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Daffodil Valley in the Valley Gardens springs into life in March

Daffodil Valley in the Valley Gardens springs into life in March

Top Tips for March

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

We’ve broken the back of winter and the longer spring days are very much welcome!

Thoughts can turn to filling the lighter days by visiting attractions or attending events in the Windsor area, planning some cosy short breaks, celebrating Mothers’ Day and breathing a sign of relief as those clocks go forward to mark the beginning of British Summertime!

Here are our Top Ten Tips for March

1. Check out Daffodil Valley

There’s nothing prettier than bobbing daffodils on a spring day. 

Daffodils are starting to appear thick and fast but few sights can compare with the stunning displays carpeting Daffodil Valley in Windsor Great Park’s Valley Gardens.

Daffodils usually make an appearance here around the third week of March so keep an eye on their progress by visiting Windsor Great Park’s flowering highlights section and time your visit to perfection.

2. Watch the RBS Six 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.

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 their bar serving 8 cask beers including Zinzan's Drop, 4 Keg beers, Wine and Soft Drinks.

The remaining dates for the England fixtures are:

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!

3. Get to know the best string players the world has to offer

This March Windsor Festival International String Competition returns with a prize-fund of over £20,000.

Searching for the star performer of a generation, the 6th biennial competition will launch the career of one successful violinist, violist or cellist.

Come and have your vote, get to know the best young string players in the world, and be a part of musical history in what promises to be the best competition yet.

4. Celebrate Mum on Mothers’ Day, 26 March

Will it be free entry for Mum to the gardens at Cliveden, a Sunday Lunch Cruise aboard a French Brothers Boat or a celebratory meal on dry land?

There are some great dining options and hotel restaurants too in the Windsor area – visit an old favourite or make a new one!

5. Go wild at LEGOLAND!

On 10 March the gates of LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort will be flung open for the 2017 season.

Take to the road, soar through the skies and sail the seas in complete safety.

Prepare yourself for over 55 interactive rides, attractions, live shows, building workshops and driving schools, not to mention a staggering 80 million LEGO® bricks, set in 150 acres of beautiful parkland.

6. Discover one of the greatest British painters of the 20th Century

In the tiny former Methodist Chapel in the pretty riverside town of Cookham, discover the wonderful art of the characterful Stanley Spencer.

The Stanley Spencer Gallery’s new exhibition opens on 30 March entitled ‘An Artistic Affair’, and features Spencer’s paintings of his lover Daphne Charlton, an ebullient, vivid and larger than life character.

Daphne once wrote: ‘I seem to come to “life” in the Stanley Gallery, surrounded by his works and experiences.’

Why not visit this hidden gem for yourself?

7. Go sculpture hunting at Cliveden

In these glorious National Trust gardens overlooking the River Thames, discover an amazing collection of sculpture.

Image courtesy The National Trust

From the grand Fountain of Love on the main drive to the pair of ancient Egyptian baboons in the Long Garden, learn more as you explore the estate.

8. Get Technicolour with Joseph

Starring X Factor winner Joe McElderry, Bill Kenwright’s ‘Amazing’, ’Superb’, ‘Wonderful’ and ‘Brilliant’ production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sparkling family musical Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat comes to Windsor’s Theatre Royal.

Retelling the Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colours, this magical musical is full of unforgettable songs including 'Those Canaan Days', 'Any Dream Will Do' and 'Close Every Door'.

9. Get ready for the Easter holidays!

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 splashing down into the River Thames on the Windsor Duck or cycling through Windsor Great Park? Driving a racing car simulator at Motion Simulation Room or enjoying a tree top adventure at Go Ape?

Check out our family fun page for more ideas.

10. And our final tip

Visit the newly refurbished Royal Windsor Information Centre in Windsor Royal Shopping – there are lots of tips of things to do and see on our brand new digital screens and our information assistants are brimful of local area knowledge just waiting to be shared!

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