TTBF 2021 - latest news

Sunday 31st May 2020

From the outset of these very difficult and fast-evolving times, the Committee of the Thames Traditional Boat Festival took the decision to evaluate carefully and sensitively all possible options that might allow the Festival to be held in some form this year, and not to cancel until we really believed there was no alternative action available to us. 


While the cancellation of the Henley Royal Regatta provided new and expensive challenges, with stored bulky Regatta infrastructure and heavy equipment blocking crucial sections of the Upper Meadows site, it is the extended timetable that we are now seeing applied to the easing of restrictions that ultimately stands in the way of us being able to hold the Festival this year. 


While we now truly have no option in this matter, we nonetheless write with very heavy hearts.  The Thames Traditional Boat Festival is a hugely popular feature in the summer calendar, drawing visitors from around the globe while supporting so many local businesses.  The small Committee works hard from the close of each Trad to make the following year’s event as perfect as possible, and we were very excited about the event we were offering this year.  We considered arranging a casual one day get together on the site later in the year, but even this now looks beset by on-going restrictions. 


We are most grateful to those who have already generously pledged their advance payments as donations, towards the staging of the 2021 Trad.  Thank you. 


The TTBF remains a 'not for profit' event with the ultimate aim of assisting young people to take up boat-building apprenticeships.  It is run by volunteers, including the Committee, which is committed to welcoming everyone back to Fawley Meadows next year. Please put the dates in your diary - Friday 16th to Sunday 18th July 2021.  


We look forward to seeing you all there. 


With very best wishes 


Judy, The Hon. Lady McAlpine,

Adam Toop,

and the Thames Traditional Boat Festival Committee

 The next Thames Traditional Boat Festival

friday 16th - Sunday 18th July 2021


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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