Tall Ships Festivals

Visit the Tall Ships Festival

Over the Easter weekend in April 2017, Greenwich will host the start of the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta.

Tall Ship passing through the Thames Barrier

The regatta, organised by Sail Training International, will sail from Greenwich to Quebec in Canada, to mark the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation.

The fleet of over 30 large Class A and B Tall Ships will gather for four days on the River Thames at Greenwich and Woolwich before setting sail for Canada via Sines in Portugal, Bermuda and Boston.

Festival sites in Greenwich and Woolwich

The ships will be anchored in the Thames alongside two Tall Ships festival villages. These will be located at the Maritime Greenwich UNESCO World Heritage Site in Greenwich town centre, and the Royal Arsenal riverside in Woolwich.

Some ships will be open for visitors to get on board to look around and talk to the crew. 

Check Tall Ships locations and events (Visit Greenwich)

Book a Tall Ships cruise on the river

Visitors can buy tickets to get on board majestic Tall Ships for cruises on the Thames to Tower Bridge and back. Tickets for daytime and evening sails for business or corporate functions are also available.

Buy tickets with Sail Royal Greenwich

Parade of Sail 

Come down to enjoy maritime entertainment and live music from Thursday 13 April to Sunday 16 April, before a huge Parade of Sail starting at 5pm from Deptford Creek on Sunday 16 April.

During the Parade of Sail, the whole Tall Ships fleet will sail together down the Thames to the sea, before crossing the Atlantic and arriving in Quebec on 18 July 2017.

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Sail training for local people

Over 50 local young people are taking part in the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta with sponsored places on-board a Tall Ship. They will be sailing to Portugal in the first leg of the Regatta as part of an experienced crew, learning navigation and sailing skills.

Open to anyone, the experience has attracted hundreds more people who have signed up to be a sail trainee in the Regatta. Opportunities are still available to take part in any part of the Regatta through Sail Training International.

How to book your place on-board

Get involved as a performer

We are looking for entertainers to animate the streets around the Tall Ships Festival 2017 venues in Royal Greenwich.

Apply to perform during the Tall Ships Festival

View photos of the Tall Ships Festivals 2014