Situated west of London and on the River Thames, Windsor is a south-east town with an impressive history. The town is most famous for being home to one of the Royal Family’s residences, Windsor Castle, which was built in the 11th century by William The Conqueror. It is thought to be the longest occupied royal residence in Europe. While no visit to Windsor would be complete without taking the ‘Long Walk’ path to the castle and a tour of the State Apartments with its incredible art and decadent furnishings, it’s not all that Windsor has to offer visitors. Here are some of the great places to visit and events to enjoy in Windsor this summer.
Royal Windsor Summer Show
On Saturday 20th July 2019 the grounds of St George’s School in Windsor Castle come alive with family fun and entertainment from 11am to 5pm. The show is a celebration of the best local foods, drinks, arts, crafts, live music and horticulture which is sure to keep visitors of all ages entertained. Children can enjoy a bouncy castle, Punch and Judy shows, face painting, crafts, delicious ice cream, fairground games and much more. Highlights for the grown-ups include the Demonstration Den which is open to provide cookery and gardening advice, or book your table at the A Royal Afternoon Tea prepared by Channel 4’s Mark Tilling – the Extreme Chocolate Maker.
Royal Windsor Steamboat Express
This summer you can take the Royal Windsor steam train from Waterloo to Windsor with a Steam Dreams rail journey, but if you want to take your experience to the next level, hop on the Royal Windsor Steamboat Express. This one-hour river cruise by French Brothers takes place aboard Edwardian and Victorian Steam Launches ‘Streatley and Nuneham’ which have been expertly restored. These vessels have also carried Her Majesty the Queen, so you know you’re in very good company as you journey from Windsor Promenade to Boveney Lock. You’ll enjoy amazing views of Eton College, Millhouse, Windsor Castle, Windsor Racecourse and The Brocas Meadows. A fantastic way to see all Windsor’s most historical sights.
LEGOLAND Windsor Resort
While LEGOLAND is primarily aimed at families with young children, in reality it offers a great day out for all ages. The LEGOLAND Resort is a real sight to behold as you tour the site and marvel at the incredible LEGO statues, cities and scenes. Of course, for many, the highlights are the thrilling rides, shows and water park and many struggle to fit all the attractions into one day. That’s why the resort includes a LEGO-themed hotel so you can make a real break of your visit and take your time.
If you’re looking for a slower pace, head to the Great Park. This area is truly stunning with immaculately maintained lawns, beautiful arching trees and vibrant flower beds. You can take a casual stroll through the park, a luxurious carriage ride or even ride a horse if you’re feeling adventurous.
How about a day at the races? The famous Ascot Racecourse is right here in Windsor, offering visitors the thrill of the races and glamour of the social events. Royal Ascot begins on 20th June and is a five day event which has always been attended by Her Majesty the Queen and other members of the royal family who own their own racehorses. Champagne, fine dining, flamboyant fashion and maybe the odd bet if you’re feeling lucky.