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.

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

Writ in Water
The Lost Dress of Elizabeth I
Until February 23, 2020

The Lost Dress of Elizabeth I

On display at Hampton Court Palace, the ‘Bacton Altar Cloth’ is a rare survival from Elizabeth I’s wardrobe. Clipped from one of the monarch’s elaborate gowns, the fabric is presented alongside the iconic ‘Rainbow Portrait’ inside Elizabeth’s former home. The delicate embroidery features gold and silver florals and wild animals.

Hampton Court Palace, Molesey, Surrey KT8 9AU
33-minute drive to Coworth Park (14.5 miles/23.3km)
+44 (0)3333 206 000
hrp.org.uk
Image © Historic Royal Palaces

UNTIL February 29, 2020

Winter at The Savill Garden

Replete with immaculate lawns, beautifully tended ornamental beds and ancient woodlands, The Savill Garden is as stunning in the cooler months as it is in peak summer. It makes a particularly glorious visit following snowfall, when the grounds are swathed with glittering powder. Take a picturesque wintry stroll through the woodlands, keeping an eye out for the season’s very first snowdrops.

The Savill Garden, Wick Lane, Englefield Green, Surrey, TW20 0UU
3.6 miles – 10 minutes’ drive from Coworth Park
windsorgreatpark.co.uk
+44 (0)17 5386 0222

Winter at The Savill Garden
Seasonal Winter Walks at Waltham Place
UNTIL February 29, 2020

Seasonal Winter Walks at Waltham Place

Championing biodynamic farming methods, Waltham Place is a clutch of ancient walled gardens punctuated by beautiful old trees and handsome formal beds. Tended by owner and keen gardener Strilli Oppenheim, the grounds are a spectacular example of a traditional English country garden that’s free of fertilisers and pesticides. Its winter garden, replete with sprays of Sarcococca, is particularly special in January.

Waltham Place, Church Hill, White Waltham, Berkshire, SL6 3JH
11.4 miles – 23 minutes’ drive from Coworth Park
walthamplace.com
+44 (0)16 2882 5517

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
Matthew Bourne’s production of The Red Shoes
February 4 – 8, 2020

Matthew Bourne’s production of The Red Shoes

Matthew Bourne’s dazzling double Olivier Award-winning The Red Shoes is dancing onto the stage at the New Victoria Theatre this February. Itself an adaptation of the Powell and Pressburger 1948 film of the same name, The Red Shoes tells the heart-breaking story of an ambitious ballerina who treads the line between passion and obsession.

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
Image © Johan Pearson

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
Spring birdwatching
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

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

Blood Brothers
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 12, 2020

Rhys James: Snitch

Mock the Week regular and star of his own BBC Radio 4 series, Rhys James is stopping in at Norden Farm for a show as part of his first national tour. Head over to Norden, a thriving arts centre complete with gallery theatre and bar for an amusing evening’s entertainment from the young comic.

Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Altwood Road, Maidenhead SL6 4PF
28-minute drive to Coworth Park (12.9 miles/20.7km)
+44 (0)1628 682 555
norden.farm

Rhys James: Snitch
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