Magna Carta 800th The River Relay

Registration for the River Relay and Parade of Boating is now closed. Thank you for your interest. Please come along and support those boats and crews participating (see Map of the Route for details of the handover points). Due to the tight scheduling of the event and limited space at certain points afloat on the route, can we ask that if you are not participating, that you view from the Thames Path.

Magna Carta charter bearers

We are pleased to announce our charter bearers. See Latest News for full details.

Event Information

Boroughs Unite

The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead and Runnymede Borough Council are uniting to celebrate this historic occasion with a number of locally inspired events these to include a river relay, historic re-enactments and river parades culminating in the assembly of the Barons to confront King John. For information on what else is happening to celebrate this historic event follow the links:
Windsor & Maidenhead

River Relay

When registering please let us know if your craft has anything of particular interest to offer the ‘800 Years of Boating’ pageant.

Who’s Who

Are you able to carry a passenger? Who knows what VIPs might want a lift?

Historic Classes

Where there are more than six boats in a qualifying historic class we would like to know about you as that will help to plan the shape of the event.


If you have an interest in helping either on the land or on the water we would like to hear from you, and where you could be involved. Please give us your contact details and any special skills or interests which may be helpful either on or before the day.

Campsite & Hotels

Details about local accommodation can be found on the links page.


In conjunction with the National Trust we are instigating a ferry service across the River between Runnymede Pleasure Grounds and Ankerwyke (Wraysbury bank) where the ruins of the Benedictine St Mary’s Priory and a 1,000-year-old yew tree can be found. Some believe this is the location of the actual sealing, but this is not proven. This event has the approval and active support of the main Magna Carta 800th Celebrations Committee, which is encouraging people and local authorities around the country to have their own celebration, but the Runnymede name and site is iconic in the annals of history and Thames Alive is offering you the opportunity of “being there on the day”.


Thames Alive are partnering with a number of organisations to produce this historic event. More details can be found on the Partners section of the Links page.


Details of our sponsors will be added here shortly.

Boat Hire

If you are interested in entering a company crew or a non river-related sports or social club crew the following organisations may be able to help you.


Come dressed for the part in historic dress of the period.


Magna Carta 800th
The River Relay

Clause 33:
All fish weirs shall be removed from the Thames and the Medway and throughout all England, except on the coast.

A Partnership Between:

Windsor and Maidenhead