Information for Spectators

Henley Royal Regatta is undoubtedly the best known regatta in the world and it holds a unique place in the respect and affection of all oarsmen – both active and retired. Founded in 1839, it is famous both as a great sporting occasion and as a social event. People come from all over the world to attend, either as competitors or as spectators.

Henley Royal Regatta 2017 is being held from Wednesday 28th June to Sunday 2nd July.

The Draw for all Events takes place at 3.00 pm on Saturday 24th June in Henley Town Hall and will be posted on the Regatta website that same evening.

The Regatta Church Service will be held at 9.30 am on Sunday 2nd July in Henley Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin. This short service is attended by the Stewards, competitors and supporters of the Regatta and all are very welcome.

The racing timetable for each day will be posted shortly after racing.

The hours during which racing takes place each day vary with the number of entries received but in recent years the following general pattern has proved fairly consistent:

DayFirst RaceLast RaceApproximate
Number of Races
Wednesday9.00 am7.20 pm88Heats
Thursday9.00 am7.25 pm80Heats
Friday8.30 am7.20 pm67Quarter-finals
Saturday10.00 am7.00 pm44Semi-finals
Sunday11.30 am4.30 pm23Finals

The Enclosures open half an hour before the first race each day.  On Sunday the Enclosures open at 11.00 am and the Prizegiving Ceremony will begin at 5.00 pm. 

Regatta Enclosure Sunday badge holders can watch the Ceremony from within the Stewards' Enclosure from 4.45 pm.


These tourist information centres offer a local accommodation booking service and information about the local area. Please call in advance.

Henley Tourist Information Centre
Tel: 01491 578034

(M4/M40 Accommodation)

Maidenhead Information Centre
Tel: 01628 796502

Windsor Information Centre
Tel: 01753 743900

Marlow Tourist Information Centre
Tel: 01628 483597 Fax: 01628 471915

Banking Facilities On Site

There are no banking facilities on site and the only cash machines available are those in the town centre.

All bars, catering and shop facilities within the site accept Visa, Visa Debit and Mastercard but not American Express.