Open Water Swimming

Open Water Swimming

Immerse yourself in one of the most famous Rivers in the world and witness the rush of endorphins involved in open water swimming.

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🛏️Recommended accommodation:


Danesfield House Hotel and Spa

The Hand and Flowers

Cliveden House

🏹Other Country Activities and Sports:

- Game Shooting

- Clay Pigeon Shooting

- Archery

- Cycling through the English Countryside

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The Thrill of Open Water Swimming

Open water swimming has really taken off over the last few years. Sport England said that in 2019 over four million people took the plunge in rivers and lakes across the country.

Open water swimming has taken place in Henley since around the 1890's and since hosts four events throughout the summer months.

Alternatively, if you are new to open water swimming and would like to take to the waters with a trusted guide, there are areas of the river where you can avoid both rowers and boats alike.


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The Henley Swim Events 2020

28th June 2020: Selkie Henley Classic

The Selkie Henley Classic is a 2.1-km endurance upstream River Thames swimming event, held at sunrise over the Henley Royal Regatta course.


12th July 2020: Henley Swim Festival

A weekend for all the family! Hosting a variety of multiple-distance courses, taster sessions and chance to swim with elite level competitors. In addition to the swimming events, the festival village hosts live music, yoga and spectator entertainment.


25th July 2020: Club to Pub

The Club to Pub is a summer 1.5-km evening swim taking place in the heart of Henley finishing with a BBQ and drinks at the historic Angel on the Bridge.


16th August 2020: Thames Marathon

The Thames Marathon, longest of all events is a 14-km long-distance swimming marathon from Henley on Thames to Marlow



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A job well done! I hope this message brings a smile to your face in knowing your efforts and care had an amazing impact on making lasting memories of our English experience in the country.

A Kleber

We had a truly amazing experience! Every detail was attended to and the whole adventure was complete perfection. Much thanks to you for dealing with all of our schedule changes and moving parts.

C Beck

Thank you so much for organising such a splendid and successful day on Friday last, we and all our guests so much enjoyed the day and experience.

D Marcuse

I would recommend you to anyone, your service cannot be faulted

Ian Clout

Everything was splendid. We very much appreciate your fast action in setting up the day. Could not have enjoyed ourselves more thanks to you.

J Cunningham