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With big names in music and comedy taking to the stage, black tie events, designer dresses, celebrity chef pop up restaurants, street theatre, and dance, sculptures and fireworks planned as the finale every evening, there is something for everyone to enjoy this summer at Henley festival.

With different packages available on tickets you can choose from a day pass, a family fun day or why not go the full hog and make a weekend of it.

General admission starts from £45 with lawn and grandstand seats available, for weekend packages and other ticket choices, take a look at the website.

The gates open at 6pm each evening but with so much to see and do there we advise that you arrive early and be raring to go as soon as they do.

The festival is packed with places to visit such as the jazz garden galleries which feature work from over 6 of the major galleries in the UK. Along with this is the focus on using reusable and recyclable materials to create contemporary artworks.

If you get peckish, you have an abundance of different places to eat with celebrity chef pop up restaurants, riverside garden bistro or if you don’t fancy dining in style then there are many foods and drinks vans for you to choose from.

Troupes of entertainers are lined up to entertain guests all around the festival, witness stilt walkers and dancers, live jukeboxes and the Granny Turismo shopping trolley dance display team are set to perform.

The main entertainment takes place on the floating stage with headliners such as Boy George, Jessie J, Jo Whitley and many more providing fantastic live entertainment in the evenings.

To end the evening in style and certainly with a bang a fireworks display takes place every evening following the headline acts on the floating stage. Due to this, the times may vary

Fireworks Dates and Times:

Weds 10th July @ 10:45pm
Thursday 11th July @ 10:45pm
Friday 12th July @ 10pm
Saturday 13th July @ 10:45pm
Sunday 14th July @ 10:30pm

Titanium fireworks will produce and oversee the displays that have specially designed for the Henley Festival. With several achievements under their belts already such as the London New Year’s Eve celebrations, Edinburgh’s Hogmanay and the Liverpool River of Light you know that the fireworks spectacular will be out of this world.

The festival prides itself on creating a fantastic party atmosphere for everyone in attendance to enjoy, so if you fancy something a little more different this year why not book your tickets and visit Henley for the festival.


Fireworks and Michael Parkinson at Henley Festival

WITH John Barrowman’s new TV series for BBC1, Tonight’s the Night, currently gaining a huge fan base across the country, the best news is he’ll be performing live at this year’s Henley Festival.

Fans can still buy tickets for John’s performance on Friday, July 10, where he’ll headline a show on the Festival’s Floating Stage enticingly called Pure Gold from the Silver Screen. Other luminaries on the stage with John that night are presenter Sir Michael Parkinson and leading lady Kerry Ellis, currently heading the cast as Elphaba in Wicked. The concert will be recorded by BBC Radio 2.

Interestingly, although John Barrowman hasn’t visited the Festival before, he has his finger firmly on the Henley pulse. The opening episode of Tonight’s the Night featured celebrity guest Katherine Jenkins — the very singer who is on the Floating Stage for the 2009 Festival’s opening night.

West End star John Barrowman is a unique talent in the British entertainment industry. With a high profile on a variety of primetime TV shows on both sides of the Atlantic, his biggest breakthrough was the creation of Captain Jack Harkness in BBC’s Dr Who. The character was then memorably given his own show, Torchwood, the third series of which will return to the small screen this year.

Meanwhile, Pure Gold from the Silver Screen looks like being a massive hit for The Henley Festival and organisers expect all the best seats for his July 10 performance to go early. Says Stewart Collins, the Festival’s artistic director: “I am hugely looking forward to seeing this show and I always count my lucky stars when an artist lined up for the Festival suddenly gets further catapulted into the limelight prior to his Henley performance. All in all this should be a fabulous show what with John, the concert’s presenter Sir Michael Parkinson, West End star Kerry Ellis, the fabulous vocal outfit Cantabile, The London Quartet and the BBC Concert Orchestra. So buying tickets early for this evening is definitely recommended!”

Don’t miss the spectacular fireworks, galleries and sculpture lawns bursting with visual art and Henley’s uniquely quirky roving street artists — all included in the price of your ticket.

From the Henley Standard