Live webinar: The State of the Thames report

Tuesday 18th January 2022, 7pm via Zoom

Free event but donations are welcome.

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Above: A juvenile short-snouted seahorse (Hippocampus hippocampus) found in 2017 at Greenwich.

Chiswick Pier Trust relaunches its Talks by the Thames series of free live webinars this month with a presentation by Hannah McCormick, editor of ZSLs recently published The State of the Thames 2021 report – revealing some of the surprisingly exotic species now resident in the River Thames.

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Sharks, seals and seahorses are just some of the creatures identified in the report which celebrates the current ‘health’ of the River Thames, its inhabitants and users as well as highlight future challenges.

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We are delighted to welcome Julia Cassels back to Chiswick Pier on Wednesday 2Nd March to run another watercolour workshop. Over the past years these workshops have been very successful and popular. Julia will be working in watercolours on the topic “lilac breasted roller”.

This workshop is suitable for beginners right through to the more experienced artist.

The fee for the day is £40.00 and as there are limited spaces available we recommend you book promptly. Please bring your own materials, packed lunch and drinks.

Bookings can be made by calling 07831 420400.

Party on the Pier

Party on the Pier 25 July from 11 am – 4pm

Party on the Pier is a showcase of what the charities based at Chiswick Pier have to offer, and a wonderful introduction to river-based activities, as well as being a terrific day out for the family.

Always popular are the free boat trips which this year are being run on the Golden Salamander, courtesy of our sponsors Fuller. A trip will run every 45 minutes, and you can pick up your ticket on the day. The marvellous Amanda from Amanda’s Action Kids will be with us to entertain the little ones, and there will be lots of fun stalls, activities and food and drink.

The charities based at Chiswick Pier will be showing their work and the activities they run throughout the year. Chiswick Pier Canoe Club, who operate from the Trust on Sundays, are offering canoe taster sessions which are appropriate for young people aged over 14, as well as adults. The Thames Explorer Trust has a River Dipping Session at 11 am, which is a guided exploration of the foreshore. The RNLI will have information about its work, and souvenir stand. The Sea Cadets will have a stall where little ones can practice catching plastic ducks, and adults and children can enter a tombola. You can find out the sort of activities and training the Sea Cadets offer young people, and meet some of the current recruits.

There are a variety of artisan craft stalls, from the gorgeous Chiswick Pots to upcycled vintage teacups and saucers scented candles from Isola Bella. There’s jewellery from Silver Daze and you can even pick up a bandana for your dog from Black Dog company! Usborne – who produce the very best books for children of all ages and were awarded Children’s publisher of 2020 – have a stand, and Tinderbox will be selling toys and lucky dips for children. Aunty Planty can advise you on any knotty garden problems, and the New Chiswick Pool will be there with details of membership, site tours, gym passes and fitness competitions.

Join us for lunch, live music, and a drink at the London Pride Fullers Bar. Salt Beef Shack are providing fantastic salt beef bagels and Reubens sandwiches, as well as hotdogs and smoked salmon bagels with cream cheese. Mama Pets will be serving mouthwatering Caribbean vegetarian food and there’ll be handmade ice creams from Super Scoop Italian Gelato, or freshly made crepes, and we’ll have hot and cold refreshments too.

Party on the Pier Timetable

From 11 am:

Thames Explorer Trust meet outside the Pier House for River Dipping
The first free boat trip leaves (and then runs every 45 minutes).
The first Canoe Taster Sessions start

Amanda’s Action Kids, sponsored by Sworn and Co, will run sessions at 12.00, 1.00 pm and 2.30 pm.

Public Transport:

By E3 bus, destination ‘Chiswick Edensor Road’ which runs past Turnham Green Tube (District Line) and Chiswick Mainline Station. This terminates adjacent to the roundabout in Edensor Road.

The 190 bus from Hammersmith (Piccadilly and District Lines) to Richmond (District Line and Richmond Mainline) passes the end of Edensor Road on the A316 (Burlington Lane).

Public parking is available in Pumping Station Road and is free at the weekend.

Captain’s Quiz Cruise with Supper




Chiswick Pier Trust would like to welcome you back to the river after lockdown by hosting a cruise with a quiz and supper on Friday 11th December.

The boat will be leaving Chiswick Pier at 7.30 pm and sailing towards Richmond and back during which a hot supper will be served and a quiz will be held. Drinks will be available to order from the bar.

This cruise will be seated and table allocations will be advised before boarding. The number of passengers will be reduced in line with current regulations and table service will be offered for supper which will be served in individual, sealed, single use boxes.

Tickets now on sale: £30 per head

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Mothering Sunday Brunch Cruise


Chiswick Pier to Teddington Lock

Celebrate Mothering Sunday by joining Chiswick Pier Trust on a river cruise. Treat the family to a buffet brunch whilst cruising towards Teddington Lock. Enjoy the delights of:

  • Freshly baked cheese scones with sage and onion butter
  • Butchers sausage selection with caramelised roasted onions
  • Eggy bread and streaky bacon
  • Toasted sourdough with smashed avocado/smoked salmon
  • Belgian waffles and salted caramel sauce

Hot/cold drinks and full bar available to purchase during the cruise

The boat will depart from Chiswick Pier promptly at 11.30. Please book your tickets early as this is a very popular event.

Ticket prices: Adults £25/Children under 10: £18.

Call 020 8742 2713/ 07594 596729 or book online by filling the form below.

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Watch the 2020 Boat Race


Come along to the Pier House where you can not only watch the start and finish of the race on our big screen but also walk outside to experience the live action as the boats pass.

Chiswick Pier provides one of the best views of the race as you can watch the crews power upstream from Chiswick Eyot, past the Pier and through to the final bend before Barnes Railway Bridge.

Join us for a bite to eat before the races begin and listen to the sound of our popular band Shenanigans. We will be serving delicious food from the barbeque, freshly made crepes along with the best value beer on the river at our Fuller’s bar. In honour of the RNLI being chosen as the official charity partner for the boat race we will be selling Prosecco, so come and raise a glass with us and celebrate the great job that they do. Also available will be hot drinks, cakes and ice cream. Why not come along with the family for the afternoon and get in the mood ready for the action.

Again this year all four races will take place on the same day. The schedule will be: 3.44 Women’s Race: 4.44 Men’s Race. Between these two races will be the women’s reserve crews followed by the men’s reserve crews. We expect the boats to pass Chiswick Pier approximately 11 minutes after the start times.

The Pier House opens and the barbeque starts serving food at 12.30 pm and we will be serving food and drinks all afternoon.

For further information on the Pier and how to get there, contact the Chiswick Pier Trust 020 8742 2713 or follow us on Twitter @ChiswickPier.

An interview with Ben Aaronovitch


Interview with bestselling author Ben Aaronovitch about ‘False Value’, his new book in the Rivers of London series

Ben Aaronovitch will be coming to Chiswick Pier Trust on Tuesday 31st March to talk about False Value, his hotly anticipated new book in the Rivers of London series, which is already Number 6 on the Sunday Times bestseller list.

Published last month, False Value is the eighth book in the series of bestselling PC Peter Grant series of novels (Rivers of London, Moon Over Soho, Whispers Under Ground, Broken Homes, Foxglove Summer and The Hanging Tree).

False Value returns to the adventures of PC Peter Grant, detective and apprentice wizard as he faces fatherhood, an uncertain future and a new job in London’s tech world – while solving magical crimes in the city of London.

Described as ‘CSI meets Harry Potter’, the books are compelling crime novels loved for their humour, imagination and portrayal of London (which Mr Aaronovitch refers to as ‘the capital of the world’).

Ben has previously written for television and worked as a bookseller. He still lives in London, and is currently working on his next novel.

Doors open at 7pm. Books available. Wine and beer will be on sale, and we look forward to seeing you there.Free to members, tickets £5 to non-members.

Tel: 020 8742 2713
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Watercolour Painting Day


Chiswick Pier 9.30 – 4.00

Having held three very popular and successful workshops last year we welcome Julia Cassels back to Chiswick Pier to run another on April 17. Julia will be working with watercolours on the Easter topic of hares and will be including how to achieve movement in your painting.

The workshop is suitable for beginners right through to the more experienced artist.

The fee for the day is £35 (£32 for Chiswick Pier Trust members). Please bring your own materials and a packed lunch.

Call 020 8742 2713 to book a place.

Emergency First Aid at Work


One day course

Join us at Chiswick Pier on May 13th from 09.30 – 4.30 to attend an emergency first aid at work tutorial which includes practical skills and is the regulated certificated course. Hilary Sutch an experienced first aid trainer will be the tutor for the day.

Tickets £75.00 which includes a first aid manual and certificate.

To book please call the office on 020 8742 2713 weekdays between 11.00 and 3.00.