The return of the Henley Royal Regatta

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One of the sporting calendar’s biggest events will take place this July, the Henley Royal Regatta.

The event which runs from 3-7 July sees around 340 crews from the world of rowing take each other on in races along the River Thames next to Henley Bridge.

Crews of all abilities, from Olympians to amateur oarsmen will travel along a one-mile 550-yard course whilst thousands of spectators soak up the action from the river banks.

Then, when it all comes to close, the crowds and participants take over the many bars and temporary clubs that line the River Thames.

The five-day event attracts thousands of visitors from across the globe, as well as racing clubs and crews from the likes of Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Netherlands, France, USA, China and Canada.

Prestigious university outfits such as Harvard, Yale and Princeton, Melbourne and Durham will also be racing.

On the Wednesday and Thursday, crews will race in heats in a bid to qualify for the quarter-finals on Friday. Those who progress will then face off for a place in the semi-finals on Saturday with the aim of making those all-important finals on Sunday.

Tickets are available online from the Royal Regatta website with prices starting at £27 for tickets to the enclosure on Wednesday and Thursday, £38 Friday or Saturday and £34 on Sunday.

Visitors can also access most of the river bank for free to catch a glimpse of the rowers or even just soak up the atmosphere.