Just 10 miles from Rashleighs, Windsor combines 1,000 years of history with contemporary shopping and fine dining, sports, leisure activities and events. It is home to more than a dozen attractions including Windsor Castle, Windsor Great Park, Eton College and Legoland.
Enjoy the peaceful beauty of the Thames Path via a trail that runs through much of the Royal Borough, including Datchet, Windsor, Eton, Bray, Maidenhead and Cookham. Both Information Centres at Windsor and at Maidenhead sell Thames Path maps and guides.
If you're looking for retail therapy you will find it set amidst the grandeur of the refurbished Victorian railway station. Windsor Royal Shopping offers more than 40 exciting shops ranging from quality fashion to quality homeware and gifts. With continental style cafes and restaurants it's the perfect place to sip a cappuccino and people-watch.
Open from Monday - Saturday 10am-6pm (Thursday until 7pm) and Sunday 11am-5pm
Telephone 01753 797070 or www.windsorroyalshopping.co.uk
Windsor nights offer as much as the days. Windsor's Theatre Royal opened in 1910. It boasts Bill Kenwright as its producer and audiences are treated to new productions before they transfer to London's West End or go off on tour around the country. There’s also a traditional pantomime every Christmas.
Telephone 01753 853888 or www.theatreroyalwindsor.co.uk
Windsor Castle is one of three official residences of HM The Queen and has been home to the Sovereign for more than 900 years.
The Castle is the largest inhabited castle in the world and the oldest in continuous occupation. The imposing towers and battlements of the Castle loom large from every approach to the town, creating one of the world's most spectacular skylines. No other royal residence has played such an important role in the nation's history.
Visitors can see five main areas (subject to opening arrangements) on a visit to Windsor Castle: the State Apartments, St George’s Chapel, Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House, the Castle Exhibition and the exhibition in the Drawings Gallery.
Look out for the Royal Standard flying from the Round Tower - this means HM The Queen is in residence. At all other times you will see the Union Flag.
Opening dates and times: Windsor Castle opens at 9.45am daily throughout the year.
From March to October admission continues until 4.00pm and the Castle closes at 5.15pm.
From November to February admissions cease at 3.00pm and the Castle closes at 4.15pm.
During the winter months the Semi-State Rooms are included in the visitor route. Standard admission charges apply.
Windsor Great Park
Windsor Great Park covers 4,800 acres, parts of which are open to the public. Its present area was determined in the 1360s and was popular with Saxon kings as a hunting forest. The park is shrouded in mystery and legend and for over 1,000 years the story of Herne the Hunter has been told. His ghost still appears wearing the antlers of a stag, riding a phantom black stallion at the head of a pack of black hounds. He appears to warn of times of trouble and gallops through Windsor Great Park only to disappear into thin air.
The park today is the perfect place for picnics, walking, cycling and horse riding. A footpath map of the park is available from the Information Centre at 50p.
Accessible from Windsor town centre on foot via the Long Walk, or car parks are located along the A332 that goes through the Park. Alternatively you can drive to Virginia Water and park at Blacknest Gate for a walk around the lake, where you will pass a totem pole and miniature waterfall.
It is open from dawn until dusk all year round and free car parking areas are available on the A332 and at gates around the Great Park
Info: Telephone 01753 743900
Seven miles from Rashleighs, Henley-on-Thames is a pretty riverside market town on one of the most beautiful stretches of the River Thames, in gently wooded, rolling countryside.
The town's prosperity goes back to the 12th century as river trade developed because of the town's position. There are many peaceful scenic spots for a quiet stroll or picnic and in summer months there are boat services up and down river to Marlow and Reading, which is a wonderful way to see the back gardens of some of the rich and famous and enjoy the scenery.
Of course Henley is also known for its famous regatta which was first held in 1839 and has been held annually ever since, usually in June and July.
Find out more: www.hrr.co.uk
Just three miles south-east of Windsor, on the banks of the River Thames, is the famous meadow of Runnymede.
It was here in 1215 that King John sealed the Magna Carta. This charter established the principle of the constitutional monarchy and affirmed the individual’s right to justice and liberty.
The American constitution is based on the Magna Carta and to commemorate this the American Bar Association erected a memorial in 1957. This can be seen on the hillside overlooking the water meadows.
Nearby on an acre of ground given to the USA by Her Majesty The Queen is a memorial erected in 1965 to the memory of the assassinated President John F. Kennedy.
High on the hill is a memorial erected as a tribute to "the men and women of the Air Forces of the British Commonwealth who lost their lives in the Second World War and who have no known grave". There are 20,455 names recorded on the stone panels and courtyard.
This peaceful place offers magnificent views across the Thames Valley.
Ascot Racecourse has now reopened to the public following a £200 million redevelopment programme, the most extensive project of its type ever seen in Europe.
The racing calendar at Ascot does not begin and end with the five days of the Royal Meeting. There are usually more than a dozen other race days to enjoy including the prestigious De Beers Diamond Day in July, family days throughout the year with free entertainment and live music as well as seven winter jump meetings beginning in October.
General Enquiries: tel. 0870 7227 227
Ticket Sales Office: tel. 0870 727 1234
Set on the banks of the River Thames, just nine miles from Rashleighs, Windsor Racecourse is a 10-minute trip by river. French Brothers operate a water taxi service on race days, from Windsor Bridge. Boats start running 2 hours before the first race and finish approximately 40 minutes after the last race. This water taxi service costs £3 (one way) £5 (return). Children half price. Afternoon races from 1pm, evening race meetings from 5pm
Telephone 0870 2200024
At Legoland, Windsor children aged 2 – 12 can take to the road, soar through the skies and sail the seas in complete safety.
Featuring more 50 interactive rides, live shows, building workshops, driving schools and attractions and set in 150 acres of beautiful parkland.
Opening dates and times: March to October 2014 - 10am to 5pm, extending to 6pm during English school summer holidays. Please check Legoland’s website before visiting as there are some Tuesdays and Wednesdays in May and September when the Park is closed.
Location: Winkfield Road, Windsor, Berkshire. SL4 4AY. Follow brown signs from M4 J6, M3 J3 and M25 J13
Telephone 08705 040404
The National Trust, Cliveden
Five miles from Rashleighs and set on the cliffs high above the River Thames, Cliveden has a series of gardens, each with its own character, featuring water garden, topiary, formal parterre, statuary and glade (secret) garden. The great 19th-century house, once the home of Waldorf and Nancy Astor is now a hotel. Part of the house and the Octagon Temple (chapel) with its rich mosaic interior are open on Thursday and Sunday afternoons from April to October.
Please visit the website for a full list of opening times.
Telephone 01628 605069
INFOLINE 01494 755562