Windsor is set to host another Autumn of amazing cultural events during its annual Windsor Festival in September, and tickets are now on sale.
This year, the line-up is marking the centenaries of both the end of the First World War and of Women’s Suffrage. The exciting list of performances and speakers includes the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Orpheus Sinfonia, together with leading baritone Roderick Williams, who will be performing music commemorating the Great War.
A number of fascinating speakers will be coming to Windsor to share some insights about notable women from history. Jenni Murray will be sharing her thoughts on ‘A History of the World in 21 Women’, while Shami Chakrabarti is also appearing to talk about her book ‘Of Women: In the 21st Century’.
As well as giving locals and those visiting Windsor the chance to enjoy some cultural highlights this Autumn, the Windsor Festival also opens up some of the town’s most beautiful and historic buildings as venues. This year these include St George’s Chapel, Waterloo Chamber in Windsor Castle, Windsor Guildhall and Cumberland Lodge in the Great Park.
As well as the programme of music and talks, there will be a number of open houses featuring the work of local artists and craftspeople. Several other small exhibitions, as well as a community stage will also feature as part of the festival at the Old Court arts centre on St Leonard’s Rd.
The Macdonald Windsor Hotel, right across from the Castle, will be offering a special Festival Menu throughout the duration of the event from 16th September to 30th September.
Nearly 100 RAF aircraft, joined by the Red Arrows display team, will soar over the skies of Windsor just after 1pm on 10 July in what has been called a “once in a lifetime” event.
Marking the centenary of the RAF, the mixture of vintage and modern aircraft will fly from Ipswich at 12:45pm, reaching Buckingham Palace at 1pm and Heathrow at 1:10pm. Windsor and Maidenhead will be next, a few minutes later.
Lancaster Bombers, Hurricanes and Spitfires will join the RAF’s latest state-of-the-art jet planes, alongside several helicopters and passenger aircraft.
Perhaps most anticipated will be the RAF’s next generation fast jet, the Lightning, as it takes to the air for what will be its first public outing.
Providing the weather conditions are right, 25 different kinds of aircraft will be involved in the procession.
The RAF says: “This once-in-a-lifetime flypast will provide an iconic centrepiece for the RAF100 celebrations.
“In our centenary year we are commemorating those that have come before us, celebrating our current personnel and, ultimately, inspiring a new generation to write the next chapters in the RAF’s story.”
To get a great view of the flypast, Windsor tourists and locals alike could head to Alexandra Gardens, where they may enjoy views of the flypast in the skies above Windsor Castle.
Alternatively, anyone lucky enough to have accommodation in central Windsor will be able to enjoy the flypast in all its glory from the comfort of their own home or garden.
The weather is warming up and there is no better time to visit Windsor. With a huge choice of restaurants, bars and cafes and masses of local events taking place beat the crowds by booking to stay in our beautiful town this Spring. You can choose to stay in top 5 star hotels, executive serviced accommodation or boutique B&B’s.
Windsor is beautiful in Spring and here’s what’s on if you are planning a visit in the new few weeks…
Cliveden is running an Easter Egg trail between Saturday 14th and Monday 17th April from 10am to 3.30pm. Free entry for NT members
The Carnival of Colour at Savill Gardens on Wick Lane between 1st-17th April from 10-5pm each day with a Rainbow Trail and chance to win a celebratory Rhododendron
Theatre Royal Windsor is showing Dirty Rotten Scoundrels from 4-8th April and Fame the Musical from 11-15th April
Enjoy Windsor’s very own Royal Free Singers in concert at Eton College on 8th April from 7.30 – 10pm
Treat yourselves to a Gourmet Spring Dinner hosted at the Cumberland Lodge on 19th April from 7-9.30pm
Help the Queen celebrate her 91st birthday with a 21-gun salute taking place on the Long Walk (Brook Street entrance) from midday on 21st April
Monday Evening races start at Windsor Racecourse on 24th April and then 8th, 15th and 22nd May – gates open 2.45pm
The Great British Dog Walk departs from Savill Gardens for a wonderful 4km or 9km stomp through Windsor Great Park on 29th April from 10.30am in aid of hearing dogs
Its nearly six and a half years ago since I was offered an exciting career change with Accommodation Windsor Limited. Initially, I had contacted the company for help with short term accommodation whilst I searched for a job locally. Having spent time visiting friends, I had grown to love Windsor and was keen to relocate. Whilst I was on the website looking at the gorgeous apartments, I noticed the company was advertising for a Lettings Manager. A few days after submitting my CV, I was in the office being interviewed and was shown around a couple of fabulous properties that the company managed. Directors Nigel and Georgia took me out for lunch and over Tapas I was offered the job… I think Nigel had drunk his wine too quickly! Within the same week I found a great place to rent and all of a sudden my life was heading in a whole new direction.
Over the next few weeks, I had to learn as much as possible about Windsor & Eton and all of the Landlords and their properties so that I was well informed and able to match customers with the right accommodation to suit their needs. When I first started with the company we had around 25 properties, this has now more than doubled to a portfolio in excess of 60 – ranging from studios to 4-bed houses. It has been fantastic to be a part of Accommodation Windsor’s growth and see the company develop in every direction; from system development, an ever-expanding team and fabulous property improvements. Knowing that I have contributed to the growth of the business is also incredibly rewarding.
So whats next for Accommodation Windsor Limited? Well, with a refreshing approach to service that brings customers back to stay with us time and time again and with the exciting property improvements currently taking place, I can only envisage the company continuing to grow in an even more corporate, professional and fresh direction. Within the next year, we will take on new properties, we’ll need bigger offices and possibly a bigger team too. I think Accommodation Windsor is a great place to work and the Company is fun and innovative which is why we continue to grow year on year.