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historical and cultural henley on thames

Humphreys of Henley offers you the chance to immerse yourself in our beautiful market town in this special corner of Oxfordshire. The Humphreys Experiences team knows all that there is to know about Henley and will tailor-make your experience from start to finish, making it truly memorable. All you have to do is choose your perfect day and then sit back and enjoy the experience. Below are a selection of our suggestions, but we are happy to help you to create your perfect day and then you can leave it all to us. There will also be a photographer on hand to capture your best moments and some special Humphreys gifts just for you.

1. Historical Henley and the River Experience

 

Do you love the stories behind the buildings, for example, John Longlands not only gave his name to the magnificent Longlands house but also had the dubious honour of being Confessor to Henry VIII, what secrets those walls could tell? As we lead you around our beautiful market town we will share those secrets and help you to relive Henley through the ages.

Having delighted in the secrets of town life you can then learn the stories behind the landowners.  Dating back to 1150AD the family of Stonor Park has a history that is closely linked to the British monarchy, they survived the Reformation and have restored the stunning house that we can see today. 

 

Alternatively you may prefer the splendour of Greys Court the owners of which include the man responsible for guarding Mary, Queen of Scots and the mother of Ian Fleming, creator of the amazing James Bond character and books.

 We can now all delight in the buildings that have been beautifully restored and developed over the last 800 years.

 

We will then take you for lunch to one of England’s finest & most traditional country inns. It is hidden well off the beaten track, down a narrow winding lane nestled between beech & oak & backing onto a meadow. It was built in 1642 and was once the hideout of notorious highwayman Dick Turpin, who was romantically attached to the landlord’s daughter Bess.

 

You can then sit back and relax during your afternoon chauffeured river cruise. We will share with you the stunning views on one the most beautiful stretches of the Thames. Please choose from an elegant Slipper Launches, a quintessential tradition of the Upper Thames, or a wonderful range of chauffeured launches. During the cruise you can enjoy a scrumptious champagne afternoon tea.

 

 

 

2. Historical and Cultural Henley Experience 

We will start our day reliving the histories of one of the great families of the realm. Dating back to 1150AD the family of Stonor Park has a history that is closely linked to the British monarchy, they survived the Reformation and have restored the stunning house that we can see today.

 

 

Alternatively you may prefer the splendour of Greys Court the owners of which include the man responsible for guarding Mary, Queen of Scots and the mother of Ian Fleming, creator of the amazing James Bond character and books. We can now all delight in the buildings that have been beautifully restored and developed over the last 800 years.

 

 

Having delighted in the secrets of the landed gentry we then learn the intriguing secrets of town life. Do you love the stories behind the buildings, for example, John Longlands not only gave his name to the magnificent Longlands house but also had the dubious honour of being Confessor to Henry VIII, what secrets those walls could tell? As we lead you around our beautiful market town we will share those secrets and help you to relive Henley through the ages.

 

We will then introduce you to a lunching experience to remember. With an unparalleled riverside setting the restaurant’s fine dining menu brings together fresh, modern British food, and the chef and his team deliver the very highest standards of service.

 

 

 

Henley on Thames is home to the country’s 4th oldest working theatre. The Kenton Theatre is a Georgian building which opened in November 1805 with a play called "The School of Reform or How to Rule a Husband" by Thomas Morton. You can now sit in comfort and enjoy a balance of productions from amateur and professional groups in this beautifully intimate setting. Subject to the schedule we will book you the best seats in the house for the matinee performance of the day.

 

You can then round off your day with a champagne tea in the old manor house of Henley, which has one of the most beautiful riverside settings.

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