Historical walks and tours and humorous outings nearly sold out!
Windsor, 13 August 2015
Windsor Festival is celebrating 45 years in autumn 2015. The highly respected annual arts festival will be located within and around the grounds of Windsor Castle, by kind permission of Her Majesty The Queen, from 20th September 2015 to 4th October 2015.
As always, Windsor Festival will be hosting a selection of walks and tours through-out the two-week event. This year this series is enabled by sponsorship from Cotswold Outdoor, who, like the Festival, want to encourage people to spend time outdoors exploring their local area. Those joining walks will be offered a discount at the Windsor store in King Edward Court. The popular walks and tours offer visitors a unique experience to unveil some of Windsor’s best kept secrets, uncover hidden gems and gain insight into the enchanting Windsor Castle and its surroundings. Each walk and tour has limited space to ensure an interactive, exciting and unforgettable experience and tickets are selling fast! Highlights include:
Follow in the footsteps of a host of colourful characters whose unconventional behaviour made them prime candidates for this humorous walk, ‘Wayward Women of Windsor.’ In addition to the merry wives Mistresses Ford and Page, you will meet the flirtatious Nell Gwynn who, along with many others, will tell their stories, disclose scandal and secrecy and play their part in modelling an assortment of glorious headgear! The Walk will take place on Sunday, 20th September at 7:00pm starting at Windsor and Eton Riverside Station
The ‘Tour of Combermere Barracks’ offers you behind the scenes access to Combermere Barracks, the Windsor home of the Household Cavalry. Join the Curator of the Household Cavalry Museum for an in depth insight into the history and current operational role of the Life Guards and Blues and Royals, supported by artefacts, pictures and uniforms. The Armoured Vehicle Park lets you see the range of vehicles used by the Regiment, whilst a visit to the Stables and Riding School will provide the chance to learn about their ceremonial duties and meet the famous Cavalry Blacks. Taking place at 10:00am on Wednesday, 30th September, the tour will begin at Combermere Barracks, St Leonards Road, Windsor
What is an Eton Mess? Was Brown Windsor Soup a soup or soap? What did George IV have for breakfast? Join our walk, ‘A Toast to Windsor,’ to meet Mrs Miggins and Mrs Patmore for a stroll around town to learn about establishments, streets and alleyways associated with the eating and drinking habits of inhabitants and visitors to Windsor over the ages. The Walk will take place on Saturday, 3rd October at 7:00pm starting at Windsor and Eton Riverside Station
Martin Denny, Windsor Festival Director, said: “Every year Windsor Festival aspires to be amongst the premier Music and Arts Festivals in the UK, playing an important part in the cultural life of our community and reflecting our special position as a royal town. Our ‘Walks and Tours’ programme, brought this year with support from Cotswold Outdoor, has been designed with this in mind and will take visitors on a journey through the streets of Windsor, uncovering history and hidden treasures not known to many.”
The full programme and booking information are available at www.windsorfestival.com.