Monday 16th February 2021

The speed at which vaccines are being delivered bodes well for the future.  While few now underestimate Covid-19 and the threat it poses, the expectation is that we should all be able to enjoy a safe summer, embracing precautions that minimise transmission. Your Committee continue to keep a close eye on developments, both here in the UK and overseas.


We welcomed news that the Stewards and Committe of the Henley Royal Regatta were planning to stage the event and in its new six-day format. Regrettably, the update yesterday changed everything: new (unconfirmed) dates in August and perhaps a new location in the form of Dorney Lake.  We wish them well in their preparations, naturally hoping that Henley is retained as the host. 

You may recall that the cancellation of Henley Royal Regatta last year meant crucial sections of the Upper Meadows site were blocked by heavy equipment that would usually be deployed on the opposite bank. Once again, therefore, we now face considerable hurdles that we hope to overcome by working closely with related stakeholders. 

Our aspiration remains to deliver a weekend that more than makes up for the cancellation of last year.  An update will be provided once all options are better understood. 

Your Committee have been overwhelmed by your messages of support.  Let's all hope that nothing prevents us from once again gathering in Fawley Meadows, or perhaps nearby.


We would like to thank you, our loyal supporters, along with the small, dedicated Committee that work so hard to deliver the Thames Traditional Boat Festival. 

With very best wishes 

Judy, the Hon. Lady McAlpine 

Adam Toop 

and the Thames Traditional Boat Festival Committee

 The next Thames Traditional Boat Festival

provisional dates

friday 16th - Sunday 18th July 2021

subject to change


An exciting and fun day out for the whole family,

a celebration of all that's best in British boatbuilding and craftsmanship

evoking the nostalgia of boating from a bygone era.


This popular, long-running event, now offers more attractions on the water,

in the air and on the land, than ever before. 


the fleet of

Dunkirk "Little Ships"


and the largest display of traditional boats in Europe, 

amphibious and military vehicles, the WW1 air display team - and much more...


The history of the Thames Traditional Boat Festival

Take part

Enter your Traditional Boat, Vintage or Classic,

Amphibious or Military Vehicle, or as an Exhibitor/ Trader

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