In the Footsteps of Mudlarks

Public foreshore explorations for families and adults from March to December 2018

Our foreshore explorations are guided by experienced archaeologists who will help you find and identify artefacts on the surface of the foreshore. A chance to find evidence of thousands of years of history. Who knows what will be found-old smoking pipes, drain pipes, pottery, bones…



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.


£10 per adult and £6 per child for 2 hours

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

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

Millennium Bridge

Meeting point is by the glass obelisk under the north bank of the Millennium Bridge. We will explore the foreshore from there to Queenhithe Dock.


Meeting point is by the large canon in front of the Discover Greenwich Centre.


Meeting point is at the front entrance to the Brunel Museum.

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. 

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.

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

Gift certificates.

If you are buying a ticket as a gift for someone we can send you a certificate that you can present to them.

Simply book a trip on one of the dates below and once you have received confirmation from Eventbrite please call us and we will email you either a standard or a Christmas gift certificate to print out (we have left names, venue, date etc blank for you to complete).

If your guest(s) can’t make the date you have purchased, please call us in advance of the trip and we will try wherever possible to find another date. 

If you are booking a private exploration with a guide for 2 hours for yourself or your group (click here) please call us to arrange a date and venue and we can send you a customised certificate with name, date and message.

Always keep an eye out for booking updates as we sometimes have to cancel events.

Jul 21
In the Footsteps of Mudlarks – GREENWICH – 21st July 2018
(Meeting outside) Discover Greenwich Visitor Centre - 2 Cutty Sark Gardens Old Royal Naval College, SE10 9LW
Aug 06
Thames Archaeology 6th August MILLENNIUM BRIDGE
(North side) - Millenium Bridge , London, EC4V

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Provisional dates for future events

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  • 2nd September
  • 16th September
  • 30th September
  • 14th October
  • 18th November
  • 2nd December
  • 16th December