Wednesday 28th September: 11 am ”’Up river to Hampton Court”: A river trip'. In conjunction with London Historians.
I've booked an historic launch allowing 50 or so passengers and we embark at Tower Bridge Pier it will take 3 hrs to get from there to Hampton Court, and we'll have a buffet lunch along the way (part of ticket price) and a pay bar (not part of ticket price).
Christopher Winn will regale us along the way with stories anecdotes and landmarks and it should prove to be fascinating trip.
Christopher Winn is the author of the best-selling 'I Never Knew That About the River Thames', one in a series of I Never Knew That books that cover England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, London, New York, Yorkshire and more. While researching for the Thames book Christopher and his wife Mai, who draws the illustrations for all his books, spent three weeks sailing up and down the Thames in a four-berth cruiser.
Christopher has been a freelance writer and collector of trivia for over 20 years, has written for the Guardian and the Independent and sets quiz questions for newspapers such as the Daily Mail and the Daily Telegraph. He has also worked in television with such figures as David Frost, Joanna Lumley, Ronnie Corbett and Jonathan Ross, for eight years as assistant to Terry Wogan on his TV chat show and as Associate Producer for a TV series I Never Knew That About Britain, adapted from the books by ITV and airing in 2014.
Christopher frequently gives talks on the Thames, including for the Thames Festival, for Songs of Praise with Aled Jones in 2011 and for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Thames Pageant in 2012.
11am: Tower Bridge Pier. We'll disembark at Hampton Court at about 14.30 hours
Tour of Kitchens:
I'm also trying to arrange a curator's tour of the Hampton Court Kitchens to provide a climax for the visit. This is proving to be diffiicult to arrange at the moment because we have to factor in an entry fee of about £20.
Based on our trip down the Thames on the SB Lady Daphne last year I'm proposing a fee of £75 to include the boat trip and the history talk and a buffet lunch. Numbers are strictly limited so please book early. If numbers permit we'll be able to reduce that ticket price but we need at least 35 people for the boat to run.
In order to secure your place you need to pay a deposit of £25