We are very excited this month as Windsor hosts the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at St. Georges Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle this Saturday 19th May 2018.
We are expecting the town to be buzzing with excitement – in fact it has already started with bunting going up throughout the town and images of Harry and Megan adorning various shop doorsteps and pub windows!
There are huge screens going up along the Long Walk and Alexandra Gardens and the procession route has been mapped out to allow for maximum viewing pleasure! The royal couple will leave Windsor Castle and proceed down Windsor High Street, along Sheet Street and onto Kings Road, Albert Road then they will turn onto the Long Walk and go back up to the Castle greeting thousands of well-wishers along the way.
There will be food and drink and entertainment on tap and many visitors to Windsor and local families are making a day of it. The atmosphere is sure to be electric – let’s hope the weather holds out.
We are aware of road closures in the town from 10pm on the day before the wedding on certain roads in the town centre and other main roads into Windsor closing from 6am on Saturday 19th May until around 4pm.
For more information on this please see www.roadworks.org and type in Windsor and the date to see a map showing where each road is closed.
Despite road closures this event will be such a joyous occasion and we hope that the royal couple will be very happy as they start their married life – who knows, there may even be the patter of tiny feet in a few years!
If you have already booked accommodation with us then you will be aware of the road closures as we have emailed you but please do keep an eye on the roadworks site for any last-minute changes. There are parking spaces at The Review Ground which need to be reserved – the price is £30 per car and we understand there might be a 20 minute walk from there to The Long Walk. Book parking here
Our top tip for the day – travel light, leave plenty of time to get here as there are likely to be queues. There are extra trains laid on for the big day so leave the car at home and stay overnight to avoid the traffic!
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.
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.
The 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…
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.
With Mothers 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.
Brown’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.
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.
A special treat for the little ones (and big kids too…!) Squires Garden Centre are hosting a Create & Grow event for Mothers 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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.