It is with great sadness that we have learnt of the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. We extend our deepest sympathies to Her Majesty The Queen and all members of the Royal Family.
His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh was the Ranger of the Great Park for nearly 70 years and during this time his impact on one of the most recognised landscapes in the world has been immense. He has provided guidance and insight to our team to help them manage the Great Park and the wider estate, from the farms to the wildlife to the ancient woodlands, ensuring it can continue to offer a rich sanctuary for all, for generations to come. We will miss him greatly and there is no doubt that his influence will continue to be seen in our work across the Great Park.
His Royal Highness’s commitment to protecting the Great Park for the long-term can be best summed up in his own words: “The management of land is a very long-term business and the best results can only be achieved if there is confidence and continuity. We are enjoying the gardens and avenues and amenities planted by previous generations and it is because I feel myself to be a temporary custodian that I am planting for future generations.”
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There’s nothing quite like the British pastime of setting up a picnic on a soft green lawn under a big blue sky, and enjoying lunch in the open air.
Enjoy the grandeur of Virginia Water lake from the picnic tables in front of the Pavilion or from the grassy shores near historic features such as the Leptis Magna Roman Ruins and 5 Arch Bridge. The trees surrounding Wick Pond provide welcome shelter on a warm summer’s day, and nearby benches are perfectly positioned to admire the 100 foot Totem Pole on Canadian Avenue.
Obelisk Lawn offers the perfect picnic place for families and friends alike, whilst toddlers and younger children can enjoy the Obelisk Lawn play area. There are plenty of tables and benches dotted around the impressive Cumberland Obelisk, with views over the tranquil waters of Obelisk Pond.
The restaurant, shop, changing facilities and toilets at The Savill Building are also located just a two-minute walk away, next to The Savill Garden car park. Please note, we do not allow picnics in The Savill Garden although Obelisk Lawn is very close if you wish to combine a visit to The Savill Garden with a picnic.
The Deer Park
Take in the stunning views of our resident Red Deer and across the sweeping green pastures from your vantage point as you enjoy your picnic.
A newly-restored area which offers inviting benches and a classic arbour where you can sit and enjoy your picnic at the edge of the lily pond.
Queen Anne’s Ride and Stag Meadow
A vast green meadow for you to enjoy your picnic with friends and family.
Please remember barbecues, or any type of fire, are strictly prohibited in all parts of Windsor Great Park, as are gazebos. Once you have finished your picnic, please use the bins provided or take your rubbish with you. Help us to keep Windsor Great Park a special place for all our visitors to enjoy!
Useful information to help make your visit informative and enjoyable.