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Event Info:

The Inaugural Autumn Henley Illuminated Boat Parade

is this Saturday
24th September.

The Parade starts at 7:30 PM.

The boats will be meeting up at Fawley Meadow just downstream from Phyllis Court.

We have over 30 boats and over 20 paddleboards all creatively lit.

We will also be lighting all the houses from Phyllis Court to the Relais Red Lion at the bridge it should be quite a spectacle.

Free viewing for all spectators along the towpath outside Leander down to Phyllis Court and from Thameside downstream from the bridge, the best place to see it all will be on the public towpath downstream below the bridge from The Leander Club to Phyllis Court.


The Leander Club will be open to all the public from 7 PM and there will be a cash bar and food trucks with a live band after the event.

There will be free illuminating wristbands for children while stocks last. Spectators are encouraged to wear illuminated clothes or accessories. There will be a prize for the best-illuminated spectator.

We thought carefully about whether we should postpone the event as a mark of respect to Her Majesty the Queen.

However, we are taking the lead from the Blenheim Horse Trials which went ahead up to Sunday 18th the day before the funeral, they took the view that The Late Queen would not have wanted the event cancelled.

Our heartfelt condolences to King Charles and the Royal Family at this sad time. An amazing woman, we were lucky to have her.

There is no parking by the river. We suggest you park in the Waitrose Carpark. It’s a good idea to bring a torch as the towpath is not lit.

A talented group of judges has been announced for the illuminated Boat Parade on Saturday.

Debbie McGee, Bethan Toop, Dhani Harrison and Henley Mayor Michelle Thomas will be joined by presenter Mike Read and Chairman Andy Trotman. Ex Top of the Pops DJ, Mike Read will provide commentary on the proceedings.


They will judge the boats from Leander Club, starting at 7.30 pm.  

Prize giving will be at Leander at about 9 PM. 


The 40 boats entered will parade upriver from Fawley Meadows, past Phyllis Court and a colourfully lit Boathouse Row to Henley Bridge where they will turn and pass Leander before going down river and turning again for a second circuit.


The Leander Club by the bridge is open to the public for free for the evening with food and drinks for sale from 7PM.

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