ABOUT THE RACES
THE HENLEY BOAT RACES WERE FOUNDED IN 1975 BY RICHARD BATES, AN UNDERGRADUATE AT ST JOHN’S COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE, WHEN HE ARRANGED THE FIRST LIGHTWEIGHT BOAT RACE BETWEEN OXFORD AND CAMBRIDGE OVER HENLEY REACH.
This echoed the first Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race, which took place at Henley in 1829. For more information about the races please visit Henley Boat Races’ website.
In 2017 The Henley Boat Races will continue to feature the Oxford and Cambridge men’s and women’s lightweight rowing races, preceded by the Oxford and Cambridge College races. The clubs of both universities are taking this opportunity to create a new profile for the event, centred on the Oxbridge lightweights. Since 2014 the event has continued to grow and thrive each year and we see increased numbers coming to view the racing. A fantastic event that is perfect for the whole family. We are looking forward to many more years of exciting racing.
Temple Island Meadows offers riverside parking and food and drink provisions (details below) for this public event. Please note: Picnics are not permitted in Temple Island Meadows.
HOW TO GET THERE
The entrance for parking is via the main access way into Temple Island Meadows at GATE A off Remenham Church Lane which will be signposted. Remenham Church Lane can be accessed from White Hill/ A4130.
FOOD AND DRINK
MYO will be attending the races in their beautiful vintage Renault Estafette van to offer the best of Italian and North American Street Food. All of their tasty offerings are as authentic as possible and they use the best quality ingredients sourced from a variety of suppliers. Their delicious pizzas are made with fresh homemade dough and they always carry gluten free, veggie, vegan and dairy-free
Camper Cafe will also be providing a friendly, quality service at the event and serving hot or cold drinks as well as snacks and treats. With barista trained staff they are serious about getting it right for all the coffee lovers out there.