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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.


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.

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.



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

updates on our Facebook page

Come and Enjoy the River!

THames Tidefest Angling Championship 2019 Results

Thames Tidefest Angling Championship 2019

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.”

2019 winner Michael Dalziel with Angling Legend Keith Arthur and Martin Salter of Angling Trust


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

Tidefest 2020 announced !

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 “

Live Music Line Up a Big Part of Tidefest

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 !



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.

Chansongs Trio

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 at Tidefest

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 !

Various paddlesports have always been a huge part of Tidefest and it’s a brilliant opportunity for absolute novices to try their hand.



Tidefest Angling Championship

Thames Tidefest Angling Competition

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.

Book your place now

Ron’s Tackle, 465 Upper Richmond Rd West, London SW14 7PU tel: 020 8876 4897

Tackle Up – 151 Fleet Road, Fleet GU51 3PD. tel 01252 616129

Or email sandra.johnson@anglingtrust.net to book tickets online or tel: 0115 822 4532

Cost: £20 all in – £15 pools plus £5 ticket – proceeds to Get Hooked on Fishing

Prizes: 1st place – £600; 2nd – £350; 3rd – £200; 4th – £100. Plus £50 per 5 peg section


We’ll be back next year !

Thames Tidefest 2018 is over for this year.

Tidefest will be back next year, so keep your eyes open for updates as we plan for Tidefest 2019 !

In the meantime, here are just some of the events we had at the 2018 event.


River Lea Heritage Cruise from Cody

Enjoy an amazing Heritage cruise on the River Lea

Join the Gasworks Dock Partnership’s Heritage Cruise on a 2 hour tour to explore the rich industrial and waterways history of London’s River Lea. There will also be an exhibition in the Gasworks Gallery focusing on the River Lea and the Gardens and Cody Dock Cafe will be open as well.


Thames Cruise on the Windrush 

All aboard the Windrush for a magical Thames Cruise !

Take a boat trip along the Thames. 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”. Guided commentary is included.


A guided boat trip and visit to Chiswick Pier and back aboard the Thames Discoverer.

The beauty of the River Thames and the knowledge of Peter Finch..what a great trip !

Join Peter Finch – chairman of the River Thames Society, and an authority on the river, on guided river cruise aboard the magnificent Thames Discoverer. Peter will point out local landmarks throughout the trip.

At Chiswick Pier, you will see and hear about the work of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, their boat and the equipment they use. The RNLI at Chiswick is a working lifeboat Station. If they have to respond to an emergency on the day, and are not available, then Peter will take you on a short walk to explore the delights of old historic Chiswick. The round trip will last just over an hour and is suitable for all ages.


Guided Walks, Tours & Adventures

Oliver’s Island Adventure

Oliver’s Island

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.  You will get to this secret island by kayak (provided) 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.


Talk & Walk at the Eel Pie Island Museum.

walk in the footsteps of Jagger and Clapton

A 20-minute guided tour of the Museum which helped launch the careers of Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones and many others in the 1960s, followed by an illustrated Walk along the Embankment using archive photos to compare then and now. Participants are then welcome to come back to the museum to peruse the exhibits. This ticket will entitle you to membership and free access to the museum for one year and an Eel Pie Passport


Strand on the Green Foreshore Walk

Come and explore the Thames foreshore at Strand-on-the-Green with Lara Maiklem (aka London Mudlark) where you can find evidence of the ancient past right up to the recent present underneath your feet! Uncovered twice a day, the dynamic inter-tidal zone reveals its secrets so come and look for this ‘treasure’ before it erodes away.


Historic Boatyard Tour – Lots Ait

Lot’s Ait Boatyard

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.


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

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

Tickets: £12 adults, £10 seniors/students, £8 children Booking Details: BOOK HERE


Kayaking and Canoeing with Edge Progressive Paddling

Edge Progressive Paddling are a membership club run by volunteers for the local community who will be organising a set of multi boat paddling sessions on the Thames near Kew Bridge. They have many types of boat and vessels and their qualified and experienced Level 1 and Level 2 coaches will make sure you get the right one for your session! Sessions will last for 45 minutes, catering for both individuals and families. Wear light clothing and old pair of trainers or shoes. Please arrive 15 minutes early to get kitted up with bouyancy aids and paddles.

There’s a dry bag to put your small possessions and we have changing rooms on site.

Venue: Kew Bridge Arch, Strand on the Green.

Times: 10am – 5pm

Ages 7+

Cost: FREE

Bookings. Just turn up on the day !

Stand Up Paddleboarding

SUP specialists Active 360 will be running pre-booked 50 minute supervised sessions at Kew Bridge from 9.30am for those new to paddleboarding, although all those under 18s must be accompanied by an adult. Lots of other events too.

Cost: £8 adults £4 under 18s (with parent)

Foreshore clean-up

9.00 – 10.00am. A £5 Paddle and Pick event including a short SUP lesson

Red Dragon Racing

3/4 people per board races between railway bridge and Kew Bridge for 16 people

Cost: £8

Paddleboard Trips

3 hr Eco tour and lesson 13.15-15.15pm. Chiswick Island and back.

Cost: £40

3 hr SUP trip and lesson 13.15-15.15pm.

Cost £40

2 hr Trip and lesson downriver to Barnes and back 14.00-16.00.

Cost: £30

Building the Thames Garbage Patch

Reusing plastic collected from the Thames for SUP building workshops. Followed by a race with boards made from waste plastic bottles to highlight the scourge of plastic pollution.

Cost: Free

Bookings Bookings: via Active 360 website

Contact: 020 3393 5360

Kayaking and Canoeing with Edge Progressive Paddling

Edge Progressive Paddling are a membership club run by volunteers for the local community who will be organising a set of multi boat paddling sessions on the Thames near Kew Bridge. They have many types of boat and vessels and their qualified and experienced Level 1 and Level 2 coaches will make sure you get the right one for your session! Sessions will last for 45 minutes, catering for both individuals and families. Wear light clothing and old pair of trainers or shoes. Please arrive 15 minutes early to get kitted up with bouyancy aids and paddles.

There’s a dry bag to put your small possessions and we have changing rooms on site.

Venue: Kew Bridge Arch, Strand on the Green.

Times: 10am – 5pm

Age: 7+

Cost: FREE

Bookings. Just turn up on the day !

Hogsmill Nature Reserve

Hogsmill Nature Reserve

Thames water are opening up their Hogsmill Nature Reserve at Surbiton for Tidefest. Come and along and enjoy:

* Bird watching with Surbiton District Bird Watching Society

* Meeting the Environment Trust volunteers from Berrylands Reserve

* Learning glass bee hive with Kingston Beekeeping Association

* Mosaic making with Swallow Mosaics

* Arts and Crafts & Face Painting

* Pond dipping

Venue: Surbiton Lagoon, Lower Marsh Lane KT1 3BW

Timings: 11am -3pm

Cost: FREE

Bookings: No need to book

Community Activities and Stalls at Strand on the Green

A whole range of free, family-friendly activities and displays will be available at the Strand-on-the-Green. Marquees on the riverside embankment will host displays on the Thames Tideway Tunnel, children’s activities and games, stalls run by river and environmental groups. The London Wildlife Trust will be there to talk about the capital’s wildlife and to sign up Dragonfly Detectives as part of an exciting new project to survey the capital’s rivers and ponds. There will be a charity stall run by WaterAid as well as live music, ice creams, refreshments and lots of information to take away.

Venue: Strand on the Green Embankment W4 3RE

Times: 10am to 5pm

Thames Water Marquee

Thames Water are organising some fun, interactive, craft activities to help you learn about the biodiversity of the river and why we need to protect it. They will be handing out freebies to help you to save water, energy and money, along with an opportunity to take part in the Network Challenge where you get to design your own water system.

Venue: Strand on the Green Embankment W4 3R

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

MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology) Time Truck

The new MOLA Time Truck will be parked up next to Kew Bridge and hosting a rolling drop in demonstration of the Thames Water sponsored Cleaning up History education programme. This innovative activity includes hands on education around London’s sewers combined with the thrill of archaeological discovery. There will also be an opportunity to learn more about the Time Truck, MOLA’s ambitious outreach plans, and Thames Water’s education programme.

Venue: Kew Road (west of Kew bridge) W4 3NG

Times: 10am to 5pm

Booking: Just turn up


Local Artists Tent

Steph Curtis-Raleigh will be joined by other local artists to celebrate art and the river. For a third year, there will be a river painting which is free for everyone to contribute to – young or old. The river will ‘flow’ during the day to be unveiled in all its glory at the end of Tidefest.

All visitors will have access to paper, paints, glitter, glue and other goodies to express themselves. We will run a competition and email a voucher to the best drawing of the day. This will allow us to use social media to post pictures of the paintings and to announce the winning one etc

Venue: Strand on the Green Embankment W4 3RE

Music at Tidefest

Duffy and Bird will be playing two sets in the Kew bridge Piazza to entertain visitors.

Their music features Al Bird on guitar and Tricia Duffy on vocals. 2 birds, 1 capo. Unique twists and interpretations of great tunes. Rock, pop, country and a bit of jazz.


Venue: Kew Bridge Piazza

Building the Thames Garbage Patch

Reusing plastic collected from the Thames for SUP building workshops. Followed by a race with boards made from waste plastic bottles to highlight the scourge of plastic pollution.

Cost: Free

Bookings Bookings: via Active 360 website

Contact: 020 3393 5360

Meet ‘Slurper’ the plastic straw monster at Strand on the Green

At Tidefest we all want to see a reduction in single use plastic so as part of the campaign to stop the plastic tide we have linked up with the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) and are challenging people to refuse plastic straws and help to persuade businesses to stop handing them out. Check out the last straw challenge at https://www.mcsuk.org/clean-seas/straws

MCS beach clean volunteers find thousands of plastic drinking straws around UK coasts annually, and millions of people have seen film footage of the harm they do to wildlife such as marine turtles.

People can also get involved with The MCS plastic challenge #GOplasticfree

Come along and show your support and have a photo with Slurper to share with your friends.

TIMES: 11am – 3pm

Venue: strand on the Green Foreshore

Bring boots or sturdy shoes

TideFest Discounts at London Museum of Water & Steam

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

Based at the historic Kew Bridge Waterworks, the London Museum of Water & Steam tells the story of London’s water supply, the site, its people and the water pumping engines that helped make London the city it is today. This great independent museum by Kew Bridge is offering a special TideFest package where all kids under 15 years get in free of charge and adults receive a special £8.00 rate by quoting TideFest or presenting a TideFest programme.

Venue: Green Dragon Lane, Brentford, TW8 0EN

Times: 10am to 4pm

Cost: £8 adults, kids under 15 free

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

Richmond Row Boats – TideFest Discounts

Fancy something a little more energetic? Our friends at Richmond Bridge Boat Hire are offering £5 per person off the hire of their extensive fleet of rowing boats in exchange for a discount voucher . Check out their website at www.richmondbridgeboathouses.co.uk

This generous offer is restricted to one voucher person with a limit of 100 people in total. Each boat must contain at least one adult.

Just order a voucher above and print it off and bring it to the boathouse at Richmond Bridge

Times: Rowing boat hire from 10am to 7pm

Venue: Richmond Bridge Boat Hire, Bridge Boathouses, Richmond upon Thames,

Surrey. TW9 1TH