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Out and about in Henley

Henley-on-Thames is set amongst the Chiltern countryside and is best known for its annual Royal Regatta first held in 1839 and has been held each year with the only exceptions being during the two world wars. It starts at Temple Island and finishes at Henley Bridge and brings teams of rowers from all over the world in early July - a fantastic day out and about in Henley to absorb a fascinating pastime as well as a splendid opportunity to people watch. In 2008 Henley Royal Regatta will take place from Wednesday 2nd July to Sunday 6th July.

Following the regatta there is the Henley Festival and in 2008 this is being held from the 9th – 13th July and features such singers as Alfie Boe, Natasha Marsh and Lesley Garrett. A range of restaurants will offer a selection of food and drink during the five evenings or you can even order a picnic. During the festival there will be roving artists to entertain you plus art and sculpture exhibited and not forgetting spectacular fireworks displays.

Out and about in Henley you can spend a leisurely day on the river by hiring a small boat or relax on the pleasure boats that operate on the river. Then take time in the local riverside park off Mill Meadows and at the rear of the park, the River and Rowing Museum where there are statues of the famous rowers Sir Steve Redgrave and Matthew Pinsent.

In the town of Henley-on-Thames there is the historic St. Mary’s Church, Town Hall and lively market square on market day. There are a range of shops, pubs, restaurants for all tastes, antique shops, art galleries and fashion shops in the town.

When staying in Henley-on-Thames you will be spoilt for choice with good hotels such as the Red Lion Hotel. This is a privately owned hotel offering personal hospitality and the Red Lion is situated at the foot of the Henley Bridge and overlooks the river and ideal for that perfect relaxing weekend away.

There are also a wide variety of guest houses in Henley-on-Thames most within a short walk of the town and river but be sure to book well in advance especially during their extra busy month of July.

In the surrounding countryside of Henley-on-Thames there are a number of top quality golf courses offering golf for the beginner right through to the more experienced golfer.

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