Greenwich and Woolwich will be transformed into a boat paradise from Thursday, August 27 to Monday, August 31 as the Tall Ships Festival 2015 returns for another year.

At this year’s event there will be 15 ships docked in the River Thames as the central focus with boats rides out to the vessels available through Thames Clippers.

Thirteen tall ships will be based at Royal Arsenal Woolwich and will make daily sails along the river to Greenwich and Tower Bridge.

New to this year will be Tall Ships Island, which will consist of two ships - Dar Mlodziezy and Santa Maria Manuela - which will be moored at Maritime Greenwich. Visitors (tickets £10-£20) can get a Thames Clipper out to the boats for an hour-long stationary tour where they can speak to cadets and to hear from guides telling stories about life at sea.

On Saturday, August 29 the Royal Borough’s Tall Ships Festival day will take place along Woolwich Riverside, featuring live shanty music, street theatre, historical characters and market stalls from 12pm to 10pm.

Councillor Sizwe James, Royal borough of Greenwich’s Cabinet Member for Business, Employment and Skills said: “We’ll be welcoming huge numbers of visitors to the festival and there’ll be a really vibrant atmosphere. We encourage visitors to get out to explore the town centres and snap up a few bargains from our local shops. I call on local businesses to make sure they get involved and make the most of what will be one of the most memorable events in the borough.”

Each day will be seen off with a fireworks display on the river at Maritime Greenwich (Thursday, Friday and Sunday) around 9.15pm.

Here are a few discounts for the day:

  • Harry Perry Cycles, Woolwich, giving tall ships ticket holders 10% off all items including cycles.
  • Jenny’s Café in Eltham, offering 10% off all food orders when you mention The Royal Greenwich Festivals.
  • The King William Hotel Greenwich has free pool games and 20% off drinks for those who mention The Royal Greenwich Festivals.
  • The Earl of Chatham, Woolwich is offering 10% off food and drink until 10pm, with production of Greenwich Card or Tall Ships tickets