Since 1997 when the famous wire walk took place across the river Thames in central London, the Thames Festival Trust has organised 16 fun, free festivals along and on the river. What started as an event around the South Bank has stretched to embrace the length of the river from Westminster to Tower Bridges and St Katharine Docks. Thousands of events have been organised in that time from street carnivals to sand castles on the foreshore, from fireworks to family feasts on a bridge.
Over 10 million people have enjoyed the Thames Festival since 1997, reaching a peak in 2012 when more than 800,000 people spent the weekend celebrating the end of the London Games. In 2014 the Thames Festival Trust, led by Artistic Director Adrian Evans expanded the concept from central London to spanning the 42-mile-stretch of the River Thames under Totally Thames, a season of events across the month of September.
Thames Festival Trust is funded by Arts Council England, the Mayor of London, London First and other supporters. It is a founding member of River//Cities, an international platform that aims to increase the impact of culture on urban waterways and waterfronts.
The Thames Festival Trust is a not-for-profit charitable trust with an independent board of trustees.
Board of Trustees
Robert Gordon Clark – Chair
Pete Stephens - Treasurer
Charity No 1074794