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Thames Nippers Storytime

Ended Mar 23, 2018 at 11:13 AM

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Celebrate World Book Day and take to the Thames with MBNA Thames Clippers and Walker Books for storytelling sessions on the river

Round up your Thames Nippers for a river adventure filled with bear hunts, owl babies, missing hats and more. Perfect for pre-schoolers, hop on board the RB2 service between London Bridge and Battersea piers to enjoy these free tales on the Thames (included in usual ticket price).

World Book Day is on 1st March, a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. These story telling sessions start Friday 2nd March and run the next three Fridays to continue the celebrations


Story seekers can enjoy storytelling on the first four Fridays in March, on Friday 2, 9, 16 and 23 March, joining the RB2 Westbound service departing London Bridge City Pier at 1015 or subsequent piers through to Battersea Power Station Pier, or the RB2 Eastbound service, departing Battersea Power Station Pier at 1045 for its return journey to London Bridge City Pier.


Book your single ticket for just £6.50. Alternatively, to experience the whole session, book a return or all day River Roamers online. Adults can also touch in and out with Oyster or contactless to pay as you go at any pier along the route. Kids under 5 years old travel for free.


We've teamed up with leading children's publisher, Walker Books. Here's a full list of titles that can be enjoyed during the Thames Nippers Storytelling sessions:

  • BABY GOES TO MARKET by Atinuke Tanya Akinyemi-Sears and illustrated by Angela Brooksbank
  • GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU by Sam McBratney and illustrated by Anita Jeram
  • OWL BABIES by Martin Waddell and Illustrated by Patrick Benson
  • NO, NANCY, NO by Alice Tait
  • OH NO, GEORGE! by Chris Haughton
  • ALAN’S BIG, SCARY TEETH! by Peter Jarvis
  • HOOT OWL, MASTER OF DISGUISE by Sean Taylor and illustrated by Jean Jullien
  • I WANT MY HAT BACK by Jon Klassen
  • MAISY’S BOAT by Lucy Cousins
  • WE’RE GOING ON A BEAR HUNT by Michael Rosen and Illustrated by Helen Oxenbury 

The Thames Nippers Storytelling sessions will take place on the 1015 RB2 westbound service from London Bridge City Pier, calling at Bankside Pier (1019), Blackfriars Pier (1022), Embankment Pier (1029), Millbank Pier (1037), St George Wharf (Vauxhall) Pier (1040), and Battersea Power Station pier (1043). The 1045 RB2 eastbound service departs Battersea Power Station Pier, calling at St George Wharf (Vauxhall) Pier (1050), Millbank Pier (1053), Embankment Pier (1102), Blackfriars Pier (1108), Bankside Pier (1111) and London Bridge City Pier (1113). See our timetable here.

With on-board coffee bars, the comfortable catamarans are the perfect venue for a catch up. Easy access for buggies, toilet and baby changing facilities on board, our boats are a scenic and hassle-free option for exploring the capital with young families.

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