On Wednesday night Henley Festival – the UK’s only black tie festival – returned after a break of 2 years due to Covid. Headlining the festival were Ska band Madness, who celebrated by bringing founder of the band and legendary saxophonist Lee Thompson’s mother on stage. Henley Festival is the only festival in the UK to have a floating stage which is built on top of the River Thames, and is also the only festival in the UK when festival goers arrive by boat.
Having last stayed at The Eastgate back in December last year in the midst of lockdown, it was great to get back and experience the new rooms and splendid new terrace which had magically appeared since our last visit.
It’s been lovely to have some consistently warm weather to enjoy recently, all be it a bit too hot at times. Whilst we have more freedom as a business these days, we are still being cautious to protect staff and visitors by keeping some restrictions in place and having less people in our offices, especially as we are experiencing what they are calling the ‘Pingdemic’!