The Thames Traditional Boat Rally is, simply put, a huge 2-day display of the very finest-looking traditional boats of any age, both powered and unpowered one can see. 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 around 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. Some of the craft attending come from ports and rivers elsewhere in the UK, and also from other European countries and the USA—the Rally is not limited to only Thames craft.
Also on display are a selection of vintage and/or classic cars (varies each year), an amazing collection of vintage bikes, including “penny-farthings” ridden by their owners, a large display of trade and craft tents, and much more. And some years we add an aerial display, depending on the weather.