The Henley Swim are bringing an open water swimming festival to the banks of the Thames this July with swimming events for all ages and a festival village featuring everything related to open water swimming. This is a unique opportunity to swim in one of the most beautiful and iconic stretches of the Thames.
Taking place on Sunday 14 July, the Henley Swim Festival, in collaboration with Outdoor Swimmer magazine, incorporates the Henley Mile swim which has been running since 2011. Over the years, the event has attracted thousands of swimmers of all ages and abilities, including those wanting to tick off a bucket list challenge, avid open water swimmers and those just wanting to dip their toes in the water.
The mile, half-mile, suits vs skins and 200m junior event on the Henley Royal Regatta course all remain on the line up for the 2019 Festival and are joined by an exciting new four-mile event for swimmers looking for a bigger challenge.
The festival village will be more extensive than in previous years, with food vendors, a bar and live music, offering an area for post-swimming celebrations, information and advice. The Outdoor Swimmer magazine show will be returning, exhibiting everything from kit to holidays to nutrition, and coaches will be on hand to offer their expertise. Brands will offer exclusively discounted products and there will be an endless pool showcasing technique.
This event is not just for experienced swimmers. There will be free supervised sessions in a protected area of the Thames for beginners or anyone wanting to build up confidence in the water. For those who prefer to stay on dry land, the event village has something for everyone, hosting massage, ice cream and children’s entertainment alongside spectating the swimming for a fun day out by the river.
The event will also play host to The Big Jump, a European initiative joining tens of thousands of supporters across the continent as they jump in the river at 14:00 to mark their love and desire to protect our European rivers. The event is calling on anyone to come on down and join in.
Henley Swim’s Jeremy Laming said “We have taken all the elements from the Henley Mile that people know and love, and added more interest and excitement to give a festival feel. As open water swimming grows in popularity, the benefit to health and mental well-being are well documented. We are proud to play our part helping swimmers participate in open water swimming in a safe and welcoming environment.”
To truly create the festival feeling, Saturday night camping at Temple Island Meadows has been added, to make a full weekend of it. With the Henley Festival and the Henley Masters rowing taking place the same weekend, Henley-on-Thames really is the place to be on the weekend of 13th and 14th July.
Register now for early bird prices and to guarantee a camping spot.