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The Mayor's Thames Festival

DateSaturday 11th September 2010 to Sunday 12th September 2010
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The Mayor's Thames Festival takes place over a weekend in the middle of September and has been running since 1997. It is a spectacle of free outdoor celebration of the River Thames for London and in the very beginning, started with an amazing high-wire walk across the Thames. In 2005, over 470,000 people attended the Mayor's Thames Festival, which is situated between Tower Bridge and Westminster Bridge, on the river banks, adjacent walkways and public open spaces.

Events at the Mayor's Thames Festival include cutting-edge arts events on and around the river Thames, street art and theatre, fireworks, illuminations, massed choirs, circus, funfairs, parades and music. There is also food and drink available, a riverside bazaar, a craft market and a night market, and specific children's activities. The daytime events are mainly held on the South Bank river walkway. There are also community and river-related displays and environmental activities.

The Mayor's Thames Festival culminates in a spectacular night Festival, incorporating dance, music, fantastic costumes and masquerade. One of the special events on the last night is the beautiful riverside Lantern Procession. Londoners, under the direction of some of the most famous international carnival art creators, produce lanterns, giant figures and floats, which travel along Victoria Embankment, across Blackfriars Bridge and west along Upper Ground to the Royal National Theatre.

Throughout the festival London's diverse cultures are celebrated with live music, street theatre, food and crafts from all over the world. The event truly lives up to its brief of being a celebration of the river, the people of London, and the diversity within the city.

To get there:
There are many buses;
By over ground train go to Waterloo, Waterloo East, Blackfriars or Charing Cross;
By tube go to Blackfriars, Waterloo, Southwark or Embankment;
Or of course, you can hop on a boat! (under 11's go free).

All the facilities are wheelchair friendly.