Sponsors 2020




Sponsorship opportunities are now open for the 2020 Festival. If you are interested in being involved, please email lou@henleyliteraryfestival.co.uk for more information.


Headline sponsor Baillie Gifford has supported the Festival since 2011.The firm is a major sponsor of other literary events across the UK including Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction. More details of the sponsorship programme, including interviews with authors, articles and competitions, can be found at www.bailliegifford.com/sponsorship.


Phyllis Court was founded in 1906 as a private members’ club with hotel rooms on the River Thames and has welcomed many distinguished visitors over the years. Set in 18 acres, with lawns sweeping down to the River, it offers a unique blend of traditional elegance and modern comforts.The Club enjoys a priviledged position overlooking the finish line of the world-famous Henley Royal Regatta course.  Members enjoy an enhanced social life, access to other prestigious Clubs around the world, a variety of events, over 30 clubs and societies and use of the new state-of-the-art Fitness Centre. The facility has a swimming pool, gym, sanarium, exercise studio, treatment rooms and café. The Club isn’t reserved just for Members. Guests may enjoy a corporate box at Henley Royal Regatta, stay in one of the well-appointed bedrooms or hold a private event in one of the function rooms.There are in fact five versatile function rooms which can cater for up to 300 people for weddings, meetings or special occasions. https://www.phylliscourt.co.uk/


“In 1969, by complete chance, I took a job washing bottles at a Bordeaux winery. I fell so, so in love with their wonderful world of wine. It was the way the lives of everyone, from the bottle washers upwards, were totally wrapped around not just making wine but making THE BEST wine possible. I wrote home and they said, well then, bring some of that ‘real quality stuff ’. See most of the wine you could buy in the UK at the time was blended in vats
in Britain and there was plenty of deliberate mislabelling going on. So I borrowed a van, drove down, collected my special wines and delivered them.These were wines from growers I knew personally, with real stories.Things went so well that winemakers across Europe began offering me their wines. So my girlfriend and I opened our first premises … under a railway arch. 50 years later we (now married, three sons, grandkids and all) have over 400,000 excellent customers … but we still work in a very similar way, knowing personally all our 450 winemakers around the world and knowing – thanks to technology – the likes and dislikes of every customer. Wine, done right, really is such a personal thing; it’s best that way.” https://www.laithwaites.co.uk/


Danesfield House – a magnificent country mansion with views over the River Thames. Brimming with history, set in 65 acres of formal gardens between Henley and Marlow on Thames, Danesfield House Hotel and Spa is a delightful country retreat. Perched on a hilltop with expansive views towards the Chiltern Hills, the hotel has an award-winning spa and a superb restaurant with food that is nothing short of a culinary miracle


Gower Cottage Brownies – Winners of the prestigious Observer Food Monthly Award for the Best Welsh Independent Retailer five years running, Gower Cottage Brownies pride themselves on the quality of their product and their customer service. Regular and loyal customers include Richard Curtis & Emma Freud,The Welsh Rugby Squad, Phill Jupitus and John Barrowman, and they are also served up every year at Wimbledon! BBC Good Food Magazine declare them “the best brownies we have ever tasted.” So to surprise and delight the special people in your life, forget sending flowers… Say it with Gower Cottage Brownies! https://www.gowercottagebrownies.co.uk/

ITM Event Production is known throughout the Thames Valley, across London, Europe and beyond for producing highly professional events, large and small. In fact today, most of our business comes from existing clients and their referrals, so it’s good to know people remember us when they need trusted, technical production experts with an eye for innovation and a passion for thinking like clients. Established over 30 years, the experience behind them and a team of highly skilled, friendly people, you can be assured that your event or production will be in good hands. But that’s not all. ITM also runs a full AV equipment hire service to help you make any meeting or in-house event more successful and engaging by bringing in the right equipment just when you need it. To find out more, get in touch with us for a chat 0118 977 5977



Henley Town Council

We are grateful to the Town Council for their support in allowing us to use the Town Hall and Falaise Square, giving residents and visitors a chance to enjoy the historic and beautiful building.


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