As an operational Estate, we will always try to keep you updated with essential work and/or events that are taking place that may affect your visit. Please check here before you travel.
We are delighted to welcome back the Windsor Half Marathon to the Great Park this September.
As is normal on these days, areas of the Park will be closed as follows:
Please observe the signs in the Park that are placed for everyone's safety.
To find out more about the routes look here.
Oak Processionary Moth (OPM) caterpillars are now present in areas of Windsor Great Park. The hairs on these caterpillars can cause irritation and rashes on both humans and animals.
Please avoid contact with any caterpillars that you may see. The Estate is actively managing the situation.
When exploring the Great Park during the spring, summer and autumn months it is important to be aware of the risk of ticks. Ticks can inhabit areas of woodland and heathland. Some tick bites can be dangerous, so we recommend thoroughly checking for bites throughout and at the end of your visit.
The following tips will also help you to avoid being bitten:
For more information, please see the Public Health England website.
Essential road works will be taking place in the Great Park on the following dates:
All works are subject to weather conditions and could change. This page will be updated if this is the case. A map of the works can be found here.
Please observe the signs and diversions - for yours and if you are riding a horse or walking a dog, for their safety too.
We are preparing the Totem Pole for restoration work which has been delayed as a result of the pandemic.
Working with Canadian specialist restorers and direct descendants of Chief Mungo Martin, the original carver, the Totem Pole will be lowered later this year before a lengthy period of drying, repair and restoration. Although still fundamentally sound, an exclusion zone has been placed around the pole to guarantee the safety of all.
This important landmark in the Great Park needs careful restoration so that it can be enjoyed by future generations in complete safety. The restoration work will follow the complex operation of lowering the Pole.
Crown Estate representatives were present in Vancouver in November 2018, when an identical pole - see pictures, carved by Chief Mungo Martin at the same time as the Windsor Pole, was lowered from its position outside the Vancouver Maritime Museum. The lessons learnt from this will allow us to safely lower the Windsor Pole, whilst at the same time ensuring that all necessary First Nation customs, are observed, as preserving heritage and tradition is as important as preserving the fabric of the pole.
Warm weather warning - There can be the temptation to enter the areas of open water in Windsor Great Park but please do not enter or attempt to swim at any of the ponds or lakes in the Great Park.
Here are just some of the potential risks of entering the water:
Windsor Great Park is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest by Natural England, and is incredibly valuable for conservation. The Park is potentially vulnerable and uncontrolled fires pose a significant risk to the park, its wildlife, and the many visitors that enjoy this beautiful landscape.
All forms of barbecue and camp fire are prohibited.
The Queen Elizabeth Temperate House will be closed from 30 August 2021 for approximately 12 weeks for essential maintenance work. We will update our website as soon as it re-opens.