The Living Thames Boat Trip – Sunday 27th August

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Date(s) - 27/08/2017
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Southend Pierhead


 Join us for another successful Thames Estuary Boat Trip! 

The Thames Estuary Partnership, together with filmmaker Dorothy Leiper, are co-producing a 60-min documentary, The Living Thames.

Introduced by Sir David Attenborough and presented by TEP’s president Chris Baines, the film is an odyssey along the Thames as it meanders through London and flows out to sea, exploring its ever-changing ecology.

For most people who see the Thames every day, it’s a mystery. Chris goes on a journey, from Teddington to the sea, meeting people who tell him more and more about just how much life there is, in and around the Thames.

The Living Thames was shot in September 2016. It’s now being edited and is looking fabulous.

We plan to complete the film in autumn 2017. We will then give DVDs of it to schools near the Thames, screen it in community venues and enter it in film festivals worldwide to show the wonder of the river and encourage everyone to work together to ensure its continued vitality.

Courtesy of Jetstream Tours, who have given us use of catamaran Jacob Marley, we invite you to join us on a boat trip in the Thames Estuary.  All proceeds from ticket sales will go towards the post-production costs of the film, including sound design, music and colour grading.


Leaving Southend Pierhead at noon sharp, we will cruise out into the estuary, passing:

  ~ The eerie Red Sands Forts, one of three sets of Maunsell Forts constructed in the Thames Estuary in 1943 to protect the UK from      aerial or naval attacks  

  ~ The wreck of cargo ship SS Richard Montgomery, sunk off Sheerness, Kent, in 1944, which lies under the water on a sandbank,          the tops of its three masts visible   

  ~ Sailing barges racing in the Southend Barge Match

Sighting seals is a possibility!


There will be talks on Thames Estuary ecology and archaeology from marine and estuarine scientist Amy Pryor, aquatic consultant Steve Colclough and Thames archaeologist Dr Fiona Haughey. 


£30 for a single ticket
£60 for a double ticket

Capacity on board

Ensuring the comfort of all passengers, is 60.


There will be a bar on board if you fancy a tipple!

To purchase tickets by BACS (or make a donation towards the film) please email Meghna Shah at or pay via Paypal below. 


Thank you for your support! We hope to see you on board.

Visit here for more information about The Living Thames documentary and for other ways to sponsor us.