Thursday, 19 September 2019

Hootenanny becomes Sunday shopping event

THE 25th Henley Christmas Festival will take place on Friday, December 2.

THE 25th Henley Christmas Festival will take place on Friday, December 2.

There will be fairground rides, stalls, musical performances and the official switch-on of the Christmas tree lights.

Many shops will stay open late and those on the periphery of the town centre will be offered sales pitches at half price by the town council.

On December 11, the Sunday Shopping Event will be held from 11am to 4pm. It replaces the High Street Hootenanny, which was held for the first time last year. Many of the shops usually closed on Sundays will open their doors for the day with special offers.

The initiative is designed to promote local retailers and encourage residents to shop locally.

Meanwhile, residents and shops are being invited to take part in the small Christmas tree scheme.

The council has teamed up with WindowFlowers, of Burnham, to provide small real Christmas trees with white lights. They cost £45.60 each, including VAT, and will be installed in mid-November. The deadline for orders is Monday, November 7. For an application form, call (01491) 630077 or email

• The annual Henley Santa Fun Run will be held on Sunday, December 4 at 10am. The run is suitable for all ages and abilities with a two-mile route starting and finishing at the River and Rowing Museum. All entrants receive a Santa hat.

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