Henley Royal Regatta (or Henley Regatta, its original name pre-dating Royal patronage) was established in March 1839.
It is undoubtedly one of the best-known regattas in the world; and a highlight of both the summer sporting calendar and the English social season.
The Regatta attracts thousands of visitors over the six days of action-packed racing. Spectators are thrilled by over 200 races of an international standard which can include Olympic rowers, as well as crews new to the event.
In addition to watching the racing, visitors can take in the ambience of the enclosures, enjoying the array of restaurants, bars and shops available, as well as the charming views of Henley-on-Thames and the River Thames.
Please see important ticketing information below
For members and their guests, the Stewards’ Enclosure is situated on the Berkshire bank directly opposite the Finish Line and offers the ultimate vantage point to experience the competition.
Situated on the Berkshire bank, just downstream from the Stewards’ Enclosure, the Regatta Enclosure is open to the general public and is the ideal place from where families and supporters can watch the racing – including children of all ages.
The provisional 2022 timings for racing are:
Tuesday 27 June – Heats
10.00am to 7.30pm
Wednesday 28 June – Heats
9.30am to 7.30 pm
Thursday 29 June – Heats
9.30am to 7.30 pm
Friday 30 June – Heats
10.00am to 7.30 pm
Saturday 01 July – Semi-finals
10.00am to 7.30 pm
Sunday 02 July – Finals
10.00am to 5.00 pm
Henley Royal Regatta takes place on the River Thames, in the picturesque town of Henley-on-Thames.
The Stewards‘ Enclosure and Regatta Enclosure are located on the Berkshire bank, within easy walking distance of Henley town and train station. Where possible, please use public transport to reduce the impact of traffic on the town.
Henley-on-Thames is located 13 miles from Junction 8/9 on the M4 and 16 miles from Junction 4 on the M40. The most convenient taxi drop-off during the Regatta is in the town, on the A4130, a short walk from the Regatta site.
A one-way system operates in Henley-on-Thames town centre during the event. There is a different route in and out of the event depending on twhen you arrive and leave venue.
Henley Royal Regatta welcomes all visitors and has taken appropriate measures to provide disabled access across the event.
Please note, the Regatta is an outdoor event which takes place on a greenfield site and the weather can rapidly affect the ground conditions, meaning good access cannot always be guaranteed if conditions deteriorate quickly. The site may, following periods of heavy rain, become flooded or muddy.
Can I get public transport to and from the event?
Yes, the enclosures are located on the Berkshire bank, within walking distance of the town centre.
How far are the Stewards’ and Regatta Enclosures from Henley Train Station?
The station is a flat walk, approximately five minutes from the Main Entrance to the Stewards’ Enclosure, and approximately 8 minutes from the Regatta Enclosure entrance.
Is there car parking at the Regatta?
Daily parking is available on the Regatta site during the event, and we recommend that you book in advance. Parking passes are available to purchase (subject to availability) either online or by phoning the Badge Office on 01491 571900 from Tuesday, 03 May.
What time do the car parks open and close?
The car parks are open daily from 07.30am to 9.00pm. Overnight parking is not permitted and the gates will be locked at 9.00pm. Also note that the official car parks are not suitable for coaches, caravans, motorbikes or commercial vehicles. For information on minibus and disabled parking, please contact the Badge Office on 01491 571900.
I have purchased a car park ticket for collection, can I pick it up on the day of my visit?
You are required to collect your car park ticket before the day of your visit. On the day you attend, you will not be permitted access to the Regatta car parks if you do not have the valid car park ticket with you to show on arrival.
Can anyone buy tickets for the Regatta Enclosure?
The Regatta Enclosure is open to the general public and anyone can buy tickets.
Are children welcome in the Regatta Enclosure?
Babies and children are very welcome in the Regatta Enclosure and children under 14 years enjoy free entry when accompanied by an adult with a valid entry ticket.
Can I bring my dog?
Assistance dogs only are allowed in the Regatta Enclosure. Dogs must not be left in cars, even for a short time.
Is there a dress code?
There is no formal dress code in the Regatta Enclosure. However, many visitors do embrace the spirit of the event by wearing club blazers, caps and other rowing apparel. Whether you decide to dress up or opt for a more casual look, you will not look out of place!
Can I bring a large bag/backpack into the Regatta Enclosure?
Unfortunately, no, only small bags and baby-changing bags may be brought into the Regatta Enclosure and will be subject to our security search policy.
Can I bring my own food or a picnic into the Regatta Enclosure?
No food or drink can be brought into the Regatta Enclosure, except for small bottles of water during hot weather. There is, however, a bar and cafe where you can purchase a variety of hot & cold beverages and sweet & savoury snacks.
What time can I arrive?
The Stewards; Enclosure opens 30 minutes before the start of racing each day.
Are children allowed into the Stewards’ Enclosure?
Children age 10+ are welcome in the Stewards’ Enclosure, but they must adhere to the Dress Code. Children under 10 can enjoy the Regatta from the Regatta Enclosure.
Can I bring a large bag with me?
The Left Luggage facility will operate in 2022. Hhowever, space is limited and subject to availability. Please do not attempt to bring large bags into the Stewards’ Enclosure for security reasons.
Can I use my mobile phone in the Stewards’ Enclosure?
The use of mobile phones for making and receiving calls is not permitted in the Stewards’ Enclosure. Mobiles can be used to take photos and for sending/receiving text messages and emails. Talking on your phone is only permitted outside of the Stewards’ Enclosure.
I have a food allergy – who do I tell?
Please contact a member of the Badge Office Team, who will be able to discuss your requirements with you – call 01491 572153 Monday to Friday daily from 09:30 to 16:30, or every day throughout the event. Alternatively, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Due to the temporary nature of our site facilities, the kitchens will contain ingredients with allergens, and they cannot guarantee 100% that a dish is allergen-free. If your condition could be life-threatening, please consider whether it is safe for you to dine there.
Can I bring a picnic into the Stewards’ Enclosure?
No food or drink may be brought into the Stewards’ Enclosure. In hot weather, Members and Guests may bring small bottles of water into the Stewards’ Enclosure.
I bought a Lunch/Tea Ticket, but I can no longer attend. Can I have a refund?
Stewards’ Enclosure Lunch and Tea Tickets will be refunded if they are returned at least 24 hours before the meal concerned. A handling charge of 10% will be levied.
Can I bring my dog?
Assistance dogs only are allowed in the Stewards’ Enclosure. Dogs must not be left in cars, even for a short time.
Are wheelchairs and mobility scooters allowed in the Enclosures?
Yes, both wheelchairs and mobility scooters can be brought into the Enclosures. It is recommended that users of wheelchairs, powered wheelchairs and scooters visiting the Regatta are insured for third party damage to people and property.
If you are attending the Stewards’ Enclosure in a wheelchair or mobility scooter, please use the Bandstand Entrance to enter/exit the area. In the Stewards’ Enclosure, there is a wheelchair viewing area by the riverside in front of the Fawley Stand and a chair lift to a viewing platform within the Fawley Stand. A member of staff will be in the area to operate the lift. A stair lift for wheelchairs is available for accessing the Member’s Grandstand.
There is easy access to both the Regatta Enclosure and Boat Tent Area for wheelchairs and mobility scooters.
Will I be able to access the Enclosure facilities using a wheelchair or mobility scooter?
Yes, the bars, restaurants, shops and Secretary’s Tent are accessible with ramps.
Are wheelchairs and mobility scooters available to hire?
The organiser do not offer wheelchairs or mobility scooters for hire or loan, and there is no provision for storing such items. Henley Royal Regatta recommend that users of mobility aids are insured for third party damage to people and property. They accept no responsibility for any person injured or property damaged by a visitor using a wheelchair or mobility scooter.
Can I bring my carer to the Regatta?
Yes, the Henley Royal Regatta organisers provide free a entry badge carers. This badge must be collected in person on the day of your visit and needs to be booked in advance by calling the Badge Office Team on 01491 571900. Please note that all attendees, including carers, must adhere to the dress code that applies in the Stewards’ Enclosure.
Can I bring my assistance dog to the event?
Yes, assistance dogs are welcome in all areas and should remain with their owners at all times.
How can I arrange disabled parking?
Specified disabled parking is available in Little Lion Meadow and Butler’s Field, subject to availability. Please call the Badge Office Team to enquire on 01491 571900. Unreserved disabled parking is available in Green’s Field, subject to availability. Please call the Badge Office Team to enquire on 01491 571900. Drop off cards can be arranged for passengers to be taken to the Main Entrance to the Stewards’ Enclosure before the driver parks the vehicle.
I need assistance with access. Who can I speak to?
The Badge Office Team are trained to be knowledgeable about access at the event. For advice, please call a member of the team on 01491 571900.
Who can I speak to if I need assistance during my visit?
If you require assistance at any time during your visit, please speak to a uniformed security guard, an Official, or a member of staff (identified by an HRR lanyard). Alternatively, visit the Badge Office at the Main Entrance to the Stewards’ Enclosure or the Secretary’s Tent within the Stewards’ Enclosure.
Is there a hearing loop available at the Regatta?
Due to the variances of the site, we are unable to provide an induction loop.
Can I bring my special medical equipment into the Enclosures?
If you need to carry medical equipment with you, please let us know in advance of your visit by contacting the Badge Office Team on 01491 571900.
I have a pre-existing medical condition. Do I need to notify anyone in advance of my visit?
If you have an existing medical condition that may require intervention, please let us know to enable us to inform the Doctor on site by contacting the Badge Office Team on 01491 571900.