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 email@example.com.
With 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.
Lots 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…
Back 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.
With shops full of gifts and decorations and several party invites on the mantelpiece already it must be nearly Xmas ! Heres our list of whats 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!
Windsors Farmers 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 Gardenis 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 Windsors 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 Hilltakes 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 Georges 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, Santas Grotto and a Victorian Christmas Market with evening entertainment.
It’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.