Boat Trips & Cruises

Below you will find links to buy tickets for our Boat Trips & Cruises !


River Thames Islands Cruise on the historic ‘Windrush’: Take a boat trip along the Thames. Guided commentary included.                                Click the button below for more info and tickets

Eventbrite - River Thames Islands Cruise on the historic MV Windrush

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 and 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.                            Click the button below for more info and tickets

Eventbrite - Guided Boat Trip on the Thames Discoverer

Walks, Tours and Riverside Adventures

Below you will find links to buy tickets for our Walks, Tours and Riverside Adventures !

Oliver’s Island

Olivers Island Adventure: Take a kayak trip to a secret Thames Island ! Click the button below for more info and tickets

Eventbrite - Olivers Island Adventure

“Mudlark” explorer walk: Discover our ancient and not so ancient past that is hidden in the mud, with Thames Mudlark Lara Maiklem. Click the button below for more info and tickets

Eventbrite - Strand on the Green 'Mudlark Explorer' Walk

Bird-watching Walks with Andrew Peel of RSPB: Whether you are an expert or a raw beginner you will love these bird-watching walks. Click the button below for more info and tickets

Eventbrite - Birdwatching Walks

walk in the footsteps of Jagger and Clapton

Talk & Walk at the Eel Pie Island Museum: A 20 minute guided tour of the place that helped launch the careers of The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and more British Rock Royalty.     Click the button below for more info and tickets

Eventbrite - Talk & Walk at the Eel Pie Island Museum

Photography Walk with Jon Perry: No matter what your skill level, bring along you camera and Jon will get you taking better photos in no time ! Click the button below for more info and tickets

Eventbrite - Photography Walk

Lots Ait Historic Boatyard Tour: Find out the amazing history of this hidden Thames boatyard that was used as a set for filming “The African Queen”. Click the button for more info and tickets

Eventbrite - Tour of Historic Lots Ait Boatyard

Thames Wildlife Walk with London Wildlife Trust:

Walk the foreshore and surrounding green spaces,hear about the animals that share the river with Londoners. Learn to identify some of the colourful dragonflies and interesting plant species. This wildlife walk will be led by one of the Trust’s dragonfly experts, and will reflect on a variety of plant and animal species that can be regularly seen on the Thames, as well as some of the rarer or secretive ones. Tickets are Free but must be applied for using the link below where you will also find full details.



Guided Bird & Nature Walks Around Kempton Nature Reserve

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. 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. You might see swifts, a common sandpiper, little grebe or if you are lucky a kingfisher or a sparrowhaw. The walks 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

Family Nature Trail at Kempton Nature Reserve

find the answers to the wildlife quiz, and use a magnifying glass to uncover wonderful mini-beasts. Follow the circular path through the reserve’s beautiful habitats to find the answers to the nature quiz. The Trial will be open between 1pm and 5pm and admission is free but booking is required. To book please email


Creekside Low Tide Walk: A guided adventure for adults and accompanied children ages 9+ in Deptford Creek. 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! Expeditions last about two hours and advance booking is essential to secure a place. 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. Click the button for more info and tickets

Thames Tidefest 2019 date announced !

The date that everyone has been waiting for has been decided ! Thames Tidefest 2019 will take place on Sunday September 8th.

Full details of the activities and attractions that will be available are still to be confirmed, but you can be sure that It will be an absolutely fantastic day by the river, for the whole family !

Big crowds enjoy the river at Thames Tidefest 2018

Big crowds come out to enjoy the river at this year’s Tidefest
In glorious sunshine the tidal Thames was at its stunning best this Sunday for the fifth Tidefest held at Strand-on-the-Green in Chiswick and other locations along the Thames Tideway including Richmond, Twickenham, Brentford, Barnes and Deptford.
photo credit Anna Kunst
Local MPs Ruth Cadbury and Rupa Huq joined Hounslow Council Leader Steve Curran and Mayor Samia Chaudhary at the annual celebration of all the River Thames has to offer. Over two thousand people visited the stalls and took part of the host of activities on offer. There were great activities for all the family including foreshore and photographic walks, angling competition, paddle-boarding, river dipping, kayaking, London Wildlife Trust’s Dragonfly Detectives, 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. A new event this year is a special guided tour 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
photo credit Anna Kunst
There was lots on offer for boating enthusiasts including:
  • Boat trips around the Thames Tideway islands from Kew Pier on the historic Thames launch the Windrush
  • Paddleboarding – 50 minute supervised sessions by Active 360 at Kew Bridge from 9.30am plus a 3 hr Eco tour and lesson  to Chiswick Island and back.
  • 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
  • Generous discounts for rowing boat hire at Richmond Bridge with a Tidefest voucher
  • Taster sessions for those new to kayaking organised from the Boating Arch at Kew Bridge by Edge Paddling.
Tidefest 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 and Tideway, the company delivering the new Thames Tideway Tunnel to clean up the river.
Thames Action on Plastics 
This year’s Tidefest included a programme to show the damage single use plastic is doing to our great and historic river with:
  • A Paddle and Pick with  local paddleboarders  clearing plastic waste from river trees
  • A Thames Action on Plastics stall  in Kew Bridge Piazza promoting  In The Drink – a scheme to encourage pubs to switch from single use plastic cups 
  • Talks by Carolyn Newton and Carlos De Souza who created a paddleboard made from plastic bottles and went off to complete 12 marathons in 12 countries to draw attention to marine plastic pollution
  • An opportunity to meet Dhruv Boruah and his amazing bicycle – a man on a mission to reduce single use plastic and the damage it causes to marine life.  in 2017 he pedalled his floating water-bike, with a bamboo frame from the source of the Thames to Teddington. 
  • A special visit from  ‘Slurper the plastic straw monster’ who is part of the campaign by the Marine Conservation Society.


photo credit Anna Kunst
TideFest organiser,  Martin Salter from the Angling Trust, said:
“We were blessed with fabulous weather and big crowds for this year’s TideFest. It was good to see so many people enjoying the river and taking an interest in the fish and wildlife that live there. Once again we caught baby sea bass and flounder in the seine nets by Kew Bridge which shows what an important nursery area the Thames Estuary has become. We had a great reaction to the work that many of the Tidefest groups are doing to highlight the menace of plastic pollution 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.”
photo credit Anna Kunst

London's Family River Festival