Next foreshore walk dates
“This is amazing. I never knew you could be so closely in touch with ancient London.”
As part of Clayground Collective’s exploration of clay wherever it occurs, we lead walks on London’s beaches with specialist Thames archaeologist, Mike Webber.
The River foreshore is littered with ceramics, each one holding clues to the capital’s social, cultural and trading history. Fragments from Roman, medieval, Tudor and later eras are regularly found. London’s 17th and 18th century potteries were an important part of the capital’s early industrial and economic development until competition from the potteries in Stoke-on-Trent sparked their decline. Many pothouses were located beside the Thames as smooth water transport enabled the import of heavy raw materials and export of fragile wares. Waste from London’s potteries was frequently deposited on the foreshore to stabilise the banks for boat maintenance. Each tide turns up new material.
Clayground’s foreshore walks with a focus on ceramics are very popular. Although somewhat specialised they appeal to people of all ages giving an unforgettable new perspective on the city.
Numbers are limited and booking is absolutely essential. The walks are suitable for all ages above 8 years old. Please note however they are not suitable for anyone who lacks confidence using stairs or walking on uneven ground.
The sessions last about 2.5 hours. Timings are determined by the tide. Further detailed instructions and precise meeting point will be sent on booking.
Booking is now open for the next foreshore walks. We are now using Eventbrite to manage our bookings. Please click on the relevant date below to book your place:
Fee for adults: £26
Fee for children 8-18: £15
Proceeds above costs go towards Clayground’s creative projects engaging the public in clay and making. Clayground holds a group walk licence and individual licences from the Port of London Authority.
12th Aug 19
24th Jun 19
6th Jun 19
20th Feb 19
25th Aug 18
30th May 18
5th Dec 17
4th Dec 12
10th Sep 12
5th Aug 16
15th Dec 14
9th Mar 15
15th Jun 15
3rd Mar 15
Civic Spaces, Exhibitions
Museums and Galleries, Regeneration
Maker spaces, Rural Sites
Youth and Adult Community Groups, Professionals
Art Groups, Families, Students
Collaborations, Archaeology Sheets
Commissions, Thinking Hands? Research