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.

Galleries

There are numerous art galleries in the town with diverse exhibitions and objects ranging from the local artist showcase at The Old Fire Station Gallery to contemporary images at the Lemongrove and modern British (including Peter Blake, John Piper and Julian Trevelyan) at the Bohun.

To get the most from Henley’s galleries download the Henley Gallery Trail which gives you a complete list, taking you on an easy walking tour.

Cinema

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 and listings can be found if you click on the link above.

Kenton Theatre

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 performances 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 – New in 2015 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 riverside

Henley Fringe – Two weeks prior to Edinburgh many acts hone their material in Henley

Rewind Festival – Relive 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

Brakspear Festival – A week of music guaranteed to get you tapping your feet and snapping your fingers

Living Advent Calendar – A live performance somewhere in Henley every night during Advent

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Upcoming Events...

Midsomer Murder Tours around the town of Henley

Henley on Thames, RG9 2AQ

Date(s): 24/02/2019 - 31/12/2019

Time:12:00 am


One Hour Cruises - Hobbs of Henley

Hobbs of Henley, The Boat House, Station Road, Henley on Thames, RG9 1AZ

Date(s): 01/04/2019 - 30/09/2019

Time:12:00 am


Midsomer Cruises with Vintage Afternoon Tea

Hobbs of Henley, The Boat House, Station Road, Henley on Thames, RG9 1AZ

Date(s): 01/05/2019 - 25/09/2019

Time:12:00 am


Vintage Themed Afternoon Tea Cruise

Hobbs of Henley, The Boat House, Station Road, Henley on Thames, RG9 1AZ

Date(s): 19/05/2019 - 22/09/2019

Time:01:30 pm - 04:30 pm


Bears! Exhibition at the River and Rowing Museum

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

Date(s): 03/08/2019 - 03/11/2019

Time:10:00 am - 05:00 pm


Fairmile Vineyard Public Open Days

Fairmile Vineyard, Fairmile, Henley on Thames, RG9 2LA

Date(s): 21/09/2019 - 22/09/2019

Time:10:00 am - 05:00 pm