TideFest is new river Thames event taking place this year on World Rivers Day to highlight and celebrate the recreational importance of the Thames Tideway to Londoners.
TideFest is supported by the Thames Tunnel Now Coalition and the Thames Tideway Tunnel.
Activities at Strand on the Green, Chiswick, London
Stand up paddling specialists Active 360 are offering six free paddleboard taster sessions from 1.30pm - 3.30pm followed by some races for those brave enough to try!
Where? Brentford Boating Arch, Kew Bridge
When? Six Taster sessions: 1.30pm - 3.30pm, Races at 4pm and 4.30pm
Watch the one-hour dinghy race between Kew Road Bridge and Kew Rail Bridge, as part of the new ‘TideFest Challenge Sailing Award' - Strand on the Green Sailing Club
Where? The start and finish point is a line across the river near the Bell and Crown pub, Strand on the Green.
When? 4.25pm - 5.30pm
Tickets: Free to watch
Free kayaking taster sessions with qualified coaches on the Thames at Kew Bridge with Brentford FC Community Sports Trust and Edge Progressive Paddling.
Where? Brentford Boating Arch, Kew Bridge (North Bank)
When? Taster Sessions with coaches - Starting every half hour from 10am to 4pm. Finishing 5-30pm.
Tickets Free, register on arrival at venue.
Ages: 11 years +
Bag a heap of bream, roach, and dace – all to celebrate the recreational hotspot that is the River Thames
Where? Strand on the Green, Chiswick
When? 8am - 1pm - Draw at 7am
- Foreshore Activities and River Dipping
Come and find out about what lives in London’s river with the experts from the conservation charity Thames21. 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.
Where? Foreshore immediately downstream of Kew Bridge access from the Slipway
When? 9am – 12pm
Tickets: Free event. Booking not necessary
- 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.
Where? Marquee at Strand on the Green
When? 10am – 5pm
Tickets Free event. Booking not necessary
Activities on the Wandle
Aged 12-18 and fancy learning how to fish?! The Wandle Piscators will be showing you how on Sunday 28 September.
Where? Ravensbury Park, on the Wandle (between Morden Rd and London Rd, Merton, CR4 4DL
When? 10am – 4pm
Tickets Free event
Join this 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. Click here to find out more
Where & When? Meet 2pm at Wandsworth Town Station
Activities at Isleworth Ait
A very rare chance to access an island on the Thames - the Isleworth Ait nature reserve, with London Wildlife Trust.
When? 2pm, 2.20pm and 2.40pm. Each tour will take approximately one hour.
Tickets* £4 per person (ticket price includes ferry crossing and guided tour). Booking essential