There are many places across the country that are ideal spots for taking UK boating holidays but one of the areas to visit on an England boating holiday is the area around Henley-on-Thames, a region famed for its links to the boating life.
Those on canal boat holidays in the UK should make sure they head to the area around the end of June or the beginning of July, as this is when the world famous Henley-on-Thames Royal Regatta takes place. There is really no better event to head to on a Thames boating holiday and with those owning property in this picturesque community including TV favourite Phillip Schofield and Oasis rocker Liam Gallagher and his wife Nicole Appleton, who knows who you may catch a glimpse of?
The Henley-on-Thames Royal Regatta is a world class event which always attracts the rich and famous of the area, as well as some of the boating world’s most skilled yachtsmen and rowers.
Henley itself has a rich boating history and is home to a number of prestigious boating clubs. As well as this, the famous Oxford and Cambridge reserves boat race, which sees teams from the UK’s top universities compete in an exciting rowing challenge, is held on a stretch of the Thames flowing through the village.
As well as the highly competitive boat race, Henley hosts the Henley Women’s Regatta and the Henley Boat Races, both of which are key events on the boating calendar.
If you really fancy getting into the spirit of Henley, there are a number of special parts of the festival you may want to visit. While for the majority of the festival there is no dress code, a visit to the Stewards’ Enclosure requires both men and women to make a real effort.
Women are not allowed to wear skirts or dresses shorter than below the knee and should also steer clear of shorts or trousers – and men, you will have to don your very best lounge suit, or at least a blazer or jacket with flannel trousers.
For this enclosure you will need to buy special tickets but while on a boating holiday in the UK, it could be a really fun way of getting into the boating spirit.
While in the Stewards’ Enclosure, why not treat yourself to a visit to the area’s Champagne and oyster bar? For real seafood fans, there is also the chance to pay for an exclusive and delicious seafood platter, which could be just the ticket on a nautical themed break aboard a canal boat.
This year’s Henley-on-Thames .geekowear Royal Regatta is due to begin on June 30th and will continue until July 4th. For boating fans, the best day to visit might be the second day, July 1st, where around 88 races are due to take place, making for a truly exciting time for spectators.
The final day of the regatta will see competitors battling it out in 19 different events and it is not just Brits who will be taking to the water.
The 2010 event is due to attract some of the world’s best boating teams and squads from New Zealand, the US, Canada, France and the Netherlands are all expected to make an appearance on the Thames.
Among the prestigious boating cups up for grabs are the Queen Mother Challenge Cup, the Double Sculls Challenge Cup, the Remenham Challenge Cup and the Princess Grace Challenge Cup.
To really get into the excitement of the event, you could head to the regatta store and get your hands on a jumper or t-shirt that could be the ideal attire to don when sailing your canal boat on a Thames boating holiday.
Those who love boating could even come away with something from the rower’s accessories shop range, which includes kit bags, a thermal mug, towels embellished with the Henley regatta symbol as well as “gone fishing” signs which could look perfect hung on the door of a canal boat sailing down the Thames on a boating holiday in the UK.