11:00AM, Friday 29 August 2014
It will all be going downhill this weekend as the ever-popular Gravity Grand Prix returns to the streets of Cookham Dean.
The karting race comes to the village on Sunday and is just one of a host of events taking place across Maidenhead, Windsor, Slough, Twyford, Burnham and the surrounding area this weekend.
Other highlights include Larchfield Festival and free entry to Maidenhead United's game with Eastbourne Borough.
Raw talent from more than 100 youth teams will flock to the George Pitcher Memorial Ground for Burnham Junior FC's annual pre season tournament on Saturday and Sunday.
Matches will be played 9.30am-6.30pm on each day at the venue in Britwell Road in tournaments from under seven to under 15 age groups.
Club chairman Jeff Jaffrey said all the places were filled earlier in the year by very good teams thanks to the event’s continued popularity.
Entry to the car park is £3 per car and includes a tournament programme.
The team at The Well @ Lent Rise hope its art project can bring the community together this weekend.
The Christian charity was given funding from the Louis Baylis (Maidenhead Advertiser) Charitable Trust and the Heathrow Community Fund for its Something Wonderful is about to Happen project.
It usually works within the Lent Rise area, but will welcome anyone along to create art under the guidance of local professionals.
The free event will take place on from 2.30-4pm tomorrow at Burnham Methodist Church Hall in Eastfield Road.
Organisers of the Gravity Grand Prix have said the event on Sunday will go ahead 'come rain or shine'.
They have said the fundraiser is geared to survive any repeat of the torrential rain that put a dampener on the August Bank Holiday Monday.
Brave participants in homemade vehicles will race down a 700-metre course down Church Road, past the Jolly Farmer to finish uphill from Uncle Toms Cabin in Hills Lane.
"Competitors for the 2014 race are coming from as far afield as Norfolk and we will race in any conditions” said organising committee member Peter Austen.
"All our infrastructure will be in place and the relevant parts of Church Road and Hills Lane in Cookham Dean will be closed as planned."
Entry is free. There will also be entertainment centred around the Old Cricket Common and the village hall.
Call Peter on 01628 482201 or visit cookham.com for details.
Growers of fruit, flowers and veg will show off their best efforts at the annual Dorney and District Horticultural Society village show tomorrow.
The event will be held at the refurbished Dorney Village Hall, off Meadow Way in Dorney Reach.
The hall will open from 10-11.30am for contestants to get their entries in before doors are closed for judging until 2pm.
The public will be welcomed back in for the exhibition and prizes will be awarded at 3pm.
Call Peter Bowman on 01628 623228 for information.
Football fans will be able to cheer on Maidenhead United free of charge to celebrate the launch of the Advertiser's official sponsorship.
Free entry will be given to all for the Magpies' fixture against Eastbourne Borough at York Road tomorrow.
The Advertiser has agreed a deal to become the club's sponsors for the next three years, with the paper's logo pride of place on the player's shirts and on two advertising boards in the stadium, with one located in the new stand.
Kick off is at 3pm.
Inflatable go-carts, a Polaroid photo wall and an outdoor cinema are on the list of activities at Larchfield Festival tomorrow.
The annual family fun day, held at Desborough Park, has been organised by River Church which has its Sunday meetings at Desborough College, in Shoppenhangers Road.
The fun starts at 11am and includes a pamper tent, art exhibition, gladiator game, a slide, splash zone, live music and a barbecue.
Vets from Summerleaze Veterinary Hospital in Summerleaze Road are also coming to judge the dog show and give free advice to pet owners.
The Caribbean is coming to Old Windsor tomorrow.
Old Windsor Club in St Luke's Road is hosting a Caribbean night from 7.30pm till late. Reggae music and rum punch is promised.
It will be 'bottoms up' when the Slough Rugby Club beer and cider festival takes place tomorrow.
Starting at noon and carrying on until late, it will include live music, a bouncy castle, and selection of summer ales and ciders.
There will also be rugby games being played throughout the afternoon.
Organiser Matt Prince said: "We are hoping for about 500 people to attend and sample some of the regions finest ales and ciders."
The festival will take place at the rugby club's ground in Upton Court Park.
Visit sloughrfc.com for more information.
An annual afternoon of music will be held at Thames Valley Adventure Playground in Bath Road tomorrow.
Doors will open at the charity for children and adults with special needs from 11am for its TAPfest event, which runs to 6pm.
The afternoon will also see the official launch of the playground's new sensory garden, which was built this year with help from volunteers from organisations from across the region.
"It has been put through its paces during the holidays, receiving a resounding thumbs up from all our users," said playground manager Gary Warrington.
"We would love to thank you in person for all the hard work and generous contributions you have put in to making this happen."
Entry to TAPfest is £3 per person. Call 01628 628599 to book.
The Firestation's Big Picnic is taking place tomorrow.
The event is held annually by The Firestation Centre for Arts and Culture which is based in St Leonards Road.
It will happen in Alexandra Gardens from noon until 7pm.
Attractions will include a comedy tent, DJs and a variety of stalls. Entry is free.
Visit www.firestationartscentre.com for details.
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