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.

Until November 2, 2019

Brick or Treat at Legoland Windsor

Spooky Lord Vampyre throws an unforgettable Halloween party for youngsters this October. Brick or Treat at Legoland Windsor promises all manner of family-friendly entertainment and access to the park’s thrilling rides, alongside some scares and surprises.

LEGOLAND, Windsor Park Ltd, Winkfield Road, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 4AY
5.9 miles – 11 minutes’ drive from Coworth Park
legoland.co.uk
+44 (0)20 871 222 2001

November 2, 2019

Fireworks Spectacular Family Raceday

Ascot’s Jumps season gets off to a promising start with an afternoon of white-knuckle races that culminates in a crescendo of fireworks after sunset. Adrenaline-charged chases featuring some of the sport’s finest steeds and jockeys are one draw, while a giddy mix of fairground attractions and gentle pony rides complete the family-friendly entertainment.

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

Until November 3, 2019

Halloween Fright Nights at Thorpe Park

Those wishing to brave zombies, ghosts and ghouls should head to Halloween Fright Nights at Thorpe Park, where more than ten live scare zones await. With the park’s chilling roller coasters and stomach-dropping rides open way past bedtime, there’s plenty of fun to be had. Enter at your peril.

Thorpe Park Resort, Staines Road, Chertsey, Surrey, KT16 8PN
7 miles – 17 minutes’ drive from Coworth Park
thorpepark.com
+44 (0)37 1663 1673
Image © Thorpe Park

November 8 – 10, 2019

Windsor Contemporary Art Fair

An eclectic mix of works by some of England’s top creatives, alongside careful curations from select local and international galleries, the Contemporary Art Fair at Royal Windsor Racecourse is a must for collectors and appreciators alike. Inspiring workshops and demonstrations offer ample opportunity to meet the talent behind the exhibits.

Royal Windsor Racecourse, Maidenhead Rd, Windsor SL4 5EZ
8.4 miles – 20 minutes’ drive from Coworth Park
contemporaryartfairs.co.uk
+44 (0)17 5359 1892
Image © Nadia Day/Windsor Contemporary Art Fair

November 22 – 23, 2019

November Racing Weekend & Country Living Christmas Fair

Heralding the approach of the festive season, Ascot Racecourse’s November Racing Weekend is an opportunity to enjoy some high-octane horseracing while getting into the Christmas spirit at its concurrent Country Living Christmas Fair. Between the six-race Jumps card, shop hand-crafted stocking fillers and toast the winning steeds with mulled wine and mince pies.

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

November – December, 2019

Lapland UK

One of the most enchanting festive events in Britain, Lapland UK welcomes little guests to its North Pole-inspired environs. Ushered in by elves, children are invited to help Father Christmas create toys in his workshop. The activities continue with ice skating and an opportunity to meet Lapland UK’s resident reindeer and husky sled team.

Whitmoor Forest, Swinley Rd, Winkfield Row, Ascot SL5 8BD
4.9 miles – 16 minutes’ drive from Coworth Park
laplanduk.co.uk
Image © Lapland UK

November, 2019 – January, 2020

Christmas Illuminations at Windsor Castle

Christmas has been celebrated at Windsor Castle with sparkles and candles since the 12th century, with many traditions such as decorating the tree introduced by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in a nod to the latter’s Germanic heritage. Look out for the castle’s well-attended Carols on the Hill concert to really channel the Christmas spirit. The outdoor event welcomes locals and visitors to ring in the festive season with popular classics.

Windsor Castle, Windsor SL4 1NJ
7.8 miles – 18 minutes’ drive from Coworth Park
rct.uk
+44 (0)30 3123 7304

Image © Lapland UK Royal Collection Trust/Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2018

November, 2019 – January, 2020

Windsor Illuminations and Winter Festivities

Aside from the stunning festive decorations adorning Windsor Castle’s interiors, the town itself is beautifully illuminated during the festive season, with the Christmas Lights Switch On something of a seasonal fixture for locals. Elsewhere, there are festive farmers’ markets, an outdoor ice-skating rink and seasonal grottos to entertain younger visitors – not to mention plenty of traditional festive menus across town.

Various locations across Windsor
8 miles – 20 minutes’ drive from Coworth Park

November 28, 2019 – January 5, 2020

Aladdin Pantomime

This traditional reprisal of Theatre Royal Windsor’s annual pantomime features a fun, colour-saturated production of Aladdin. Starring vintage favourite Basil Brush alongside the usual comedic all-star cast, this bright version is packed with slap-stick wit and some very noisy theatrics.

Theatre Royal Windsor, 32 Thames St, Windsor SL4 1PS
7.9 miles – 19 minutes’ drive from Coworth Park
theatreroyalwindsor.co.uk
+44 (0)17 5385 3888

December, 2019

Windsor Reindeer Parade

One of Windsor’s most sought-after Christmas events, the Windsor Reindeer Parade welcomes Santa and his beloved herd into town in December. The parade starts at Windsor Castle’s historic Advance Gate and winds past several key locations, including the High Street and King Edward Court. The jubilant procession concludes in Windsor Yard—be sure to snap a photo with Santa on his sleigh before he returns to Lapland.

Various locations across Windsor
8 miles – 20 minutes’ drive from Coworth Park

December, 2019

Christmas at Dorney Court

One of the finest stately homes in England, Dorney Court has rightly starred in its fair share of films, including The Other Boleyn Girl. While Dorney remains a family home, it’s open for private visits throughout the year. Tour the manor this winter to admire impressive artworks, beautiful period furniture and stunning gardens decorated for the festive season.

Dorney Lane, Dorney, Windsor SL4 6QP
13.4 miles – 28 minutes’ drive from Coworth Park
dorneycourt.co.uk
+44 (0)16 2860 4638
Image © Dorney Court

December 1 – 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

December 1 – 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

December 20 – 21, 2019

Christmas Racing Weekend at Ascot Racecourse

From festive menus and mince pies to seasonal cocktails and plenty of carol singing, Ascot Racecourse is awash with festive spirit during its Christmas Racing Weekend. Enrol little ones in the Ascot Elf Academy where Mrs Christmas regales with festive tales, and toast an exhilarating run of steeple chases as well as one of the most prestigious long-distance hurdle races in Britain.

Ascot Racecourse, Ascot, Berkshire SL5 7JX
3.1 miles – 8 minutes’ drive from Coworth Park
ascot.co.uk
+44 (0)34 4346 3000
Image © Jonathan Short/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse