TideFest is back for its second year on World Rivers Day to highlight and celebrate the recreational importance of the Thames Tideway to Londoners. With chances to get active with watersports, fun angling games, fascinating foreshore walks, live music acts and refreshment stalls there is a brilliant day out waiting for all the family!
- Get active on the water and try something new with a kayaking taster session provided by Edge Paddling.
- The Strand on the Green Sailing Club will be holding their annual TideFest Challenge Trophy competition. Spectators welcome!
- Fascinating fun on the foreshore – highly informative foreshore walks, children’s river dipping, water testing, games and much more!
- Strand on the Green Embankment will host marquees along the riverside with community activities, food & refreshments, live acoustic performers and local entertainers!
- Are you nature lover? Thames Water will be running guided birdwatching walks and species surveys at Kempton Nature Reserve, a rare opportunity to visit the nature reserve on Isleworth Ait with The London Wildlife Trust, and the Environment Agency are bringing along their freshwater fish tanks!
TideFest Boating Events with the River Thames Society
Windrush trips around the Thames Islands
The Windrush was built in 1989 in Burnham-on-Crouch and used by the National Rivers Authority, subsequently the Environment Agency as an inspection launch on the Thames based at Reading. Named after the Thames tributary she was often used for royal and civic occasions and eventually sold on in 2006. Of steel construction and teak interior she is powered by two Mermaid Ford 6 cylinder engines and is currently owned by Eel Pie Slipways, whose Director Ken Dwan is a former Royal Waterman and Queen's Bargemaster.
Come aboard Windrush for an hour's guided trip around the Thames islands at 11am, 12.15pm, 1.30pm & 2.45pm from Kew Pier, Richmond, TW9 3BE.
BOOK HERE Ticket price: £10
Discounted Trips from Kew with WPBA
Westminster Passenger Boat Association are running their normal trips from Kew Pier, leaving 12.30pm to Richmond and Hampton Court, 12pm noon, 3.30pm, 4.40pm and 5.30pm to Westminster Pier. A 10% discount is available to passengers with a TideFest programme or website voucher.
Active360 are offering multiple opportunities throughout the day for people to give Stand Up Paddleboarding a go!
Please call: 0203 393 5360 or CLICK HERE for more information about what’s on offer and to book your SUP session.
On the Foreshore
TideFest Guided Walk
Walk along the Thames path, Strand-on-the-Green to Brentford, led by knowledgeable local guide Michael Peacock
Time: 2.30pm – 4.30pm
Where: Strand-On-The-Green, Chiswick, W4 3RE
Strand-On-The-Green Foreshore Archaeological Walk with Mike Webber
Strand on the Green has a very long history of human use beginning back in the early prehistoric period. Its histories can be re-discovered on the Thames foreshore which at low tide is expansive. Come and explore your local history – it is on your doorstep, exposed at every low tide!!
Time: 12pm – 2pm
Where: Meet on the Strand footpath outside the Bull’s Head Pub, 15 Strand-On-The-Green, Chiswick, W4 3PQ
Secret Thames – Explore Lot’s Ait
The island became a haven for wildlife after being abandoned in the 1980s and now John Watson has established a traditional boatyard – building on a long history of boatyards in this stretch of the Thames. Come and hear John tell the story of boats on Lot’s Ait and also hear about the wildlife still on the island.
Where: Lot’s Ait, 41 High Street Brentford, TW8 0BB
Explore a Secret Thames Island – Isleworth Ait
London Wildlife Trust is offering a very rare chance to access Isleworth Ait nature reserve, an island in the Thames. Isleworth Ait provides an undisturbed sanctuary for birds such as treecreeper, kingfisher and heron, beetles and rare molluscs such as the German hairy snail.
Time: 2pm, 2.30pm & 3pm
Secret Thames – Explore Oliver’s Island
Hidden by a tree canopy that protects what lies underneath and by kind permission of the PLA Oliver’s Island is available to a lucky few who will stand where prehistoric people lived and trace the use of the island over the past centuries. Now mainly inhabited by birds, evidence of its earlier use can still be seen.
Booking essential as numbers are very limited. Click here for tickets.
Thames 21 Children’s Activities
Children's activities including river dipping, water testing and games designed to describe what's going on in the river are being organised by the environmental charity Thames 21.
Thames Tideway Fishing Match
This annual fishing match is a celebration of the recreational importance of London's River. 50 top anglers from across the UK will be taking part and spectators are welcome!
Time: 7.30am Draw at Kew Bridge
Where: Kew Bridge, Strand-On-The-Green, Chiswick, W4 3RE
AND MUCH MORE…!
Strand-On-The-Green, Chiswick, W4 3RE
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