Are you afloat on the Thames at the weekend? Here is a round up of forthcoming events in August to look out for on the River Thames.
Festival 20 & 21 August
Henley’s answer to Glastonbury, the eighties festival is back on this weekend with artists such as Katrina and the waves, UB40 and The Human League. It takes place at Temple Island Meadows, Remenham Farm. Moorings and tickets may be sold out but if you lucky you may be able to hear the action from Copas or Fawley Meadow moorings nearby.
The BIG South Swim 20 August
The BIG South swim is one of the premier open water swimming events in the UK and will take place on Saturday at the 2012 Olympic Rowing venue Dorney Lake. With 24-hour moorings upstream of Boveney Lock and the lake just yards away why not experience the spectacle for yourself.
The Oxford City Royal Regatta 20 & 21 August
The Oxford City Royal Regatta is a historic regatta organized annually by the City of Oxford Rowing Club. Several hundred competitors will take part on a 1000m course on Saturday and a 500m sprint on Sunday.
Hurley Regatta 20 August
Held downstream of Hurley Lock the Hurley Regatta is a fun spectacle for all the family with events such as ‘Damsel in distress’, ‘Novelty Tug of War’and dragon boat racing. There are 24-hour moorings just below Hurley Lock, these are subject to availability at the lock. Alternatively limited moorings with electric are available by prior arrangement on the opposite bank at Harleyford Marina.
The Reading festival 26 – 28 August
The Reading festival is growing to be one of the famous contemporary music festivals in the UK. Held on left bank upstream of Caversham bridge, boaters drifting by will witness a field full of colourful marques and tents and music from bands such as Elbow and Pulp. Moorings are available near the town centre on the banks upstream of Reading Bridge.
Royal Windsor Wheel
Are you planning on spending the weekend tied up in Windsor? The 60 metre high Royal Windsor Wheel gives breathtaking 360 degree views over the River Thames and Windsor Castle. It’s open daily from 10am till 8pm until the 4th September 2011. A ‘flight’ on the wheel lasts approximately 12 minutes.
Photo by John Frew