a great day out for all the family
boats from all over the world
Dunkirk ships attend every year

The Thames Traditional Boat Rally

The Thames Traditional Boat Rally, held at Fawley Meadows, Henley-on-Thames. Friday 15th - Sunday 17th July.


Event date: Friday 15th - Sunday 17th July.

The Thames Traditional Boat Rally is a huge 2-day display of the very finest-looking traditional boats one can see. It was the dream, back in 1977, of a few keen boaters, most of whom were members of the River Thames Society to encourage owners of traditional craft to cherish and restore them to all their former glory, as well as to continue to use them upon the river.

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The Rally is a huge display of traditionally built craft, of any age, both powered and unpowered. The very finest examples of British boatbuilding skills will be on display, together with some similar examples from Europe and  the USA. A total of over 200 qualifying craft, ranging from slipper stern launches, gentlemen's day launches, steam launches, river steamers, sailing craft, vintage speedboats, skiffs, rowing boats, punts, unpowered and electric canoes, right through to vintage sea-going cruisers and many of the famous Dunkirk Little Ships attend each year. The craft on display are driven by diesel, petrol, steam, electricity and of course human-power!  Acres of wood, varnish, chrome and brass! Some of the craft attending come from ports and rivers elsewhere in the UK, and also from other European countries and the USA.

Last Updated: 8 Mar 2016