Thames Sailing Barge Parade & Popup Museum
16th &17th September 2017
Schedule - Times to be confirmed.
Friday 15th September:
- Barges arrive in the River Thames
- Barges lock-in to West India Dock, Thames Quay, Marsh Wall, Isle of Dogs E14 9SG
- Barges moor alongside Thames Quay
- Marquee set up for hospitality area
- Mobile food and bar stalls arrive and are open for barge crews and the public
- Briefing with barge skippers
Saturday 16th September 2017 (Parade Day)
Tower Bridge Lifts at approx 12 Noon tbc
Address: Tower Bridge, Tower Bridge Road, London, SE1 2AA
River Thames, City of London, Upper Pool.
- Breakfast in the marquee (@ West India Dock)
- Barges lock out of West India Dock - time to confirmed
- The parade will muster in Limehouse reach, on the North side between the old West India dock pier and Chalkstones barge roads and on the South side between Nelson dock pier and the Greenland pier.
The barges will arrive at the muster point from various locations, coming up river from the West India Dock or from points further down the river or from St Katherine’s Docks.
- Barges will head up and be ready to proceed up river in formation.
- Tower Bridge lifts for the barges to enter the Upper pool - time to be confirmed but approx Midday
- Barges are turned in the Upper Pool ready for second bridge lift.
- Tower Bridge lifts again allowing barges to set sails and sail out (conditions permitting) to return to West India Dock where they will become a Popup Museum.
- Barges lock-in at West India Dock and more alongside Thames Quay
Best vantage points for pictures when the barges arrive are:
London Bridge (gives front view of barges - looking down onto the whole parade with Tower Bridge in the background).
The banks around the Upper Pool:
South Bank (port view of barges - left side).
North Bank (starboard view of barges - right side)
Tower Bridge gives rear view of barges with ability to see the whole parade stemming the tide at London Bridge.
The barges are in the Upper pool for some 30-40 minutes before they are turned by tug boats and head back out towards West India Dock. Best view of the tugs turning the barges is at London Bridge.
Best vantage points for pictures when the barges are leaving are from the banks if you want Tower Bridge in your shots.
South Bank (starboard view of barges - right side).
North Bank (port view of barges - left side).
Taking pictures from Tower Bridge as the barges leave will give you an overhead view of the barges down onto the decks. You will need a wide angle to get the whole barge in your shots.
Sunday 17th September 2016 (Popup Museum) 10am - 5pm
Address: Millwall Quay, Marsh Wall, Isle of Dogs, E14 9SG
Public Transport : South Quay DLR line
- Some of the stalls showing an interest in participating to include token cargos bought by the barges themselves, The Society for Sailing Barge Research, Chaff Cutter Books, Docklands museum with a family friendly activity, Model Barges, Traditional Riggers, International Guild of Knot Tyers, Master Shipwright, Sailing Barge Trusts, Topsail Charters,
- Step on-board a Thames Sailing Barge for a hands-on experience meeting skippers and crews and learning about their history
Last Updated 17th March 2017
Please check back regularly, especially nearer the event days for up-to-date-information on the scheduling.