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Events and Conferences

From supporting world renowned boat races to hosting environmental workshops and webinars, we actively engage with the Thames community.
We proudly hosted #BPA2023
Friday morning's tour of the River Thames aboard Uber Boat by Thames Clippers' Earth Clipper marked the end of #BPA2023. Attendees were briefed on infrastructure projects supporting #ThamesVision2050, our strategy for creating the UK’s leading port, central to the nation’s economy, with Net Zero emissions.

We want to take this opportunity to reflect on the key concepts discussed at the 2023 British Ports Association Conference, hosted by the PLA, in partnership with DP World and Gallagher.
A list of forecasted river events held on the tidal River Thames between the estuary and Teddington.

While not exhaustive, the calendar does include major events likely to have an effect on navigation. Mariners are also advised that there may be other events of which we have not been informed.

Catch Up Now
The Thames Vision 2050 consultation is about shaping the future for the UK’s major river, largest port, busiest inland waterway and centre for sport.
Our equivalent to an Annual General Meeting – which is open to anyone interested in the tidal Thames.
We host community gatherings to discuss issues affecting communities along the River Thames.
We periodically consult on matters affecting the commercial or recreational use of the tidal Thames.

What you need to know to plan and stage a successful event whether afloat on the river or on the Thames foreshore.

The Perfect Venue

The Thames is home to globally renowned events like the University Boat Race, traditional barge and cutter races and the river marathon, the Great River Race.
The Boat Race, between the University crews of Oxford and Cambridge, was first raced in 1829.
The annual race for newly qualified Thames Watermen and Lightermen was first contested in 1715.
The Head of the River Race is a processional race for eights rowed over a 4.25 mile championship course.
London's river marathon, the Great River Race sees up to 300 boats row 22 miles from Millwall to Ham.
A season of arts. cultural and river events presented by Thames Festival Trust every September.

Previous PLA Events

An archive of our previous meetings and conferences.
March 2022
This year's conference explored how innovation will help drive decarbonisation on the Thames Estuary.
March 2022
This year's conference explored the core themes of habitat protection, development and access.
November 2023
This event brings together stakeholders from across London to talk about the Thames.
November 2020
This webinar explored progress made toward decarbonisation by fleet operators and options for further research.
October 2020
This online webinar gave insight into how the world’s Great River Cities are responding to the global pandemic.