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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Win a luxury Windsor Weekend!
Discover your ideal break in the Royal Borough and enter to win a luxury weekend! They have got four fabulous prizes from some of their top attractions and accommodation providers including:
- A relaxing one night weekend stay at the Runnymede-on-Thames including dinner and breakfast
- A weekend stay Bed and breakfast at the Macdonald Windsor Hotel, just two minutes’ walk from Windsor Castle
- A luxury Bubbles & Jazz Sunday lunch for four people at the Sir Christopher Wren Hotel & Spa on the Thames
- 4 x tickets to the Lapland UK Christmas event in the Windsor Estate forest
Simply take our fun quiz to discover your ideal Windsor Weekend and you could win it! Enter here
Open to residents of the UK aged 18 and over. Ends Oct 31st 2014.
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.