Windsor Castle is the oldest, largest (and most beautiful) occupied castle in the world. Over 900 years old, the Castle is said to be Queen Elizabeth’s favourite residence… and who can blame her. Continue reading At Home with The Queen…
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.
Fabulous Ring-a-Royal Art Box will be located outside Windsor Castle until the end of the year. The phone box, designed by Timmy Mallett, is one of a hundred created by artists across the country in aid of Childline to celebrate 2012 and 25 years of the charity.If you get a chance to visit, let us know who you think the Royals are all talking to…