Summer in the Royal Borough

Get ready to explore

Brooklands Museum, Weybridge

May 28th - June 5th

This half term Brooklands is exploring the science behind speed and aerodynamics.  Children will be able to have a go at building a mini car in their hands-on activity sessions before testing their car to see how fast it can go! There will also be pedal planes & cars running and vintage car &bus rides round the area via the London Bus Museum buses.  Plus don't miss the Museum's exhibition, McLaren: Driven by Design featuring the Senna Concept and Prototype cars, alongside a life-size LEGO model of the McLaren Spider. Experience the sound, sight & smell of the magnificent machines with an exhilarating trip up Test Hill and along the steep banking of the race track with the Brooklands car rides team. (Mon-Thu only).  A 25 minute drive from the hotel.

Jubilee Picnic in the Park

June 4th

Join in with the celebrations at Jubilee Party in the Park down the Long Walk in Windsor Great Park where there will be a carnival atmosphere with 70 cars (1 from each decade), music & sport from across the decades of Her Majesty’s reign. Book a picnic with our reception team (48 hours notice required) or grab a bite to eatfrom one of the specially selected food traders.  Bring your union jack flags to gather around the giant screens so you can enjoy watching the national Platinum Party at the Palace, staged by the BBC that will bring together some of the world’s biggest entertainment stars to celebrate the most significant and joyous moments from The Queen’s seven decade reign.  From 11am until 10.45pm.  A 15 minute drive from the hotel.

Hampton Court Palace Festival

June 9th - 25th

Hampton Court Palace Festival 2022 returns this summer and it is shaping up to be a memorable one.  Elbow, McFly, Jack Savoretti, Ministry of Sound Classical ft. special guests Fat Tony & Seb Fontaine, Kacey Musgraves, The Human League, UB40, Michael Ball & Alfie Boe all feature in the line up.  Taking place in the stunning Tudor Courtyard, the Hampton Court Palace Festival provides an incredible line-up, a spectacular setting and the beautiful East Front Gardens to enjoy picnicking before the concert. Only 30 minutes from Great Fosters.

RHS Hampton Court Garden Festival

July 4th - 9th

A fun filled celebration of Summer set in the stunning grounds of Hampton Court Palace. Dive into a world of colourful garden inspiration, fabulous floristry and unique plant shopping from the UK’s finest growers. With an extensive timetable full of talks, demonstartions & a few famous faces, this buzzing summer’s day out is the place to be for all those looking for ideas, advice and insight into the gardening world’s most topical themes.  Perfect the experience with some top notch shopping, a waterside picnic and live music. Only 30 minutes from Great Fosters.

Royal Ascot

June 14th - 18th

Revered across the globe, Royal Ascot attracts many of racing’s finest horses. It's Britain’s most valuable race meeting, attracting many of the world’s finest racehorses to compete for more than £7.3 million in prize money. It is also a highlight of the summer social season and is certainly a must-attend event of the year and a quintessentially British day out. It is equally synonymous with sartorial elegance, being awash with exquisite fashion and magnificent millinery creations.  From the arrival of the Royal Procession as the clock strikes two, to the communal singing around Ascot’s Bandstand, each of the five days is an event which must be seen to be believed.  Only 15 minutes from Great Fosters.

Royal Windsor Flower Show

June 11th

The Royal Windsor Flower Show, under the patronage of Her Majesty The Queen, marks its 115th anniversary this year with a horticultural spectacle at the York Club in the historic Windsor Great Park.  The event promises to be floral extravaganza, led by the show’s Honorary President, Alan Titchmarsh who will be welcoming a host of special guests and performances. Families, garden lovers and foodies are invited to celebrate a day of growing, cooking and traditional crafts with the plant growers, garden designers, artisan producers and top-notch chefs that will be on hand to demonstrate and share their knowledge.  A 20 minute drive from the hotel.

Beacon Lighting & Fireworks

June 2nd as darkness falls

The Platinum Jubilee weekend in Windsor will commence with the lighting of our Windsor beacon, as part of the National Beacon lighting. This will take place on the Long Walk as darkness falls. People are invited up to the Beacon site where there will be music and excitement. Alternatively, many will choose to watch the spectacle from closer to home and savour the start of a wonderful extended weekend. The lighting will be followed by a wonderful firework display which can be best viewed from the Long Walk.  For the first time, beacons will also be lit in each of the capital cities of the Commonwealth countries to celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Silver Workshops - Eton Wick

available to book 51 weeks of the year

Workshops are held in a rural studio 51 weeks of the year - you select the day that suits and the studio will confirm if it's convenient.   You will be taught a selection of techniques using ‘art clay silver’ which enables you to get started straight away with making your very own designer pieces. You'll be amazed at what you can achieve on your very first go with the guidance of a senior qualified instructor.  On a day's course you will be able to create three finished pieces, with plenty of individual tuition given.  A 25 minute drive from Great Fosters.

Platinum Jubilee at Windsor Castle

July 7th - September 26th

The Coronation Dress and Robe of Estate worn by The Queen for her Coronation at Westminster Abbey on 2 June 1953 will be on display at Windsor Castle to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee. Designed by the British couturier Sir Norman Hartnell, the dress was created in the finest white duchesse satin, richly embroidered in a lattice-work effect with an iconographic scheme of national and Commonwealth floral emblems in gold and silver thread and pastel-coloured silks, encrusted with seed pearls, sequins and crystals.  Included as part of general admission.

Swan Upping, River Thames

July 18th - 22nd

Swan Upping is the annual census of the swan population on stretches of the Thames in Middlesex, Surrey, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire. This historic ceremony dates from the twelfth century, when the Crown claimed ownership of all mute swans. The Queen's Swan Marker and the accompanying Swan Uppers of the Vintners' and Dyers' Livery Companies use six traditional Thames rowing skiffs in their five-day journey upstream to Abingdon. By tradition, scarlet uniforms are worn by The Queen's Swan Marker and Swan Uppers, and each boat flies the appropriate flag and pennant.  More precise timings are usually given nearer the time.