This month we’re delighted to be taking part in the totally brilliant Totally Thames Festival

This month-long festival celebrates the River Thames with arts events, active adventures, environmental initiatives, heritage and education programmes. There are a huge number of events to choose from, so we’ve put together ten of our highlights* to help get you started. We’ve chosen a mixture of events, some in-person and some online, some for the young and some for the young-at-heart. 

For the creative among you we’ve chosen events that use the Thames as inspiration for storytelling and poetry plus fun family activities for deaf and hearing families. If you’d prefer to enjoy creations made by other people you could immerse yourself in an online soundscape, or visit a new artwork that explores the Thames in its wider context.

We’ll be running our popular archaeology walks on the foreshore and you might also like to visit an interactive exhibition of mudlarking finds or join a museum team for some hands-on archaeology for children and accompanying adults. 

There are dozens of events taking place during September for the festival, you can explore them all on the Totally Thames Festival website. Whatever you do, have fun and enjoy the Thames!

Hands on History: Mudlarking at St Paul’s Cathedral
Fri 3rd – Sun 5th Sep 2021
A highly interactive mudlarking exhibition in one of the most iconic and historic buildings in London.

Cutty Sark Family Fun Weekend
Sat 4th – Sun 5th Sep 2021
A weekend of fun activities for deaf and hearing families to celebrate the Thames at the magnificent Cutty Sark. All activities will be fully accessible to BSL families.

Fulham Palace Foreshore Festival
Sun 5th Sep 2021
Explore the fascinating, long-inhabited foreshore with Alexis, Fulham Palace’s community archaeologist.

Source to Sea: An Odyssey of Sound
Sat 4th – Thu 30th Sep 2021
Immersive soundscape along the River Thames from source to sea. Exploring environments and communities, past & present.

Thames Discovery Programme foreshore walks
Tue 7th – Thu 23rd Sep 2021
Join our archaeologists for a series of guided walks looking at the amazing archaeology of the Thames Foreshore.

Poet as Mudlark
Sat 11th Sep 2021
Join prize-winning poet, Sophie Dumont, in a 2-hour workshop celebrating and redefining the river as part of Boat Poets.

Thu 23rd – Thu 30th Sep 2021
Sculptor Ros Burgin presents ‘Lifelines’ – a new artwork exploring the issues of marine pollution and climate change.

Foreshore Finds at the Museum of Richmond
Sat 25th Sep 2021
Discover foreshore finds from the Thames and learn about mudlarking and river archaeology with the friendly Museum team.

Hydrodetour: Deep Histories, Geo-diversity & Art Tour
Sun 26th Sep 2021
Crossing paths of art and geology on a journey from Abbey Wood towards the Thames at Woolwich.

Flowing Words: Online
Thu 30th Sep 2021
Creative writing workshop with writer and storyteller Sally Pomme Clayton for adults and children aged 12 upwards.

*We’ve tried our best not to include events that are already fully booked.