Culture

The arts thrive in Henley with many local societies dedicated to cultural pursuits, however if you are visiting there are a few which you should take the time to visit.  Most of them are sadly closed due to Covid - but please do continue to support them whilst they create things online. 

Galleries

There are several art galleries in the town with exhibitions and objects ranging from the local artist showcase at The Old Fire Station Gallery to contemporary images at the Lemongrove and Jacks Gallery. The River and Rowing Museum also exhibit  modern British (including Peter Blake, John Piper and Julian Trevelyan). Our newcomer to the town is Informality situated Market Place. They have a programme of events and opening nights, which you can access further details from their website informality.co.  

 

Cinema

Currently closed.  It is rare now for a small town to have its own cinema. Saved for the town in a campaign led by the late Beatle George Harrison, Henley’s cinema was rebuilt after the redevelopment of the site by Waitrose in the early 1990’s. It is called the Regal Cinema.

Kenton Theatre

Currently closed but being creative online.  One of the oldest working theatre’s in the country the Kenton puts on an eclectic mix of amateur and professional performances, including musicals, comedy, ballet and music in an auditorium dating back to 1805.

Concerts & performances

Henley has a number of choirs and a highly regarded symphony orchestra. There is also a thriving music scene with live music to be found in many of the local pubs. Brakspear’s Festival every November gets the whole town jumping. For details of events planned see the What’s On pages.

Festivals & Events

Henley is a town of festivals. Throughout the year there is something for everyone, including international music stars, famous writers and edgy comedians. Below is a list of Henley’s main cultural events:

Henley House & Garden Show – Over 40 exhibitors and inspirational talks

Henley Arts Trail – Brilliant exhibitions throughout the town and surrounding area

Henley Festival – Five wonderful evenings of music, comedy and culture on the rivers

Rewind Festival – Re-live the 1980’s in the biggest celebration of music from the decade in the country

Henley Literary Festival – One of the best in the country with well-known authors from all genres telling their tales

Living Advent Calendar – A live performance somewhere in Henley every night during Advent - on hold for this year.  You will see the Digital Advent Calendar created to support traders in Henley this December 2020.  Please Support Henley in these challenging times. 

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Upcoming Events...

Elf Trail for Children

Date(s): 01/12/2020 - 22/12/2020

Time:10:00 am - 06:00 pm


The Henley Lions - Santa's Sleigh

Date(s): 02/12/2020 - 17/12/2020

Time:06:00 pm - 08:00 pm


Christmas Late Night Shopping in Henley 2020

Henley on Thames Town Centre, RG9 2AQ

Date(s): 03/12/2020 - 17/12/2020

Time:05:00 pm - 07:30 pm


Festive Afternoon Tea at Hobbs of Henley

Hobbs of Henley, Station Road, Henley on Thames, RG9 1AZ

Date(s): 05/12/2020 - 06/12/2020

Time:01:30 pm - 04:30 pm


Fawley's Railway Nativity and Christmas Market

Fawley Railway, Fawley nr Henley on Thames, RG9 6JA

Date(s): 06/12/2020 - 06/12/2020

Time:11:15 am - 06:00 pm


The Colourful World of David McKee at the River and Rowing Museum

River and Rowing Museum, Henley on Thames, RG9 1BF

Date(s): 10/12/2020 - 14/03/2021

Time:10:00 am - 04:00 pm


Regular events...

Henley's Markets

The Farmers Market takes place in Henley Market Place the 2nd Saturday, 4th Thursday and 5th Sunday (if there be one) of the month.

Every Thursday the Charter Market can be found in the Market Place.