Make sure you Get on the River this Thames Festival!

Paddle a canoe under Tower Bridge, take in a high-octane speedboat trip, indulge in a film by David Kew at Hermitage Moorings, enjoy a gentle cruise in a traditional Thames barge or get behind the scenes at the UK's busiest lifeboat station.

There’s something for everyone. 

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Hermitage Moorings Group Kayak Tours - Moo CanoesThames Sailing Barge Lady Daphne      Thames Festival Rocket Experience - RIBSShaken Not Stirred river cruises - Diplomat Cruises Royal Navy warship group visitsThe Golden Hinde guided tours  


Hermitage Moorings

Hermitage Community Moorings provides berths for up to 20 historic vessels.
See the 1513: A Ships’ Opera performers: historic ships VIC 56, VIC 95, Kent, De Walvisch, Barking and Fearnought and talk to the crews. Take in David Kew’s The Last of the Watermen – a beautiful film depicting the river Thames as seen through the eyes of Peter Duggan, tug and barge skipper and one of the river’s longest serving watermen.

Wednesday 11 - Sunday 15 Sept, 11am - 4pm

16 Wapping High St  London, Greater London E1W 1NG

Thames Sailing Barge Lady Daphne

Live history with a Thames cruise aboard the SB Lady Daphne. Built in 1923 for English coastal trade, this classic vessel one of London’s most well known wooden red-sailed ships that dominated London's skyline in the days before road transport. To top it all, Tower Bridge will be raised twice especially for you.

Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 September, 12pm and 2.30pm

Embark: London Bridge City Pier, SE1 2HW

Tickets: £30 Adult, £10 Child 2-12, £0 Infant, under 2

Shaken Not Stirred river cruises - Diplomat Cruises

Experience an adrenaline fueled ride onboard a unique and historic vessel - 'Shaken Not Stirred' the actual Sunseeker used in the Thames speedboat chase sequence in the Bond film 'The World is Not Enough' and a featured vessel in the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Pageant 2012.
All this for just a special Festival rate of £99 per person, including a glass of bubbly when you board!

Friday 6 - Sunday 15 September, various times. Click  HERE for details

90 minute cruises from Blackfriars Pier, SE1

Tickets: £99 per person

Group Kayak Tours on the Thames - Moo Canoes

Moo Canoes - An active and adventurous way to experience the River Thames during festival week. Get a group of friends or colleagues together for an unforgettable tour of the most iconic waterway in the world.

Monday 9 - Thursday 12 September incl, various times. Click HERE for details

Thames Festival Rocket Experience - RIBS

It’s fast, it’s furious and it’s a world first. Thames Rockets is a new thrilling, high-speed boat ride blasting off this summer in the capital and operating exclusively in the new Thames ‘high speed zone’, the first public boat to do so.  Come aboard at St Katharine Docks for this racy river extravaganza, set to a best of British medley.

Embark St Katharine Docks Pier

Weekends - Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 and Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 September, 15 minute experience running every twenty minutes from 11am - 2pm

Tickets: £20 per adult, £12 child. Family (2+2) £59

Royal Navy warship group visits

Opportunities for group tours on board a Royal Navy frigate berthed at the Royal Docks during Thames Festival.

  Sunday 8 Sept: 1pm - 2pmSunday 8 Sept: 2pm - 3pm                                             Sunday 8 Sept: 3pm - 4pmTuesday 10 Sept: 10am - 11amTuesday 10 Sept: 11am - 12pmTuesday 10 Sept:1pm - 2pmTuesday 10 Sept: 2pm - 3pmTuesday 10 Sept:3pm - 4pm                                        

RNLI Lifeboat Station Guided Tours

Your chance to get behind the scenes at the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s busiest station. Ever since it opened in January 2002 Tower Lifeboat Station has been the busiest in the entire RNLI, with crew on duty 24 hours a day every day throughout the year.
Learn what keeps Tower Lifeboat so busy, and about the RNLI’s work round the whole of the UK and Ireland.  See the crew kit, the duty lifeboat and the modern facilities on a pier built at the same time as the embankment itself and used as a river police station for over 125 years.

Tuesday 10 & Saturday 14 September, 10am, 3pm & 7:30pm

Tours 1 hour, limited places, advance booking essential

Lifeboat Pier Victoria Embankment Westminster London WC2R 2PP

FREE - Donations encouraged

The Golden Hinde Mini Guided Tour

Come join The Golden Hinde as we take part in the annual Thames Festival, celebrating everything great about the South Bank and the Thames pathway. Join a 30-minute guided tour and explore this fantastic ship, learning about the life of a Tudor sailor along the way.

Saturday 14 September, 11am - 4.30pm, 30-minute guided tours

Boat trips aboard Dunkirk Little Ship Silver Queen

Step aboard Silver Queen, a Dunkirk Little Ship which helped save the British Army in WW2.  45 minute historic boat trips around Royal Victoria dock taking in  historical tales, film sets and the London skyline..

Every day of the festival : Friday 6 September - Sunday 15 September, on the hour from 11am

Tickets: £5pp (infants for free) buy on board.  Sunset private hire for 12 people special Thames Festival offer of £90 for an hour, call 07500 799149 to arrange.