Spotlight on… Henley-on-Thames

Henley on Thames is a historic town situated adjacent to the River Thames and in the picturesque Chilterns. Henley is a charming mix of medieval, Georgian and Victorian architecture. The layout of the central streets have not changed since the town was first established. Today, Henley is a perfect destination for a romantic break, in one of the most picturesque parts of the country.

Did you know?

The award winning film the Social Network, based on the story of Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg, features scenes filmed in Henley. The scene is a re-enactment of the victory by the Dutch crew Hollandia Roeiclub over Harvard University, in the Henley Regattas main event for mens eights. In the film losing the event was the catalyst for twin brothers Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss to sue Facbook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg.

Where is it?

Henley is situated in the picturesque Chiltern hills south of Oxford, and on the River Thames before It reaches London.

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What is there to do?

Henley on Thames guided walks

Curious to learn about Henley? Then explore and discover Henley on a historically informative and entertaining treasure hunt themed self guide walk.

The first Oxford v Cambridge University boat race and the world famous Henley Regatta, plus superb river and rowing museums, the music and art festivals, amazing parks and exquisite architecture all make for exciting walks around this beautiful area.

Warburg Nature Reserve

This nature reserve in the Chilterns is a great place to explore the outdoors for all the family. There is a resident warden to help with any queries, plus there are wildlife explorer packs you can borrow. These packs include trail notes, games and spotter sheets with different wildlife to look out for. This nature reserve is great to visit all year round, in the summer you can spot blooming orchids and rare butterflies. In the winter you can spot all types of fungi and magical looking frost.

Skiplex Indoor Ski Slope

Skiplex is a great family day out; it’s the perfect place to master your skills before the all exiting trip to the mountains. The Skiplex Ski Academy is a great introduction to skiing for kids, whether they are beginners or already storming the slopes. Skiplex provides all equipment, so there is no need to buy any. Just a thick pair of sock and a warm jumper and you’re ready to go.

What to Eat?

Why not visit Shaun Dickens at the Boathouse next to the river Thames for some some amazing food in the heart of Henley? The restaurant offers a wonderful lunch and dinner menu with a wide selection of modern interpretations of British classics and of course in the summer the terrace provides a stunning vista of the river.

Best time to visit?

The Henley Royal Regatta is a world famous rowing event where thousands of visitors flock to Henley each year to watch crews from across the world compete in more than 200 races. A wide range of rowers from Olympic champions to amateur races all watched by well-dressed spectators, elaborate boats and a vibrant night-life makes the regatta a great time to visit.

Where to stay?

Inviting Oxford Cottage

This beautiful holiday cottage enjoys a unique location amongst the Chiltern Hills near Greys Green Golf Course. The property boasts a cosy, rustic interior with beautiful modern touches. It’s the ultimate Oxfordshire home-from-home and enjoys a large garden with with lounge chairs and patio areas. Boasting a homely open fire – it’s also a handy 1 mile from the nearest pub!

Located just 2 miles west of Henely, this lovely cottage is the perfect base for a family or group of friends to explore the heart of England.

Bedrooms 1 | Sleeps 2 |

14th October for 7 nights = £354

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