Want to schedule your event to coincide with Royal Ascot, the Henley Regatta or another of the Thames Valley’s amazing hospitality and public events? (Or maybe you’d like to know which times of year are particularly busy?) Take a look at some of the huge variety of events, activities and celebrations taking place in the UK’s most exciting region.
01/01/2018 to 30/06/2018 - John Piper – A very British Artist, River & Rowing Museum, Henley on Thames
The River & Rowing Museum in – where else? – Henley-on-Thames is always worth a visit, but this Spring they will be adding some exciting new additions to the Piper Gallery. Named after John Piper, and called “A Very British Artist”, the gallery’s new exhibition will feature new aquatints, sketches and even some of Piper’s stage designs for his collaboration with local legend Sir Stanley Spencer on Trial of a Judge in 1938.
In racing it always pays to come first – so you’d be bonkers to miss out on the first racing fixture of 2018 at beautiful Windsor Racecourse. What could be more pleasant on a lovely Spring afternoon than having a flutter with the season’s first glass of Pimm’s in your hand? There are seven races so there should be plenty to celebrate!
When: Wednesday 18th April 2018, 5-8pm
Where: The Phyllis Court Club, Phyllis Court Drive, Henley-on-Thames, OXON, RG9 2HT Click here for directions
Invitation for event planners: venues finders, PAs, EAs and in-house event planners.
What to expect:
- Exclusively Thames Valley venue and supplier Showcase
- Showcase of great new corporate entertainment acts with Sternberg Clarke
- Update of the newly refurbished meeting facilities at the Phyllis Court Club
- Networking with industry peers with fabulous hospitality from Phyllis Court’s F&B department
- Lots of amazing prizes!
17:00hrs The ETV Spring 2018 Showcase in Phyllis Court’s Riverside Lower Pavilion
18:30hrs Drinks reception, presentation and prizes in the Finlay Suite in the Club House
19:00hrs Sternberg Clarke Showcase in the Ballroom
At ETV we don’t have much truck with the “not on a school night” attitude – so we’re tingling with anticipation for the start of Monday evening racing at Windsor Racecourse. Shake away the Monday blues with a jolly evening trackside – and whether it’s full-on hospitality or just a burger and a pint, Windsor Racecourse will open you with open arms.
Now in its third year, the Blenheim Palace Food Festival continues to go from strength to strength. Gourmets and gourmands alike will find a taste for every tastebud as more than 120 tempting stalls – no wonder it was recently named as one of the world’s top foodie destinations! There’s plenty to do when you’re not stuffing your face – like activities for the kids, talks and cookery demos. Or maybe forty winks under a shady tree . . .
Ever fancied rubbing shoulders with The Queen? Chances are the annual Royal Windsor Horse Show is your best bet to come eye-to-eye with Her Majesty, seeing as it’s held in her front garden. This event is one of those closest to her heart, and she attends every day of the show, which brings together some of the world’s finest equestrians from the worlds of dressage, showjumping, driving and endurance. Visitors can stroll the grounds of Home Park, with Windsor Castle towering majestically in the background, and watch as dozens of amazing horses are put through their paces in a series of different events and showrings.
Just don’t bring your dog. Dogs were banned from the showground in 1944 when a disrespectful mutt stole a chicken leg from the plate of King George VI. His Majesty, it is fair to say, was not amused and pooches have been persona non grata ever since.
One of the best things about the Thames Valley is dining in one of its many fabulous restaurants: it’s a gourmet paradise. But unless you’re prepared to wait (or you’re an A-list celebrity) getting a table at chef Tom Kerridge’s The Hand & Flowers can be quite a challenge. So thank heavens that Tom is bringing his Michelin-star fabulousness out of the pub and into the park, and he’s bringing some of his friends with him too. Watch live cooking demonstrations, listen to great music and sample the food – did we mention the food? Yum!
As if a day at Newbury Raceourse wasn’t temptation enough, the Al Shaqab Lockinge Day is their richest raceday and one of the social highlights of the summer. Centred around the Group 1 Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes, this is an outstanding seven-race card worth a total of £750,000 which will see some of Europe’s finest thoroughbreds go head-to-head on an unmissable day of equine action. Saddle up!
Polo may be the sport of kings, but it’s a Sultan who has brought this elegant equestrian event to historic Coworth Park. The Cartier Queen’s Cup is one of the top five polo tournaments in the world, attracting the best players and the smartest crowd. Ever fancied being featured in the Bystander section of Tatler? This is your best shot, as the grounds of this beautiful country house fill with more toffs than you can shake a shooting stick at, not to mention a sprinkling of glamorous Hollywood stars.
If there’s a golfer in your life, or if you’re no stranger to the links yourself, you won’t want to miss the BMW PGA Championship at the Wentworth Club. (And even if you look terrible in plus fours, there is the added attraction of a performance by 80s legends Simple Minds!) Long established as one of the world’s most prestigious tournaments, the Championship will undoubtedly create some spectacular memories that will last a lifetime.