An ideal setting on the banks of the River Thames

The Start

An ideal setting on the banks of the River Thames

The Start of the Race

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The start area is a fantastic place to view all the rowing from the free Grandstand and live race commentary! Come and try some of the delicious food and drinks on offer!

Located by the Start of the Regatta course, the public area is an excellent place to feel the excitement of the rowing and enjoy a relaxing drink and a bite to eat.

The River Taxi from Henley town stops just a few minutes walk downstream from the Start. So why not cruise the regatta course from Hobbs of Henley to the Start and come and enjoy this complimentary public area. Click here for River Taxi details.

Within The Start area you can watch the crews prepare and commence racing from the complimentary Grandstand with elevated views and follow the race with the live racing commentary.

The Start area has a fully licensed bar including Brakspears on tap, hot and cold drink, delicious food from our gourmet food providers, artisan ice cream from our friends at Style’s Ice Cream, all perfect for a quick pit stop in between watching the races.

Tiger Lily Bus

The gorgeous vintage Tiger Lily Bus bar will be back for 2017 selling a range of drinks and new for 2017 delicious cream teas. Stop by for a drink and watch  the Start of the race.

 MYO – Street Food Everyone loves Theo, the gorgeous mint green classic Citroen van. Victoria and the MYO team will   be offering a range of grilled sandwiches oozing with yumminess, homemade focaccia pizza and thick, smooth and delicious milkshakes. The concept of MYO is that you can ‘make your own’ with the toppings and food that is available. By offering this, MYO hope to offer a bespoke experience to everyone and appeal to all that eat their food!                                                                                                  

Tin Can Coffee

As coffee vendors go, it doesn’t get much cooler than Tincan Coffee Co’s fleet of 1960s and ’70s vintage trucks. Serving up quality espresso to regatta goers, the Bristol-based company is revitalising the mobile coffee experience. Tin Can Coffee will be at Henley at The Start, Barn Bar and the Shopping Village so you can fuel up all the way along Temple Island Meadows.

 Styles Ice Cream

Stop by and visit Styles for some delicious ice cream during regatta week. With summer favourites such as clotted cream and real strawberry to refreshing sorbets there is something for everyone.

Please note: It is prohibited to bring food and drink not purchased in this area into The Start area.


There are many ways to travel to The Start area by foot, boat or car. Walk along the towpath if you fancy a nice stroll along the river seeing the whole race from the Finish all the way to The Start. You could however save your feet with the River Taxi for some late night dancing in the Barn Bar and Chinawhite on Friday and Saturday. Check out our Event Map Here to see where everything is located!

Train & Water

Don’t forget you can get The River Taxi with Hobbs of Henley direct from Henley on Thames Town near to the train station which you can book tickets through National Rail. The River Taxi is a 1 minute walk from the train station and drops you just above The Start. BOOK HERE


Or it may be easier to drive, entering through Gate A and parking in Meadows Standard Parking, BOOK TICKETS HERE. It’s very easy to access and it’s the best place spot for disabled parking too.

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