We love supporting our local community!
Whether that’s hosting the annual Swan Upping tradition with local school children or supporting local businesses and charities, the community is a key focal point for everything we do! A proud part of the Windsor community, we host and support a variety of local events and businesses to aid the continued growth and prosperity of the town.
The Annual Swan Upping Tradition – Swan Upping takes place in July and we always welcome local school children to visit the hotel and learn about the importance of protecting and monitoring the species population. The children are provided the rare opportunity to watch first hand as the Royal Swan Upper’s carry out careful checks on the welfare of this majestic animal, a unique experience we love to share with the local schools. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II even joined lucky school children in 2009 for the event, becoming the first reigning monarch in history to do so.
Local Charity Work – The hotel is proud to partner local charities each year and for the past couple of years has been raising money for the Household Cavalry, based at the Royal Windsor Barracks and Help for Heroes. As well as raising money for these worthy causes year round, the hotel also hosts an annual Christmas party for the families of local servicemen, with staff volunteering their spare time to work the event.
Local Businesses – We are incredibly proud to help local businesses who, like ourselves are independently run. This includes our partnership with East Berkshire College, helping young chefs gain the opportunity to further their skills with work experience programmes in our kitchens.
A family run business for over 40 years, French Brothers offer river excursions along the Thames and have become a standard bearer of local business success in Windsor. As part of our partnership we have their Edwardian Steamer ‘Streatley’ moored at the hotel year round and promote the business to our corporate and leisure guests.
We are very proud of our neighbours, offering first class entertainment for race goers and various local festival events throughout the year. We offer a seasonal ‘Monday Night Races’ package here to our guests which includes entrance to the racecourse and we also enjoy many partnerships across the year which greatly aid and promote both partners.
Battersea Dogs Home – Old Windsor
The local branch of this wonderful charity has been a saviour for abandoned dogs and cats for over 40 years. As part of our ‘Woofs Welcome’ package we make a donation to this great local charity every time a four legged friend comes to stay at the hotel.
A family run luxury boat hire business situated in neighbouring Maidenhead, Fringilla not only provides fantastic local boat trips for small private groups but also supplies the hotel with our Self-Drive Electric boats and calls the hotel home for vessel, ‘Sula’. Working with the hotel for over 15 years, Steve and his family have long been a favourite local supplier for staff and guests alike.