2020 Events

We had a very busy 2019, celebrating 30 years of the River Thames Boat Project.  Thank you to everyone that supported us at our events and helped to raise much needed funds.
News on events and dates for the diary for 2020:


Friday 10th January 2020 – New Year short cruise for Friends, volunteers and supporters

The first cruise of 2020 was a clear and sunny afternoon with beautiful colours in the sky.  It was chilly but everyone still enjoyed being out on the bow deck of Thames Discoverer enjoying time on the riverThe usual warm RTBP welcome with tea, coffee and cakes was enjoyed.  We have another date in February and will plan some further dates soon.

Friday 31st January 2020 – RTBP Quiz Night

We held the first RTBP Quiz Night on the last day of January.  It was cold and rainy outside on Brexit night, but everyone was happy at our quiz!  We had 10 fantastic quiz teams, with a total of 77 people. They tackled 7 rounds of questions and 4 table rounds. We had a round called Ebb and Flow full of river and RTBP questions.  Peter O was a great quiz master and Pippa was in charge of the numbers, as usual, keeping track of the scores.  The bar and raffle were very busy!  We had a break at half time for fish and chips.  The winning team from Holly Lodge will enjoy their prize of an evening cruise on Thames Discoverer later in the year.  Thank you to St Francis de Sales Church for their great venue of the church hall. Thank you to everyone who attended and helped raise a fantastic total of £1,288 for the Boat Project. 


Tuesday 11th February 2020 – “Sweet Thames” Film Night

A film, tea, cakes and the good company of Friends, volunteers and supporters made for a very enjoyable evening on board Thames Venturer.  Thank you to Anna Benson Gyles, who produced the film and gave us an introduction on the evening.  Anna is a member of the River Thames Society and her film was a wonderful journey down the Thames from source to sea, full of beautiful images, history, poems and river anecdotes.  Thank you to Anna for sharing this with us and to everyone that came along to enjoy the evening.

Sunday 23rd February 2020  – The Hampton Court Half Marathon

This was our first water station action of the year and it was a windy day with challenging weather for the runners!  We were in our usual spot by the Barge Dock at the end of Canbury Gardens manning 2 water stations to keep the nearly 6000 runners well hydrated.  We had a fantastic runner Phil taking part in the Half Marathon and raising funds for the Boat Project.  Thank you Phil! It’s a very busy event, everyone worked hard and definitely earned their brunch on the boat afterwards.  Thank you everyone!

Wednesday 26th February – Spring Watch short cruise for Friends, volunteers and supporters

Our 2nd afternoon cruise of the year for Friends, volunteers and supporters.  The January one was very popular and our short cruises run from 2-5pm with tea, coffee, cakes and the usual warm RTBP welcome.  We will keep you posted re any further dates.


Sunday 29th March 2020 – Royal Borough of Kingston Spring Raceday

Our 2nd water station of the year for a smaller but nonetheless very well attended event.  Start and finish in Kingston marketplace.  3 running distances to choose from: 8 mile, 16 mile and 20 mile.  Excellent preparation for the London Marathon.  We have a runner taking part for us and raising funds for RTBP.  Thank you in advance David Dixon.  We will be on water station duties in the marketplace.  Please come and join us.  If you would like to sponsor David that would be wonderful and please click on the link below: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/David_Dixon


Sunday 5th April  2020 – Kew Village Market 10am to 2pm

We will be the charity stall at this wonderful community market in Kew right by the tube station.  The market takes place once a month and we will be there just before Easter to raise awareness of the charity.  Please come along and say hello and invite your friends and families.  https://kewvillagemarket.org/


Saturday and Sunday 16th/17th May 2020  – Richmond May Fair

We will have a  charity stall at this 2 day event on Richmond Green.  It’s a very well attended community event and a great opportunity to spread the word about the work that we do.  Please come along and say hello and invite your friends and families. https://berichmondmayfair.london/

Wednesday 20th May 2020 – Linking People Afloat

Our 1st Linking People Afloat cruise of the season, upstream towards Shepperton.  These days are for individuals who are not supported by a group, to come by themselves or with a carer or companion.  It’s a regular cruise day from 10am to 4.30pm and a chance to meet new people and share experiences.  A 2 course lunch is included and the price is £40/pp.  Please contact Pippa in the office for further information and to book on 020 8940 3509.


Tuesday 6th June 2020  – Linking People Afloat

Our 2nd Linking People Afloat cruise of the season, downstream towards Kew. Please contact Pippa in the office for further information and to book on 020 8940 3509.

Sunday 16th June 2020 – Harry Hawkes Summer Raceday

Our 3rd water station of the year with 10 or 8 mile options for runners.  It’s a fast, flat and scenic route with a large section alongside the river.  We will be looking after the runners at the waterstation.  Please come and join us.  If you would like to run and raise funds for RTBP please contact Kate on 020 8940 3509.  You can find out more information about the event here:  https://harryhawkes10.com/

More events details to follow soon….




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