Thames show returns to Penton Hook

Boats on Show will run at the Chertsey marina on 16-18 May this year.

Boats on Show returns to Penton Hook Marina, Chertsey, on 16-18 May with a broader range of activities than hitherto featured.

The event is sponsored by the Environment Agency and currently has a list of 38 exhibitors that includes Blakes Paints, Jeckells, Bossoms Boatyard and Harleyford Marine. Other activities include a boat jumble, canoeing, free trips on a Thames passenger boat, a fairground and a narrowboat rally. A Try-a-Boat feature will be available again this year but an addition will be free starter sessions in boat handling and boat safety. The RYA/Honda Youth RIB Challenge regional finals will take place during the show.

“The show provides an excellent display space for those who would not think of exhibiting at the bigger shows, particularly those building more traditional craft,” claims Mike Shefras, the organiser of Boats on Show. “Once you have paid your entry fee, you can try anything from a dinghy or canoe on the lake to a narrowboat or motor cruiser on the river.”

EA Thames Waterway Manager Eileen McKeever comments, “Boats on Show 2003 is a great showcase for the Thames and the south of England, with probably the largest variety of craft on display of any of the boat shows. The Environment Agency is keen to support any event which introduces the joys of boating to a whole new audience, and Boats on Show provides a great opportunity to wander round meeting other boaters, talking to boat clubs and to try out a boat before you take a holiday or buy.”

The show is open from 10am-6pm on 16-17 May, and 10am-5pm on 18 May. Tickets cost £6 for adults, £3 for children and £15 for a family ticket (two adults and up to three children). Advance Tickets are £4 for adults, £2 for children and £12 for a family ticket. Group rates are £3 per adult and £2 per child in a group of 10 or more, booked in advance. Further details and ticket sales on 0870 241 1010 or