THE HENLEY CLASSIC is a 2.1 km endurance upstream River Thames swimming event, held over the Henley Royal Regatta course, very early on the Sunday morning before the Wednesday start of Henley Royal Regatta.

This event is a celebration of mid-summer. It provides a unique opportunity to swim one of the most famous and beautiful stretches of open water in the world, at what we believe is the most beautiful time of the day, dawn. A key feature of the event is that you arrive in darkness and walk the 1/4 of a mile to the start into the sunrise, led by the torch carrier.


  • Date: Sunday 29th June 2014
  • Location: Henley-on-Thames
  • Distance: 2.1k river upstream
  • Minimum age: 14
  • Entry Fee: £41
  • Information Pack: Download here

Saturday Evening Pasta Party

This popular evening event will once again be held on the Saturday evening prior to the Henley Classic, between 5 and 8pm. The evening will be in the style of an “all you can eat” Italian Pasta evening, including a choice of 3 sauces and a soft drink.

£11 per head when booked in advance
£13 per head on the evening.

Sleep & Eat Special Offer
For those who will be camping, we can also offer an early bird “Sleep & Eat Pass” for £19 per person, once again bookable on line when you make your race entry.

A cash bar and general cafe with snacks will also be available within the main event area.

Please Note: Pasta Party bookings are non refundable. Please read the Pasta Party Terms & Conditions of booking for full details.

Saturday Evening Registrations

The venue will be open on Saturday afternoon from 4pm for anyone who would like to register for the event early, to save time on the Sunday morning. Further details will be provided nearer the time.

Event Location & Course Details

The Henley Classic is hosted at the Temple Island Meadows, which is just ¾ mile from Henley town centre.

Click here for Temple Island Meadows location details

Swim Course

The course is unique in that it is a straight line point to point swim (ie: no turns) and takes advantage of the boomed course of the Henley Royal Regatta. Click on the course map to enlarge

Henley Classic Map

Venue Facilities

Parking is available at the venue
Toilets, changing facilities and showers will be provided
Hot & cold drinks & snacks will be available at the main event area.


Camping is available in Glebe campsite, with on-site facilities including toilets and showers. This is just a short walk to the main event area and is ¾ mile from Henley town centre.

Advance booking Prices
Camping spaces are £11 per person per night.
Under 12s camp for FREE
Campervans are £16 per night.
These can be booked online when you make your race entry. Email confirmation is sent out in advance and this needs to be presented when booking in on site.

Camping Booking Terms
Camping bookings are non refundable. Please read the Camping Terms & Conditions of booking for full details. No dogs are allowed at the campsite.
Please see the venue terms & conditions before making your booking:-

On the day Prices
Camping is £15 per person per night.
Campervans are £20 per night.

Payment is taken on entry.

Blueseventy Wetsuit Hire

Our event partner blueseventy will be providing wetsuit hire for this event. For full details of the Sprint wetsuit see our wetsuit hire page.

blueseventy will also have a selection of swimwear, goggles and accessories to cater for any needs you may have on the day.

Therapy4Fitness Sports Massage

Post race massages will be provided by our Sports Massage partner, Therapy4Fitness.
Sessions are £12 for 15 minutes or £22 for 30 minutes. If you would prefer to save waiting and book in advance, this can be done when entering

Event memorabilia

Henley Swim hoodies, Henley Classic t-shirts, and other event memorabilia will be available to purchase on the day.

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