The arts thrive in Henley with many local societies dedicated to cultural pursuits. Famous cultural icons include George Harrison (Music), Dusty Springfield (Music), George Orwell (Poet) and John Piper (Artist). if you are visiting there are a few which you should take the time to visit.
There are several art galleries in the town with exhibitions and objects ranging from the local artist showcase at The Old Fire Station Gallery and Artistry Gallery to contemporary images at the Lemongrove, Amber Gallery and Jack’s Gallery. The River and Rowing Museum also exhibit modern British including Peter Blake, John Piper and Julian Trevelyan.
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 with 3 intimate screens, delicious snacks and a cafe.
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 and the new Green Room hosts Jamming Nights and showcases incredible local talent regularly. For details of events planned across the town 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 Arts Trail – MAY
A vibrant and inclusive celebration of art and creativity.
This is a free Art event like no other, where you can discover the work of over 200 talented artists while exploring the beautiful town of Henley on Thames and the surrounding villages.
Henley Festival – JULY
Five wonderful evenings of music, comedy and culture on the bank of the river Thames including the iconic floating stage. Previous performers have included Tom Jones, Sting, Katherine Jenkins, Elton Jones and Westlife.
More than just boats! Alongside an incredible host of vintage boats including Dunkirk survivors. This event has antiques, delicious food and live music to entertain the whole family.
Christmas Festival – NOVEMBER
Late night shopping, market stalls, fairground rides, live music and much more. This is the night that the Christmas lights get turned on and Henley starts getting festive across the town.