At the beginning of every week a 'Quirk' is posted here. This 'Quirk' is usually an event taking place in London during the week or at the weekend which is unique and quirky and may not have been widely advertised.
Anomalous London tries to find these anomalous events to keep the enjoyment of the glorious capital city of London alive. The Archive has details of past quirky events along with some lovely pictures.
TALL Ships Festival
The Tall Ships return to the quirky borough of Greenwich this week. See a total of 15 traditional ships in all their glory and also board them either just to view or for a ride along the Thames. There will also be a fantastic free fireworks display every evening and a host of family-friendly entertainment.
One of the main highlights will be a free day of festivities on Saturday 29 August at the Royal Arsenal and in Woolwich Town Centre and General Gordon Square.
People have the chance to pre book to board the vessels for free as they’re moored along the riverfront and there’ll be live music, traditional funfair rides, a vintage car show, family entertainment and a host of food stalls and licensed bars and nautical movies on the Big Screen.
Councillor Miranda Williams, Royal Borough of Greenwich Cabinet Member for Culture and Creative Industries said:
“It’ll be wonderful to see the Tall Ships once again come back ‘home’ to the Royal Borough and I urge as many people as possible to get out and experience the festivities on offer – make sure you don’t miss out, there’s something for all the family.”
Most of theTall Ships will be moored in Woolwich with two of the largest and best known vessels – the Dar Mlodziezy and Santa Maria Manuela being moored at Tall Ships Island, in the river at Maritime Greenwich.
Last year over a million visitors visited Greenwich for this event so expect it to be busy and if you are keen to go on the ships best to book tickets. You can also book cruises on the Tall Ships with Sail Royal Greenwich.
All of the Tall Ships are due to set off in a spectacular parade of sail at 2:00pm on Monday 31 August from off Cutty Sark Gardens in Greenwich, sailing majestically down the river and out to sea – a sight not to be missed.
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