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Ideas for Spring along the River Thames

As spring beckons make the most of the beautiful gardens, the heritage and the traditional English market towns along the river... the River Thames has plenty of offers to inspire your visit and plenty of things to do whether you’re looking for a relaxing spa break or an activity break on the water! Avoid the crowds, there’s plenty of space along the river.

Here are our eight Spring ideas for a day out or longer along the River Thames.

Take a Spring Break or a ‘Splendid Spring Spa Day’

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For a getaway with your nearest and dearest, book a Couple’s Spa Retreat or a Splendid Spring Spa Day - Shake off those winter blues and put a spring back in your step with a 55 minute back, face and scalp treatment; a relaxing and pampering treatment that includes a warm oil back and scalp massage, and aromatherapy express facial plus full use of spa facilities, as well as a delicious one course lunch in the Garden Room.  Or there’s family packages for top theme parks including LEGOLAND Windor, or Thorpe Park which are just a hop, skip and a jump away. Find out about the offers.

Compleat Angler

Enjoy a spring break with the Compleat Angler and save 25%.  Enjoy great seasonal menus with the award-winning chef in the Riverside Restaurant or choose to eat in Atul Kotchar’s Sindhu restaurant. Book before 9th June.

Oakley Court

Escape the fast pace of everyday life and retreat to the tranquil surroundings of The Oakley Court in Windsor. Leave the bright lights of the big city behind you – we all need timeout once in a while to relax, unwind and recharge. There’s no routine at The Oakley Court. Your pace when you come here is entirely your own and whatever you chose to do during a day immersed in our unique surroundings will be time well spent. We offer a refreshing range of leisure activities right here in Windsor to stimulate your mind, energise your body and revitalise your soul.

Begin your day with a session in our fully-equipped gym, a few strokes in our indoor swimming pool or a tennis lesson on the courts with your own private coach. Embrace the great outdoors and make our 33-acre estate your playground. There’s plenty of exciting paths to explore, on foot or by bike. Putt a few balls on our 9-hole golf course or enjoy a lazy afternoon ambling along the riverbank. Whether you’re a guest or a member, we will help to ensure that you get the most out of your holiday in Windsor.

Sir Christopher Wren Hotel & Spa

Choose from an array of Special breaks from Windsor Castel Package to the Romance Package

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Enjoy Time Together

Wander along the riverbank in the fresh air, dive into our warm and cosy spa, enjoy an aperitif in our riverside Lounge, then settle down in The Lock Bar and Kitchen for a gorgeous three course meal. You’ll enjoy a fab night in your luxurious bedroom with heavenly beds. Your break is completed by a tasty breakfast in the Leftbank restaurant – with endless gorgeous buffet-style food you can keep coming back for more.

Dine out along the River Thames this Spring

New The Astor Grill at Cliveden

Enjoy a late brunch, early lunch, or a relaxed supper in The Astor Grill located in the charming old stable block, with an equestrian themed décor.

Runnymede on thames

Come and relax in our fabulous spa, enjoy the fresh air with a stroll along the riverbank, let the cares of the world drift away. Get dressed up for dinner in our beautiful riverside restaurant Leftbank; a fabulous experience – with endless buffet food, there’s no food envy, and you can keep going back for more. In the morning, we’ll make sure there’s heaps of wonderful food to charge you up for your return to reality!

The Oxford Kitchen

Spring has arrived at The Oxford Kitchen with a six course Spring Tasting Menu, a true delight for foodies and is available Tuesday to Saturday for lunch and dinner

The Beetle & Wedge

Enjoy informal dining in this old beamed Boathouse Restaurant, offers an open charcoal grill where delicacies are created before your very eyes. Set on the banks of the River Thames, it offers the tranquillity and peace of a beautiful riverside setting for relaxed dining.

Try a Boating Holiday

Spring is an ideal time to take a Boating Holiday. Whether you want to drive yourself or let somebody else do the driving for you. There’s plenty of choice from a Linssen luxury cruiser, a Dutch barge and the fleets of Kris Cruisers and Le Boat. Or would you prefer somebody else to be the skipper? Choose a private charter with a skipper or enjoy a taste of luxury on the elegant and spacious air-conditioned 8 passenger Magna Carta, the perfect hotel barge for the royal river.  From Henry VIII’s Hampton Court, this 6-night all-inclusive cruise goes past Windsor Castle to Henley.

Go messing about on the river

Choose from electric cruisers rowing boats, kayaks, canoes or punts, there’s something for everyone no matter how active you want to be. London Kayak Tours offer tours which provide an unforgettable experience full of history, wildlife and awesome views of Windsor Castle and Eton. Choose your boat…

Go afloat and discover the heritage and scenery on a boat trip

To truly enjoy sightseeing on the River Thames then sit back and let someone else take the helm! Sit and relax as beautiful scenery glides by on a River Thames boat trip or cruise with audio commentary, telling the history of the Thames! Boat trips are offered at various locations from Oxford to London.

Walk the Thames Path National Trail

Make the most of the Spring weather and explore The Thames Path National Trai. It stretches for 184 miles, providing a choice of urban paths or trails through peaceful water meadows and unspoilt countryside villages. There are plenty of different walks to discover along the Thames. Combine a walk with lunch at a great British pub such as the Bull at Sonning.

Visit a Marina

Whether you’re out on the boat, or taking a drive stop off at one of the many marinas along the Thames.Some have great delis or restaurants, or just sit and watch the world go by.

Visit a glorious garden

There is no better time to visit a garden than in the Spring. There are some lovely ones to visit. Cliveden National Trust, Savill Garden or Stonor Park provide the perfect day out. Where better to explore the diversity of English gardens in 2016 than along the gardens of the Royal River Thames, where history stretches back over 2,000 years.

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