Overboard with Brian Blessed

  • 19 reviews
  • Festival Pier


  • Comedy, Something A Little Different and Boat Party
  • Tickets from £60.00
  • Southbank
  • Over 18
  • Saturday 20th May 2023
  • Multiple start times (see ticket info)

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Ahoy there shipmates! Join (un)official tour-guide Brian Blessed for a once-in-a-lifetime sightseeing tour along the Thames in central London. Cruise past iconic London landmarks as the certified national treasure hosts an afternoon of anecdotes, entertainment and a trip down memory lane. Brian will be there in-person, live and on-board!



This event has strictly limited tickets so please book in advance to avoid disappointment.

General admission: £60.00 (+ booking fee)

Included in the ticket price is 

1.5 hour cruise along the Thames.

Free drink on arrival (choice of lager, prosecco or soft drink).

In-person entertainment and anecdotes from National Treasure, Brian Blessed. 

Photo opportunity with Brian (time permitting). 

Time for drinks & sight-seeing (during the interval) on the upper deck. 

Question & Answer opportunity with Brian on the return leg of the journey. 


The cruise will depart most likely from Festival Pier (SE1 8XZ) or Westminster Pier (SW1A 2JH) or Crown Pier (EC4Y 9AY) – all well served by transport links, subject to confirmation by the Pier operator.


There are 2 x cruises on May 20th. Please pay particular attention to the timings below so you know which cruise you are booking & attending. You have 15 minutes to embark on the boat. Please be punctual - the boat cannot wait for latecomers and refunds will not be given. 


Board 13:15 (reception drink)

Depart 13:30 

Interval half way through for c. 20 mins. Bar open, plus ‘meet and greet with Brian’ (time permitting) and opportunity to go onto upper deck.

Return 15:00

End 15:15

Cruise 2:

Board 15:30 (reception drink)

Depart 15:45

Interval half way through for c. 20 mins. Bar open, plus ‘meet and greet with Brian’ (time permitting) and opportunity to go onto upper deck.

Return: 17:15
End 17:30


- Is Brian really going to be there?

Yes! National Treasure Brian Blessed will be on-board and regaling the audience with anecdotes & entertainment as the boat cruises leisurely down the Thames. 

- How does it all work?

You will embark the boat at your designated time (please don't be late!) and then spend 45 mins gliding past London landmarks with Captain Brian at the helm. After that, there'll be a short interval and an opportunity to go onto the upper deck; take photos; grab a drink at the bar; and (situation permitting), meet & greet Brian. Following the interval, on the return leg, we will have a Q & A session where you can ask Brian any burning questions. 

- Is the event inside or outside?

The show takes place inside with panoramic views of the Thames & London landmarks. Although, of course, Brian is the main attraction. During the interval, there is an opportunity to head to the upper deck and soak up the sun (weather permitting!) as well as take some photos. 

- Why don't you know the exact boarding location? 

We are unable to specify the exact Pier at time of going live with sales due to TFL (Transport for London) having not opened up bookings post March 23 yet. We anticipate to update the listing with the exact location by March, if not sooner.

- Is there food and drink available for purchase?

Customers can purchase a drink during the interval and then until the end of the cruise. Drinks are not available to buy prior to the interval to avoid long queues when embarking the boat prior to the event. However, all tickets include a FREE drink on arrival which you will pick up before taking your seats. No food is being sold on this trip and your own food is not permitted, so please make sure you're well fed before attending. 

- Is there a minimum age? 

Due to alcohol being sold and Brian's fairly frequent potty mouth, this show is 18+. 

- What's the loo situation?

There are plenty of loos onboard. 

- Do you have wheelchair access?

Accessibility requirements must be checked with the organiser prior to booking

terms & conditions

  • Ticket refunds are available up until 14 days before the event. After that, they are non-refundable except in exceptional circumstances. 
  • In the event of cruise cancellation by the organisers, a full refund will be issued. Booking fees are non-refundable.
  • In the event of either cruise not being able to operate due to Government or Public Health Advice, your ticket will be automatically transferred to a new date. Similarly, in the event of illness with respect to Brian, your ticket will be carried over to a rescheduled date.
  • Please be punctual. It is your responsibility to arrive at the correct Pier for embarking on time - the boat cannot wait for latecomers and refunds will not be given. 
  • Age limit is 18+. 
  • Own food & drink are not permitted (except drinking water). 
  • Accessibility requirements must be checked with the organiser prior to booking




Ticket Event time Cost
Sat May 20th Cruise 1 (13:15-15:15)

This ticket is for the 1st cruise on Saturday 20th May 2023. Please arrive at 13:15 for boarding promptly. 

13:15 - 15:15 £60.00
Sat May 20th Cruise 2 (15:30-17:30)

This ticket is for the 2nd cruise on Saturday 20th May 2023. Please arrive at 15:30 for boarding promptly. 

15:30 - 17:30 £60.00



Festival Pier, South Bank, London, SE1 8XZ



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  • Written by Giddy Aunt Improv (work in progress) customer

    Rating: 5


    Visited 6 months ago
    Creative and fun improv! Everyone had a wonderful evening :)
  • Written by Elizabeth

    Rating: 4


    Visited 11 months ago
    Russell and I loved the show , and Wes Streeting's guest appearance. Jacqui and Iain have such a wonderful rapport. I suppose there could have been a little bit more political debate (the Ukraine / Russia was wasn't mentioned once, for example).

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