The River Thames comes alive in September
Reader, you have probably kissed and promenaded beside The Thames – but have you seriously mud larked or feasted beside London’s iconic watery playground? Well, this month you can! The River Thames comes alive in September with a remarkable array of exciting and heroic adventures to experience along the banks of London’s watery super highway – a beacon of history, empire and an eternal symbol of Britain’s power on the world stage.
This September Totally Thames celebrates the river in all its magnificence. The celebration is an exciting new, month long arts festival and the good news is its free! The celebration includes over 100 river adventures from a once in a lifetime spectacle at Battersea Power Station to mud larking and the opportunity to explore the fascinating archaeology of this iconic river. The action takes place at locations along the banks of the river and include: music, arts, thrilling river races, exploration of the history of the Thames and foreshore archaeology.
If the Totally Thames event sounds like your British cup of tea, then head down for one of the highlights of the festival; The Source to Sea River Relay, absoloutey not to be missed. With breathtaking hidden viewpoints from the river hitting centre stage, the journey of a tiny water bottle along the Thames will illustrate the power of London’s great river. With communities based along the River all mucking in, the water bottle relay will be one of the unmissable highlights of the festival.
Remember those rubber yellow ducks that were constant features of bath time in childhood? Now contemplate the celebrated Dutch Artist Florentijn Hofman, the mastermind behind the giant rubber duck built to circulate over thirteen cities around the world from 2007 to present day. What will he do next?! This year Totally Thames has commissioned Hofman to present his very first UK sculpture destined to provoke debate. With the location a closely guarded secret, do not fret as there will be an opportunity to gaze solidly at this contemporary masterpiece until September 29th, where it will remain at Nine Elms at the South Bank.
At EH, we think the piece de resistance is tonight’s spectacle at Battersea Power Station. In a scene-stealing scenario, straight out of James Bond, Battersea will be lit by cascades of candles, magical and colourful fire displays, supported by a mix of parisian music.
Take advantage of the this special offer and travel The Thames with an exclusive 2 for 1 offer throughout September through this address http://totallythames.org/september-river-travel.
For those of you who may have never experienced the tranquility of passing through the iconic sites of London by water, we can thoroughly recommend it, it is a great way to get away from the hustle and bustle of of city life on land.
Totally Thames director Adrian Evans sums up what the river means to London – “It’s ‘the capital’s greatest natural asset, a source of constant inspiration and delight.” Relive the energy and spectacle of the 2012 Olympics – and celebrate The Thames – a national treasure that never, ever stands still and lies at the very epi-centre of London life.
The Floating Cinema: St Katharine Docks Residency
Wednesday 10 – Sunday 14 September
St Katharine Docks, 50 St Katharine’s Way, E1W 1LA
The Floating Cinema will take up residence in historic St Katharine Docks for five days of special screenings, artists’ workshops and talks on the theme of water and everyone’s relationship to it. Taking place on a unique canal boat, this residency will feature artists such as Tracy and Hobbs’ Bureau of Lost and Found, Neville Gabie, Tania Kovats and Lise Autogena.
Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Festival
Friday 5 – Tuesday 9 September
Check Royal Greenwich website for timetable and locations
The Royal Borough of Greenwich will celebrate the largest fleet of Tall Ships to visit London in 25 years with five days of free festival fun across historic Greenwich, Royal Arsenal Woolwich, Greenwich Peninsula and West India Dock. This festival offers chances to board some Tall Ships moored along the Greenwich waterfront; dazzling evening fireworks displays (on Friday 5 and Saturday 6 September); free cultural performances, music and entertainment at the festival villages; with a spectacular festival launch and a closing Parade of Sail, which can be viewed along the river.
Firing on the Foreshore
Saturday 13 September: 12pm – 5.30pm
Thames foreshore, Bankside, London SE1, Opposite Shakespeare’s Globe
FREE, all ages
This event celebrates an ancient London tradition going back more than 5,000 years, in which pots made from Thames river clay will be fired in two bonfires constructed on the foreshore from Thames driftwood, before they are covered by the incoming tide. Leading Thames archaeologist Dr Fiona Haughey will be on hand to answer any questions.
Blue Ribbon Village
Saturday 13 – Sunday 14 September
12pm – 6pm
Potters Fields Park, SE1 2AA
This much-loved, annual event offers two days of fantastic free activities for all ages celebrating the River Thames and its environs. Visitors can meet farm animals, make a model or talk to the many river organisations exhibiting at this lovely riverside park in the shadow of Tower Bridge, while The Boatshed Stage will bring together some of the most exciting bands around for a big end-of-summer celebration of live music.
Fire Garden by Carabosse
Friday 5 – Saturday 6 September
Battersea Power Station, 188 Kirtling St, London SW8 5BN
All ages (booking information TBC)
For one of its last ever public events before closing for development, Battersea Power Station will be transformed into a spectacular display of fire and light by internationally renowned French artists, Carabosse, who use improvised live music, steam and fire-powered kinetic sculptures together with a mass application of fire and flame installations to create highly evocative environments.
Written By Alison Jane Reid – Additional Writing and Research By Tamir Davies