Blooming Great Chelsea Fringe Henley Starts This Weekend

The 2019 Chelsea Fringe Henley programme of events starts this weekend with Grape to Glass tomorrow (Saturday 18 May) at the Fairmile Vineyard and the hidden garden at the Quaker Friend’s Meeting House is open to the public for their Peaceful Garden event on Sunday.

Join Jan and Anthea to look around their beautiful Fairmile Vineyard which was planted in 2014 with 12,000 vines and enjoy a glass of Henley fizz after the tour. The view from the top looking over the vineyard is amazing. The tours are taking place at 10am, 1pm and 3pm.  Tickets are £10.  Call Anthea 01491 598588 to book.

Discover Henley’s hidden gem garden at the Friend’s Meeting House on Sunday 19 May between 2-5pm.  Visit the beautiful quiet space and take time to refresh yourself. Reflect for a while. Perhaps you’d like to sit among the scents and natural sounds of this special place or be inspired to draw or write something. Tea and cakes will be on offer.

The other great events for this year’s Chelsea Fringe in Henley are:

Thursday 23 May  – Poetry and Pimms   
Poetry readings in a beautiful garden by the Free Range Poets 3-4pm
Southbrook Cottage, Hambleden, Henley, RG9 6SX

Friday 24 May – Floral Drinks Party
Chelsea Fringe Friends and Family (old and new). 6-8pm
Old Fire Station Gallery, 52 Market Place, Henley, RG9 2AG

Saturday 25 May and Sunday 26 May – Together – Naturally Play With Flowers
Old Fire Station Gallery
Series of flower based workshops, talks and events aimed at bringing people together through flowers.

The Old Fire Station Gallery will be converted into a pop up Flower Studio with a beautiful selection of fresh, cut flowers and unusual vases, vessels and florists’ materials to arrange in. Guests are invited to come and ‘play with the flowers’ in a friendly and informal, workshop environment under the guidance of an experienced floristry tutor.

This is a free event though there will be nominal charge for flowers/materials taken away.

Saturday 25 May – Add Some Funk to Your Junk @ Freemans Meadow
Freemans Meadow, Northfield End between Leicester Close and Pearces Orchard, Henley
Anything old you can find in your house or garden that is heading for the scrap heap can be planted up using a little imagination, even an old pair of stinky wellingtons!! Free event and open to all ages to get involved, be creative and have fun with your idea – prizes for the best ideas.
Please bring a picnic with you to enjoy by the newly planted Community Orchard.

The 2019 programme will end with the fabulous finale again with the Floral Flotilla on the Thames on Sunday 26 May which will see beautiful decorated boats starting at Mill Meadows travelling up to Marsh Lock and then up to Phyllis Court from 2.00-4.00pm.  Big Yellow Duck will be back again this year to lead the parade. Still time to enter a boat, please email

Victoria Newton from Chelsea Fringe Henley said, “We are really looking forward to the Chelsea Fringe events again this year in Henley. New events include our opening at the Fairmile Vineyard and once again we will close the week with the Fabulous Floral Flotilla. There is, as always, something for everyone, young and old and even those not interested in gardening – or so they think!”