Royal Victoria Beach

By / 1 July 2013

Royal Victoria Beach

Newham's latest urban beach!

Royal Victoria Beach

Family fun by the docks at Royal Victoria Beach!

Head down daily between 10am – 8pm to soak up summer sunshine or head down on Saturday afternoons, until 21 September, from 12noon-8pm to take part in some unique free events.

Come and enjoy a range of activities including performances, workshops, games, stalls, crafts, music and lots more. Here's what's coming up:

3 August - Ebony Steel Band with Mr Love's Limbo dancing interactive spectacular! PLUS Banana Scrimshaw and Miss Flam Ingo's paradise beach workshops

10 August - Punch and Judy, Boogaloo Stu's puppet paramours & local ladies 3 Mills Craft with fantastic workshops

17 August - Everyone's a Winner' with Volleyball displays and workshops, games, sports and rosette making

24 August - Amazing art workshops from a selection of local artists PLUS Pinball Geoff's Famous Victorian Penny Arcade

31 August - Big screen opera comes to Royal Victoria Dock. The Crystal hosts Siemens Festival Nights, an outdoor opera festival taking place between 30 August and 1 September on the dockside. For more information please visit

7 September - A Mirror to the Sea - community sound archive, face painting and storytelling

14 September - Yael Karavan's specially created beach side theatre performances PLUS reclaimed objects from the Thames inspire magical sun printing workshops

21 September – Newham London Waterfront Festival

And every Saturday:  'A Thames Journey' - find out about the history of the docks through our Odorama scratch 'n' sniff cinema

The Brick Box is looking for volunteers to help with the project so if you are interested, get in touch! The spaces are also available for community bookings. Please contact

Open water swimming

Open water swimming refers to swimming in places such as lakes, rivers, docks and reservoirs.


All natural bodies of water like in the docks contain microscopic organisms which can increase the risk of infections causing diarrhoea and/or vomiting as well as respiratory, skin, ear and eye infections. It is strongly recommended that you do not swim, paddle or take water away from the docks.

If you have been in open water you can take these steps to reduce the risk of illness:

  • ensure you clean your hands thoroughly with soap and water after swimming and before handling/eating food

  • thoroughly clean cuts or abrasions using soap and water

  • handle your wetsuit with care after use.

Please visit Public Health England's website for further advice and guidance.

No public parking, please use public transport.

DLR: Royal Victoria Station.

Buses: 147, 241 to Royal Victoria.