The Stewards' Enclosure is open to Members and their Guests.
In 1919 the then Chairman of the Committee of Management, Sir Harcourt Gold, proposed that an Enclosure should be created on the Berkshire side of the river, by the Finish Line. He further proposed that this Enclosure should be open to general membership and that it should be run as a Members’ Club. The initial membership was limited to 300 persons and the annual subscription was set at £5.5s.0d – five guineas.
Once the initial membership was in place any future applicants had to be formally proposed and seconded by existing Members. By 1939 the membership had risen to 700 and by 1957 this figure was 1,550.
There are now 6,500 Members and the waiting list is over 1000 – this means that it could take up to 10 years before an applicant is likely to be elected to membership.
The process of applying for membership of the Stewards’ Enclosure remains unchanged today. You can request an application form here.
There is a strict Dress Code and children from the age of ten are welcome. Children under the age of ten can enjoy the event in the Regatta Enclosure.
Members may purchase additional items by any of the following ways from 1st April, during Badge Office opening times:
By Telephone: call the orderline on 01491 571900
Please note that the orderline is not available after 4.30 p.m. on Wednesday 22nd June.
In person: visit the Badge Office at Regatta Headquarters (from Friday 24th June the Badge Office will be relocated to the Regatta site)
By post/fax: complete an order form contained in your Member’s Badge Pack and post or fax to Henley Royal Regatta. Fax number 01491 575509
During Regatta: from the Badge Office on the Regatta site at the entrance to the Stewards’ Enclosure, subject to availability
Payment: payment may be made by cash, Sterling cheque, Visa debit and Visa/MasterCard credit cards
Those attending the Regatta in the Stewards' Enclosure must dress in accordance with long-established tradition.
Gentlemen are required to wear lounge suits, or jackets or blazers with flannels, and a tie or cravat.
Ladies are required to wear dresses or skirts with a hemline below the knee and will not be admitted wearing divided skirts, culottes or trousers of any kind. Similarly, no one will be admitted to the Stewards' Enclosure wearing shorts or jeans.
Whilst not a requirement, it is customary for ladies to wear hats.
Members are particularly asked to bring the dress code to the attention of their Guests, to ensure that the standards are maintained and to avoid the possibility of embarrassment of a Guest being refused admission.
To minimise the inconvenience and annoyance caused to others, the prohibition on the use of mobile phones within the Stewards’ Enclosure will again be rigorously enforced.
Those seen making or receiving calls on their mobile phones will be reminded of this ban by Security Guards and Regatta Officials, asked to stop and a note taken of their Badge number. This will allow identification of the responsible Member.
If the request to stop is ignored, or if the same person is caught a second time, then the person will be escorted out of the Enclosure and their badge forfeited.
Members are asked to co-operate and to draw this ban to the attention of their Guests.