Abingdon Rowing Club Head of the River
  • Rye Farm Meadow, Abingdon, OX14 3HY and along the Thames towards Culham weir.
    OX14 3HY
  • Sunday 14th April
360 boats from across the UK race 2000m against the clock from 10 am through the afternoon, in one of the best organised and most entertaining events on the River Thames. BBQ, local beer, tea and cakes, Morris dancing and loads of fun. Come and join us at Rye Farm Meadow and along the Thames towards Culham weir. Free to watch, paid parking available.

The Abingdon Spring Head of the River rowing competition is one of the best attended and most respected river festivals on the Thames attracting over 360 racing crews, bringing over 1500 visitors to the town.

The last event drew record crowds from the town on a beautiful hot spring day,  congregating on Abingdon’s Rye Farm Meadow and along the race course, leading past the Marina towards Culham weir. The event was extensively publicised in local print and web media and on BBC radio.

The event supports the town’s rowing club which is becoming more popular every year, particularly with teenagers. We re-invest all proceeds into facilities, equipment, coaching, rowing courses and supporting members to compete across the country.

The majority of our club members and many of their family members volunteer a huge amount of time before, during and after the event to plan, set up, supervise and clear up.

This is a great opportunity to support and invest in one of Abingdon’s largely business and leisure assets – the River Thames. The Thames is Abingdon’s hidden jewel, a lively hub of residential, leisure, recreational and sporting investments. The ‘river’ community is where residents and visitors like meet to work, play and relax. The Abingdon Head is an opportunity to join in.

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