Press Accreditation

Press accreditation applications for Henley Royal Regatta are dealt with by the Regatta's Press Office.  Those wishing to apply for accreditation should complete and return the following form:

Press Accreditation application form (pdf)

To be received at Regatta Headquarters no later than 31st May 2016. As demand always exceeds supply, it is much regretted that accreditation cannot be guaranteed and applicants are therefore urged to submit their requests as early as possible to avoid disappointment. In view of the demand expected, it is not guaranteed that accreditation will be available to all applicants. Please telephone Regatta Headquarters if the allocation you are seeking exceeds a total of five accreditations. 

Pressing matters

Press

The following facilities are provided

a) Regatta Enclosure

Journalists receiving standard press accreditation will normally be issued with Regatta Enclosure Press badges which admit the wearer to the Press Office, the Boat Tent Enclosure and the Regatta Enclosure.

Please note that no category of press accreditation allows access to the Stewards’ Enclosure.

b) Press Box

Specialist rowing writers will be allowed access to the Press Box which is positioned on the river at the Finish of the Course. Generalist press will only be permitted access to this area on a case by case basis for limited periods each day. Badges issued for the Press Box will also admit the wearer to all areas mentioned in (a)

c) Photographers' Boxes

Two photography boxes are provided for the use of specialist rowing photographers and film crews. Access to both boxes is by a ferry provided by the Regatta. Badges for the Photographers' Boxes will also admit the wearer to all areas mentioned in (a).

i) The High-Level Box is positioned on the river, at the Finish, on the opposite side from the Press Box.

ii) The Low-Level Box is positioned on the river, 100 yards short of the Finish, opposite the Enclosure.

d) Press Office

This is positioned inside the Boat Tent Enclosure immediately to the right of the entrance gate. The Press Officer and staff are based in the Press Office which provides writing facilities, press information, racing schedules, telephones, internet access and a bar. The Press Office can be used by all accredited journalists and photographers. Dial-up facilities are no longer available in the Press Office - accredited journalists and photographers will be able to access a secure wireless network. Please make sure you have the necessary hardware, including wireless network cards, before arrival on site as technical support by Press Office staff will be limited to provision of network security keys.

e) Press Facilities for following Races

A limited number of launch tickets is made available to the press for following specific races in the Umpire's launch. Ticket requests should be made to a member of the Press Office team, and are allocated each evening once the Order of Racing for the following day has been circulated. Journalists are warned that possession of a ticket for following a race in the Umpire's launch does not guarantee a position being available.

Please note the following

a) Freelance Journalists and Photographers

Freelance journalists will only be considered for accreditation if their application is accompanied by a letter of support from an established journal or agency. The Regatta reserves the right even in this circumstance to restrict accreditation.

b) Film and Television Coverage

Accreditation for film or television crews for news access will no longer necessarily be granted without payment of a fee. Organisations producing feature or magazine-type programmes and/or requiring more extensive coverage will, if admitted, be charged an additional facility fee which will be subject to separate negotiation. Such applications must be finalised before 1st June 2016.

c) Direct Telephone Lines

Direct telephone lines to the Press Office are installed from Monday, 27th June to Sunday, 3rd July and these numbers will be confirmed in future correspondence. The Press Office email address is: press@hrr.co.uk

d) Private Telephone Lines

The Regatta does not take responsibility for the installation of private lines to the Press Box or Press Office. Organisations requiring private lines, therefore, are asked to make early arrangements with British Telecom and check a few days before the start of the Regatta that the line is installed.

e) Internet Site

An information service is available on the Internet:
www.hrr.co.uk
This website will be updated with Results of Racing and the Daily Racing Timetable during the Regatta.
Members of the Press may find the Regatta’s Twitter feed of assistance:
Twitter: @HenleyRegatta
Twitter: @HenleyResults

f) Dress Code

In those areas of the Regatta where accredited journalists have unrestricted access there is no dress code - however, many members of the media like to dress more formally and thus enter more fully into the spirit of the occasion.

g) Restrictions applying to the Stewards' Enclosure

The Stewards’ Enclosure is a private Enclosure for Members and guests. Access is therefore not available to those seeking Press Accreditation. Any member of the press endeavouring to gain access to the Enclosure for journalistic purposes will have their accreditation withdrawn.

BADGES AND CAR PARK LABELS WILL NOT BE SENT BY POST. THOSE WHO ARE SUCCESSFUL IN APPLYING FOR ACCREDITATION WILL BE ISSUED WITH A PASS ALLOWING THEM TO PARK THEIR CARS IN THE REGATTA CAR PARKS TO ENABLE THEM TO COLLECT THEIR BADGES IN PERSON FROM THE PRESS OFFICE FROM 9.00 A.M. ON MONDAY 27TH JUNE 2016 ONWARDS.