Caught by the River Thames

Tuesday 2nd August saw me on the Fuller’s Brewery Facebook page as I wanted to let them know about a review of one of their pubs that I done. Whilst there however, I saw a competition to win a pair of tickets to the “Caught by the River Thames” festival taking place on the 6th and 7th of August.

All you had to do was tag the person that you would take with you and why. Well, knowing that Little Chick loves gigs, but being a poor student can barely afford them, I thought I would nominate her.

My theory behind this was that if by some fluke I got picked out the hat, she could then go with a friend and have a jolly good time!

Well, imagine my total surprise when I got a message from the lovely people at Fullers telling me I had won a pair of tickets! Then comes the tricky part; I had to be one of the ticket users, and could take any guest of my choice.

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Now, given that this was a 2 day event at pretty short notice, I was unable to sort any accommodation out, so knew I would have to do it in two separate trips if I planned to make it to both days.

The event was taking place at Fulham Palace and was billed as two days of remarkable music, arts and nature. The headlining acts included Low, Beth Orton and Super Furry Animals.

As you know I am always up for an adventure and so we worked out what was our best plan of action.

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Deciding to head down by car, we parked at our usual spot in St John’s Wood and hopped on the train. As we had arrived very early we decided to head to Oxford Street for a little retail therapy first. I was so glad that we did as my flip flops were rubbing like mad and I wanted to get something else to wear on my feet. Little Chick bundled a load of summer clothes in her basket and we both added a few treats.

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After we finished shopping we decided to go and eat before heading over to Fulham. I had spotted a lovely pub, The Marlborough Head and so we decided to give it a try.

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I opted for the Big Ben Burger  A towering London landmark burger, topped with crispy bacon, Cheddar cheese, a fried free-range egg and crispy onion rings whilst Little Chick had the 1730 Chicken Burger  a fillet of chicken topped with Cheddar cheese and crispy bacon, served 1730 pale ale BBQ sauce. We both absolutely loved the meals, they were really tasty and so well cooked. It set us up for the day perfectly.

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We hopped back on the tube at Bond Street heading for Putney Bridge. Once we arrived there we took the Thames Walk down to Bishops Park. This was a lovely picturesque walk along the river, the sun was shining and we were both in pretty happy and chilled moods.

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Arriving at the Park we were ticked off the guest list and quickly had our bags looked at. And then we were in! We immediately decided to find a patch to put out blanket down on, before heading to the beer tent, after all we had won the tickets with Fullers!

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There was lots of activities going on, and the smells from all the different street food stalls made our mouths water. Setting our belongings down, we rubbed in the factor 50 and settled in to listen to the different groups playing. I can’t honestly remember the last time I felt quite so relaxed!

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We sat with our glasses of Pimms and literally did nothing! We had a book each and we chilled out listening to some amazing music whilst reading; just what the doctor ordered.

After a while we had a wander and tried a few of the stalls. The first one was Purbeck ice cream. The Vanilla Bean was possibly the best vanilla ice cream I have ever tasted and it was perfect 0n a hot summers day.

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There was every kind of food you could wish for! Burgers, Bombay street food, Crepes, Churros, Paella, Vegetarian wraps filled rutabaga curry, Macarons and even gourmet sandwiches. Literally everything anyone could ask for!

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Sitting in the sun for the whole afternoon listening to a variety of music was so refreshing. It was great to spend time with Little Chick before she disappears back off to Uni and we really did have the best weather.

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More Sunbathing and some Paella later and we were full, happy and more than a little tired. Knowing we had a long journey ahead of us we didn’t stay right to the end of the day, but left around 830pm.

All in all, it was a fabulous day; the music was great, the food amazing and the company….well it was just perfect!

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  • La French Connection

    Your pictures are great, it’s an aspect of the city I didn’t know! I would love to go to a festival in London…

    Mika | http://www.la-french-connection.com

    • Tanya Brannan

      Keep your eyes peeled as they have lots of them over the summer months x

  • Great photos, my husband would like this so I might take him next year. xx

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    • Tanya Brannan

      It was a really great day, thoroughly recommend it Anna x

  • This sounds perfect, your photos are amazing. I’d love to visit!

    • Tanya Brannan

      Thank you Sarah x

  • This sounds like so much fun and you both look lovely in your photos! Looks like the weather was kind to you <3

    Jess xo | The Indigo Hours

    • Tanya Brannan

      Thank you, it was a lovely day with my daughter xx

  • Love the good sunny summer days and there are so many cool activities to do outdoors 🙂

    • Tanya Brannan

      There really are! And London is amazing for them x

  • Looks like you two had a lot of fun 🙂

    • Tanya Brannan

      We really did Sarah x

  • Sounds like such a great event, and looks like beautiful weather you had for it. Always worth entering competitions as you never know x

    • Tanya Brannan

      Exactly Rhian! I was super lucky to get these x

  • Hannah Boal

    Looks like you had a great time! I love chilling out listening to music. Great way for you two to bond before she heads off to uni too x

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    • Tanya Brannan

      It really was Hannah, such a lovely day x

  • Ah good food, time to read, music, friends and pimms – what could be better? Lovely sunshine too x (Sam | Life As Mrs R)

    • Tanya Brannan

      Exactly! A fab day in every way x

  • I’ve never heard of this, sounds like a lovely day out!

    • Tanya Brannan

      It really was Tara! I think it might have been the first year of putting it on x

  • Beautyqueenuk

    It looks and sounds like you had an amazing day and with even better weather x

    • Tanya Brannan

      We did! It was super sunny and wonderful to relax in it x

  • Hannah Heartss ❄️⛄️

    Sounds like you had an amazing day, I can’t believe I didn’t know about this!

    • Tanya Brannan

      It truly was a great day Hannah! x

  • Kira L Curtis

    Sounds so good! I’d love to go to an event like this, lovely to see you ladies being able to wear sunglasses too!

    • Tanya Brannan

      It makes a change, doesn’t it! xx

  • Sounds like such a great day. You had perfect weather for it too.

    • Tanya Brannan

      It couldn’t have got any better Jemma xx

  • Melanie Edjourian

    Wow it looks like it was the perfect weather for a great day out, you lucky thing. It’s been a bit up and down recently 😉

    • Tanya Brannan

      It was absolutely fabulous! x

  • Looks brilliant! Loving all that food choice and I was a huge Beth Orton fan growing up so rather jealous to see her on the lineup! <3

    • Tanya Brannan

      She was really good Emily! The whole day was, in fact x