Celebrating maritime heritage, the Classic Boat Festival (now in its 14th year) is set to transport visitors through time with a mesmerizing showcase of over 40 vintage vessels.

Capturing the essence of nautical allure, this exclusive event showcases traditional craftsmanship and historic boats allowing 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, including the Dunkirk Little Ships, motorboats from the Bates Starcraft and Rampart ranges, and two steam tugs. The Dunkirk Little Ships participated in Operation Dynamo during World War II, evacuating soldiers from the beaches and harbour of Dunkirk, in the north of France, between 26 May and 4 June 1940. Commodore of The Association of Dunkirk Little Ships, Kevin Finn, commented "We look forward to welcoming all visitors onboard our Little Ships to help us remember Dunkirk 1940 and the huge influence it had on the outcome of the war".

Impressive modern vessels join the lineup too, with 20-metre Navy P2000 ship HMS Dasher offering tours of the warship and a chance to meet serving members of the Royal Navy, in addition to one of London's MET Marine Police Unit Targa motorboats. HMS Dasher's Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Henry Edwards said "It is an honour to bring HMS Dasher and her ship's company up the Thames to St Katharine Docks. The Royal Navy Coastal Forces Squadron has a close relationship with London and with some of the classic boats at the festival. In particular, the Dunkirk Little Ships are our coastal forebears, and it is an honour to be on show alongside them. My ship's company and I are looking forward to meeting the public and demonstrating what the Royal Navy Coastal Forces are all about."

Sir Alec Rose's famous sailing yacht Lively Lady will also be in situ, alongside the Nancy Blackett - a favourite yacht of ‘Swallows and Amazons' author Arthur Ransome, and 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, with a selection of vessels open for boarding on the day.

In addition to the awe-inspiring display of watercraft, the Classic Boat Festival will offer an array of attractions 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.

Open Saturday 9th September 11-6pm and Sunday 10th September 11-5pm, for more information please visit https://www.skdocks.co.uk/whats-on/classic-boat-festival

St Katharine Docks Marina

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 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, 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, with many coming for the relaxed and sophisticated vibe and the gorgeous backdrop.

For more information about St Katharine Docks Marina, visit the website: www.skdocks.co.uk/marina,