Staycations are the new Black. Everyone knows that travel is good for the soul. But with everyone being so busy these days, it can be hard to find time to travel. So what’s a person to do if they want to take a break from their routine? Stay at home and have a holiday at home instead.
Having a holiday at home is not just about staying in and watching Netflix all day; it’s about having the same sort of experience you might get from travelling somewhere else, whether it’s going somewhere new or exploring where you live. We know it can be hard to find time away from work, family and other responsibilities. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of useful tips on how you can make the most of your week off in Henley.
Explore Henley’s History With A Self-Guided Walking Tour
If you’re interested in Henley’s history, then taking a self-guided walking tour is the perfect way to get to know the town better. Henley is home to a lot of beautiful architecture, and each building has a story to tell. As well as being great for your health, walking is also a fantastic way to get to know a place better; even if you’ve lived in Henley your whole life, there’s always more to learn. A self-guided walking tour allows you to go at your own pace and take your time to explore each place and learn more about its history. You can pick up a walking tour leaflet from Henley Town Hall.
Invest In A New DSLR Camera To Capture Your Holiday
If you’re planning on spending your week off in Henley exploring the local attractions, then you may want to consider investing in a new DSLR camera. DSLR cameras are perfect for photography enthusiasts of all skill levels. There are lots of beautiful landscapes, as well as lots of wildlife nearby, which makes it an excellent choice for photography. Having a DSLR camera on hand will allow you to capture amazing photos that you can then keep and share with friends and family. To learn more about using this type of camera during your holiday at home, take a look at this guide that covers the basics of DSLR cameras.
Relax With A River Thames River Cruise
If you’re looking for a more relaxing way to spend your week off in Henley, then a River Thames cruise could be just what you’re looking for. There are a number of river cruise companies that operate on the Thames, which offer regular cruises from Henley. Spending a day relaxing in Henley while taking in the stunning views of the Thames would be the perfect way to unwind after a busy week of work. Cruising down the river is a great way to explore the area you live in, while being completely stress-free.
Take Part In The Ale Trail Challenge
If you’re a beer lover, then you will want to make sure you take part in the Ale Trail Challenge in Henley. The Ale Trail Challenge is a great way to explore Henley while tasting some amazing local ales. The challenge is not for the faint of heart, though, as you will need to visit ten Brakspear pubs to finish. At each pub, you’ll need to enjoy one of two beers, the Oxford Gold or Brakspear Bitter, before getting your map stamped and moving on to the next pub. Choose Saracen’s Head or the Three Horseshoes as the last pub in the challenge to visit, and you can claim a free pint and a T-shirt to commemorate your victory.
Get Some Exercise On One Of The Many Cycle Routes
If you’re looking for a way to get some exercise while on holiday, then one of the many cycle routes in Henley could be just what you’re looking for. There are a number of great cycle routes in Henley. You can choose from routes that are either short and easy or long and challenging. Whichever route you choose, you’re sure to explore some of the more scenic areas of Henley and get plenty of exercise at the same time.
Plan Your Time Off Around One Of Henley’s Famous Festivals
There are plenty of great festivals held in Henley each year. If you’re looking for something fun to do during your week off, then you’re in luck, as there are plenty of great festivals to choose from. One of the most famous festivals held each year in Henley is the Henley Royal Regatta. The regatta is one of the best-known rowing regattas in the world and has been held annually since 1839. However, if rowing isn’t for you, there are plenty of other events to experience, such as the Henley Arts Trail, the Rewind Festival, the Living Advent Calendar, or the Christmas Festival.
Spend Some Time Exploring The Local Attractions
Another way to make the most of your holiday at home is to spend some time exploring the local attractions. Whether you’ve lived in Henley for years or recently moved there, you may not have had the chance to visit some of the top attractions before. These attractions are excellent ways to pass the time while exploring Henley’s surrounding areas.
- Kenton Theatre
- Greys Court
- Stonor Park
- River and Rowing Museum (reopening Spring 2023)
- Regal Cinema
Catch Up With Friends In One Of The Top Restaurants
If you want to catch up with friends but don’t know where to go, then you could always go to one of the top restaurants in Henley. As a local, you’ll know that the town is home to dozens of amazing restaurants. It’s hard to choose which ones are the best, but here are a few that are well worth a visit:
- The Relais Henley
- Bistro at The Boathouse
- The Little Angel
- The Square
- Hof’s Bar & Restaurant
A holiday at home can be just as fun and exciting as one abroad. The only difference is, when you’re on a staycation, you’re staying at home. A staycation is a great way of relaxing after a long and busy year at work. It’s also a great way to catch up with friends and family when you’re too busy to see them during the year. With so many things to do in Henley, you’re bound to find something that interests you and that you can enjoy during your holiday at home.