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Thames Traditional Boat Festival 2023

14 July to 16 July

Fawley Meadows
Henley-on-Thames,OxfordshireRG9 2HY

Thames Traditional Boat Festival
Thames Traditional Boat Festival

About the Thames Traditional Boat Festival 2022

The Thames Traditional Boat Festival 2023 – popularly known as “The Trad” – will take place from 14 to 16 July 2023 on the picturesque Fawley Meadows at Henley-on-Thames.

“The Trad” is the largest gathering of classic river craft in the world, and with the Dunkirk Little Ships dressed overall, they are a wonderfully picturesque sight, with vessels and owners primped and polished and itching to show off their beautiful craft.

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 Thames Traditional Boat Festival 2023 will provide a quintessential English summer weekend by the river, with bars and street food, including the Crooked Billet pop-up pub with great music to transform each evening into the best Bank Holiday party.


£8.00 – £40.00

Please see important ticketing information below.

Event Schedule

Each full-on festival day starts at 10.00am with welcome and safety announcements and runs until 6.00pm. This is followed by the Crooked Billet (music and partying at a pop-up pub/restaurant and music stage) until 11.30pm with closedown at midnight.

Ticketing information

Adult tickets:
Friday – £16.00
Saturday or Sunday – £20.00
All 3 days – £40.00 ​

Junior tickets (13 to 17 years):
Friday – £8.00
Saturday or Sunday – £10.00
All 3 days – £20.00

12s and under: Free

Good to know

  • All day tickets include evening access to the Crooked Billet  
  • Carers accompanying disabled visitors have FREE entry to the festival.
  • There is a free car park for Blue Badge holders.
  • There are discounts for booking tickets online.
  • Tickets can be purchased at the gate for each day or 3-day tickets.