Friday, 30 July 2021

£1,000 worth of prizes to be won in new festive treasure hunt

A TREASURE hunt will be launched next month to kick off Henley’s Christmas festivities.

A TREASURE hunt will be launched next month to kick off Henley’s Christmas festivities.

Shoppers can win more than £1,000 in prizes in an Advent calendar-style initiative to market the town as a winter destination.

To be in with a chance of winning, they have to collect stickers from 24 different businesses.

The first “door” will be at Hotel du Vin in New Street on December 1, which will be hosting the Love Henley Market in support of the Millie’s Dream Appeal. Each business will be giving away the treasure hunt map and stickers to place on it. Once all the stickers have been collected, the form on the reverse-side of the map needs to be filled in and put in the postbox on the town hall steps by noon on Christmas Eve, when the draw will be made by the Mayor.

The venues are Hotel du Vin, Simon Drew, Asquiths, the Bell Bookshop, Jods Galore, Henley Pet Shop, Bagatelle Toys, Regal Picturehouse, Stemtation Flowers, the Henley Brew House, Foam Fashion, Jonkers Rare Books, Boatique, Gorvett & Stone, Laurence Menswear, Hubbledays, Hot Gossip, Deep Clothing, One Offs of Henley, Bluebells of Henley, Reids, E T Sheppard, St Audrey’s and Henley Town Council.

Flags have been erected in Market Place in support of the town council initiative and a Henley on Christmas logo will be displayed in all stores participating in the hunt.

Prizes will include afternoon tea with the Mayor and Mayoress, a £50 dry cleaning voucher from Reids, a £65 voucher from E T Sheppard, a £40 voucher from the Bagatelle toy shop and a teddy beath from Asquiths. Meanwhile, this year’s Christmas Festival will take place on Friday, December 6 from 5pm to 9pm. The late-night shopping will be launched by a town crier and will feature food and drink and a variety of market stalls and fairground rides. Most of the shops will open late. Hart Street will be closed to traffic from 3pm and Bell Street from 4pm.

At 5.10pm a children’s lantern parade will make its way through the town, featuring dozens of youngsters led by Father Christmas.The Christmas tree lights will be switched on at 7pm by the Mayor Stefan Gawrysiak and the winner of his Christmas card competition. There will be carol singing on the town hall steps with the Marlow Town Band and the Invesco Perpetual Choir.

Father Christmas will be in his grotto at the King’s Arms Barn from 5.30pm to 9pm and staff from the Chocolate Theatre Café will be serving hot chocolate in the courtyard to families as they queue.

There will be a carousel in Market Place and bungee rides.

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