Scheduled Foreshore Exploration

Year round adult and family programmes

Our rolling programme for the public takes place from April to December.

A chance to get onto the foreshore at Millennium Bridge and find archaeological ‘Treasures of the Thames’. Who knows what will be found-old smoking pipes, drain pipes, pottery, bones…there is lots of evidence of London’s past to be found.


£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.

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 have 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)

Sep 24
In the Footsteps of Mudlarks 24th September
(North side) - Millenium Bridge , London, EC4V
Sep 30
In the Footsteps of Mudlarks – GREENWICH – 30th September
(Meeting outside) Discover Greenwich Visitor Centre - 2 Cutty Sark Gardens Old Royal Naval College, SE10 9LW
Oct 08
In the Footsteps of Mudlarks 8th October
(North side) - Millenium Bridge , London, EC4V
Oct 22
In the Footsteps of Mudlarks 22nd October
(North side) - Millenium Bridge , London, EC4V
Oct 22
Thames Exploring – Chiswick
Thames Explorer Trust - The Pier House Chiswick, W4 2UG
Oct 29
In the Footsteps of Mudlarks 29th October
(North side) - Millenium Bridge , London, EC4V
Nov 12
In the Footsteps of Mudlarks 12th November
(North side) - Millenium Bridge , London, EC4V
Nov 26
In the Footsteps of Mudlarks 26th November
(North side) - Millenium Bridge , London, EC4V
Dec 10
In the Footsteps of Mudlarks 10th December
(North side) - Millenium Bridge , London, EC4V

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 croc’s or open toed sandals!), be prepare 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 children keep their hands away from their faces; also you need to wash your hands thoroughly afterwards and before eating and drinking! If you prefer to wear rubber gloves then please bring these with you.

We have several sites for foreshore exploration. Please see the map opposite and check the location with 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.

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 artificats. Please bring with you something 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.