Guidance for visitors to Windsor Great Park
Your safety, the safety of our staff and other Park visitors is our utmost priority.
Before you leave home
Please note - there may be occasions where our team will ask you to move on if an area is becoming too crowded. Please respect their request.
The Savill Building
The Savill Building will close on 05 November until 03 December. Temporary toilet facilities are available.
The Savill Garden
The Savill Garden will close on 05 November until 03 December.
The Christmas tree shop
This will open on 03 December. Find out more here.
The children's play area - Obelisk Lawn
This area will remain closed.
Virginia Water Pavilion
Firstly, try The Savill Garden car park at TW20 0UJ. Other areas of the Great Park are within easy reach of this car park.
The following are also open:
The car park at The Valley Gardens remains closed.
For Members of Buttersteep and Swinley Park, these car parks will remain open.
More information about car parking can be found here.
Cycling in Windsor Great Park
More information about cycling can be found here.
Motorised transport in Windsor Great Park
Windsor Great Park is an operational rural estate as well as a place for residents and our staff. Please be aware that authorised vehicles do move within the Park.
All other forms of motorised transport are not permitted within the Great Park. Examples include:
Catering facilities in Windsor Great Park
The following reduced take-away catering will be available:
Friends of The Savill Garden and Members
We are constantly reviewing the situation and, should Government advice change, or public safety be compromised, we will impose further closures or restrictions.
It is always interesting to hear from the artists themselves about the inspirations behind their art. Here are some of those insights for the sculptures featured in the newsletter plus a few bonus pieces.
Art in the Garden will be exhibiting in The Savill Garden until 03 November.
Aesop’s Tortoise by Andy Bendix
A race between a tortoise and a hare.
Anyone can see, this really isn’t fair.
Hare knows he’ll win, he’s light on his toes.
But out comes the sun, and Hare starts to doze.
Tortoise thinks nothing- he’s just plodding through
Doing the best that a tortoise can do.
Contemplations in Lockdown by Jonathan Hateley
Covid-19 Lockdown, clay at hand, an idea for a sculpture based on this unprecedented time. My figure is stuck, awkwardly posed, neither here nor there, but social distancing! At the same time he’s at peace, contemplating everything.
These contemplations over his body, are the many thoughts of my followers on social media.
The Mermaid by Malcolm West
The motif of a mermaid has been used time and again over the centuries to inspire. But this mermaid is based on a real woman. A woman with long hair who loves swimming. Her nickname is Mermaid.
Fractaala® Luzon - an island within an island by Juliette Derwent
All Fractaala® sculptures are named after an island somewhere in the world – something within the piece resonates with a feature of the island.
This piece is named after Luzon Island which is at the most Northern point of the Philippines. There is a lake at the southern tip of the island, Lake Taal. This lake contains a volcano crater, in which there is also a lake.
‘Luzon’ is made by pulling multicoloured glass cane from a Vitrigraph kiln, cutting the cane into small pieces known as “murrini” (also known as “millefiori”) and then fusing together to form the whole.
Startled Hare by Carol Orwin
A lasting love of English hares has taken me on holidays to Norfolk looking for the opportunity to photograph hares in the wild. A wonderful opportunity to watch them leap
and cavort, admire those sinuous legs and huge ears. This startled hare was just one of a series of shots.
Cloud Nine Feline by Teresa Martin
No matter the circumstances, through sleep, cats often just drift off in ecstasy. Such happiness is infectious.
Yoga by Maggie Butler
Yoga was created by working directly from the model, a fit young woman who loved gardening, so quite an appropriate piece for any garden. She also emanated a gentleness which the artist tried to capture in her relaxed pose and quiet expression.
Pigasus by David Paynter
What man has always sought
Is access to the gods –
The endless quest for wisdom
From the realm of Mount Olympus.
Oh, how old Zeus would laugh!
For all along,
The only truth we need
Dwells here among ourselves,
If only we’d be still enough
Maple Leaf Tree by Mark Reed
In Celtic mythology the field maple is a symbol of strength, endurance and fertility.
Man’s Best Friend by Simon Conolly
Nobody understands me like you do.