Hundreds of people kept cool with boat trips and watersports on the River Thames at the party on the pier in Chiswick on Saturday (26).

Boat loads of people piled onboard the Dunkirk Little Ship called Princess Freda for a free boat trip from Corney Reach Way to Hammersmith Bridge and back.

More than 700 people went along to the day out organised by the Chiswick Pier Trust on a glorious sunny day.

Other on the river activities including giving people the chance to try their hand at canoeing with the resident Chiswick canoe club.           

 

Back on dry land highlights included fitness, fun and music with Amanda's Action Club, and dancing and singing along with the band Shenanigans who aptly belted out Rolling on the River, which proved to be a crowd pleaser, as well as face painting with Cheeky Chops.

A popular line-up of stalls included the Thames Explorer Trust where youngsters could handle historic artifacts found on the shore, and also had a river dipping session to discover what lives in the water, while the sea cadets put on activities for children including arts and crafts and biscuit decorating.

There was also a bar, barbecue, cakes, ice-creams, scones and Belle's BonBons for those with a sweet tooth, plus a stall for jewellery, clothes and coconuts.

The free boat trips were sponsored by Fuller's.

Before the holidays pupils from Oakland School in Isleworth swapped the classroom for a day out exploring the River Thames with members of Chiswick Pier Trust.