Henley Festival, All Night Long

Henley Festival may just be my favourite of all the summer festivals.

I’ve done the whole muddy tent, soggy welly, pint of cider, shivering in the rain thing many times before.

And don’t get me wrong, it’s been great! I’ve loved all my festival experiences.

But Henley… well, Henley is a little different.

For a start, it’s black tie.

Not a rubber boot in sight!

Secondly, there are sit-down-suppers, BMW chariots to get you to and from the city, champagne flows freely, everyone smells delightful, and you can watch the acts from a very comfortable, covered seat.

Oh god. It’s happened. I grew up!

I finally value comfort above mayhem…

I have to tell you, it feels great.

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Anna and I arrived in the final, golden hours of the afternoon.

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The Festival plays out on the river bank in Henley.

Artists and performers roam the field and party goers chug to and fro along the Thames.

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We grabbed a couple of seats and two glasses of bubbles in the BMW tent.

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Anna’s dress // Shoes


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The ideal spot for a chinwag and some people watching.

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There’s not much that makes me chuckle as much as making this one laugh so much she snorts champagne out of her nose…

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That’s what friends are for, right?!

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We roamed the river banks saluting and toasting sailors as they passed.

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Wearing my satin wrap dress.

I have it in a few colours, and have to say black is probably the most practical as the yellow goes a little sheer in sunshine.

Having said that, they’re all equally and wonderfully swishy.

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Yellow dressRed versionBlack version

Honey bee necklace

HandbagΒ // Wrap

Sunnies // Sandals

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Come supper time we made our way to the Roux pop-up.


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And happily tucked in as we chatted to the mix of friends and strangers on our table,

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Before we could even think about pudding, the whispers started. People started jumping up from their seats and racing out of the tent.

It was time.

Lionel was about to begin.

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The dapper crowd took up their places, champagne in hand.

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And out he came!

To a roar of applause and excitement.

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All generations coming together to clap, sing along, laugh and cheer as one.

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We danced until our feet ached, and then swayed back and forth in unison, phones and lighters held high!

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After Lionel’s incredible performance, weΒ raced back for pudding.

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Topped with a generous helping of fireworks.

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An utterly magical evening, muckin’ about on the river.

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  • This festival looks like so much fun!! And I love your dress, it looks perfectly light and swishy for summer!


  • Oh that looks so much fun – I’m definitely growing out of the ‘grubby festival’ phase.. it’s glamping and glamming it all the way from now on! A few of my friends went to Henley and said I must go next year… let’s just say I was easilly persuaded!! x

    Laura | Loved By Laura

  • I love this blog post! Looks like you had an amazing time. I also really love your outfit πŸ™‚ x


  • Now that looks my kind of festival…..not a manky portaloo in sight or whiff of BO in the air!
    Your dress really stands out πŸ™‚


  • Love how bright yours and Anna’s dresses are in a sea of black suits.


  • What a perfect summers night and the dress is just right for the occasion.
    Lots of love,

    SilverSpoon London

  • Kate

    I just have to ask… is that a spider on your clutch? I love it!

  • Tanja

    Normally, I am not a fan of yellow, but that shade looks fantastic on you! I love that you paired it with a pink scarf, such bright summary colours. Perfect outfit for the occasion.

    Tanja | http://simplyadvice.ca

  • This looks like the place to be!

    You looked absolutely stunning.

    This is ones going on my post quarter life crisis bucket list πŸ˜‰

    Nadine x


  • Stunning!!! I totally get wanting comfort over meyhem.
    This is something I’m going to have to go to one day!

    x Anna sincerelyyoursanna.com

  • Darby Capek

    I have followed your beautiful blog for years. I can’t thank you enough for starting it. I always tell my husband what you’re up to “Rosie this, Rosie that'” like we are old friends. It is so beautifully written, with every bit of sense of humor we have come to expect, and all the while literally taking me to places I may have never be able to go. I never think “Oh I wish this was my life.” Instead its like having your best friend take you on these adventures , instead of missing out. Whether they be to go shopping or head out to Italy! Just thank you so very much. You are beautiful in every conceivable way.

    • Rosie

      What a lovely thing to say Darby, and so so wonderful to hear! Thank you.

      I hope we meet someday. xxxx

  • The slow pace

    Well, that’s my kind of festival…

  • Oh this is totally my kind of festival – I’m 21 and much more into the comfortable yet glam things in life, the sit down meal looks amazing!

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Beauty

  • Gorgeous photos, love all the yellow! Your dress is beautiful!


  • The festival looks so amazing! I’d love to go to a black tie festival! The weather looks gorgeous as well, and I love your dress – so summery!
    Em x
    Life of Em | http://www.lifeofem.co.uk

  • I was just thinking to myself that I seem to have grown up too … no Electric Zoo or Governors Ball on this summer’s agenda, only Diner en Blanc and the Jazz Age Lawn Party! The Henley Festival looks absolutely right up my alley. So adding it to next summer’s list! Thanks! (PS: Your dress is crazy flattering and I am OBSESSED with Anna’s shoes!)

  • Maireem Maneje

    All the pictures are gorgeous especially the fireworks πŸ™‚ Love the yellow dress too! πŸ˜€


  • Your dress is simply stunning! You look like a modern Belle from Beauty and the Beast πŸ™‚ xx


  • gina

    sounds completely delightful! thewanderlusthasgotme.blogspot.co.uk

  • This is definitely my kind of festival! I have to say, I’m 21 and I hate clubs and parties, I don’t drink and I’ve never been to a festival. I sort of feel like I’ve failed at being a young adult but I definitely much prefer comfort over mayhem as well! Bring on those sit down dinners and high heels! Side note: The spider on your clutch made me jump XD

    hellomissjordan.com xx

  • This looks amazing!! I wanna go next year!! πŸ™‚


  • Kamilla Haaland

    Wonderful pictures! πŸ™‚

  • mycitymylondon

    Forgot about Henley this year:( crying inside! gorgeous sunshine dress xxx


  • Joy Michelle

    Looks like such fun! I love fireworks and your dresses are beautiful!

    Joy | The Joyous Living

  • Laughing from snorting champagne… #newlifegoal


  • That looks like a festival I might actually enjoy! I know what you mean about “growing up.” It’s amazing to think of the things that I used to have fun doing that have no appeal to me now.

    Silly Medley: Lifestyle and Travel

  • Imogen Orr

    I love your blue bead necklace.. Where oh where is it from??

  • Wow, I’ve never even hear of the festival, but it seems like so much fun! Are there many bands playing? πŸ™‚

  • That dress looks so beautiful on you, love it! πŸ™‚


  • Is this even real life? It looks like something that would only ever happen in a movie! WOW πŸ˜€ And loving your dress! That slit! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

  • What fun! I love your dress and what a gorgeous evening to be by the river! Stephanie x


  • I must ask – what underwear do you wear with that dress? I bought it in black and find it tends to expose my knickers when I walk (not a great look!) – do you ever have the same problem or is it just me and my attention seeking pants?

    Georgie x

  • Oh wow looks amazing! Although I loved glamping at Glastonbury, this looks like my kind of festival, food, wine, ballgowns and music, amazing!! Love that dress to, it is stunning x

  • Oh wow! Yeah, I think growing up is a good thing.

  • I live near Henley! It’s beautiful isn’t it!
    Cracking dress Rosie!

    Katie x


  • I live near Henley! Beautiful isn’t it!

    Cracking dress!

    Katie x


  • This looks so amazing! I love it when events like concerts turn into an occasion to dress up! You look fabulous, the mini car was so cute, and the boats filled with people looked amazing. I think the only thing that threw me off was that damn women paddle boarding around all the boats… some people! LOLz

    Heba xx || The Heba

  • Ashlee

    All the yellow is so pretty!


  • Ah what a lovely evening, sometimes it makes a nice difference to wellies and warm strongbow! I would bloomin’ love to see Lional! Immy X


  • Queenie Lee

    You looked incredible, love the dress!

  • This is my kind of festival. I’ve never been into slumming it in the mud & the thought of the toilets….gasp!

    Adore your dress Rosie!

    Hugs Adele xoxo

  • Emily K.

    That dress though…DAMN! πŸ˜€ great post rosie xx

  • Yeah, I agree – Henley does look much more appealing for a festival.
    Although i don’t think i’ll ever outgrow camping, there’s something about being surrounded by friends as you all huddle around the fires and camp stoves cooking dinner whilst nibbling on s’moreos! xo

  • Crises and Graces

    The festival looks like the type of thing i would go to. And don’t get me started on the dress, its lovely I wish i had it.


  • Rachel C

    If you like yellow dresses, come check out my yellow edit…