GDIF 2023 | London’s free, annual outdoor performing arts festival 25 August-10 September 2023


Getting here

We always encourage our audiences to walk, cycle, or take public transport to our events. There are lots of cycle routes across the Royal Borough of Greenwich and east London, and cycle parking will be available at or near all events. Many GDIF sites are accessible by river, so why not take to the water with Uber Boat by Thames Clippers?

All Blue Badge parking and accessible drop off points are outlined on each main event page.

Visit to plan your journey.

Check out our interactive map

About your visit

This is here to help you get the most out of your visit to Greenwich + Docklands International Festival 2023.

To explore the full programme of events and plan your visit click here

Health and Safety Rules of Entry:

  • No illegal or controlled substances are permitted at the event
  • No glass, weapons, pyrotechnics, illegal items or any other items which may cause danger, offence or disruption will be permitted into the event
  • Security reserve the right to refuse entry to the event
  • Some sites allow service dogs only, and events may be loud and busy
  • Feeling unwell? Please do not enter our sites if you have any symptoms of Covid-19 to help keep each other safe.

Ask for Angela

At GDIF we have implemented ‘Ask for Angela’. Sometimes you can find yourself in a situation that isn’t safe or that makes you feel uncomfortable, and at all GDIF sites you can discreetly ask for help from a member of staff if this happens.
To find out more, please visit:

Weather conditions

The team at GDIF are constantly monitoring the weather. All events will go ahead, unless it is unsafe to do so. Please listen out to onsite announcements, or check our social media to keep up to date!

  • Be safe in the heat by drinking lots of water, wearing sunscreen, seeking shade, and looking after one another
  • Be prepared for rain by wearing suitable footwear, bringing a raincoat or poncho
  • Lots of our sites get cold at night. Remember to bring layers to keep warm.

Be Part of It

You can help make sure everyone has a great experience at GDIF by:

  • Allowing children to the front, and being mindful of sight lines by sitting where possible
  • Respecting accessible viewing areas
  • Following advice from staff and volunteers on site
  • Having your tickets ready and arriving in good time for ticketed shows
  • Respecting others’ personal space and comfort zones
  • Following us on Twitter for live updates, including weather-related information! We will only ever cancel if absolutely necessary, so remember to check the forecast and bring appropriate clothing.
  • Please respect our staff and volunteers and follow their advice – they’re here to help.
  • Understanding entry to the event may be subject to bag searching by on-site security.

GDIF volunteers sponsored by Uber Boat by Thames Clippers

GDIF’s friendly volunteers are on hand at every event to help with information and directions. You can’t miss them in their bright pink t-shirts! Ask them about travel options, access information, or show recommendations!

Photography and Filming 

We have photographers and filmmakers at GDIF events. If you don’t want to be featured in our future content, please wear a ‘NoPhotography’ sticker, available from our volunteers. Taken a great photo at GDIF? Share on social and tag @GDIFestival using #GDIF2023.

Uber Boat by Thames Clippers

Travel with Uber Boat by Thames Clippers and enjoy fresh air, a comfortable seat, an onboard café bar and fantastic views. The River Bus operator serves 24  piers along the Thames, including GDIF sites in Canary Wharf, Greenwich, Greenwich Peninsula (North Greenwich), the Royal Docks (Royal Wharf) and Woolwich (Royal Arsenal). Boats depart every 10-20 minutes from key London piers. Bikes are permitted on board at no extra cost and all boats are wheelchair accessible, as are all piers in the Greenwich area. Find out more about accessible travel with Uber Boat by Thames Clippers here.

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