The Thames Festival Trust has announced the full programme for its September-long celebration of the river, Totally Thames.
While Fire Garden at Battersea Power Station will be literally the hottest ticket in town and the new and extraordinary sculpture on the Thames at Nine Elms by Florentijn Hofman — he of massive rubber duck fame — will be the centre of attention, poke further into the huge programme of events and you’ll find us, afloat, running a riverine quiz and a weekend of fun talks on the Thames.
Quiz on a Boat
Continuing our tradition of running pub quizzes in places that aren’t pubs it’s all aboard a City Cruises vessel for a mobile quiz along the Thames. From Westminster to Thames Barrier and back quizmaster and Londonist editor Matt Brown will test your London knowledge with 50 factastic questions, part-based on the passing scenery.
The floating quizzery takes place on Friday 12 September departing from Westminster Pier at 7pm and returning around 10pm. Tickets are £15 per person, we recommend teams of four as that’s the size of the tables on the boat.
To book tickets, go to City Cruises website and click the ‘Experiences’ tab. Select ‘Totally Thames Quiz on a Boat’ from the drop down menu.
Terrific Tales of the Thames
We’ve also put together a programme of lively and interactive talks about the Thames, featuring some of our most interesting friends, and it’s all taking place aboard HMS President on the weekend of 20-21 September.
On Saturday, Tom Bolton and Tom Chivers will joust in a ‘lost rivers of London’ geek-off. Swimming in the Thames will be tackled by author Caitlin Davies and Chris Romer-Lee of the Thames Baths Project. Finally, a cavalcade of Thames Oddities will be brought to you by our own Matt Brown and Westminster Guide, Pete Berthoud.
On Sunday, we uncover mysteries and rituals of the river with Fortean London founder Scott Wood and paganism expert Rob Stephenson, followed by a look at two of London’s docks — St Katharine and West India — by, respectively, local expert Christopher West and Museum of London contemporary curator Georgina Young. To finish, London Dreamtime takes a family-friendly voyage through sea shanties, comedies, music hall songs and folklore, suitable for the littlest Londonists and their grown-up friends.
Here’s our programme, book your places at the Totally Thames website.
Londonist is proud media partner to Totally Thames, which takes place throughout September 2014.