Thames Traditional Boat Festival returns to Henley

Thames Traditional Boat Festival returns to Henley in July

The Thames Traditional Boat Festival returns on the weekend of Friday 19 – Sunday 21 July at Fawley Meadows, Henley-on-Thames.

It’s billed as an exciting and fun event for the whole family, and a celebration of all that’s best in British boatbuilding and craftsmanship – evoking the nostalgia of boating from a bygone era.

We’ll second that, especially as this popular and long-running event – with its roots in a rally first established 40 years ago – now offers more attractions on the water, in the air and on the land than ever before.

2019 features will once again include the largest display of traditional boats in Europe, the fleet of Dunkirk “Little Ships”, Her Majesty’s row-barge “Gloriana”, amphibious and military vehicles, and a WW1 air display, the organisers tell us.

Bluebird K3 in action

Highlights already booked include Sir Malcolm Campbell’s Bluebird K3 water speed record holder, Coastal Forces Motorboat no 9, the only surviving WWI torpedo boat, and a display of WWI aerial might in the form of replica Sopwith Camel, Avro and Fokker Triplanes.

As usual Friday and Saturday will be party nights, and the illuminated parade on Saturday night will feature boats on the river and vintage bicycles ashore decked out in fantastic light designs.