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Hit the shore: the best of Totally Thames Festival events

The Totally Thames festival hits our shores with events throughout London and Surrey this September. Along with Thames path adventures, concerts, art installations and kid friendly foreshore walks, plus a Regatta, these are the events we’ve got our eyes on


Regatta London

On 29 September, the twisting Thames will be taken on by hundreds of rowers, kayakers, canoers and paddle boarders making the most of the river with a fun-filled mass participation paddle sports event. Regatta offers participants a unique experience of the capital with no other non-racing boats and no tides thanks to the planned closure of the Thames barrier. Soak up the views and try out two iconic routes – Hammersmith and finishing in Greenwich and The Big Ben Challenge – from Putney to Big Ben.

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Thames Rockets  

See the river onboard a Thames Rocket for an adrenaline rush like no other. Step onboard at St Katharine Pier, in the shadow of Tower Bridge and whizz ahead of the slow tourist boats with the throttles on their 630 horsepower engines.
From £26.50


Kingston River Heritage Festival

Taking place from the 7-22 September, the Kingston River Festival is coinciding with the Totally Thames Festival, celebrating all aspects of Kingston’s riverside location. Kingston will host a range of activities including street theatre re-enacting a true story from 1745 of the last known ducking in the Thames (7&8 Sept), and a river walk with Kingston Tour Guides.


Thames Tidefest

On 8 September, Brentford Dock will be taken over for Thames Tidefst, with a celebration of the river including the biggest angling competition in London, trips to Lot’s Ait and Oliver’s Island, stand-up paddleboarding opportunities, kayaking, live music, exhibition and plenty of river-related stalls and activities.

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Totally Tidal Thames Swims

A spectacular swimming adventure in the tides of the Thames for experienced open-water swimmers keen to enjoy some time on the water. Afterwards, nip into the Black Lion pub in Hammersmith for a social and cheers to your sporting success.


Eel Pie Island Museum: Boatyards and Bands, Artists and Inventors

From 12-15 September, Eel Pie Island Museum will be opening its doors for you to discover the extraordinary history of London’s largest inhabited island with a fully illustrated guided walk where you’ll be exposed to a length musical history of Twickenham in the 1960s. Read more about the history of Eel Pie Island here.


On 28 September, the William Morris Society will be welcoming budding artists to Morris’ beloved home for the last 18 years of his life. Here you can get inspired by its collection of beautiful patterns that Morris was motivated to design through his love of the Thames, such as Wandle, Windrush, Cray and Kennet – all romantically named after tributaries of the Thames. Come along and paint your own Thames tile.


Join in on an eerie exploration of the London Docks after dark, loaded with the supernatural, magical and haunted tales of the Thames onboard the magnificent historic sailing vessel, Lady Daphne. The wooden vessel is one of the most famous of London’s sailing barges and was built originally for English coastal trade. Storytelling will take place while the ship is in the dock.
From £8.06
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