Trad Boat Festival Offers More Attractions Than Ever Before

Beautifully crafted boats, vintage cars, a fleet of Dunkirk little ships, aerial war planes and much more will be returning this weekend (14-16 July) for the Trad Boat Festival on Fawley Meadows opening tomorrow (Friday) at 10am.

The weekend will see a full programme of parades of different crafts both powered and unpowered on the river including the comical amphibious vehicles. In the air will be war display shows including an Avro Lancaster (one of only 2 airworthy in the world) and a Spitfire.  Vintage cars, bicycles and old tractions engines and their living vans will be on show for the first time plus military vehicles, horse drawn carriages as well as small hovercraft.

Visitors can also enjoy river trips on the 1883 Alaska steam boat and the Edwardian Windsor Belle throughout the weekend at timed departures.

For our four-legged friends there is a dog-show to enter at 3.30pm on Saturday and Sunday.

There’s plenty of food and beverage outlets to choose from as well as a market place for browsing and shopping.

Each evening there will be live musical entertainment at the pop-up Crooked Billet pub and an illuminated parade on Saturday evening from dusk both on and off the river.

Prize-giving for the trophies in various categories will be at 5.30pm on Sunday.  The winner of Best in Show last year will be returning, De Zwaan (the Swan) a beautiful wooden Thames skiff that has been meticulously restored by her owner Marcel Linssen from the Netherlands.

Co Chair, Adam Toop said, “Our small, volunteer Committee work extremely hard to not only deliver a special event, but also to carefully consider and evolve the ‘recipe’ to ensure it remains both relevant and enjoyable moving forward. To that end, a number of carefully considered improvements are introduced each year. We now provide more attractions on the water, in the air and on the land than ever before.”

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