The full programme for the Mayor's Thames Festival in September has been announced.

The festival is being expanded this year - extended to ten days and broadened to include the non-tidal river rather than just focussing on the river in London. It will be held between September 6th and 15th.

Among the highlights is a relay from source to sea, previously revealed by River Thames News. Ramblers, swimmers and boaters will take turns to carry a baton in the form of a bottle of Thames water along different reaches of the Thames.

A series of Thames Talks will cover everything from the river past, present and future: from climate change, geography and cartography to literature, cinema, art and architecture.

Thames Walks will involve authors and blue badge guides on explorations of London's river as they reveal its secrets and stories.

A series of art projects will celebrate the history, culture, sounds and vessels of the river.

Over fifty works of art inspired by the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant will be brought together for the very first time at the Pump House gallery in Battersea Park.

A Royal Navy ship will be moored in West India Dock during the festival and will be open to the public.

The restored London fire boat Massey Shaw is expected to be the star of the St Katherine Docks classic boat festival being staged on two weekends during the festival.

The Great River Race and barge-driving races will be held during the festival.

Full details on the Thames Festival website

Story dated August 8th 2013


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