Ascot Destination Guide

Synonymous with luxury, tradition and heritage, Ascot is situated among some of England’s most beautiful landscapes. Stately homes, seasonal festivals, white-knuckle equestrian events and family-friendly cultural activities await in and around Berkshire, with Coworth Park ideally situated to access the region’s top attractions. Here’s our pick of the best upcoming events.

March, 2020

Guided tours of Frogmore House and Gardens

Tucked away in the grounds of Windsor Castle is Frogmore House and its gardens, which has been a favourite retreat for monarchs and their families since the late 18th century. These guided tours provide a rare glimpse of royal life and an opportunity to tour the rooms and grounds in style. The house and gardens are only open to the public when accompanied by an expert guide.

Home Park, Frogmore Drive, Windsor SL4 2JG
17-minute drive to Coworth Park (8.3 miles/13.4km)
+44 (0)3031 237 305
rct.uk

Guided tours of Frogmore House and Gardens
Highlights of Windsor Castle
March, 2020

Highlights of Windsor Castle

View the apartments and State Rooms used by members of the royal family to this day as part of the Highlights of Windsor Castle tour. Make sure not to miss the Grand Reception Room, with its impressive chandeliers and gilding – it was once the castle’s main ballroom.

Windsor Castle, Windsor, Berkshire SL4 1NJ
18-minute drive to Coworth Park (8.3 miles/13.4km)
+44 (0)3031 237 304
rct.uk

March – April, 2020

Spring birdwatching

As spring establishes itself, it’s an ideal time pick up a pair of binoculars and join park wardens and keepers for a birdwatching tour of Windsor Great Park’s extensive repertoire. These ancient woodlands are home to a wealth of interesting species, such as tawny and barn owls and both the greater and lesser spotted woodpecker.

The Great Park, Windsor, Berkshire SL4 2HT
16-minute drive to Coworth Park (6.4 miles/10.3km)
+44 (0)1753 860 222
windsorgreatpark.co.uk

Spring birdwatching
Writ in Water
Permanent installation

Writ in Water

Billed as a major architectural work by Mark Wallinger and winner of the RIBA National Award 2019, Writ in Water marks the enduring legacy of the Magna Carta. The historic British charter was sealed at Runnymede more than 800 years ago. Today, visitors can enter an immersive installation that reflects the ideals of democracy through water, sky and light.

Runnymede National Trust, Windsor Rd, Englefield Green, Egham TW20 0XN
10-minute drive to Coworth Park (4.5 miles/7.2km)
+44 (0)1784 432 891
nationaltrust.org.uk
Image © National Trust Images/Andrew Butler

Weekly

Services and music at St George’s Chapel

Join the choir of St George’s Chapel for an uplifting recital. From cheerful fundraisers to themed concerts and workshops, there’s always an enthralling event to look forward to at this historic location. A cherished part of Windsor Castle, the College of St George’s was founded in 1348, and its choir is still very much at its heart.

St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, The Cloisters, Windsor SL4 1NJ
18-minute drive to Coworth Park (8.5 miles/13.7km)
+44 (0)1753 848 888
stgeorges-windsor.org
Image © National Trust Images/Andrew Butler

Services and music at St George’s Chapel
Florimania
March 22, 2020

Florimania

Hampton Court’s Florimania is the perfect floral treat for Mother’s Day. Head to the King’s Apartments, which are packed with an elegant array of flower arrangements, designed by the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies. A Florimania ticket includes palace admission, meaning that you can also explore the extensive gardens and historic palace buildings at your leisure.

Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey KT8 9AU
33-minute drive to Coworth Park (15.4 miles/24.8km)
+44 (0)3333 206 000
hrp.org.uk
Image © Historic Royal Palaces

March 29, 2020

Ascot Spring Family Race Day

Ascot’s first Family Race Day of the year offers racing and a range of countryside activities to keep the whole family entertained. As the event falls on Mothering Sunday, take the family for lunch at the Horsewalk Inn. To keep the children entertained, head over to the foraging or den-building activities or the falconry, ferreting and dog agility displays.

Ascot Racecourse, Ascot, Berkshire SL5 7JX 
Ten-minute drive to Coworth Park (3.5 miles/5.6km)
+44 (0)3443 463 000
 ascot.co.uk

Ascot Spring Family Race Day
Blood Brothers
March 31 – April 4, 2020

Blood Brothers

The international hit musical Blood Brothers tells the tale of two twin boys separated at birth and united by chance years later. Willy Russell’s Liverpool-set show boasts one of the longest runs in history – don’t miss it at the New Victoria Theatre.

New Victoria Theatre, The Peacocks Centre, Woking GU21 6GQ
23-minute drive to Coworth Park (9.4 miles/15.1km)
+44 (0)8448 717 645
atgtickets.com

Select days throughout April

The Noble Knights of Windsor Castle

Join the Noble Knights for a trip back in time to the Middle Ages at Windsor Castle. There’s no better setting than the historic 11th-century castle in which to relive the days of chivalry, sieges and jousts. These dedicated family-friendly events are themed around Medieval England, with suits of armour to try on and historians sharing the gory details.

Windsor Castle, Windsor, Berkshire SL4 1NJ
20-minute drive from Coworth Park (8.1 miles)
+44 (0)1753 853888
rct.uk
Image © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2019

The Noble Knights of Windsor Castle
Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt
April 6 – 22

Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt

The historic surrounds of Hampton Court Palace are once again playing host to the chocolate-fuelled fun of the Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt. Visitors must follow clues hidden throughout the palace and its gardens to discover the bunny, Henry VIII’s kitchens and live cookery demonstrations, as well as the mythical beasts in the Magic Garden along the way.

Hampton Court Palace, Molesey, East Molesey KT8 9AU
18.3 miles – 30 minutes’ drive from Coworth Park
+44 (0)20 3166 6000
hrp.org.uk

April 27 – May 2

Jane Eyre

Charlotte Brontë’s feisty heroine Jane Eyre turns her hand to the stage this spring. In this theatrical adaptation of the novel, Jane Eyre reminds us why this story has so successfully weathered the test of time, with a plot that lurches dramatically through themes of passion, long-held secrets and freedom.

Theatre Royal Windsor, 32 Thames Street, Windsor SL4 1PS
8.6 miles – 18 minutes’ drive from Coworth Park
+44 (0)1753 853 888
theatreroyalwindsor.co.uk
Image © Theatre Royal Windsor

Jane Eyre
Royal Ascot Trials Day
April 29

Royal Ascot Trials Day

Ascot’s first flat racing meeting of the year, Trials Day is an opportunity for younger horses to get a taste of the track and racegoers to watch some of 2020’s world-class talent in action. Preparation is the focus of the day, with four trials on the seven-race card ahead of the hotly anticipated Royal Meeting in June.

Ascot Racecourse, Ascot, Berkshire SL5 7JX
3.1 miles – eight minutes’ drive from Coworth Park  
+44 (0)34 4346 3000
ascot.co.uk

Throughout May

Hampton Court Gardens

Celebrate the season at Hampton Court with a spring stroll through its picturesque grounds. The historic formal gardens – of which there are 60 acres – burst into a riot of colour in May, with more than one million flowering bulbs in The Wilderness alone. For an even wilder wander, set out to explore the 750 acres of parkland, now bursting into bud.

Hampton Court Palace, Molesey, East Molesey KT8 9AU
30 minutes’ drive from Coworth Park (18.3 miles)
+44 (0)20 3166 6000
hrp.org.uk

Hampton Court Gardens
Victoria Cup Raceday
May 9

Victoria Cup Raceday

The last chance for equestrian enthusiasts to visit Ascot before the Royal Meeting in June, the Victoria Cup Raceday puts on a thrilling programme of family-friendly entertainment, excellent cuisine and, of course, racing. Competitors have everything to ride for in pursuit of a prize worth more than £100,000.

Ascot Racecourse, Ascot, Berkshire SL5 7JX
8 minutes’ drive from Coworth Park (3.1 miles)
+44 (0)34 4346 3000
ascot.co.uk

May 10

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Join the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, led by German conductor Christoph Altstaedt, for an evening of sensational music. Beginning with Kodaly’s Dances of Galánta and rising through Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, the performance reaches a crescendo with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 – a fitting end to the season.

The Hexagon, Queens Walk, Reading RG1 7UA
35 minutes’ drive from Coworth Park (18 miles)
+44 (0)118 9606 060
whatsonreading.com

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Royal Windsor Horse Show
May 13 – 17

Royal Windsor Horse Show

Equestrians and enthusiasts alike converge on the private grounds of Windsor Castle this May to attend the famed Royal Windsor Horse Show. Taking place over five days, the event will feature everything from 5* show jumping and 4* dressage, to one of the most important UK driving events, the Land Rover International Driving Grand Prix.

Windsor Castle, Royal Mews, Windsor SL4 1NG
15 minutes’ drive from Coworth Park (7.8 miles)
+44 (0)1753 860633
rwhs.co.uk
Image © Royal Windsor Horse Show

May 19 – June 14

Cartier Queen’s Cup

A prestigious event that attracts the best polo players in the world, the Cartier Queen’s Cup combines the white-knuckle thrills of a 22-goal polo tournament with all the glitter and revelry of a glamorous social event. The Queen awards the silver cup at the final, a tradition she’s continued since 1960.

Guards Polo Club, Smiths Lawn/Windsor Great Park, Egham TW20 0HP
10 minutes’ drive from Coworth Park (1.8 miles)
+44 (0)1784 434212
guardspoloclub.com

Cartier Queen’s Cup