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

Start Rowing Pic


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

Located by The Start of the Regatta course, this 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.

The Start area has a fully licensed bars, hot and cold drinks, delicious food from our gourmet food providers and artisan ice cream from our friends at Style’s Ice Cream.  All perfect for a quick pit stop in between watching the races.


In 2018 The Start area welcomed:

The Wandering Kitchen 

The Wandering Kitchen has its own catering trailer called The Wandering Lodge, built to look a mobile hunting lodge. From the lodge you will find The Wandering Kitchen‘s burger menu. The Wandering Kitchen uses produce that is sustainable and can be locally sourced.

Camper Café 

Visit for a “proper” Coffee. 

Styles Ice Cream 

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

Tiger Lily Vintage Bus 

Enjoy the view and atmosphere from the quirky vintage bus offering delicious refreshments 

The Pub On Wheels 

Where all the fun begins, come and join them for your first drink at the fully stocked bar. 

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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