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 (final call for entries to the regatta)

The regatta starts at 12 noon - it lasts as long as you are still in a race (but no later than 5.30/6pm) - and the bar is always open!

 A fun filled family event, with no experience necessary - you 
 just need to be able to swim! Enter a team, or enter yourself
 and come along to have an enjoyable time on the river with
 plenty of sustenance onshore!

 And... for the first time - a display of local CHERISHED CARS -
 see below for details...
Sonning Regatta - 28th May 2016
Following an excellent fundraiser last July (see below) preparations are now underway for the 2016 Sonning Regatta and Elegant Picnic.

Key dates:

28th May - the Regatta & Live Music evening at the Sonning Club
9th July - the elegant picnic

Watch this site for more information as planning progresses for our biennial water based spectacular!

Sonning Regatta FREE Practise Sessions

Come along and enjoy an evening on the banks of the River Thames as part of your preparation for Race Day. Practise Sessions will be held at Henley Sailing Club in Wargrave, on Tuesday May 24th and Thursday May 26th, from 6pm until 8pm. We hope to see you there. There is also a bar, so when you have worked up a sweat with all of your training, you can enjoy a nice cold beer.

The Site is now ready!

Final site clearance - one week to go...

An exhausted crew - but the site is now ready for the event!!!

Early preparations - four weeks to go...

A hard day's work preparing the site for our upcoming Regatta on May 28th. Please see before and after photos of the site, together with the team having a bite to eat.

What is a CATACANOE.mp4

So what is a CATACANOE?

They're new to this year's regatta and we've been asked many times. So to help show one in action we have the regatta committee's very own Dave McIlroy demonstrating his prowess at the hands of one of these fine craft...!

Cherished Car Display - 29th & 30th May 2016

Come and see a display of locally owned cherished cars in the Old Forge Yard in the heart of the village - these will be no ordinary bangers!

Elegant Picnic - 9th July 2016

The 2016 elegant picnic is on the 9th July in the grounds of Bishops Close by kind invitation of Mr & Mrs McNeill and is the  fundraising event for the biennial regatta.  This follows an excellent elegant picnic in 2015 in the grounds of South Hill, Sonning, by kind permission of Andrew Barker and Marjie Thorne (mainly agreed by Marjie!). The weather was great and a lot of fun was had with friends sharing plenty of food, drink and good music.

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 The Regatta 2016

Following the success of what has become a biennial  event since 2002, the Regatta will again be held on the Oxfordshire bank of the river opposite Blue Coat School boat house just upstream of Sonning Lock.  A ferry will operate from this point, alternatively limited parking is available on site. A range of adult and children’s events will be held – no experience necessary.  Plenty of refreshments available, bring a picnic and keep fingers crossed for the weather again.