We are a nation of house and garden lovers and no more so than in Henley-on-Thames. The town is home to horticulturalists and interior design fans galore as well as a huge number of creative businesses and professional services in the property industry. So much so, the idea of a Henley House & Garden Show seems almost a given.
The inaugural Henley House & Garden Show is a collaboration of the town’s businesses, professionals, residents, sports clubs, restaurants and retailers and will take place on Saturday 28th February and Sunday 1st March 2015 in various venues throughout Henley.
Image courtesy of Neville Barber
“I’m thrilled to be part of the show, as it’s a great opportunity to promote my garden design business to local residents and be part of the business community,” says Ana Mari Bull, Grand Designs garden designer.
The idea came from Niki Schafer, a local interior designer who, recognising the town’s passion for festivals, homes and showmanship, has pulled together an impressive collection of sponsors, exhibitors, expert speakers and talent for workshops and entertainment.
In the town hall and a large marquee on Falaise Square in Henley town centre, there will be 50+ exhibitors of high-end interior and garden products and services. Throughout the weekend there will be speakers from the British Institute of Interior Design and the Society of Garden Designers, as well as Julia Kendell celebrity designer from DIY SOS. Creative workshops for adults and children and demos are also being held in various galleries and showrooms, and a red Routemaster bus will take visitors around town.
“I’m proud to be part of such a great community who support this kind of venture,” says Niki Schafer of Niki Schafer Interior Design. “Sponsorship has been excellent, as businesses have recognised the value in supporting a show that will attract such a great audience.”
Mercers Solicitors are sponsoring the marquee, Farrow & Ball the workshops, Outhouse Bathrooms the speakers, Knights Oriental Rugs the programme and MacBeths Insurance the overnight security. Toad Hall have also generously donated trees to go outside shops and restaurants for the ‘design trail’, created to bring the town’s retailers on board. The Henley Standard is the official media partner and the show is fully supported by the SODC and the Henley Town Centre with particular help from Helen Harvey and Peter McConnell.
The highlight of the show promises to be the ‘Home Décor Fashion Show’ that will take place on the Saturday afternoon. Men and women from the town’s superb sporting clubs will be modelling home décor and furniture down a fake turf runway while overhead a spectacular light show will take place. The show is in aid of The Chiltern Centre, a ‘home from home’ for disabled children and funds raised will go towards creating a multi sensory room in this invaluable, local respite centre.
If you are interested in exhibiting at the show, modelling along the fake turf catwalk or hosting workshops please get in touch.
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