Henley-on-Thames is about to hit peak fancy as the annual Henley Royal Regatta rows into town this July. From the best vantage points to dress code dos and don’ts, here’s everything you need to know about this renowned summer sporting event.
Make sure to book your train tickets to the picturesque market town of Henley-on-Thames in advance to bag the cheapest deals for your journey.
Wednesday 3 July to Sunday 7 July
Henley Regatta goes way back – in fact, 180 years back! First held in 1839 as a bustling public attraction with a fair and amusements, the emphasis of the regatta has changed somewhat over the years and is now a super-charged, highly competitive rowing event. Every year on the River Thames, by the gorgeous town of Henley-on-Thames, crews from all over the world thrill crowds as they race to win one of the prestigious challenge trophies.
Henley Royal Regatta is to rowing what Wimbledon is to tennis, so expect five days of immense sporting fun. To bag seats in one of the official enclosures you’ll need to buy tickets (admission badges), which can be purchased from the Henley Royal Regatta website. The Steward’s Enclosure, opposite the finish line, offers the best spots to watch all the action but you’ll need to be a member or a guest of a member to stand a chance of getting in.
Your next best bet is the Regatta Enclosure, which offers seating alongside the river and in an open grandstand. You’ll also find a covered restaurant, outside dining area and a bar. If you’re feeling extra peckish, head to Little Lion Meadow where a variety of food stalls will be serving scrumptious grub throughout the regatta. Exclusive food and hospitality packages can be booked in advance too.
The dress code is very strict in the Steward’s Enclosure but the Regatta Enclosure is much more relaxed – think blazers and summer tea dresses.
Trains to Henley-on-Thames run frequently from London Paddington and a special Great Western Railway timetable will be operating for the duration of the Regatta too to make the journey as easy as possible.
Find out more by visiting hrr.co.uk
Take a GWR train to Henley-on-Thames station