Totally Thames takes place over the month of September and brings the river to life via an exciting season of arts, cultural and river events throughout the 42-mile stretch of the Thames in London.

The programme is promoted widely via partner organisations both nationally and internationally. In 2014, 2.7 million people attended over 170 Totally Thames events and the London-wide marketing and PR campaign achieved 500+ media breaks to the value of approx. £2 million and reaching 124 million people.

Totally Thames is endorsed and supported by The Mayor of London, London First, Arts Council England, Port of London Authority and all 17 London boroughs with a riverfront. It is organised and delivered by Thames Festival Trust. The charitable trust has a 17-year track record in delivering high quality river and riverfront events including the Thames Festival and The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant.

Totally Thames aspires to: 

  • Increase visitation to the multiple assets and attractions on the Thames in London
  • Be widely acknowledged as the best season of river events in the world

What we do

  • Commission highly distinctive, artistic, river, foreshore and waterfront interventions.
  • Installations, exhibitions, performances and animations in river environments.
  • Riverfront festivals and celebrations.
  • A programme of river cruises in the company of inspirational speakers.
  • A series of talks and walks in river locations.
  • River races, regattas and rallies and the visits of extraordinary vessels.
  • Education and outreach programmes to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of the river’s history, environment and ecology.
  • Promote Thames leisure pursuits like walking, running, cycling, swimming, fishing, mud-larking, rowing, kayaking, paddle boarding, cruising and sailing.
  • Encourage the use of river transport and visitation to the many Thames assets: parks and open spaces, places to eat and drink by the river, heritage and arts attractions. 

Totally Thames 2015

This year's Totally Thames will once again bring the river to life in a celebration of all things arts, cultural, river-related Thames. There are plenty of opportunities to get on and into the water, from paddle steamers to paddle boarding, cruising on a Tall Ship to wild swimming. Beside the river, there’s mudlarking on the foreshore and an open day at Tower Beach. Chances to get active include the 20k Thames Bridges Trek and the fishing, kayaking and boat trips at Tidefest, to the annual Source to Sea River Relay. The festival balances these with the more sedate pleasures of concerts in riverside churches, special events at Thameside attractions, a late night tryst at Chelsea Physic Garden, special offers at riverside restaurants, and a night of poetry celebrating wild swimming.

This year includes live art in various iterations along the entire 42-mile stretch through the capital. As well as theatre performances, kids’ choirs and a unique contemporary opera, The Lighthouse, accessed by boat at Trinity Buoy Wharf, Totally Thames is delighted to announce the premiere Bascule Chamber Concert inside Tower Bridge. The first ever public event to take place in this fascinating space, composer Iain Chambers will transform this global landmark into a giant musical instrument based on sound recordings taken inside the chambers.

Travel to Totally Thames events by boat. Major boat operators are offering 2-for-1 on river travel throughout September.

CLICK HERE to browse the full Totally Thames 2015 programme.