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Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle

is the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world. It has been the family home of British kings and queens for almost 1,000 years. It is an official residence of Her Majesty The Queen, whose standard flies from the Round Tower when she is in residence. Windsor is still very much a working royal palace. The Castle is used for ceremonial occasions and hosting State Visits for overseas monarchs and presidents.

The River Thames

The River Thames

There’s a lot more to the River Thames than London. From its source near the Cotswolds to Teddington lock, the River Thames is the perfect place to go boating, walking or fishing. Why not relax and meet with friends at one of the many pubs and restaurants along the River Thames. The river passes through the major landmarks of the region including Windsor, Maidenhead, Marlow, Henley, Reading and Oxford.

The Royal Landscape

The Royal Landscape

The Royal Landscape is a thousand acres of landscaped gardens, lakes and woodland, incorporating Windsor Great Park, The Savill Garden, one of Britain’s greatest ornamental gardens, The Valley Gardens, a flowering forest, interspersed by landscaped woodland and Virginia Water Lake. The Great Park is recorded in Saxon documents as a hunting forest used by monarchs and nobles.

Shopping

The Oracle, Reading

The Oracle

has over 90 stores to choose from including 3 department stores: Debenhams and House of Fraser, with John Lewis & Partners adjacent to the centre on Minster Street. The complex also boasts a cinema and a variety of bars and restaurants which spans the Brewery Gut, a particularly narrow stretch of the River Kennet. The Reading Hexagon Theatre is a short walk away.

Parkway, Newbury

Parkway

is a new mixed use scheme of retail and residential development owned by Standard Life Investments. Parkway opened on the 27th October and brings more than 475,000 square feet of shops to Newbury. Anchored by Debenhams & Marks and Spencer, Parkway includes top fashion retailers Topshop, H&M, New Look, Fat Face, Mint Velvet Superdry and Jigsaw, and a new Debenhams.

The Lexicon, Bracknell

The Lexicon

Bracknell’s new development, opened on the 7th of September 2017. The complex comprises of 600,000 sqft of new retail outlets (Topshop, Fenwick, Marks & Spencer, Next and many more) with a new 12-screen cinema (including a 4DX screen), new restaurants and cafes, completely new paving and public realm and 1,300 new parking spaces, with improved access by public transport too.

‘The Summer Season’

Henley Regatta

Henley Regatta

is undoubtedly the best known regatta in the world and is both one of the highlights of the summer sporting calendar and the social season. It attracts thousands of visitors over a 5 day period and spectators will be thrilled by over 200 races of an international standard, including Olympians and crews new to the event. Henley-on-Thames is where the counties of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire meet.

Guards Polo Club

Guards Polo Club

founded on 25th January 1955 with HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, as President. Originally named the Household Brigade Polo Club, the name was changed to its present form in 1969. Since inception the Club has grown considerably and it is now the largest polo club in Europe in terms of membership and number of grounds.There are currently about 1,000 non-playing members with 160 playing members.

Ascot Racecourse

Ascot Racecourse

There are few sporting venues that can match the rich heritage and history of Ascot Racecourse. Over the past 300 years Royal Ascot has established itself as a national institution and the centrepiece of the British social calendar as well as being the ultimate stage for the best racehorses in the world. The Queen Anne Stakes continues to be run in memory of the monarch who founded the course three centuries ago.

Windsor Horse Show

Windsor Horse Show

The Horse show has been held annually since 1943 for five days in either May or June at Windsor Home Park. This is the only show in the UK to host international competitions for dressage, show jumping, carriage driving and endurance racing, with over 130 showing classes. The Royal family continue to be keen supporters of the Show, the Duke of Edinburgh was a regular competitor in the International Driving Grand Prix, however retired from competing in 2003.

Sport

Reading Football Club (Madejski Stadium)

Reading Football Club

was formed in 1871 and played at various grounds including Elm Park before moving to its present home the 25,000 capacity Madejski Stadium in 1998. The club were promoted to the Premier League in 2006 and had a successful first season in the top flight, but were relegated the following year. In 2011, the team lost the play-off final to Swansea but in 2012, responded in style, winning the league and gaining promotion.

Bracknell Bees Ice Hockey (John Nike Ice Rink)

Bracknell Bees Ice Hockey

One of the most high profile sporting institutions in the region, Bracknell Bees ice hockey team play at the John Nike Leisuresport Complex. Despite Bracknell Bees failing to reach the coveted end-of-season EPIHL play-offs for the third successive season, coach Gareth Cox believes the club has made huge strides both on and off the ice in 2011/12.

Rowing in Berkshire

Rowing in Berkshire

There are an extensive number of rowing clubs based in Berkshire, including clubs at Marlow, Maidenhead, Thames Valley Park, Reading and Eton. Amongst those is the Leander Club, founded in 1818, making it one of the oldest and most famous rowing clubs in the world, not only that but the club is acknowledged as the most successful Olympic sports club.

Rugby in Berkshire

Rugby in Berkshire

With 16 clubs in the county formally run by the RFU, Berkshire punches well above it’s weight in comparison to larger counties. This past season, Windsor stormed the Southern Counties North and Newbury convincingly won the South West One Division, promoting them to the South West Premier division next season, where they will join rivals Maidenhead and Bracknell.

Golf in Berkshire

Golf in Berkshire

The Thames Valley boasts high quality golf courses and clubs in all areas, offering great facilities: Oxfordshire, Thame, Oxfordshire, Donnington Valley, Newbury, Hazelmere, High Wycombe, Stoke Park, Slough, Shrivenham, Swindon, Calcot, Reading, Temple, Marlow and the famous championship Wentworth golf club in Virginia Water.

Education

Newbury College

Newbury College

Operating out of around 30 venues across West Berkshire, Newbury College offers hundreds of courses, covering a range of vocational subjects from Entry Level to HNCs and from leisure to professional and post graduate qualifications. It has achieved Certification in the Training Quality Standard, an assessment framework designed to recognise and celebrate the best organisations.

ACS (American Community School) Egham & Hillingdon

ACS (American Community School)

Inward investment often leads to US employees relocating with their families and ACS help to provide cultural and educational continuity. The schools are non-sectarian and co-educational, with both day schooling and boarding available. Located in Hillingdon and Egham, close to M25.

Eton College

Eton College

Eton College, usually referred to as Eton, is an independent boarding school for boys aged 13 to 18. It was founded in 1440 by King Henry VI as “The King’s College of Our Lady of Eton besides Wyndsor”. Located near Windsor, Eton is one of the nine English independent schools, commonly referred to as “public schools”, regulated by the Public Schools Act 1868.

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