Henley Festival
Henley Festival

Frequently Asked Questions

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Who do I contact for Lost Property?

Please email info@henleyfestivalcatering.co.uk during Festival week. Post Festival please email boxoffice@henley-festival.co.uk

What is the dress code for the festival?

The Henley Festival has a Black Tie dress code. We encourage our guests to get dressed up to the nines – think dinner jackets and bow ties, long or short evening wear, sequins and sparkle! Casual attire is not permitted and you will be refused entry to the event.

Is there a lower age limit for the festival?

Yes – Wednesday, Thursday and Friday is 14+ yrs, Saturday and Sunday is 12+ yrs. Those under 18 yrs old must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times. Please see Challenge 25.

What time do the Henley Festival gates open?

The Henley Festival gates will open at 5 pm.

What time do the Henley Festival gates close?

Wednesday – 12am

Thursday – 12am

Friday – 1am

Saturday –  1am

Sunday – 11.30pm

What time is the latest I can arrive at the festival?

Providing you have a ticket, you can arrive at any time between opening and closing times.

What happens if it rains?

The show (and the festival) goes on! There are many covered areas within the enclosure, if you are on the Lawn or have a General Admission ticket, make sure you bring some protective outerwear for the Main Stage concert, in exceptional weather, no umbrellas allowed but Wellington boots (the more colourful the better) are welcome!

What can we bring into the festival site?

You are not permitted to bring food and drink inside the festival enclosure, there will be an array of options for drinking and dining at the festival. Picnics are welcome in the car park, please see important parking information for further details. Rugs and seating may not be brought into the festival enclosure.

Can I get a replacement wristband if I lose it on the night?

Wristbands are issued on the night, upon presentation of your ticket, as you enter the enclosure. Your wristband must be worn for the duration of the evening, you will not be offered any replacement should you remove or lose it. Any wristbands that have been tampered with or taken off become invalid and you will be asked to leave the event. You do not need a wristband for Family Sunday.

What time are the fireworks?

Please check individual days for firework timings.

What is Challenge 25?

Find out more about our Challenge 25 policy here.

Can I just book the restaurant or do I need a ticket for the festival too?

To reserve a table in one of our pre-bookable restaurants, each person must have a valid festival ticket for that evening.

Can I apply to work at the Festival?

Please check our Work With Us page

Can I smoke at the Festival?

Smoking is not permitted within any of our restaurants or covered venues. For reasons of proximity and for the comfort of all ticket holders, smoking is not permitted within the Grandstand or Lawn auditorium. Smoking is permitted within all other uncovered areas of the festival enclosure.

What is the difference between a Grandstand, Lawn or General Admission ticket?

Good question! We offer various ticket options for you to experience Henley Festival:

Grandstand – (A,B and C) see everything at the festival and enjoy the Floating Stage concert from an allocated, undercover seat in the Grandstand. These tickets are priced according to the view (in varying degrees) of the Floating Stage.

Lawn – (Premier, A, B, C and Restricted View) see everything at the festival and view the Floating Stage concert, under the stars in an allocated seat on the grassed Lawn area. These tickets are priced according to the view (in varying degrees) of the Floating Stage.

General Admission – a perfect way to enjoy the events, performances, restaurants and bars around the site – a great ticket if you want to wander around. Please be aware that this is not a ticket suitable for viewing the Headline Floating Stage concert and will not give access to the Lawn and Grandstand seats. General Admission ticket holders will be able to hear the concert and may be able to see the stage from a distance, but this is not guaranteed. Wednesday to Saturday.

What is an Under 18's ticket?

We offer an evening ticket for our Under 18 Henley Festival visitors. Age limits for this ticket type are 14 – 17 yrs on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and 12 – 17 yrs on Saturday and Sunday. An Under 18's wristband will be allocated at the festival entrance upon arrival. Please see Challenge 25 for further information.

What are the ticket prices?

Please check the Ticket Pricing Page

What time can I enter the Festival site with my ticket?

The Festival gates will open at 5pm.

Does everyone in my party have to have their own E-Ticket?

Yes, Everyone must have their own individual tickets ready to be scanned at the front gates.

Can I get a replacement ticket if I've lost it or forgotten to bring it to the event?

It is important that you keep your ticket safe and remember to bring it to the event with you. Tickets will not be replaced under any circumstances.

What can I do with a spare ticket on the night?

The Box Office is unable to help customers with the re-sale of any spare tickets, please make sure you buy only the tickets you need. You are welcome to pass them on to Friends or Family.

Where is the Henley Festival Site Box Office?

This is located on the left hand side towards the festival entrance.

What time does the festival site office open / close?

The site Box Office is open from 2pm to 9pm,  Wednesday to Sunday during festival week

I want to book a ticket next to friends for the concert but don't know where they're sitting, can the Box Office tell me?

Due to data protection laws we will not be able to give out any information relating to a customer and/or their order.

Can I buy tickets on the night?

Yes you can buy tickets throughout the festival week, either on line or at the box office during opening times.

Which payment cards do you accept?

We accept Visa, Mastercard and Visa Debit cards. Please note that we do not accept American Express.

How much is the booking fee?

Booking fee is 6% of the value of each festival ticket.

Can I swap/upgrade/sell back/sell on my tickets?

As per our Terms and Conditions, tickets are non-returnable, transferable or refundable.

Can I go on a waiting list for tickets?

To be fair to everybody, we do not hold a waiting list.

Can I get a discount for group bookings?

Henley Festival has a charitable trust and for this reason, we do not offer discounts.

Do I have to keep my e-ticket with me when inside the festival?

You will need to keep your ticket with you throughout the night, particularly for the Floating Stage concert as Lawn and Grandstand ticket holders will need their seat and row number. You may be asked by security to show your e-ticket at any point during the evening.

Do you provide Corporate Engagement Packages?

Corporate Engagement packages can be purchased (subject to availability), for more information please email penny@henley-festival.co.uk.

What time does the Floating Stage concert start?

Please refer to the individual festival dates for timings on the Floating Stage.

What happens if we are late for the start of the Floating Stage concert?

Once the concert starts, if you have a Lawn or Grandstand ticket, you may be asked to wait until a suitable moment during the performance to take your seat.

Can I see the Floating Stage concert with a General Admission ticket?

Depending on where you stand you may well see the stage, although we cannot guarantee this. Entry to the Lawn and Grandstand areas for the Floating Stage concert is not permitted with a General Admission ticket.

I want to go down to the Lawn from the Grandstand, Can I?

The Lawn is an area with allocated seating and you will not be able to move from the Grandstand to the Lawn (or vice versa). Please make sure you choose the correct ticket for your requirements.

Can I bring a camera / recording equipment?

The unauthorised use of camera, audio and video equipment is not permitted during the Floating Stage concert.

How can I make a restaurant reservation?

Dining reservations are only available to those who have purchased a valid festival ticket. Reservations can be made (subject to availability) when booking your tickets or after you have booked your tickets either online or by calling the box office on 01491 843404.

What time do we have to eat if we've booked a table in one of the restaurants?

Tables are available from 6pm and we encourage you to arrive by 6.30pm to allow time for dinner to be served before the Floating Stage Concert.   Tables in the Terrace Restaurant on Sunday are available from 5.30pm and we ask you to be seated no later than 5.30pm if you have a seat to watch Katherine Jenkins on the Floating Stage which starts at 6.50pm.

What time do the restaurants open?

All festival restaurants open at 6pm. The Terrace Restaurant on Sunday opens at 5pm.

Can I choose where I sit in the restaurant?

If you have pre-booked a space in one of our restaurants, your table will be allocated by Pure Henley Catering.

Can I join a friends table but book separately?

Yes, you are welcome to join your friends table subject to availability. Please email carolyn@henley-festival.co.uk for further assistance.

Can I just book the restaurant or do I need a ticket for the festival too?

To reserve a table in one of our pre-bookable restaurants, each person must have a valid festival ticket for that evening.


We have a variety of Accessibility Tickets available for Henley Festival. For advice and bookings please contact the Box Office on 01491 843404 or email LTaylor@henley-festival.co.uk

Are Assistance Dogs permitted at the festival?

Assistance Dogs are very welcome, however please be aware that we hold a large firework display each evening. Please call the Box Office on 01491 843404 or email LTaylor@henley-festival.co.uk for further help and information.

Do you have Disabled Access?

Wheelchairs are welcome at Henley Festival. To comply with emergency evacuation procedures we ask that wheelchair users only book a dedicated wheelchair space for the Floating Stage concert. Unfortunately, due to the unique structures the festival inherits, The Terrace and Upper Pontoon restaurants are not suitable for wheelchair users. Henley Festival Ltd cannot take any responsibility in unattended chairs and owners leave them entirely at their own risk. Please make sure you have booked the correct type of wheelchair friendly ticket if you wish to see the Floating Stage concert. Please call the Box Office on 01491 843404 for more information.

Can I hire a wheelchair on the night?

We are unable to offer wheelchairs for hire.

Do I need a Blue Badge for Disabled Access Parking?

You will need to display a Blue Badge for disabled access parking.

Do you have reserved seating for Elderly/Infirm guests?

We only provide Accessibility seating for festival goers who are registered disabled.

Do you provide seats for Personal Assistants?

We want our Accessibility guest to be able to enjoy Henley Festival to the full. If help is needed to enable this to happen, you are welcome to bring a Companion/Personal Assistant. We have a limited number of complimentary tickets available to those who qualify. Please contact the Box Office on 01491 843404 for further assistance.

How do I buy a car parking pass?

You will be able to purchase a car park pass at the time of your booking. This will then be sent our to your via your e-ticket in June.

When do the Car Parks open?

Each evening the car parks will open from 4pm.
On Family Sunday car park 1 will open at 9.30am and all cars must be removed by 2pm. Free parking is available for Family Sunday only.

Can I choose where I park?

If you have booked in advance you will be directed to either Car Park 1 or Car Park 2 as requested. Once there you will be directed to the next available car parking space. Festival guests who purchase a Car Park Pass on the night will be directed to the next available area in Car Park 2 (subject to availability).

How Do I Get To The Car Park?


If you are travelling from the M4/A404 onto the A4130 follow signs to Henley Festival . Continue down White Hill and turn right at Leander Way. From there you will be directed by parking attendants where to park.

If you are travelling from Reading, Marlow or Oxford come into Henley town centre and follow signs to Henley Festival. Go over Henley Bridge and turn left into Leander Way. From there you will be directed by parking attendants where to park.


If you are travelling from the M4/A404 onto the A4130 follow signs to Henley Festival. Take the first main right (signposted Car Park B) after the petrol station onto Remenham Church Lane and follow signs to Car Park B.

If you are travelling from Reading, Marlow or Oxford come into Henley town centre and follow signs to Henley Festival. Go over Henley Bridge and continue straight up White Hill. Turn left (signposted Car Park B) onto Remenham Church Lane and follow the signs to Car Park B.

What can we bring to the Car Park site e.g. gazebo/table and chairs/tent/food and drink?

You are welcome to enjoy a pre-concert picnic in the car parks and you are able to bring outdoor furniture if required – gazebos, tables and chairs must be dismantled and removed the same evening. Henley Festival take no responsibility for any items left in the car park. Please note that if you are using space next to your car, you will be required to purchase an additional car parking space. If you need more than 6.8m x 2.9m, you will need to purchase additional space. Additional Car Park 1 passes are not available to purchase on the night and MUST be booked in advance. You will only be able to pay for additional Car Park B passes on the night. (subject to availability).

What type of vehicle can we bring?

Festival standard sized car parking spaces are approx. 6.8m x 2.9 m, please be prepared to pay for extra spaces in relation to the size of your vehicle and area required for picnics. If you need more than 6.8m x 2.9m, you will need to purchase additional space. On the night you will be directed to a suitable position.

Can we leave our vehicle overnight, if so, until what time the following day?

You can leave your vehicle in the car park overnight (at your own risk) until midday the following day, Sunday included. Henley Festival cannot take any responsibility for vehicles left in the car park.

Can we sleep in our vehicle in the car park overnight?

We do not allow overnight stays in the car park.

Can I bring a boat?

Limited moorings within the Henley Festival enclosure are available to purchase, and are for the exclusive use of festival ticket holders only. All guests on board must be in possession of a valid festival ticket and abide by the Black Tie dress code. Mooring positions are allocated by Henley Festival and cannot be chosen by the customer. Available moorings must be paid for at the time of booking. Following on, you will be contacted by the Henley Festival Mooring Dept. and asked to complete and return a mooring form. As stated in our Terms & Conditions, moorings are not transferable or refundable.

Can we be dropped off and collected by boat?

Please contact Hobbs of Henley for further advice – 01491 572 035

If I use a crew, do they need a special pass or tickets?

If you have crew, they will need to be in possession of a Henley Festival Crew Pass. Please contact the Box Office on 01491 843404

What are the mooring departure/arrival times?

Boats with pre-booked moorings may arrive from 3pm on the day of their booking and must leave by midday the following day.

When can we get access to the festival enclosure?

Access to the enclosure will only be permitted from 5 p.m onward.

Can I get into the festival from the river bank?

You can get into the festival from the riverbank providing you have a valid ticket and a wristband which can be collected from one of our wristband exchange points on the towpath.

Can I go to and from my boat throughout the event?

Yes, you can access your boat throughout the evening – you must retain both ticket and wristband to re-gain access to the festival.

Can I Sleep On My Boat?

We do not allow overnight stays in boats.

What is the address for the Festival?

Henley Bridge

Can you recommend overnight accommodation?

Please contact Henley Tourist Office for advice – 01491 578034.

Can you camp at the festival?

No – there are no camping facilities at the festival.

Can you recommend Taxi Services?

Please contact Henley Tourist Office for advice – 01491 578034.

How far is Henley Train Station from the festival entrance?

We are situated just over Henley Bridge and the walk should take no longer than 10 minutes.

How far is the Henley Festival from Henley Town Centre?

Henley Town Centre is approximately a 10 minute walk away.

What is Family Sunday?

Family Sunday is a daytime ticketed fun-filled music, comedy, visual and performance art event for our younger audience. Entry to the evening festival event is not included.

Free parking is available between 9.30am and 2pm for Family Sunday only.

What time does it open and close?

Family Sunday opens at 10am and closes at 1.30pm.

Do you have discounted tickets?

We offer a Senior ticket at a reduced price, and a family ticket for up to five people, one of whom must be under sixteen years of age. Under 3's go free. Please choose your tickets carefully, the Family Ticket is very good value and can be used by up to 4 full paying adults.

The Limited Edition RG9 Season Ticket is not valid for ‘Family Sunday

Will food and drink be available at Family Sunday?

Food and drink will be available to purchase within the enclosure, Orwell's at The Garden Bistro as well as all our delicious Grazing Spots will be open. Visitors are not permitted to bring their own food and drink into the enclosure, although you are welcome to bring refreshments for under 3's and those with special dietary requirements. Picnics can be enjoyed in the car park.

Do I need to pay for parking?

Free Parking is available to all visitors between 9.30am and 2.00pm on Family Sunday. There is a designated Blue Badge holder car park close to the festival entrance.

When does the car park open/close?

On Family Sunday the car park opens at 9.30am and closes promptly at 2.00pm.

Is there a dress code for Family Sunday?

No, unlike Henley Festival, there is no dress code for Family Sunday – come as you are!

Can I bring my dog to Family Sunday?

Sorry, dogs are not permitted inside the enclosure. Registered Assistance dogs are more than welcome to accompany Accessibility visitors.

What time do we need to be seated?

We advise between 6pm and 6.30pm if you wish to watch the concert on the Floating Stage.

Can we stay at our table during the concert? If so, can we eat during the performance?

Yes. Please ask guests to arrive by 8pm in The Terrace Restaurant. They are welcome to stay at their table throughout the concert but their meal will be finished by approx. 9.30pm.

Can we return to our table for coffee/desert after the concert?

Yes. Guests can return to their tables after the concert on the main stage for dessert, coffee and drinks.

How do I complete my menu choices?

You need to log on to your Henley Festival account by clicking on to the Henley Festival website: www.henley-festival.co.uk and clicking the pink button on the top right hand side which says ‘book now’.  If you haven’t accessed your account this year then follow the instructions to get a new password.

When you have logged on, please look on the right hand side at ‘my restaurant bookings’.

Click on the ‘View My Selections’ button which takes you to the page where you can ‘edit diner’ and add the name and e-mail address of each guest.  Once you have added their details you can either complete their menu choices and dietary requirements for them or click on the ‘Guest Invite’ box at the bottom of the page.  There is a dropdown menu where you can select ‘yes, please send guest invite by email’.  Then click the ‘Update Selection’ box.

Can I send each of my guests the menu for them to complete?

Yes.  Once you have added their name and e-mail address, click on the ‘Guest Invite’ box at the bottom of the page.  There is a dropdown menu where you can select ‘yes, please send guest invite by email’.  Then click the ‘Update Selection’ box.  They will then be able to complete their choices which will be sent back directly to Henley Festival Catering.

What food will I be offered if I have special dietary requirements?

We cater for most special dietary requirements, these should be made clear when selecting your choices. Menus with alternatives for gluten free, dairy free and vegan can be provided when requested.

Can I pre-order my wine?

Yes.  When you have logged in to your restaurant bookings you will see a box ‘pre-order items’.  You can select and pay online so the drinks will be waiting for you at your table on arrival.  There is a greater choice of wine when pre-ordering as opposed to choosing on the night, so pre-ordering wine is advisable.

What is the wristband for?

Each guest will be given a wristband to wear on arrival at the restaurant. This is to enable you to return to your table throughout the evening and make sure that only guests who have booked to dine at the restaurant have access.

If you have any more questions or queries, please email carolyn@henley-festival.co.uk



There’s so much to experience at the Festival it’s worth being ready to go when the gates open at 5pm.


You can never be overdressed at Henley!



Head to the Moet Champagne lawn for a glass of fizz and an amazing view of the river.


All our non-bookable restaurants are open throughout the evening and are less busy during the floating stage concert.



The Festival has a black tie dress code.


The car park opens at 4pm, Festival gates open at 5pm.


Wristbands will be given out at the Festival gates upon presentation of a valid ticket.