TideFest is a new River Thames event taking place on World Rivers Day – Sunday 28th September 2014 – to highlight and celebrate the recreational importance of the Thames Tideway to Londoners.
TideFest is taking place as part of the month long Totally Thames festival and is supported by the Thames Tunnel Now Coalition and the Thames Tideway Tunnel. Along with paddle boarding and kayaking there are lots of other free activities taking place.
Celebrate the Thames by taking to the water on a stand up paddleboard or kayak, try your hand at fishing, check out the sailing races, enjoy a heritage walk along the River Wandle or or go river dipping in the Thames, or even visit a secret island nature reserve called Isleworth Ait.
TideFest activities at Strand on the Green, Chiswick, London
Stand Up Paddleboarding
Stand up paddling specialists Active 360 are offering six free paddleboard taster sessions from 1.30pm to 3.30pm followed by some races for those brave enough to try!
Venue: Brentford Boating Arch, Kew Bridge,
Organiser: Paul Hyman from Active 360
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 0203 3935360 or 07807 767999
Timings: Six Taster sessions – 1.30pm to 3.30pm then Races at 4.00pm and 4.30pm
Cost: Free Event but advance booking advised
One hour Dinghy Race for the new ‘TideFest Challenge Sailing Award’ around two or three marker buoys between Kew Road Bridge and Kew Rail Bridge. The start and finish point is a line across the river near the Bell and Crown pub, Strand on the Green.
Venue: Strand on the Green Sailing Club
Organiser: Tim Young, Vice Commodore of Strand on the Green Sailing Club – 07514 296924.
Timings: 4.25pm – 5.30pm
Free kayaking taster sessions with qualified coaches on the Thames at Kew Bridge
Venue: Brentford Boating Arch, Kew Bridge (North Bank)
Organisers: Brentford FC Community Sports Trust and Edge Progressive Paddling.
Contact: Peter Hughes, email@example.com Tel: 07900 895 237
Timings: Taster Sessions with coaches – Starting every half hour from 10 am to 4 pm. finishing 5-30 pm.
Cost: Free of Charge, register on arrival at venue.
Minimum age: 11 years old.
Venue: Strand on the Green, Chiswick
Organiser: Angling Trust firstname.lastname@example.org
Booking: email@example.com or Tel Ron’s Tackle – 020 8876 4897
Timings: 8am to 1pm – Draw at 7am
Cost: Tickets £5 in advance proceeds to the charity, Get Hooked on Fishing
Foreshore activities and river dipping
Come and find out about what lives in London’s river with the experts from the conservation charity Thames 21 and the Environment Agency. Great fun for all ages. No need to book, just turn up on the day with your wellies.
Activities will include river dipping, live fish tank, treasure hunt and foreshore bingo.
Venue: Foreshore immediately downstream of Kew Bridge access from the Slipway.
Organiser: Thames 21
Contact: Chris Coode, firstname.lastname@example.org Tel 07813 799 757
Timings: 9.30am – 1pm
RSPB – Giving nature a home with bird spotter quiz and wildlife display
See how many species you can observe with RSPB’s bird-spotter sheets and check the “What’s in the Thames” wildlife display. Also hear how you can help RSPB in giving nature a home.
Venue: Marquee at Strand on the Green
Organiser: Thames 21 and RSPB
Timings: 10am – 5pm
TideFest activities on the River Wandle
Young piscators event
Aged 12-18 and fancy learning how to fish?! The Wandle Piscators will be showing you how on 28th September. The event will be held at Ravensbury Park, on the Wandle (between Morden Rd and London Rd, Merton, CR4 4DL). More information at www.wandlevalleypark.co.uk/Projects/Wandle-Young-Piscators
Timings: 10am – 4pm
Venue: Ravensbury Park, Morden. (TBC)
Contact: William Tall (Piscators) 07710322800 email@example.com
Or John O’Brien (Piscators) 0208 878 9289 firstname.lastname@example.org
Wandle heritage walk:
Join us for a guided walk and discover 2,000 years of the rich and varied history of the Lower Wandle at Wandsworth. The Building Exploratory is leading a search for the lost treasures of the River Wandle as part of its Living Wandle ‘Industrial Heritage Recording’ project. Walkers and project volunteers are all invited. To find out more please visit: www.wandlevalleypark.co.uk/Projects/Industrial-Heritage-Recording-Project
To book your place on the walk, please email us at: email@example.com
Timings: Meet 2pm at Wandsworth Town Station
Contact: Dr Nicole Crockett – 07500 073 049
TideFest activities at Isleworth Ait
London Wildlife Trust is offering a very rare chance to access the Isleworth Ait nature reserve, an island on the Thames, on the afternoon of September 28th as part of TideFest. Numbers are limited due to the need to protect wildlife and habitats on the island.
Access is by boat so regrettably there is no disabled access. No children under five or unaccompanied children under 16. Wellingtons or walking boots should be worn. In the event of high winds or adverse river conditions the event will be cancelled and booking payments refunded.
Places to be booked in advance and limited to three groups of eight people. Each tour will take approximately one hour. Ticket price includes ferry crossing and guided tour.
Timings: 2.00pm, 2.20pm and 2.40pm, Cost: £4.00 per person