At the Docks 2023
What are you doing this summer?
Why not join us down At the Docks for a spectacular season of world-class arts, culture, and events at London’s newest and coolest waterside destination.
We have a bumper line-up which includes contemporary art installations, the UK’s first zero-waste theatre venue, cutting-edge performances, international sporting events, music festivals, watersports, and a whole host more.
All in the fabulous dockside setting of the Royal Docks, which offers some of the capital’s best views and experiences.
Events to look out for include:
- Innovative international street arts, dance and performances from Greenwich+Docklands International Festival and Ensemble Festival
- Wheel-to-wheel racing action with a net zero carbon footprint at the 2023 Hankook London E-Prix
- Free, fun and safe dock swimming and sandpits at Royal Docks Summer Splash
- The UK’s best multi-sport event courtesy of the London Triathlon 2023
- Wakeboarding, paddleboarding, open water swimming and a variety of other watersports
At the Docks was headlined by Sea Change in May, commissioned and produced by the Royal Docks Team in collaboration with University College London and curated by Invisible Dust, which has invited leading researchers and academics to collaborate with global contemporary artists to create four new artworks that respond to this year’s theme of sustainability and climate action.
At the Docks is a celebration of our past, present and future as London’s Cultural Engine. Once the UK’s gateway to world trade, today the area is undergoing a bold transformation. It is home to a growing community of artists and creatives (local and international); some of the capital’s newest cultural venues and visitor attractions; and an exciting programme of arts, culture and creativity inspired by the area’s extraordinary landscape, heritage and character. For more on the area’s cultural ambitions and plans.
At the Docks Summer Commissions
Featuring 11 Royal Docks Team funded projects, that respond to the climate emergency, presented in Thames Barrier Park and across the Royal Docks.
Royal Docks Summer Splash
31 July – 20 August
Dive into family fun this summer as Royal Docks Summer Splash returns to bring you delightful dock swimming, deckchair chilling, super sandpits and much more!
London's free, annual outdoor theatre and performing arts festival returns with another exciting programme, yet to be revealed. Stay tuned for more!
FeastFest is Newham’s very own festival dedicated to those who enjoy food, art and life. Join us this September for our Feast Day, a delicious day of performance, food and fun.
Find out more
Go on a journey through a dynamic urban landscape where you can explore art, nature and heritage for free as part of this cutting edge public art trail.
The Royal Docks plays host to loads of other activities all year round. Not only are the Royal Docks London's best venue for Open Water Swimming, if you're At The Docks this summer be sure to check out WakeUp Docklands for all your wakeboarding and paddleboarding needs!
If you're looking for something more scenic then we have plenty of trails throughout the Royal Docks including This is Who We Are by Arch468 and The Millennium Mills Experience. Don't forget, if you want to travel here in style then there's the IFS Cloud Cable Car which provides some of the best views of the City.
For your visit
North Woolwich Library
This is more than a library; here you'll find a homework club, model railway society, and more.
Art & Culture
Sample an impressive range of art events and workshops, or just the great coffee, at this Bow Arts caff.
Wakeboarding, paddleboarding, and paddleboard yoga – for beginners and back-flippers alike.
11-29 May 2023
Sea Change brings global artists together with leading UCL academics, inspired by research into sustainable responses to the current climate emergency.
Join the Docks 2020
October - December
The Royal Dock's annual celebration of culture and creativity - Join the Docks - programme now announced!