The Mayor’s Thames Festival is to be extended to a full month-long celebration of the river next year. All the capital’s riverside boroughs and organisations upriver are to be involved.

The festival which gets underway today (Friday) has been extended to ten days this year from its usual weekend. From next year it will be held throughout September.

Announcing the event’s expansion Festival Director Adrian Evans said: “This year’s decision to extend the festival has been very well received and we think the time is right to make it into a whole month of celebration of London’s great river.

“For sixteen years we have focussed on the stretch between Tower Bridge and Westminster Bridge but we decided it should not be restricted to that stretch, or restricted to one weekend. A month will allow us to link up with events all along the Thames.”

In a bid to extend the appeal of the festival a relay is currently under way in which a bottle of Thames water is being carried by a series of volunteers including walkers, swimmers and boaters from the river’s source to the estuary.

This year’s festival features a series of art events, talks, walks and a concerto performed by hooters, whistles, bells and horns of historic ships moored on the Thames.

Rivers of the World links 2,000 young people around the world  sharing  their views and research about their local river.

The annual Classic Boat Festival at St Katharine Docks is being held over the two weekends of this year’s festival.

More on the Source to Sea relay HERE

More on the festival in our earlier story HERE

Story dated September 6th 2013


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