Greenwich+Docklands International Festival 2016

Find out more about the Greenwich+Docklands International Festival, with our budget guide to the best events and shows. From June 24 to July 2nd 2016, the GDIF will be showcasing a massive celebration of live music, street food and theatre.

The outdoor arts festival will bring extraordinary sights and sounds to South East London. Here you will experience everything from dance performances, circus events, puppet shows, and ear splitting firework displays!

Greenwich and Docklands International Festival (GDIF)
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Most events are absolutely free and being in Greenwich you couldn’t ask for a more beautiful setting.

Visit Greenwich 

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Image by Ed Webster (Flickr/Creative Commons)

Greenwich is famous for its riverside views, royal heritage buildings and free historic attractions. Only twelve minutes from Central London, you can explore Greenwich easily on foot and public transport.

Situated along the River Thames, its home to one the largest areas of preserved historic architecture and green spaces in England.

The Trafalgar Tavern
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Try some street food at Greenwich Market and have a pint at the 170 year old Trafalgar Tavern. Afterwards you can walk along the River Thames and explore the Old Royal Naval College, Cutty Sark and National Maritime Museum.

Greenwich Royal Observatory
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Check out the Royal Observatory and learn about the history of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Situated on the top of Greenwich Park, the museum has spectacular views of London’s skyline.

Greenwich couple
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Greenwich comes alive during the summer festival season. Make sure you’re there to experience its spectacular theatre displays and free events.

Greenwich+Docklands International Festival

Greenwich Fair
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The GDIF has plenty of free events to savour between June 24 and July 2 2016. Visitors will particularly enjoy the Greenwich Fair on 25 – 26 June 2016.

The mini-festival will be the largest display of street theatre in London. Featuring some of the best UK and international circus, theatre and dance shows, this show is not to be missed!

Where: Greenwich Town Centre, Cutty Sark Gardens and Old Royal Naval College
When: 25 – 26 June 2016

The Clash of Drums
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The Clash of the Drums by Les Commandos Percu and Deabru Beltzak is an awesome way to experience Greenwich town centre. This spectacular display of drumming and fireworks will bring this year’s festival to a climax on 2 July 2016.

Getting to Greenwich 

You can catch a train from Charing Cross, Waterloo and London Bridge to Greenwich train station – this takes about 20 minutes.

Tube: The nearest underground station is North Greenwich, which is on the Jubilee line, and it takes about 12 minutes from London Bridge.

DLR: Take a Docklands Light Railway (DLR) train from Bank station direct to Cutty Sark for Greenwich town centre and the museums. It takes about 20 minutes.

Boat: If you want to travel along the River Thames, then take the boat from Westminster or Embankment Pier. This takes about 30 minutes and has some amazing riverside views!

Where to stay in Greenwich, London

Wombat’s City Hostel London

Book now if you want to guarantee a room near Greenwich, London this summer. Check out our availability here – we have budget hostels and affordable hotels available at low rates.

Wombat’s City Hostel London is located right next to Tower Bridge and has boutique rooms/dorms and quality kitchen facilities. Situated close to Greenwich and central London, this stylish hostel forms part of an award winning hostel chain. Rooms from €35.

Venture Hostel is in the perfect place if you want to be close to Greenwich town centre. Offering free Wi-Fi and bed linen to all guests, this budget hostel is only a brief walk from Deptford railway station. From here you can nip over to Greenwich in minutes. Rooms from €22.

*Header image by Garry Knight (Flickr/Creative Commons)