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By Cherelle Mukoko on 1st June 2023

The end of June chaperones in Britain’s favourite social occasion of the summer season. Crowds flock to the riverbanks of Henley to enjoy a week of competitive spirit, fashion and boozing. Lifestyle contributor Cherelle Mukoko breaks down everything you need to know about Henley Royal Regatta and how to prepare.

The Henley Royal Regatta is, in itself, a British institution. Held annually since 1839, this 6-day event is a pinnacle of the English social season. And from the 27th of June to the 2nd of July, rowing, racing, hospitality, and fabulous outfits will occupy the small civil parish in Oxfordshire. With something to tickle everyone’s fancy, the Henley Royal Regatta is one of the most prestigious sporting events in the world; boasting over 300 races with Olympic rowers and new crews, and Bremont and Moet are just some of the partners that sponsor the event.

There are two enclosures available on the days of the event. The Regatta Enclosure is open to the general public and is the ideal spot for families with children. Formal and informal dining is available, as well as multiple in-house bars for something soft or strong! The Steward's Enclosure is situated just opposite the finish line, and provides refuge for members and their guests; the perfect spot to experience the competition with wonderful, scenic advantages. The steward's enclosure also has a vast selection of places to eat (if fish is your cuisine of choice, I recommend the seafood restaurant with stunning river views and garden seating). However, it’s no easy task getting a membership for this sought-after event, with a waiting list of five to eight years and a whole host of other requirements. So, if you haven't already, make sure to get those applications in now.

What's on?

If you thought all this event had to offer was racing, then boy were you wrong! Apart from the great food, boozing and partying that takes place along the riverbank, the prize giving ceremony is an event you don't want to miss. Taking place on Sunday the 2nd of July, the prize giving ceremony occurs in the Fawley Stand in the Stewards enclosure from 5pm. However, if that hasn't piqued your interest, the boutique shopping experience that allows you to shop collections from the events main sponsor, Crew Clothing, is a great way to spend some of your day at Henley. Don't forget to stop by the Moët & Chandon garden to enjoy their cocktail hour and the limited edition Henley Royale.

What do I wear?

As a prime event of the English social season, think Ascot, Wimbledon and the Opera for inspiration. As you could be refused entry if you do not adhere to the dress code, make sure to follow the rules! Ladies, your hemlines must be below the knees and gentlemen stick to smart suits. Given the occasion, I think it's always a fun option to dress to the nines. Whilst hats are not a requirement, I would recommend taking the opportunity to go above and beyond to look absolutely fab, you never know who you might meet.

Kate Barton, The Annabelle Dress, RRP £179
Kate Barton, The Annabelle Dress, RRP £179
Crew Clothing, Henley Royal Regatta Blazer, RRP £165
Crew Clothing, Henley Royal Regatta Blazer, RRP £165

Getting There

Located in the picturesque town of Henley-on-Thames, the Henley Royal Regatta takes place on the River Thames. The Stewards' Enclosure and Regatta Enclosure are located on the Berkshire bank, within easy walking distance of Henley town and train station. Trains run frequently to Henley-On-Thames from London. Car parking is also available and should be booked in advance.

More information about travelling to the event can be found here.

Henley-on-Thames is the nearest train station.
Henley-on-Thames is the nearest train station.

Henley Royal Regatta

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