Totally Thames



These will 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 events to look forward to this year include:

The Mayor’s Thames Festival, 1 - 30 September

Delivering free, rivery fun in Central London for almost two decades, this is London’s only river-focused multi-arts festival and the largest of its kind in the world. Prepare to be dazzled by extraordinary new art commissions, films and performances on the riverside as well as beachcombing and bonfires on the foreshore and walks, talks, slow cruises and fast boats.

Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Festival, 5-9 September

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.

The Great River Race, 27 September

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.

Handel’s Fireworks Music and Illuminations, 14 September

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.

The Big Thames Tidy, 31 August and 1 September

Leading water charity Thames21 hosts one of the biggest mass clean-ups the river has ever seen.

The Shimmy, 21 September

London’s coolest street art festival brings creative sparkle to the riverside borough of Wandsworth. Walk along the river through concrete wharfs, along a street and under a magnificent canopy of trees – and be surprised by wonderful art encounters along the way.

The full programme of events will be announced in July 2014. For more information visit

There’s something for everyone to get involved in with this fantastic month-long programme of events along this very special 42-mile stretch of the river.

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