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Celebrate life on the Thames at TideFest

Monday 21st August 2017

Ruth Cadbury MP kayaking at last year’s TideFestRuth Cadbury MP kayaking at last year’s TideFest

Civic leaders urge everyone to 'enjoy the river' at this year’s TideFest

Brentford and Isleworth MP Ruth Cadbury will be joining Hounslow Council Leader Steve Curran and Mayor of Hounslow Sue Sampson at the annual celebration of everything the River Thames has to offer at this year’s TideFest on Sunday 10th September.

TideFest 2017 is based at Strand-on-the-Green in Chiswick, with activities at Richmond, Chiswick Pier, Brentford, Barnes, Deptford, Hackney, Beckton, and other locations along the Thames Tideway.

 I hope plenty of people will come along and join in the fun. TideFest really does have something for everyone.

The festival is now an established River Thames event which aims to highlight the recreational importance of the Thames to Londoners and encourage people to 'enjoy the river'. It is part of the month long Totally Thames Festival and is sponsored by Thames Water and Tideway, the company delivering the new Thames Tideway Tunnel to clean up the river.

As usual at TideFest there will be loads of great activities for all the family, including foreshore walks, angling competition, paddleboarding, river dipping, kayaking, river ecology experts from London Wildlife Trust’s 'Dragonfly Detectives', nature reserve visits, stalls and displays, talks and film showings, live fish tanks, local artists, food, music, and generous discounts off admissions to the London Museum of Water and Steam.

Keen watersports enthusiast Ruth Cadbury MP said: "We are so lucky to have the River Thames right here on our doorstep and we should celebrate all the river has to offer. When a get a chance I love to go both kayaking and paddleboarding and I expect I’ll be having another go at TideFest this year. I hope plenty of people will come along and join in the fun. TideFest really does have something for everyone."

Leader of Hounslow Council Steve Curran added: "The TideFest event is a perfect way for our residents to enjoy the River Thames. If you get a chance to go along, I would certainly recommend it. We are very proud to have the Thames running through our borough and strongly support every opportunity there is to deliver access for local people.”

TideFest is organised by a coalition of organisations led by the Angling Trust, River Thames Society, and London Wildlife Trust. TideFest organiser, Martin Salter from the Angling Trust, said: "TideFest is a growing event and is now in its fourth year with a host of new attractions including film shows, live music, visits to Deptford Creek, and to Thames Water’s Beckton Nature Reserve. TideFest aims to help reconnect Londoners with their river and judging from the crowds last year, more and more people are realising what an amazing resource we have in the heart of our capital city.”

Messing about on boats

  • This year there’s lots on offer for boating enthusiasts including:
  • Boat trips around the Thames Tideway islands, leaving from Kew Pier on the historic Thames launch the Windrush;
  • Tour and exhibition on Thames boatbuilding at the Lot’s Ait boatyard in Brentford – venue for the filming of the African Queen starring Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn;
  • A fascinating talk and film about what is really like to live on board a Thames houseboat organised by the Chiswick Pier Trust;
  • A trip to see the improvements for wildlife on the River Lea on board the Alfred Le Roy with a relaxed boat ride on the river and commentary from Thames21 project officers;
  • Generous discounts for rowing boat hire at Richmond Bridge with a TideFest voucher;
  • Watertrek Charity Paddle and Guided History Paddle to Old Isleworth;
  • The TideFest Kayak challenge from Greenwich to Kew (on Friday 8th) – a guide-led trip in stable double kayaks, leaving Greenwich with the flooding tide paddling right through the centre of London pasting some world famous landmarks;
  • Taster sessions for those new to kayaking and paddleboarding organised from the Boating Arch at Kew Bridge by Active 360 and Edge Paddling.

For all booking information and details of the festival visit the website www.thamestidefest.net

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