Engineering, Humanity and Rivers live webinar

Tuesday 25 May at 19.30   Engineering, Humanity and Rivers – a live webinar by Professor Chris Wise

Talks by the Thames has moved on-line with a programme of free webinars


Donations welcome.

Recognised as one of the most inventive engineers of his generation, and with his handiwork while a director of Arup on the ‘wobbly’ Millennium Bridge garnering huge public attention, Chris Wise is still helping create bold design solutions which improve public spaces on the banks of our rivers.  His company, Expedition, engineered the Olympic Velodrome and the park-wide Sustainable Water Strategy in 2012; looked at the engineering challenges of the Drebbel, a wooden submarine rowed down the Thames in 1624, and has designed more bridges like the multi-award winning Infinity Bridge, as well as the Diamond Jubilee Bridge.   Engineering, Humanity and Rivers is a look at some of the challenges of building on, under or near London’s tidal river to create beautiful and exciting spaces for people to enjoy.

In a related career also as a design Professor at Imperial, Yale and UCL, Chris is now the senior director at Expedition Engineering working with clients, and mentoring up-and-coming engineers.    Many will be familiar with Expedition Engineering’s work locally, as they designed the new footbridge to Chiswick Park, chosen as one of the 10 best bridges in the world by Dezeen last year.

This webinar is free, although any donations would be very gratefully received to support the work of Chiswick Pier Trust.

Midsummer Jazz Cruise

Friday 25 June at 7pm

£50 per head

To celebrate the summer solstice and coming out of lockdown Chiswick Pier Trust would like to welcome you back to the river by hosting a Jazz Cruise on Friday 25 June. We will be leaving Chiswick Pier at 7pm sailing upstream.

On board to serenade you whilst sailing the Thames will be the popular jazz band Anacousis. During the cruise a two course supper will be served and drinks can be ordered from the bar.

Leaving in daylight on a summers evening, experience the magic of the river and its banks. This is the perfect way to enjoy the River Thames on a midsummer evening.

Booking for the Cruise is now closed, but we have a waiting list, so do continue with your application for tickets and we will let you know if a place becomes available. Also, we are planning more cruises and we will offer tickets first to those who are on our waiting list!.

  • Please state any special dietary requirements

Party on the Pier

July 25 2021 – Diary Date

Keep Sunday 25th July free because plans for Party on the Pier are coming along apace and we are looking forward to a big, fun, family Partaayyyy!

We want to get you on – or by – the river.   There will be free boat trips on the Golden Salamander, the Chiswick Pier Canoe Club is doing taster sessions in the water, and the Thames Education Trust will be doing river dipping (don’t forget your wellies!).  

The marvelous Amanda from Amanda’s Action Kids will be with us to entertain the little ones, and there will be lots of stalls – including the RNLI and Sea Cadets.

There will be the chance to browse crafts from Flamingo Emporium and Hic Haec Hoc, and Usborne – who produce the very best books for children of all ages and were awarded Children’s publisher of 2020 will have a stand.

Salt Beef Shack will be 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 for pudding? Handmade ice creams from Super Scoop Italian Gelato and we’ll have hot and cold refreshments too. And, of course, there’ll be live music from Shenanigans, and a Fullers’ bar.

All this is to say thank you to our wonderful community who support us throughout the year. 

That’s for starters.  There’s lots more to come and we’ll keep you posted!