Recurring Events

City Barge organises several of its own events each year and takes part in other organisations events as well. Some recur on our programme each year. These are mainly:

Saturday Rowing

Saturdays, Oxford

Members meet each Saturday morning, in Oxford, at Longbridges boathouse for a rowing outing. We give instruction to beginners and improvers. Others improve their fitness for outings elsewhere. This takes place all year round unless the river is flowing too fast.

The Vogalonga

May, Venice

A 32 kilometer international rally round the Venetian lagoon. Usually attended by a coxed four, several Venetian rowers, and some supporters. 30 members travel to Venice for the event each year.

Downstream Row

July, Thames

A row of several days duration from Lechlade, downstream, to Benson or Henley. Three or four boats attend, and about eight rowers, sitting and standing. The group stops at lunchtime each day for a meal at a pub or a picnic.

AGM and Lunch

February, usually in Henley

An organisational necessity, but accompanied by a pleasant social and fundraising meal. The annual programme is presented, awards are given. The event is usually attended by 40 members and guests.

Henley Royal Regatta

June/July, Henley

Many members attend each year, on land and in their boats. The shallop sometimes attends. There is often a picnic near the start at Sunday lunchtime.

Countryside Live

September, River Lea, London

Takes place behind Stratford Ice Rink alongside the River Lea at Lea Valley Park. The shallop and crew attend, and give rides to inner London school children and their teachers. Many of the children think we are the best thing they do during the day.

Lord Mayors Show

November, tidal Thames, London

The shallop attends and joins a flotilla of about thirty traditional shallops, row barges and cutters. The new Lord Mayor of London, and his entourage, are on board the Royal Rowbarge, “Gloriana”. The route goes from Westminster Boating Base in Pimlico to the Tower of London. The mayor is then taken to his inauguration at the Lord Mayors Show.

Tudor Pull

April, Tidal Thames, London

A ritual re-enactment of carrying a trophy from Hampton Court to the Tower of London. Rowers dress in period costume and shallops, cutters, and similar craft attend.

The Great River Race

September, Tidal Thames, London

Approximately 330 boats/2,400 rowers take part in the race which starts from the Isle of Dogs, and goes upstream with the tide to Ham about 22 miles. The Shallop sometimes takes part, but club members appear in various other boats too. The Shallop is a slow and stately craft, but a handicap enables us not to be outclassed. It’s a wonderful way to see London from the river.

Christmas Dinner

December, usually Moulsford

A purely social evening often held at the Beatle & Wedge, Moulsford, on the Thames near Goring (accommodation available). Over 30 members and guests attend.