Mulberry Cottage, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire

Regatta locations along The Thames

Wednesday 28 June marks the start of the 2017 Henley Royal Regatta – one of the highlights of the British social season and summer sporting calendar. For five days every year, Henley becomes centre stage for the national and international rowing world, featuring more than 200 races with both Olympians and crews new to the event taking part.

Many Henley residents let their properties to visitors during the regatta, but if you're hoping to buy you might not be so lucky. Riverside properties rarely come up for sale and are in high demand. When they do become available, they can command a premium of around 30 per cent against Henley's non-riverside properties.


But you don't have to live in Henley to enjoy boat racing. There are several other regattas along the Thames every summer, including one at Dorney Lake, the site of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Wargrave and Shiplake

Upstream from Henley, the nearby villages of Wargrave and Shiplake host their own regatta, which dates as far back as 1867 and is believed to be the second largest regatta on the Thames. This year the event takes place on 4 and 5 August, when it celebrates its 150th anniversary.


Hurley village, slightly downstream from Henley, has hosted a regatta since 1973, made up of a multitude of events including serious races, games in the water and land-based competitions. This year's event takes place on Saturday 19 August.

Dorney Lake

Dorney Lake in Eton has its own modern world-class rowing and flat-water canoeing centre set in a spectacular 450-acre parkland near Windsor. The site is best known for hosting the rowing and kayak events during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and was voted top Olympic venue by an exit poll of spectators. Since 2007, it has also been the venue for the Marlow Regatta, which dates from 1885 and today is one of the major regattas in the British Rowing calendar.

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