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Watching the racing

Welcome to National Schools Regatta.

We run the regatta to give a safe and fun racing experience to as many junior athletes as possible .  The families and friends who come to watch are an important part of creating the ‘NSR’ atmosphere of competition and fair play. This page is where you will find everything you need to know to watch the rowing at National Schools Regatta.  Please do bring picnics, please do bring GAS barbecues (only gas) and please do cheer and shout for your school, club and crews.  Share your transport too! Just please remember there is no cycling up and down the course. Doing so will result in your crew being disqualified.  We don’t want to spoil your fun we want to run a safe regatta for competitors and spectators alike.

Important Information for Spectators

Gate opening times (to be confirmed):

Friday: 7:30am
Saturday: 6:00am.
Sunday: 6:30am.

Please do not arrive ahead of time as this blocks traffic on Court Lane.


Parking is not free at National Schools Regatta.  We keep the cost of parking to a minimum.  We do not run the regatta to make a profit and we use the parking fee to pay for the course facilities and regatta costs.  Please do share parking whenever you can.  The price is per car and not per visitor.


£20 per vehicle per day. Passes can be purchased only on arrival, cash only.

When you arrive, you will be directed to parking spaces. Disabled parking is available but limited.

Club and Schools’ marquees:

Please see the marquees page for this information. If you wish to drop food and tables off at a marquee, each school will be given 2 special passes to do so (They do not give admittance to the site).


Catering outlets will open at 9am on Friday and 8am on Saturday and Sunday.


The draw will be available on the 20th of May 2018.

Clothing stalls:

There is official NSR kit for sale (Get there early to avoid disappointment as there is always a high demand and stock runs out fast).

Waste and Recycling:

We are looking into ways to make NSR 2018 more environmentally friendly.  We ask that everyone uses re-useable water bottles as much as possible at the regatta and please take your picnic rubbish home with you.