Sat 11 – Sun 12 September 2010 / 12 noon till 6pm
St Katharine Docks
- Photo: Anya Belikova
The Thames Revival celebrates vintage glamour, classic boats and the golden days of sailing.
For one weekend only, enjoy the opportunity to step back in time by entering St Katharine Docks to marvel at a full display of historic vessels, and get into the spirit of things by dressing to suit your favourite maritime era. Admire hearty fishing smacks, rub gunwales with the finest racing yachts, and hear the tooting of a steam tug as it punctuates the silky purrings of upriver motor launches.
In Centre Basin there are all sorts of things to watch, from a ‘Row of War’ to boating demonstrations. Ashore, you can find a variety of maritime stalls displaying traditional things such as boat-building skills, or take the time to soak up the atmosphere in one of the many bars and restaurants with waterside view.
Two boats in particular have made epic voyages to arrive at the Thames Festival and should not be missed. The Fryderyk Chopin, the biggest sailing boat of its type in the world, will be moored at St Katharine’s Pier having set sail from Poland in June. And artist Filip Jonker will sail into port from the Netherlands in De Furie, the first man to make the journey in a tugboat made entirely from cardboard.
Stalls and activities include the following:
Try an Oyster Stall
Wood Carving Stall
Paper Boat Race Stall
Rope Making Stall
Revival Info Stall
Vintage Clothing Stall