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When you hear the term ‘Swan Upping’ what instantly springs to mind?

Tuesday 18th July 2017

British it may be, yes, but in a more classic way. In fact it’s one of the country’s longest standing traditions dating back to the 12th century. At The Oakley Court in Windsor, we’re extremely fortunate to be surrounded by natural beauty, quintessential charm, and heritage all within our 33 acres of grounds. We have the nation’s second longest river flowing through our back garden and Her Majesty The Queen’s Royal Residence, Windsor Castle, just up the road. So we decided to join the two together and host this cygneture event.

In the third week of July each year a census of the swan population of the Thames is performed and this year the confirmed date is Tuesday 18th July 2017. However, there are no boxes to tick and forms to fill in, not for the swans at least! They are collected, weighed and medically examined. Her Majesty owns all of the swans in the country, as have her ancestors since the 12th Century, however they are no longer served up for dinner. Britain wouldn’t be Britain if we didn’t uphold our traditions, so the census is still held every year. The annual Swan Upping ceremony involves a five day journey up river, spanning across the Thames’ stretch through Middlesex, Surrey, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, a journey full of beautiful views, gorgeous landscapes, and a whole flock of swans to ‘up’.


As a guest at The Oakley Court you have the easy job. There’s no chasing birds or no filling out forms. Simply join us on our Riverside Terrace and enjoy the ceremony without having to lift a finger; we can even arrange a drinks buggy to bring your refreshments straight to you on the riverbank. If that wasn’t enough, we can also provide a picnic hamper for afters, so you can just sit back, relax and enjoy the rest of your day at The Oakley Court. The boats arrive at The Oakley Court for about 10am – don’t worry, we have the coffee covered! Enjoy the beauty of our surroundings and the culture that forms part of our heritage alongside family and friends or a whole party of both. Her Majesty the Queen visited us for the Swan Upping in 2009; it was an honour to have her here and it will be an honour to host you too.

Prepare for the royal treatment, the summer sunshine and a lazy afternoon with a beautiful view – this is one to put in your diary.

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