Magna Carta River Pageant/ Relay – 13th and 14th June


Thames Alive is organising a River Relay from Hurley Riverside to Runnymede Pleasure Ground over two days, 13th and 14th June, carrying a facsimile of the Magna Carta, created for the Windsor & Royal Borough Museum by young people in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.

About 195 craft are taking part including The Queen’s Row Barge Gloriana, the Queen’s Shallop Jubilant, the Draper’s Company Shallop Royal Thamesis and the Waterman’s Company Shallop Lady Mayoress.

A copy of the Magna Carta will be transported downstream by 23 charter bearers, and playlets will be acted out at seven locations along the route, telling the story of the build-up to the sealing of the document. The Gloriana will head downstream first, ahead of the main flotilla.  The charter bearers are 23 local people from across the Windsor and Maidenhead and Runnymede areas.

A few of the boats taking part in the relay will stop at several points along the river allowing visitors to see the boats.  There are many locations along the route whereby visitors can view all the boats of the relay as they travel past and down to Runnymede.

The main part of the relay 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.

For full timings and details on the Relay as well as where to see the boats along the river and the seven locations for the playlets see Thames Alive’.

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