Classic Boat Festival Returns to St Katharine Docks

Sail away this September with the return of the Classic Boat Festival at the iconic St Katharine Docks, London.

Celebrating maritime heritage, the Classic Boat Festival is now in its 14th year. It is set to transport visitors through time with a mesmerising showcase of over 40 vintage vessels. Happening over the weekend of the 9th and 10th of September.

Capturing the essence of nautical allure, this exclusive event showcases traditional craftsmanship and historic boats. It will allow attendees to experience the spectacle of beautifully restored classics right in the heart of the capital.

With a captivating array of classic boats, each with its rich history, St Katharine Docks will be transformed into a visually stunning living museum. From elegant sailing yachts to majestic steamboats, this curated collection promises to be a feast for the eyes. And a fascinating journey into the heyday of maritime travel.

A wonderful selection of warships will be on display this year. This will include Dunkirk Little Ships, motorboats from the Bates Starcraft and Rampart ranges. Plus two steam tugs. Impressive modern vessels that will join the lineup too. The 20-metre Navy P2000 ship HMS Dasher and one of London’s MET Marine Police Unit Targa motorboats will also be there.

Lively Lady

Sir Alec Rose’s famous sailing yacht Lively Lady will also be in situ. She will be alongside Nancy Blackett – a favourite yacht of ‘Swallows and Amazons’ author Arthur Ransome. Don’t miss the 200-year-old Thames sailing barge Gladys. Visitors of all ages are welcome to immerse themselves in the sights, sounds, and stories of these exceptional boats. A selection of vessels open for boarding on the day.

St Katharine Docks is London’s largest marina comprising 520,000 sq ft of office, retail and residential. The hidden gem of London, St Katharine Docks offers impeccable facilities and services. It does so alongside a vibrant social calendar and year-round activities, making it an enticing destination for all.

From the Classic Boat Festival to a revolving roster of seasonal events and markets, the unique location offers something for residents, workers, and tourists alike. The marina has 185 berths in three basins, for vessels up to 40m long. They are available as a visitor or on long-term berth contracts. Its enviable location and rich history have long made it a destination of choice for those in the know. Many coming for the relaxed and sophisticated vibe and the gorgeous backdrop.

Array of attractions

In addition to the awe-inspiring display of watercraft, the Classic Boat Festival will offer an array of attractions. So making it the ideal day out for the entire family. From kids’ activities and workshops to nautical-themed talks and entertainment. Not forgetting a fine selection of food and drink, there is plenty to do on dry land too.

Offering free entry for all, and with each day marked with an opening and closing salute of horns, the Classic Boat Festival is a must visit for boat enthusiasts and anyone with an interest in naval history.

The show is open on  Saturday 9th September from 11 until 6pm and on Sunday 10th September from until