Henley is a great place for Midsomer Murders fans to visit as it has provided a scenic backdrop to many episodes’ key scenes.

It is also a lovely place to visit at Christmas time; especially now that Henley’s Living Advent Calendar has begun. The calendar promises a range of different acts, guests and turns popping up in doors and windows between 6:15pm and 6:30pm every day between 1st December and 24th December.

The 24 evenings of events began in dramatic fashion on 1st December when the doors of Henley Town Hall were flung open to reveal 40 singers from Henley Rock Choir swaying, clicking their fingers and belting out hits such as Ain’t No Mountain High Enough and Valerie.

Bell-ringers, pipers and even the Mayor have appeared at subsequent evenings in locations which have included courtyards, gardens and shops and there is still plenty of time to catch some other great acts.

The identities of the performers are closely-guarded secrets but the locations are not, so just log on to the Living Advent Calendar website and you’ll know where the action is taking place.

Monday 12th December will be the day to take a stroll near the decking of the Angel on the Bridge pub and restaurant; it’s Henley’s only pub on the banks of the Thames and a great place to sit with a drink and watch the wild swans float by.

The River and Rowing Museum will host a performer’s 15 minutes of fame on Thursday the 15th – packed full of fascinating exhibitions about the sport of rowing, this is a great place to visit all-year round.

On Saturday 24th the calendar will conclude with a short event at Saint Mary’s church – a heavenly place to spend the evening before Christmas Day, singing carols and sharing in the festive goodwill!