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

Plastic Ocean Festival within the Barnes Film Festival (from Kew Bridge)
Saturday 30th September 2017,

Active360 at Kew Bridge (map)

Join us at the Barnes Film Festival for SUP Paddle and Pick sessions from Brentford Arches heading down to Barnes towpath.

Book a Paddle and Pick session screening of ‘A Plastic Ocean’ included!

Can’t make it to a Paddle and Pick? Join us to watch ‘A Plastic Ocean’ documentary at 5pm with special guest Q&A in the Old Sorting Office (OSO) Arts Centre at Barnes Green, 49 Station Road, London SW13 0LF.

Book your ticket for ‘A Plastic Ocean’.

There will also be a screening of ‘North of the Sun’ – book your place here.

Plastic Ocean Festival within Tidefest Riverside Festival, Strand on the Green, Kew Bridge
Sunday 10th September 2017,

Brentford Boating Arch (map)

Come along for a full day of fun on this year’s Tidefest, London’s biggest and best foreshore festival – with stand up paddleboarding, Paddle and Pick clean-ups and ‘A Plastic Ocean’ screening from 3pm.



9.00 – 11.00am – Paddle and Pick clean-up of Kew Bridge Drawdock with a free one hour paddle for participants – £5 suggested donation to Watertrek to enable tackling plastic pollution.

11.00 – 11.50 taster session for 18 people

12.00 – 12.50 taster session for 18 people

13.00 – 13.50 taster session for 12 people

14.00 – 14.50 taster session for 12 people

15.00 –  15.50 taster session for 18 people

Cost:  £8 adults, £4 under 18s (with parent)

Watertrek Charity Paddle to Old Isleworth

13.00 – 15.00pm – Two hour return trip to Old Isleworth (includes a lesson for beginners) for 12 people.

Costs: £20 per adult and £10 under 18s (with parent). All proceeds to Watertrek

3pm at One Over the Ait pub followed by Q&A

A Plastic Ocean Film Screening at SEA LIFE London Aquarium (map)
Friday 8th September 2017 

7pm-10pm screening of the documentary film ‘A Plastic Ocean’ at SEA LIFE London aquarium!

Many of the animals are threatened in the wild by plastic debris that remains in the oceans for hundreds of years. Spreading this message and encouraging people to reduce their use of plastic is a huge priority for the conservation team who invite you to come along and learn more about this issue and its impact on the environment.

Book through Eventbrite now.

Lush Charity Party – Oxford Street Store, London
27th, 28th & 30th July 2017 

Join us and discover more about our work at Watertrek and how to get involved with us. Listen to our most inspiring Project Leaders talk about our NGO (Friday from 12pm), join some workshops on Plastic Pollution (Saturday from 12pm), discover the Mangrove & Mel’s expedition (Sunday from 12pm).

All Charity Pot sales will go to Watertrek to finance their projects.

Plastic Ocean Festival, KuPP Paddington, London
21st May 2017
Screening (5:30-7pm) & SUP clean-up on the canal to help fight plastic pollution, by Active 360

Bring & Buy Board – Paddington, London
21st May 2017
Second-hand SUP gear sales & Paddle & Pick clean-up to tackle plastic pollution by Active360

8th June 2017 – International Ocean Day
Launch of the 12 marathons on plastic bottle boards by Carolyn & Carlos to raise awareness on Plastic Pollution

Plastic Ocean Festival – Merchant Square, London
18th July 2017

Open air film screenings:

  • 12:15pm-1:00pm ‘North of the Sun / Nordfor Sola
  • 4:00pm-4:45pm ‘A Plastic Whale‘ (Sky News)
  • 6:00pm-7:40pm Headline: ‘A Plastic Ocean‘ followed by Q&A with some of the team

SUP Paddle & Pick sessions:

  • 12:00pm-1:30pm Paddle & Pick
  • 4:00pm-5:30pm Paddle & Pick
  • 8:00pm-9:00pm Paddle & Pick

Book your place on Eventbrite.

Limited places for the free Paddle & Pick – book your place on Eventbrite.

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