Berkshire Life - - Area Guide -


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

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