Temple Island, Henley- on- Thames
An exclusive island of your very own for the day...
This venue offers a little slice of Henley's great history, opulence and sprinkle of glamour for the day. Temple Island is a little island purposely built by architect, James Wyatt, in 1771 as a fishing lodge for Fawley Court, it features a delightfully elegant ornamental tower and signifies the start of the race course for Henley Royal Regatta.
The heart of Henley is the River Thames running the length of the historic town, providing the town with a staple supply of boat race legends, festivals, arts, culture, a hugely popular boating community and rich history firmly linked to the Royal family.
The island is accessed by boat, making it a fun way for your guests to arrive by one of the many boating companies, setting the scene for what the day has to offer your guests.
The island can accommodate a Celebrant to provide a non-religious part of your wedding day, providing a beautiful seated area with a central 'aisle' that you can be dressed to match your wedding theme. Many wedding couples have used this to extend the formal wedding element to exchange personal messages of love and hopes for the future, lighting of candles and non-religious vows.
The island tower can be used for the drinks reception and canapés with a separate marquee prepared for the wedding breakfast to take place, alternatively the tower itself can be arranged with tables for the Wedding Breakfast with drinks and canapés served on the lawn. Once the lawn has been cleared of chairs the lawn can be used for garden games, and socialising and providing you with a really great view of the Thames boating activities.
Capacity: 120 seated Wedding Breakfast
Location: Temple Island, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire
It marks the start of Henley Royal Regatta and is situated near Hambledon Lock.
Temple as a wedding venue: A delightfully quaint, English folly and purpose built island in the centre of the River Thames. Quintessentially English making this an ideal place for the bridal couple to have a wonderful secluded island retreat to entertain their guests for the day.
Temple as a corporate venue: a fantastic location to spoil your clients and provide them with exclusive access to the Royal Regatta from a very unique position of the course at any time of year. The island definitely delivers the wow factor with guests arriving by boat to a private hide-away.
Who would Temple Island appeal to?
This is a venue with a little Henley panache. It's something a little different, quirky and very 'Henley'...it's not everyday you get to entertain on your very own island, but with this unique little venue you can. This is the place if you love anything to do with boats, the Thames River and Henley Royal Regatta, and if you want your guests to have a very memorable time and the desire to arrive in style by boat!
Thank you so much for such a magical day! Our wedding day on Temple Island was a dream come true. Fabulous venue, incredible food and really wonderful members of staff looking after us.