In the Footsteps of Mudlarks

Please watch this space for updates on events

Important note

We have had to cancel all current Footsteps of Mudlarks which were scheduled up to the start of July. You should have received an email confirming this. In the next few weeks we will be reviewing our scheduled walks and there is a chance we will be able to hold them again in a modified format, once government guidelines allow more than 10 people to gather at any one time. Please watch this space. We really look forward to seeing you in the future.

Guided foreshore exploration for families and adults

Foreshore exploration is guided by an experienced archaeologist who will help you find and identify artefacts located on the surface of the foreshore. This is a chance to find evidence of thousands of years of history. Who knows what will be found – old smoking pipes, drain pipes, pottery, bones…

Find out more

To find out more, click on the images below and “click to register” in the details section. Please read the information carefully as the tide times vary and we use several locations. You can also find general details below the booking dates.


All money generated from these events is put towards our school education programmes.

£20 per adult and £10 per child for 2 hours.

To pay for tickets you do not need a Paypal account. If you don’t not want to use Paypal or don’t have an account, at the point of checking out, click on the Paypal logo under “Purchase Tickets”. On the next “Log into Paypal” screen you have the option to pay with debit or credit card (underneath log in details in grey).

Booking dates are below or please email or call 020 8742 0057

There are no upcoming Events at this time.

Artefact Policy

In order to preserve the historic nature of the foreshore, and in line with the Port of London Authority’s rules, Thames Explorer requests you take only memories and photographs away and not artefacts. Please bring your camera or smartphone to take photographs with. Thames Explorer Trust does not recommend accessing the foreshore without an experienced guide. Access to the foreshore requires a permit from the Port of London Authority (PLA) – Thames Explorer holds a permit. Any form of digging or scraping is forbidden, there are however, a great many surface artefacts to discover.

Event updates

Occasionally our events have to be cancelled – problems with the foreshore, weather etc. If we know an event is going to be cancelled we will email you at your booking email address as soon as possible, however if our staff think it is unsafe to continue at the time of the event – you will be issued a full refund. Please respect their experience.

Booking Information

Booking is essential and limited to 30 people. Children must be accompanied by an adult (minimum age for children is 5 years), maximum of 2 children per adult. We require 15 participants for the event to go ahead. In the event of the session being cancelled due to insufficient numbers, we will notify you 10 days beforehand and issue you with a full refund. In the event of sudden, high rainfall we will notify you with as much time as possible, full refunds will be offered. Please keep any eye on your booking email address in case of cancellation. Unfortunately, we cannot issue refunds for personal cancellations.

Meeting Places

Please see booking page for details of meeting points.

Practical Information

Please bring wellies or walking boots (no crocs or open toed sandals!) Be prepared for rain or shine and a little bit of mud. Waterborne diseases can be a risk therefore it is important that those with open cuts or eczema have them covered and that children keep their hands away from their faces when exploring the foreshore.  You should wash your hands thoroughly afterwards and especially before eating and drinking! If you prefer to wear rubber gloves then please bring these with you.

Weil’s disease is uncommon in the UK but can be fatal if not treated promptly with antibiotics. Indicators are  flu-like symptoms, vomiting, high temperature, persistent headaches and muscle pains. If anyone in your party develops symptoms within 3 weeks of a visit (although this is true at any time) they should seek medical advice referencing river water and Weil’s disease.

The Thames Explorer Trust is a huge fan of dogs (and cats) however as some people are not, we ask your not to bring your dog with you.

We have several sites for foreshore exploration. Please see the map opposite and check the location for the date of your event. Please note the foreshore steps can be quite steep and people with mobility problems should call us first for more information.

Weather policy – events take place outside whatever the weather, therefore it’s important that everyone is dressed appropriately and is prepared for changing weather conditions. We do not have any indoor facilities.  It may be possible to seek shelter in nearby public buildings at the discretion of the owners. 

Gift certificates

If you would like to gift someone a trip you can download a certificate by clicking here. This certificate has no value in itself but is to notify someone you intend to purchase tickets for them as a gift for a future date. You can then book tickets in their name at a time of their choosing.