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.
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.
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.
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.
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