A Thames boat society is offering a chance to try out traditional skiffs, dinghies, canoes and punts.

The Thames Traditional Boat Society is holding a new members’ day at its boating base near the Thames and Kennet Marina at Reading on Sunday May 5th.

Visitors interested in joining the society will be able to try out free of charge a variety of traditional craft owned by members and also the society-owned boats, which are available for all members to use.

These include ‘Thomasina’, a traditional double camping skiff, ‘Sgian Dubh’, a traditional quad skiff or shallop, and a newly acquired punt.

The TTBS is devoted to the restoration, preservation and above all, use of traditional craft of all kinds

The Society holds a variety of boating days, social occasions and cruises in company as well as family camping weekends, aimed at encouraging youngsters to participate. In 2012, members toured the Canal du Nivernais in France and the upper Thames. In July/August this year they are touring rivers and lakes in Germany with a Dutch Skiff Society.

The TTBS also participates fully in river events, such as the Thames Traditional Boat Rally, Beale Park Boat Show, the Lord Mayor’s parade, Tudor Pageants and The Great River Race.

Last year it took part in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee procession, the Olympic torch relay and several other Jubilee events.

Anyone interested in attending the new members’ day and trying traditional boating can contact David Chalk on Tel. 0118 934 0924 or email:

Thames Traditional Boat Society website

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