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Downstream: a history and celebration of swimming the River Thames – Book launch & after party

April 24th will see the launch of Downstream in Southend!

Come and join us on the shores of the Thames Estuary, where in Victorian times races were held from the pier head, and in the 1920s two champion Channel swimmers chose the estuary as their training ground. Today it’s the (nearby) home of the Chalkwell Redcaps, the fastest growing open water club in the country.

There will be presentations from the Chalkwell Lifeguards, Havens Hospices (Who organise the Great Pier Swim), Chalkwell Redcaps, the Foreshore Office and the RNLI prior to the main presentation from author Caitlin Davies. 

Caitlin Davies will be giving an illustrated talk on the book, followed by book signing and then an AFTER PARTY at Pebbles Two on Southend Seafront where local band The Avenue will play original music inspired by some of the historical Thames swimmers featured in Downstream.

It will be a wonderful celebration of the rich history of the Thames including Southend’s connection with it, past and present, and its continued importance in shaping local popular culture.

The release will be a ticketed event in The Forum Lecture Theatre – Southend Library (Tickets £7 each).

The after party at Pebbes Two on the seafront will be FREE

Caitlin Davies will be in attendance at the after party

Help spread the word!

Downstream: Celebration of swimming the River Thames

Fri 24 April 2015


Ends: Fri 24 April 11:30PM

The Forum - Lecture Theatre - Then Pebbles Two, Marine Parade

The Forum Southend Elmer Square Southend-on-Sea Essex SS1 1NE



  1. Iain says:

    TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE – THIS IS AN IMPORTANT REDCAPS event and will draw interest from around the region so don’t miss you chance and get your tickets early

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