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Saturday 23 October until Sunday 31 October

London Rivers Week

Sites throughout London and online

Would you like to become involved in river conservation? Do you understand its importance? Are you looking for an activity that will boost your health and wellbeing? Do you want to take practical steps to combat climate change but don’t know where to start?

Then come and learn how rivers can help YOU as well as London at large, during London Rivers Week 2021, taking place between October 23 and 31. Our list of London Rivers Week 2021 events has something for everyone! 

The Catchment Partnerships in London (CPiL), through the London Rivers Restoration Group, has lined up a fantastic array of events to inspire a love of the capital’s rivers.

Guided walks, talks, practical participation events and online seminars are underpinned by three main themes for the sixth annual London Rivers Week.

This year, there’s also a fabulous chance for budding photographers of all ages and standards to ‘capture the magic of London’s waterscapes’ in a #PictureBlueLondon competition run by CPRE London, the countryside charity. With fabulous prizes to top London attractions, judges will be looking for uplifting images from around the capital in a competition that runs from October 1 to November 26.

The themes for London Rivers Week 2021 are:

  • Access to nature: Demonstrating where you can join in river conservation projects across a wide area. Restored waterways have created more spaces for people – as well as wildlife – to enjoy and thrive.
  • Health and wellbeing: Outling why it is good for you to access blue (and green) spaces, and how different communities appreciate rivers and waterspaces for culural / artistic reasons. Open spaces have been a blessing to many as we emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Climate resilience: Showing how river restorations help species and humans cope with extreme weather events, such as drought and flooding, plus pollution, by making them more resilient to possible impacts; joining together fragmented sections of waterways also help species thrive.

Did you know London has 400 miles (about 640km) of waterways – from rivers to wetlands, streams and canals? Since 2000, about 28 miles (45km) has been restored. We’ll be celebrating some of those successes. But CPiL has set the target of raising the rate from about 3km on average per year to 5km by 2025 and beyond. If we did that, we could transform a third of the capital’s waterways by 2050.


Read more (much more!) on the Thames 21 website

Complete list of events (more than 50)

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