Henley Regatta was first held in 1839, taking place on a single afternoon, but increased popularity this century has meant the event, now with royal patronage, is over five days. This year's Royal Regatta on the River Thames in Oxfordshire is from 3 to 7 July.
The Stewards' enclosure is open to members and their guests only and there is a waiting list, but the public can watch the rowing from the Regatta enclosure, which is also a vantage point for the fireworks display on Saturday night. The towpath also affords viewing of the early part of the races and is free.
Henley Royal Regatta, 3-7 July.
Wednesday first race 9am, last race 7.15; Thursday 9am, 7.15pm; Friday: 9am, 7.15pm; Saturday: 9am, 7pm; Sunday: noon, 5.45pm.
Further details: Secretary's Office, Regatta Headquarters, Henley-on- Thames, Oxfordshire RG9 2LY (Tel: 01491 572153; fax 01491 575509).
Admission (can be booked in advance): Regatta Enclosure: Wednesday to Friday pounds 5 adults; Saturday and Sunday pounds 6. Daily car parking: Wednesday and Thursday pounds 13.50; Friday to Sunday pounds 14.50.
Road: Junction 8/9 of M4 or M40 and A404. Thames Trains: London Paddington to Henley during the Regatta (0171 262 6767).