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Totally Thames 2019

Ends 30 Sep 2019 at 10:51 PM

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Totally Thames, the month-long festival celebrating the River Thames and its rich heritage, is back for a 6th edition with a diverse programme that inspires, connects and enthrals throughout the month of September. The festival runs along the 42-mile (68km) stretch of the Thames and from 1-30 September you can take part in a large range of events from pop-up live performances, boating events, art installations, exhibitions, river clean-ups, talks, workshops and so much more.

Through the Totally Thames programme explore the ever-changing relationship of the Thames to its urban and rural surroundings. Check out our top picks below.

The Barking Stink

The Barking Stink is a new heritage project by Thames Festival Trust that engages your senses to discover London’s layered mysteries and stories. There are two events as part of The Barking Stink that we think you will enjoy.

Heritage Cruise with Iain Sinclair

Monday 16 September | 19:15 – 21:15

Join Iain Sinclair, one of London’s most highly respected authors, on board a special Thames Clippers boat that will take you from London Bridge City Pier to Barking and back. Iain will be sharing smelly riverside histories, sights, scents and submerged Thames memories. Book your ticket now.

Nearest pier: London Bridge City Pier

The Barking Stink: a scented heritage exhibition

Valence House Museum, Dagenham RM8 3HT | Sat 24 Aug - Wed 6 Nov
South Bank, SE1 9PX | Sat 24 Aug - Sat 5 Oct

Children, young people and curious adults are invited to explore the story of Barking’s industrial past through the sense of smell. Sewage, manure, fish, fertiliser, scent of a fizz pop factory… so many layers of smells and stenches will be on display for you to whiff at this immersive exhibition at Valence House Museum in Dagenham. But if you prefer to learn about the rich industrial past of Barking Creek without the smells head to the pop-up exhibition outside the National Theatre in South Bank. Learn more.

Nearest pier: London Eye (Waterloo)

Illuminated River Official Boat Tours - SOLD OUT

The first four bridges of Illuminated River, the public art commission to light up the bridges of the Thames at night, are now lit! To best experience this beautiful artwork join the official City Guides and experts from Historic England on one of our Official Boat Tours on the 5, 10, 12 or 19 of September departing from either Tower or London Bridge City piers. Sail underneath the bridges while our guides take you on a journey through time and discover more about these great London landmarks. Seeing the illuminated bridges lined up in front of you is mesmerizing.
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Nearest pier: Tours depart from either London Bridge City or Tower Pier.

Other Highlights

  • Doggett’s Coat and Badge Wager 2019
    4 September | 14:00 | London Bridge City Pier
    Up to six young watermen (including our very own award winning young Master James Berry) will row under 11 bridges on the 4 mile 7 furlong (7,400 metre) course between London Bridge and Cadogan Pier (Chelsea).
  • A river runs through it
    4 - 8 September | 11:00 - 20:00 | Bankside or Blackfriars* Pier
    A River Runs Through It, an exhibition of art inspired by London and its ever-changing landscape, showcases original work created by Urban Soup - a collective of very different artists from London’s community of self-funded studios. See how five very different artists see London in incredibly different ways. At Oxo Tower Gallery. Free entry.
    * Blackfriars Pier only operates during commuting hours Monday to Friday.
  • Women on the Waters' Edge - Tales from Thameside
    4 & 18 September | 18:00-19:30 | Blackfriars Pier
    The river has been seen as an exclusively male domain for thousands of years but a few enterprising women have broken through that barrier. They lived and worked on and around the river, challenging the male industries and monopolies.
  • Thank You For Having Us
    7 September | 20:00 | Blackfriars Pier
    Join Générik Vapeur and Gorilla Circus on a night-time walk through a plastic-filled artificial island formed by the currents of the North Pacific ocean. This adrenaline-fuelled performance featuring daring aerial acrobatics, high-wire stunts, pyrotechnics and live music and will transform the City’s streets into a spectacle.
  • RNLI Tower Lifeboat Station Open Days
    Several dates | Embankment Pier
    RNLI Tower Lifeboat Station is one of the four unique lifeboat stations along the river Thames. Book a visit to learn more about our amazing Lifeboat crew and take a tour Station.
  • The Ship of Tolerance
    4 September – 6 October | Bankside Pier
    The Ship of Tolerance – a 60-foot long, hand-crafted wooden ship - is dedicated to educating and inspiring young people through the universal language of art.
  • Careers On The Thames
    30 September | 17:00-19:00 | London Bridge City Pier
    Thames Skills Academy would like to invite you to their annual #CareersOnTheThames event to showcase the amazing breadth of careers available along the 95 mile stretch of the river Thames.