Henley Regatta is one of the most renowned sporting events in the British sporting calendar. Here is your complete guide to the Henley Royal Regatta to ensure you get the most out of your experience.

What is it?

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Henley Regatta is one of the best known Regattas in the world and is also a major sporting highlight of the social events calendar. The quintessentially British event features over 200 races throughout the 5 days of racing with a mixture of rowers ranging from Olympians to those new to the event.

Where is it?

Henley-on-Thames is located in south east England just 7 miles north east of Reading and boasts a beautiful riverside location surrounded by a Chiltern landscape of wooded hills and green fields. Each year the Henley Royal Regatta takes place on the naturally straight part of the river just north of the town.    

When is it?

Henley Regatta has takes place in June or July annually. The Henley Regatta 2017 will commence on Wednesday 28th June for 5 days until Sunday 2nd July 2017.

What should I wear?

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The Stewards Enclosure includes suggestions for the men such as lounge suits, blazers and flannels with shirt and tie. In other words we recommend you dress smart but not as though you’re dressed for the office. While the dress code for women is slightly outdated having been founded in the eighteen forties. Skirts or dressed down to the knee with trousers, divided skirts & culottes being forbidden. Hats are optional however be sure to check that this will not block the view of those watching from behind. Our top tip is to ensure you wear sensible shoes as a lot of the event will take place on grass.

The Regatta Enclosure offers a less formal dress code. Spectators often wear rowing apparel and traditional club blazers.

How can I get there by car?

Henley Regatta is location 7 miles north of Reading  and 35 miles west of London. Use the M4 westbound and exit at junction 8/9 and onto the M404, after the third exit leave the M404 and head onto the A3130 which will lead to your final destination.

How can I get there by train?

The biggest mainline train to Henley will run from Paddington with a revised timetable created by First Great Western for the entire duration of the event. There will also be extra bus services too.

What is the best way to experience Henley?

Without doubt the most luxurious way to watch Henley Regatta is in a hospitality facility. Lining the course route are several exceptional hospitality options.

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One of which is the outstanding Waterfront Enclosure, now regarded as the pinnacle of the Henley Regatta hospitality. The Waterfront takes a fresh stance on Henley Regatta with a world class hospitality package including, delicious breakfast options with tea, coffee and fresh juices, traditional Pimms & Champagne on arrival Cocktails, Spirits, Local Ales, Lagers & Soft Drinks available all day. A four course lunch with wines will also be served to guests along with a luxurious Afternoon Tea all set within the unique contemporary designs and quintessentially British garden area.

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