Rowing Team at Henley Royal Regatta

Henley Regatta FAQs

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, on the River Thames by the town of Henley-on-Thames England.

In 2010, fabulous Henley Royal Regatta also featured in the film The Social Network, based on the life of entrepreneur, Mark Zuckerberg.

When is Henley Regatta?

Henley Regatta is being held every year in July. It lasts for five days (Wednesday to Sunday) and ends on the first weekend of July. This year, the event will be held from Wednesday 3rd July to Sunday 7th July 2019. The location and atmosphere of such occasion are ideal for welcoming the sunny weather of July! Guests will be able to enjoy the warm days and there are also many indoor areas to have breaks if it gets a bit too much.

What time does Henley Regatta start?

Henley Regatta starts in the mid-morning once guests have had time to arrive and settle.  There is a break in the racing during the day to allow for lunches to be eaten, and racing will finish in the afternoon – the exact time can change a little, but it’s usually between 16:00 and 17:00.

Read more about Henley Regatta Timetables

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. Regatta attracts athletes and guests from all over the world. Every year more than 100 crews are 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 signs and instruction.

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 Dress Code

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


Dress code for men is smart but not as strict as you dress for the office. If you have no idea what that means, just think of shirts, smart trousers and boat or other formal shoes.


Women’ dress code is neither too strict nor too casual in our enclosures, try to think of fabulous tea dresses and definitely not stilettos! 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 a straw headgear, though it 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’ll never know where your picture might end up!

How much are Henley Regatta Tickets?

Tickets to Henley Royal Regatta enclosures can vary in cost – not just by facility, but also by 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 in Henley Regatta?

Without doubt there is no better way to watch Henley Regatta than a hospitality facility. There are various excellent hospitality options you can choose from. 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 unrivalled 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 Regatta is a summer social occasion not to be missed!