Windsor – A Winter Wonderland

It’s nearly that time of the year again when the evenings get darker, the temperature gets colder and the inevitable countdown to Christmas begins. At Stirrups, it also happens to be one of our favourite times to explore the local area. Nothing quite beats an autumnal walk through the Great Park as the changing leaves fall from the trees or taking in one of the many spectacular local firework displays.

If you are joining us for a short break during the coming months, we wanted to help you maximise your visit with some of our top tips on local walks, firework displays and Christmas festivities coming up in Windsor and the surrounding area.

Autumnal Walks in the Park

Could you get a more British seasonal experience then an autumnal walk in the park? We certainly don’t think so! Our location means we have an array of stunning walks and incredible natural scenery to enjoy. Nothing quite beats The Long Walk in autumn, with the bronzed leaves falling from the tree lined avenue and the deer park with its impressive herd of deer’s and stags, not to mention the beautiful views across Windsor Castle and the town from the Copper Horse. Wrap up warm, grab a hot coffee and enjoy a brisk walk to start your day. Or for something a little longer, perhaps a stroll around Savill Gardens and Virginia Water with their stunning ponds, lakes, waterfalls statues and even a totem pole! The Great Park really does have something for everyone, so grab you boots, scarf and gloves and enjoy this natural wonder just a short drive from the hotel. And don’t worry, we will have a cosy winter warmer ready for you in the bar when you return…..

Remember, Remember the 5th November

Fireworks night has long been a firm favourite in this area and we are surely spoilt for choice with some truly spectacular displays for the entire family. Top of the list is the ever popular LEGOLAND fireworks display – one of the best in the south of England which attracts admirers from far and wide. Taking place on select dates in October and November, this is certainly ideal for families and situated just 5 minutes from us here at the hotel!

Another stunning local display is the Royal Windsor Racecourse Fireworks Extravaganza taking place this year on the 2nd November.  A true treat that is very popular with locals will this year incorporate a funfair and circus performances sure to entertain all ages. Situated a short 10 minute drive from us and with free car parking, it’s a sight to behold!

Festive Fun and good cheer

Wherever you are, Christmas can be a time of great festivity and cheer and our local surroundings are no different! There is an abundance of exciting Christmas activities to get you in the festive spirit from markets to ice skating – we have it all on our doorstep!

From the 16th November to 5th January, Windsor on Ice returns to nearby Alexandria Gardens, offering an amazing Christmas village to get you ready for the big day! Whether its ice skating, mulled wine, or a chance to meet Santa himself, this one’s a hit with locals and tourists alike.

Another firm favourite with the team here at Stirrups is Lapland UK, set in the magical Swinley Forest just five minutes down the road, this truly is a unique experience for the family and firmly keeps the magic of Christmas alive. Whether it’s visiting Santa, exploring the elves workshop or meeting the reindeer, this purpose built wonderland is certain to capture the imagination.

If you’re popping to Windsor to do some Christmas shopping, make sure you coincide your trip with the Windsor Reindeer Parade on the 7th December! This local tradition is a great chance to see Santa on his reindeer driver sleigh as they parade through the town centre.


A Home from home

Just looking for a festive break? Our family run hotel really comes alive at Christmas, the warmth from the fires, the smell of pine needles from the Christmas tree in our cosy restaurant, childrens laughter and the sound of families and friends coming together to celebrate.

So whatever festive fun you’re looking for in the run up to Christmas, you’re sure to find it in the Royal Borough and with our selection of Christmas packages to choose from, Stirrups is the ideal base to make Christmas 2019 a truly magical adventure!

Discover more about all our Christmas 2019 packages and book your stay with us today.

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