Wednesday, 22 September 2021

Celebrating all things ‘Henley’

THE second Henley House & Garden Show is taking place across three venues on

THE second Henley House & Garden Show is taking place across three venues on Saturday, March 12, and Sunday, March 13.

Opening times are 10am to 6pm on the Saturday and 10am to 4pm on the Sunday.

The Henley House & Garden Show is more than just a pop-up weekend “shop”. Show director Niki Schäfer has always seen it as a celebration of all things Henley and a fantastic reason to visit our historic town in a quieter period of the year.

The show is a collaboration of local talents — business and craft but also entertainment and charity.

Two local choirs will open the show and local sporting heroes and celebrities will participate in a Home Décor Fashion Show designed to raise funds to build a multi-sensory room in the Chiltern Centre, a local respite home for disabled children.

Models and gym owners, Calum Best and Angie Best will take to the catwalk modelling the interior and garden accessories. Love Island’s Chris Baxter and the BBC’s Julia Kendell will join them alongside Olympian Toby Garbett and local sportsmen and women from the Henley Hawks and drama group Stageworks. The fashion show will be hosted by another local legend, Mike Read.

Need-to-know information

The Henley House & Garden Show is free of charge.

Bear in mind potential parking issues and head to the Henley Hawks or train station car park.

The restaurants and shops on the Market Square have been incredibly supportive of the show, so why not make an evening of it and have a meal in town?

In addition to the show sponsors, Niki Schäfer and the HHGS team would like to express sincere thanks to the Henley Standard, which has been a superb media sponsor and genuine support over the past two years.

Timetable of talks at the town hall

THE town hall is home to the speaker theatre in the council chamber.

Talks are on the hour and last 30 minutes followed by a 15-minute Q&A session.

Talks are free except for the Nick Knowles appearance, where there will be a charity collection for the Chiltern Centre for Disabled Children.

Saturday, March 12

* Jo Wise, Floral Circus — flower arranging demonstration (11am)

* Lynne Lambourne, Love Local — upcyling demonstration (noon)

* Niki Schäfer, Niki Schäfer Interior Design — “Designing H.O.M.E.” (1pm)

* Opinder Liddar, LAPD Architecture –— in conversation with Niki Schäfer (2pm)

* Julia Kendell, interior designer — “The energy in your home” (3pm)

Sunday, March 13

* Jay Blades, charitable social enterprise and upcycling expert (11am)

* Chelsea Fringe — the alternative gardening festival (noon)

* Nick Knowles, DIY SOS — in conversation with Henley Life’s Cindy Burrowes (2pm)

Sponsors and show venues

Market Square Marquee

Main sponsors Mercers Solicitors and Phyllis Court will welcome you into the marquee alongside other key sponsors: Benjamin Moore Paints, Henley Interiors’ floors, Jack Brunsdons’ windows and doors and Taylor Jones Kitchens, who will be hosting Shaun Dickens’ cooking demonstrations.

The marquee will be home to larger items — Outhouse Bathrooms, Get Furnished, Simon Campbell & Encompass furniture, Jonathan Coles Lighting and Floor Store flooring as well as architects LAPD, finance experts Orchard House and garage professionals, GarageTek.

New exhibitors include fabric house Fermoie, the Loft Access Company, Brook landscaping and Sloane Home, alongside last year’s favourites: Cristo Designs, Chiltern Antiques and Heritage Trees.

Market Square: outside

Billy Fry’s teak garden furniture and wonderful wooden horses will be on display, with Veg Pods and a spectacular “nautical home” from Henley Sales and Charter.

Over Sixties Club

Look out for Sensescape’s living wall on the outside of the club’s entrance then come inside to visit the craft gallery curated by Lynne Lambourne of Love Local.

Town Hall

Macbeths Insurance is taking care of the town hall again this year where there’s a superb selection of photography and art — as well as professional designers Rachel Hotston, Cathy Cornish, Sam Appleton and Louise Lothian.

Grand Design Blinds will have their house of odd-shaped windows and Ripcaster will keep the music flowing. Local retailers Boatique and Adventures in Living are joining in as well as Humphreys of Henley and, from further afield, Skandic Hus.

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