November 2016 Events at Cutty Sark

Witness one of the most moving operas of all time underneath the ship as OperaUpClose present La Bohème, and come along to Kids in Museums Takeover Day as school children host events for toddlers.

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.

Special Events

Cutty Sark Anniversary Concert – SOLD OUT

Join us underneath Cutty Sark’s gleaming hull as we celebrate the 147th anniversary of this magnificent ship’s launch with a musical celebration. Come along and hear Fisherman’s Friends sing a rousing set of shanties and Cornish folk songs in celebration of the legendary 19th-century sailing ship. This ten-man group of shanty singers are from Port Isaac on Cornwall’s rugged north coast, and all either are or have been fishermen, lifeboatmen and coastguards during their working lives.

This event has sold out - if you would like to be added to the waiting list, please contact

OperaUpClose presents Puccini’s La Bohème

One of the most moving operas ever written, Puccini’s La Bohème tells its tale underneath the striking hull of the last surviving clipper ship, Cutty Sark.

Charting the ups and downs of a group of idealistic graduates, the opera follows these characters as they struggle to make ends meet and follow their dreams. When aspiring novelist Rodolfo falls for immigrant cleaner Mimi, he discovers a harsh reality as their youthful passion brings joy and pain, while his best friend Marcello's tempestuous relationship with on-off girlfriend Musetta brings humour and fireworks to the stage.

The comic elements of this hugely popular production heighten its tragedy, with audiences saying this 21st-century, Olivier Award-winning La Bohème moved them like no other.

Cutty Sark Accessible Tours

Audio-described Tour

Explore the ship and its fascinating story on this audio-described tour for blind and partially sighted visitors.

Dates: 1 November 2016 | Venue: Cutty Sark | Times: 14.30-15.30 | Admission: £17 adult, £13.50 concessions (includes visitors with disabilities) | Price includes admission to ship, sighted companions enter for free

British Sign Language Tour

Join deaf historian, John Wilson, for a BSL tour of Cutty Sark and its history.

Dates: 19 November 2016 | Venue: Cutty Sark | Times: 11.00–12.00, 13.30–14.30 | Admission: £17 adult, £13.50 concessions (includes visitors with disabilities) | Price includes admission to ship, carers enter for free

Family Events

Family Fun Weekend: Rangoli Patterns

Come and celebrate Diwali at Cutty Sark with our rangoli art workshop inspired by the ship’s voyages to India and the cargoes it collected there.

Dates: 5–6 November 2016 | Venue: Sammy Ofer Gallery, Cutty Sark | Times: 11.30–13.30, 14.00–16.00 | Age: Suitable for all ages | Admission: Included in Cutty Sark admission price

Kids in Museums: Toddler Takeover Day 

All aboard Cutty Sark for the annual celebration, Kids in Museums Takeover Day, where local school children host a fun-filled day of activities for toddlers, including arts, crafts, storytelling and play activities.

Dates: 18 November 2016 | Venue: Sammy Ofer Gallery, Cutty Sark | Times: 10.00–14.00 | Age: Under 5s | Admission: £5 adult (when accompanied by a child under the age of 5)

Toddler Time

Cutty Sark is dedicating term-time Wednesday mornings to our youngest visitors. Bring your little sailors along for songs, stories and playtime on board.

Dates: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 November 2016 | Venue: Sammy Ofer Gallery, Cutty Sark | Times: 10.00–11.30 | Age: Suitable for ages 4 and under | Admission: Included in Cutty Sark admission price

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.

Dates: Every weekend and weekday | Venue: Sammy Ofer Gallery and Main Deck, Cutty Sark | Age: Suitable for ages 3+ | Admission: Included in Cutty Sark admission price

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.


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