Top Things to do in Windsor and Maidenhead

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Top Things to do in Windsor and Maidenhead

Windsor has long been one of my favourite places. When I was a teenager I would often shop there and have a wander around the castle grounds on a Saturday afternoon. However, there is more to offer in Windsor and the surrounding area than shops (and trust me they have some really good shops.)

Top of my list of visiting Windsor and Maidenhead with children would have to be Legoland Windsor. We are so lucky to have the theme park on our doorstep. You can read my top tips for peak season. If you need to travel then the Legoland hotel is a small person's dream. Accommodating families of 5 the themed rooms are every little explorers dream.

Legoland Windsor


If you are looking for some history then Windsor Castle should be on your list. The tickets provide you with an annual pass to visit. You are able to pick up free audio guides on your way round and when we took the boys the staff were all very helpful and got them interested and looking for knights and dragons.


windsor castle


A short distance from Windsor is Ascot Racecourse. We were lucky enough to go to one of their family days last year which was lots of fun. With children admitted free of charge, and free fairground and pony rides it really was a day that the whole family could enjoy.


Ascot family days


Savill Garden is a lovely place to visit all year round, with free admission in December - February. You can walk to the totem pole at Virginia Waters and we have also had a pleasant horse and cart ride. It is even nice in the rain, and that makes a great excuse to stop in the cafe for hot chocolate and cake.

savill garden

With Christmas on the way there are lots of events coming to Windsor and Maidenhead. From the Reindeer Parade through Windsor High Street, Breakfast with Santa and the outside ice rink, you really can't help but feel festive. Last year I particularly like the regal Christmas lights in town.

If you are looking for something extra special this Christmas, then Lapland UK is by far the best Christmas attraction that I have visited. Located just outside Ascot, you are transported into a magical wonderland of elves.

Lapland UK


Your children get to help the elves make toys, decorate gingerbread with Mother Christmas and then head outside to see huskies and ice skate. This is all before you get to meet the man himself! We had a magical time there last year, and by entering the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead's Facebook giveaway, you could win a trip there yourself. Below are more details on how to enter and the other fantastic prize's up for grabs.




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More info about things to do in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead can be found here.




I have been compensated for advertising this giveaway but as always all thoughts and opinions are my own.

71 comments:

Claire Toplis said...

Fab blog post of what to do in Windsor

Louise Fairweather said...

It is one of my favourite subjects :-)

Katie Skeoch said...

I have never been but will need to be giving Legoland a visit with my boys xx

judy2357 said...

I would love to go to Windsor Castle, such a cultural place and fabulous architecture, full history.

Louise Fairweather said...

Tesco clubcard vouchers are the way to go x

Louise Fairweather said...

I was surprised at how much the boys liked it, but they really enjoyed it.

Nikki Hayes said...

I've never been to Windsor but I'd love to visit Windsor Castle ;o)

Heather Macklin said...

We visited as part of a Legoland trip, and really enjoyed it.

Sam Williams said...

This looks like a great day out

Eva Vida said...

What a lovely post! :)

Claire Nutman said...

I really love that part of London x

Jodie Crossley said...

have always wanted to visit windsor!

Abigail Cullen said...

Looks a great place to visit, with plenty of things to see and do for all ages.

Emma Nixon said...

Just got back from a few days in windsor. Enjoyed watching the changing of the guard, a trip round the castle and an ice cream by the river. A lovely sunny break!

Angie McDonald said...

This looks like a fabulous day out! :)

Karen Cowley said...

Awesome. looks so much fun x

Lorraine Tinsley said...

This looks like so much fun, we have a very similar photo in Legoland with the pirate!

jackie Chapman said...

Looks like you had a great time! We love LEGOLAND it's by far the best them park.

Louise Fairweather said...

it is a good photo opportunity isn't it x

Louise Fairweather said...

We love it, but really enjoyed Drayton Manor when we went there too.

Lisa Brandling said...

would love to visit legoland but its just too far for us.

christine szlobodnik said...

I love Windsor Castle!

Sandra Lane said...

My aunt and uncle live in Windsor and we would often visit when we were kids. I have taken my children to Legoland and we've walked around the park but the castle is a bit pricey.

Jo Glasspool said...

Legoland is top of our list xx

robert said...

:)

Liam Bishop said...

Winsor is a great place, the castle is amazing!

Louise Fairweather said...

I must take the boys to watch changing the guard

Louise Fairweather said...

You should enter the giveaway then ;-)

PamGregory said...

Looks like you had great fun!

Louise Fairweather said...

Yes it is. I fondly remember when you didn't have to pay to walk round there.

Louise Fairweather said...

Windsor is one of my favourite places

Susie Wilkinson said...

I went to university in Egham, and had such a horrible time that there's no way I'd go anywhere near there again. It's a shame, because Windsor was a nice place to go to, but just too many bad memories

Lucy Lucciano said...

this looks like a great day out :-) Love the idea of the themed rooms, similar to what they do at Alton Towers and I loved that when i went years ago!

Stevie said...

Windsor castle looks intriguing.

Robyn Logan Clarke said...

What fabulous things to do! Looks like a lot of fun

kim neville said...

My kids love Legoland and Windsor is a great place for a day out

Rebecca Taylor said...

I love Windsor always have done, hope my son does too.

Sarah Lewis said...

Never been but would love to try and go one day

Lorraine Stone said...

Love Windsor ~ esp the Cath Kidston shop!!!

Karen Christmas said...

Love the leisure centre , kids really enjoy the wave machine

Martina Pichova said...

the reindeer parade sounds fun to watch

Patricia Edwards said...

All sounds lovely, great day out

Louise Fairweather said...

Ah yes, I used to love that as a child, must take the boys sometime

Louise Fairweather said...

yep that is one of my favourites too!

Louise Fairweather said...

Alton Towers is on my list of places to visit with the kids

Louise Fairweather said...

Oh no that is such a shame x

Leanne Perrett said...

my little ones loved lego land

Amy said...

Would love to go to Legoland. Shame it's soooo far :(

Jessica Newman said...

we love legoland and would love to visit again now my son is older

madbird32 said...

I have a brother in a care home in windsor, we go weekly to take him out for the day, windsor is one of the most beautiful parts of the country. Alone the river, on the boats, we have a lovely time, Never been to lego land though, maybe that should be our next outing. x

Nicola Holland said...

Had a great day out at Legoland a few days ago!

antonia richardson said...

Not been but would love to after reading this

Barbara Handley said...

I have always been very fond of Windsor since I used to visit my aunt, uncle and cousin there. Sadly they are no longer alive. I always loved the view of the castle from the river bank. I remember seeing the Queen's doll house in the castle. I would like to see the town and castle again as it is so beautiful and historic.

Amanda Norwood said...

Been to Legoland but would love to visit the castle and Windsor itself

Robert Price said...

Interesting

gfa01 said...

Looks interesting, but a long way from Norfolk.

Rebecca Cleary said...

Windsor sounds FAB!! Have always wanted to go there :)

Becci Cleary

Karen Richards said...

Saville garden and Windsor Castle both sound great. My son is an adult now so too old for Legoland but still enjoys days out with us.

petruska81 said...

Great article and so helpful.

Olivia Kirby said...

We found Legoland wayyyyy too buy, the queues are totally unmanageable - worse than Disney!

Lee Hardy said...

Great article & pictures.

fluffypinkmarshmallow said...

I have never been to Windsor before, but your recommendations look good.

Stewart Green said...

great for the grandchildren

Sheila Reeves said...

Great post with lots of different ideas of places to go - never realised that the racecourse was free for children

Karis said...

Windsor Castle is great, loved your post about it.

Zowee Moore said...

Looks like a fab time was had!

Maria Knight said...

Oh wow! Legoland looks fab! We must take our son :)

Samantha Bolter said...

looks like a lot of fun

Dave Edwards said...

Why Ascot? Windsor's got a great little racecourse, much more family friendly!

herbz said...

Looks like some great thing to do.

Louise Fairweather said...

Do you know my friend goes there and I have never been myself - must put it on my list of things to do