Regatta 2016 – weekend preview

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It’s here! Marlow Town Regatta weekend! We have provided a handy summary of the weekend below, starting off with some basics, knowing that not everyone has lived in Marlow for years and knows what is going on! Then we have full schedules of the various entertainments on offer, food and drink offerings and so on….

Beginners Guide

Saturday is the traditional rowing regatta.  Proper rowing races, entry badge required to get into the enclosure , dress code applies.  The event attracts rowers and fans of the racing, plus plenty of people who have no interest in watching the racing! Luckily, everyone is catered for – with entertainment on the Marlow FM stage, plenty of food and drink options, and the ability to prebook allocated picnic pitches, perfectly sized for a gazebo. Subject to availability, badges can be purchased on the day are more expensive so it’s worth booking in advance.

Sunday is the “Festival Day”, and encompasses a variety of things.  Firstly, unlike Saturday – entry is FREE. On the river you can watch the exciting canoe and dragon boat races, and elsewhere there are all sort of entertainments and activities in the display arena, and of course food and drink options. Basically, all manner of family fun! In the evening there will be a free screening of Garsington Opera’s Cosi fan tutte on the big screen

Traylens Funfair – is in Higginson Park during the Regatta weekend, although it is a separate commercial operation. Timings: Thu/Fri 5-10pm, Sat 12-7.30pm, Sun 1-7.30pm.

Saturday Details

regatta-saturdayThe formal opening will take place at 10.00am (although the rowing runs from 8am all through the day)

There will be entertainment from Marlow FM, including acts live on the stage from 1pm. See for the mnore details, but in summary the schedule is:

  • 1pm : Tara Deane
  • 2 pm : Marlow Ukelele Group
  • 3pm : Saint Avian
  • 4pm : Just Be
  • 5pm : Sam Grieg
  • 6pm : Jon Pecos

The Round Table Riverside Bar is open all day , and there will be a diverse range of food offerings including:

  • Toro Poco – Spanish food
  • Thai Esan – Thai food
  • ILoveCrepes – Sweet & Savoury Crepes
  • Camper Café – Speciality Coffee and hot drinks
  • Burgers-u-Like – Traditional burgers, hot dogs and hog roast.
  • Villani Ices – Burger grill & Ice Creams
  • Jim Campbell Garden Enclosure – providing a sit down meal with waitress service (tables can be booked in advance)

Sunday 12th June – Festival Day (Free Entry)

regatta-sundayThe first Dragon Boat race will be about 11am, with the final around 4.45am.  In between the Dragon Boat heats the Canoe Regatta, which starts earlier in the day will provide more frantic sports action.

There will be numerous food, trade and charity stalls, and the main arena will be filled with events :


12.00-12.30 – Marlow Primary Schools Choir
12.30-13.00 – John Jonny Dance Academy
13.00- 13.30 – Borlase School Choir
13.30 -14.00 – Katy Kartwheel Circus Troupe
14.00- 14.30 – Kobika Dance Starlites
14.30 –15.00 – Barkers Dog Show (Have you got an amazing, loveable cute dog? Bring them down to the fun Dog Show on Sunday 12th June at 2.30pm. FREE entry for all. Please arrive between 2.00pm and 2.20pm to register.)
15.00 -15.30 – Art and Fancy Dress Awards
15.30 – 16.00 – Duck Herding
16.00-16.30 – Kobika Dance Starlites
16.30-17.00 – Katy Kartwheel Circus Troupe

bob and the queenMarlow Town Council will be on site with a photo-booth setup to have your photo taken “with the Queen”, and win a special commemorative coin. More info on this can be found in our article

In the evening there will be a free screening of Garsington Opera’s Cosi fan tutte on the big screen. There is more information on the website at:




Article author: Paul Merchant

About the author: Founded in its original version back in 2000 - yes the internet DID exist back then. Brought up in Marlow, went to school here, now has children at the same schools. Quite clearly loves all things Marlow - hence spending over 2 decades doing this!

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