The annual Mayor's Thames Festival has been extended to a full month and relaunched under the banner Totally Thames.

Events taking place throughout September range from river races to foreshore archaeology, exploration, environmental and educational activities plus arts events as well as river-linked events run by charities and voluntary organisations across the 17 London riverside boroughs and upstream.

Among the highlights during the month are:

The second Source to Sea Relay - a symbolic bottle of spring water from the river's source transported by relays of walkers, boaters and swimmers along the entire length of the Thames.

A performance of Handel’s Fireworks Music and Illuminations at Hampton Court Palace, performed by an orchestra and followed by a Georgian fireworks display.

The Big Thames Tidy. Leading water charity, Thames21, hosts one of the biggest mass clean-ups the river has ever seen. 

Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Festival - see our separate story HERE

The annual Great River Race - see more details HERE

 The Shimmy street art festival in the riverside borough of Wandsworth

Totally Thames is led by Adrian Evans who was Pageant Master for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. He said: “Totally Thames aims to be the biggest season of river events in the world, shining a light on all that’s great about London’s iconic river – from walking and eating beside it, to river rallies and races, to its amazing heritage attractions and green spaces and, of course, its excellent river-inspired art and events.”

Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, said: "Totally Thames is another great celebration of the river, which I hope will make people appreciate its significance even more, whether they use it for commuting, for transporting goods, or for pure pleasure."

The full Totally Thames programme will be announced in July.

More on the Totally Thames website.

Story dated April 10th 2014


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