Ex­plore and en­joy

With MARY TEBJE of the Chilterns Tourism Net­work

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - WHAT’S ON THIS WEEKEND -

THE river sets the stage for a se­ries of high pro­file events with the Hen­ley Royal Re­gatta kicks off the cal­en­dar with five days of top-notch row­ing and hos­pi­tal­ity in early July.

The Hen­ley Fes­ti­val of Mu­sic and Arts and the Hen­ley Fringe Fes­ti­val of theatre, drama and com­edy - 22 - 28th July, then fol­low the Re­gatta in July.

The Fes­ti­val of Mu­sic and Arts at­tracts some of the world’s most fa­mous en­ter­tain­ers to per­form on a float­ing stage in front of a din­ner-jack­eted au­di­ence, with food, fire­works, art and sculp­ture all part of the fes­tiv­i­ties.

Held in Septem­ber, Hen­ley’s Lit­er­ary Fes­ti­val - Septem­ber 28th - Oc­to­ber 4th makes the most of the Thames with on-the-move River Read­ings of po­etry and prose.

Hen­ley’s his­toric cen­tre, with its church, town hall and mar­ket square, is just a few strides away from the river frontage.

Some un­usual sights in­clude Ge­orge Har­ri­son’s for­mer res­i­dence and Dusty Spring­field’s grave, or call in to Lovi­bonds Brew­ery shop at the rear of 19-21 Mar­ket Place to sam­ple and buy lo­cal craft beers and cross Hen­ley Bridge to buy row­ing me­mora­bilia in the Pink Hippo Shop in the Le­an­der Row­ing Club, the train­ing ground of Sir Steve Red­grave, Sir Matthew Pin­sent and other Olympic he­roes.

The River & Row­ing Mu­seum fol­lows the story of row­ing and the River Thames from Olympic heights to the minu­tiae of life on the river banks. The long­est run­ning row­ing race in the world is the Doggett’s Coat and Badge, started in 1715 and you can see the scar­let coat of Wag Harding the 1886 race win­ner.

Slightly fur­ther afield and a pleas­ant three miles from Hen­ley is Ham­bled, lo­cated in the beau­ti­ful Ham­ble Val­ley.

This pretty vil­lage of brick and flint cot­tages, me­dieval church and Stag & Hunts­man inn has pro­vided the lo­ca­tion for nu­mer­ous pe­riod film and TV pro­duc­tions. Reach it on foot from Hen­ley via the Chilterns Coun­try Thames and Chilterns Walk, fol­low­ing the Ham­ble­den Brook with red kites soar­ing over­head.

Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion and in­spi­ra­tion this sum­mer can be found at www. VisitChilterns.co.uk

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Hen­ley Royal Re­gatta launches the sum­mer cal­en­dar

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