HENLEY- The Essentials
Info for Spectators
A lovely stretch of the Thames, famously the host of Henley Royal Regatta which always ends on the first weekend in July.
Getting there: Exit junction 8/9 of the M4 and join the A40(M) following the signs to Maidenhead and Henley. After approx 3 miles turn left onto the A4130 towards Henley. This road leads straight to the town centre just over the bridge. Where you go next depends where you are going to park. Give yourself plenty of time to get there as the queues into Henley can be horrendous.
Parking: Areas around Leander are reserved for ticket holders. When buying your tickets remember to book a car parking space at the same time. If not local households and farmers open up car parking sites at a variety of prices- this can involve a long walk to the regatta so again give yourself plenty of time but these car parks are generally well sign posted. The traffic in Henley is very heavy and there are strict one way systems in operation.
Viewing: On the qualifiers day before the start of the tournament anywhere along the towpath offers a brilliant view. During the Regatta this becomes more difficult. At the finish are the Stewards and Leander enclosures-admission by ticket only (if you can get them) and a very strict dress code (jackets and ties for men, dresses/skirts below the knee for women and strictly enforced) There are other enclosures down the course where tickets can be purchased. All but the last 600 metres of the course (where the enclosures are situated) are free viewing but it can become extremely busy. No cycling allowed during the Regatta.
Catering/food: Henley itself is full of eating and drinking places, as are the enclosures if you have tickets. KCS host a marquee on the first day of racing- venue alters each year.
What to bring: This depends on where you are viewing. If not in an enclosure then you may have a very long walk from your car so probably not ideal to try and bring camping chairs etc No dogs allowed.