Join us on the River Thames at Henley to watch the Swan Upping ceremony

Due to the success of this event two years ago, we have arranged another day out on the River Thames on board the Hibernia to watch the annual Swan Upping carried out on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen and the Vintners’ and Dyers’ Livery Companies.

We have hired a boat to follow the swan marking as it progresses along the Thames. The ticket price includes a three course sit-down lunch with half a bottle of wine. A cash bar is available on board for other drinks. Due to the likely demand for this event, you are only able to bring one guest. A waiting list will be set up.

The colourful ceremony of Swan Upping dates from medieval times, when the Crown claimed ownership of all mute swans at a time when swans were considered an important food source for banquets and feasts. Today, the Crown retains the right to ownership of all unmarked Mute swans in open water – indeed Her Majesty still holds the formal title of “Seigneur of the Swans”. She only exercises her ownership on certain stretches of the River Thames and its surrounding tributaries. Her ownership is shared with the Vintners' and Dyers' Companies, who were both granted rights of ownership by the Crown in the fifteenth century. Nowadays, the main purpose of Swan Upping is to count and mark the swans rather than catch them to be eaten.

When and Where:

Date: Wednesday 17th July 2019

Time: Arrive NO LATER than 11.15. The Hibernia departs 11.30 sharp. Return to Henley 15.30

Meeting Place: Hobbs of Henley Ltd, Station Road, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, RG9 1AZ tel 01491 572035

Nearest station: Henley on Thames
Car parking: see map below
Dress: Smart casual

To book tickets:

Refund policy: Refund policy: NO REFUNDS
To contact the Event Director, email Edward Fulbrook on or call 07515 011 907.