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Mayor’s Thames Festival 2013 – from 6 to 15 September

Doug Fishbone_Mayor’s Thames Festival 2013

The 2013 Mayor’s Thames Festival starts today and will take place over an extended ten day period this year from 6th to 15th September.

For the first time, the festival will extend beyond its usual concentrated weekend of riverside animations to a wider season of creative new commissions, river events, and many activities to connect, involve, inspire and entice people down to the river and onto its waters.

The Mayor’s Thames Festival gets underway today with a moving and evocative film celebrating the people and places of the Thames is unveiled on a massive outdoor riverside screen near Oxo Tower Wharf, London.

The new festival will launch modestly in 2013 and there are no carnival or fireworks this year but it will grow in stature over the coming years, and feature extraordinary new creative commissions, amazing river events, incentives to get people on to the river, and many new activities to connect, involve and inspire people with one of the UK’s greatest natural assets.

Expanding from the area it has historically occupied between Westminster Bridge and Tower Bridge in central London to encompass the entire river from source to sea, it will focus on events inspired by the Thames and water-related issues.

Doug Fishbone_Mayor's Thames Festival 2013

Doug Fishbone will take a surreal and humorous look at the River Thames when he leads cruises of the River Thames


What’s so funny about the Thames? Once described by a leading critic as ‘a stand-up conceptual Doug Fishbone will be taking a surreal and humorous look at the river when he leads cruises of the Thames with a difference on 14th and 15th September.

St Katharine Docks Classic Boat Festival for the Thames Festival

If you love classic vessels, nearby St Katharine Docks is the place to be as boats including Gloriana – the Queen’s rowbarge, the Massey Shaw and a selection of Dunkirk Little Ships are open for guided tours with many other events during the weekends of 7-8 September and 14-15 September.

Highlights include:

St Katharine Docks Dunkirk Little Ships Tour (30 mins)

Limited to 10 spaces per tour this fascinating tour begins with the heroic story of Operation Dynamo followed by an exclusive guided talk down on the pontoon of the Dunkirk Little Ships on display. Be sure to reserve your tickets early.

Saturday 14 September 2pm
Sunday 15 September 2pm & 4pm

St Katharine Docks Classic Boat Tour (30 mins)

St Katharine Docks opened in 1828 to provide additional port facilities in London as sea trading throughout the world grew. Today, the docks are still busy welcoming vessels from around the world, though these boats are being sailed more for leisure than for trade. Join this exclusive tour down on the pontoon to learn about the transformation of the marina and the vessels that visit today.

Saturday 7 September 11am & 4pm
Sunday 8 September 11am & 4pm
Saturday 14 September 11am & 4pm
Sunday 15 September 11am & 4pm

Historic Tours of St Katharine Docks (60 mins)

Join local historian, Christopher West, in a unique tour around the world famous docks. The tour will take in the original site of the Mediaeval Hospital and Church, the Ivory House, Central Basin and the old warehouses (now modern office blocks) plus the West and East Docks. Learn about the luxury items imported from around the world, the people employed and the types of ships in the docks, its decline, the renovation to today’s Marina and its current community.  After the tour take time to visit Christopher West’s exhibition, ‘Celebrating St Katharine’s’ which will feature a number of relics from the old church and hospital.

Saturday 7 September 2pm
Saturday 8 September 2pm
Saturday 14 September 2pm
Saturday 15 September 2pm

For more information, booking and to view the full programme of events taking place for the Thames Festival this year visit www.thamesfestival.org/events.