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Windsor to see the Queen

Rachel McAlley
Rachel McAlley

A Trip to Windsor to see the Queen!

If you fancy a break away from Leeds and city life, why not visit Windsor and surrounding areas for a little bit of culture?

I have just taken a trip to Windsor with my little family for a week, we stayed on a campsite and enjoyed the pretty countryside that is Henley-on-Thames, Windsor and Maidenhead.

It’s not a destination that probably jumps to the forefront of your mind when thinking of a holiday, but with a 5 year old in desperate need of a visit to Legoland it was the exact location for a summer break for us.


Legoland was a whirlwind of thrill rides, water rapids, kids play areas, and general fun. I have to say it’s definitely not my favourite theme park as I’m a massive fan of Alton Towers, Flamingo Land and Lightwater Valley, but for a 5 year old that loves Lego, this is a great place to visit.

I needed a little grown up culture after Legoland and went to spend a few hours at Windsor Castle, sadly the Queen wasn’t in residence on the day of my visit, but we did get to see the ‘Changing of the Guards’ which was quite a lovely thing to watch. The castle itself is truly beautiful, as you can imagine, full of history and stunning architecture.


Windsor Castle grounds are another level pretty, and we were very lucky to be allowed into the Queen’s private gardens. I could have spent far longer in the vast grounds watching the world fly by, eating my picnic sandwiches, and dreaming of being a Royal!

Back to reality and the need for a bit of fun lead us towards a couple of tenpin blowing sessions. After watching the boats on the River Thames at Henley (home of the world famous Henley Regatta) we went to Tenpin Maidenhead for an afternoon of competitive games, lots of fun and plenty of laughter. I’ll be honest, I came last at bowling as I’m absolutely useless at knocking the pins down! But we had so much fun.

With plenty of camping thrown into the mix, evening BBQ’s, paddling in the river, a boat cruise down the Thames, and some shopping in Windsor and Henley-on-Thames our holiday came to an end and we returned to the North.

A lovely trip and the highlights were Windsor Castle and the beautiful Henley-on-Thames, although my daughter would disagree and opt for the theme park Legoland!

Our quaint little island the UK is gorgeous, and I fully intend to have a few more staycations over the coming months.


Thanks to Windsor Castle and Tenpin Maidenhead for kindly offering press visit passes.

Ciao for now
Rachel McAlley

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