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Paddlesports At Thames Tidefest – Book Here

Paddlesports have always been an integral part of the Thames Tidefest experience. With our partners we offer a fantastic opportunity for people to try out canoeing, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding for themselves at a subsidised price. All our paddlesports events are below, so scroll to the bottom to see all of your choices !

EDGE PADDLING

If you’ve never been in a canoe or Kayak before this is your chance ! If you’ve had a go before and long to try it again, then this is for you too !

Sessions will begin every 30 mins and go on throughout the day.

There are four solo kayaks available for each session and two family canoes per session. ( family canoes can take 2 x adults and 2 x minors and MUST contain at least one adult)

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.

Chelsea Kayak Club Sea Kayak Taster Sessions

Chelsa Kayak Club are Offering 1hour 30min sessions as part of Thames Tidefest on September 12th. Cost per person £10 per session.

Each session includes some tuition followed by a paddle in a single sea kayaks.

Suggest wearing sports clothing and shoes that can get wet. 8 places available per session. Session timings:

Participants should be over 18 years of age, be able to swim 50 metres and come changed ready to paddle.

Active 360 Stand-Up Paddleboarding

Active 360 are offering three different ways to get out on the Thames on a Paddleboard.

Tidefest special Natural History tour

Join us as for a Thames Natural History Tour, as we explore the wonderful wildlife of the River Thames. The river was once biologically dead, all life extinguished by industrial pollution, but since the 1970s wildlife has been returning, and thriving. And we’re on a mission to find it.

The Thames is now home to more than 125 species of fish, which in turn support two species of seal, deep-diving cormorants, stealthy grey herons and more. Stand up paddleboarding allows us to enjoy a unique perspective of the river’s wildlife, immersing ourselves in nature.

As we paddle, you will also learn about the natural history and ecology of the Thames, and the issues that still threaten this iconic waterway.

This 2h session is suitable for those who have never paddled before. The session will include a lesson. Upon taking part in this session you will be able to sign up for the three-hour guided tour to Richmond.

Not suitable for anyone under the age of 16.

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KEW Tidefest special 2hr Group Trip

 

Join us for a Paddleboarding session at the Tidefest foreshore festival. Tidefest is an annual celebration of the River Thames and all it has to offer so there will be lots of other activities and entertainment for you to enjoy before and after your session.

The session will start with some land-based training at Kew Bridge, before heading out on the river and being gently taken by the tide. We will pass some of West London’s most iconic sites and when the tide turns we will be taken back to Kew Bridge with the tide.

*How far we get depends on the conditions on the day.

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 guided tour. You’ll be able to ask for technique advice and tips along the way. Don’t be shy!

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KEW Tidefest special SUP taster session

 

Join us for a Paddleboarding taster session at the Tidefest foreshore festival. Tidefest is an annual celebration of the River Thames and all it has to offer so there will be lots of other activities and entertainment for you to enjoy before and after your taster session.

This stand up paddleboard session is suitable for beginners and adults of all abilities and ages. These sessions are also open to Children aged 11+.

Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

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!

BOOK HERE

Thames Tidefest 2021 is go !

We are delighted to announce that following the continued easing of the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions Thames Tidefest 2021 will definitely being going ahead as planned on Sunday September 12th at Strand on the Green, Chiswick and other venues along the Thames Tideway. However, as last year, most of the events in our reduced programme will have to be pre- booked.

Although most of the events have to be pre-booked, there will be free activities available on the day. There is always a fantastic festival atmoshphere at Strand On The Green where Tidefest is based so make sure you visit on Septemer 12th

Tidefest is now in its 8th 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.

Local wildlife organisations, river and environmental groups and community associations have been involved in organising  Tidefest since its inception in 2014. It is part of the month long Totally Thames Festival and with main sponsor Thames Water and with support from the London Borough of Hounslow, Port of London Authority and the Environment Agency.

Tidefest gives the opportunity for young and old alike to learn more about the amazing wildlife of the tidal Thames.

Visitors can enjoy river dipping with experts to discover what lives in the Thames or find some hidden corners with trips to the historic Oliver’s Island or the Eel Pie Island museum – celebrating the 60s music venue which saw the start of the careers of Eric Clapton and The Rolling Stones.

Tidefest Chairman Martin Salter from the Angling Trust said:

“Tidefest is now a well-established annual event with a loyal band of followers who turn out every year.  It is an event which aims to help reconnect Londoners with their river and we do this by getting into and onto the water through a whole range of educational and recreational activities. The Thames holds over 120 different species of fish and is home to a tremendous array of birds yet surprisingly few people are aware of what a great resource we have here in the heart of London. Please put September 12th in your diary and visit our website to find out what the River Thames has to offer.”

Paddlesports have become a key part of Thames Tidefest in the past eight years and there are lots of opportunities to come along and have a go in one of our taster sessions.

                                                          Come and Enjoy the River!

Follow in the footsteps of Clapton & Jagger, Dickens & Henry VIII

Twickenham Riverside Heritage Walk & Visit to the Eel Pie Island Museum

Meet up at the award-winning Eel Pie Island Museum in central Twickenham before setting off on your fully illustrated walk along Twickenham’s historic Arcadian riverside. Some of your stops along the way: the newly pedestrianised Church St, the Embankment overlooking Eel Pie Island, Twickenham’s very own Naked Ladies, the White Swan Pub (time for a pint later!), and the Orleans House Gallery. Your walk will finish on the riverside opposite Ham House, next to Hammertons Ferry.

Participants are then welcome to return to the museum at any time during the day (the museum closes at 6pm), and find out more about the role this tiny island played in the Sixties’ British Beat Explosion, hosting soon-to-be international stars such as The Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart, Eric Clapton and the Who in its dilapidated ballroom music venue.

Even before it paid host to Rock and Roll legends like Mick Jagger the hotel on Eel Pie Island was a retreat known for its music and food. In the summer of 1838 it received a visit from Charles Dickens, he came by paddle steamer to visit the island and inside the hotel he would write much of Little Dorrit. He liked the island so much that he actually referenced it in his book Nicholas Nickleby where he described it as a place to “dance in the open air to the music of a locomotive band”.

In the 1600’s the sovereign of the UK was entitled to the first eel pie meal each year. The story goes that King Henry the eighth himself would be rowed up the Thames on his royal barge to claim his meal every year. This legend is simply a fraction of the fascinating history of Eel Pie Island, and of Twickenham. If you’d like to take a walk in the footsteps of Kings and Rock Gods and learn more about the island’s heritage, why not join us on the Twickenham Riverside Heritage Walk this summer.

Meet at the Eel Pie Island Museum, 1-3, Richmond Rd, Twickenham TW1 3AB

Tours at 10am, 1pm, 4pm

Limit 15 Places per tour

Cost: £6 + Booking Fee,

Museum website – www.eelpiemuseum.co.uk

Explore the Thames Foreshore with Lara “Mudlarking” Maiklem !

Come and explore the rich history of the Thames foreshore with leading London Mudlarker Lara Maiklem.

Lara has become synonymous with “Mudlarking” in London and her book published in 2019 became a best selling sensation ! Read a Review Here

This walk is a special opportunity to join Lara on a trip through history as she explains Londons past through the objects that can be found on the banks of London’s river Thames.

Max. 20 people per walk at a cost of £4 per person

Walks at 14.00 – 15.00

15.30 – 16.30

Meeting Point is new river stairs leading down from the Piazza right by Kew Bridge.

Walks are suitable for 7year olds and upwards however there are steps and it can be muddy and uneven underfoot so suitable footwear -wellies, trainers or flat shoes are best and it’s not really suitable for anyone with a mobility issue.

Gloves will be provided .

Explore a Secret Island

Unique opportunity to explore a secret Thames island

Olivers Island is normally off limits to the public,

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.

Meeting Point is the ramp By Kew Rail Bridge by Strand on the Green Sailing Club (between the City Barge and Bull’s Head pubs)

No children under 16 or unaccompanied minors.

Access to the island is by boat and steep steps and the surface is very uneven so it is not suitable for those with mobility issues and sensible footwear is important.

Transport to the island provided by Strand on the Green sailing club. Masks are required on the boat but not on the island.

Tickets Go On sale for Windrush Cruises !

River Thames Islands Cruise on the historic Windrush

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

Tickets – £12

12 places per trip

Cruise time 1 hour

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

 

Angling Competition to grow in 2016

Following the hugely successful 2015 event, we are proud to announce that the date for a bigger, better, 3rd Thames TideFest Angling Championship has been announced. The prestigious event, organised by the Angling Trust and Thames Water, will be held on Sunday, September 11th, 2016 on the tidal Thames in London.

bream

The match will extend upstream to Ham, an area renowned for big bags of dace and bream, in addition to the existing sections at Strand on the Green at Kew and downstream at Barnes. With just 20 pegs in each zone, anglers will have a lot more room between pegs.

As well as the pools payouts the competitors will share £1,000 in prize money, split over the three zones, thanks to sponsorship from Thames Tideway Tunnel and Thames Water. All ticket monies will be donated to the angling charity Get Hooked on Fishing.

Martin Salter, Keith Arthur and Will Barnard with a cheque for the 'Get Hooked on Fishing" charity, raised at Tidefest 2015
Martin Salter, Keith Arthur and Will Barnard with a cheque for the ‘Get Hooked on Fishing” charity, raised at Tidefest 2015

Despite bright sunny conditions and low flows the river fished well in this year’s match and bream to 7lbs showed throughout, together with some huge dace at Strand on the Green and some quality roach at Barnes.

kid bream

Andriks Lekstutis took first place with 31lbs 13ozs of slabs from just below Kew railway bridge at Strand on the Green while Tackle Up proprietor Nigel Newport from Fleet in Hampshire recorded the top weight at Barnes of 21lbs 8ozs

Tidefest Angling Champion 2015 Andriks Lekstutis proudly showing off his winners trophy.
Tidefest Angling Champion 2015 Andriks Lekstutis proudly showing off his winners trophy.

Angling journalist and Thames regular Keith Arthur said: “I am delighted to hear that plans are in hand for an even bigger and better event next year, bringing a section of semi-tidal Thames at Ham into the match and with it lots more activities on the ample grassland next to the river. The way the river has fished this year, 2016 should be even better. One of the big surprises for me was the appearance of some serious roach on the downstream section at Barnes. Next year the pegging will be more generous so I expect even more fish to be caught.”

TideFest organiser Martin Salter from the Angling Trust said: “It has been great to see so many people out enjoying the river right in the heart of London and for angling to be at the centre of celebrating the fabulous potential of the Thames. Including new sections upstream allows us to cater for a minimum of 60 anglers, and maybe more in the future, whilst giving everybody a bit more room to maximise the potential from their pegs.”

Will Barnard, Angling Development Manager for Thames Water said: “Thames Water are pleased to be supporting the Thames TideFest Championship and to be promoting angling opportunities in London. The tidal Thames is already a good fishery but it will only get better once the new Tideway Tunnel is built and the water quality improves still further.”

Will Barnard of Thames Water get's ready for the weigh-in
Will Barnard of Thames Water get’s ready for the weigh-in

This year’s TideFest raised £225 for Get Hooked on Fishing.

To book a place for next year’s TideFest contact Ron’s Tackle, 465 Upper Richmond Road West, London SW14 7PU. Telephone: 020 8876 4897 or email sandra.drew@anglingtrust.net

Stand up in the middle of the Thames !

 

Stand Up Paddleboarding

paddle board girls

Amongst the huge variety of events on offer at Tidefest, perhaps one of the most exciting is Stand-Up Paddleboarding. You really can walk straight off the street and find yourself standing up in the middle of the river. Paddle boarding is fun, safe and great exercise, but best of all it allows you the chance to have a swans eye view of London from the middle of the river.

paddleboarders 1

Tidefest offers absolute beginners the chance to learn how to take to the water and navigate yourself around on the amazing Tidal Thames. It’s an experience not to be missed and was a sell out in 2015, so keep your eyes peeled for updates on when tickets for the 2016 event will go on sale !

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