Events and Festivals on the Thames

You’d be surprised by how many events happen on the River Thames each year. From April until September there’s also a huge variety of things happening on the river, from regattas to festivals and charity runs, with plenty of events that are great for families or even for swinging by on your tod.

One recent event that has seen the Thames turn into something of a ‘challenge’ is the Thames Path Challenge, whereby participants earning money for their chosen charities either run or walk along the Thames Path (which turned 20 in 2016 by the way!), opting either for a leisurely 15km route or the far more ambitious 50km or 100km – well we did say it got challenging.

On a similar note we’ve included the London Marathon below. Though the race takes place across London it passes the Thames at many points, making the river actually a great place to keep an eye on the race. From its start at Greenwich, past Masthouse, Canary Wharf and Tower Piers and then on to to Embankment Pier for the finale at the Mall, a boat on the Thames is a great way to catch all the action.

One of our personal favourite Thames events is the Henley Royal Regatta, an unmissable annual event that attracts thousands of visitors over its 5 day period with over 200 races in total to get the spectators going. In fact, if we were to recommend a great day out on the Thames we can think of few better options that taking a Thames cruise (from whichever London pier you like) to Henley Regatta with some fine food and wine. Just lovely!

So, without any further ado here is our list of the best festivals and events on the Thames:

Festivals and Events on the Thames

12th-16th Apr – Sail Royal Greenwich
23rd Apr – London Marathon 2017
30th Apr-2nd May – Stonor Tulip & Spring Flower Festival
10th-14th May – Royal Windsor Horse Show
3rd-5th Jun – Beale Park Boat & Outdoor Show
11th-12th Jun – Marlow Town Regatta
28th Jun – 2nd Jul – Henley Royal Regatta
5th-9th Jul – The Henley Festival
14th-16th Jul – Thames Traditional Boat Festival
17th-21st Jul – Royal Swan Upping
4th-5th Aug – Wargrave & Shiplake Regatta
1-30 Sep – Totally Thames 2017
9th Sep – The Great River Race 2017
9-10 Sep – Thames Path Challenge

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