Henley Royal Regatta is back for six days of action-packed racing.

The event is undoubtedly the most-famous regatta in the world and it is a highlight on every sporting calender.

Henley Royal Regatta 2023 marks the 184th year of the event which will see hundreds of crews competing from today.

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The crews are from every level of elite rowing - including school, university, club and country and will compete across a series of 26 events.

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Here is everything you need to know about this year’s event.

Where is Henley Royal Regatta taking place?

The event will take place on the River Thames in Henley-on-Thames in south Oxfordshire.

When does the regatta start?

The regatta officially kicked off today (June 27) and will run until Sunday (July 2).

What is the timetable of events?

Tuesday- racing will start at 9am with the last race timetabled for 7.20pm.

The plans for the other days have not been released on the Henley Royal Regatta website yet.

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The prize giving ceremony will take place on Sunday.

What enclosures are there?

 Stewards' Enclosure

A spokeswoman for Henley Regatta said: “The Stewards' Enclosure is situated on the Berkshire bank directly opposite the finish line and offers the ultimate vantage point to experience the competition.

"It is home to two grandstands, a prize tent and art gallery, an array of bars and restaurants, and prime riverside seating to catch all of the racing action.

“This enclosure is open to members and their guests, including children from the age of 10.

"A Stewards' Enclosure Badge also allows access to the Regatta Enclosure.”

Regatta Enclosure

A spokeswoman for Henley Regatta said: “Situated on the Berkshire bank, just downstream from the Stewards' Enclosure, the Regatta Enclosure is open to the general public and is the ideal place from where families and supporters can watch the racing - including children of all ages.

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“The Regatta Enclosure features riverside seating and an open grandstand, as well as a covered restaurant - offering both formal and informal dining - and bar to kick back and relax with friends.”

What is the dress code?

There is no dress code in the Regatta Enclosure for the general public.

However, people often tend to get in the mood and dress up for the event.

In the Stewards' Enclosure there is a dress code.


Ladies are required to wear dresses or skirts with a hemline below the knee, or jackets or blazers with trousers, or trouser suits.

Whilst not a requirement, it is customary for ladies to wear hats.

No shorts, leggings, tracksuits or jeans are allowed.


Gentlemen are required to wear lounge suits, or jackets or blazers with trousers, together with a tie or, if preferred, a cravat.

Again, no shorts, leggings, tracksuits or jeans are allowed.

Where can I park?

The event has its own official car parks which can be booked online in advance or at the gate.

Car parks are open daily from 7.30am to 9pm - overnight parking is not permitted and the gates will be locked just after 9pm.

But to relieve pressure on the surrounding road networks, attendees are encouraged to come to the event on public transport.

A statement from organisers said: “The Stewards' Enclosure and Regatta Enclosure are located on the Berkshire bank, within easy walking distance of Henley town and train station.

“To reduce the impact of traffic on the town, we encourage you to use public transport, where possible.

“Henley-on-Thames is located 13 miles from Junction 8/9 on the M4, and 16 miles from Junction 4 on the M40.

“The most convenient taxi drop-off during Regatta is in the town, on the A4130, a short walk from the Regatta site.”

A one-way system will also be in operation around Henley at the time of the event.