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Events and Conferences

From supporting world renowned boat races to hosting environmental workshops and webinars, we actively engage with the Thames community.
Watch the Webinars
Three days - three themes: sustainability, innovation & change and habitats - exploring the environment of the tidal Thames.

“The webinars were a great chance for people to catch up on Thames environmental developments and learn a lot in a short time,” PLA head of environment and webinar chair, Tanya Ferry said. “The overwhelming sense that came across was the commitment to sustainability across the board. This is now mainstream business practice. Projects are being developed and delivered which will make a massive difference to the Thames and our collective future.”
A list of forecasted river events held on the tidal River Thames between the estuary and Teddington.

While not exhaustive, the calendar does include major events likely to have an effect on navigation. Mariners are also advised that there may be other events of which we have not been informed.

There will be two Doggett’s Coat and Badge Races in 2021, following the postponement of last year’s event.
Our equivalent to an Annual General Meeting – which is open to anyone interested in the tidal Thames.
We host community gatherings to discuss issues affecting communities along the River Thames.
We periodically consult on matters affecting the commercial or recreational use of the tidal Thames.

What you need to know to plan and stage a successful event whether afloat on the river or on the Thames foreshore.

The Perfect Venue

The Thames is home to globally renowned events like the University Boat Race, traditional barge and cutter races and the river marathon, the Great River Race.
The Boat Race, between the University crews of Oxford and Cambridge, was first raced in 1829.
The annual race for newly qualified Thames Watermen and Lightermen was first contested in 1715.
The Head of the River Race is a processional race for eights rowed over a 4.25 mile championship course.
London's river marathon, the Great River Race sees up to 300 boats row 22 miles from Millwall to Ham.
The Thames Historic Barge Driving Race is rowed over a course from Greenwich to Westminster.
A season of arts. cultural and river events presented by Thames Festival Trust every September.

Previous PLA Events

An archive of our previous meetings and conferences.
November 2020
This webinar explored progress made toward decarbonisation by fleet operators and options for further research.
October 2020
This online webinar gave insight into how the world’s Great River Cities are responding to the global pandemic.
January 2020
The fourth Tidal Thames Environment Conference explored decarbonisation opportunities and challenges.
September 2019
The first GIS conference provided a platform for researchers, vessel operators and technology providers.
October 2019
This event was an opportunity to hear about the larger Thames community's developments in promoting use of the river.