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Snowdrops at Cliveden 2017

Snowdrops at Cliveden 2017

Top Tips for February

Welcome to February in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.

We’ve seen off January and the days are getting a little longer every 24 hours.

Thoughts can turn to filling the longer and lighter days by visiting attractions or attending events in the Windsor area, planning some cosy short breaks, Valentine’s Day and Half Term holidays.           

Here are our Top Ten Tips for February.

1. Check out the snowdrops

Keep up the New Year’s resolution to walk more and get out and about in and around the Windsor area.

Now is the time to see some harbingers of spring such as snowdrops and early-flowering daffodils.

After the long winter months, snowdrops are one of the first signs of life and last year 30,000 snowdrops were planted at Cliveden National Trust by staff and volunteers! 

Keep a check on their progress by checking for live updates on twitter with #SnowdropWatch, visiting their website or phoning 01628 605069.

2. Meet the conservators at Windsor Castle

Here’s something completely new.  This month you can meet some of the talented people that look after the treasures at Windsor Castle at the Castle’s first conservation open day on Saturday 11 February.

Watch highly skilled techniques, from the newest digital technologies to practices that have remained unchanged for hundreds of years.

Meet gilding conservators, painting conservators, carpet experts and bookbinders!  Inspirational stuff.

3. Cheer on the pancake racers

Shrove Tuesday 28 February sees pancake racing in the town centres of Windsor and Maidenhead.  Come on down and cheer on the teams, donned in traditional pancake racing gear of the 15th-century housewife – skirt, apron, headscarf and frying pan; both the men and the women!

Windsor and Eton Flippin Pancake Challenge

Maidenhead Pancake Race 2017

4. Watch the RBS 6 Nations at Windsor and Eton Brewery

Looking for some atmosphere when you are watching the RBS 6 Nations?  Rugby in the Brewery returns to the Windsor and Eton Brewery.

Join them for every England game starting with England vs France on 4 February.

No need to book –  just turn up on the day – but do arrive in good time as their capacity is 200 people at which point admission will close.

There will be a food offering available along with our bar serving 8 cask beers including Zinzan's Drop, 4 Keg beers, Wine and Soft Drinks.

The dates for the England fixtures are:

  • Saturday 4 February - England vs France 16:50 kick off
  • Saturday 11 February - Wales vs England 16:50 kick off
  • Sunday 26 February - England vs Italy 15:00 kick off
  • Saturday 11 March - England vs Scotland 16:00 kick off
  • Saturday 18 March - Ireland vs England 17:00 kick off - we will be open from 12:00 showing all 3 games on this day!

5. Get ready for Half Term

It’s good to be prepared for when you get asked ‘What are we going to do TODAY?’

Whatever the weather we have some great ideas for indoor and outdoor activities.  Will it be trying on armour at Windsor Castle or getting muddy at Cliveden?  Driving a racing car simulator at Motion Simulation Room or bouncing the afternoon away at Jump In?

Check out our family fun page for more ideas.

6. Get Theatrical

Why head to London when you can enjoy the best of London theatre right on your doorstep.  Watch National Theatre Live from the comfort of Norden Farm in Maidenhead!  There’s a cracking line up this spring.

Or check out the current productions this month at our lovely Edwardian Theatre Royal nestled between Windsor Castle and the River Thames

7. Be Romantic

From a romantic meal to a full-blown weekend away, nothing says ‘I love you’ like treating your nearest and dearest.

Looking for an unusual card?  Check out independent retailers such as Really Fab Cards on Eton High Street or Huttons on Lower Peascod Street

Windsor and the Royal Borough has some amazing places to squirrel yourselves away this Valentine's – choose a stunning room, suite or country retreat, or a hotel with full pampering facilities.

www.windsor.gov.uk/accommodation

The Spa at Coworth Park

There are some great dining options and hotel restaurants too.  What will you choose? 

www.windsor.gov.uk/food-and-drink

Check out our top 12 places to propose too!

8. Shop Local

We have three farmers’ markets operating on different weekends every month.  Choose from Windsor (first Saturday), Maidenhead (second Sunday) and Ascot (third Sunday).

It’s your chance to shop a wide range of locally produced meat, freshly caught fish, vegetables and fruit, baked goods, cheeses and dairy products, juice and much more.

www.maidenheadfarmersmarket.org.uk

tvfm.org.uk/market/2/ascot/index.html

www.tvfm.org.uk/market/27/windsor/index.html

9. Go Racing

Get yourself down to Ascot Racecourse on the 18 February for Betfair Chase Day.  This jumps meeting is one of the most important jumps races in Ascot’s fixture list with many participating horses and riders using it as great preparation for Cheltenham Festival.

Fancy yourself as a racing commentator?  Visit the Commentary Challenge Booth in the Ascot Grandstand and try your hand at horse racing commentary. Judges will offer prizes for the best efforts from famous races in years gone by!

Buy your tickets now.

10.  Enjoy Free Admission to The Savill Garden

The 35-acre Savill Garden, nestled in the corner of Windsor Great Park, is free to visit until 28 February (parking charges apply).

Check out the garden’s seasonal highlights so you can see what plants, flowers and trees are most attractive at the moment.  There’s a shop and café here too.

www.windsorgreatpark.co.uk/en/experiences/the-savill-garden

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