"Glowing Spectacle at First Illuminated
"The riverside and a flotilla of boats lit up the Henley Reach of the Thames on Saturday evening for the first Henley Illuminated Boat Parade."
The Illuminated Parade was started in 2015 by Chris Taylor.
The Parade has now moved to the river at Henley on Thames, from its original venue in Cookham. It's intended to be a spectacular and fun social event for both entrants and spectators.
There will be free viewing along the river footpath from Henley Bridge downstream and from the roadside in New Street.
See the Map
The Parade will start at Fawley Meadows and will proceed upstream to the prize giving at The Leander Club - See the Map . The boats meet at 7:15 pm and light up at 7:30 pm, and should arrive at The Leander Club at about 8:00 pm. The Parade goes ahead come rain or shine as long as the river is not in flood.
We are intending to illuminate some of the houses along the route to add to the spectacle.
This year’s date is Saturday 24th September 2022. There will be voluntary charity collections on the night, any donations will be welcome. There will be refreshments available at Leander - See the Map
There will be various categories of prizes.
THIS YEAR'S DATE
SATURDAY 24th SEPTEMBER 2022
START TIME 7:20pm
Any boat, any size, any age, powered or unpowered is welcome.
It's not about how much you spend, it's about the creativity of the idea, see The Gallery for thoughts.
We will set up a Whats App group for registered entrants.
Please ensure the organisers have your mobile number.
We suggest anyone with a VHF radio and operator licence brings it. We will monitor Channel 16 and use Channel 72 for follow up communications.
Craft must be safe for all aboard and others around them.
High power laser displays are not permitted.
We are on the flight path and would need permits for lasers.
Very low power lasers are OK but must be vertically facing only - Not into the crowd.
Some people are sensitive to fast flashing lights, no strobes please.
Craft must have no sharp edges or spikes.
Illuminations should be soundly constructed and properly attached the the craft.
Any devices should be waterproof in case of rain.
Parade will take place regardless of weather conditions unless there are red boards in place or the river is in flood.
No rockets, flares, naked flames or projecting fireworks.
No untethered hot air balloons or lanterns (farms with cattle and crops surround the route).
No floating naked flames to be released from any craft.
Mooring after the Parade is downstream from Leander and will be marked, but craft may have to raft up so adequate fendering will be required.
Please bring mooring spikes, there are no mooring rings.
We know that plastic and other materials may be used in the decorations. Please ensure that no plastic can fall in the river and anything that may go in the river is entirely water soluble and non toxic.
The first parade was in Cookham in 2015 and was so popular it became an annual event, only postponed due to Covid. It has now been moved to Henley. In 2019 up to 40 boats attended with large crowds watching from the Riverbank and even pop up bars!
All the costs of the event in 2022 will be donated by the organisers. All the boat entry fees except the mooring fees will be donated to the charities below without deduction.
If you would like to contribute to the charities, please click this link or donate on the night to the on-site collectors.
The Rivertime Trust
The Rivertime Boat Trust is a Multi Award–Winning Charity that offers disabled and disadvantaged adults, children and young people an opportunity to develop a long term involvement with the River Thames, by providing a safe, supportive and stimulating environment aboard the Charity's boat ‘Rivertime’.
The Leander Trust is a registered charity focusing on rowing and sculling. They aim to: advance the education of young people by helping with their physical education by the provision of facilities - including grant awards; enable and encourage rowing and sculling; and help with the provision of facilities for recreation for those who need such facilities because of their youth, social or economic circumstances.
Every registered entrant will get a commemorative metal plaque for their boat.
There are some lovely, elegant silver salvers as prizes, engraved with the category and the logo.
11 inch Salver Best In Parade
6 inch Salver Best Lit Spectator
8 inch Salver Best Musical Theme
8 inch Salver Best Fancy dress on board
8 inch Salver Best Unpowered
3mm off 6 inch Salvers Runner Up
Our thanks to the following:
THE HENLEY ROYAL REGATTA
WOKINGHAM TOWN COUNCIL
THE ILLUMINATED PARADE LIMITED
A Limited Liability UK Company
Company number: 13851576
Registered Office. 54 Queen Steet, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 1AP
The Parade is organised by a privately owned UK limited company.
The Company’s only activity is to organise an ‘Illuminated Boat Parade’ at Henley on Thames.
All costs of the first year will be covered by a donation from the shareholders
No fees or dividends are being paid to the directors or shareholders.
The event is organised specifically as a fund-raising event for charity.
All fees for entries collected via the website and on the night and any charitable donations at the event will be donated to the two chosen charities less the mooring fees that will be passed on to Hobbs Limited as collection agents for the mooring’s owners.
The directors reserve the right to seek sponsorship and recoup some costs in subsequent years if the event becomes an annual event.