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Celebrating 200 years since the last Frost Fair on the River Thames

  • Feb 3, 2014 · 6:15 PM
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Come along on Monday 3rd February at 6:15pm to celebrate 200 years since the last Frost Fair on the Thames!

About the event
Relive the fun of the famous London Frost Fairs this February and celebrate 200 years since the last-ever Fair took place.

Reflecting the events of old when skaters, traders and entertainers took to a frozen River Thames, the event will bring you free ice skating, stilt-walkers, minstrels and games as well a host of stalls selling curios, life’s luxuries and some topical refreshments.

About the Frost Fairs
The last Frost Fair began on 1 February 1814 and lasted four days. River Thames frost fairs were held between the 15th century and early 19th century when severe winters would see the river, which was much wider and slower, freeze over.

Londoners would take to the ice where market stalls were set up and various entertainments took place. People would ice skate, sledge and play games. Even an elephant was led across the river below Blackfriars Bridge in 1814.

Entry to the festival is free!  It is entirely outdoors.

Afterwards we will head to a local pub for a chat.

Lookout for the group sign outside the station:









Hope to see you there!


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  • Brennie-Sue

    very good thank you Robert i loved it :} :}

    February 4, 2014

    • Robert


      February 4, 2014

  • Robert

    Enjoyed the street artists on a cold night!

    February 4, 2014

  • Debbie

    great fun. small but lively. fantastic street artists

    February 4, 2014

  • Kath W.

    Great fun I didnt do the iceskating in the end.

    February 4, 2014

  • Pili

    Oh boy, I had lots of fun!! We laughed so hard :-) The "creatures" or "chatty snow balls" were hilarious! And on the top of that we had a lovely massage. I also enjoyed chatting to wonderful people (Mr Russell, Brenda, Peter, Robert). Thank you, Robert!

    1 · February 4, 2014

  • Jeanie

    Many thanks to our dear Robert for getting us out and getting people together on this cold and miserable February eve. It was very pleasant and I'm sorry we couldn't find the motivation to ice-skate. We'll make more of an effort at the next outing. :))

    February 3, 2014

  • Jane H.

    Well I got there but my journey was so slow, it made it impractical to do much other than return home - I hope it was fabulous for everyone who got there - do i have to wait 200 years for a rerun?

    February 3, 2014

  • Lisa

    A great but cold night! Shame I couldn't stop long in the pub.

    February 3, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry it was too late to cancel my RSVP. Hope everyone had fun.

    February 3, 2014

  • Ajan

    Hello Robert. I'm sorry I wasn't able to make it to my first meetup. Got swamped with work, didn't expect Monday to be such a mess. Will try to make to the next one.

    February 3, 2014

  • Sophie

    Oh Nooo! So sorry Rob, just saw my reminder. mobile phone down and busy day. Hope for another one

    February 3, 2014

  • Sarah

    Hello Robert. I'm sorry I'm not able to come now.

    February 3, 2014

  • Ana

    Unfortunately it looks as though I won't be able to make it this time! Have fun!

    February 3, 2014

  • Bronwen H.

    Not looking good, still at work. Sorry think i will have to give it a miss this year. Have fun everyone.

    February 3, 2014

  • mythili

    Unexpected engagement. Too bad. Hope you all have a great time.

    February 3, 2014

  • Daria S.

    How long will the ice part of the event last? I'm not sure I can make it earlier than[masked]

    January 31, 2014

  • Denise

    Hi all, Robert Elms on radio London 94.9 talking about this now

    January 29, 2014

  • Javier G.

    Sorry, I can't make it!! I'll have to teach at that time!!! I hope you enjoy it!!

    January 28, 2014

  • Meredith S.

    I am not 100% certain I'll make it, but if I can I would LOVE to join you all! Sounds like a wonderful celebration of a bygone era!

    January 23, 2014

    • Robert

      They also have free ice skating!

      2 · January 23, 2014

    • Meredith S.

      Yay! I'm definitely planning to join you!! I just don't know what time I'll get there (I'll definitely be late!) & it's dependent on me not babysitting that night, too! Fingers crossed! :)

      January 27, 2014

  • Nic

    I hope to join you

    1 · January 21, 2014

  • terence f.

    sadly at a concert but do enjoy the ice.

    January 21, 2014

36 went

  • Robert
    Event Host
  • Helen
    Meetups attended = 6, No shows = 1
  • Gil
    Full Member 2016
  • Jill
    Full Member 2016
  • Lisa
    Meetups attended = 3, No shows = 1
  • Patricia W.
    Full Member 2016
  • Sally-Anne­
    Meetups attended = 48, No shows = 9
  • Iwona W
    Full Member 2016
  • Tricia
    Full Member 2016
  • rosemary
    Meetups attended = 2, No shows = 1
  • JT
    Full Member 2016
  • Beverley
    Full Member 2016
  • Clarice
    Meetups attended = 1
  • YY C.
    Meetups attended = 1
  • Lara G.
    Meetups attended = 17, No shows = 2
  • Brennie-Su­e
    Meetups attended = 205, No shows = 35
  • Kath W.
    Meetups attended = 14, No shows = 16
  • Pili
    Meetups attended = 37
  • Roberta
    Meetups attended = 12
  • Russell
    Full Member 2016
  • Martina Z.
    Meetups attended - 1
  • Geoff L
    Meetups attended = 18, No shows = 6
  • carole b.
    Full Member 2017
  • Jeanie
    Meetups attended = 14, No shows = 12
  • Ann R. +1
    Meetups attended = 17, No shows = 13
  • Debbie +1
    Meetups attended = 1, No shows = 27
  • A former member
    +1 guest
  • A former member
    +1 guest
  • A former member
  • A former member
  • A former member
    +1 guest

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