Tidefest 2017 edges closer

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Tidefest 2017 edges closer

Final preparations are now being made as this year’s popular Thames Tidefest edges nearer.

The annual event celebrates the recreational importance of the River Thames to Londoners, and will take place on Sunday, September 10.

Thames Water is one of Tidefest’s main sponsors this year, helping support the day of events along the River Thames. 

Throughout the action-packed day, there will be a host of family-friendly activities for people to take part in on the banks of the Thames in Chiswick, Kew, Brentford, Barnes, Isleworth and Kempton, with Beckton’s nature reserve hosting an open day as part of the celebrations.

Martin Salter, from the Angling Trust who is helping to organise the event, said: “Tidefest is one of the highlights in the calendar, and we’re really looking forward to this year’s event.

“It’s a family-friendly event that helps celebrate the importance of the River Thames, and this year promises to be bigger and better than ever before.”

Activities such as boatyard tours, boat trips, paddleboarding, kayaking, river dipping, guided walks, an angling competition, artists displays, seine netting, live fish tanks, children’s games, music, refreshments and much, much more will be available from multiple locations.

Wallace the Wet Wipe Monster will also be making an appearance this year as part of the campaign on wet wipes, fatbergs and plastic pollution by the Marine Conservation Society, and there will be a screening of Plastic Oceans at the ‘One Over the Ait’ pub beside Kew Bridge.

Beckton’s Creekside Nature Reserve will also be joining in the fun by hosting an open day,

The reserve sits on the banks of the River Thames and the River Roding, in East London, and boasts a huge mixture of vegetation and wildlife.

The site is open all year round, however, for one day members of the public can join Thames Water conservation experts to take part in activities such as bird ringing, bird watching walks and mini-beast hunting.

The site was created next to Thames Waters Beckton sewage treatment works, one of the largest in the country, and is a prime example of how these spaces can be of huge value to both wildlife and the local community.

Ian Crump, biodiversity field officer and open day organiser, said: “We’re really pleased to be getting involved in the Tidefest celebrations this year and welcoming our community to enjoy and celebrate everything Beckton’s Creekside nature reserve has to offer.

“There will be some fantastic activities for all ages and interests to sample along the reserve and we hope lots of people come and join us.”

The Beckton nature reserve will be open between 10am – 3pm and parking is available at the Showcase Cinema car park in Jenkins Lane, Barking. For more details visit https://corporate.thameswater.co.uk/About-us/Community/Great-days-out/Recreational-sites/Beckton-Creekside-Nature-Reserve

All the activities on offer at this year’s TideFest website can be found at www.thamestidefest.net