THEATRE & THE ARTS
Unlike many town centres, Windsor remains a first class destination for those who can’t resist going home with bags and labels. Fashion, interiors, art and much more, it has a pedestrianised centre including Peascod Street, Windsor Royal Shopping and Windsor Yards, and finds in the Victorian railway arches. A huge plus is the proper department store, Daniel of Windsor, a must for Christmas shopping, particularly if toys are on your list.
Make sure you head down Peascod Street and make the most of that ‘beating heart’ we mentioned, the St Leonards Road area. It’s a gem for independent shops and foodie treats. In the other direction, definitely cross the bridge into Eton – you go from the designer labels of Windsor’s show-off style to a small and historic High Street full of window displays which will draw you in. You’ll be royally entertained here, all year round. For a start, there’s The Theatre Royal, a fantastically intimate showcase for everything from sing-alongs to top stage actors in spellbinding adult productions. The panto is a ‘not-bemissed’ treat and this year it’s Dick Whittington, running from 23 November to 6 January. The Old Court in St Leonards Road provides an eclectic mix of art, live music, comedy and stage performance.
In both spring and autumn you have the first class delights of Windsor Festival, with the Fringe running alongside the main September event. Windsor Contemporary Art Fair at Royal Windsor Racecourse provides a chance to find art from £40 or so up into the thousands on 10 and 11 November.
ABOVE: Daniel of Windsor are marking their centenary