TideFest is a new river Thames event which took place for the first time last year on World Rivers Day 2014 to highlight and celebrate the recreational importance of the Thames Tideway to Londoners. TideFest 2015 is taking place on September 20th at Strand on the Green, Chiswick and at other locations along the Thames tideway. TideFest is proud to be a partner of Totally Thames and to be supported by the Thames Tunnel Now Coalition and the Thames Tideway Tunnel.
A wide range of activities are currently being planned for Sunday 20th September including:
1) Paddleboarding - Active 360
Pre-booked sessions for those new to paddleboarding, an Eco tour from Kew to Hammersmith and an evening river tour to Richmond. There will be a race at Strand on the Green at 4.30pm.
2) Kayak Taster Sessions - Edge Paddling
Turn up and try kayaking with qualified coaches
3) Nature reserve community days - Thames Water
A day out at Kempton Nature Reserve - an internationally important wetland habitat with great bird life. There will guided birdwatching walks and species surveys suitable for both adults and children.
4) Community activities, refreshments and displays SoTG embankment
The marquees on the riverside embankment will host displays on the history of the Thames Tideways, historical artefacts collected by local archivists, painting by local artists, children's activities, refreshment stall and an information point.
5) Tideway displays
Look out for the display boards on the history of the Thames from Thames Water and Thames Tideway Tunnel at local venues including the London Museum of Water and Steam
6) Junior angling games
The charity Get Hooked on Fishing will be holding a series of angling related activities on the foreshore aimed at children and newcomers to the sport.
7) Angling Competition
The Angling Trust has organised the prestigious Thames Tideway Angling Championship which will take place at Strand on the Green and Barnes. 60 top anglers from across the UK will be taking part and spectators are welcome.
8) On the Foreshore
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
9) More Foreshore Activities
A series of highly informative Archaeological Walks and tour of Oliver's Island will be held in the afternoon at Strand on the Green. There will also be a visit to the Lot's Ait boatyard to learn about the history of boatbuilding on the river.
A guided walk from Strand on the Green to Brentford via Lot's Ait will also be available
10) Isleworth Ait visits
The London Wildlife Trust is once again offering people a rare chance to visit their nature reserve on Isleworth Ait.
11) Sailing competition
The SoTG Sailing Club will be holding their annual TideFest Challenge Trophy competition. Spectators welcome.
12) Boating events
The RIver Thames Society is organising four one hour boat trips from Kew Pier on the historic Thames launch the Windrush. Guided commentary included
13) Acoustic Music
It is hoped to have some live acoustic performers to entertain the crowds on the embankment.
14) Freshwater fish tanks
The Environment Agency will have their fish tanks on site displaying the fish and eels that live in the Thames Tideway.
Ticketing and charges
Thanks to the generous sponsorship from Tideway Tunnels and Thames Water all the activities are either free or offered at a substantially reduced rate.
TideFest Steering Committee
The TideFest Steering Committee comprises representatives of the following organisations: Thames 21, London Wildlife Trust, Angling Trust, River Thames Society, Thames Angler’s Conservancy, Thames Tunnel Now, Thames Tideway Tunnel, Thames Water, Thames Festival, Brentford Football Club Community Sports Partnership, Edge Paddling, Active 360, Strand on the Green Sailing Club, Strand on the Green Residents Association and others.
Tides on Sunday 20th September 2015
- High Tide – 7.15am
- Low Tide - 2.45pm
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