Thames Summer Playscheme @ Richmond and Chiswick, London

3rd to 21st August | Outdoors


Spot wildlife and learn all about the nature that can be found along the Thames with this summer play scheme!

Activities will include a Boat Trip and Nature Safari at Richmond as well River Dipping and Exploring the River with Eric the Eel at Chiswick. The activities will be led by a fully trained Thames Explorer guide.

The activities at Richmond and the river dipping activities at Chiswick are aimed at children aged 5-11 years. Exploring the River with Eric the Eel is aimed at children aged 2-5 years.

Event Information


Boat Trip: All aboard the Merrie Thames! Travel from Richmond Landing Stage to Teddington Lock and back. The trip lasts 1 hour. Along the way, our staff will keep you informed and entertained with activity sheets to help spot and record wildlife and river features

Nature Safari: Lasting an hour, we explore the riverside through a ‘pick n mix’ of activities and games including art, minibeast hunting and puzzles.


River Dipping: This 2 hour session begins with a bird walk along the Thames Path from Chiswick Pier to Chiswick Eyot. At Chiswick Eyot we will go on to the foreshore where we will do river dipping. This is great fun and involves using nets and spotter sheets to catch and identify river creatures such as Crabs, Shrimps, and Eels.

Exploring with Eric the Eel: This 1.5 hour session will allow young children, aged 2-5 years to explore and experience the river through play, storytelling and hands-on activities.

Cost: These sessions are both free but must be booked in advance

How to Book: Call us on 0208 742 0057 or email to make a provisional booking, when we have agreed dates and times we will send you a booking form and once we have received your completed booking form we will send you written confirmation, map and all the information you need to prepare for your visit.

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