Henley Royal Regatta is a rowing event that is held annually on the River Thames. It attracts world-class rowers and is also an important social occasion during The Season.
What to expect at Henley Royal Regatta
Henley Royal Regatta is the best known regatta in the world. The event is a highlight of both the summer sporting calendar and the social season. The five day event generally runs from 9am – 7.30pm each day and spectators enjoy over 200 rowing races of an international standard. There are charming views of Henley and the River Thames, which act as the backdrop to this sporting event.
You will probably see the stars from Made In Chelsea venturing to Henley. Jo Wood and The Wanted have also been spotted previously. Olympic heroes such as Sir Steve Redgrave and Sir Matthew Pinsent are regulars, as well as other sporting stars who enjoy the action on the Thames.
Event hotspots and hospitality
Situated on the Berkshire bank and opposite the finish line, Stewards’ Enclosure is reserved for Members and their Guests and this is the ultimate place to be seen at Henley.
There are many bars set up along the river and Chinawhite Enclosure is where you will likely catch a glimpse of London socialites and TV stars. Sloaney Season has bespoke hospitality packages available for Henley this year, which include access to this popular marquee. Find out more about our bespoke hospitality online here or by emailing us.
Did you know
Henley Regatta was first held in 1839 and has been held annually ever since, except during the two World Wars. Originally staged by the Mayor and people of Henley as a public attraction with a fair and other amusements, the emphasis rapidly changed so that competitive amateur rowing became its main purpose.
The traditional length of the course is 1 mile 550 yards (2,112 metres), which was the longest distance of open water that could be obtained in 1839 on the Henley Reach. Since the foundation of the Regatta in 1839, four different courses have been used.
The competition at Henley Royal Regatta is grouped into different categories of competition. At the top level there are six open events for men and six open events for women.
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If you are in Stewards’ Enclosure there is a strict dress code (and mobile phone) policy. Ladies are required to wear dresses or skirts with a hemline below the knee. It is customary for ladies to wear hats. Gentlemen are required to wear lounge suits, or jackets or blazers with flannels, together with a tie or cravat. For general attendance, we recommend smart summer dress as there is no official dress code for the Regatta Enclosure.
Driving can be tricky due to high traffic volumes and a one way system in operation before 4pm. Drivers are strongly advised to avoid Henley Bridge. This year there will be two bus services travelling to both Reading and High Wycombe. Trains run frequently to Henley from London (Paddington) and a special timetable is implemented by First Great Western for the duration of the Regatta. View Location.