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Visit Henley-on-Thames – More Than Just A Great Regatta!

Henley-on-Thames will always be synonymous with its magnificent Royal Regatta – and we strongly recommend that you attend!

But don’t despair if you’re unable to make this year’s fabulous rowing regatta (June 28 to July 2 2017)…because there are plenty of other excellent reasons to visit this beautiful Victorian town.

Events In Henley

Midsomer Murders fans will recognise plenty of filming locations in Henley which doubles as Causton in this long-running and much-loved TV detective series.

Locations for filming have included include Gabriel Machin’s butcher shop, Tudor House antiques and The Argyll pub.

Midsomer Murders guided walks take place every Saturday (11am) until October 28 2017 (excluding July 1).

Other events include:

  • Barbara Rae Silkscreens exhibition at the Bohun Gallery (10am-5pm) until April 29 2017
  • Henley Arts Trail (10am-5pm, April 29 to May 2 2017) at the Old Fire Station Gallery (Venue 1)
  • May Fayre (noon-5pm, May 1 2017) in Henley Market Place.
  • Take to the water at Henley Sailing Club Open Day, May 13 (2pm-5pm) – enjoy this stunning stretch of the River Thames, courtesy of an experienced club member
  • Film On A Farm outdoor cinema – see the 007 movie Spectre under the stars! June 2 2017. Gates open at 7pm. Pick your spot, pull up a straw bale and enjoy the catering before the film starts at 9pm.

Cruise Along The Thames

You’re never far from the river in Henley and the temptation to venture out on the Thames is irresistible!

Hobbs of Henley and Salters Steamers both run cruises or you can hire a range of watercraft including punts, rowing boats to Edwardian launches – even the Olympic launches built to transport VIPs for London 2012!

Back on dry land there’s the River & Rowing Museum – voted one of the 50 best museums in the world by The Times. Opened in 1998, it won RIBA Building of the Year.

Children especially will love the EH Shepard Wind In The Willows illustrations brought to life with narrated 3D models in walk-through tableaux.

Retail Therapy In Henley

Picturesque Henley boasts a great selection of charming independent shops. Browse in style – they offer everything from antiques, antiquarian books and art to handmade chocolates and cards.

Download the Henley Trail which guides you around all the town’s historic buildings. You’ll find plenty of detail on 21 key locations throughout the town.

And even if you’re not planning to do the circular walk, the map is a handy guide to lots of useful landmarks – including parking and picnic spots – so it’s well worth downloading a copy.

Getting To Henley

Henley is only 4.7 miles from The Olde Bell Inn – around 10 minutes by car. Find out more here about where to park in Henley.

The town also has a rail station served by First Great Western. There are branch line services from Twyford and connections from Reading and London Paddington.

For more information about booking a great weekend break in and around Henley, contact The Olde Bell Inn.

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