !

Following the easing of the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions Thames Tidefest 2020 will be happening on Sunday September 6th at Strand on the Green, Chiswick. However, to help keep everyone safe, all events in our reduced programme will have to be pre- booked.

Tidefest is now in its 7th year and celebrates the recreational opportunities available on the River Thames in London with activities for all the family. These include paddle boarding, kayaking, foreshore walks, island visits, London’s biggest angling competition and much more.

Put the date in your diary and find out what the River Thames has to offer.

Full details including ticket bookings will be on this website SOON

Oliver’s Island Trips Tickets Go On Sale

Unique opportunity to explore a secret Thames island !

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. Number have been limited this year to allow social distancing.

Transport by guided Kayak’s

Times: 09.00 Group 1; 09.30 Group 2; 10.00 Group 3; 10.30 Group 4; 11.00 Group 5.

Meet: Kew Rail bridge ramp – under the railway bridge and between City Barge and Bull’s Head pubs.

Conditions:

Each group will consist of 6 people

The trips are unsuitable for those under 16 and for those with mobility issues..

Please wear suitable footwear such as boots or trainers.

Strand On The Green Foreshore Walk 2020 Tickets Go On Sale

These highly popular Thames Foreshore guided walks have always been a big favourite at Tidefest.   Led by local archaeologist Dr Fiona Haughey who has worked on the Thames foreshore since 1993 theses fantastic walks provide a fascinating insight into the history of the area. Come along a witness the living history of London’s river. There will be two x  1 hour long walks and social distancing rules will be enforced.

Buy tickets below

FREE Kayak Taster Sessions at Tidefest 2020

Edge Paddling will run free covid compliant canoe or kayak Taster sessions on the hour from the Kew bridge boating arch 

Sessions will be held on the hour every hour between 11.00am and 4.00pm.

Cost: FREE

Open Canoes – Minimum 1 adult, minimum 2 participants, maximum 3 participants (must be from same household)

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.

All equipment will be cleaned between sessions to ensure covid-19 compliance.

All  sessions must be pre-booked  in  advance via online ticketing below. (Canoe bookings are per canoe, not per person – if you want one canoe for up to 3 people, just book one canoe)

Groups of up to six paddlers will be accompanied at all times by a qualified instructor.

 

 

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