Henley Royal Regatta is a rowing event held annually on the River Thames by the town of Henley-on-Thames. The regatta lasts for five days, ending on the first weekend in July. Races are head-to-head knock out competitions raced over a course of 1 mile and 550 yards. A wide range of rowers, from Olympians to amateur oarsmen, are sent from all over the world. Rowing clubs from countries including Australia, Netherlands and China as well as prestigious universities such as Harvard, Yale and Durham will be racing.
If you’re going this year, here’s an etiquette guide to all things Henley.
Situated on the Berkshire bank, opposite the finish line, the Stewards' Enclosure is reserved for members and their guests only.
Ladies Style Guide
Gentlemen Style Guide
If it’s your first time, it’s a good idea to go armed with some knowledge of the event:
Many people choose to bring a picnic to the event, as there are plenty of places to stop and enjoy it along the Thames. Just remember that you will not be allowed to bring your own food into the enclosures. You’re also not allowed to bring in your empty hamper, so make sure you have somewhere to leave your basket.If you would rather buy food on arrival, there are plenty of food and drink options depending on your enclosure:The Upper Thames has a buffet lunch.The Remenham Club serves coffee and Danish pastries in the mornings and a full lunch provided by the clubhouse.The Regatta enclosure has a bar and catering behind the grandstand.Stewards has several eateries on site including the Oyster bar, the main restaurant and cream teas throughout the day.The Leander Club has a three-course lunch.
The regatta runs this year from Wednesday July 4th until Sunday July 8th.If you’re getting the train there, a special timetable means frequent services will be operating between London Paddington and Henley for the duration of the event. There will also be a late-night bus service operated by Reading Buses that travels from Henley to Reading on Friday and Saturday night.As there is limited parking on site, drivers are asked to book in advance, more information on which can be found here.
If you’re looking to make your Henley experience that extra bit special, these hotels are all close to the river:
See you at the regatta.