Throughout September, Totally Thames festival celebrates the River Thames with a 30-day programme of river-inspired events. These include arts, music and community festivals, colourful regattas, river rallies and races, foreshore archaeology, exploration, environmental and educational activities, not to mention plenty of opportunities to walk and eat beside the river. Totally Thames was formerly known as The Mayor's Thames Festival.
Totally Thames events to look forward to this year include:
Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Festival
The Royal Borough of Greenwich will host the largest fleet of Tall Ships to visit London in 25 years with this free five-day festival. You will have the chance to board the Tall Ships moored along the Greenwich waterfront, with an evening fireworks displays, cultural performances, music and entertainment, a crew parade and festival procession. 5-9 Sep
The Great River Race
Also known as London's River Marathon, this spectacular boat race up the Thames attracts more than 300 crews from across the globe. You can expect fancy dress, charity stunts, and serious sportsmen and women vying for the River Race crown. 27 Sep
Handel’s Fireworks Music and Illuminations,
Historic Royal Palaces is hosting what promises to be an unforgettable performance of Handel's Music for the Royal Fireworks. Taking place in the romantic, riverside Privy Garden at Hampton Court Palace, it will be performed by a 30-piece orchestra and followed by a breathtaking Georgian fireworks display. A magical evening in a spectacular, historic setting. 14 Sep
Source to Sea
Follow the journey of one bottle filled with water from the Thames source in a relay event across London. Walkers, swimmers, rowers and runners carry the bottle over 200 miles passing it between themselves before it arrives in various London locations during September. It's then taken all the way to the Thames Estuary and out to sea. 1-30 Sep
Florentijn Hofman Commission
The artist famous for the large-scale Rubber Duck that floated its way through major cities in 2013 showcases his latest commission at Riverside Gardens, Nine Elms Lane. Free to view throughout the Totally Thames festival, this installation is semi-immersed in the water and moves with the tide on the banks of the Thames. 1-30 Sep
Fire Garden by Carabosse
French artists Carabosse create a special fire garden on the site of Battersea Power Station. Explore the garden, which includes steam and fire-powered moving sculptures, candles, lanterns and flaming installations. 5-6 Sep
Get involved in this fantastic month-long programme of events along a very special 42-mile stretch of the river.
For the full programme and more information, visit totallythames.org.