Crowds Cruise to Boat Show in the Sunshine

What a difference a year makes. This year’s Henley & Wargrave Boat Show had great weather in comparison to last year’s event, which was slightly earlier in March, when it snowed.

This weekend’s show attracted lots of people and was based in Wargrave at both the Val Wyatt Marina and Bushnells Boatyard. Hobbs of Henley were offering free boat trips between the two venues.

There was a large range of boats on show – from small day boats to large cruisers for visitors to climb aboard and look at and/or buy.  At the Val Wyatt Marina, there were also lots of lovely local stalls for the Spring Love Henley Market offering boating accessories including Boatique from Henley, local speciality food and wine.  Daisy’s Vintage Ice Cream Van was doing a roaring trade on Sunday in the sunshine with her locally produced ice creams.

Michael Brown from Empower to Cook was running free cookery workshops in one of the barns making soda bread which the children thoroughly enjoyed.  Above are Wendy, Laura and Anna McLoughlin with their finished bread.

It was also a weekend of openings and launches…

Founder of the Love Henley Market, Alison Hussey, opened her new ‘Local Larder’ shop and café this weekend.  Alison said, “All the products I will be stocking come from local suppliers and producers within 25 miles.  I hope that both the locals and the marina visitors will stock up from me.”

Hobbs of Henley launched their Henley Boat Club.  Jonathon Hobbs said, “It’s a great opportunity for people who don’t want the full expense of owning a boat to be able to hire out boats for a few days a year. In the current climate we’ve noticed that people are wary of owning their own boats due to depreciation and the rising costs of the mooring, storage, licenses, insurances and fuel.”  There are different membership options available starting at Bronze which offers 4 days a year on 12 seater day boat for £995.  More details can be found at

It was fantastic to see so many people enjoying the sunshine on the river and it was difficult to remember now how terrible the flooding was here only a few months ago.