The Royal Greenwich Festivals

Top quality cultural events in Royal Greenwich

The Royal Borough is recognised as a place rich in culture, arts and entertainment.

The array of events on offer as part of The Royal Greenwich Festivals provides opportunities for local residents to participate in the cultural energy and vibrancy of Royal Greenwich.

Past events

The following Royal Greenwich Festivals events have already taken place in 2015:

Greenwich Music Festival: Saturday 23 May to Saturday 1 August 2015

The Greenwich Music Festival programme provides opportunities for local professionals and budding musicians to perform in town centres and open spaces across the borough. The festival will include music from a range of cultures and genres including folk, classical and world music on bandstands in Greenwich, Eltham and Woolwich.

These free events will provide residents and visitors with the chance to experience live outdoor music.

Events planned so far:

  • 11, 18 and 25 July 2015: Eltham Music Festival at Passey Place, Eltham
  • 1 August 2015: Classical to contemporary event at Cutty Sark Gardens, Greenwich

Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Festival: Thursday 27 to Monday 31 August 2015 

Over five days, 12 Tall Ships will be running paid cruises up and down the River Thames from Royal Arsenal Woolwich.

Join in the free family fun during the Tall Ships Festival public event with fireworks at Woolwich Arsenal Riverside on Saturday 29 August between 12noon and 10pm.

Find out more about Sail Royal Greenwich Tall Ships 2015

Parksfest: Sunday 31 May to Sunday 26 July 2015

A free family festival in local parks for all the community. Watch local artists performing music, dance and theatre. Organised by the Friends of Parks groups, this year's events will feature wonderful activities for all the family.

Greenwich Music Festival

  • 23 May 2015: Africa Day celebration at Passey Place, Eltham
  • 5 June 2015: World Music Day at General Gordon Square, Woolwich
  • 20 June 2015: A celebration of culture for Refugee Day at General Gordon Square, Woolwich

Greenwich World Cultural Festival: Sunday 12 July 2015

Greenwich World Cultural Festival returns to Eltham Palace and Gardens for its seventh year with a stunning afternoon of free dance, theatre, music and circus from around the world produced and presented by Greenwich Dance in collaboration with English Heritage.

With one day only free entry to the grounds of Eltham Palace, everyone is invited to explore the beautiful gardens of one of Royal Greenwich’s most iconic locations through a trail of performances and participatory fun for all the family. The ever-popular afternoon will showcase live performance and music outside, ballroom dancing in the Great Hall and pop-up shows and secrets across the grounds.

Greenwich and Docklands International Festival: Friday 26 June to Saturday 4 July 2015 

Greenwich and Docklands International Festival offered the ultimate festival experience with 10 days of perception-changing outdoor performing arts.

Streets, parks and public spaces across Royal Greenwich were transformed with a sensory overload of colour and extraordinary staging. Highlights included an opening-night chorus of vibrantly costumed actors, an epic evocation of the life and work of Frida Kahlo, an incendiary and timely exploration of the power of books and a celebratory finale inspired by the Indian festival of Holi.

Greenwich Film Festival - From Greenwich with Love: Friday 19 to Sunday 21 June 2015

From Greenwich with Love was an exciting new film festival bringing innovative and independent UK and international cinema to Royal Greenwich.

Reflecting our status as one of the UK's leading filming locations, the weekend festival showcased new films by up-and-coming directors along with films that are due to be released this year in independent cinemas. Offering something for all the family, the films were shown across the borough from Greenwich to Eltham, on the Big Screen in Woolwich and in local cinemas.

Greenwich Dances: Friday 22 to Saturday 30 May 2015

Greenwich Dances 2015 celebrated seeing dance differently; inside and outside; local people dancing alongside world-class artists.

This year's festival also launched The Greenwich Movement, a supporters' scheme that offers an invitation to champion dance and support Greenwich Dance's programme here and internationally. 

Greenwich Book Festival: Friday 22 to Sunday 24 May 2015

The first Greenwich Book Festival took its theme of discovery from the sense of adventure and exploration steeped in this beautiful historic location, celebrating the rich cultural heritage of Royal Greenwich. 

Greenwich Book Festival website

Greenwich Children's Theatre Festival: Saturday 23 to Sunday 31 May 2015

Greenwich and Lewisham Young People's Theatre and Greenwich Theatre once again joined forces to create an action-packed children's theatre festival.  

The festival featured not only some of the UK's finest children's shows but a taste of international excellence and a range of activities for children, families and young adults to get involved in.

It started with the Big Workshop Day: a day full of free family friendly workshops from parkour to magic or puppetry to costume making, taking place at various venues across Greenwich. Following this, there was a week of great theatre and arts shows not only at Greenwich Theatre and The Tramshed, Woolwich but in various outside locations too.