August events at Cutty Sark

Highlights this month include a superb line up of comedians for our Pre-Edinburgh Comedy Festival, and exciting summer holiday activities, designed to get you off the sofa and on board the historic clipper ship.

Cutty Sark hosts special events and activities throughout the year. Admission charges apply (family activities are free with entry). Please visit our website for more information.

Cutty Sark Studio Theatre

Pre-Edinburgh Comedy Festival

24 July–3 August 2015

Katherine Ryan and Harriet Kemsley

Katherine Ryan: Kathbum

Katherine Ryan, the razor sharp and hilariously funny Canadian, returns with an eagerly awaited brand new show. She is a star of Live at the Apollo, QI and The Jonathan Ross Show and a regular on 8 out of 10 Cats.

Harriet Kemsley: Puppy Fat

Hailed ‘a very funny new stand up’ by Time Out, award winning idiot Harriet Kemsley brings her much anticipated debut hour to Cutty Sark Studio Theatre as a warm up for the Edinburgh Fringe. Harriet has been tour support for Katherine Ryan, Stephen Merchant and has been featured on BBC Three’s Comedy Marathon and BBC Radio 1’s Comedy Lounge.

Tom Glover and Luke Honnoraty

Small Town Heroes

A shared performance that promises to deliver no-nonsense, good, honest, award-winning stand up from two of the most exciting and funny talents to emerge from the comedy hotbed of Devon in recent years. Disclaimer: Devon is a very small county.

Tom Glover has a knack of winning over any crowd with his wickedly funny, beautifully timed observations (but if that’s not your thing he also does funny accents and pulls silly faces!). Luke Honnoraty engages the audience so no one is left feeling humiliated and everyone leaves with a big grin on their face. He’s a star waiting to be discovered.

Elvis McGonagall and Rob Auton

Elvis McGonagall: Stand-up comedy

Stand-up poet, armchair revolutionary and recumbent rocker, Elvis McGonagall is the sole resident of The Graceland Caravan Park where he scribbles verse whilst drinking Scotch, listening to Johnny Cash and throwing heavy objects at his portable telly.

Rob Auton: Stand-up comedy

York-born writer, comedian and one-time actor Rob Auton has ideas, writes them down and says them to audiences at poetry nights, comedy nights and at theatres at night. He is ‘poetical, philosophical, humane and funny to boot.’ (The Guardian)

Family Fun Weekend

Pirate Takeover

Come on a swashbuckling adventure with all your family. Join us in a pirate takeover on board Cutty Sark and at the National Maritime Museum for a fun-filled weekend that’ll shiver yer timbers. Come dressed like a pirate, or as you arrr!

Summer holiday activities

Story Ship

Help make a spectacular story ship. Add your sea-faring adventures to the rigging and watch the sails grow.

Sea Chests

What would you take on a long sea voyage? Make a mini sea chest and pack your things inside.

Where in the world?

Make a spinning compass to guide you on a journey across the sea. Where in the world will you go?

All Hands on Deck

Get hands-on and learn essential sailor skills with Greenwich’s very own Sea Cadets who will be on board with us for the summer holidays. 

Cutty Sark Characters

Come aboard to hear Cutty Sark’s incredible stories brought to life by characters from the ship’s past. Meet Captain Woodget, the ship’s most daring master; Jock Willis, the man who built Cutty Sark; Nannie, the ship’s figurehead; or the ship’s cook, James Robson, who all have an extraordinary story to tell.  

Hawk Talk

Join bird of prey specialist, Gary Railton, and Norman, the hawk, on the main deck of Cutty Sark and find out how he helps us look after the ship and her rigging. Learn more about Railton’s work and his adventures on the job as he explains how Norman scares off pigeons, starlings and the occasional seagull to prevent them from roosting in the ship’s rigging.

General information

Cutty Sark reopened to the public in April 2012, marking a new chapter in the extraordinary life of the last surviving tea clipper and one of the world’s most famous ships. Visitors to Cutty Sark can venture aboard and beneath the beautiful three-masted clipper: walk along the decks in the footsteps of the merchant seamen who sailed her over a century ago; explore the hold where precious cargo was stored on epic voyages; and even walk underneath the 963-tonne ship in the dry berth below to view the elegant lines of her hull.

Cutty Sark, National Maritime Museum, Royal Observatory Greenwich and Queen’s House operate under the banner of Royal Museums Greenwich.

Cutty Sark is open 10.00–17.00, Monday–Sunday (subject to change please see website for details).

Admission to Cutty Sark is £13.50 for adults (£11.50 concessions) and £7.00 for children aged 5-15. Family tickets are priced at £24 (1 adult and 2 children) or £35 (2 adults and up to 2 children).

Bundled tickets are available with other Royal Museums Greenwich attractions. Royal Museums Greenwich members receive free entry to Cutty Sark among their membership benefits. Admission to Cutty Sark is by ticket, available online, by telephone or in person on the day. Due to high demand tickets may be unavailable on the day to those who have not purchased their ticket in advance. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the bookings line on 020 8312 6608.

Cutty Sark is located a short walk from the Cutty Sark DLR, and Maze Hill and Greenwich train stations. The closest tube stations are North Greenwich (to change to local buses) and Canary Wharf (to change to DLR), both on the Jubilee line.

For details on National Maritime Museum, Queen’s House and Royal Observatory Greenwich opening hours and admission visit the website.


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