Make the Totally Thames festival a highlight of your September visit to London
68 km of river, and a full month of things to do. The Totally Thames festival celebrates London’s iconic river with events that everyone can enjoy. Art, culture, performances, fascinating history and activities on and around the water. No matter what you choose to do, it’s a fabulous way to make your visit unique and memorable.
What is the Festival, and when?
The festival is a packed programme of events along the river. And it runs throughout September, with many events repeated. So, don’t worry if you’re only here for a short visit. Because there’s sure to be something to tempt your interest.
Check the programme and you’ll find art, films, walks and talks as well as hands-on activities. And of course, trips and activities on the water.
What are the highlights?
It’s hard to pick out highlights, because there are so many. However, how about an evening river cruise on a replica paddle steamer? With tango music for you to dance to? You can do just that on 19th September, on board the Dixie Queen.
Alternatively, if you want another unique way to see London, join in the night kayak. This takes you on a 3-hour downriver trip from Battersea to Greenwich, led by professional instructors. And it’s running on several nights during the month – check the website for prices, booking and dates.
Lastly, if you prefer to stay on dry land, try the exhibition ‘Foragers of the Foreshore’ at the end of the month. This is all about the pastime of mudlarking. So, what’s mudlarking? It’s the activity of exploring the river shore at low tide for historical finds. The river washes up all kinds of objects, going back to Roman times, so mudlarkers often discover all kinds of curious items. https://totallythames.org/event/foragers-of-the-foreshore
Of course, that’s not all. In fact, there’s so much going on that it’s a good idea to check the full programme. For example, watch a regatta, discover the river through photograph or virtual reality, or take a guided walk. Alternatively, take a boat trip or view some river-related art.
However, whatever you decide, we recommend checking the website first. Because some events are paid and require advance booking.