Molesey Amateur Regatta was founded in July 1867 and, except for the war years, one excessive stream year and 2020, has been held every year since then. It is one of the landmark regattas in the British rowing calendar and social scene.

The Regatta takes place in a lovely setting beside the River Thames, just upstream from Hampton Church. It is a two day event on the third weekend in July.

On the north bank are the two landmarks which have always symbolised the Regatta. Hampton Church built in 1342 and rebuilt in 1831 and, a few yards downstream, Garrick’s Temple to Shakespeare, built in 1756.

The Regatta offers a good day’s entertainment to Friends and their guests. Its amenities include a bar, home-made teas and refreshments, live music, a children’s fairground, preordered champagne picnics – all within sight and sound of racing on the river

One of the main reasons for being or becoming a Friend is to help the Regatta financially – having the feeling of giving support to something worthwhile and gaining a feeling of belonging. The Regatta would not have passed its 150th anniversary without friends. Inevitably and sadly we lose friends every year.

However there are other benefits too. For an annual subscription of £20, you will receive:

  • Free parking on Molesey Hurst on Regatta days.
  • A free programme showing who is racing and when.
  • A swing card badge.
  • An automatic entry into a draw for lunch for two at Mezzet in Bridge Road, East Molesey.
  • For a further £10, an attractive Friends tie.
  • Your name in the programme.

If you are interested in becoming a Friend, please email your details to Robert Nesbitt, Friends’ Secretary will contact you to arrange payment.

The Regatta account is 20-90-56 40677833.