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Henley Festival 2024, Henley-on-Thames, UK

10 July - 14 July

Rustle out your DJ as the UK’s most glamorous festival, the Henley Festival returns to the banks of the River Thames in July 2024.

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Rustle out your DJ as the UK’s most glamorous festival, the Henley Festival presented by Westcoast returns to the banks of the River Thames in July 2024.

Expect Michelin star chefs, lots of bubbly, a great trend in formal dresses, award winning comedy and famous bands to join in the Madness that is as close to the Great Gatsby as you can get this side of the Pond.

The Henley Festival was around 40 years ago as a classical music charitable event, and the not-for-profit ethos remains to this day with proceeds supporting both national and local charities.

Henley Festival Line Up 2024

Henley Festival Music
Gladys Knight

Festival organisers have confirmed that Gladys Knight, Nicole Scherzinger, Nigel Kennedy, Sam Ryder, Rylan, Dave Stewart’s Eurythmics Songbook, Trevor Nelson, House Gospel Choir and Ministry of Sound Ibiza Anthems with Ellie Sax will perform at the Henley Festival 2024.


Henley is not just about great music, fine cuisine and champagne. The comedy line up for Henley 2024 Angela Barnes, Mark Watson, Sara Pascoe, Dara O Briain and Flo & Joan.

Angela Barnes
Angela Barnes
Food at the Henley Festival

A bespoke menu will be prepared exclusively for Henley festivalgoers at the Riverside Restaurant. Other foodie options typically include: Garden Bistro by Jimmy Garcia, Oink, Hotel Chocolat, Black Cab Coffee, Jessecco Prosecco.

Henley Rise

The festival’s RISE project supports the next generation of talent to perform on a national stage. This year KATYA, Louise Parker, Alex Francis, Eden Hunter, The Multiverse, The Great Leslie and The Wave Machine will appear on the RISE stage.

Henley Family Sunday

Sunday is family day. Glitter face painting, eccentric comedy and interactive performance art will ensure the kids are entertained while mum and dad, or dad and dad enjoy themselves.

Henley Festival Dress Code

Henley Festival
Dress Code is black tie – smile optional

The Festival is the only black-tie festival in the UK. Organisers say you can never be overdressed at Henley. There is no dress code for the Sunday family event, so you don’t have to find a min-Tux for the little’uns.

A full list of what is happening at the festival can be found here.

When is the 2024 Festival?

10 to 14 July.

Where is the Henley Festival 2024?

Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, UK.

Tickets for Henley Festival

Details can be found here.

Getting to Henley-on-Thames
Take a punt on the Thames
Take a punt on the Thames

Henley-on-Thames is only six miles from Reading, which has a direct fast service to London Paddington (20 minutes). Alternatively Henley-on-Thames station is about an hour’s ride from London Paddington, with a ten-minute walk to the festival. If coming by car take either the M4 (junction 8/9), or the M40 (Junction 4). Or of course, you could just turn up by boat.

Things to do in Henley-on-Thames

A picturesque market town, Henley-on-Thames is 25 miles from Oxford, and London a train ride away. Surrounded by the rolling hills of the Chilterns – an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty –Henley-on-Thames makes an ideal London weekend getaway.

More information on the Festival

For further information about the Festival, click here.


10 July
14 July


Henley Bridge
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Mark Bibby Jackson

Mark Bibby Jackson

Before setting up Travel Begins at 40, Mark was the publisher of AsiaLIFE Cambodia and a freelance travel writer. When he is not packing and unpacking his travelling bag, Mark writes novels, including To Cook A Spider and Peppered Justice. He loves walking, eating, tasting beer, isolation and arthouse movies, as well as talking to strangers on planes, buses and trains whenever possible. Most at home when not at home.

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