HOSPITALITY businesses in Henley are enjoying a boom in business this week thanks to the town’s eighth literary festival.
Thousands of extra visitors have descended on the town since the week-long festival began on Monday and many cafés, restaurants and hotels have seen trade soar.
The festival comprises 150 events featuring big-name authors, broadcasters, politicians and entertainers including Princess Michael of Kent, Paddy Ashdown, Anne Robinson, Tony Parsons, Dawn O’Porter, Rachel and Stanley Johnson and Gareth Thomas.
About a third of the events have sold out and overall tickets sales have topped 16,000, a festival record.
Neil Ainsworth, landlord of the Argyll pub in Market Place, said: “It’s always a successful week for us and people gravitate towards the town centre.