Tuesday, 09 August 2022

Tickets on sale for 37th boat festival

TICKETS have gone sale for the 37th annual Thames Traditional Boat Festival in Henley this summer.

TICKETS have gone sale for the 37th annual Thames Traditional Boat Festival in Henley this summer.

The event, which was revamped last year, will take place at Fawley Meadows from Friday to Sunday, July 15 to 17.

Attractions will include another appearance by Sir Malcolm Campbell’s record-breaking 1937 speedboat Blue Bird K3.

It will once again attempt its first unaided journey along the Thames since it was restored by a group of enthusiasts. The historic vessel, which achieved a water speed of almost 131mph in 1938, was set to try this at last year’s festival but the engine caught fire on the day.

A fleet of Dunkirk Little Ships including the Second World War torpedo boat MTB 102 will parade past the site, as will the Queen’s row barge Gloriana.

More than 180 traditional boats, 20 amphibious craft and 100 classic cars will be on display along with vintage motorbikes and bicycles. Youngsters will be able to row in skiffs and canoes with the Thames Traditional Boat Society.

There will be land-based demonstrations by the Royal Navy and fly-pasts by historic aircraft including some dating back to the First World War.

Catering will include a pop-up pub run by Luscombe’s at the Golden Ball in Lower Assendon, spit-roast lamb from Hambleden farmer Tracey Betteridge and a bar run by Lovibonds brewery in Henley. Steamer boats will give trips up and down the river and there will also be Punch and Judy shows, market stalls, fairground rides and live music including a big band performance on the Saturday night.

The festival, which was previously called the Thames Traditional Boat Rally, was relaunched last year under a new name after being cancelled due to flooding in 2014. More than 10,000 people attended, smashing previous attendance records.

This year, the event will open at noon on the Friday. Advance tickets for all three days can be purchased online at a discounted price of £25 and individual day tickets are also available.

For more information, visit www.tradboatfestival.com

More News:

POLL: Have your say