Henley Festival
Henley Festival

The Patrons Club



Close Brothers Asset Management

The Patrons Club is now closed for new members as we have reached capacity.  To join our waitlist please contact  our Patrons Club  Manager Emma Lerche-Thomsen via email: emma.lt@henley-festival.co.uk.

We are delighted to welcome Close Brothers Asset Management as our 2024 sponsor for the Henley Festival Patrons Club . They look for partnerships that offer unique experiences for clients across the UK and since 2020 have actively explored opportunities to support the UK arts and culture industry which suffered so much during the pandemic.  We very much look forward to partnering with them on some special events for you.

Henley Festival’s Patrons Club enables us to present some of the best music and art from across the world. With grateful thanks to our Partners, the  Patrons Lounge is styled by Alexander James Interiors voted World’s Top 100 Interior Designers. New for 2024 , Creative Landscape Co Ltd. of The Big Plant Nursery in Twyford are providing foliage, plants and botanicals to enhance the Lounge and the Patrons’ garden.  Hundred Hills, our wine partner and locally produced in the Chiltern Hills, will offer you and your guests a beautiful glass of pre-performance English sparkling wine.

As a way of saying thank you to our Patrons, they enjoy exclusive benefits which bring them closer to Henley Festival.

“The Festival is the highlight of the year for us and we are very keen to help secure its future alongside a delightful group of like-minded and friendly people.  We are also extremely well looked after – the patron privileges are fun and fair and it’s great to be involved and consulted throughout the year.”

“We have been big fans of Henley Festival for many years and have recently become Patrons to strengthen our support. It’s the best event during the Henley year. Whatever we are doing, we always schedule the week in our diaries to ensure that we don’t miss it.”


  • Patrons’ are the first priority friends group to be able to book an unlimited number of seats in the Grandstand and Lawn (subject to availability)
  • A £550 credit towards your choice of tickets on an evening of your choice
  • 8 x Complimentary General Admission tickets to be used across the Festival nights
  • 1 complimentary VIP car park pass each evening (with an additional bonus one should you require)
  • Dedicated Relationship Manager offering a personal service throughout your Festival experience assisting with your ticket, dining, parking and mooring reservations.
  • 20% discount on all drinks (excluding champagne) at our Happy Hour in a selected bar, venue tbc between 5.00-7.00pm on Festival nights, using our exclusive Patrons and Friends drinks card.  

  • As a Patron, you may invite up to 6 guests each evening to join you in our exclusive Patrons’ Lounge, where you will be welcomed with a complimentary bottle of champagne and canapés.
  • Named acknowledgement in the Henley Festival Souvenir Brochure, on the Henley Festival website and on our supporter boards displayed within the Henley Festival enclosure.
  • Invitations for yourself and a guest to attend a unique event held during the week of Henley Festival.
  • An input into the charitable giving of the Henley Festival Trust
  • A complimentary edition of the Henley Festival Souvenir Brochure.

The suggested donation for becoming a Patron starts at £3,500.

The RISE programme set up by Henley Festival in 2022, was launched to inspire and support the next generation of talented performers and technicians hoping to work in the creative arts industry. RISE provides paid opportunities for young up-and-coming musicians, comedians and visual artists. We also seek to support the young backstage staff of the future by offering paid work experience with leading lighting and sound companies, and in marketing and PR.

Gift Aid and VAT information: For Gift Aid purposes: of your payment, the value of benefits is £1,539 and the balance is a recommended donation to which Gift Aid can apply. For VAT purposes: the vatable value of benefits is £1,619 and the balance is an unrestricted donation. (The benefits package may be purchased separately for the stated benefit value, by making a donation for the amount of your choosing or without making a further donation.)

To Donate Gift Aid, please complete the form.

The Gift Aid we receive from all eligible donations truly does make a difference to the Henley Festival and enables us to continue producing great Festivals.


We’d like to thank our existing Patrons’ for their continued support


William J Alexander CBE & Dee Alexander Nick & Rowan Lewis
Sir Martyn Arbib DL & Lady Arbib Tony Mallin MBE
Sharon & Iain Barker Graham & Fernando Marchant
Carl & Fiona Beckley Duncan & Eileen McClure Fisher
Ross & Peta Belcher Pauline & Jim McDonald
David & Emma Bermingham Murray McIntosh & Associates
Sarah & David Blomfield Hardy & Helle McLain
Janette & Neil Brown Linda & Patrick Morey-Burrows
Lord Brownlow of Shurlock Row CVO DL Barry & Victoria Newton
Paul & Jackie Callingham Tristan & Jemma Phillimore
Gosia & Sammy Cooper-Smith Vicky Piasecki
Dr Bibi & Sean Colgan Mel & Sharon Porter
Stewart Collins Sir Michael Rake
Crowe UK Helen Ralston & Philip Unwin
Sir Ron Dennis CBE Jane Ramsell
Rebecca & Chris Eames Catharina Reynolds OBE
Anthony Esse & Tara Hutcheon Gary Reynolds
Mike & Maria Fischer Nick & Jane Robinson
Patricia Frost & Richard Lewis Savile Row Travel Bill & Jacky Ronald
Amanda & Peter Gould Geoff & Catherine Rowley
Jayne & Nigel Gray Nicola Ryan
Claire & Nick Grecian Felicity Rutland & John Nelson
Tim & Elizabeth Green Sir Robin & Lady Saxby
Alec & Justine Gunn Gaie Scouller
Barrie & Jill Haigh Ben Seale KC
James & Helen Haigh Jennifer Seale
Ross Hatcher Kevin & Olga Senior
Paul & Jo Henney Ian & Nicole Shott
Hurley House Hotel Caroline & Mark Silver
David & Wendy James Karen & Roger Smee MBE
Tim Jones & Kim Walker Babatunde & Claudia Soyoye
Kittle Group (UK) Ltd Emma & Julian Stone
Jonathan & Shellani Knight Stephen R. Walsh
Lord Leigh of Hurley & Lady Leigh William & Victoria Wingfield Digby
John & Sue Laing And Other Anonymous Patrons


Stewart Collins
Harvey Goldsmith CBE
Sir Bryn Terfel CBE
Alan Titchmarsh MBE, DL



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.