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Type Events and festivals
Location
Cutty Sark
Date and Times Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 July 2024 | 11am - 4pm
Prices Included with entry to the ship

Free entry for Members. Not a member? Join now

Climb on board Cutty Sark for a weekend of lifesaving with the RNLI!

To celebrate the RNLI's 200th anniversary we've teamed up with our local Tower crew to host a range of talks and activities centered around lifesaving at sea.

Watch demonstrations by crew, learn lifesaving skills, hear stories about the lifeboats on the deck of Cutty Sark, and see our shipwright in action.

While you're here you can also head over to our free exhibition at the National Maritime Museum, Women of the RNLI, and discover the vital roles that women play in saving lives at sea.

See what's on below.

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Throw line training 

Dry Berth | Saturday - Sunday | 11am - 4pm 

Join our local Tower lifeboat crew to practise using throw lines and learn how you can safely help someone in the water.

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Crew kit timed challenge

Dry Berth | Saturday - Sunday | 11am - 4pm 

Discover what it takes to be a RNLI crew member with timed kit challenges - every second counts!

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Gallery favourite talk: The Clipper Ship Hallowe’en 

Tween Deck | Saturday - Sunday | From 11am on the hour until 4pm 

In this talk, learn about the dramatic rescue of the owner of Cutty Sark John Willis’s ship Hallowe’en. Loaded with tea, she was wrecked off the South Devon coast and dramatically rescued by the brave crew of the RNLI Salcombe lifeboat, Alexandra.

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Get up close with Cutty Sark's lifesaving objects

Main Deck and Dry Berth | Saturday - Sunday | 11am - 4pm 

Take a look at the lifesaving equipment that would have been used onboard Cutty Sark and discover more about how the lifeboats formed part of the ship's story.

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Oar and fender making 

Main Deck | Saturday - Sunday | 11am - 4pm 

See traditional skills being kept alive as our Cutty Sark shipwright makes oars for our lifeboat.

What’s On

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Cutty Sark Rig Climb
Experiences

Cutty Sark Rig Climb

Experience life at sea and climb the rigging of one of London's true icons
Weekends 10am-5pm | Friday-Sunday during school holidays
Adult: £55 | Child (10-17): £45 | Under 25/Student: £49
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Meet the characters of Cutty Sark
Family fun

Meet the characters of Cutty Sark

Meet colourful characters from Cutty Sark’s past and hear astonishing stories about life at sea in the age of sail
Weekends and Fri-Mon in school holidays | 11am, 12pm, 2pm, 3pm
Included with entry to Cutty Sark
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Ship Mates
Family fun

Ship Mates

Hop aboard Cutty Sark for sensory sessions for under 5s!
Term-time Wednesdays | 10.30am, 12.00pm & 1.30pm
£5 per child, accompanying adults free
Cutty Sark
The Busy Narrow Sea
Talks and tours | Member events

The Busy Narrow Sea

Discover the social history of the English Channel with journalist and historian Robin Laurance
Thursday 25 July 2024 | 7.30pm-8.30pm
Free | Members only
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Cutty Sark Comedy
Events and festivals | Museum Lates

Cutty Sark Comedy

Join us in the Lower Hold of the famous tea clipper for a fantastic evening of stand-up comedy
Sunday 28 July 2024 | 6.30pm-8.30pm (Doors open at 6pm)
Adult: £18.00 | Members: £16.00
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Summer holidays at Cutty Sark
Family fun

Summer holidays at Cutty Sark

Hands-on workshops, character actors and storytelling sessions - there's lots to enjoy at Cutty Sark this summer!
30 July - 29 August 2024 | See below for details
Free with entry to the ship
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Sea shanty singers
Family fun

Sea shanty singers

Join our resident sea shanty groups at Cutty Sark on the first weekend of every month as they sing traditional maritime songs
First weekend of every month
Included with entry to Cutty Sark: £20 Adult | £10 Child
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Pirate Academy with Justin Somper
Family fun | Member events

Pirate Academy with Justin Somper

Join the award-winning author for a swashbuckling family adventure
Friday 9 August 2024 | 11am and 2pm
Free for Members – booking required
Cutty Sark
Shipkeeping in action
Talks and tours

Shipkeeping in action

This is your chance to meet the team who care for and conserve Cutty Sark
Monthly | See page for details
Free for Cutty Sark ticket holders
Cutty Sark
Members' Talk: The Rise and Fall of the Pirates with Richard Blakemore
Talks and tours | Member events

Members' Talk: The Rise and Fall of the Pirates with Richard Blakemore

The historian and author reveals some of the lesser-told tales of those who sailed and plundered on the high seas
Wednesday 14 August 2024 | 7.30pm - 8.30pm
Free for Members – booking required
Cutty Sark
Cutty Sark concert: Fairport Convention
Events and festivals | Museum Lates

Cutty Sark concert: Fairport Convention

Don't miss your chance to see Fairport Convention underneath the copper hull of Cutty Sark - this will be a night not to be missed! 
Sunday 27 October 2024 | 7.30pm - 9.45pm
Adults: £40 | Members: £36
Cutty Sark
Attention All Shipping
Events and festivals | Museum Lates

Attention All Shipping

To mark Cutty Sark’s 155th birthday, join us on board to watch Charlie Connelly's one-man show based on his bestselling book 'Attention All Shipping: A Journey Round The Shipping Forecast'
Friday 22 November 2024 | 7-9pm
Adult: £20 | Member: £18
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Sea Shanty Festival 2024
Events and festivals

Sea Shanty Festival 2024

Visit Cutty Sark for a fantastic day of sea song performances and workshops in celebration of the tea clipper's 155th birthday
Saturday 23 November 2024 | 10am - 4.30pm
Free with entry to ship
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Header image by Laura Lewis. 

Body image credits: Life ring photo by Heather Wilde on Unsplash. RNLI crew on rescue photo by Rob Pumphrey on Unsplash.