Things to do in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire
It is brimming with delightful homes, flower-filled gardens, quaint shops, waterfront pubs and places of historic interest.
The town is a frequent winner of the Britain in Bloom Competition, providing a superb display of colourful blooms throughout the town.
This picturesque and delightful community is also on the edge of the Chilterns, a beautiful area in its own right.London. Much of the town's activities are still river based.
The Henley Royal Regatta is held in early July each year and draws many competing world-class rowers along with thousands of spectators of this colourful even.
Strawberries and cream, striped blazers and straw boaters (hats) and glasses of Pimm's are all an integral part of the 5-day event.
There are a host of small cafes, restaurants and tea rooms providing all types of refreshment and a resting place after exploring the town's attractions.
There is a local theatre, the Speaker's House and many historic inns.
The Red Lion has, in its time, given lodging to Charles I, Boswell and George III. It continues to offer excellent food and drinks from its riverside location.
Real ale aficionados will enjoy a tour of the Henley Brewery before sampling the local ale.
Look closely at the 18th century five-span bridge and you will see carvings of Father Thames and the water goddess, Isis.
Away from the town centre the area is surrounded by lush woodland and offers peaceful walks, particularly along the river.
The surrounding hills and woodlands offer a choice of circular walks, usually ending with refreshments at a waterfront cafe.Cliveden, home of Lady Astor and a day at Stonor House and Park.
Fawley Court and the Jacobean Greys Court are close by on the outskirts of Henley-on-Thames.Mapledurham House and Watermill are about 6 miles away, further up the Thames, giving the opportunity to discover more scenic villages and beautiful countryside along the way.
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