Now in its 32nd year, the Henley Festival - described as 'the summer's greatest party' - is held over five atmospheric July evenings on the banks of the Thames about 65 km (40 miles) from London, with visitors able to enjoy outdoor performances of music, dance and street theatre (some of them on a floating stage), visual arts displays and a firework finale accompanied by music. The Festival features the worlds of jazz, opera, pop, theatre, comedy, cabaret and literature while pop-up art boutiques and sculpture lawns bring major galleries and artists to Henley.
This feast of music and performance is enhanced by al fresco eating and drinking opportunities in a variety of settings, whether it be at the new Harpers Bar Brasserie or the Terrace Restaurant, directly overlooking the river. Guests can also enjoy candlelit dinners at award winning chefs Albert and Michel Roux Jr's riverside restaurant. Luxury picnics can be pre-ordered.
Gentlemen are required to wear black tie, although suits or blazers with a tie are acceptable.
Ladies are invited to wear long or short evening dress, or evening trousers.