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The Classic Boat Festival at St Katharine Docks

  • 50 Saint Katharine's Way London, England, E1W 1LA United Kingdom (map)

This year’s festival will run from the 6-8th September from 11 am – 6 pm, with an impressive display of around 40 beautiful classic boats and a wide array of unique waterside attractions in Central London’s only marina.

It will be one of the highlights of Totally Thames 2019, a month-long celebration of the London’s iconic waterway and its rich history through a range of river-based events.

This year’s boats will include a significant proportion of the surviving ‘little ships’ which rescued 336,000 trapped Allied soldiers on the beaches at Dunkirk in 1940, as well as the Lady Daphne – one of the last wooden barges in Britain with a passenger license.

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The marina will also be awash with activities, including stand-up paddleboarding, SKD talks on the powerful stories of the classic boats and the colourful history of the docks, and MYO crafting workshops for adults.

Children will have their own tent featuring treasure hunts, crafts and face-painting, and food will be supplied by KERB, one of London’s most celebrated street-food brands.

Throughout the weekend there will be live music from the Sea Shanty Singers on the Saturday and the Thames Youth Jazz Orchestra on Sunday.

Highlights include:

  • Classic Boats: Climb on-board and explore around 40 vintage work boats and sailing and motor yachts including Dunkirk Little Ships and many others. 11am – 6pm daily, 6th-8th September in the Central Basin

  • Marble Quay: featuring local and other organisations across London for family activities, KERB food market and live entertainment. 11am – 6pm daily, 6th-8th September

  • MYO (Make Your Own): Hosting free workshops including lino cutting, flag sewing and illustration. Two sessions a day, 7th and 8th September.

  • Paddle-boarding in the Marina: Paddleboarding London will provide free paddleboarding tasting sessions in the marina throughout the weekend, bookable at the welcome tent

  • Kids Tent and Activities: 11am – 6pm daily, 7th and 8th September.

Everything is free apart from the Lady Daphne tours.

More information at

Later Event: 6 September
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