Estuary Festival 2021

23 Days of Art, Music, Literature and Film - Estuary 2021 is the second edition of the large-scale arts festival that celebrates the lives, landscapes and histories of the spectacular Thames Estuary.

Taking place on the river itself, and along the 107 miles of South Essex and North Kent coastline, contemporary artworks, discussion and events explore and respond to powerful themes resonant to the estuary.

Artworks set in the landscape, online and within Covid-safe venues, explore the estuary through the lens of contemporary concerns, including climate justice, protest and rebellion, imperial legacy and the rich, often overlooked stories of its diverse communities, bringing new audiences to a deeper understanding of the estuary.

Estuary 2021 is led by a partnership between estuary-based arts organisations, Metal (South Essex) and Cement Fields (North Kent).

Thames Estuary Trail Route 6 (Includes Swale Area)

Download the Thames Estuary Trail Route 6 (Swale Area Event Map) as a PDF 

Thames Estuary Trail - Saturday 22nd May 2021 to Sunday 13th June 2021

The Thames Estuary coastline as a continuous walk was originally described by local writer and avid walker, Tom King in his book Thames Estuary Trail: A Walk round the End of the World (published in 2001 by Desert Island Press) which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, and has been re-published by Estuary 2021 with a new introduction and additional chapters.  

Artist Maria Amidu has created eight ceramic plaques to mark along the length of the walk, including, in Kent, the Three Daws in Gravesend; the Coffee Pot in Leysdown; the Sportsman in Seasalter, and North Foreland, between Margate and Broadstairs.