Thames Festival 2012

| August 28, 2012

Fireworks reflected in the river Thames

Celebrate the last days of summer with one of Europe’s most spectacular free festivals, the Mayor’s Thames Festival on 8th and 9th September. The festival takes place from the London Eye to St Katharine Docks and beyond, climaxing with a jaw-dropping display of fireworks on Sunday 9th September at 10.30pm, fired from the River Thames between Waterloo and Blackfriars Bridges.

The festival will coincide with the closing weekend of the Paralympic Games, celebrating the end of an incredible summer for London. Alongside the pyrotechnics, the festival will celebrate the rich cultural diversity of the capital with music, dance and art performances.

On Sunday evening the weekend culminates with an illuminated Night Carnival which will bring together over 1,500 dancers, drummers and masqueraders along London’s Victoria Embankment, followed by the river-based firework spectacular against the London skyline.

The festival is a great event, and well worth a look. The fireworks themselves are unmissable. For more information see

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