Wednesday, 22 September 2021

Boats and planes at riverside festival

THIS year’s Thames Traditional Boat Festival will open at noon next Friday (July 15).

THIS year’s Thames Traditional Boat Festival will open at noon next Friday (July 15).

At least 10,000 people are expected to attend the event in Fawley Meadows, which continues until the Sunday evening.

The festival will feature more than 180 vessels from rowing skiffs and punts to Venetian gondolas and slipper launches.

There will also be the Queen’s row barge Gloriana, a fleet of more than 20 Dunkirk Little Ships led by torpedo boat MTB 102 and an appearance by Sir Malcolm Campbell’s record-breaking speedboat Blue Bird K3.

A Spitfire and Hurricane from the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will perform a fly-past on the Saturday and Sunday.

The Golden Ball at Lower Assendon will be running a pop-up pub throughout the weekend. This will host Henley Mayor Julian Brookes’s charity barn dance in aid of Riverside Counselling, Nomad and Henley YMCA at 7pm on the Sunday.

Festival president Lady McAlpine, of Fawley Hill, said: “It promises to be a really good family fun weekend with something for literally everyone. All we really need is good, dry weather.

“Last year’s festival was such a triumph and so well attended that it makes the committee feel it must produce an even bigger and better ‘show’. I do feel we have achieved this and can’t wait to start setting up.”

Tickets can be booked at www.tradboatfestival.com



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