Want to schedule your event to coincide with Royal Ascot, the Henley Regatta or another of the Thames Valley’s amazing hospitality and public events? (Or maybe you’d like to know which times of year are particularly busy?) Take a look at some of the huge variety of events, activities and celebrations taking place in the UK’s most exciting region.
01/01/2018 to 30/06/2018 - John Piper – A very British Artist, River & Rowing Museum, Henley on Thames
The River & Rowing Museum in – where else? – Henley-on-Thames is always worth a visit, but this Spring they will be adding some exciting new additions to the Piper Gallery. Named after John Piper, and called “A Very British Artist”, the gallery’s new exhibition will feature new aquatints, sketches and even some of Piper’s stage designs for his collaboration with local legend Sir Stanley Spencer on Trial of a Judge in 1938.
Built to commemorate the battle victories of John Churchill, first Duke of Marlborough; birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill; and the only non-royal non-episcopal country house in England to hold the title of palace. Probably not the first place you’d think of for a jolly good egg foo yung? Well for one night only, Blenheim Palace says out with the dragoons and in with the dragons as the palace is lit up for Chinese New Year. Delicious dishes from street food stalls, traditional Chinese entertainment and a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see the astonishing Great Hall lit up with paper lanterns.
Did you know that “Rule, Britannia” was first performed at Cliveden on 1st August 1740? (Of course you did, clever clogs.) This amazing country house, nestled in the Berkshire countryside, is no stranger to great music. Join young stars from the Royal Opera House for an irresistible evening of opera highlights, featuring champagne in the Great Hall and a splendid dinner in the opulent Andre Garett restaurant. There’s no better place to be serenaded than looking out over the best views in England.
Raymond Blanc OBE has been a feature of the fine dining scene for so long, that it’s not hard to believe that this year he marks more than 30 years with the Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, the legendary two-Michelin-star restaurant in Great Milton, Oxfordshire. Join M. Blanc and his crack team for an evening of culinary magic in the breathtaking surroundings of a 13th century manor house. Do yourself a favour – book a taxi home afterwards.
Home of the English branch of the legendary Rothschild family, Waddesdon Manor boasts one of the country’s finest wine cellars. And though Lord Rothschild may not quite be giving you free reign of his collection of vintage wines, he would be delighted to extend an invitation for you to host private dining events in this magnificent stately home.
Whether you’re an aficionado of the turf or just enjoy a day out in the English countryside, Newbury Racecourse offers something for everyone. Join the Barbour brigade to celebrate the end of the 2017/18 jump season with two days of competitive racing plus oodles of places to spend your winnings – from fine dining to more casual fare. Fancy sounding like an expert: one of last year’s notable winners was “Beer Goggles”!
In racing it always pays to come first – so you’d be bonkers to miss out on the first racing fixture of 2018 at beautiful Windsor Racecourse. What could be more pleasant on a lovely Spring afternoon than having a flutter with the season’s first glass of Pimm’s in your hand? There are seven races so there should be plenty to celebrate!
At ETV we don’t have much truck with the “not on a school night” attitude – so we’re tingling with anticipation for the start of Monday evening racing at Windsor Racecourse. Shake away the Monday blues with a jolly evening trackside – and whether it’s full-on hospitality or just a burger and a pint, Windsor Racecourse will open you with open arms.
Now in its third year, the Blenheim Palace Food Festival continues to go from strength to strength. Gourmets and gourmands alike will find a taste for every tastebud as more than 120 tempting stalls – no wonder it was recently named as one of the world’s top foodie destinations! There’s plenty to do when you’re not stuffing your face – like activities for the kids, talks and cookery demos. Or maybe forty winks under a shady tree . . .
Ever fancied rubbing shoulders with The Queen? Chances are the annual Royal Windsor Horse Show is your best bet to come eye-to-eye with Her Majesty, seeing as it’s held in her front garden. This event is one of those closest to her heart, and she attends every day of the show, which brings together some of the world’s finest equestrians from the worlds of dressage, showjumping, driving and endurance. Visitors can stroll the grounds of Home Park, with Windsor Castle towering majestically in the background, and watch as dozens of amazing horses are put through their paces in a series of different events and showrings.
Just don’t bring your dog. Dogs were banned from the showground in 1944 when a disrespectful mutt stole a chicken leg from the plate of King George VI. His Majesty, it is fair to say, was not amused and pooches have been persona non grata ever since.