A man getting into the boat near The Relais Henley

Experiences

Activities and Experiences in and around Henley on Thames.

 

 

Discover Henley 
 
The quintessential English market town since the 12th century, Henley-on-Thames grew up as an ideal staging post between London and Oxford. Horse-drawn coaches would regularly make the overnight stop at one of the welcoming inns, while goods and produce could easily be transported and traded along the fast-flowing river. The town has preserved its architectural heritage, including some of its most ancient buildings, and not much has changed since the Victorian era.  
 
Although Charles I stayed at The Relais Henley in 1632 before it was an inn, it was not until 1839 that the town’s rise to global renown began, with the establishment of the Henley Royal Regatta. One of the best-known sporting events in the world, highlight of the English social season, this meeting of elite rowers attracts legendary sportspeople and luminary guests, joining in the party spirit from the flotilla that follows the races.   
 
In all seasons, the riverbank is where life goes on in Henley. You will be drawn by the appeal of romantic boat trips and inviting places to roll out a rug with a good book and a picnic. Local shops, galleries and pubs – festooned in colourful flower baskets for Henley in Bloom – will absorb you for many an hour; and then there are the Chiltern Hills all around, inviting you out for fresh air, country walks and bike trails. 

Horse Riding in The Chilterns

Horse riding in the Chilterns is a magical experience and there are some wonderful options from which to choose - for all experience levels. From private countryside rides to coaching at equestrian centres.

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Clay Pigeon Shooting

Based around beautiful private country estates and manor houses or private shooting lodge, this experience enables you to enjoy an exciting activity in beautiful surroundings.

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Stonor Park

Step back in time for an experience like no other! The historic building and sweeping grounds are breathtaking, and the family collection of art and artifacts is extraordinary.

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Golf in the Countryside

Oxfordshire is home to some fantastic opportunities for golfing, with a range of picturesque courses to challenge players of all levels. Our partnerships can grant access to some excellent courses set into the Chilterns.

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Cruise the River Thames

The River Thames plays great inspiration to our hotel, team and guests, and what better way to experience it than adventuring onto the water. Our trusted boating partner offers a range of experiences.

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Henley Festival

Discover Henley Festival, one of the highlights on the calendars of many, this exclusive boutique black tie festival, now entering its 40th year takes place over five days and celebrates the best in music and arts.

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Henley Royal Regatta

Known the world-over as one of the greatest boat races, made even better by the electic atmosphere of Henley on Thames, the Royal Regatta is a highlight of both the summer sporting calendar and social season.

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Thames Traditional Boat Festival

Relive the glory days of British boating, with this beloved festival offering excitement for the whole family. Celebrating traditional British boating craftsmanship and evoking the nostalgia of a bygone era.

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Spring Lifestyle Packages

Experience the ultimate countryside getaway with our 4-day, 3-night packages offering luxury lifestyle experiences in partnership with Humphrey's of Henley including private tours, river cruises and more.

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Gym Day Passes in Partnership with Badgemore Park

For those looking to maintain their fitness routine whilst visiting Henley on Thames, book a day pass in our local private club in partnership with Badgemore Park.

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Pampering Spa & Beauty Treatments at The Relais

Unwind and rejuvenate on your visit to The Relais Henley with a choice of pampering treatments from GLOW Medispa available both in-room or a short 2 minute walk from the hotel in their dedicated spa.

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The Ultimate Gin Masterclass Experience

Visit a multi award-winning local Henley distillery, for the ultimate Gin masterclass experience. Blend and create your very own signature bottle in Henley.

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Visit The Kenton Theatre

Visit the UK's 4th oldest working theatre, just a short walk from The Relais Henley. The Kenton Theatre offers a varied programme of comedy, drama, music, talks and more.

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The Ultimate Slow-Cation Experience

The Relais Henley, in partnership with boating experts, Hobbs of Henley, is proud to present a two-night ‘Slow-Cation’ package - including a luxury cruise and overnight along the picturesque ‘Thames Riviera’, combined with a night at our stylish waterside retreat.

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Summer at The Relais Henley

Join us at The Relais Henley throughout the summer for a range of unmissable culinary offerings, making the most of our historic courtyard and the summer sun.

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Explore Henley by Bike

Explore the beautiful Henley on Thames by bike with our classic bicycles, offering the ideal way to follow the river as it meanders through the rolling Chiltern Hills.

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The Henley Literary Festival

This October, the UK’s biggest book festival, The Henley Literary Festival returns to Henley on Thames with a captivating line-up of literary events.

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The Henley Illuminated Boat Parade

Henley on Thames will be transformed on the evening of the 24th of September, with buildings along the river illuminated for a colourful installation of light.

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Henley Christmas Fair at Stonor Park

An event that has become an integral part of Henley's festivities, the Henley Christmas Fair is set against the picturesque Stonor Park estate.

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