What's on: 19 things to do this weekend (November 25-27)

Each week, we bring you a round-up of community and family-friendly events taking place across Maidenhead, Slough, Windsor, Burnham, Twyford and the surrounding area.

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James Preston

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What's on: 19 things to do this weekend (November 25-27)

FRIDAY:

ASCOT: Pick the perfect stocking filler at the Ascot Christmas fair. Ascot Racecourse is hosting the event from today (Friday) to Sunday.

Shoppers can choose from artwork, toys, jewellery and an array of clothes. More than 150 boutique companies will be selling festive gifts at the fair.

It runs from 9.30am to 5pm each day but will close an hour earlier on Sunday. Tickets cost £5 online or £9 on the door. Email enquiry@ukgrandsales.co.uk.


SUNNINGDALE: The Sunningdale annual Christmas celebration will be held today (Friday) from 5.30-7.30pm, at the Chobham Road/A30 junction and is free to attend.

There will be a host of seasonal entertainment, with Santa’s grotto, mulled wine and mince pies, biscuit decorating, face-painting and live music.


WRAYSBURY: St Andew’s  church will host its fifth annual Christmas tree festival featuring uniquely designed trees, music and stalls.

It will take place on Friday from noon-5pm and on Saturday from 10am-3pm.


SATURDAY:

BURNHAM: Battle of the Bands contest Burnham Rocks will kick off on Saturday at Burnham Park Hall.

The annual competition at the Windsor Lane centre gives winners the chance to play at the Light Up the Village event held every December and have their names engraved on the Burnham Rocks Shield.

The show starts at 8pm, entry is free and the bar will be open.


COOKHAM: There will be an Ethiopian take on keeping fit in the village on Saturday.

Runners can take part in a one-mile or 5km event, hosted by the Cookham Running Club, themed around the African country.

All ages are welcome, and voluntary donations of £1 or more will go to the Gende Tesfa community.

Any money raised will go towards sanitation projects.

Runners can arrive dressed in Ethiopian clothes and colours.

Children under eight who are hoping to get involved must be accompanied by an adult.

The run will begin at The Crown, on the Moor, at 9am.


IVER: To kick off the festive season, Iver Parish Council will turn on the parish's Christmas lights tomorrow (Saturday) at Iver Village Hall.

The event at the Iver High Street hall will include Christmas carol performances by pupils from Iver Village Infant and Junior Schools, a steel band, stalls selling seasonal treats, a raffle and a tombola.

Mulled wine and mince pies will be available for people to enjoy as they stand around the Christmas tree and watch Iver village light up.

Festivities will start at 2pm and the lights will be switched on at 4.45pm.

This year's lights have been sponsored by Iver's Pinewood Studios.


MAIDENHEAD: A dazzling display of lights will mark the start of the festive season when they're switched on in the town centre on Saturday.

The lights will be turned on by Norden Farm competition winner Zoe Hibbert, Kevin Cruise as his panto character Simple Simon from the Windsor Theatre Royal, and characters from Maidenhead's Desborough Theatre panto and Yorkie the Magpie, Maidenhead United FC's mascot.

The lights will be turned on outside Maidenhead Town Hall at 6pm.

Before the lights there will be performances from Next Stage Choir and Riser band. A firework show will take place afterwards.

Road closures will be in place in Queen Street from its junction with Broadway, High Street, St Ives Road and the Colonnade from 11am.

On street parking will be suspended from midnight on Friday, November 25.

 There will also be free weekend parking beginning in Maidenhead from Saturday until the Christmas weekend.


MAIDENHEAD: Festive fun will take place at the town’s new amphitheatre on Saturday afternoon.

The ‘vibrant’ community space, next to Maidenhead Library, was unveiled by the deputy mayor on Monday.

The amphitheatre, which was built as part of the Chapel Arches development by Shanly Homes, will be looked after and run by the Royal Borough.

On Saturday afternoon, there will be performances from Bruce Airhead, comedian-musician Sid Bowfin, Juggling Inferno and Stagecoach Maidenhead.

The free festive events will run from 2-5pm.


MARLOW: The festive season will start early in Marlow with the annual Danesfield School Christmas Fair.

The event will be held at the Henley Road School from 12-3pm on Saturday, November 26.

Visit www.danesfieldschool.com for more details.


SLOUGH: Head to the Town Square in Slough tomorrow (Saturday) to see the town’s Christmas lights switched on and enjoy a host of musical performances.

This year’s festivities, organised by Slough Borough Council, will be taking place at the weekend rather than on a weeknight following requests from residents who wanted to enjoy the full programme of activities.

Things will kick off at 1pm, with Irish band Blarney due to entertain from 1.15pm.

There will be performances from Creative Academy at 1.50pm, Pop Goes the Choir at 2.10pm and Apna Virsa at 2.40pm.

From 3.10-3.30pm there will be promotional activities for Disney’s Moana and prize giveaways.

At 3.45pm crowds can enjoy a preview of DK ProDuKtions’ pantomime Sleeping Beauty, which will be performed at The Curve from December 20-28.

X Factor star Nate Simpson will take to the stage at 4pm.

At 4.45pm the Mayor of Slough and Santa will appear on stage and the winner of the tombola will be picked, who will help switch on the lights.

The countdown starts from 4.55pm, before the lights are switched on and there is a firework display at 5pm.

The Skin and Blister band will then entertain the crowd from 5.15pm.

Basil and Crew mobile farm will also be bringing along its festive Santa’s grotto full of furry creatures for the afternoon and there will also be face-painters.

The event, which is sponsored by the Slough Express, has teamed up with Empire Cinemas and other businesses including Starbucks and Stubbings Property Marketing to offer a number of prizes.


SLOUGH: Screenwriter and author Ben Aaronovitch will give a talk about his latest book The Hanging Tree tomorrow (Saturday) at The Curve.

Literature lovers are welcome to come to the William Street centre to ask Ben questions and either borrow or buy a copy of his novel.

The Hanging Tree is the sixth installment of the Rivers in London series.

The novel tells the story of PC Peter Grant who is plunged into the alien world of the super rich after a suspicious death occurs in one of the most expensive apartment blocks in London.

Ben will be visiting The Curve from 11am.


TWYFORD: The festive season will begin in earnest this weekend with the village's Christmas tree due to be lit up in Bell Corner from 5.30pm on Sunday.

It will be attended by the borough mayor, Cllr Bob Pitts, as well as the winners of a tree decorating competition from Polehampton Junior School.

Winners of the Junior Twyford's Got Talent, Olivia Hollidge, Emily Ellis and Yuri Madhoo, and the Senior competition, Gill Mainwill are also set to perform.


WARGRAVE: A school’s Christmas fair will offer a range of gift ideas with crafts, jewellery and books among the various attractions.

It will take place at the hall of the Piggott School in Twyford Road from 7pm on Saturday.


WINDSOR: Windsor Baptist Church is holding a Christmas arts and crafts sale tomorrow (Saturday).

Original art, craft gifts and cards created by artists from the area will be on offer at the church in Victoria Street.

A free children’s painting workshop is also taking place.

The event runs from 11.30 to 4.30pm. Entry is free. Visit www.butisitart.co.uk for details.


WINDSOR: Santa Claus will be rocking up at Windsor’s Squires Garden Centre tomorrow (Saturday).

He will be arriving at the centre, in Maidenhead Road, in a classic car and will then be handing out presents to children from his grotto. The event starts at 10am and is free to attend.

All donations will go towards Alzheimer’s Dementia Support.

Visit www.squiresgardencentres.co.uk for details.


WINDSOR: An up and coming artist will make a guest appearance in Windsor tomorrow (Saturday).

Contemporary painter Carly Ashdown, 36, from Bristol will be at Castle Fine Art in King Edward Court from 1-4pm to explain the inspiration behind her work.


WOOBURN GREEN: Organisers behind the Christmas lights display in Wooburn Green have appealed for support for this year’s event.

Wooburn Residents’ Association, which stages the annual event, is seeking to ensure a good turn-out to help meet costs.

The group has been hit with a bill of about £3,000 for this year’s illuminations after it was forced to replace several light fittings.

The switch will be flipped at 4.30pm on Saturday, November 26, at the village green, with food and drink on offer at the Red Lion, and entertainment provided by the Marlow Ukulele Group.

Visit www.wooburnresidents.org for more.


SUNDAY:

WEXHAM: A family fun day in memory of a young woman who was killed in a traffic accident last month is being held at the IQRA Slough Islamic Primary School on Sunday.

Ayesha Farooq, 23, from Wexham, died on Wednesday, October 19 after being involved in a three-car pile-up near the Crooked Billet roundabout on the A412 Uxbridge Road.

The fun day is based on the Muslim tradition of Sadaqa Jariya, where people give to charity in the name of a lost loved one.

Families will be able to enjoy a wide range of stalls and activities at the Wexham Road school including face-painting, food stalls and a bouncy castle. Entry is £1 for adults and free for children.

For more information call 07903 024429.


WINDSOR: An army of charitable Santas will be dashing down the Long Walk as part of a new look route for a popular event.

For the first time this year, the Alexander Devine Santa Dash will follow a route taking in Windsor town centre and the Long Walk.

The event has previously been held in Windsor’s Home Park.

Taking place on Sunday, families and friends of all ages are being encouraged to join in the festive fun.

Visit www.alexanderdevine.org/santareg.html for details on how to sign up.

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