Over 150 boats have applied to take part in a Thames pageant to mark the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta

Registration is open until the end of February



Earlier we wrote:

Registration is now open for a pageant celebrating the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta.

The flotilla will sail from Hurley in Berkshire to Runnymede over two days – June 13 and 14.

A copy of the Magna Carta created by local children will be carried by boats  in a relay.

Thames Alive which is organising the event with local councils of Windsor and Maidenhead and Runnymede, said: “The main part of the pageant from up river will be rowed and /or paddled craft although there are opportunities for motor or steam craft to join in at certain points.

“The final section will be a spectacular assembly of craft escorting the document to Runnymede.”

There is some doubt over the exact spot where the document was signed by King John in 1215. There is a suggestion that it could have been sealed at a site opposite  the present Runnymede meadows.

A ferry service will run across the river between Runnymede Pleasure Grounds and Ankerwyke on the 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.  

Applications to take part in the pageant are open between now and February 28, and if accepted, an entry fee is payable.The fee will be a flat rate for adult crews of £60 per boat and for the juniors, under 18-years-old, £40 per boat.

Links to more information:

Thames Alive website

Registration page

More on Magna Carta celebrations:

The event has the support of the main Magna Carta 800th Celebrations Committee, which is encouraging people and local authorities around the country to have their own celebration.

Updated details released on January 5th:

The pageant will comprise of a 12 core rowing boat flotilla of historic rowing boats including the Gloriana .  All the occupants will be dressed in authentic medieval  costumes and the flotilla will carry a facsimile of the Magna  Carta on the river Journey to Runnymede. 

Several short plays will be performed by professional actors en-route to Runnymede over two days: riverside locations include Hurley, Bisham, Cookham. Cliveden, Bray, Oakley Court near Windsor, the Brocas at Eton, and the Bells of Ouzeley at Old Windsor,

On the afternoon of Sunday June 14th  the plan is for a buoyed channel to be set between Magna Carta Island and the Runnymede Pleasure Grounds for a ‘procession of boats through the ages’.  The Gloriana is expected to lead that procession.

Link to our earlier story on the pageant.

Story dated Jan 5th 2015