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Experience spectacular visual art, lunch with Harvey Goldsmith, and a mini-festival adventure for all the family

Experience spectacular visual art, lunch with Harvey Goldsmith, and a mini-festival adventure for all the family at the Henley Festival 2015. Join us for fun and festivities as we bring something for everyone to the riverbanks over the weekend of July 11 and 12...

Free art event sponsored by Invesco Perpetual

On Saturday, July 11, thanks to Invesco Perpetual we open the doors from 11.30am to 2pm and invite guests to take in the extensive art and sculpture that lines the river banks — a defining part of the festival’s unique atmosphere.

David Bower, marketing director of Invesco Perpetual, said: “We are delighted to support the running of the Saturday Free Art Event, particularly as it opens up the Henley Festival to those unable to attend one of the evening performances.”

Two special ticketed events will also take place on the day — a lunch with Harvey Goldsmith and a spectacular concert from the Henley Festival Orchestra.

From noon to 2pm in the new restaurant, Atul Kochhar at No14, we welcome the festival’s honorary patron and legendary music promoter Harvey Goldsmith, who will be discussing his incredible life and career with the festival’s artistic director Stewart Collins over a light lunch and glass of champagne.

From 1pm to 2pm, the Henley Festival Orchestra’s annual end-of-year finale concert will take place.

Showcasing their work from across the year, nearly 100 children and a few brave adults will take to the stage in The Salon. Tickets to this performance and lunch with Harvey Goldsmith are available online now from the festival website at

Saturday timings

11.30am to 2pm    Site open

Noon to 2pm   Meet Harvey Goldsmith (Atul Kochhar at No14)

1pm to 2pm   The Henley Festival Orchestra’s annual finale concert (The Salon)

Family Day

Every year the festival, in partnership with BMW, brings together a monumental mix of music, comedy, theatre and pop-up dining. Now, new for 2015, we open our doors to a world of wonder and entertainment just for families at our specially curated Family Day, on Sunday, July 12.

Featuring a unique performance from critically acclaimed Kinetika Bloco on the Floating Stage, a unique performance of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice by children’s theatre company Illyria, comedy for kids from James Campbell, and of course the signature Henley Festival Roving Troupe of Entertainers, this is the first time all ages can experience the extraordinary atmosphere.

Tickets are on sale now from the website, priced from £7.50 for children up to 12 and £15 per adult. At just £35, a family ticket is inclusive of up to two adults plus three children.

Sunday timings

11.30am to 3pm   Site open

11.30am to 3pm   The Roving Troupe of Entertainers

11.45am to 12.35pm Catapluf’s Musical Journey (The Salon, recommended for ages four to eight)

Noon to 2pm   Illyria — The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (Bedouin Quarter, recommended for ages five and upwards)

1pm to 2pm   James Campbell’s Comedy For Kids (The Salon, recommended for ages seven to 11)

2.05pm to 2.50pm   Kinetika Bloco (Floating Stage).


Here’s your chance to win one of three family tickets for the Henley Festival on Sunday, June 12. Just answer the question below and send it, together with your name, address and a daytime telephone number, to Henley Festival Competition, Henley Standard, Caxton House, Station Road, Henley, RG9 1AD. The winners will be the senders of the first three correct entries to be selected at random after the closing date of Friday, June 19 and will be notified by phone.

Question: Who is sponsoring this year’s free art event?

Terms and conditons: The prizes are valid only on Sunday, June 12. They are non-transferable and there is no cash alternative. Persons connected with the Henley Festival or the Henley Standard are ineligible. Entries received after the closing date will not be considered. Normal Henley Standard competition rules apply and the editor’s decision is final. To see the competition rules, visit

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