Give your seal of approval to the royal county

British breaks - Berkshire

What's on



Henry VIII is the subject of a major exhibition at Windsor Castle to mark the 500th anniversary of his ascension to the throne. Art works and manuscripts from the Royal Collection and the castle's St George's Chapel will be on display until next April.



Catch the end of the Royal County of Berkshire Show ( newburyshow.co.uk ) at Newbury Showground today. Celebrating its 100th anniversary, the show's entertainments include livestock displays and a mass rally of Morgan sports cars.



The Local Flavour Festival ( local-flavours.net ) champions the best locally produced food and drink until 30 September with events across the county, including farm, orchard and vineyard tours, farmers' markets, celebrity chefs, and tours of cheese-makers and breweries.



The Windsor Festival ( windsorfestival.com ) turns 40 this year. Starting today and running through till 4 October, its varied programme includes concerts by international and local performers, literary talks and heritage walks at venues including Windsor Castle itself, the Royal Chapel, and Cumberland Lodge in Windsor Great Park. Sir Michael Parkinson and Joss Ackland are among this year's line-up.



And, further ahead, Ascot Racecourse is the venue for Firework Family Day on 31 October ( ascot.co.uk ), which also takes in the first meeting of the new jump-racing season.



See the sights



You can't visit Berkshire without making time for messing about on the river. To take to the Thames on a passenger vessel, motor launch, or even in a rowing boat, contact Hobbs of Henley ( hobbs-of-henley.com ). Or stay on dry land and step out on the Thames Path ( nationaltrail.co.uk/ThamesPath ). The Berkshire stretch of the 184-mile trail offers a variety of routes from afternoon walks to week-long hikes.



Check out the county's celebrity links. At Cookham, home of the British artist Stanley Spencer ( stanleyspencer.org.uk ), discover the village that inspired his work. Explore nearby Cliveden House, parts of which are open to the public, location of a key moment in the infamous Profumo scandal of the 1960s. And at Basildon Park ( nationaltrust.org.uk ), see the elegant 18th-century Palladian mansion that featured in the 2005 film Pride & Prejudice, starring Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen.



Further information



For more ideas and accommodation details, go to visitsoutheastengland.com

The Independent travel offers: Discover a world of inspiring destinations

Arts and Entertainment
Lionel Messi in action for Barcelona
filmSo what makes the little man tick?
Arts and Entertainment
tvReview: An undercooked end (spoiler alert)
News
i100
PROMOTED VIDEO
Voices
On the last day of campaigning before the polling booths open, the SNP leader has written to voters in a final attempt to convince them to vote for independence
scotland decidesIs a huge gamble on oil keeping First Minister up at night?
Arts and Entertainment
Rosalind Buckland, the inspiration for Cider with Rosie died this week
booksBut what is it like to be the person who inspires a classic work of art?
Life and Style
techApple has just launched its latest mobile operating software – so what should you do first?
News
A male driver reverses his Vauxhall Astra from a tow truck
newsThe 'extremely dangerous' attempt to avoid being impounded has been heavily criticised
Arts and Entertainment
Pharrell dismissed the controversy surrounding
musicThe singer said 'the last thing I want to do is degrade'
Sport
Cesc Fabregas celebrates his first Chelsea goal
footballChelsea vs Schalke match report
Arts and Entertainment
Toby Jones (left) and Mackenzie Crook in BBC4’s new comedy The Detectorists
tvMackenzie Crook's 'Detectorists' makes the hobby look 'dysfunctional', they say
Life and Style
fashion

Olympic diver has made his modelling debut for Adidas

News
i100
Independent Travel Videos
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Amsterdam
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Giverny
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in St John's
Independent Travel Videos
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Travel

    IT Administrator - Graduate

    £18000 Per Annum: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: ***EXCELLENT OPPORTUNITY FO...

    USA/Florida Travel Consultants £30-50k OTE Essex

    Basic of £18,000 + commission, realistic OTE of £30-£50k : Ocean Holidays: Le...

    Marketing Executive / Member Services Exec

    £20 - 26k + Benefits: Guru Careers: A Marketing Executive / Member Services Ex...

    Sales Account Manager

    £15,000 - £25,000: Recruitment Genius: A fantastic opportunity has arisen for ...

    Day In a Page

    Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

    A shot in the dark

    Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
    His life, the universe and everything

    His life, the universe and everything

    New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
    Save us from small screen superheroes

    Save us from small screen superheroes

    Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
    Reach for the skies

    Reach for the skies

    From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
    These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

    12 best hotel spas in the UK

    Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
    These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

    Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

    Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
    Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

    Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

    Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
    How to make a Lego masterpiece

    How to make a Lego masterpiece

    Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
    Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

    Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

    Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
    Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

    Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

    His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam
    'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

    'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

    Exclusive extract from Janis Winehouse's poignant new memoir
    Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

    Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

    The Imitation Game, film review
    England and Roy Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption in Basel

    England and Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption

    Welbeck double puts England on the road to Euro 2016
    Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

    Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

    Pictures removed from public view as courts decide ownership
    ‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

    ‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

    Donatella Versace at New York Fashion Week