Henley Royal Regatta is world famous for its rowing races, it is to rowing what Royal Ascot is to horse racing. Crews from across the world come to compete in five days of racing, held from the first Wednesday to the first Sunday of July each year. The highlight of the racing is the Grand Challenge Cup, involving men’s eight’s, which has taken place every year since the Regatta began in 1839.
There is a dress code for Henley but it’s not quite as strict as for Ascot. The dress code applies to the Steward’s enclosure, situated on the Berkshire Bank opposite the Finish Line and reserved only for members and their guests.
Ladies must wear Special Occasion dresses or skirts with a hemline that sits below the knee, officials will refuse entry to anyone that doesn’t comply. Unlike Ascot, trouser suits, culottes and divided skirts are not permitted. Hats aren’t obligatory but it is customary to wear one. Gentlemen should wear lounge suits or a club blazer if they belong to a club with chinos or flannels and a tie or cravat. Shorts and jeans are an absolute no-no.
Beyond the Steward’s enclosure is the Regatta enclosure. There is no official dress code, however, it is customary for ladies to wear a summer party dress with shoes suitable for walking on grass. Men traditionally dress in club blazers or a plain blazer or linen suit, boaters or Panama hats are encouraged.