The Sail Royal Greenwich event running from Thurs 27 – Mon 31 Aug, 12pm – 10pm will see 13 tall ships making daily sails along the river from the Royal Arsenal Woolwich to Greenwich and Tower Bridge.

The highlight of the event will be Tall Ships Day on Satruday, 29 August, which will feature music, street theatre and market stalls – offering a perfect opportunity to get some great shots of both ships and the other events taking place.

Where it’s happening

Maritime Greenwich, King William Walk SE10 9JH

Royal Arsenal, Woolwich, SE18 6FB

More information

Where to see the fireworks

At Maritime Greenwich there will be a firework display every night from Thursday 27th till Saturday 29th starting at 9.15pm.

At Woolwich, there be a display at 9.45 on the Saturday 29 August.


It’s totally free to attend, though you can purchase tickets to be on board one of the ship cruises from around £60 upwards. Visit to find out more.

How to photograph tall ships

  • Go on deck: If you get a chance to climb aboard some of the tall ships, look for interesting details as well as dramatic shots looking up the masts and the complex rigging.
  • Fireworks: With fireworks lighting up the river and the majestic tall ships, it goes without saying that this is a perfect photo opportunity. Arrive early to scout out the best location along the river.
  • Try to shoot from a relatively high vantage point.