Launch Party for the Traditional Boat Festival 2023

The Committee of the Traditional Boat Festival 2023 (TTBF) launched this year’s event at a party hosted by Judy MacAlpine in Fawley Hill, with an invited group of volunteers, exhibitors, sponsors and members. 

The TTBF  in its 43rd year, celebrates the best in British boat building and craftsmanship. The event also offers other attractions on the water as well as on the land and in the air and is an event suitable for the whole family. This year will see the return of the fleet of Dunkirk Little Ships, and the largest display of traditional boats in Europe and plans are still being finalised for air displays and aircraft flybys. This year’s event will take place 14-16 July at Fawley Meadows.

Paul Clerehugh, chef and proprietor of the Crooked Billet in Stoke Row, who supports this event said “We are lucky in Henley, we have some fantastic events and festivals, my favourite one is the Trad and the reason is that it includes everyone, it is affordable and it is family fun, relaxed and informal.”

Judy McAlpine and Adam Toop, co-chairs of the TTBF, welcomed all the attendees and emphasised the call for funding to ensure the cost of the event is kept to a minimum. Adam Toop said, “As this event remains the most inclusive and essentially subsided event on the Henley reach of the river, the Committee intends to try and keep any increase in tickets to a minimum.” Judy McAlpine said, “A number of sponsorship ideas have been suggested including sponsoring the boating pontoons or sponsoring a ‘loo’.”

If any business or individual would like to provide sponsorship and/or volunteer please contact the Committee at the following

Further information regarding sponsorship, tickets and information about membership  to the TTBF can be found at


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