Welcome to the 2018 Sonning Festival

Agree with Ratty from Wind in the willows that there’s ‘nothing half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats?’ then head down to the Sonning Regatta to join in for what promises to be a fun filled family day out on the banks of the River Thames in the historic Berkshire village.

Regatta races are designed for all ages and rowing abilities from aspiring Redgraves and Pinsents to complete novices, its the taking part that counts however if you are more of a land- lubber, theres lots to do on the riverside including childrens entertainment, a beer tent, BBQ and snacks and an assortment of shopping stalls, why not enjoy a picnic while cheering the rowers on and make a day of it.

This year we have more on then ever and are looking forward to an action packed fun filled day, we look forward to seeing there!



Sonning Festival news:

Volunteers Needed

April 9th, 2018

We urgently need volunteers to help with clearing up the Regatta Site on Sunday May 27th. We usually meet around 8am either on the site or on the opposite side of the River outside Reading Bluecoat Boathouse. Help is needed with taking down tents, clearing up the site of any rubbish and ensuring the site is left how we found it. If interested please email us at sonning.regatta@gmail.com

T-Shirt Sales

March 11th, 2018

Hurry – Pre-order your Regatta T-Shirt in advance of the Big Day, so you can wear it with pride whilst competing.

T-Shirts retail at £10 each and we have the  following sizes available :

Children’s – Age 9-10 years

Adult – Small, Medium, Large, X Large.

Please see below this year’s design and colour :

Ticket Sales

February 26th, 2018

We are selling tickets for this year’s Sonning Regatta and Elegant Picnic on Saturday April 21st at Person Hall, from 10am to 12.00pm. You can also buy tickets via our website too. Please note, Elegant Picnic Tickets won’t be available to purchase online before April 21st)

Kids KataCanoe Activities – Wokingham Canoe Club

February 25th, 2018

Thank you to the generosity of the Sonning Scarecrow Committee, the Regatta Committee have secured funds to run a couple of kids activities on the Kata Canoe Water Crafts on the River Thames. We are running these events to encourage participation in our Regatta  for children over the age of 5 years.

Dates for the Activities still to be confirmed, but will take place at The Wokingham Canoe Club, Thames Valley Park and will last for three hours each session. All kit and safety equipment is supplied, all you need to do, is Get Yourself there at your preferred time. Please register your interest by emailing us at sonning.regatta@gmail.com

Dongola Training Dates

February 25th, 2018

Come and practise before the Big Day at one of our specially organised Training Sessions, which will take place on the Thames at Henley Sailing Club, Wargrave. Turn off the Wargrave Road (A321) just past the George & Dragon, heading towards Henley, by the Val Wyatt Marina in Wargrave on the following days and times :

Saturday May 19th, from 16.00 hours onwards

Tuesday May 22nd, from 18.00 to 20.00 hours

Thursday May 24th from 18.00 to 20.00 hours