Glad you could join me for Five on Friday, many thanks to Amy for linking us all together again. Do have a look at all the lovely posts, I always enjoy it.
This week I thought I'd show you a few photos of Henley.
One - Henley Royal Regatta
Henley is famous for its Regatta where over 200 international standard rowing races take place over five days in late June/early July. It is very much part of the summer social scene like Wimbledon and Ascot. Thousands of visitors turn up each year to enjoy the fashionable event. You have to be one of the 6,500 members to be able to enter the Stewards Enclosure - there are 900 people on the waiting list, which means that it will be at least 10 years before an applicant could be eligible to be elected - and there is a dress code to be observed. The Regatta Enclosure is open to the general public though.
The pretty market town is located on the River Thames and is surrounded by the wooded hills of the Chilterns. It has a market square and Town Hall, many shops and a theatre.
Three - Old Firestation Art Gallery
As the name implies, the old firestation has been turned into an Art Gallery. One exhibition I visited in 2012 called 100 Faces of Henley, featured photographs of 100 town residents, some of which were celebrities who live in the area as it's such an attractive place to live. A book was produced and sold which raised more than £9,000 for charity. I thought it was such a good idea, the photos were excellent and I think they are working on another edition at the moment.
At Christmas, Henley has a living Advent Calendar which involves a performance each day of Advent, if you look at the link you will be able to see the 2015 calendar and be able to open the doors and see the little shows once they've been performed.
Four - Greys Court
On the outskirts of Henley is this beautiful National Trust property, which has a fantastic history, here's my blog post about one of the residents, and a fabulous garden full of secret doors which lead to other gardens. There's even a tower you can climb to survey the area.
Five - River and Rowing Museum
The Rowing Museum is actually rather good, even if you aren't that interested in rowing. Situated in an award winning building with a cafe, the Museum has three galleries devoted to the history of rowing, the river and the history of the area. There is a Wind in the Willows exhibit for children plus a lot of temporary art and photographic exhibitions over the year.
|Wind in the Willows|
|From Henley Bridge|
|From Henley Bridge|
|John Piper artwork|
|Dressing up clothes for children to get in the Regatta mood.|
Let's hope the coming week is a peaceful one.
See you soon.