Saturday, 31 July 2021

Supporters introduced to festival’s home from 2014

PATRONS of the Henley Festival attended a reception at its new home.

PATRONS of the Henley Festival attended a reception at its new home.

It was the first in a series of events designed to introduce the Henley Business School to the festival’s supporters.

The festival will be held in the school’s riverside grounds from next year, so next month’s 31st festival will be the last on the royal regatta site. The visitors were shown a video tour of the business school and listened to presentations by John Board, the dean, and Stewart Collins, artistic director of the festival.

Festival chief executive Gill Mitchell said: “It was a chance for the Henley Festival team to try to allay any concerns about the move and, in particular, getting to the event.

“We explained that if driving wasn’t the preferred option then shuttles and water taxis would be available to take festival-goers down the river to the beautiful venue of Greenlands. They will be welcomed to the magical world of the festival and be able to experience everything they have always treasured about the event and more.”

The Standard revealed in April that the festival was moving after deciding not to renew its 10-year lease with Henley Royal Regatta.

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