September sees a spectacular, month-long celebration of the River Thames.

Totally Thames – an expanded and re-branded Mayor’s Thames Festival – encompasses over 100 arts, cultural and river events along 42-miles of the Thames.

They include walks, talks, films, music, boating events, exhibitions,and river-related behind-the-scenes visits.

Robert Gordon Clark, Chair of the organisers, the Thames Festival Trust, said: "Our aim is simple - to make this the largest river-related celebration anywhere in the world - and by 2016 we hope to achieve that."

Boris Johnston, the Mayor of London, said:"Festivals like Totally Thames are a fantastic way to get people delving deeper into the significance of our great river. [It] will be one of the cultural highlights of 2014"

Among the highlights:

The Greenwich Tall Ships Festival - the largest fleet of tall ships to visit London for 25 years. More details here and our earlier story HERE

The Great River Race sees 300 crews rowing from Millwall to Ham.

St Katharine Dock's Classic Boat Festival is being held over the weekend of Sept 14th and 15th.

More than 18 archeological walks and talks are taking place over the month. Handel's Music for the Royal Fireworks is being performed by an orchestra at Hampton Court.

Exhibitions include one of rare maps of the river from the 16th century to the present day.

The Panorama of the Thames project compares the river in 1829 with the present day. The floating cinema will take up residecy at St Katharine's and a film wil explain the signifcance of theFirst World War Dazzle ship (pictured below).

Activities include the Thames Path Challenge.

The festival is being staged across all 17 London riverside boroughs. And it is not just on the Tideway. The second source to sea relay has been under way since last month. More details of its progress HERE

See the full events calendar HERE

Or browse an online brochure HERE

Story dated September 1st 2014.


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