Two years on from our last Open Days, the 2021 ones coincide with Open House. No need to book, but there may be limitations on numbers and the pop-up cafe that is usually in place in the pier house will be operating but in a more distanced mode. The pier house is of course well [...]
The Cirdan Trust vessel Faramir came to Hermitage at the end of July; they report below on the trip: Cirdan, is a small charity that has been providing life changing experiences to the disadvantaged aboard its sailing fleet for nearly 40 years. Obviously, the restrictions put in place with the pandemic put a halt to [...]
Photo above: plastic sampling on the river between Richmond and Twickenham. The Living River Foundation is returning to the Thames to sample the estuary for microplastics floating in the surface of the water. The last time this was sampled was 2018 when they found fibres from sanitary items and broken shards of old plastic items. [...]
Following on from the contribution to the successful activities of the Activity Centre in 2017 & 2018 Hermitage River Projects contributed another grant to support the programme at the centre in Shadwell, located just a mile downstream from Hermitage. The aim is to deliver a summer programme of Outdoor and Adventure Sports to young people [...]
Back on the 29th Feb, a troop of Scout leaders and young adults who form the Kent Scout Powerboating group braved the wet and windy weather to come up the river in their RIBS, stopping for a couple of hours at Hermitage visitor berths before heading back down the river.
Before we launch into the 2020 season of Open Days and visiting historic boats we look back on a particularly special barge visiting from The Netherlands in 2019 Korneliske Ykes II, a replica wooden eel sailing barge built about ten years ago, sailed over to London in June of 2019 with a [...]
Sailing vessel Gallant, of the Blue Schooner Company, will arrive in London to deliver a cargo of a variety of foodstuffs on behalf of a growing community of of sail-cargo-pioneers. This group of farmers, sailors, traders and foodies are leading the way in transporting products , people and ideas over oceans by the power of [...]
The Open Weekend coincides with Open House London, and also with Wapping Open Studios (a dozen local artists are exhibiting). Hermitage gates open 11am to 4pm on both Saturday and Sunday and there is the usual pop-up cafe in the pier house providing refreshments. This weekend we have visiting vessel Thames Sailing barge "Lady Daphne" [...]
The eel barge "palinaak" has been spotted in Sea Reach at the mouth of the Thames about an hour ago, under power, as it heads to London. We look forward to it arriving at Hermitage later this afternoon.
The June Open Days of 2019 will be taking place this weekend. It is a special occasion as 2019 is the tenth anniversary of the building of Hermitage Moorings. We have two vessels coming to Hermitage and open to the public, one, called "Korneliske Ykes II" , is sailing from The Netherlands, re-enacting a trading [...]