Teddington River Festival and lifeboat station Open Day is to return – after an absence of five years

It will be held on Sunday September 8th and centred on Teddington Lock. The festival was last held in 2007 and for four consecutive years had attracted around 15,000 visitors throughout the day.

Events and activities will span both sides of the river and include the nearby Manor Road Recreation Ground. At the lifeboat station visitors will be able to meet the crew, board a boat and watch a series of river rescue demonstrations.

There will be activities on the lock island and the Ham towpath including a live music stage, angling activities, arts & crafts, boat rides, boats on display and canoe/skiff racing.

The festival is in touch with boat clubs along the river but is also looking for individuals to be involved.

Organiser Ingrid van der Weide said: “ I am particularly looking for boats of interest for display in the barge lock for the day and anyone who uses or services the river in anyway to offer an activity that will enhance visitor enjoyment and education such as try a boat, learn your ropes, water safety, boat building, etc. I am also looking for interesting stories from participants taking part in the festival that will help.

” We feel the time is right to organise the festival again building on the community spirit of last year’s Jubilee and Olympics and with the growing interest in the river."

Find out more on Teddington River Festival website

Story dated April 1st 2013.


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