Glebe Campsite during Henley Regatta
Gate A, Temple Island Meadows, Remenham Farm, Remenham Church Lane, Remenham, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon RG9 3DB
The 27th weekend of the year sees the annual Henley Regatta take place. Since 1839, the double-barrelled brigade have congregated at this scenic stretch of the Thames to watch the world's greatest racing crews battle it out for the coveted Grand Challenge Cup – although it's just as much about the Pimm's and strawberries than it is cheering on the coxswain. For those of you not initiated, think of this five day festival as the Glastonbury of world rowing... albeit a conspicuously more upmarket affair with not a dreadlocked, bongo-playing Leveller's fan in sight. And despite the proximity to water, we'll wager you'll leave Henley considerably drier than you would down in notoriously rain-sodden Somerset!
The Glebe Campsite's Temple Island Meadows spot sits in a stunning meadow on the Berkshire banks of the Thames. This is the racing side, so when the starting pistol bangs, the lucky Glebe campers are treated to unrivalled views of the main action just a short stroll away. With capacity for up to 5,000 campers, this sprawling site comprises informal, flat, grassy pitches suitable for both tents and campervans. For those looking to... ahem... really push the boat out, look no further than the WOW bell and Pillow tents. These pre-erected, furnished cosy canvas abodes take the fuss out of pitching up and the WOW's are ideal for groups. Facilities are more than adequate with proper showers, immaculately-clean flush loos, and a whole host of stellar places to eat and drink, including the River Restaurant & Champagne Bar curated by the exclusive Mosimann's.
So whether or not you don the straw boaters and stripey blazers, there's a relaxed attitude to life at this site – camping is, after all, one of life's great levellers. Whatever floats your boat.
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