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Over a million visitors are expected in Greenwich over Easter for this year's Tall Ships Regatta.

Taking place over the weekend of April 13th to 16th, and featuring up to 30 Tall Ships at two locations - Greenwich town centre and the Woolwich Royal Arsenal - there will also be two festival sites with activities and entertainment.

Around 30 ships will be on the Thames for the Rendezvous Regatta. They include eight of the largest, A class tall ships. Among them are the 28 metre De Jantje and the triple masted barque Artemis, built in Norway in 1926 as a whaler.

See pictures and a full list of visiting Tall Ships plus how to visit HERE.

For the last event held in 2014, over 1.1 million visitors came to the festival and organisers hope even more will attend the four day event.

Councillor Denise Scott-McDonald, Greenwich Cabinet Member said: "The Tall Ships themselves will be a marvellous sight, but the festival activities that visitors can enjoy will be absolutely too.

"We've got re-enactors in period costumes, roving street performers; live music from jazz, blues, folk, modern and flamenco; face-painting and other activities for younger children and fireworks to dazzle.

"We've got a Nautical Adventure Trail for families and a Heritage Riverside Walk, and as well as the huge amount and variety of acts and performances at both festival sites, there will be events, art exhibitions and performances popping up in cafes, shops and bars around many town centres across the borough so don't be surprised if someone spontaneously starts dancing or singing while you're doing a spot of shopping!

Part of the legacy of the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta is that 50 local young people are being sponsored for the opportunity of a lifetime to crew a Tall Ship.


Follow the Tall Ships event on twitter - @Royal_Greenwich, and use the hashtag #TallShips2017

or follow the event on Facebook.

Tall Ships regatta website

Find out more about all the entertainment taking place at both Festival sites

Organisers Sail Training International website

Tall Ships list

Story dated April 4th 2017