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What is the dress code for Henley Regatta and where can you park

Berkshire Live logo Berkshire Live 27/06/2022 Milly Vincent

Every year hundreds of thousands of spectators turn out for Henley Royal Regatta wearing their finest frocks to watch the races unfold. But for some ticket holders the formal dress code is strictly mandatory.

The rowing event, which has been held on the Berkshire border, in the nearby town of Henley-on-Thames since 1839, has enforced a strict dress code for those watching from the Stewards’ Enclosure since the 1970s.

The Stewards’ Enclosure is open to members of the enclosure and their guests. The Regatta’s website states: “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.”

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

It adds that “No shorts, leggings, tracksuits or jeans” are to be worn by anyone.

But if you’d rather be free to wear what you please, the race’s Regatta Enclosure has no dress code. Of course, those watching from the towpath are also free to dress as formally or casually as they like.

The Regatta’s website explains: “While there is no dress code in the Regatta Enclosure and the atmosphere is informal and relaxed, many do embrace the spirit of the event by wearing club blazers and other rowing apparel.”

The opening day of the 2021 Henley Royal Regatta alongside the river Thames. © PA The opening day of the 2021 Henley Royal Regatta alongside the river Thames.

It was just last year that the Henley Royal Regatta renounced their ban on trousers for women. This allowed them to wear a similar formal dress code to men for the first time in the event’s history.

The update to the dress code was finally made after Oxford student and member of the University Women’s Boat Club, Georgina Grant, 23, launched a petition which gained 1,680 signatures. She has also called for the dress code to be de-gendered.

Where can I park for the Henley Regatta?

Parking anywhere other than the official event car parks can be difficult as Henley-on-Thames fills with more than 300,000 for the six-day sporting event that began on June 25 this year.

Parking up next to the towpath to watch the action unfold can cost up to £270 for a single day. Find more information on the Henley Regatta website .

Information on more affordable official parking, costing £25 to £35 for the day, is also available on the website . Pre-booked parking tickets can no longer be purchased online as the event is in progress but can be bought on the day at the car park gate (subject to availability). Official car parks are open from 7.30am to 9pm and are locked overnight.

If you’re not planning on using the official car parks you may struggle to find a space on the day. A traffic order is in place to help traffic flow through the town, you can find more information here .

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