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 largest fleet of Tall Ships to visit London in 25 years will arrive during this free five-day festival. You will have the chance to board the Tall Ships, with an evening fireworks displays, cultural performances, music and entertainment and festival procession. 5-9 Sep
The Great River Race
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
Source to Sea
Follow the journey of one bottle filled with water from the Thames source in a relay event across London. 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. 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
The exhibition will feature some of the most important large-scale printed surveys of London ever produced at the OXO Gallery. 5-14 Sep
Other events during the festival include:
- The Floating Cinema: St Katharine Docks Residency
- Late London: Sonic City – Bridging the World with Scanner
- The Thames SENSEation
- Classic Boat Rally – St Katharine Docks
- Barge Driving Races
- Maggie’s Culture Crawl
As part of Open House, you will wind your way around the capital, with exclusive access to buildings such as The Foreign Office and Fulham Palace with performances from musicians and artists along the way.
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.