Great River Race

Totally Thames

Saturday 8 September 2018

As part of the Totally Thames Festival the Great River Race will be run upstream from London Docklands to Ham. The gruelling 21 mile course attracts both the true racer and the leisure rower. Around 330 crews from all over the globe take part – all traditional style with a minimum of 4 oars or paddles and carrying a cox and passenger.

Come down to Chiswick Pier to watch the Great River Race on Saturday 8th September. The race begins at Docklands at 09.50 on a “slowest first, fastest last” handicap basis. The first boats should be passing Chiswick Pier by 11.45 with the winner arriving at Ham by around 13.00.

Chiswick Pier is a wonderful vantage point for spectators. The Pier House will be open from 11.00 and hot and cold refreshments including wine and beer will be on sale. Please do come and join us

Circle Line – Around London in a Small Boat

Tuesday 25 September 2018 at 7.30 pm

In 2009, Steffan took a 15ft dinghy on a rowing and sailing trip around London, using the Thames and the city’s canals. The book he wrote of his experiences, Circle Line, won numerous accolades in the national press. Steffan’s day job is as associate editor of Classic Boat magazine.

Steffan will talk about the logistics, joys and the pitfalls of undertaking a trip like this.

Chiswick Pier Trust, The Pier House, Corney Reach Way, W4 2UG. £3 for non-members, FREE for members.

You can turn up on the evening and buy a ticket.

Barges & Bread

Tuesday 30 October at 7.30 pm at Chiswick Pier Trust

Di Murrell is a food historian and award-winning writer who knows the waterways of Britain back to front. For years she and her husband worked a pair of canal boats, loading up with barrels of lime pulp which they transported from the London docks to the wharf in Hemel Hempstead belonging to Rose’s Lime Cordial. They made many trips with heavy loads like sand, grain, coal or lime, and Di learnt the value of slow cooking.

Throughout her career, Di became involved in the politics of inland waterways, campaigning against the loss of river transport. She was instrumental in the re-introduction of upriver grain traffic. When working on the river, Di got to know bargemen, dockers and lightermen, and saw their life and skills slowly disappear as more modern ways of transporting grain took over.

She will be talking about her life on the Thames, and her book, Barges and Bread, is a history of grain, the river Thames, London and historic events like the Plague, and bread making, from parched grains to flatbreads, and Ezekial bread, to how the need to feed the many who live in cities has led to bread which has little relationship to what we once enjoyed without thinking, the kind of bread we now call ‘artisan’ bread.

Winner of the Sophie Coe prize for food history, Di Murrell writes for French travel magazines, and Petits Propos Culinaires. She and her husband spent many years afloat on barges, often moored at Brentford, bringing up their sons. Now she splits her time between France and London.

Chiswick Pier Trust, The Pier House, Corney Reach Way, W4 2UG. £3 for non-members, FREE for members.

You can turn up on the evening and buy a ticket.

River Cruise – CANCELLED

Fireworks Cruise CANCELLED

The Lord Mayor of London is elected each year in October, and this year’s Lord Mayor, Peter Estlin, who is to be installed on 9th November 2018, has decided that there will be no fireworks.

So it is with great regret that we are cancelling our Fireworks Cruise on Saturday 10th November, and all ticket holders will be refunded in full.

Great River Race 9th Sept

As part of the Totally Thames Festival the Great River Race will be run upstream from London Docklands to Ham. The gruelling 21 mile course attracts both the true racer and the leisure rower. Around 330 crews from all over the globe take part – all traditional style with a minimum of 4 oars or paddles and carrying a cox and passenger.
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Through the Porthole 10th Sept

Through the Porthole – Houseboat Living on the Thames
Sunday, 10 September, 1:45 – 4:00pm

To celebrate TideFest 2017 we are presenting a double-bill on the pleasures, perils and pitfalls of houseboat life on the Thames: Read More

River of Beer 26th Sept

The Thames and its many Breweries

Tuesday, 26 September, 7:30pm

Beer historian Martyn Cornell looks at the important role the Thames has played in the history of brewing in Britain, the many once famous breweries that grew up alongside the river and the classic beer styles invented and brewed on its banks including Porter and IPA.   Following the talk, there will be a chance to taste some of the best beer still brewed by the Thames courtesy of Fuller's and Head Brewer Georgina Young.

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Monet and the Thames 30th Oct

Talks by the Thames

This talk is part of our annual ‘Talks by the Thames’ season, inspired by the history and ecology of the Thames. The season typically runs from September to March and features a different guest speaker each month. Read on for details of other upcoming and past talks.

Monday, 30 October, 7:30pm

French impressionist Monet was fascinated with the Thames and painted it many times. The National Gallery’s Matthew Morgan joins us for an illustrated talk on the great artist, his bond with our great river and his love of London fog. A major exhibition of Monet’s work arrives at the National Gallery shortly after this talk in early 2018.

Attend the talk

All Talks by the Thames take place at The Pier House. £3.00 per person for non members, FREE to all members. Thinking about becoming a member?

You can turn up on the day and pay without booking.

Chiswick Pier Trust
The Pier House, Corney Reach Way, London, W4 2UG

Tel: 020 8742 2713
Email: trust@chiswickpier.org.uk
Download transport connections and map.

Frost Fairs on the River 28th Nov

Tuesday, 28 November, 7:30pm

The Thames froze solid at least seven times between 1309 and 1813, and the ice was thick enough to support a full-blown fair. Hazel Forsyth of the Museum of London presents the history and paintings of these ‘Frost Fairs’ and describes the final Frost Fair of 1814 when an elephant was led across the ice by Blackfriars Bridge.

Attend the talk

All Talks by the Thames take place at The Pier House. £3.00 per person for non members, FREE to all members. Thinking about becoming a member?

You can turn up on the day and pay without booking.

Chiswick Pier Trust
The Pier House, Corney Reach Way, London, W4 2UG

Tel: 020 8742 2713
Email: trust@chiswickpier.org.uk
Download transport connections and map.