Anne, Information AssistantMy name is Anne and I landed my dream job at the Windsor Information Centre nearly sixteen years ago.  A lot has changed since I first started, yet my role is the same today as it was back then, simply to make sure that everyone gets the very best out of their visit to Windsor.

Many visitors who come to enjoy Windsor Castle are not aware that there are also so many other things to see and do, and it’s always a pleasure to enlighten them.

View of Windsor from Eton Brocas

My favourite location in Windsor is the beautiful riverside.  It’s part of a busy, bustling stretch of the Thames between Boveney and Romney Locks, used by all kinds of river craft from simple paddle boards through to hotel boats and even a floating restaurant.

View across the river from Windsor Bridge

I have always loved the river.  My grandparents lived on an island just downstream from Hampton Court and I have spent most of my life by it, on it, and on many occasions in it!  They also kept a boat and from a young age all the grandchildren were taught boating etiquette: how to moor up and cast off, tie the ropes and fly the correct burgee.  And most importantly to obey the Captain!  We were experts at messin’ about on the river!

When I’m in Windsor I often walk along the waterfront to see what’s happening on the river.  French Brothers may be getting their boats in place on the jetty and further along the promenade John Logie's rowing and motor boats are lined up ready for hiring.  There’s usually a canoe or two edging the many swans and ducks out of the way.

Windsor view of Eton Brocas

There is a lovely view across the water to the Brocas, a natural water meadow.  It’s an ideal picnic spot with wonderful views looking across the river to the Castle.

While writing this blog I had a distant memory of sunshine, water and boats going by and sitting on a blanket having a picnic, but this was nearly sixty years ago and my recollection was vague (understandably).  I needed help jogging my memory,
so I called someone with a much sharper brain than me; my mum!  She was happy to fill me in on the details, and we had a lovely ‘lockdown chat’ about that event all those years ago.

It was a late summer day, and all the family had met up on the Brocas for a riverside picnic and birthday celebration.  After the sandwiches had been eaten it was time for the birthday cake.  Mum held up the cake and it so happened that she was spotted by passengers passing by on a steamer.  They all joined in singing ‘Happy Birthday to you‘ to the lucky birthday girl.

Oh yes, now I remember why I love this location!

Runnymede Sign

Top three things I am looking forward to post-lockdown

1. Visiting one of the National Garden Scheme open gardens with my Mum.  They are always inspirational and you get a lovely cup of tea and homemade cake.
2. Take my dog Purdey for our favourite walk by the river at Runnymede and check out the wildflowers on the water meadow.
3. Most of all, gathering all my family together for a picnic by the river to celebrate my birthday.  And who knows, I might even be serenaded by a steamer again.  The last time that happened I was three!

The meadow at Runnymede


John Logie Motorboats Windsor
Boat Trip
John Logie Motorboats

Great fun for all the family. Self-drive motor boats and rowing boats for hire. See the finest views of Windsor Castle from the river.

Kris Cruisers
Boat Hire
Kris Cruisers Lady Victoria

Whether you have a week, a day or just a few hours, with no experience or licence required, relax, unwind and discover the hidden treasures of the River Thames with Kris Cruisers self-drive Day Boats and Boating Holidays.

Private Boat Hire Ltd
Boat Trip
Private Boat Hire: Dragonfly at the Waterside Inn

Private Boat Hire operates five boats on the River Thames offering you perfect venues for small birthday parties, wedding anniversaries, corporate drinks receptions or carriage to and from the local riverside hotels and restaurants

Windsor Duck Tours
Boat Trip
Windsor Duck Tours

You haven’t seen Windsor until you’ve seen it by Duck! Laugh, learn and enjoy our 1 hour live guided tour by road and river. Our unique adventure begins in the heart of Windsor, taking in the famous sights before ‘SPLASHDOWN’ into the River Thames, travelling downstream to Windsor with unforgettable views of Windsor Castle and Eton.

French Brothers Ltd
Boat Trip
French Brothers Boats on the River Thames with Windsor Castle in the background

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.

Canoe & Kayak Adventures
Boat Trip
Canoe & Kayak Adventures

Experience one of the UK's most visited sites from a whole new perspective, from river level. With the magical backdrop of the Royal Town of Windsor and Windsor Castle, we specialise in guided canoe and kayak tours on the River Thames.

National Trust Runnymede
Historic Site
National Trust Runnymede: Writ in Water by Mark Wallinger

Seen by many as the birthplace of modern democracy, this picturesque open landscape beside the Thames was witness to King John's historic sealing of the Magna Carta on 15 June 1215. Today Runnymede is the perfect place to relax outdoors, or to pause and reflect on the history of the struggle for freedom. As well as a monument to the democratic legacy of the Magna Carta, you'll find further memorials to John F. Kennedy and the Commonwealth Air Forces. There are two art installations to be discovered in the meadows. The Jurors by Hew Locke is a collection of 12 bronze chairs sat in the meadow. Writ in Water is a major architectural artwork by Mark Wallinger, in collaboration with Studio Octopi. Runnymede in Sound



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