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Reasons to Visit Windsor in February 2017

February is a great month to visit Windsor.  Sure it’s Valentines Day on Tuesday 14th, but there’s nothing to stop you being romantic any other day!  With a whole host of events, the Castle, River Thames, Changing of the Guard and surrounded by stunning parks – it’s the perfect time to visit.

kiss of death windsor showBook a show.  From musicals to whodunnits, there are SIX different shows on at the historic and charming Theatre during February.  Situated opposite Windsor Castle, see what’s on here http://www.theatreroyalwindsor.co.uk/

pastries windsorWindsor’s wonderful Farmers’ Market takes place on the first Saturday of the Month on St Leonards Road from midday.

Wrap up warm and stroll along the river to feed the swans holding hands and gazing into each other’s eyes.

horse drawn carriage Virgina Water LakeVisit Virgina Water Lake and Savill Gardens and you can even book a horse drawn carriage.  Snuggle up under a cosy lap rug and enjoy the sights of the Great Park you can even book champagne – now that is romantic! Always book in advance http://www.ascotcarriages.co.uk/

 

Visit Windsor Castle https://www.royalcollection.org.uk/whatson/page/1  for a kick of history, with wonderful events planned throughout the month and enjoy the Changing of the Guard on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays during February.

Eat out – fabulous restaurants, cafes and bars for special nights out with your loved one.  Book to avoid disappointment https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurants-g186419-Windsor_Windsor_and_Maidenhead_Berkshire_England.html

Apartments in Windsor UKWindsor has lots of fabulous places to stay.  There are many Hotels, B&B and apartments available for rental during your stay – book direct for the best deals.  We recommend www.almahouse.co.uk for short stays in a boutique-style B&B just minutes walk from the town centre or for longer stays of 3 nights or more book one of our stylish apartments – see here www.accommodation-windsor.com.

Great properties in superb locations, lots of space, you can even bring the kids too!

What’s on this Christmas

Highlights of What’s On this December in Windsor & Eton:-

WINDSOR & ETON LIVING ADVENT CALENDAR

This event will take place every day between Dec 1-24th.  Each day at 6.15pm a 15-minute live performance will take place at a venue as detailed below; could be music, dance, drama or historical reading – all with a Xmas theme.  In true advent style, the details of the performance will remain a secret until the day.

Please refer to www.windsorobserver.co.uk/livingadvent for the latest information.

Monday 1 December: King & Castle, Thames Street
Tuesday 2 December: The Gallery at Ice, High Street
Wednesday 3 December: tbc
Thursday 4 December: Theatre Royal Windsor, Thames Street
Friday 5 December: Windsor On Ice, Alexandra Gardens
Saturday 6 December: Talents of Windsor, Guildhall Island
Sunday 7 December: Sir Christoper Wren, Thames Street
Monday 8 December: Wagamama, Thames Street/Windsor Royal Shopping
Tuesday 9 December: Luxe Flowers, Eton High Street
Wednesday 10 December: Royal Borough Museum, Guildhall, High Street
Thursday 11 December: Hotter Shoes, Peascod Street
Friday 12 December: Eton Town Centre
Saturday 13 December: Windsor Castle
Sunday 14 December: French Brothers, Promenade
Monday 15 December: Richer Sounds, Eton High Street
Tuesday 16 December: Castle Hotel, High Street
Wednesday 17 December: Natural History Museum, Eton College
Thursday 18 December: JAM Eton, Eton High Street
Friday 19 December: Bel and the Dragon, Datchet Road/Thames Street
Saturday 20 December: Bang & Olufsen, High Street
Sunday 21 December: Harte & Garter, Thames Street
Monday 22 December: Macdonald Hotel, High Street
Tuesday 23 December: Waterstones, Peascod Street
Wednesday 24 December: Windsor Parish Church, High Street

Living Advent Calendar Locations Leaflet

PANTOMIME

BEAUTY & THE BEAST starring Three Degrees soul star Sheila Ferguson, X-factor singer Rhydian and firm favourites Kevin Cruise along with Basil Brush and Postman Pat.  Tickets are available now, shows from Dec 3-11, tickets £31.50 theatreroyalwindsor.co.uk

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

 

WINDSOR REINDEER PARADE

Starts atWindsor Castle, Santa will be visiting Windsor Town Centre together with his sleigh and reindeer.  He will visit the High Street and travel down Peascod Street and King Edward Court.  Between 2-4pm on Saturday 6th December.

LAPLAND UK

No need to book flights, Lapland is now conveniently located on the Windsor Estate in Whitmoor Forest.  Visit the Elves’ toy factory, magical forest and Mother Christmas’ kitchen to bake gingerbread and listen to a story.  From now until December 24th.  Tickets are available from £49.50-75 Laplanduk.co.uk.

Whatever you have planned this holiday season, Accommodation Windsor Limited would like to wish you a very merry Xmas and if you are planning to stay in Windsor during December, please contact our lovely Lettings team for info on the best accommodation deals enquiries@windsor.gb.com.

MERRY XMAS & A HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

 

 

 

Royal Ascot Racing

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A Blog by Georgie Ford

With less than a week to go, Royal Ascot is once again upon us.  This year the international race event takes place between Tuesday 17th June and Saturday 21st June with up to 300,000 people attending over the five days.  Having been around since 1711, Ascot is one of the most popular race meetings in the world with prize money estimated at a whopping £4.5 million.  Each day, Her Majesty the Queen and her guests arrive by horse-drawn landaus from Windsor Castle and circle the Parade Ring.

Whether you are an avid race-goer or just looking for the perfect excuse to get dressed up and sip champagne, Royal Ascot is the perfect day out.  Tickets are priced to suit most budgets giving everybody the opportunity to watch the Royal Procession whichever enclosure they are in.  The Grandstand refurbishment in 2006 has proved popular, with plenty of places to eat and drink and a great view of the action.

Outrageous hatsFashion is one of the biggest talking points of Royal Ascot with everyone looking out for the most outrageous hat of the day.  The press report widely on the best-dressed throughout the week but especially on Ladies’ Day.  While the Silver Ring has a more relaxed dress code, entrance to the Grandstand has become stricter in recent years; strapless dresses and mini dresses are no longer permitted and fascinators must be worn.

Please click here to purchase your tickets for Royal Ascot this June.  If you miss out on Royal Ascot there are racing events, fireworks displays and concerts taking place at Ascot Racecourse throughout the year.

Royal Ascot Races

What’s on this April 2014

Windsor Wheel on The River Thames

Windsor Wheel on The River Thames

There is lots to do during April in and around Windsor.  Get your diary ready and see our list below of events taking place.  Click on the link for more information.  If you are planning to stay locally please get in touch to see how we can help with your accommodation requirements.
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Pancake Day Recipe

pancakesCan’t believe it is Pancake Day again already, or is that just because we love pancakes so much we eat them all year round?  Even the kids can flip with confidence…. :)

Nigel’s favourite Dairy and Gluten-free recipe below:-

  • 125g Plain Gluten-free flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 275ml Dairy free Milk (we use Koko milk)
  • Dash of salt

Sieve together the flour and salt.  Make a well in the flour and add the eggs, stir well.  Gradually add half the milk, beat thoroughly for 4 mins.  Stir in remaining milk and beat lightly.  You don’t need to leave batter to stand, but if you do, beat again before using.  Heat up a small frying pan until really hot and add a knob of goat’s butter.  Pour mixture into pan and tip to cover surface.  Cook until underside is golden brown and top covered in bubbles.  Flip the pan to cook pancake on the other side.  Slide pancake onto a plate and serve with your favourite filling – go classic with a twist; sugar, lemon and add raspberries and strawberries and a small spoonful of ice-cream for a delicious dessert.

Café Orchestras and Coriolanus

CoriolanusThis weekend in Windsor is set to excite as both Shakespeare and Eastern Europe collide. The Budapest Café Orchestra and Shakespeare’s Coriolanus will be gracing the doorstep of Norden Farm Centre for the Arts on 30th Jan and 1st – 2nd February respectively.
Traditional folk and gypsy music from Budapest, Hungary, will be performed by Chris Garrick’s lively and eclectic orchestra. As a professional jazz violinist, Garrick has performed with Dame Cleo Laine, Nigel Kennedy and John Dankworth. He will be joined by accordion player Eddie Henson, who has accompanied Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo, and is also supreme accordion champion of Great Britain. Adrian Zolotuhin from Russia and Kelly Cantlon complete the group; together they recreate the magic of gypsy campfire music and the atmosphere of a traditional Budapest café. They will perform for one night only at Norden Farm on Thursday 30th January, 8pm. Tickets are £15 (£13 conc).
In addition to this Eastern European show comes the home-grown talent of Shakespeare. The West End production of Coriolanus, starring Tom Hiddleston as Coriolanus and Mark Gatiss as Memenius, will be broadcast live from the Donmar Warehouse in Covent Garden. As one of Shakespeare’s lesser-performed works, this is an exclusive opportunity to enjoy the blood-soaked tragedy, set in Rome against a backdrop of political manipulation and revenge. Interesting parallels are drawn between this ancient society and the public figures of today, comparing public and private identities. National Theatre Live offers a unique chance to enjoy the best London theatre at home. Coriolanus will be broadcast on Saturday 1st February, 8pm, and Sunday 2nd February, 2pm. Tickets are £15.

Fallen Angels and Voodoo Fire

The end of January sees a wide variety of cultural performances come to Windsor and Maidenhead, from West End comedies to guitar heavy gigs.

Fallen AngelsFrom the 21st – 25th January, visitors to the Royal Borough of Windsor can revel in the highly-acclaimed comedy, Fallen Angels. The Noël Coward play, which enjoyed a fruitful autumn tour in 2013, will continue touring this spring – visiting Maidenhead along the way. Best friends Julia and Jane are played by Jenny Seagrove and Sara Crowe, who enjoy a little too much champagne as their detached husbands leave to play golf, and the promise of a visit from an ex-lover of them both materialises. As the drink flows, truths and jealousies are revealed and the evening descends into chaos. The intense finale peaks as their husbands unexpectedly return.

The play will is being performed at the Theatre Royal Windsor, Tue – Sat 8pm, Thurs 2.30pm, Sat 4.45pm. Contact number: 01753 853888. Ticket prices vary.

Voodoo Fire, a Jimi Hendrix tribute band, will also be visiting Windsor and Maidenhead on January 25th at the Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, for an evening of live rock n’ roll. The band will perform a set-list of Hendrix’s greatest hits, including Voodoo Child, All Along the Watchtower and Purple Haze, among many more. The band consists of Johnny Cranmer on guitar and vocals, Phil Tidy on bass and vocals, and Terry G on the drums. The trio have been praised for their accuracy and loyalty to Hendrix himself by none other than Brian May, legendary guitarist in Queen.

The evening starts at 8pm on January 25th. Tickets are £16. This is a standing event with limited allocated seating.

Norden Farm to host Mozart Birthday Concert

Norden Farm will play host to a celebratory concert honouring Mozart’s contribution to classical music and composition. The concert will be performed by the St John’s Chamber Orchestra and will feature a number of special guests, including Jay Wilkinson on the flute, Elizabeth McNulty on the harp, Simon Watterton on piano, and baritone operatic star Ross Ramgobin.
Norden Farm EventsThese high-calibre guest performers are guaranteed to bring an expert flair to the performances, with McNulty having previously performed at the Fabulously French concert, also at Norden Farm, and Ramgobin’s career being backed by the Royal Opera House.
The orchestra and special guests will be conducted by Nigel Wilkinson as they perform three very different pieces from Mozart’s portfolio, conveying a number of different emotions. Ramgobin expertly highlights the contrasting seduction techniques of Mozart’s womanisers in the two Aria’s from Don Giovanni and The Marriage of Figaro. As well as these exciting pieces, the pleasant and warm feel to the Flute and Harp Concerto will leave the audience feeling relaxed and happy. Finally, the intense Piano Concerto K.450 expertly evokes an intense reaction from spectators, with its strong finale creating the atmosphere of a hunt.
The concert will take place on Sunday 26th January, starting at 11:45am. Tickets range in price, from £15 per adult, £13 concession and £5 for under 16’s. There is free parking on site. This is an indoor event with the Café Bar offering food and drink for guests, including a full Sunday roast.
Norden Farm can be found on Altwood Road, Maidenhead, SL6 4PF.

The Vinyl Frontier ft. The Clash

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The Vinyl Frontier, hosted at Norden Farm, is due to return on Friday 17th January at 8pm. Tickets for the innovative music night, which plays classic albums in full and on vinyl, are £7.

Not only is this event a chance to appreciate classic albums in their entirety, but guests will also be able to enjoy facts, trivia and discussions about the music with vinyl enthusiast Jeff Lloyd.

Originally released in 1979 and listed in Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, this year’s album of choice is London Calling by The Clash. The band’s third album was influenced by a number of different musical genres, including ska, pop, funk, jazz and soul among many others. The album touches upon a number of different themes as well, such as unemployment, societal segregation and displacement, and the struggles of adulthood. The album has sold over five million copies worldwide.

The Clash will begin a whole new season for The Vinyl Frontier, which will include an evening devoted to other acts such as The Beatles and Bob Marley.

The Norden Farm Centre for the Arts is situated along Altwood Road in Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 4PF.