Thames Festival Trust moves into Trinity Buoy Wharf

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Thames Festival Trust, which launched in 1997 with a Guinness World Record setting tight rope walk across the Thames, has moved to Trinity Buoy Wharf.

Delivering a wide selection of education and heritage events and projects across the world such as Rivers of the World, Foragers of the Foreshore and Life Afloat as well as our yearly festival Totally Thames, the trust has been based in the Bargehouse at OXO Tower Wharf for the past decade.

From 1998 to 2012, the festival was focused on the area between Westminster Bridge and Tower Bridge. It took place over the second weekend in September, and featured a rich programme of street arts, participatory dance sessions, art workshops for families, a riverside crafts and food market, a feast on Southwark Bridge and a spectacular night carnival with a mid-river fireworks finale.

Rivers of the World 2020

The trust’s Rivers of the World installation on Southbank.

– Credit: Milo Robinson

In 2013, Thames Festival was relaunched as Totally Thames, a month-long season of river and river-related events along the whole 43 miles of the River Thames riverfront in London, from Hampton Court Bridge in the west to the Dartford Crossing in the east. 

On December 1 the trust moved into its Trinity Buoy home.

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A centre for arts and a cultural hub, the wharf is home to many creators and organisations including Artyface, English National Opera’s props department, The Prince’s Foundation, Longplayer, The Royal Drawing School Art Foundation Year and Uber Boat by Thames Clippers.

Established in 1998, it houses more than 500 artists and businesses.

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The site is a combination of the historic Trinity House brick buildings that incorporates the old with the new.

Thames Festival Trust will be housed in Clipper House, a recycled shipping container complex that was the 2012 Olympic Broadcasting Studios at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford.

Eric Reynolds, founding director of Urban Space Management which manages Trinity Buoy Wharf, said: “We are delighted to see that the recognition of the flow of London’s cultural heart towards the east continues with the move of the Thames Festival Trust to Trinity Buoy Wharf. A rising tide lifts all boats and in this case all festivals.”


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