Chessington World of Adventures
The perfect place to take the whole family, Chessington World of Adventures hosts a variety of rides, attractions, a jam-packed agenda of activities and a wildlife and safari park too. You can take the Safari Skyway, an elevated monorail around the impressive grounds, and watch out for the 1,000 animals the park is home to. Children can get hands on with some furry critters at the Children’s Zoo Meet and Greet whilst parents catch five in the The Coffee Hut café. There’s plenty to see and do all year round.
Host to 1.9 million visitors each year Thorpe Park is the country’s 2nd most popular theme park and doesn’t let down when it comes to family thrills and activities. With an impressive array of white-knuckle roller-coasters for the fearless, a great selection of calmer activities for the less so and a variety of places to grab a bite to eat this family adventure park caters for all. Home to The Swarm, the tallest winged coaster in Europe which now flings you backwards at top speed, and dubbed the nation’s thrill capitol, Thorpe Park is not one to be missed when visiting the area.
Eton is a pretty village surrounded by historical buildings, art galleries, antique shops, bustling bars, cafes and restaurant in Berkshire. It is on the banks of the River Thames with the bigger town of Windsor situated on the opposite bank.
Eton College dominates the town of Eton. The private boys school founded by Henry VI in 1440 has been educating Tours are available of the famous school restricted during term time so check their official website for more information before visiting.
Eton Dorney is a purpose built rowing lake in England built built and financed by Eton College. The artificial lake is set to host the rowing event for the 2012 Summer Olympics. The 2,200 metre lake consists of 8 rowing lanes and a return channel separate to the lake with a minimum water depth of 11 feet.
As the flagship garden of the Royal Horticultural Society, Wisley is truly world-class and captivates visitors with its beautifully planted borders and state of the art glasshouse. The impressive glass structure showcases a tropic array of exotic plants that are extremely rare to find and grow in this country and the centre also boasts a learning space and growing lab, enabling you to get hands on with the plants. This is a perfect experience for children and adults alike and the activity agenda at Wisely is packed all year round to cater for all.
Visit this grade one, listed family estate on the fringe of Royal Windsor for a dose of traditional English heritage. Sheep and cattle still graze nearby close to the village common and Dorney Court manor house itself is boarded by farmlands, carefully tendered as they have been by the 13 Palmer generations gone by.
Don’t miss out on this historical and architectural treat which has been home to the Palmer family for over 450 years. You can even organise a Connoisseur’s tour of the house and grounds which will last two hours and includes complimentary tea and home-made biscuits on arrival and finishes with a cool glass of Pimms in the summer.
The home of thoroughbred horse racing, Ascot is renowned for its selection of royal, competitive sport and one cultural highlight of the area is the famous Ascot Racecourse. Make sure you check out any upcoming races as the track hosts 9 of the Uk’s annual group 1 races as well as regular local races. Closely associated with The Royal Family the races present themselves as an indulgent experience of great sport, great fashion and great class. Make sure you try out the bespoke dining experience they offer whilst at the races, including exquisite à la carte luncheons and afternoon tea.
Royal Ascot Golf Club
The Royal Ascot golf club is steeped in rich history. The club was founded in 1887 before being given Royal status by Queen Victoria later that year. Many of her children learned to play golf at Royal Ascot and The Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII, was patron of the club in 1901. Visitors are ensured a warm welcome and it is hassle-free to play as a guest for the day. The club promises “a competitive game and good hospitality at the 19th hole” and you can swing by the club bar afterwards for a cold refreshment.
Windsor Great Park
Windsor Great Park is a 5000 acre deer park largely open to the public for recreational purposes. Geographically it spans the borders of Berkshire and Surrey adjacent to Coworth Park in the South West 40 minutes from London. Windsor Castle is the focal point of the park and for many centuries the Great Park was its private hunting ground. The Royal Landscape is a thousand acres of landscaped gardens, lakes and woodland.
Features of Windsor Great Park include:
The Savill Garden - is an enclosed part of the park
The Valley Gardens - 220 acres of botanical gardens
Virginia Water Lake - artificial water lake to the South of the Park
The Royal Lodge - official residence of the Duke of York not open to the public
Coworth Park has struck up a unique relationship with neighbouring Wentworth Club allowing guests to play the three 18-hole championship golf courses during their stay.
Guests can choose the famous West Course (home to the BMW PGA Championship), the Edinburgh Course or the East Course, or for those on a tighter time frame there’s the 9-hole par 3, or an hour’s lesson with one of Wentworth’s top golf professionals. Each of the 18-hole courses are considered best in class in the UK, and players will follow in the footsteps of golfing greats Arnold Palmer, Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo, Ernie Els, Tiger Woods and Lee Westwood.
Further special arrangements for Coworth Park guests include a bespoke shuttle service for the short distance from the hotel, whilst on arrival at Wentworth Club guests are treated to a forecourt welcome from the Wentworth Golf Concierge, access to the Clubhouse, a boot room shoe cleaning service, individual caddies, buggy hire and use of the practice facilities. Additionally, special arrangements can be made at Wentworth Club for keen golfers having a group event or meeting at Coworth Park.
Wentworth Club Tee Time fees for Coworth Park hotel guests start from £110 subject to availability, and terms of playing apply. To book golf at Wentworth Club during a stay at Coworth Park guests are advised to make enquiries with Guest Services at time of reservation.
At Legoland Windsor the entertainment is certainly hands-on. Children aged 3-12 can take to the road, soar through the skies and sail the seas in complete safety. With over 50 interactive rides, live shows, building workshops, driving schools and attractions, all set in 150 acres of beautiful parkland; Legoland Windsor is a different sort of family theme park. www.legoland.co.uk
Brought to life by Sir Eric Savill in the 1930’s, this haven of beauty is now considered to be one of Britain’s finest ornamental gardens. With a variety to offer all year round visitors are able to explore the vast landscape, 35 acres of interconnecting gardens and exotic woodland.
Each garden offers its own unique attractions and the ever-changing colours and scents make this a fantastic place to explore again and again. Be sure to check out HM Royal Rose Garden which promises an intense sensory experience and as of 2012 was home to as many as 3,500 roses.
Windsor Castle holds some impressive titles. As the oldest and largest inhabited castle worldwide, it has been home to British Kings and Queens for 1,000 years and is an official residence of HM Queen Elizabeth.
Such a stately and impressive castle covering 13 acres of the lush Windsor countryside it makes a perfect day trip for the whole family or couples alike. Act like royalty for a day and explore The State Apartments and St George’s Chapel, or to further satisfy your curiosity, catch a sneak peek behind the scenes by taking a tour of the impressive kitchens.
Plan your visit:
· The State Apartments
· Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House
· St George’s Chapel
· Precinct Tour
· Audio tours
· Changing the Guard
· The Semi-State Rooms.