Thames Festival

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The Mayor's Thames Festival is London's largest outdoor arts festival. Free for all to attend and a great way for Londoners to meet people from their local communities.

The Thames Festival celebrates London and the iconic river at its heart –the Thames– by dancing in the streets, feasting on bridges, racing on the river and playing at the water’s edge.

Rumours

This isn't the sort of festival that generates rumour mill activity, as the kind of people who attend this great event, are happy to be surprised on the day.

Lineup

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Vibe

Highly valued by the Mayor of London, London boroughs and the Arts Council, the Thames Festival is one of the capital’s most-loved events, giving Londoners a fabulous free weekend of arts, spectacle and entertainment, and generating a feel-good factor that is second to non

Venues and other entertainment

There is venues and open areas taking part all along the thames, with the folowing highlights:

  • Live Music
  • Dance
  • Art Installations
  • Carnivals
  • River Races
  • Street Art
  • Workshops and more.

Tickets

The event is free to attend.

BECOME A FRIEND OF THE FESTIVAL

Become a Friend of the Thames Festival, get some great benefits, and help keep London's most spectacular weekend of the year FREE for everyone to enjoy!

Festival Friend Annual Membership - only £15

Benefits include:

• Entry to a special VIP viewing area for the spectacular festival fireworks on Blackfriars Bridge – the perfect place to watch the fireworks on the night that London says goodbye to the 2012 Games

• Amazing offers and deals with our partners along the festival site throughout the year. including Pont de la Tour and the Oxo Tower Restaurant and Bar

• Entry to an exclusive Friends’ competition to win your very own private champagne capsule for you and up to 20 friends on the EDF Energy London Eye

• Regular emails giving you the inside track on the festival’s creative programme and Friends’ events

• A thank you on our website and the knowledge that that you have supported an event that puts a huge smile on everyone’s face at the end of the summer

For every Festival Friend, Thames Festival Trust receives an additional £15 in match funding from Arts Council England, meaning that your support is doubly valuable to us.

VIP

As it is a free event, there are no VIP sections at the festival.

Children

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Disability Access

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Weather

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Location

  • BY TUBE: For the area on the South Bank the nearest tubes are Waterloo and Embankment (Disabled access), For the area by the Tate the nearest tube is Southwark and Blackfriars, For the area by Southwark Bridge the nearest tubes are Canon Street and Borough, For the area by Tower Bridge and The Scoop at More London, nearest tubes are London Bridge (Disabled access) and Tower Hill.
  • BY BUS: There are many bus stops in the local vicinity, including the RV1 which runs along the Festival site. For more information about travelling via bus from your local area, check out TFL online.
  • BY BIKE: Plan your route on the Transport for London website. The Barclays cycle hire scheme is also available with many docking stations along the festival site.
  • BY THE RIVER: Use the scheduled river services which depart from the following piers: Waterloo, Embankment, Festival, Bankside, London Bridge City & Tower.

Local Information

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Travel

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Local Accommodation

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What to wear

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Camping

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Site Information

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Food and drink

London’s most inspiring and spectacular food event, Feast on the Bridge will be returning for a fifth fantastic year. As the main theme for 2011 is fish, so look out for the Forgotten Fish Restaurant.

Perform at the festival

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Volunteer or work

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Drugs and security

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Stream online

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Mobile Apps

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Trivia

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Past lineups

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