Lonely Planet Writer

London's beach and extreme water sports festival makes a return this month

London’s beach festival is back this year with a unique combination of music and extreme water sports this 29 and 30 July.

Transitions takes place next to Thorpe Park
Transitions takes place next to Thorpe Park. Image by Transitions

Transitions started in 2015 and is back for an even bigger event this summer. Taking place on the beach next to Thorpe Park, Surrey, it’s easily reachable by direct train from Waterloo Station and bills itself as a chance for “city dwellers the chance to escape to an island surrounded by lakes, sandy beaches, summer vibes, world-class DJs and live-acts”.

As well as the surprisingly summery surroundings, the festival also boasts a huge amount of extreme water sports to enjoy or even participate in. Across Friday and Saturday, there’ll be professional wakeboard shows and the European Wakesurf Championships and qualifications. For the amateur adrenaline enthusiasts, you can learn how to waterski or wakeboard, take banana rides, get a game of beach volleyball going or take part in London’s only floating obstacle course.

Revellers can enjoy two different stages of music on Saturday night.
Revellers can enjoy two different stages of music on Saturday night. Image by Transitions

When you get tired of water sports, festival-goers can enjoy two tropical-themed stages featuring acts like Mistajam, Tough Love, Eton Messy and Artful Dodger. Friday is a family day with lots of activities and entry is free before 4pm with a Saturday ticket, priced £35.

With the picturesque surroundings and internationally renowned DJs, the festival aims to be London’s answer to the epic beach festivals of the Mediterranean. Let’s hope the festival brings some similar sunshine for the revellers to enjoy.