How to know your Pearly Class from your Edwardian launch.
At Hobbs of Henley we’ve been renting out boats to day trippers for nearly 150 years, so we know how important it is to have boats that can meet a variety of needs. Whether you want to take a step back in time to the Edwardian era and enjoy a picnic with a group of friends, take your family for an hour-long spin in our smaller Pearly class launches or have some fun in a traditional rowing boat, we have the self-drive boat hire experience for you.
Established in 1839, Henley Regatta is of world class status and is arguably our most famed production of the year. Over the 5 day period, more than two hundred races take place in 565 boats on the 2112 metre course, attracting hundreds of thousands of spectators dressed in their finery.
Fundamentally, Henley on Thames is a town dedicated to embracing the river and it was the area in which Wind in The Willows was written and based upon – ‘’The novel is notable for its mixture of mysticism, adventure, morality and camaraderie, and celebrated for its evocation of the nature of the Thames Valley.’’