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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! 
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:

19th March - entries and ticket sales day in the Pearson Hall (10am to 12noon)
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!

Elegant Picnic - 9th July 2016

This year's picnic is on the 9th July and follows an excellent elegant picnic in 2015 as as a fundraiser for the biennial regatta. The 2015 picnic was 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.


Music was provided by the Django   Swing Quintet performing two sets and a special performance between the band's break with Davie McGirr of Seven Songs performing in aid of the Alzheimer's Society.

Davie (pictured below) is a skilled musician and vocalist and has recently been on BBC Radio! More details here:

Below is our Treasurer in a good mood following a successful picnic in 2010! I understand he's been seen smiling after the 2015 picnic as we have enough funds to stage the 2016 regatta!

A few photos of elegant picnics of 5 years and more ago... you know who you are!

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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.