Magna Carta 800th The River Relay

Thames Alive produced Magna Carta 800th The River Relay in June 2015 as a part of the 800th anniversary celebrations of the sealing of Magna Carta. It took place on and beside the River Thames between Hurley and Runnymede and was arranged with the support of and on behalf of the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead and Runnymede Borough Council. This was a uniquely memorable weekend.

The River Relay

Thames Alive organised a River Relay from Hurley Riverside to Runnymede Pleasure Ground over two days, 13th and 14th June, carrying a facsimile of the Magna Carta.

Stopping at various points on the way we recounted the story of the Magna Carta and handed over the responsibility of carrying the document to a new relay bearer who was on board the Royal Shallop "Jubilant" and escorted by rowed craft. The flotilla continued travelling down stream with opportunities for other craft, which had had their registration confirmed to take part, to join in.

The main part of the relay from up river was rowed and/or paddled craft although there were opportunities for motor or steam craft to join in at certain points. The final section was a spectacular assembly of craft escorting the Document to Runnymede.

A full report on the event can be found on our Latest News page.


Magna Carta 800th
The River Relay

Clause 1:
The English Church shall be free.

A Partnership Between:

Windsor and Maidenhead