Magna Carta


Diamond Jubilee Pageant


Olympic Torch Relay

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Thames Alive celebrates and promotes the River Thames

Welcome to The Thames Alive website. We are celebrating and promoting the River Thames by harnessing its many activities and attractions as dynamic assets for London and the country as a whole. Recent and regular river events prove that the Thames captures the public’s imagination, but they also demonstrate that a specific and coordinated effort is necessary to create synergy. The Thames Alive logo is the free branding specially designed for this purpose. Please display it if you believe in the wellbeing and importance of the River Thames.

Team Thames Alive is driving the initiative with distinctive and major river events, the like of which have not been seen since the mid-nineteenth century. The Emirates Thames Nelson Flotilla in 2005, The Tudor Pageant in 2009 and Henry’s Honeymoon in 2010 were all successes and laid the foundations for the extraordinary river events in 2012. Notably the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant on 3 June, which Thames Alive initiated in 2007 and for the Thames Diamond Jubilee Foundation organised the manpowered squadron. Thames Alive also successfully campaigned for London 2012 to include a substantial stretch of the river for the final day of the Olympic Torch Relay and organised its journey from Hampton Court Palace to the Pool of London on 27 July 2012 aboard The Queen’s Row Barge Gloriana. Thames Alive has been directly involved with Gloriana since its conception.

Thames Alive is producing another exciting River Pageant in June 2015 as a part of the 800th anniversary celebrations of the sealing of the Magna Carta. Magna Carta 800th The River Relay takes place on and beside the River Thames between Hurley and Runnymede and is being arranged with the support of and on behalf of the Borough of Runnymede and the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead.

The Port of London Authority is the official partner of Thames Alive.





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Thames Alive organises special events on the Thames and supports existing events.
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