2017 Events

9th June – An Extraordinary Art Auction

Art Auction


Come and bid on our painting or enjoy a glass of wine and watch the action.

At Richmond Upon Thames College, Egerton Road, Twickenham TW2 7SJ.  Doors open 5pm, Auction 7pm. £3 entry.

If you can’t be present at the auction you can place a commission bid or have a representative take your mobile phone bids and sign a form in advance.  Refer to the Auction page.

Charlie Ross, celebrity antiques expert and well known Auctioneer will make the event really entertaining. Please purchase tickets in advance if possible £3, or on the door.  Pay bar.     More details click HERE and select the NEWS section.

The late Desmond Jones, a professional artist from Twickenham Art School, produced a large collection of wonderful, vibrant paintings and drawings.  His family is holding the charity auction and the painting “Sirens”, LOT 1 is for RTBP and there are no set reserves, RTBP will receive 50% of the auction sale.


10th June – Shepperton Fair Due to unforeseen circumstances, we will not be attending.  


8th , 16th, 22nd June  – Friends’ Evening Cruises

gorgeous long summer evenings. What better way to enjoy the month than on a special sunset cruise on Thames Venturer, and the Friends of the River Thames Boat Project has three evening dates on offer open to all to enjoy.

All three cruises have a musical theme as we cruise upriver from the mooring in Kingston to anchor off Hampton Court to listen to the evening open-air concert being performed at the Hampton Court Palace Festival. Your ticket covers the return cruise from Kingston, a welcome cocktail, all your refreshments for the evening, liquid included, and music in the air from …

8th June – James Morrison Book cruise tickets here

16th June – Jools Holland Book cruise tickets here

22nd June – Rick Astley Book cruise tickets here

Cruises on board Thames Venturer offer the advantages and freedoms of a vessel with a large open deck (and plenty of covered space down below) so that you can sit or roam about to enjoy the view. The boat is fully accessible for people with impaired mobility or in wheelchairs, and our crew are all highly trained to make sure you enjoy the best possible evening out on the river.

Booking is open to all. You can book as many tickets as you like, subject to availability, up to the maximum number of 12 passengers allowed on our cruises.
We hope you will join us.

… and support our work
The Friends of RTBP is an organisation run by volunteers to support the charity. All events run by the Friends are ticketed and tickets are in return for a donation to the charity. Friends’ donations all help sponsor cruises for those living with disability or disadvantage.

If you would like to become a Friend and enjoy the same privileges as our volunteers (including special rates for private hire of our vessels), please go to the Friends’ website and download a membership form.

Become a Friend to find out more.

16th July – Open Day and Kingston Dragon Boats

buntingCome on board our boats in Kingston at the Barge Dock, near Canbury Gardens.  See our facilities and talk to crew members and educational volunteers.  We will be serving refreshments and homemade cakes both indoors and on deck.  Range of crafts and goods on sale too.
On the same day, the 16th June, we are the chosen charity for the Rotary Club of Kingston’s Kingston Dragon Boat Race.  Market stalls, bouncy castles and sideshows from 9.30am onwards along the riverside.

July/Aug – New Boat – Thames Discoverer Celebration Event

Details to follow.

3rd November – Bangers & Fireworks – Save the date


December – Christmas Collection outside Bentalls Kingston 

Details to follow.  Lots of volunteers needed for rota.  Father Christmas outfits optional, but encouraged!

Past Events

19th February 2017– Hampton Court Half Marathon 


Crew member, Mike Mendelson’s ran the Hampton Court Half Marathon on 19th February.   Other willing volunteers manned the official Water Station based at the Dockside on the day!

THANK YOU MIKE for raising £600+ gift aid = £683 and thank you water volunteers !!

24th February 2017- Ealing SEND

Ealing Town Hall, 24th February, 10am-6pm.  Find us HERE at this inclusive event arranged by the Ealing Parent Carer Forum for families that include children and young people with disabilities, children and young people with special educational needs and/ or disabilities and their families.  The fair is divided into 2 main parts: Exhibition and Workshops.  There is a full programme of Preparing for Adulthood workshops and activities taking place throughout the day.

27th February 2017- Teachers’ Twilight Open Afternoon

Come and meet us: informal display of our educational work and the chance to meet our Education Coordinator, Zaria Greenhill, and other volunteers, plus complimentary refreshments.  3pm-6pm, The Barge Dock, Kingston.  Express your interest in attending to zaria@thamesboatproject.org   Details HERE

10th March 2017 – Kew Rotary Quiz Night

A great team of six RTBP crew and partners attended this event and came 7th in the Quiz, (only a few points difference between 7th and 1st!).  We were chosen as one of the three beneficiary charities by Kew Rotary and we were awarded £580.   Thank you Kew Rotary.  Date for your diary: next year is 9/3/18.