RUNNYMEDE PLEASURE GROUND
A Special Place in History...
Not only is Runnymede the site of just SUP uk, it is also perhaps more significantly (!), the site where the Magna Carta was signed in 1215!
The Magna Carta, or 'Great Charter', was a declaration that ensured no one was above the law (not even the King) and
became the constitutional framework that ensured that everyone has the right to liberty, justice and a fair trial.
It was a document that changed not only England at the time, but subsequently so many other countries around the world.
It is still enshrined in law to this day!
On the opposite side of the river is Ankerwycke with it's ancient 2,500 year old yew tree where, according to some reports, Henry VIII proposed to the ill fated Anne Boleyn in 1530. It is also the site of an old Benedictine priory dating back to the late 12th century, the ruins of which can still be seen from the river today. Close by are the Magna Carta Memorial, JFK Memorial and the Commonwealth Air Forces Memorial at the top of Coopers hill - all well worth a visit.
A short drive is the equally historic town of Windsor, home to the Great Park and of course Windsor Castle.
There is plenty to do in the town with great shopping plus lots of pub and restaurant options.
The Runnymede Pleasure Ground itself is a great day out for the whole family. There is ample parking, a café and children's play area, plus plenty of space for picnics, walks and exploring - after you've been out on the river!
Just SUP uk and Runnymede were recently featured in The Sunday Times as a great place to visit and soak up some history!
FOOD & DRINK NEAR BY...
As well as the park café, just down stream at the dramatic Bell Weir is the gorgeous Runnymede Hotel
where you can pop in for a post-paddle cocktail in the hot-tub or grab brunch by the river.
Also close by is the Italian Concept restaurant serving amongst other delicious dishes,
authentic stone baked pizzas with inside and outside dining. Highly recommended.
Finally, to quench you thirst (or eat), the best pub in the area is The Crown at Egham.