Big Ben Races and Foreshore Festival – Kew Bridge (W4 3NG) and Putney Embankment (SW15), London
Saturday 23rd September 2017
The Plastic Ocean Festival will join London’s Big Ben Races and Foreshore Festival on Sat 23rd September, 2017.
The Big Ben Race is a 20km SUP race from Putney to Big Ben and back as well as a 10km Big Ben Challenge, organised by Active360.
The Foreshore Festival celebrates the fabulous and unique environment of the tidal Thames, organised by triple-Olympic gold medallist Andrew Triggs-Hodge and supported by Tideway.
The Plastic Ocean Festival will hold two SUP ‘Paddle & Pick’ sessions from Kew to Putney and have taster sessions and film screenings throughout the day:
- 8:30am-10:30am Paddle & Pick for beginners. Cost: £20
- 9am-10:30am Paddle & Pick for returning paddlers (if you’ve paddled with Active360 before). Cost: £10
- Book your session through the Active360 calendar
- SUP Taster sessions will also run from 11am-3pm at Putney
- Watch Sky’s ‘A Plastic Tide‘ and find out more about the documentary film ‘A Plastic Ocean‘ in the boathouses alongside the river.
Timings at Kew and Putney sites (subject to change on the day);
Site 1: Kew Bridge (map)
8:30am Beginner lesson starts
8:55am Safety briefing for all participants
9:00am Paddle & Pick starts towards Putney
9:15am Watertrek volunteers arrive at draw dock (downriver of Hammersmith Bridge) to pick up plastic bottles and other litter
9:55am Some experienced paddlers stop at draw dock downriver of Hammersmith Bridge to pick up plastic bottles and plastic collected by volunteers on their boards
9:30am Watertrek volunteers arrive at Fulham-Crabtree wharf (upriver of Fulham FC) to pick up plastic bottles and other litter
10:15am Some experienced paddlers stop at Fulham-Crabtree wharf to pick up plastic bottles and plastic collected by volunteers on their boards
10:30am All paddlers from Kew to arrive at Putney site
Site 2: Putney (map)
9am Big Ben Race and Challenge participants arrive
9:30am Safety briefing for all Big Ben Race and Challenge participants
10:15am-10:30am All paddlers from Kew arriving at Putney will be greeted and shown to showers
10:50am Big Ben Race (women) start
11am Big Ben Race (men) start
11am-2:50pm SUP Taster sessions
1:30pm First Big Ben Race participants return
2pm First Challenge participants return
3:30pm Prizes presented and participants draw in Westminster School Boathouse on riverside
4pm Event end