What's on in Windsor
Windsor Castle Exhibitions
Waterloo at Windsor: 1815 – 2015 (31 January 2015 – 13 January 2016)
2015 marks the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo and the defeat of Napoleon. In celebration of the allied victory, George IV created the Waterloo Chamber at Windsor Castle, a grand space filled with portraits of those instrumental in the victory, among them the Duke of Wellington. Throughout 2015, Waterloo at Windsor: 1815 – 2015 will combine a themed trail through the State Apartments with a display of prints, drawings and archival material that explores the battle and its aftermath. The trail will highlight objects seized on the battlefield by the victors, including silver, furniture, weapons and the beautiful red cloak belonging to Napoleon, presented to George IV by Wellington's ally, Field-Marshal Gebhardt von Blücher.m
French Brothers run boat trips on the River Thames from Windsor, Runnymede and Maidenhead. Choose from a short return trip or a full-day cruise.
French Brothers were the winner of Best Inland Canal/Riverboat Operator in the 2012 Group Travel Organiser Magazine Awards, and have recently been awarded Tripadvisors certificate of excellence.
Day visitors to Windsor can choose either a short 40 minute return trip or a longer 2 hour return – both offer amazing views of the Castle. Discounted tickets can be booked online, with further discounts available for groups of 20 or more. Groups of 20+ should
contact the bookings office.
There are 2 scheduled services offering visitors to Windsor the opportunity to arrive in style – by boat with regular sailings from Maidenhead and from Runnymede. An additional service is available from Runnymede that travels to Hampton Court.
There is an extensive programme of special events such as Sunday lunch cruises and trips on a fantastic Victorian steam boat. These can all be booked online at www.frenchbrothers.co.uk
Ascot Racing - Christmas
The first day of the Christmas Meeting features the Grade 2 Betfred Noel Novices' Steeple Chase, run over two miles and three furlongs and the Grade 2 MITIE Kennel Gate Novices' Hurdle run over two miles. Both these events are significant stepping stones towards the championship races for younger jumpers of both disciplines later in the year, culminating at the Cheltenham Festival in March.
Saturday: Ascot's most valuable day of Jumps racing, featuring the two mile £150,000 Ladbroke Handicap Hurdle, the highest profile event of its type outside the Cheltenham Festival.
On a day when hurdlers
take centre stage, the Grade 1 Long Walk Hurdle, the early season championship for stayers, caps a top quality programme.
Off the track, the whole family can join in some festive fun by taking a ride at the fairground, experience Christmas tales live from the cosy confines of the Bandstand and even meet Santa’s reindeer! And of course, the Christmas Meeting wouldn’t be complete without a visit to see Father Christmas, who will be waiting in his Winter Wonderland to give a gift to every child, subject to availability and good behaviour throughout the year.
End the day with a Christmas carol concert to get you in the festive mood. Song books are provided free of charge and audience participation is encouraged! What better way to start your Christmas celebrations.
Please note all family entertainment takes place within the Grandstand Admission area so all racegoers can take part in the fun of the day.
(18 Dec 2015 - 19 Dec 2015)
Light, Camera, Action
It is no surprise that this area is frequently used by filmmakers given its proximity to London and with Pinewood and Shepperton Studios just 20 minutes away. Bray is the home of Bray Film Studios, made famous in the 1950s and 1960s by the Hammer House of Horror Productions including Dracula. More recently it was where Alien was made in 1979.
Here is just a small selection of the most well known films and TV series the borough has been proud to host over recent years.
A View To A Kill (1985)
My Fair Lady (2010)
Inspector Morse (TV 1987) – St Michael’s Church and the Crown pub.
Carry on Don’t Lose Your Head (1966)
Help! (The second Beatles' film 1965)
Yaadein (Bollywood film 2001)
Sherlock Holmes (2009)
Sense & Sensibility (TV 2008)
Sliding Doors (1998)
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
To Kill a King (2003)
Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)
A Tale of Two Cities (1980)
Chariots of Fire (1981)
The Fourth Protocol (1987)
Inspector Morse (1987)
The Secret Garden (1993)
The Madness of King George (1995)
True Blue (1996)
Wind in the Willows (1996)
Mrs Brown (1997)
Shakespeare in Love (1998)
Casino Royale (2006)
My Week with Marilyn (2011)
Maidenhead Town Hall
Carry on Again Doctor (1969)
Carry on Behind (1975)
Carry on Doctor (1967)
Doctor in Clover (1966)
Doctor in Distress (1963)
The Oakley Court
The Rocky Horror Show (1975)
St Trinians (1957)
The Curse of Frankenstien (1957)
Theatre Royal, Windsor
Mr. Thunderbird: The Gerry Anderson Story (TV 2000)
The Professionals (TV 1977-81)
Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
The Vice (TV 1999)
Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)
Layer Cake (2004)
The President’s Daughter (2004)
Bride & Prejudice (2004)
Windsor Great Park
Terry Pratchett's The Colour of Magic (TV 2007)
Tomb Raider (2001)
Harry Potter (2003 & 2004)
Midsomer Murders (TV 2004 & 2008)
As You Like It (2005)
Miss Marple (TV 2008)
Robin Hood (2010)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (2010) and Part 2 (2011)
My Week with Marilyn (2011)
Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)
47 Ronin (2012)
French Brothers Boats (The Nuneham)
With Windsor Castle as the backdrop there will be a programme of live entertainment throughout the day, a traditional handmade lantern procession with carol singing which will wind its way through the streets in Windsor, culminating in the switching on of the Christmas lights with the cast from Theatre Royal Windsor's panto - Cinderella.
The evening will also include a specially commissioned projection on Windsor Castle's Garter Tower.
Entertainment starts 3:30pm.
Join us at this spectacular new Christmas Shopping Event - The Windsor Christmas Gift Fair.
Five weeks before Christmas it is timed to prepare you for the festive period. Christmas shopping has never been more enjoyable. It’s the perfect place to buy your gifts and treats.
At this ultimate festive shopping experience pick up inspired and unusual gifts for family and friends, sparkling decorations for your home and more than a few goodies to stock the larder. Soak up the festive music, take a break and enjoy a glass of wine or cup of tea and mince pie while you tick off your shopping list. It’s Christmas Sorted!
You’ll find everything from the essential to the unexpected !
* Gourmet food & drink * unique gifts from artisan designers and makers * jewellery * stunning clothing * home accessories to grace any abode * inspiring artwork * seasonal stationery, wrapping & cards * gadgets to confound you * yummy chocolate gifts * festive decorations & lights* vintage gems * cute children’s clothing & toys * health and beauty and so much more.
Friday 20th, Saturday 21st, Sunday 22nd November at Royal Windsor Racecourse
Royal Theatre Pantomime
Theatre Royal Windsor has established itself as a firm family favourite with pantomime audiences and Windsor’s annual pantomime has a reputation for being one of the best in the UK, attracting large audience numbers to the picturesque Edwardian Theatre during its six week run.
Following last Christmas’ record-breaking show, Beauty And The Beast, this year’s pantomime is Cinderella, the classic fairytale of a beautiful girl forced to serve her jealous dastardly Ugly step-sisters. Aided by the silly but loveable Buttons and a Fairy Godmother carefully watching over, Cinderella dreams of happiness.
In a dazzling production packed with glamour and glitz, from the opening song to the happy every after ending, scenery that sets the stage alive, music, dance and infectious comedy, Cinderella is the ultimate festive feel good pantomime to charm audiences of all ages. Tickets to enjoy Windsor’s fun-filled traditional pantomime are on sale now. Oh yes there are!!!
Theatre Royal Windsor has revealed the all-star celebrity line-up for its pantomime this year including a Britain’s Got Talent winner, a Blue Peter presenter and a former Government minister turned Strictly star!
Taking to the stage in Cinderella this Christmas will be the Right Honourable Anne Widdecombe, who will star as the Fairy Godmother alongside former Blue Peter presenter and Miss Northern Ireland Zoe Salmon, who will play the title role.
In what is set to be the theatre’s biggest and best panto yet, singer Jai McDowell, who was crowned the winner of Britain’s Got Talent in 2011 will star as Prince Charming, with Dreamboats and Miniskirts’ leading man Alex Beaumont as his best friend Dandini.
Returning to the Theatre Royal are Windsor’s panto favourites Basil Brush as Baron Hardup and comic Kevin Cruise as the lovable Buttons. Regular panto Dame Steven Blakeley will be joined by Emmerdale’s Shaun Prendergast - once described as “the finest, funniest pantomime Dame in London” - playing the Ugly Step-Sisters, in what promises to be another fun-filled show for all the family.
Book now for the best seats in the house.
(2 Dec 2015 - 10 Jan 2016)
By bus and coach
Travelling to and around Windsor is relatively easy using public transport. From London the Green line coach station, which is located behind the London Victoria Train Station will bring you to Windsor. There are various stops and boarding points on the journey including Hyde Park Corner, Kensington High Street and Olympia. Visit http://www.rainbowfares.com/maps/index.htm for more information.
First Bus Service (route 77) runs between Heathrow Central Bus Station and Windsor.
Monday – Saturday the service runs twice hourly until late, on Sundays the service runs once an hour. The journey takes around 40 minutes.
The bus station is located directly above the Underground station at Heathrow Central.
A bus service runs from Windsor to Legoland during the park’s opening hours. The bus operates every 30 minutes and leaves from The High Street opposite the Parish Buses to local towns are operated by Beeline buses. Telephone 01753 524144 or contact the Royal Windsor Information Centre. Long distance coaches travel from London Victoria and Heathrow Airport to most major UK cities. For details and booking, contact the Royal Windsor Information Centre
Windsor has excellent rail connections and has two stations, both centrally-located and recently renovated. Up-to-date train timetables can be found on Railtrack’s website. You can also call the national rail enquiries 24-hour phone line on 0845 484950.
Windsor Central Station is located just opposite the Castle. Trains from this station connect with the mainline station at Slough, a few minutes journey. At Slough you can change for London Paddington or travel west towards Reading and Bristol. There is also a direct link to Oxford from Slough station. This is the fastest way to get from Windsor to London, although you will need to take a short underground journey from Paddington if you are travelling on into central London. Windsor and Eton Riverside Station is located at the bottom of the hill below the castle. Trains from this station travel directly to London Waterloo roughly ten to the hour and twenty past the hour, a journey of approximately 55 minutes. Eurostar services to and from Paris, Brussels and Lille arrive and depart from Waterloo.