Category Archives: Things To Do Around Windsor

Windsor City Sightseeing Bus Tour – Emily Hobbs

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Having lived in Windsor all my life this is something that I hadn’t done before and felt that this would really help to refresh my knowledge of Windsor. My colleague, Lou, and I took the bus trip on a sunny Wednesday afternoon and really enjoyed the experience.

We started the tour at the first stop on Castle Hill directly outside Windsor Castle. As you get on the bus you are given a set of headphones that you plug in for the duration of the tour, this is a multi-lingual guided tour so is suitable for different nationalities.

We decided to sit on the top deck as it was a nice day and thought this would be best way to take in the sites – just watch out for some of the higher trees as you go through Datchet as they do hang over the side of the bus. There is so much to see in Windsor and the surrounding areas and this is a great way to see everything without wearing out your feet!

There are 11 Bus stops that you can Hop-On or Hop-Off as you please, as the buses come every 30 minutes giving you plenty of time to get off and have a look around or stop for lunch, knowing another bus is just around the corner.

The bus tour is great value for money at just £13 per adult or £30 for a family ticket, 2 adults 2 children (2017 prices) as it is both informative and enjoyable for anyone looking to explore and learn the history of Windsor. As it is a short trip of around 45 minutes it is suitable for individuals, couples or families of all ages.Windsor Open top Bus Tour

MESSING ABOUT ON THE WATER – AWL girls go cruisin’

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As part of my on-the-job training it’s important for me to know all about Windsor and understand what attracts over 6 million visitors to the town each year. With this in mind, and not knowing much about Windsor’s amazing history, I was excited to take a 40-minute boat trip up the River Thames with French Brothers.

Lou-Boat-Trip2The commentary was interesting and informative… and perfectly timed – we were sailing past the exact view as it was mentioned on the tape.  As we passed the Eton College playing fields we learnt that the school was founded in 1440 by Henry VI… who knew?  I would recommend sitting further back if you want to chat as the front of the boat was quite loud.

You get a great view of Windsor Racecourse on the way up to Boveney Lock & Weir where the boat turns around.  Very pretty, and wonderful to watch the world – and the swans – go by from the comfort of your seat.  On the way back, there are stunning views of Windsor Castle.  Camera’s at the ready…

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My colleague, who lives in Windsor, found the trip very informative and she has learnt some new things about her home town.  This trip is suitable for all ages and is equally interesting if you are new to the town or have lived in Windsor your whole life.

MOTHERING SUNDAY

Mothering Sunday

With Mother’s Day (Sunday 15th March) just around the corner there is a variety of events and great choice of restaurants to treat your Mum.  There is lots on offer in Windsor.

r_browns___restaurant_and_barBrown’s Bar and Brasserie, nestling at the foot of Windsor Castle with lovely views of the River Thames. This wonderful location has real wow factor and Browns are offering exclusive deals for this Mothering Sunday.  For more information please check out their website.  Book early to avoid disappointment.

http://www.browns-restaurants.co.uk/locations/windsor

Alternatively, if you fancy getting out and about and enjoying the Spring sunshine, Savill Gardens situated just outside of Windsor, is well worth a visit.  This attraction is a delight for keen gardeners.  Free admission for Mothers on 15th March.  The café is serving delicious three course meals starting from just £15.95.

Allium Globemaster at Savill Gardens

Allium Globemaster at Savill Gardens

http://www.theroyallandscape.co.uk/events/2015/03/mothers-day/

A special treat for the little ones (and big kids too…!) Squire’s Garden Centre are hosting a Create & Grow event for Mother’s Day this year.  Pick three lovely flowers to plant in your basket and take home as a gift for just £5, there are fun competitions to enter into too.  There is also a café serving lovely cream teas and appetising lunches.  For more information visit their website to help you plan your special day.

http://www.squiresgardencentres.co.uk/coffee-shop/windsor-coffee-shop/

Wherever you plan to take your beloved Mothers and Grandmothers this year, we hope you have a fabulous time here in Windsor.  If you are considering an extended stay, please let us know how we can help with your accommodation in Windsor and Eton.

www.accommodationwindsor.com

 

 

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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What makes Windsor so special…?

signsWith Windsor Castle as a backdrop and within 20 miles of London it ticks a lot of boxes location wise.  Add in the history, charm, Royal connections, fabulous shopping, tourist attractions, rail and road links, high employment, low-crime, great schools (both state and private) and you start to build up a picture of what draws people to this unique area.

Windsor has a thriving social scene with bars, restaurants and clubs for all age groups.  It’s big on families too so really easy to make new friends and settle the kids in.  There are lots of local attractions including a Leisure Centre with swimming pool, fabulous National Trust properties, Royal Parks, its own Theatre, International Racing and Legoland theme park and all just a hop and a skip from London with all of its shopping, activity and employment opportunities.

The town centre is delightful, nestling on the River Thames with stunning swans, summer boating, kayaking, river trips and a Duck Tour - it’s fun to live in a tourist town and never have to leave.  The pavements can get a little congested in the peak season, but equally there is a vibrancy and excitement to living in Windsor; and knowing people travel from all over the world to visit your town.

15CC-sofa-englandLots of clients use Accommodation Windsor as a stop gap, whether relocating from overseas or closer to home, its a chance to settle in and have a look around the area before taking the plunge and buying or renting something longer term.  With prices from just £595 pw for a 2-bed town centre apartment, properties are available to let from a minimum of one week for as long as you want to stay. 

Our stylish and well-located Properties are fully furnished right down to the garlic press and prices are inclusive of all utilities meaning that you can move on when you’re ready to do so.

Our helpful and knowledgeable team can also advise on schools, doctors’ surgeries and all the essential local amenities that you need to know about to make life a little simpler.  Windsor is a relatively small town and a hugely welcoming community and you will find lots of networks and support groups to help you and your family settle in.

Let us know what you think makes Windsor so special…

Changing the Guard and The Fat Duck

Windsor is best known as one of Her Majesty’s official residences, with Windsor Castle inspiring the town and local residents. There is no better way to truly capture the resplendence and spectacle of royal life than to witness the Changing of the Guard, as they march up Windsor High Street and into the Castle – a duty that has been carried out since 1660. The stately ceremony begins outside the Guardroom, situated in the Lower Ward of the Castle, and takes only 10 minutes. Usually the guards are joined by an official band, to increase the grandeur, but this is dependent on weather conditions.

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If you want to witness the ceremony, you must be positioned on the High Street at 10:50am to avoid disappointment. The Guard March is a year-round occurrence, taking place on alternate days between August and March, and daily (excluding Sundays) between April and July.

You can also witness the Changing of the Guard inside the castle; this ceremony usually takes around 30 minutes. The old guards then return to the barracks at approximately 11:25am.

fatduckAfter a morning of witnessing this regal procedure, why not dine in style at one of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead’s finest eateries – Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck. Situated in Bray, Berkshire, The Fat Duck is only a stone’s throw away from Windsor town centre. Run by one of the UK’s most famous chefs, The Fat Duck offers a tantalising menu full of sensory experimentation. At £195 a head, it is a pricey dinner, however the 3.5 hour menu of 14 courses is an experience to remember.

The Fat Duck is open Tuesday – Saturday, with lunch served from 12 noon – last orders at 2pm, and dinner served from 7pm – last orders at 9pm.

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.