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The Royal Windsor Horse Show Pageant

Celebrating the birth and life of Queen Victoria
Savill Garden and river boat cruise on the Thames
The Runnymede Air Forces Memorial
Staying Macdonald Berystede Hotel, nr Ascot
11 – 13 May 2019 (2 nights)

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The Royal Windsor Horse Show’s backdrop of a floodlit Windsor Castle is a stunning location for equestrian theatrical spectaculars. The Pageant will be an equine and musical feast of entertainment. A cast of artists, dancers and performers together with 500 participants more than 400 horses and 30 carriages  recreating 19th century Great Britain and the reign of Queen Victoria.

2019 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of not only Queen Victoria but also Prince Albert and to celebrate this significant occasion the 90 minute show will bring together memorable events and aspects from the Victorian era and the massive part the horse had to play in war, work and leisure during that time.  From the Charge of the Light Brigade and Tennyson’s famous poem, to dancers from the music halls, performers from Gilbert & Sullivan’s operas, Elgar, the author Charles Dickens, rail travel and the Industrial Revolution - the show will be a gallop through a colourful and exciting time in our history. Alongside The Household Cavalry and The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery will be the Czikos from Hungary, the acrobatic and daring Land of Fire Display from Azerbaijan, Pipes & Drums and a Balmoral Dressage Quadrille.

Your top price seat for The Pageant is in the covered Queen’s Stand, (mid-level of Block 11 Windsor Enclosure) offering excellent views of the performance. The Windsor Enclosure offers a bar and bistro area serving meals, light treats and evening drinks.

On Sunday a morning visit to Savill Garden. Set in the heart of Windsor Great Park, this royal garden offers 35 acres of interconnecting gardens, each coming into its own through the seasons. Highlights include the spring woodland with azaleas and rhododendrons, Golden Jubilee Garden and Queen Elizabeth Temperate House. Lunch can be purchased in their restaurant before continuing to Runnymede.  There will be short visit at the site of the Air Forces Memorial, a very moving tribute to members of the RAF, simple and poignant with superb views over the Thames Valley.  Then join the boat at Runnymede for a two hour afternoon river boat cruise on the Thames with cream tea before returning to the hotel for dinner.

Saturday 11 May:  Your hotel is the 4 star Macdonald Berystede Hotel close to Ascot with landscaped gardens and spa facilities. Your rooms will be available at 2 pm.  There will be a very late buffet lunch (or early supper!) at 4 pm and the coach will then leave at 5 pm, in order that you have time to explore the horse show, perhaps a little shopping from the numerous retail outlets surrounding the arena before taking your seats in the stands at 8.30 – the pageant will finish at 10.15 and coach returns to the hotel.

Sunday 12 May:  The day following the pageant is outlined as above.

Monday 13 May:  Check out of your rooms for departure.

Due to the demand for tickets for this event we are only able to hold a limited allocation and have to confirm this by second week January – please do not delay in making your reservation!

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • 2 night’s hotel accommodation with full English breakfast and a dinner and buffet lunch
  • Top price tickets for the Pageant
  • Garden entry/boat cruise and cream tea
  • Coaching and Heritage Touring representative


Tour Cost:

Price per person: £520
Single supplement: £55 per night (£110)
(Double rooms for sole occupancy)

Non-refundable deposit  £175


Nearest Station:  Ascot. There is parking at the hotel.

Each tour, unless stated otherwise in the tour details, includes welcome reception, hotel accommodation, dinner and breakfast, entry fees, guided tours and tickets where appropriate,  lunches and refreshments where stated, professional guide and executive coaching. 

You are asked to make your own travel arrangements to join each break at the hotel listed.  We are happy to give advice and where possible organise shared taxis from a rail station to the hotel and where appropriate the coach will finish a tour at the station. However we cannot take responsibility for individual travel bookings.

We strongly recommend that you take out holiday insurance for protection against any cancellation charges, loss of deposit and other eventualities even for holidays in the United Kingdom and for emergency medical expenses and injury, death, repatriation home if travelling abroad.   Heritage Touring does not offer or sell insurance but can give assistance in locating travel insurance companies. Travel insurance is mandatory for all passengers travelling abroad.