The river is the heart and soul of Windsor, so it is appropriate that there is a ferry to take guests from the town centre to Royal Windsor Racecourse every monday evening during the summer months.
Things to do in Windsor during the day
The other main attraction other than Windsor Castle which deserves a page of its own at least is Legoland with has been expanding for over a decade to become one of the county’s top theme parks. Legoland is wonderful for younger kids but I was surprised how much the adults enjoyed it. The big rollercoaster is pretty scarry stuff.
Boat Hire is available from the jetty a short walk upstream from Eton Bridge. River Thames Boat Hire is one of the most popular things to do on a sunny day. There are a number of small inlets to explore and lots of wildlife to be seen on the river.
Things to do in Windsor in the evenings
The Theatre Royal nestles in the shadow of Windsor Castle and is the only un-subsidised producing theatre to operate all year round in Britain.
In the evening Windsor’s nightclubs come alive.
Havana Cafe at The Arches, provides a tex-mex party atmosphere.
Punters Wine Bar at 50 Thames Street is more sophisticated
While Vanilla Bar at 15a Goswell Hill, Windsor is open late for dancing.
B’s bar on Castle Hill is popular. Royalty has been seen there on occassion.
Windsor Arts Centre
Our Arts Centre is at the bottom of Peascod Street
The Firestation Arts Centre
Special Events in Windsor
The Royal Windsor Triathlon has grown to be the best race of its kind in Great Britain with over 2,500 people swiming, cycling and running in mid June. Exact dates are available from the tourist centre on the high street.
In may Windsor plays host to The Royal Windsor Horse Show, one of the highlights of the British equestrian calendar.
A popular attraction each year since 2005 has been the temporary ice rink in Alexandra park by the river (the same location as the big wheel each summer).. Ice Skating in the open air is great fun and wonderfully atmospheric in the run up to christmas.
The 2012 Olympic games rowing events were held on Eton Dorney Lake. Dorney lake hosts world class rowing and canoeing events throught the season.
Aside from Windsor’s Theatre, there are other places in the area where you can see plays. These include:
Local Theatres around Windsor
The Centre, Slough
South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell
The Swan Theatre, High Wycombe
Wokingham Theatre, Wokingham – telephone
The Kenton Theatre, Henley-on-Thames, telephone
The Hexagon, Reading