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Even though we have now entered tier 3 the Royal Borough still has a whole host of fun things to see and do over the festive season that is sure to brighten up the winter days! We must look after ourselves and maintain social distancing, wearing our face masks (unless you’re exempt) when we head out. We understand that this year has been a strange and tumultuous time with a whole heap of ups and downs. So finding time to enjoy yourself is very important. Let’s enjoy all that our local community has to offer. There is a handy guide compiled by the borough that you can find here (please be aware this was compiled before we entered tier 3, sadly some events will no longer be going ahead) à https://www.windsor.gov.uk/dbimgs/RBWM_Christmas_Brochure_2020.pdf.
As RBWM has only recently been placed in tier 3 please remember to double-check opening times and Covid rules so you can enjoy yourself safely and securely. If you are unsure of the lockdown restrictions, please click here.
We have handpicked some of our favourites to share with you and hope you enjoy them!
We are fortunate to have lots of locally run and independent shops that can cover all your present-buying needs. Buying online is second nature to some and this year has seen internet sales soar. Hight street shops have been hit hard by the pandemic, so buying from independent shops also helps our own community. If mobility is holding you back from exploring your local high street, then fear not – People to Places can help. Our Shopmobility offices in Maidenhead (in Nicholson’s Car Park) and in Windsor (The Coach Park, next to Alexander Gardens) offer short or longer-term hires of mobility scooters that can make accessing your local shops easy and hassle-free. Here are a few of our favourite spots for a bit of retail therapy: –
- The Little Bookshop in Cookham – they can take orders over the phone as well as online or in person
- Craft Coop in Maidenhead – Locally crafted jewellery and stationery
- Bird in Sunningdale – Lovely Christmas gifts
- Daniel Department Store in Windsor – They offer a free click and collect service
- Filling Good in Maidenhead and Zero Joe’s in Windsor – These zero waste shops offer a whole host of items to help you reduce your plastic waste including make-up and artisanal tasty treats.
Walking in a Winter Wonderland
We have so many places in the Royal Borough to enjoy the great outdoors. Gardens, woodlands, and parks can offer a respite from our homes and help us relax and recharge. Please don’t let mobility hold you back from discovering your local green spaces. Pop along to one of our Shopmobility sites and hire one of our scooters so you too can get out and about and explore with confidence.
- Windsor Great Park and Savill Gardens. Smooth and fairly even terrain make these spots perfect for a Christmassy amble (you may even spot Deer in the Park!). You can also book tickets for The Twelve Days of Christmas Winter Trail in the Great Park.
- The River Thames – Our borough offers many opportunities to enjoy the river. The Jubilee River offers a single track, wheelchair friendly path for its 11.6km length. Pick and choose which sections of the mighty Thames path you may like to tackle or sign up to Ramble Happy. Ramble Happy is an Eton based initiative started by local Pantomime dame extraordinaire Kevin Cruise to help his local community enjoy nature during the pandemic. They are hosting several rambles over the winter months, but spaces are filling up. So book your tickets quick if you would like to take part!
- National Trust Cliveden – Marvel at the Long Garden, Parterre, Blenheim Pavilion, or Water Garden and enjoy a takeaway coffee, tea, or cake from their tearoom. Booking is essential and you can plan your route in advance so you can head off for adventure as soon as you arrive.
- St Luke’s Christmas Tree Trail in Maidenhead. The church has organised an outside Christmas Tree Trail with businesses, charities, families, and organisations invited to take part. The trail is live until Christmas Eve. Visit their website for the route that will take you on a gentle walk to admire everyone’s work.
- The Twelve Days of Christmas in Windsor. The Christmas song is given a new lease of life in this free exhibition by Windsor Museum. Pop along to the Windsor and Royal Borough Market, Corn Market, and Guildhall and explore objects from the museum’s collection and how they relate to each day. (until Wednesday 6 January).
- Dr Choc’s Christmas Workshop in Windsor. Christmas and chocolate is a winning combination! Book onto a workshop and learn to make fresh chocolate Christmas figures and lollypops. (until Thursday 31 December).
Finding happiness and joy at this time is part of some very necessary self-care after a difficult year. We all need to make sure we keep ourselves and our loved ones safe. We hope that some of these fun things to see and do allow you to embrace the festive season in a way that makes you feel comfortable. People to Places is incredibly thankful to all our supporters who have helped us keep going this year.