Something for the Weekend
14th, 15th & 16th July
The Thames Traditional Boat Festival starts this Friday held and is being at Fawley Meadows in Henley-on-Thames. Formerly known as the Traditional Boat Rally, this 3-day event was first held at Fawley Meadows 39 years ago and continues to be a celebration of boatbuilding and nostalgia. Claimed to be the ‘largest display of traditional boats in Europe’, owners of traditional wooden boats apply to be part of the festival, which promises to be ‘bigger and better than ever’. On display will be Dunkirk Little Ships, Her Majesty’s rowbarge Gloriana, plus amphibious and military vehicles. Other features include a Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, vintage cars, live music and sailpasts, plus stalls manned by Thames-based marine businesses. Period Dress, Victorian or Edwardian, is being encouraged on the Saturday and Sunday ‘to embrace the spirit of the event’. Adult tickets are £8 on Fri and £13 on Sat or Sun. Weekend and 3 day adult tickets are £24 and £28 respectively. Discounted tickets are available online. There will be a ferry service run by Hobbs of Henley from the Red Lion pub for visitors with festival tickets and wristbands. Motorboat exhibitors include Broom Boats, TBS Boats and Tingdene Boat Sales. To get a flavour of the event, see footage from last years festival here.
If you are looking for spares or a boating bargain, on Sunday it is the Worthing Boat Jumble, which will be held on Worthing’s Promenade. The event opens at 10am and it is free to enter.
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Have a great weekend
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