This weekend sees the annual University Boat Race between Oxford and Cambridge take place in London. But did you know that the first race was held in Henley-on-Thames? The men's race moved to London after the first race but Henley still hosts the Women's University Boat Race.
Since 1975 Henley Boat Races has been held at Henley-on-Thames on the famous Henley Royal Regatta course. In 1977 the Women's University Boat Race joined the afternoon programme, having been rowed since 1927.
This year Henley Boat Races take place on Sunday 27th March with an programme of 6 races. The women's boat race starts at 3pm. Interest in this year's race has been increased by the inclusion of a famous name from rowing in the Oxford boat. Natalie Redgrave, daughter of Sir Steve Redgrave will be rowing in the Oxford boat this year.
Racing starts at 1.15pm. Spectator facilities will be based at Remenham Farm and will be open at 10.30am A wide variety of homemade refreshments will be available for lunch and tea throughout the day, including soup, sandwiches, burgers, bacon rolls, hot and cold drinks. A licensed bar, serving beers, wines and spirits, will also be available. More details are on our events page.
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