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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!!

 

 

 

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…

Working in Windsor

David BurianBack in July 2013, I came to Windsor for a job interview.  Coming from Hungary and having lived only in London, I hadn’t heard of Windsor before so I did some internet research about the town prior to the big day.  I read about the attractions, the restaurants, the social life, the transport and from every angle Windsor seemed a great place to live.  However, back then I was more worried about getting the job and not so much about the town.  So when I got off the train at Central Station on the day of the interview, my thoughts were focussed around the upcoming questions and I wasn’t thinking about the town too much.  And yet as I stepped off the train I was amazed.

“How can a train station be so charming? And if the train station is so lovely what should I expect from the town?”

As I left the station I was impressed by Windsor Castle, the charming cobbled streets and shops, by the happy, relaxed people all around me. I loved every little detail: the River Thames, the Windsor Bridge, Peascod Street, the narrow alleyways and Alexandra Gardens. I had a feeling that I had found the perfect place to live! I was so surprised I couldn’t read the map properly (most unlike me) so I had to ask for help to find the way to my interview at Alma House.

Luckily for me it went really well and I was offered the job and asked to move in on the same day.  Since then I have learnt more about the town and I still think Windsor is the greatest place to live.

It was love at first sight!

My role at at the company is very varied; I do a fair bit of cleaning of really fantastic apartments as well as maintenance jobs and looking after guests if they need anything out of office hours. This means I work closely with all of my colleagues from Housekeeping, Maintenance and in the Office too, not just from one Department.  The most exciting parts of my job are that I always can improve my English, learn something new and meet new people every day.  I love to chat with guests about their travelling, impressions of Windsor or our Bed & Breakfast.  A fresh pair of eyes is always helpful and it’s great to share stories and places to visit in this wonderful town.

What’s On this Christmas in Windsor & Eton

With shops full of gifts and decorations and several party invites on the mantelpiece already it must be nearly Xmas…!  Here’s our list of what’s on locally to help you plan your diaries:-

Eton Christmas Lights Switch On takes place this Thursday 22nd November.  Starting with a Service in Eton College Chapel between 6.30-7.00pm and then a procession and Light Switch on at the Community Xmas Tree in Jubilee Square from 7.20pm.

 

Windsor Street Gallery is an open air fine art show taking place on Peascod Street, Windsor.  Open for browsing and sales on Sunday 25th November between 11am and 5pm.

Carols by Candlelight will take place at Windsor Theatre on 28th November from 8pm.  The Locrian Ensemble will perform Carols and Christmas tunes accompanied by strings, harp and West End soprano Jill Washington.  A great start to the Xmas season!

Windsor’s Farmer’s Market has been taking place since 2005 on St Leonards Road between the Firestation and East Berks College.  Saturday 1st December 2012 will have a Seasonal theme with decorated stalls and advice for how to make Christmas dinner extra special.

Windsor’s most popular Christmas event returns also on 1st December this year. You can see the LIVE Reindeer and Father Christmas on a sleigh parading through the Town Centre between 2pm and 4pm.  Children can have photos taken with Father Christmas on his sleigh before he returns to Lapland.

Windsor Emporium takes place on Sunday 2nd December between 10am and 4pm at Windsor Guildhall.  A truly delightful and alternative Xmas shopping experience featuring hand produced Arts & Crafts.  There will also be a Vintage Tea Room serving homemade cakes and light refreshments.

Entry to The Savill Garden is free from 1st – 31st December allowing you to enjoy a variety of winter plants – gardens are open 10am-4.30pm.  There will be a Victorian Christmas theme in the café and Father Christmas will be visiting The Savill Building between 11am-4pm on 20th and 21st December (£5 per child – please book 01784 435 544 to avoid disappointment!) 

Father Christmas will make his grand entrance on a festive horse and carriage at The Savill Building at 10.45am on 1st & 2nd, 8th & 9th, 15th & 16th, 20th & 21st December.  The carriage will then be available for all the family to enjoy. 

Tickets are now available for Theatre Royal Windsor’s Panto - this year Jack and the Beanstalk will be showing from 5 December 2012 – 6 January 2013.  Starring Matthew Kelly, Bond girl Brit Ekland and playing Jack is pop star Anthony Kavanagh.  Contact Box Office for further details.

Carols on the Hill takes place at King Henry VIII Gate on Friday 14th December from 6-7pm.  Join the Band of the Blues and Royals for a spot of carol singing in front of Windsor Castle. 

Festivo takes place in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on Tuesday 18th December at 7.30pm.  Tickets remain for Quires seating only (no view); this popular programme features favourite carols, devotional readings and lighter seasonal items. 

Finally, Alexander Gardens will once again be transformed into a Winter Wonderland with the arrival of the Christmas Ice Rink on 8th December until 6th January open from 9.30am to 10pm.  Windsor Ice will feature a private function room, Santa’s Grotto and a Victorian Christmas Market with evening entertainment.  

Whatever your plans, AWL wishes one and all a wonderful start to the Christmas season.  www.accommodationwindsor.com.

 

Diamond Jubilee Tribute

ImageIt’s Jubilee fever all over again.  Tomorrow Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth will unveil Windsor’s Diamond Jubilee Tribute in Windsor town centre.  The sculpture was designed by competition winner Caroline Basra of Windsor Girls’ School and features 60 spheres spiralling upwards.  The prize-winning tribute will be placed on the pedestrian concourse between Top Shop and Daniels.

Diamond Jubilee Weekend Celebrations

So much going on in Windsor this weekend… How are YOU celebrating?

Sat 2 June 2012
A 21-gun salute takes place on the Long Walk to mark the start of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee weekend  at 12 noon
 
Sat 2 June 2012
Diamond Jubilee Windsor Farmers’ Market and St Leonards Road Street Party, 10am to 2pm.  Street stalls, children’s competition, special shopping discounts and much more.
 
Sat 2 to Tues 5 June 2012
Diamond Jubilee carpet planting in The Queen Elizabeth Temperate House in The Savill Garden at Windsor Great Park.
 
Sun 3 June 2012
Big Picnic takes place in Alexandra Gardens from midday with a 1950s theme.
 
Sun 3 June 2012
Eton Street Party (TICKETS SOLD OUT)
 
Sun 3 June 2012
Windsor Emporium Arts and Craft Fair at Windsor Guildhall – 10am-4pm free entry.  Around 30 local craftsmen present their hand-produced work.
 
Sun 3 and Mon 4 June 2012
Windsor Vintage Market at the Windsor Royal Shopping http://lipstickandgearstick.com/article/windsor-royal-jubilee-vintage-market
 
Mon 4 June 2012
Ox Roast takes place in Bachelors Acre from midday until 6pm.  The Ox Roast is a traditional Jubilee celebration.
 
Tues 5 June 2012
FREE Hog Roast and paella tasters in Windsor Royal Shopping including 50s theme village market, vintage cars and live entertainment from lunchtime.

Royal Windsor Horse Show

The family were thrilled at AWL’s invitation to the Windsor Horse Show.  Wellies on, tickets in hand, we walked along the river towards Home Park, soaking up the horsey atmosphere.  The ponies and tack were looking extra shiny in honour of the Queen’s Jubilee.  With jumps, dressage and carriage racing, our two year old daughter was in raptures.  The Berkshire Food Festival offered plenty of delicious pit stops and we ended the day watching the Italian Cavalry charging through the main arena to some fantastic live scoring- a great start to the weekend.  Thank you AWL for a great family outing, it was a nice reminder that Windsor does pageantry better than anyone!

We will be back next year.  Joe, Jen and Poppy x

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

 
Queen Elizabeth was born on 21st April 1926 in Mayfair, London and at the time third in line to the British throne after Edward, Prince of Wales and her father, The Duke of York.  She spent her earliest years at Whitelodge in Richmond Park before moving with her family to the Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park at the age of 6.  Here Princess Elizabeth was presented with her own house called The Little Cottage which was given to her by the People of Wales.
 
When her grandfather, King George V died in 1936 her Uncle took the throne of England as King Edward VIII but within a year, and amidst much scandal he abdicated to marry Wallis Simpson who was a divorcee.  At this point Elizabeth’s father, King George VI, was crowned and Princess Elizabeth became next in line to the British throne.  Throughout her childhood years Princess Elizabeth was home schooled by her father on topics such as Politics and History to prepare her for the life she had ahead.  She was also educated on religion by The Arch Bishop of Canterbury.

During the Blitz Elizabeth and her family sought safety and refuge at Windsor Castle where they spent most of the War years.  Whilst the country was still recovering from the devastation caused by WWII Elizabeth married Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten at Westminster Abbey on 20 November 1947. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip have now been married over 64 years and they have four children, eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

In the 1950s her father’s health began slowly deteriorating until his death on Wednesday, 6 February 1952. Elizabeth was in Kenya on a royal visit when she received the news and immediately flew back to England as the new Queen.  Her Coronation took place in Westminster Abbey on 2 June 1953.  The procession was viewed by crowds of people and the ceremony was broadcast over the radio across the world.

During her reign Queen Elizabeth II has seen many changes in the world including the first man on the Moon, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the invention of modern television, mobile phones and internet.  She is an avid animal lover who has taken a keen interest in the breeding of both dogs and horses.  It is also less known that she has an interest in Scottish country dancing and performs each year at Balmoral Castle to neighbours, staff members and the local community.

The Queen celebrated her Golden Jubilee, a milestone to mark the 50th year of her reign in 2002, and a large number of people threw street parties, garden parties and many other events to celebrate with her.   Now the country is looking forward to celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee this summer to commemorate 60 years since her Coronation. The only other Monarch in British history to have celebrated their Diamond Jubilee is Queen Victoria who at the moment holds the title of longest ruling Monarch after her reign of 63 years.

The Diamond Jubilee Central Weekend takes place over four days in June 2012, celebrating 60 years of The Queen’s reign, see the diary of events below.

Saturday 2 June

The Epsom Derby

Sunday 3 June

The Big Jubilee Lunch

The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant

Monday 4 June

The Diamond Jubilee Concert

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Beacons

Tuesday 5 June

Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral

See link for further information on events taking place during the Diamond Jubilee weekend http://www.bbc.co.uk/diamondjubilee/index.shtml

 

Top Ten Things to do in Windsor for FREE

Days out and weekends away can be expensive, especially with the kids in tow, so we thought we’d have a look at how much you can do in Windsor for FREE.

1.       THE CHANGING OF THE GUARD

Position yourself on the High Street at 10.50am on selected days of the week to watch the Guards as they march past on their way to the Castle.  The march lasts around 20 minutes and is heralded by the accompanying band.

 

2.       THE LONG WALK TO THE COPPER HORSE

The straight path which links Windsor Castle and Snow Hill in Windsor Great Park is known as the Long Walk and is 2.64 miles in length.  Lined with elm trees, this walk is stunning in all seasons and as a result very popular.  You will often see couples enjoying a romantic stroll, families playing with their children and people walking their dogs.

 3.       ROYAL WINDSOR (WINDOW) SHOPPING

 The Royal Windsor shopping area is largely covered and built on the site of the 100 year old railway station right in the centre of town.  It boasts an array of top retail brands and chic cafes for a great combination of shopping and relaxing.  You can plan what to buy after pay day!

 4.       VISIT ST JOHN’S CHURCH

St. Johns Parish Church is located in the centre of town just along the High Street from the castle.  Built in a medieval style in 1822 this grand church contains the Royal Borough’s war memorial to the fallen soldiers of the Second World War and a spectacular painting of the Last Supper.

5.       FEED THE SWANS

Feeding the swans is an activity which can be enjoyed by people of all ages and there is certainly no lack of swans to feed at Windsor Bridge.  You can either bring your own leftover bread or purchase a bag of swan feed from the food stall located near the Bridge.

 6.       ETON

Eton High Street offers a range of galleries, boutiques and antique shops which are great for a gentle browse.  Once you cross over the Barnes Pool Bridge you are within the boundaries of Eton College so continue on to see the most prestigious school in the country.

7.       EXPLORE WINDSOR GREAT PARK

This beautiful and vast open space provides the perfect setting for picnics, ball games, kite flying and cycling- you can bring your dog too.

8.       ALEXANDRA GARDENS

Take a picnic along to Alexandra Gardens where you can relax in a beautiful setting with a perfect view of the castle, kick-back and enjoy the Windsor Wheel gently revolving in the summer season or watch the ice-skaters throughout the winter months. 

 9.       WALK ALONG THE WINDSOR TRAIL 

Enjoy an easy stroll along the River Thames Path in either direction from the Castle to see some wonderful countryside and historic locks and towns.  Walking from Windsor to Old Windsor offers wonderful views of the Castle and provides the opportunity to explore Datchet on the way.  Keep going past Old Windsor to Runnymede to see where King John signed the Magna Carta in 1215.

10.   WINDSOR CASTLE

Residents of Windsor can enjoy unlimited free entry to Windsor Castle with their Advantage Cards.  Non-residents who don’t want to pay to enter can still enjoy walking around the outside of the Castle where it meets the High Street with lots of lovely photo opportunities.