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Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Festival 2015: 27th to 31st August 2015

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After the great success of  last year’s Tall Ship festival, the Tall Ships are returning to Royal Greenwich for five days this August Bank Holiday with up to 15 Tall Ships dropping anchor for the maritime family festival. This year most of the ships will be anchored at Woolwich Arsenal Riverside from which they will be running a series of cruises to Greenwich and Tower Bridge.  This means that for the five days, if you are on the Isle of Dogs, you are likely to see a number of ships going backwards and forwards.

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During the festival, two of the larger Tall Ships will be moored on Tall Ship Island in the river at Maritime Greenwich, and will be open to visitors via Thames Clipper shuttles.

Dar Mlodziezy
Santa Maria Manuela

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The following 13 Tall Ships will be based at Royal Arsenal Woolwich and will be running daily cruises along the river to Greenwich and Tower Bridge.

Thalassa
Wylde Swan
Mercedes
Oosterschelde
Morgenster
Loth Lorien
JR Tolkien
Eldorado
Zephyr
Gallant
Iris
Tecla
Jantje

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Festival Day – Saturday 29 August

The focus of the Festival will be in Woolwich, Tall Ships Festival Day takes place on Saturday 29 August and  features family entertainment from 10am to 10pm.

The line-up for the day includes:
Live music stage with special guests
Bandstands and sea shanties
Roving entertainers
Berkeley Summer Festival
Traditional funfair rides and nautical-themed children’s activities
Vintage vehicles
Food and licensed bars
A fireboat from the Fire Brigade
Information stalls from local and national nautical organisations
Nautical history re-enactors (musket-ball making, dockside rope and cordwaining, plus a Naval encampment and Georgian Naval crews)
Sunset picnic area
Food, bar and activities at the Firepower Museum
Local history and children’s activities at the Heritage Centre
Fireworks grand finale at 10pm on the river.

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There will be  fireworks displays on the river at Maritime Greenwich each night (Thursday, Friday and Sunday) around 9.15pm.

On Saturday 29 August, the Tall Ships Festival event at Woolwich Arsenal Riverside will end with a fireworks display on the river at 10pm.

One of the highlights of the Tall Ships festival is the Parade of Sails when the ships cruise in formation  along the River Thames, followed by fireworks. The Parade of Sail will begin at Greenwich on Monday 31 August from 2pm.

The Tall ships are always a wonderful sight on the river and give us a taste of the what the Thames would have been like a couple of hundred years ago.

If you would like further information, visit the Tall Ships  website here

 

Greenwich Tall Ship Festival Fireworks by L Katiyo

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Photo by L Katiyo

With  the Greenwich  Tall Ship Festival coming to its conclusion today, it may be time to reflect on one of its highlights.

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Photo by L Katiyo

Every night of the festival there has been spectacular firework displays  which have entertained the crowds.

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Photo by L Katiyo

Regular contributor  L Katiyo  joined the crowds to watch Greenwich light up the London skies.

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Photo by L Katiyo

Just a reminder that the festival finale , The Parade of Sail takes place today, when all of the Tall Ships that have come to Royal Greenwich for the Tall Ships Festival take to the Thames together .

The ships will gather near Maritime Greenwich at around 12 noon, before departing eastwards in the Parade of Sail along the Thames towards Tilbury from around 1.30pm.

  • The first ship will leave Greenwich at around 1.30pm.
  • It is then expected to cross Woolwich at about 2.30pm.
  • It can take as much as two hours for all the ships to pass a particular point on the river

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Photo by L Katiyo

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A Sailor’s Life for me ? Visiting the Festival Village at Greenwich

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Photo by L Katiyo

With most of the attention of the Tall ships festival being focused on the ships themselves, perhaps some of the other attractions are not featured as much as they should be.

There are a wide range of activities for all the family in all the event areas which offer Drama, Music and Education.

Although we may have a romantic idea of Tall Ships with their sails billowing in the wind, the reality for the people who sailed on them was very different. Regular contributor L Katiyo  went to the Lebara Festival Village at Maritime Greenwich  to find out more.

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Photo by L Katiyo

“At the Lebara Festival Village at Maritime Greenwich encompassing the Cutty Sark Gardens and the Old Royal Naval College, visitors can experience life at sea in the age of sail.  Men working at sea had much to endure. Cut off from normal life on shore for months, even years, they had to accept cramped conditions, disease and poor food and pay. Above all, they faced the daily dangers of sea and weather

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Photo by L Katiyo

The festival village offers an opportunity to what life was like then, complete with replicas of uniforms, the food sailors ate, muskets and performances of sea shanties.  You can ask questions about the different types of jobs sailors did on board and their living conditions.”

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Photo by L Katiyo

The festival which attracted huge crowds over the weekend finishes on the 9th of September .

Today , one of the highlights will be  the ‘Puffers and Dunkirk ships’ flotilla along the Thames – a flotilla of classic boats between Greenwich and Woolwich including puffers (steam ships) that took part in the rescue from Dunkirk in 1940 and a vintage fireboat.

The  programme of entertainment also continues throughout today – as does the chance to climb aboard a Tall Ship.

Tomorrow will be the grand Parade of Sail which sees the ships departing Greenwich .

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Photo by L Katiyo

Tall Ships coming to West India Dock – The Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Festival 2014

Tall Ships And Glamour Camping Coming To Greenwich For Summer 2012

From 5 to 9 September, Greenwich will host five days of maritime activities to welcome over 50 tall ships from around the world.

Although most of the action will be focused in Greenwich, it is expected that up to 24 tall ships will be moored in West India Dock and there will considerable activity up and down the river.

Here is a list of the highlights.

Tall Ships events

Launch extravaganza: Peixos by Sarruga
Location: Maritime Greenwich
Date: 05 September 2014
Time: 20:30 – 21:15
Cost: Free

Fireworks Display – Maritime Greenwich
Location: Maritime Greenwich
Date: 05 September 2014
Time: 21:15 – 21:30
Cost: Free

River Festival: Thames barges
Location: Maritime Greenwich to Royal Arsenal Woolwich
Date: 05 September 2014
Time: 15:00 – 16:30
Cost: Free

River Festival: Traditional ships
Location: Maritime Greenwich to Royal Arsenal Woolwich
Date: 06 September 2014
Time: 12:00 – 14:00
Cost: Free

Crew parade and prize-giving
Location: Maritime Greenwich
Date: 06 September 2014
Time: 14:00 – 17:00
Cost: Free

Fireworks Display – Royal Arsenal Woolwich
Location: Royal Arsenal Woolwich
Date: 06 September 2014
Time: 21:45 – 22:00
Cost: Free

River Festival: Royal Pageant
Location: Maritime Greenwich
Date: 07 September 2014
Time: 11:30 – 13:00
Cost: Free

Ship Visits – Wood Wharf, Canary Wharf
Location: Wood Wharf, Canary Wharf
Date: 06 September 2014 – 08 September 2014 (Every day)
Time: 10:00 – 18:00
Cost: Free

River Festival: Puffers and Dunkirk ships
Location: Maritime Greenwich to Royal Arsenal Woolwich
Date: 08 September 2014
Time: 14:00 – 15:30
Cost: Free

Ship Visits – Greenwich Peninsula
Location: Greenwich Peninsula
Date: 05 September 2014 – 08 September 2014 (Every day)
Cost: Free

Ship Visits – Maritime Greenwich
Location: Maritime Greenwich
Date: 05 September 2014 – 08 September 2014 (Every day)
Cost: Free

Parade of Sail
Location: All along the Thames east of Greenwich
Date: 09 September 2014
Time: 13:00 – 16:00
Cost: Free