Details of the star acts appearing at this July’s Henley Festival are to be announced over the next few weeks and, judging by the list of stars who appeared at the festival last year, it should be a glittering line-up.

Singer Will Young was just one of the big-name turns who appeared at the 2010 festival, playing songs like Leave Right Now and Light My Fire to enthralled audiences. Ronan Keating and violinist Nigel Kennedy also played popular sets to champagne-sipping fans.

Not that the Henley Festival is just about music. Lasting five nights, there is also plenty of time for comedy, dance, street theatre and art exhibitions.

Firework spectaculars which light up the sky above the banks of the River Thames have now become a firm festival favourite and ensure that the week after the Henley Regatta goes off with a bang.

Below the skyline, there are plenty of other sights to see – such as 100 candle-lit dinner parties on the riverboats.

And fashion followers will have no shortage of designer dresses to admire at the black tie events which have made the festival a fixture in the social calendar.

Further excitement about the festival has been created by the news that its organisers have just been given funding to celebrate the Olympics with a giant ‘Tree of Light’.

This spectacular creation will be powered by energy generated by local rowers and cyclists.

Henley isn’t just a place to visit in the summer – the town has a charm and beauty which has a year-round appeal. No wonder Midsomer Murders has used it as a filming location so many times!

Henley Festival: July 6th to July 10th 2011