Chiswick Pier Trust Events

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28th November 2017 – Frost Fairs on the River

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.

12th December 2017 – Christmas Lights Cruise

Come and see the lights from the river on a Christmas Cruise! After a welcome drink of a glass of Prosecco, there will be a choice from two main courses and two puddings, all for £45.00 per head. Departing from Chiswick Pier at 7.30pm.

30th January 2018 – Unbuilt London

The dreams and schemes that didn’t get past the planners. Author Matt Brown takes us takes us through the mad masterplans and barmy blueprints of the bridges and buildings that were almost built along the Thames. From a stone pyramid in Trafalgar Square, to a floating lido on the river, and a glass bridge at Vauxhall complete with ice-rink, Matt offers an alternative vision of the London that could have been.

27th February 2018 – London’s Bridges

Why, where and who? The bridges of the Thames stitch the North and South together and form the architectural backbone of our Capital. Author Chris Brown tells us the story of why and how the bridges were built where they were, the impact they had on local neighbourhoods, and the incidents that have occurred on them. For example, how did a hairdresser save Hammersmith Bridge? Who was assassinated on Waterloo Bridge? And which poet saved Albert Bridge?

27th March 2018 – A Trip to the Foreshore

Peer into the depths of the Thames and you will discover that it is teaming with fascinating wildlife. Zoologist Brenna Boyle of ‘Wild Capital’, takes us for a virtual trip to the foreshore and show us the wildlife we can encounter right on our doorstep. From molluscs and crustaceans, to some very surprising species of fish and mammal!

Further information:

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