Whilst we hope that this year’s event will still be able to proceed, in the light of the current situation and following government guide lines we are putting planning for Tidefest 2020 on hold for the moment. Hopefully things will be clearer in a few weeks time and we can make a more accurate assessment of what activities might be possible. We don’t anticipate that the angling competition or some of the other outdoor activities will be affected but we are keeping everything under review.
40 anglers fished the sixth Thames Tidefest Angling Championship 2019 on the tidal river at Strand on the Green, Chiswick and Barnes foreshores on Sunday September 8th.
A low river, cold over night temperatures and bright sunshine delivered tricky fishing conditions and for once the shoals of big bream that have dominated the event in previous years failed to put in an appearance. Whilst the match was a struggle for many there were a good number of decent roach and skimmer bream caught.
The winner was Drennan backed Michael Dalziel with an 18lb 8oz bag of skimmers caught on the feeder with worm and maggot. Michael collected £600 in prize money, courtesy of the sponsors Thames Water, and a handsome silver plate from Angling Trust Ambassador Keith Arthur. In second place was Ritchie Tomala who did well to weigh in 17.08 of roach on feeder and maggot. Both the top two came from the favoured Strand on the Green section. Third place was venue regular Gordon Bullock with a pole caught bag of 10.14 from Barnes.
Tidefest organiser Martin Salter said:
“This was our toughest match yet as the shoals of bigger bream looked to have moved upstream towards the fresher water. However, it was encouraging to see the number of skimmers and roach this far down the stretch. Once the Tideway ‘Super Sewer’ is built the river will be even cleaner I’m sure we will see the fishing improve as a result.”
1st – Michael Daziel – 18lb 8oz. Strand on the Green
2nd – Ritchie Tomala – 17lb 8oz. Strand on the Green
3rd – Gordon Bullock – 10lb 14oz. Barnes
4th. – Mark Brush – 8lb 10oz. Strand on the Green
The Tidefest Steering Committee have secured sufficient funds to deliver a seventh festival celebrating all the River Thames has to offer. Thanks to generous sponsorship from Thames Water, Tidefest 2020 will take place on Sunday September 6th. Bigger crowds than ever came out to enjoy the river at this year’s Thames Tidefest held at Strand-on-the-Green in Chiswick and other locations along the Thames Tideway including Richmond, Twickenham, Brentford, Barnes and Kempton.
The organisers estimated attendance at well over two thousand people with many of the advertised events and trips sold out well in advance. There were great activities for all the family including an angling competition, river dipping, kayaking, London Wildlife Trust’s wildlife walk to Syon Park, Kempton 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 and the Musical Museum.
Tidefest chairman Martin Salter said:
“What started as a fishing match and a bright idea back in 2014 has grown in size every year and has now become an established event enjoyed and supported by thousands of Londoners. We are now looking forward to another great Tidefest next September and will be inviting local groups to get involved early in the New Year “
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 !
MUSIC LINE UP
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.
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.
Paddlesports are an essential part of the Tidfest experience, Kayaking, Canoeing and stand up paddleboarding all feature and the sessions are either free of low cost..It’s a brilliant opportunity to take to the water. Full details of paddlesports in 2020 coming soon !
50 peg Open – £1000 prize money plus pools and trophy
Sunday September 8th. 11.30am to 4.30pm – draw 8.30am
Strand on the Green, Kew Bridge London W4 3RE
We will be fishing three zones; the gravel foreshore downstream of Kew Bridge on the north bank, and below Chiswick road bridge and Barnes railway bridge on the south. In all sections 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.