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.
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. Continue reading What’s on this April 2014
Pancake Day, otherwise known as Shrove Tuesday, falls on Tuesday 21st February this year. On this day pancakes are traditionally eaten as it is the day before the start of Lent when people used to fast for 40 days. The reason people ate pancakes specifically is because they are made of eggs, sugar and milk which were not eaten during the period of Lent. Nowadays we eat them just because they taste so good!! In order to help you celebrate Pancake Day here’s our recipe for the perfect pancakes:
140g plain flour
200ml whole milk
25g unsalted butter, melted
Sift the flour with a pinch of salt into a bowl and make a well in the middle. Mix the milk and 100ml of water together. Break the eggs into the well and start whisking slowly. Carefully add the milk and water, whisking constantly and gradually mixing the flour in as you do so.
Whisk until the batter is smooth. Let the batter sit for 30 minutes, and then whisk the melted butter into the batter.
Heat the pan over a medium heat. Very lightly grease the pan with melted butter. Pour roughly 2 tbsp of batter into the pan. Use just enough batter to make a delicate, lacy pancake. Cook the pancake for about 45 seconds on one side until golden and then flip the pancake over and cook the other side for about 30 seconds.
Slide the pancake out of the pan and either serve immediately or stack on a plate with baking parchment in between. Continue until all the batter is used up.
For toppings you can try the traditional lemon and sugar or golden syrup. Or you could go for melted chocolate and strawberries!
The Windsor and Eton Flippin Pancake Challenge 2012 is set to be bigger and better than ever this year with all teams encouraged to don the traditional pancake racing costume of the 15th century housewife. That means skirt, apron, headscarf and frying pan! The competition takes place tomorrow along the Royal Windsor Shopping area between 10.00-11.30am. A blog by Rosie.
There is so much going on in Windsor this Winter here’s a list of the best events to add to your diaries.
Firstly the Windsor Contemporary Art Fair which is taking place at the Windsor Racecourse on 12th and 13th November. Here you can expect to see a wonderful range of artwork including paintings, photography and sculpture from both well established artists and new talents. Pieces start from just £40 so it’s the perfect place to kick start your Christmas shopping.
On Saturday19th November you can make your way to Windsor Town Centre to watch the switching on of the Christmas Lights. The festivities start with a traditional handmade lantern procession followed by live music on the main stage in front of the Castle. This year the lights are to be switched on by the stars of the Theatre Royal’s magnificent pantomime, Sleeping Beauty. The production of Sleeping Beauty runs from 7th December until closing night on the 7th January and stars Tony Christie and Brit Ekland. Tickets are now on sale.
You can also take the children for a truly magical Christmas experience on the 3rd of December when Santa will be visiting complete with sleigh and real-live Reindeer! Enjoy the marching band while the children have their photo taken with Santa.
Finally, Alexander Gardens will once again be transformed into a Winter Wonderland this year with the arrival of the Christmas Ice Rink on 10th December until 2nd January. A gentle skate around this beautiful park is the perfect way to end a day of Christmas shopping in fabulous Windsor.