Weekend of Magna Carta events gets under way!

A weekend of celebrations of the octocentary of the signing of the Magna Carta is getting under way throughout the local area.

The route of the Thames Alive flotilla (Soure: Thames Alive)

The route of the Thames Alive flotilla (Soure: Thames Alive)

Windsor and Maidenhead has led the way, with spectacular ‘Thames Alive’ River Relay along the Thames on Saturday and Sunday.

A flotilla of 195 boats will travel from Hurley to Runnymede between today and tomorrow, with a copy of the Magna Carta. The flagship of the flotilla will be the Royal Barge Gloriana first seen during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

Saturday Sunday
Hurley Riverside – 9am
Hurley Lock – 10am
Temple Lock – 10.45am
Bisham Abbey – 9am, 11.30am
Marlow Lock – 11.30am, 12.30pm
Longridge Centre – 12.15pm, 1.15pm
Cookham Moorings – 1pm, 2pm
Cookham Lock – 2pm, 2.45pm
Cliveden House – 2.45pm, 3.30pm
Boulters Lock – 4pm, 4.45pm
Bridge Gardens – 4.45pm, 5.45pm
Bray Lock – 5.45pm, 7pm
Oakley Court Hotel – 6.30pm, 8pm
Oakley Court Hotel – 9am, 9.30am
Boveney Lock – 9.30am, 10.15am
Brocas Meadow – 10.30am, 11.30am
Romney Lock – 11.45am, 12.30pm
Old Windsor Lock – 1pm, 1.30pm
Bells of Ouzeley – 2pm
Runnymede Pleasure Grd – 3.15pm, 2.45pm

Charter bearers, nominated by local villages for their volunteer, charity or community work, will carry the charter, while ‘playlets’ will be acted out along the route to tell the story of the writing of the document.

Gloriana, the Royal Barge, is heading up the flotilla down the teams today and tomorrow.  The end of the river procession will trigger a series of LiberTeas across the country at 3pm.

Gloriana, the Royal Barge, is heading up the flotilla down the teams today and tomorrow. The end of the river procession will trigger a series of LiberTeas across the country at 3pm.

The document, which gave rights to barons and freemen (but not peasants, women or Jews) was signed at Runnymede on Monday June 15, 1215.

A number of special events throughout the region have been organised, the nearest being:

  • The Wraysbury Village Fair today, with a medieval theme and including archery, falconry, Morris dancing and jousting on Shetland ponies.
  • A Medieval Fair run in Eton High Street, from noon until 5pm today including Morris dancers, stalls, a silent auction and performances by children from Eton Porny School.
  • The unveiling of a statue of the Queen, attended by Her Majesty, at Runnymede Meadows on Monday.

As well as special events in the local area Parliament and the National Trust have facilitated a series of LiberTeas across the country, at 3pm on Sunday.  The idea is that the whole country should come together at a single time “to celebrate, debate and reflect on your freedoms and rights”.

Colnbrook went early, but there will be others nearby:

LiberTea Event Where Description



The Grange,Wraysbury (2.6miles) A Liber Tea will be held at the Grange in Wraysbury at 4.00 p.m. on Sunday 14th June by kind permission of Mr and Mrs Glyn Larcombe. Entertainment will be provided by The Lumina music group and the Wraysbury Players will also enact different histories. Characters will make a surprise…read more



St Laurence’s Church, Slough (3.2 miles) St Laurence’s Church in Slough (c1160) is a Merton Priory* Church. Being such it has been designated by Slough Borough Council to mark Magna Carta 800th Anniversary because of its Heritage links. The church will be open to the public from 15.00 with tours, the Town Mayor will dedicate a…read more



Spelthorne Museum, Staines (3.6 miles) Have a cup of tea/coffee and a slice of cake with us, and find out about Magna Carta and the role played in the events of 1215 by the Staines area. For all local residents to find out about the events of June 1215 ACCESS Level access for disabled…read more



Bachelors Acre, Windsor (3.8 miles) Dating back to the middle ages, Bachelors Acre was the place where ordinary townsfolk would meet to host markets, fairs and until 1855 the Acre was used for the famous Annual Revel. So is the perfect setting to host our celebratory LiberTeas event…read more



Englefield Green (4.3 miles) Let’s take afternoon LiberTeas and have a get-together to celebrate this magnificent time in our history, with LiberTeas fairy cakes and refreshments. On display a poster of the Magna Carta and its translation, so we can discuss how this document changed peoples lives. Open to anyone who is around on…read more



Windsor & Eton Sea Cadets, Windsor (4.4 miles) Come join us on the banks of the River Thames in Windsor to see the Magna Carta 800th River Relay. Visitors, residents and enthusiasts are invited to join us to attend our LiberTeas event from 11 am to 4.30pm. There will be cream teas, freshly baked cakes, yummy burgers and…read more



Royal Holloway, Egham (4.5 miles) A free festival of art and ideas that will take place at Royal Holloway, University of London. Based in the Founder’s Building, the events will take full advantage of the University’s spectacular High Victorian architecture and setting. The festival will take the form of a summer fair with a radical…read more



 Egham (4.5 miles) We are celebrating the fact that Aymeric, the Master of the Knights Templar in England in 1215, was named in the original Magna Carta documents. He was present at Runnymede at the sealing of the charter and a witness to it. The present Master of the Knights Templar in England…read more




Denham Parish Council, Denham (6 miles) Denham Parish Council Invites you to join us on Sunday 14 June at 3pm as the whole nation sits down to tea to celebrate, debate or reflect on their liberties. Monday 15 June marks the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta, which was the document that laid the foundations…read more

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