Rowing team at Henley Royal Regatta

Henley Royal Regatta 2021: All You Need To Know

It was announced that Henley Royal Regatta would not be taking place in 2020 due to the coronavirus outbreak. The news, although disappointing, was necessary in order to protect the health and safety of staff and attendees. The good news is that Henley Regatta will be back in 2021, bigger and better than ever before!

What is Henley Regatta?

Henley Regatta is one of the most prestigious rowing events in the world. The event was first organised in 1839 and has been held every year ever since (with the exception of 2020), on the River Thames by the town of Henley-on-Thames, England.

A world-renowned event, in 2010, the fabulous Henley Royal Regatta was even featured in the film The Social Network, based on the life of entrepreneur Mark Zuckerberg.

When is Henley Regatta 2021?

Henley Regatta is usually held every year in July. Up until now, the regatta has lasted for five days (Wednesday to Sunday) and ends on the first weekend of July. For 2021, however, the event will expand to six days to make room for some exciting new women’s events!

Henley Regatta 2021, therefore, will be held from Tuesday 29th June to Sunday 4th July 2021. The location and atmosphere of such an occasion are ideal for welcoming the sunny weather! Guests will be able to enjoy the warm days and there are also many indoor areas to have a break if the heat ever gets a bit much.

What time does Henley Regatta 2021 start?

Henley Regatta usually starts mid-morning once guests have had time to arrive and settle.  There is a break around midday to allow adequate time for lunch and racing then finishes in the afternoon. The exact times can vary but it’s usually between 16:00 and 17:00.

Who takes part in Henley Regatta?

The event involves different classes and combinations for both men and women. Contestants include athletes who train for the Olympics, club and school rowing crews, as well as university rowing teams. Henley Regatta attracts athletes and guests from all over the world. Every year more than 100 crews come from overseas. In the last years, international rowing crews have arrived from Australia, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, France, Poland, the Netherlands, the U.S.A., Germany, the Czech Republic, Ukraine, South Africa, and Great Britain.

Where is Henley Regatta?

Henley Regatta is held on the banks of the River Thames at the town of Henley-on-Thames.  The town is dripping in history, with an ancient market at its centre.  It falls on the tripoint between Oxfordshire, Berkshire, and Buckinghamshire.

Directions to Henley Regatta:

Getting to Henley Royal Regatta by road is easy.  From the North, take the M40 and turn off at Junction 4 and follow signs for Reading.  If you’re driving from the South, take the M4 and exit at Junction 10 (Maidenhead) and make your way northbound on the A404 until directed otherwise to Henley-on-Thames.

One way systems are put in place in the town during Regatta Week so follow the signs and instructions.

You can also speak to our hospitality team to book luxury helicopter transfers and fantastic riverboat taxis to the Boaters Enclosure.  To arrange this VIP travel opportunity for you and your guests, call today on 020 7989 6500.

Henley Regatta Helicopter Transfer

Henley Regatta 2021 Dress Code

Henley Regatta outfits are one of the best parts of the event.


Henley Regatta dress code for men is smart but not as strict as what you would wear to the office. If you have no idea what that means, just think of nice shirts, smart trousers and formal shoes.


Womens’ dress code is neither too strict nor too casual in the enclosures. Try to think of fabulous tea dresses and smart, stylish heels – definitely not stilettos though! Wear shoes that would allow you to easily walk on grass, wedges would be a stylish and safe choice. We would also recommend that ladies wear an elegant hat. Although this is not compulsory, it is a custom in this event.

We also advise all guests to bring a light jacket with them, as it might be chilly at the end of the day.

And remember, dress to impress! Spending time perfecting your Henley Regatta outfit is time well spent in the run-up to Regatta Week – you never know where your picture might end up!

How much are Henley Regatta 2021 Tickets?

Tickets to Henley Royal Regatta enclosures can vary in cost – not just by the facility, but also by the day.  You can see information regarding pricing on our Henley Regatta hospitality page, or alternatively, talk to our hospitality team on 020 7989 6500.

How to make the most of your day at Henley Regatta 2021

Without a doubt, there is no better way to watch Henley Regatta than in a hospitality facility. There are various excellent hospitality options you can choose from including The Boaters Enclosure. If you’re visiting with Eventmasters, you can rely on receiving the finest quality Henley Regatta hospitality on offer.  Our VIP facilities will provide you and your guests with unrivaled comfort and enjoyment for your stay at the Regatta.

Remember; the fun doesn’t stop once the race finishes!

With live entertainment through the week, bands and DJs over the weekend whilst enjoying our delicious food and cocktail options, Henley Royal Regatta is a summer social occasion not to be missed!