Free Festive Parking on Fridays

Shoppers in Henley are being given a helping hand to buy local this Christmas as there is free car parking on Fridays 10, 17 and 24 December.

Those who are unable to get to local businesses by walking, cycling or public transport can take advantage of free parking in district council car parks.

The annual free parking tradition is provided by South Oxfordshire District Council to encourage people to shop locally for their Christmas presents, and is even more important this year following the economic impact of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Free Christmas parking days also means people don’t have to pay to park if they wish to catch up with friends and family in the great pubs, cafés and restaurants

On the above days there’s no need to display a ticket, however maximum stay times will still apply in specific car parks.

Cllr Sue Cooper, Cabinet Member for Environment, Climate Change and Nature Recovery at South Oxfordshire District Council, said: “We have a great selection of independent shops offering very different and original gifts which would make the perfect Christmas present, and by buying local you will also be supporting your own community.  We already offer an hour’s free parking in most of our car parks, but free Christmas parking days will give people more time to explore locally without having to pay any extra.  I would always urge people to walk, cycle or use public transport where possible, but I know that may not always be possible for those picking up larger presents or those who live further away in rural areas.”