Situated next to the River Thames the festival is quite unique in that the main stage floats on the water itself. Unlike other major festivals Henley caters for a more glamorous black tie affair, the music pulling heavily from classical and jazz.
With two more stages and a comedy tent the festival is still quite an eclectic mix, there’s music for the purists whilst Nigel Kennedy and Jamie Cullum have opened the classic appeal to the masses. Elton John has felt at home playing on the main stage, whilst comedians have included Pub Landlord Al Murray and more surreal the Boy With Tape on His Face.
Nearest airport is Heathrow, situated 20 miles away and can be reached in less than half an hour by car. Tickets for the event are available once line-up is announced, prices vary dependent on your seating plan. Gates open at 6pm with general admission at £35 each day, the better seats are available between £60 and £90 whilst entry to the grandstand viewing can cost up to £200.
One of the main things to note about Henley Festival is it’s a far cry from Glastonbury, operating a strict black tie dress code policy, so no jeans and t-shirts allowed here. Ensure you check who’s playing which area, as the general admission tickets may not guarantee you entry to performances on the floating stage due to limited space.
If you are visiting for the Henley Festival, choose from a wide range of private rentals, houses and apartments near Henley on Thames. If you are looking to rent in the town itself, or the surrounding area it is easy to travel to the festival from Henley Town Centre which is only a ten-minute walk. Check our accommodation in Henley-on-Thames.
When visiting for the regatta, make the most of your time by visiting Grey’s Court or Stonor Park with it’s beautiful gardens and historic country home. If you fancy practicing your own rowing skills take a kayak or canoe out on the river, visit the Chiltern Valley Winery and Brewery or enjoy the nearby peaceful Warburg Nature Reserve.
For more information about Henley Festival: Booking tickets, line-ups, previous programme of events, details on food and drink at Henley Festival and photo gallery of previous years check the official site here.