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Celebrating our Mighty River
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Douglas Fishbone

The River Thames is the life blood of London, flowing through the heart of the city like veins run through our own bodies. It seems only fitting that we should celebrate its existence, and that's why The Mayor's Thames Festival is an annual event. Usually the festival only a lasts a weekend, but this year it has been extended to a whopping ten days. So head into London between the 6th-15th September for river walks, river talks, river races, river cruises, river everything.

Deluxe River Cruise
14th & 15th September, 1.30pm & 4pm 10 adult, 8 concessions

Travel from Westminster to Tower Pier as Doug Fishbone takes you on a guided tour. The American conceptual artist will provide a unique interpretation of the city, using storytelling and stand-up comedy.

River Talks
7 adult, 5 concession

There are ten lively talks to attend this year, covering topics such as climate change, geography, cartography, literature, cinema, art, and architecture. The Sea Inside explores Londoner's connection to the sea, The Navy Way looks at how businesses could benefit from adopting the Navy's ethos, and Bettany Hughes delves into the making of The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant. There will also be artist talks, in which Richard Wilson, Zatorski, Hew Locke will give insight about their work.

Thames Walks
7 adult, 5 concession

With over a dozen walks to choose from, you'll definitely get a workout at this festival. Discover London's lost rivers as you follow buried routes, join Blue Badge Guides on fascinating historical tours of churches, brothels, and bridges, or meet up with archaeologists and dig up interesting facts.

Other exciting activities include a photography competition, poetry reading, Kids' Choir, workshops at London Beach, Barge Driving Races, and much more.
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Why? Fun for families
When: 6th - 15th Sept
Phone: 020 7928 8998
Where: Along the Thames
Cost: 5-10
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