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.
Considering most of us go into conniptions when we’ve got the neighbours coming round for wine and cheese, it’s no wonder that putting on a more substantial event can be a stressful experience. So why risk the crow’s feet from worrying when the ETV team is here to help! We know the Thames Valley like the back of our hands, and we can help you to find the venue and activities that are right for you, your guests and your budget. From elegant riverside picnics to race nights and formal dinners, let us hold you by the hand and take away the strain – that’s what we’re here for!
Sure, everyone knows Wimbledon, but for a more intimate tennis experience we recommend checking out the Boodles Tennis Challenge at Stoke Park. You know you’re in good hands when luxury jeweller Boodles is in charge and the vibe is very much “elegant English summer party”. (For film buffs, Stoke Park will be familiar as the golf club featured in Goldfinger, so if you see a thick-set man in a bowler hat – beware!)
If you haven’t checked out Newbury Racecourse lately then saddle up and head over to their website at www.newburyracecourse.co.uk and see all the exciting developments for yourself. Extensive work has been done to make Newbury one of the UK’s most exciting and innovative courses – and one you won’t want to miss.
Chelsea may get the lion’s share of the attention, but the “other” Flower Show in the stunning surroundings of Hampton Court Palace is a right royal day out. From azaleas to zinnias, the dazzling displays of horticultural wizardry will take your breath away. Set against a backdrop of Hampton Court Palace, you can view the work of some of the world’s leading garden designers and maybe pick up an idea or two for your window boxes!
There are few more quintessentially English experiences than Henley Royal Regatta. On one week in July this sleepy Thameside town comes alive to welcome the elite of the world’s rowers for a nail-biting explosion of aquatic excellence. Straw boaters and floaty dresses are the order of the day as you sip a Pimm’s cup and cheer on improbably large boys in Lycra onesies. Does it make sense? Not a bit of it, but for sheer passion and spectacle, the Henley Royal Regatta simply can’t be beat.
Horses and gin? Basically, this is the ETV team’s dream event. What more could you wish for? The racing at Windsor is always great fun, and when you add a selection of gins into the mix, that’s a cocktail everyone can enjoy. We recommend arriving on the Thames at the Racecourse’s private dock for a truly special evening out.
When you think of Sir Elton John performing, you probably think of the Hollywood Bowl or Wembley Arena, but Sir Elton is just one of the dozens of global superstars who have played the Henley Festival. Taking place alongside the beautiful River Thames, the festival offers a wealth of arts and entertainment, amazing food and fireworks that lights up the night. Don’t let the sun go down on another day before getting your tickets.
Although it may seem odd to celebrate the storming of the Bastille in 1789 by dining in a 13th century manor house, we’re more than happy to put history to one side when Raymond Blanc is in the kitchen. Join the team at Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons for this fête to end all fêtes as we celebrate all things French in this most English of settings. Will there be accordion music? Our lips are sealed. Vive la France!
Do they still broadcast “One Man and His Dog”? And if not, why not?? The ETV team will be getting our fix of country life when the BBC’s flagship rural affairs programme comes to Blenheim Palace. Join Matt Baker and a bevvy of your favourite presenters as they bring all the best of the Beeb with them: arts & crafts, horses, dogs, homemade jams, livestock, off-road driving – there’s truly something for everyone.