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The Thrill of the Chase at Ascot Racecourse

The Thrill of the Chase at Ascot Racecourse

Top Tips for November

Watch some great fireworks

Bonfire Night falls on Sunday 5 November but you'll find the main firework displays taking place in the Windsor and Maidenhead area on Saturday 4 November.

On Saturday 4 November, Royal Windsor Racecourse presents a fireworks and music spectacular set to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  Put on a pair of 3D glasses and watch the fireworks turn into candy canes!

Plus there are five lucky Golden Tickets up for grabs - you could win yourself £500 and a year's supply of chocolate!

The jumps season starts with a bang at Ascot Racecourse where the race meeting is followed by one of the region's largest Fireworks Spectaculars.

If you are in Maidenhead, get on down to Maidenhead United's football ground where they will have their usual bouncy castle, glow sticks, tombola, tea, cake and mulled wine and of course their famous fireworks in aid of the Link Foundation.

Watch the Vienna Ballet at the Theatre Royal, 6-11 November

Come see some amazing classical ballet as Vienna Ballet brings The Nutcracker to Windsor’s Theatre Royal.

It’s one of the most famous classic ballets of all time, set to Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous score, all in the intimate setting of Windsor’s beautiful theatre located at the foot of Windsor Castle.

Coworth Park's Chef Adam Smith

Listen in Luxury at a Coworth Park Speaker Event

Every month 5-star Coworth Park, the country house hotel near Ascot, hosts a variety of interesting speaker events.

Be inspired whilst listening to their stories – including chef Adam Smith’s remarkable story – or partaking in a masterclass – such as Christmas wreath making – and sipping a glass of Champagne before your 3-course lunch in Restaurant Coworth Park, fresh from receiving its first Michelin star with chef Adam Smith at the helm.

Experience the spellbinding Christmas Experience:  LaplandUK

There is still limited availability to experience the magic of LaplandUK.

LaplandUK is most famous for its spell-binding Christmas experience, which transports families from Ascot’s Crown Estate forest to the snowy, mythical home of Father Christmas.
A favourite of royal and A-list celebrity guests, this personalised, award-winning day-out is an immersive theatre production of unprecedented scale and quality.

LaplandUK is a story every child should experience, and every family will cherish.

Bill Knight exhibition at Cumberland Lodge

Visit the free 'Where I Come From' Photography Exhibition in beautiful Cumberland Lodge

This new photography exhibition at 17th-century Cumberland Lodge in Windsor Great Park highlights the lives of people who have moved to Britain from around the world.

'Where I Come From' is a collection by portrait photographer Bill Knight.  The exhibition is free of charge and open on selected Saturday mornings.  Parking is ample and free.

The images depict the children of a generation of immigrants who came to Britain in search of a better life, for themselves and their families, and the contributions they have since made to society.

Check out the art at Contemporary Art Fairs - Windsor (private view 10 November, then 11-12 November)

Contemporary Art Fairs – Windsor is THE destination for art lovers, collectors, interior designers, homemakers and those who simply want to learn more about today’s art and artists.

Browse the wide range of styles and media on display from more than 150 artists exhibiting.

You’ll see everything from glass to sculpture to photography, from textural abstract to realism, from fields of flowers to architectural constructs, from the extraordinary to the ordinary to the avant garde.

It’s more than just an Art Fair; with a line-up of artworks, activities, live painting demonstrations, workshops and the Prince's Trust miniature canvas initiative, it is a creative, cultural and fun-filled art extravaganza!

Why not come along to Friday’s Private View?  Enjoy fine art and fine wine, with room to engage with other art enthusiasts, relax and enjoy the live music.

Or drop in any time over the weekend to a fair full of great contemporary art, by living artists, at affordable prices.

Watch the Christmas light switch-ons

The turning on of the Christmas lights will get everybody into the yuletide spirit!  The light switch on events in the Windsor, Eton and Maidenhead area mark the start of a whole host of fun Christmas events for all the family.

Stars from the Theatre Royal’s Pantomime Sleeping Beauty will appear at Windsor’s Switch on on the November; there will be spectacular fireworks from the roof of the town hall when Maidenhead’s are illuminated.  Join the crowds at Sunningdale too.

Go racing at The Prince’s Countryside Fund Racing & Ascot Christmas Shopping Fair, Friday 24 and Saturday 25 November

The Jumps season continues at the November racing weekend

Former England footballer Michael Owen will be saddling up to ride in the Prince’s Countryside & Charity Race, making his debut at Ascot!

In between races, lose yourself in the Country Living Christmas Shopping Fair, located on the Grandstand concourse. Take your pick from seasonal delicacies, charming stocking fillers and beautiful hand-crafted accessories. A shop-and-drop service will be available. 

Don’t forget there’s free entry for under 18s!

Get arty at the Stanley Spencer Winter exhibition

‘Stanley Spencer in Focus’ is the title of the winter exhibition at this hidden gem of a gallery in the beautiful riverside village of Cookham.

Discover a dazzling collection of paintings and drawings that really reveal what a master of the pen, pencil and paintbrush he truly was.

In addition to pieces lent for this particular exhibition, get up close and personal to classics such as the Last Supper and spectacular new additions.

Get your skates on for Windsor on Ice, 18 November 2017 to 7 January 2018

Windsor’s ice rink Windsor on Ice opens this month in its wonderful riverside location in Alexandra Gardens.

It’s fun for all the family, with a rink that’s covered – perfect  protection from any wintry weather. 

Ice skating sessions run throughout the day from 10am to the last session at 8:15pm.

The site will also have fairground rides, including dodgems, and on-site catering.

Grab a ‘Selfie with Santa’ (he’ll be making a guest appearance at weekends and during the week leading up to Christmas Day).

Book your tickets online – there are RBWM Advantage Card discounts for local residents too.

Book something funny

So the clocks have finally gone back and winter is on the horizon.  For those of us needing something upbeat to look forward to, how about booking up something funny?

Reginal D Hunter is headlining at Stand Up By Royal Appointment at the Theatre Royal Windsor on the 24 November 2017.

How about some stand up Comedy at the Brewery at Windsor and Eton Brewery on 4 November?

Norden Farm Centre for the Arts is hosting a range of comedians this winter from George Egg: DIY Chef and Sofie Hagen this month to Griff Rhys Jones, Iain Stirling and Alun Cochrune in the New Year.

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