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Festive activities at The Runnymede and beyond…

As golden leaves continue to fall and the chilly air follows us into the winter months, now is a good time to sit down and plan for the upcoming festive period. With so many fantastic activities on offer at The Runnymede and plenty of local attractions on our doorstep, the lead up to Christmas is set to be a busy one….

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Wreath-making workshop


On Friday 26th November from 12-4pm, our Riverside Suite will be hosting a very festive afternoon of wreath making. Channel your inner Angel Adoree and create a spectacular wreath with the expert guidance from Rebecca Ellis of Lily’s Flowers. As you settle at your workstation, fuel your creative mind with a selection of hot drinks, a glass of bubbly and warm mince pies which can be enjoyed throughout the afternoon. And, to be rewarded for your efforts at the end of the session, indulge in our festive afternoon tea , with a tasty choice of seasonal sandwiches, scones and cakes. With a complimentary bag of Christmas confectionary to take home with you as well, what’s not to like?!


Festive Afternoon Tea

If you missed out on our festive wreath-making masterclass, don’t despair! You can still soak up the season with our delicious Festive Champagne Afternoon Tea which will be available daily from 1-19 December. Taste the season with treats including roast turkey with chestnut, sage and apple stuffing finger sandwiches, a Tiramisu and Amarena cherry tart and a large selection of herbal teas, all washed down with a refreshing glass of A. Robert Rose Champagne. If you want to bring the kids – great! We have a dedicated afternoon tea menu for the little ones, complete with hot chocolate and sweet treats. It’s the perfect excuse to catch up with friends and family, he more, the merrier!

Christmas Shopping

Fairs and markets are the perfect places for unearthing hidden gems that fast become great gifts, and at Christmas, the experience is even more magical. On 20th and 21th November, head over to the Royal Windsor Racecourse for Windsor’s Christmas Shopping Fair, and lose yourself in the labyrinth of arts, crafts and food stalls all huddled together in a heated marquee.

Meanwhile at The Runnymede, you can visit our own Christmas Market in The Spa up until Sunday 28th November for shopping and exclusive gifts with purchases from our luxury beauty brands.


Lapland UK

Experience the snowy scenes of Lapland… in Ascot. A magical immersive experience based on the story of Father Christmas, this one’s perfect for the kids. Upon receiving a special invitation in the post from Saint Nick himself, children will be welcomed by Woodland Elves through the secret doorway to Lapland where they will travel through frosty landscapes and help Father Christmas and his elves with their toy-making. Crafting and building gifts can be tiring work, so pop over to the Elven Village where you can refuel in Pumpernickel’s restaurant with a steaming hot chocolate, visit Pixie Mixie’s sweetshop, or browse for festive decorations and toys in the Elf Emporium. However you choose to spend your time in Lapland, your kids will be sure to remember this day for years to come.

Legoland at Christmas

Another fantastic day out with the kids is in store this Christmas at LEGOLAND®. Gaze in awe as the park transforms into a magical wintry wonderland, complete with a scattering of snow-covered trees and glittering lights. As well as the exhilarating rides, discover new events including a fun DUPLO Puppet pantomime and a breath-taking Holiday Harbour lights show, both bound to get the whole family in the festive spirit. And of course, it wouldn’t be Christmas without a visit to Father Christmas in his log cabin!

Jack and the beanstalk at Theatre Royal Windsor

Who doesn’t love a classic pantomime show at Christmas? With colourful costumes, whimsical music and a vibrant cast of characters, come along to the Theatre Royal Windsor and enjoy a laugh-out-loud performance of Jack and the Beanstalk. Opening on Friday 26th November and running throughout the festive period until 9th January 2022, treat the whole family to a cosy afternoon indoors, watching the likes of music icon Anita Harris, the legendary Basil Brush and Dreamboats & Petticoats star, Elizabeth Carter, perform on stage.

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