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Spectator Information



We are delighted to welcome you to National Schools' Regatta, the UK's premiere junior rowing event. Whether you are a first time supporter or a returning rowing fan, you will be assured of a warm welcome and a wonderful three days of exciting racing.


Eton College Dorney Lake, off Court Lane, Lake End Road, Dorney, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 6QR  

➔ Dorney Lake is situated 5 mins from the M4 Junction 7.

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Dorney Gate opening times: 

  • 06.00 to 21.00 Friday 24th May

  • 06.00 to 21.00  Saturday  25th and Sunday 26th May

For the duration of the 3-day event a temporary traffic order has been applied for to prohibit vehicles parking on Court Lane.

The road will be marshalled and anyone found to be parking on the restricted highway will be liable to be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice or your vehicle may be towed away.

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Please do not park on local roads, including Marsh Lane, Court Lane and Boveney Road. 

  • Entry to and exit from the Dorney Lake site must only be made via Lake End Road (B3026) only.

  • Once on-site, drivers must follow the instructions of Marshals who will direct traffic to the appropriate parking facilities.

  • All drivers must observe the posted speed limits and ensure that extreme care is taken in pedestrian areas.

  • Cars, motorcycles etc MUST NOT drive along on either side of the course following crews or races.

  • Anyone arriving by bicycle will be required to lock it up near the entrance gate. There is no general cycling on the site.


Dropping off Competitors


  • Drivers transporting competitors will need to identify themselves at the entrance and will be directed to park on the Drove Road which is located on the south side of Dorney Lake.

  • There is no charge for parking in this area.

  • If drivers wish to park on the north side of the Dorney Lake to view the racing a parking ticket will need to be purchased in advance, but there is no charge for parking on the Drove Road which is available subject to space. 


  • The Regatta Organising Committee can take no responsibility for equipment left overnight. All equipment must be removed from the site at the end of racing on Sunday night. 

Watching the Regatta 

  • Please note, Time Trials which happen each morning are held over different distances. 

  • Please look at the Circulation Pattern as this will give you the best indication as to where to spectate. 

Further information

Watch Live: 

National Schools’ Regatta is delighted to provide junior rowing fans a Live Stream service.  For the 2024 regatta, National Schools’ Regatta is teaming up with GiggaBox, a leading sports event and content production company.  Giggabox will provide its innovative SportCAST technology to the National Schools’ Regatta for the first time – taking the event to a whole new level.  The Live Stream will cover all racing for the full 3 days, so there will be no reason to miss the qualification events or the side by side racing.  


Spectators and junior rowing fans will be able to watch the action and listen to the expert Commentary Team, led by Robert Treharne-Jones.  The Commentary Team are first class and will be able to provide an informed and entertaining descriptive of all the events. 



Important Notes for Spectators:

  • There is No pedestrian access to the boating area OR to the island between the main lake and warm-up lake.

  • Spectators are NOT PERMITTED  to cycle on the site (coaches will have permits for the south, island, side).

  • Drones are NOT PERMITTED at any time during the Regatta.

  • Only Dorney Lake services are permitted to sell food on the site, this is a contractual agreement between the NSR and Dorney Lake.

  • Open Fires are NOT PERMITTED. You may however use a gas barbeque subject to your own risk assessment.

  • Please ensure you separate any rubbish from material for recycling and place it only in the bins provided. Please consider taking litter home.

  • Dogs must be kept on a lead, and under control, at all times.

Safeguarding and Child Protection

  • The Regatta has appointed a Child Welfare Officer whose duties include understanding and implementing, where appropriate, the British Rowing Safeguarding and Protecting Children Policy.

  • The CWO may be contacted in advance or during the regatta via . On the day radio / phone contact details are available via Race Control, any Race Official or member of the onsite team.

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