See London’s river Thames brought to life in a month-long season of events along the river’s 42-mile (68km) stretch during the Totally Thames 2017 festival.
This year’s 150 events fall under three main themes: the river Thames’ rich history, the 300th anniversary of Handel’s Water Music, and the issue of plastic pollution in rivers and oceans.
Walk along the Thames to see large-scale art installations, exhibitions and live performances. Enjoy a concert below river-level or join an archaeological tour of the river's surroundings. See boats of all sizes cruise down the river, or get on the water yourself with watersports and boat parties.
Totally Thames 2017 Programme Highlights
Art Installations and Exhibitions
- Spot Maria Arceo’s Future Dust, a large-scale art installation made from plastic collected along the Thames, which moves to different riverside locations. The artwork lights up as night falls thanks to artist Tim Scheffer. 1-30 Sep
- Explore the history of the Thames’ boatyards through photography, film and interviews in a series of Working River: London’s Boatyards exhibitions. 1-30 Sep
- See river-inspired works of art created by young people from around the globe in the Rivers of the World exhibition in City Hall and along the Thames pathway from More London to South Bank. 1-30 Sep
Music and Spoken-word Performances
- Descend into Tower Bridge to experience Iain Chambers‘ Bascule Chamber Concerts, featuring classic and contemporary performances inside the subterranean Victorian space which houses the bridge's huge counterweights during lifting. 22-24 Sep
- Listen to the Kid’s Choir of 400 primary school children perform songs including a response to Handel’s Water Music at The Scoop. 17 Sep
- Hear the talented young Boat Poets’ spoken-word responses to their Thames residency at the National Poetry Library, Tongue Fu Boat Party and MBNA Thames Clippers. 6, 25, 28 Sep
Activities on the River
- Cheer on your favourite crew during the Great River Race, as traditional boats race their way from Millwall to Ham. Some race competitively, while others take part just for fun. 9 Sep
- Enjoy an evening of poetry, comedy and music as you sail down the Thames at the Tongue Fu Boat Party. 25 Sep
- Jump into the Thames alongside other experienced swimmers for the Tidal River Swim around Chiswick Eyot. 2 Sep
- Have fun paddleboarding while cleaning up the river at the Plastic Ocean Festival’s afternoon of Paddle & Pick. 30 Sep