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The Great Thames Disaster

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Saturday 4 – Sunday 5 August  | Waterfront Weekend

12-3pm | Free creative activity on shore

3-5pm | Tickets £5.50 for live performances aboard the ship

Daisy Farris Dance Collective presents: THE GREAT THAMES DISASTER

A glorious day trip ends in tragedy. The story of The Great Thames Disaster unfolds through dance and physical theatre as the audience is taken on the final voyage of The SS Princess Alice in 1878.

The fate of the passengers is revealed in this bold, immersive production, capturing the moment the jovial atmosphere descends into chaos. An emotive tale of disaster, tragedy and the power of community spirit, guaranteed to capture the hearts and minds of audiences.

An immersive, site-specic performance on board LV21. Audiences will board the ship and be guided through the decks and cabins as this historical story unfolds. Performances will be followed by a movement workshop with Daisy Farris and an art installation by Nicola Flower in the hull of the ship.


Book NowPerformance ticket price £5.50


Want to join in? It’s Free!

Daisy Farris Dance Collective are recruiting young people age 13-18 to be part of this exciting performance project. The project is FREE to participate in and is an opportunity to develop your skills in the performing arts sector.
Rehearsal: Monday 23rd- Friday 27th July | 10am-4pm | The Woodville Theatre
Performance: Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th August on board LV21

To take part email: with your name, age and interest in the project.
No prior experience required!

Download Recruitment Poster



Gravesham Riverside Festival Fringe

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Saturday 14 July | 12-5pm | FREE

Join artists and performers for the 1st ever Fringe Festival aboard and around LV21.

Enjoy a range of Circus themed creative and participatory workshops and performances. Encounter curious street artists, try out tightwire walking and aerial acrobatics, join in song and dance, and build your very own Flea Circus.

Fringe line-up 12pm-5pm

‘Have a Go’ drop-in workshops

(limited places for scheduled sessions allocated on first come first served basis | please check the schedule on arrival)

Trapeze & Hammock with Airhedz:
– aboard LV21 12-2pm & 3.30-5pm
– 25 min sessions
– Suitable for ages 8+
– trapeze max. 6 participants/session
– hammock max. 8 participants/session

Tightwire Walking with Dizzy O’Dare:
– ashore 12-2.30pm
– check scheduled session times on arrival

Dance & Movement with Daisy Farris Dance Collective:
– ashore 12-2.30pm & 3.30-5pm
– check scheduled session times on arrival

Build a Flea Circus with LV21 ShipMates:
– aboard LV21 12-2pm & 3.30-5pm
– drop-in anytime


1pm, 2pm & 4.15pm
Elves performances

1.30pm, 2pm & 3.30pm
Daisy Farris Dance Collective
perform extracts of The Great Thames Disaster

The Giant Balloon Show by Dizzy O’Dare

The Greatest Showman sing-along with the Make A Noise Choir


Schedule subject to change

Please note that there is no public access aboard LV21 during predicted high tide between 2-3.30pm.
All activities aboard LV21 break for this period but recommence at 3.30pm. Workshops and performances at St Andrew’s Quay are continuous throughout the day.


For further info about the Gravesham Riverside Festival visit

ONE DAY – a creative ‘day-off’ for women

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One Day is a free day-long workshop for women of all ages, backgrounds and interests. Join artist Alinah Azadeh onboard LV21 to uncover and celebrate the talents and stories of local women. Read more

Night Walking North Kent | Art Festival 2018

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Saturday 21 April 11am-4.30pm | Unexpected Encounters | FREE | Suitable for all ages | Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by and adult

Explore the decks onboard LV21 and encounter hidden video and art installations by participating Inspiral artists Richard Couzins, Sarah Sparkes, Anne Robinson and counterproductions, alongside Caroline Gregory’s Talismans, a collection of lucky charms and artefacts that evoke protective deities, souvenirs of the sea that offer protection from the darkness. While onboard you can also make your own mask to take home for an imaginary animal menagerie inspired by the 19th Century Rosherville Pleasure Gardens in Northfleet. You might also meet some of the Gravesend Hospital Radio DJs broadcasting live from the Radio Room.

Saturday 21 April 4.30-6.30pm | The North Kent Marshlands: Walking the Hoo and its unique Soundscapes

Book NowTickets £5


After a day of artistic interventions and installations join local nature writer and conservationist Carol Donaldson and sound artist Grant Smith on LV21 for a marshland inspired talk, introducing you to the richness and diversity of the North Kent Marshes as a place of otherness, refuge and rare beauty. The event will allow time for discussion with other Inspiral Associate Artists and includes refreshments.

This is an ideal way to share our experiences of exploring other places and night walking, but also as a way to prepare for Inspiral Long Hoo Night Walk  – this epic walk will leave from LV21 after the talk finishes. See here for details and book your place.

About the speakers: Carol Donaldson originally from Essex, moved to Kent in 2004 to work for the RSPB. In 2014 she set up an environmental consultancy advising farmers, charities and government bodies on improving the countryside for wildlife. She has written for The Guardian, Wanderlust and BBC Wildlife Magazine. She was BBC Wildlife Magazine’s Travel Writer of the Year in 2011. Her first book, On the Marshes was published by Little Toller in 2017 and follows a journey across the North Kent Marshes meeting people who have chosen to live in unconventional ways.

Grant Smith is a writer and artist at and with soundCamp at

About the Festival

Night Walking North Kent is an inclusive, fun way to explore our urban/semi-urban lives as we range across Gravesham, the Hoo Peninsula and Northfleet, knocking on the night ground, turning up the unexpected, the uncommon and uncanny. Come and join us as amateur naturalist, expert historian, pleasure-seeker, archaeologist or simple nightwalker, to scour the night time, and prepare to be enlightened, amazed, challenged, as we explore together the rich and overlapping natural and cultural histories of North Kent.

This unique festival of nocturnal walking, offers 4 nightdays of curated walking art events: a collection of informative and entertaining public walks, with artistic workshops or talks and an exhibition display at Gravesend Library (26 March – 30 April). The display reveals the ongoing mapping of the InspiralLondon Metropolitan Trail while celebrating the themes of night walking. Across the whole festival associate artists will be presenting unique responses to the metropolitan trail experience, in being a part of and observing the city by night.

For more info or email­­

This Festival and Artistic Commissions are generously supported financially by ACE (Grants for the Arts), KCC, Metropolitan Trails and counterproductions. With additional support of LV21, GAC, CGP London, soundcamp, Deveron Arts, CoolWalks & WAN

The Art of Autism 2

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LV21 is supporting the National Autistic Society Dartford & Gravesham branch to kick off the World Autism Awareness Week with the Art of Autism 2, an exhibition featuring artworks by local children and young people on the autistic spectrum. Read more


Anything Other are a professional theatre company creating a new play exploring the history and changing identity of North Kent. Join this fun afternoon of workshops with the director and writer, exploring how they are making the play from local stories.

People from all walks of life are invited to take part. There is no requirement to act or have any prior knowledge of drama to participate.

The workshops are free and takes place onboard LV21.

Young People Session (age 8-17) – 1pm-2.30pm
Adults/Parents Session – 3.30pm-5pm

Refreshments are provided.

To book please email or speak to the crew onboard.