New Year & Frost Fair

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Monday 10 October 2005 10.13am
Does anyone know whether the Frost Fair is due to happen this year, and when if it is?

Additionally, are New Year fireworks confirmed for Tower Bridge this year?
Friday 14 October 2005 3.17pm
Haven't heard about New Year fireworks yet (for the past few years they've been at the London Eye rather than Tower Bridge), but yes, the Frost Fair is on - and this time for three days instead of one.

This is from a Southwark press release I've just received on another subject:

"...Southwark Council is holding its annual Frost Fair from Dec 16 to 18 outside the Tate Modern and Shakespeare's Globe.

"There will be music, shopping, entertainment and an ice slide..."

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Friday 14 October 2005 3.41pm
I hope that the ice slide will be more exciting than last year. And won't close so early.

I got all excited last year in the hope it would be like a slide in Berlin, which was about 20m long and rather thrilling. But no, it was barely bigger than slides were when I was little.
Thursday 20 October 2005 3.11pm
Could there be a 'real' Frost Fair on the Thames again...? William Hill is offering 100/1 that the Thames will freeze over between Westminster Bridge and Tower Bridge this winter.

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Saturday 22 October 2005 2.55pm
>Could there be a 'real' Frost Fair on the Thames again...? William Hill is offering 100/1 that the Thames will freeze over between Westminster Bridge and Tower Bridge this winter.

You're better off throwing your money in the Thames. All this talk of global warming; London Bridge knocked down hundreds of years ago; and it's never frozen as far down as Tower Bridge, has it?
Saturday 22 October 2005 4.26pm
I don't think we'll be able to rival 1647 when John Evelyn took a coach down the frozen Thames to Lambeth. In the winter of 1962-63, the whole of the non-tidal Thames (upstream of Teddington) froze.

My understanding is that in that winter quite a few tugs in the Pool of London were frozen in at the sides of the river by the wharves, and most of the docks froze solid.

I've certainly seen various reports that in January 1963 the sea froze (out to half a mile from the shore at Herne Bay), "and ice floes appeared on the river at Tower Bridge" - carried there by the tide???

Sunday 23 October 2005 1.56pm
William Hill really are taking money like taking sweets from children:

www.the-river-thames/weather.htm

FROSTS

One of the earliest recorded incidents of the freezing of the tidal River Thames was in AD 250 when it froze for 9 weeks. This was surpassed in the winter of 1715-16 when it froze over for 13 weeks but the record stands at 14 weeks during 1410.

In the 17th and 18th centuries, frost fairs were held in London whenever the River froze. The most significant ones were in 1683-84, 1715-16 and 1739-40 with the last one taking place in 1813-14. During the frost in the winter of 1683-84, the ice was so thick that it was strong enough to support horse-drawn carts. The removal of the old London Bridge (which had the effect of a dam) and the building of the Embankments in the 19th century (which narrowed the River), caused the flow to be increased to such an extent that it was no longer possible for the tidal Thames to freeze over.

In 1963, almost the whole of the Non-tidal Thames froze as far as Teddington an event that had not happened since 1895 when a carnival was held on the ice in Oxford at which an ox was roasted. During the frost of 1891 when the river froze over in Oxford, the ice was so thick that it was possible for a coach and four horses to drive across it.


Monday 24 October 2005 3.33pm
Nancy
I went on that ice slide in Berlin (Potsdammer Platz) last Christmas- it was brilliant!!
Tuesday 25 October 2005 12.49pm
sarahmc,

Why can't we have something that cool here!

(probably ought to admit here that the mulled wine increased my enjoyment of said slide...)
Tuesday 25 October 2005 1.22pm
Apparently we are getting a 'real' ice slide this year:

"The main feature will be an impressive real ice slide, running 35 metres, a first for London"

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