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Boaters Enclosure
Temple Island Meadows

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  • 60 / 100
    Hospitality Critic
    Review Score

Boaters Enclosure is a relatively new facility, established in 2016, which offers a superb corporate setting in which to entertain important clients and guests.

Thanks to its enviable position within Temple Island Meadows Boaters Enclosure enjoys views of Temple Island and the starting line of the racing.

Guests will also enjoy live music from Rich Austin, whose vocal talents perfectly suit the occasion, as well as relishing in a beautiful four-course fine-dining experience.




Rating: Good

Plus

  • Views of the Racing at the Start of the Race
  • VIP Hostess Service

Minus

  • No Access to the Stewards’ Enclosure
  • Champagne Extra Cost after the Reception
  • No Riverboat Cruise

Key Points

Location Temple Island Meadows, at the Start of the Course, Overlooking Temple Island
Side of River Thames Berkshire Station
Catering
  • 4-Course Fine Dining
  • Cheese Board
  • Afternoon Tea
Drinks
  • Champagne & Canapé Reception
  • Complimentary Bar (Beers, Wines & Soft Drinks)
  • Daily Gin Cocktails - Mixologists on Site
Parking Reserved Parking
Price Guide from £249
Price Rating £££

Package Content

Location

Temple Island Meadows, at the Start of the Course, Overlooking Temple Island

Viewing

Riverside Views

Car Parking

Reserved Parking

Private Table/Facility Size

Reserved Table

Reception Drink

Champagne & Canapé Reception

Bar Inclusions

  • Complimentary Bar
  • Beers, Wines & Soft Drinks
  • Daily Gin Cocktails - Mixologists on Site

Main Meal

  • 4-Course Fine Dining
  • Cheese Board

Additional Catering

Afternoon Tea

Audio Visual

Large TV's Showing Coverage of the Wimbledon Championships

Extra Inclusions

  • Live Music Performance
  • Exclusive Garden Area
  • Option to Upgrade to Chinawhite Access on Friday & Saturday

Our in-depth article will tell you everything you need to know.

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Boaters Enclosure Hospitality Critic Review

Introduction

The Boaters Enclosure is a hospitality facility that is situated along the Berkshire bank of the River Thames, at the start of the Regatta course (directly opposite the tree-lined section of Temple Island, the small island, eyot). The land is owned and administered by the Copas Partnership, which has a long association with Henley going back to the turn of the 20th century. There are several hospitality villages on this stretch of the river, the Boaters Enclosure occupies a nice location. Although this is an unofficial hospitality village it is of much less importance than other events as Henley does not require admission tickets, and the facility can be judged solely on the standard of its hospitality.

Location

The village is located on the Temple Island Meadows, which are beautifully maintained meadows located on one of the most picturesque stretches of the River Thames, at the start of the Regatta Course. This Berkshire Bank location is on the same side of the river as the Stewards’ Enclosure (which is a mile upriver at the end of the course). The Boaters Enclosure is located just up from the start of the race, however, it is not quite far enough along the course for you to enjoy the views of the beautiful temple folly of Temple Island, instead, your view is of the tree-lined section of the island. (Please note that a public footpath runs along the riverbank so your view may be slightly obscured by passing pedestrians).

Facility/Décor

The hospitality village has standard modern marquees, with pretty lawned gardens defined with white picket fencing. The communal garden area is a relaxed environment with garden furniture.

Private Tables

Private tables are available for 10 guests in the restaurant facility, smaller groups will need to share a table.

Admission

An admission badge to the Boaters Enclosure is included, however, generally there are no tickets required to watch the Regatta. The facility does not include admission into the Stewards’ Enclosure; however, it is situated at the other end of the course anyway.

Catering

Catering is a key element of your day at Henley. On arrival morning coffee & pastries are served, followed by canapés, you can then look forward to a 4-course plated luncheon including a cheeseboard. Later in the day, you can enjoy Afternoon Tea.

 

Guests in the Boaters Enclosure

Drinks

There is a Champagne reception, and the bar is complimentary including beers, wines, selected spirits, cocktails, and soft drinks. Please note that Champagne is an extra charge after the reception.

Riverboat Cruise

There is no riverboat Cruise option available with this facility.

Service

There is a VIP hostess service, which greatly enhances the drinks service.

Entertainment

There is live musical entertainment during the day.

Audio-Visual

There are a few TV monitors which enable you to keep a track on other sporting events taking place, notably Wimbledon.

Car Parking

Reserved car parking is available close to the hospitality facility.

Extras

Programmes are not included in the package.

Ratings Understand our scoring
60 / 100
Location
Catering
Admission
Drinks
Facility
Riverboat Cruise
Service
Entertainment
Car Parking
Audio-Visual
Extras
Total 60/100
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Dress Code

The Stewards’ Enclosure requires gentlemen to wear lounge suits, or jackets/blazers with flannels and a tie or cravat, ladies are required to wear dresses or skirts with a hemline below the knee. Outside of the enclosure, the atmosphere is less formal though most dress up, wearing club blazers and other rowing apparel.

Getting There

Please allow extra time to enter car parks near the Regatta due to security measures and the one-way system in place during the Regatta which is indicated by signs. The main taxi drop point during the Regatta is on the main road, just a short walk from the enclosures.

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