A Grand Day Out in Windsor

In May, our Readers’ Day at Windsor was a red carpet experience with a guided tour of The Savill Garden followed by a cream tea river cruise with French Brothers along the leafy Thames. Julie Hart and Tom Daldry report back.

‘The weather didn’t dampen the spirits of our readers and guests who enjoyed a blooming marvellous day at The Savill Garden followed by a cruise along the river with French Brothers.

After walking through the impressive Savill Building with its excellent plant display, catering and shopping facilities, the group was taken on a Garden Tour by Keeper of the Gardens John Anderson – who is also responsible for Her Majesty’s private garden.

The Savill Garden, credit Warwick Sweeney

John led us along the Spring Wood trail where there was an abundance of Rhododendron, Azalea, Magnolia flowers in bloom. It’s often described as ‘the UK’s best kept secret woodland gardens’, as there is so much to see! For example, there are more veteran oak trees in Windsor Great Park than in the whole of Europe, with the oldest tree being 1300 years old!

Following the walk, the group had free time to explore the gardens in all their glory, before being treated to a delicious hot lunch.

In the afternoon, we were relaxed on a river cruise along the Thames, with French Brothers. The boat left from Runnymede Boathouse and, as it took us down the river, cream tea was served. Many of us questioned whether jam or cream should be applied to the scones first!

In 1215, King John sealed Magna Carta at Runnymede and this trip allows visitors to view the monument, erected in 1957, and also takes visitors past more iconic landmarks that are linked with the Royal Family. Frogmore House (popular recently for Royal wedding receptions) is one of them, and we had a stunning view of Windsor Castle as well as Old Windsor Lock – which the boat passes through.

We would like to thank The Savill Garden and French Brothers for an enjoyable experience and their hospitality and particular thanks to Mark Persad, our host for the day. Each guest was given a Savill Garden goody bag, which included complimentary tickets to return on another day this year – when the changing seasons would mean the garden would look totally different.’

French Brothers near Windsor

“What a brilliant day! The Savill Gardens is an absolute must and the French Brother river trip was
so relaxing.”
Sylvia,  After Breast Cancer Support Group

“Thank you for a super day. Despite the rain it was delightful, and because this proved to me that when I arrange a garden trip for my group, and the weather is wet, we will still have a really enjoyable day.”
Sue, Wooburn Outings

For further information, visit The Savill Garden and French Brothers.