Fortnight of celebrations at Windsor Festival

Magna Carta Memorial
Magna Carta Memorial

Enjoy music, literature and the arts marking the signing of the Magna Carta, the anniversaries of the battles at Agincourt and Waterloo in and around the grounds of Windsor Castle.

Windsor Castle
A Photographic Tour of Windsor Castle offers a rare ‘out of hours’ opportunity to walk around the grounds of Windsor Castle

A visit to Windsor never disappoints but this autumn there will a raft of extra entertainment on hand as the Windsor Festival marks 45 years.

Celebrating music, literature and the arts, the festival is once again gearing up to host a series of high-quality events at the finest venues. Located among and around the grounds of Windsor Castle from 20 September to 4 October, the vibrant fortnight of celebrations will reflect on the signing of the Magna Carta at Runnymede, the anniversaries of the battles at Agincourt and Waterloo, and Windsor’s place in Royal history.

Magna Carta Memorial
Magna Carta Memorial. Professor David Starkey will be celebrating the 800th anniversary of the ground-breaking document

This year, on 9 September, Her Majesty The Queen will become Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, overtaking Queen Victoria. To mark this milestone, and as a gift to the people of Windsor, the Outdoor Trust has created The Queen’s Walkway. Connecting 63 points of interest around the town, this symbolic 6.37km route recognises the 63 years, seven months and two days that HM the Queen will pass her great-great-grandmother’s record. The trust will be leading a special inaugural walk along the route as part of the festival at 3pm Sunday, 20 September, Henry VIII Gate, Windsor Castle.

Queen's Walkway Marker
The Outdoor Trust will be leading a special inaugural walk on new Queen’s Walkway marking the monarch’s long reign

Other highlights include a Photographic Tour of Windsor Castle at 8am on Saturday, 26 September which offers a rare ‘out of hours’ opportunity to walk around the grounds of Windsor Castle and learn how to take better photographs with professional photographer, Gill Aspel.

Magna Carta was sealed by King John in 1215 at Runnymede, a short distance from Windsor Castle. Renowned historian Professor David Starkey will be celebrating the 800th anniversary of the ground-breaking document with Magna Carta: The Charter That Changed the World at 7pm Monday, 28 September.

More full list of events and tickets are available here.

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