What's on in East Berkshire and South Bucks - August 16-17

What's on in East Berkshire and South Bucks - August 16-17

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James Preston

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What's on in East Berkshire and South Bucks - August 16-17

Get the popcorn ready because film fans are in for a treat this weekend.

Maidenhead at the Movies is back with a host of blockbusters to enjoy, while a special Harry Potter screening is coming to Black Park Country Park.

Other big events in Maidenhead, Slough, Windsor, Burnham, Twyford and the surrounding area include the Red Bull Air Race, Hurley Regatta and the Burnham Beeches Half Marathon.


ASCOT:

Planes will replace horses for two days when Ascot Racecourse hosts the Red Bull Air Race Weekend.

Tomorrow is qualifying day when 24 races will showcase the skills of elite pilots, as planes take off and land in front of the grandstand.

Sunday sees the climatic Red Bull Race itself as 12 top planes are whittled down to a final four.

Winkfield Road will be closed on both days to cars and pedestrians, between its junctions with Windsor Road, London Road and High Street.

New Mile Road will also close for its entire length.

No stopping or loading will be allowed on Windsor Road between its junctions with Winkfield Road and the Heatherwood Hospital roundabout on both days.


BRAY:

England cricket star Eoin Morgan will be the star guest at a cricket club open day.

The Dublin-born batsman will be coaching sessions at the event on Sunday at Maidenhead and Bray Cricket Club.

The open day starts at 10.30 am at the Pavillion, Bray High Street.

After a batting masterclass Morgan will sit down for a question and answer session with chat show king Michael Parkinson. Sir Michael's son, Mike, is chairman of the club.

Sir Michael Parkinson said: "I’m very excited that Maidenhead & Bray are hosting an ECB Club Open Day and that we are opening our doors to the community.

"Our younger members will certainly be thrilled to have a star like Eoin Morgan visiting our beautiful ground."

There will also be cricket matches, music and a barbecue to entertain visitors.

Morgan, who plays for Middlesex, has represented both England and Ireland in international cricket. He made his test debut for England in 2010.


BRITWELL:

A quiz night is being held at The Britwell Ex-servicemen's Club tomorrow.

Questions will be asked on categories including general knowledge, music and sport.

Everybody is welcome to the club in Wentworth Avenue. It starts at 8.30pm.


BURNHAM:

Indulge your sweet tooth on a visit to Burnham Library in Windsor Lane tomorrow.

The village Townswomen's Guild will be selling treats from 10.30am-12.30pm.

All money raised will go towards guild charities.

 

The 34th annual Burnham Beeches Half Marathon will take place this weekend.

The 13.1 mile route is set get under way at 9.30am Sunday.

The race is organised by village running club Burnham Joggers, which donates the proceeds to charities supported by its members.

Cash prizes are awarded for individual runners and teams in age and gender categories, ranging from £20 to £100.

There are also showers and the opportunity to take a dip in the outdoor pool at Caldicott Preparatory School in Crown Lane, Farnham Royal, to relax after runners have completed the two-lap course around the woodland.

Online entries have closed, but last-minute entries will be taken on the day.

Registration opens at 8am and the race is set to start at 9.30am.

Visit bbhm.burnhamjoggers.org.uk for information.


COOKHAM:

Cookham Summer Skate Jam will be returning for the second time following the success of last year.

Organisers Jay Brickell and Chris Evans, both 19, hope to double the number of skaters taking part in the under-18 and over-18 competitions.

Skateboarders will be judged on their tricks and could win prizes supplied by independent skateboarding shop Yeuk in Marlow High Street and eco-friendly clothes shop Wolfe Academy in Southampton.

Jay, of Shifford Crescent in Furze Platt, said: "We are very excited for this year.

"It’s not been easy to fit the organisation of the event around our school and university work, but we’re really keen to improve it.

"There are some impressive adult skaters so we hope people will come and watch, even if they don’t want to skate."

Infinite Events will provide a PA system so skateboarders can enjoy some summer sounds.

Tents and marquees will also be supplied by the 1st Cookham Scout Group in the event of a downpour.

The skate jam will take place on Sunday from 1-5pm at Alfred Major Recreation Ground in Cookham.


HURLEY:

The 42nd Hurley Regatta will hit the Thames tomorrow.

More than 100 people are set to compete in novelty events.

Expect to see teams of rowers paddling baths along the water towards the finish line.

There will also be competitions on land, live music and entertainment.

Profits from this year's event will be donated to the Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service.

Visit hurleyregatta.co.uk for details.


HURST:

Chelsea Pensioners and protective alpacas will be among the guests at Hurst Horticultural Show.

Held at Hurst Village Halls in School Road, funds raised from the event will go towards helping the pensioners develop their allotments at the Royal Chelsea Hospital in London.

Alpacas, who made the headlines last year for guarding new born lambs in the village from foxes, will also be at the show.

It is in the llama-like animals' nature to care for young and chase off dogs and foxes.

The popular 'Men's Apple Flan' competition is making a return to the show this year and crowds will be entertained by Waltham St Lawrence Silver Band as they enjoy cream teas or the beer tent.

Some of the exhibits are set to be auctioned off at 4.45pm and there will be craft stalls, a plant sale and a raffle.

The show is set to be held tomorrow. Doors open to visitors from 1.30pm. Visit hursthorticulturalshow.org for details.


MAIDENHEAD:

A record number of blockbuster hits will be beamed onto the silver screen as Maidenhead at the Movies returns from today.

The free event, which runs until Sunday, will showcase four films a day for the first time, with favourites such as Frozen and Forrest Gump taking centre stage in Kidwells Park.

The movie marathon has run since 2008, taking a break two years ago to stream coverage live from the London Olympics, and will also offer fairground rides and snacks.


SLOUGH:

The spirit of the Olympics returns to Slough on Sunday.

The Upton Lea Unity community group is hosting its community games, which is now in its second year.

Open to people of all ages, the packed day of sporting activities will include a volleyball tournament, while there will also be arts and crafts, children's activities, sumo suits, and more.

It will take place at the recreation ground in Preston Park, off Preston Road, from noon to 5pm. Entry is free.

Contact Shaida on 07861 261768 for details.


WEXHAM:

An open-air screening of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets will take place at Black Park Country Park in Wexham.

Some of the scenes from the film franchise were shot at the park, which is one of the most used film locations in the UK.

The screening will take place on Sunday at 8pm.

Bring a rug or blanket.

Tickets start at £9.

Visit buckscc.gov.uk to book.


WINDSOR:

A special roller derby game has been arranged to raise cash for Matt's Fund.

Tomorrow, the Royal Windsor Rollergirls will take on a select side made up of players from Surrey, Kent, London, Hampshire and Buckinghamshire.

The contact sport sees roller skaters battle it out, with both teams skating together around a track and one player from each lapping the pack to score points.

The match up takes place at Windsor Leisure Centre and doors open at 3.30pm.

Entry costs £4.50, with all proceeds to Matt's Fund.

 

Music will be provided by the Staines Lammas Band at the Windsor Allotments and Home Gardens Association's show and fete.

It will be held at Gardener's Hall in St Leonard's Road tomorrow from 2-5pm.

The Mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead, Cllr Richard Kellaway, will open the event.

Braywick Heath Nurseries in Braywick Road, Maidenhead, will be selling its plants.

Exhibits for showing are still being accepted.

Visit wahga.org.uk for details.


A Legoland workshop for five to 11-year-olds is being held at Windsor Library in Bachelors Acre on Sunday between 12.30pm and 1.15pm.

 

Car lovers are in for a visual treat when the Cannonball GT club comes to town.

It is described by its founders as a 'supercar, supermod and superbike club'.

Its first big event starts at Liquid Leisure Waterski Club in Horton Road, Datchet, on Sunday - where the 50 drivers will park up at 9am.

The cars including new McClarens, Lamborghinis, Ferraris and Porsches will leave Liquid at 10am - seen off by one of the Cheeky Girls - before heading past Windsor Castle in convoy.

Their ultimate destination? The Thruxton race circuit, Andover.

Spokesman Philip Hatton hopes Datchet and Windsor car fans will turn out to watch them pass. 

He said: "This fun event is not a race, so there is plenty of time to enjoy the sights and sounds of these amazing vehicles."

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