HENLEY is a boating sort of a place, it’s safe to say — and never
HENLEY is a boating sort of a place, it’s safe to say — and never more so than this weekend, when the Thames Traditional Boat Festival takes place on and off the river at Fawley Meadows.
Previously the Thames Traditional Boat Rally, Lucie Henwood of boatmakers Henwood & Dean says the decision was taken this year to use the word “festival” instead so as to “open the event out to everyone”.
The timetable of events has already been well publicised, but as a folk musician herself, Lucie has helped organise some musical entertainment ahead of the festival’s formal start tomorrow (Saturday).
Floating festivalgoers will already be arriving — and to greet them this evening at the Golden Ball in Lower Assendon will be what Lucie calls “an eclectic mix of music from young musicians”. Lottie Bell (guitar and voice) will be followed by Ella Ronan (harp) and Mollie Liddell (voice and backing track).
Lined up for tomorrow in the Lower Meadow from 12.15pm are Swing 42 Jazz. Roving the showground from 2pm to 5pm will be the Acorn Music Theatre Company. Playing the Golden Ball from 5.30pm are jazz three-piece Annie and the Dough Boys, followed by seven-piece function band Higher Ground at 8pm and 10.30pm.
Roving the showground from 11.30am to 4pm on Sunday will be Pure Fluke, with the Acorn Music Theatre Company also in action from 10am to 1pm.