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Exploring the Thames in Shad Thames

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Three events exploring links between Shad Thames and the river. Board a locally-moored boat to hear about Thames watermen/lightermen; discover local brewing history and meet some dray horses along the way; and find out how the 19th century docks and their 20th century regeneration have shaped this iconic area.

Join us at the meeting point at 10:30am for coffee and an introduction to the area, where you can also pick up a free copy of the Shad Thames Trail. We'll then visit a boat moored nearby which is owned by the Livett family to hear about their six generations of watermen/lightermen stretching back to 1710.

Back at the meeting point at 12 noon, we'll focus on brewing in the area. A short walk will bring us to a beautiful sculpture of a dray horse located where the local brewery use to stable its animals. And then we'll meet some real dray horses who are visiting us for the day.

Our final event starts at 2pm at the same meeting point. We'll concentrate on the success of the 19th century docks, their closure in 1972 and the regeneration of the area which began in the 1980's and continues today. We'll see historic warehouses, contemporary architecture and restaurants which celebrate the riverside location.

All events are free and no booking is required - just turn up at the meeting point at any of the times indicated and enjoy Shad Thames hospitality.