Henley-on-Thames

Adjacent to the River Thames, Henley is overlooked by a beautiful Chiltern landscape of wooded hills and green fields.

The town was first described in the 12th century and is until today considered as one of the most beautiful English market towns with many interesting historical buildings. Its historic St Mary’s Church, the Town Hall, the market square, many local shops, plus its own theatre/cinema, mean Henley is a delightful place for mooching about.

Best known for its annual Royal Regatta, Henley attracts some of the world’s finest rowers. Why not enjoy your own boat trip down the Regatta course and stop off at the town’s award-winning River and Rowing Museum.

The stretch of river between the regatta finish and Henley Bridge is the location for the annual Henley Festival of Music and Arts. Now a popular hospitality venue, it attracts some of the world’s top entertainers to perform on a floating stage in front of a dinner-jacketed audience; as well as holding exhibitions of art and sculpture.

Henley is 25 miles south-east of Oxford and there are delightful walks around the town, leading you along the Thames Path and up into the Chiltern Hills for wonderful views of the Thames Valley.

Visit the Henley-on-Thames Tourist Information Centre and discover more about this picturesque and historic town.

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Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre – Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Richard III

Blenheim Palace
July 8 - September 7

Monday 8th July – Saturday 7th September 2019 Europe’s first ever pop-up Shakespearean Theatre. Following its highly acclaimed inaugural season in York this year, Europe’s first-ever pop up Shakespearean theatre arrives at Blenheim Palace for summer 2019. Four of William Shakespeare’s most popular plays - Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Richard III and Romeo & Juliet will transport audiences to the thrilling, intimate atmosphere of an Elizabethan playhouse, with plenty of breath-taking, spine-tingling and heart-stopping moments. The 13-sided scaffolding theatre…

Art Exhibition – Lynsey James

Owen Mumford Gallery
July 8 - August 3

Owen Mumford Gallery The Theatre 8th July-3rd August 2019 Lynsey’s work, mostly seascapes in oil on board and water based paint on paper and canvas, has evolved through observation and her love of coastal areas often inspired by the ever-changing palette of colours, unique atmosphere and dramatic beauty of the coastline. “I am eternally intrigued by the irresistible attraction that we feel to be at the sea's edge. My paintings are a celebration of the ever-changing beauty of the point…

The Mechanical Circus

Banbury Museum
July 17 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 8:00 am, repeating until September 8, 2019

Sat 25th May 2019 - Sat 7th September 2019 10:00 am - 5:00 pm £5 adult, £4 concession, £3 children (under fives free). Family ticket £14. Roll up! Roll up! The Mechanical Circus is coming to town! Go back in time with Banbury Museum and remember those idyllic childhood days of magic and curiosity, where the marvels of the fairground and circus brought imaginations to life. Mechanical Circus is a wonderfully nostalgic journey through the good old days of pre-electric entertainment. With…

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