b'This year, while the barrier is closed Regatta London is making the most of the steadier waters and is hosting an amazing day of kayaking, canoeing, rowing and paddle boarding. This pioneering event will fundraise for great causes, connect sport with the environment and inspire thousands of people from across the country to take up paddle sports.Two iconic routes are planned; The London Crossing (starting near Hammersmith and finishing in Greenwich), and The open all day with guides giving regular talks and providing aBig Ben Challenge (looped running commentary and interviews with staff who work atcourse from Putney to Big the Thames Barrier on the riverfront via our PA system, whileBen and back). Regatta start you take in the spectacular views of the Barrier in action. times vary, so check out the website for more information. APPROXIMATE TIMES WHEN TOSEE THE THAMES BARRIER IN OPERATION: LONDON REGATTA08.0010.00: Come and see the gates moving and thet: 020 3865 6956Thames Barrier closing e: info@regatta.london 08:00: Caf and Information Centre open. w: regatta.london13.3015.30: Potential for further gate moves (tide dependent) THAMES BARRIER2 9 S E P T E M B E R 16.0018.00: Come and see the gates moving and the1 Unity Way,THAMES BARRIER Thames Barrier re opening (tide dependent) Woolwich, SE18 5NJ17.30: Information Centre closes (last entrance at 17.00) t: 0208 305 4188The above times are approximate and subject to changee: kslenquiries@environment-agency.gov.ukdue to the tides.w: gov.uk/the-thames-barrier& LONDONA family day out for someand a day of wild waterREGATTA sports for others, the Thameswill draw the crowds from Hammersmith to WoolwichOThe Thames BarrierOn the River Thames,view one of Londons iconic structuresfrom our grounds Visit our exhibition and Caf.Groups can pre book a group talk oran educational package with our guides.Call or visit us online for more details and opening times0208 305 4188 www.gov.uk/the-thames-barrier'