What's on: 11 things to do this weekend (July 22-24)

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.

Staff reporter


ASCOT: Learn how to identify bats at a Wildlife in Ascot session tonight (Friday).

There will be a talk by Trevor Smith followed by a walk to see and hear bats using bat detectors.

It will take place at Cheapside Village Hall from 8pm.

There is a suggested donation of £2 to cover the cost of the hall.

For more information, email ascot.wildlife@gmail.com.

SLOUGH: A members transport presentation evening is taking place at the Slough and Windsor Railway Society today (Friday).

The event starts at 7.45pm.

Tickets cost £5 for members and £6 for non members.


MAIDENHEAD: The wait is over at last. Maidenhead festival, the biggest free event in the town’s calendar, takes place this weekend.

Months of planning by a small group of volunteers will result in Kidwells Park, next to the town centre, playing host to two days packed with music, entertainment and circus-themed family fun.

A full free programme of music – details of which are in the festival pull-out in the centre of the paper – will see acts on the main stage and acoustic performers in a circus tent.

Each day will culminate in performances by headline acts. Saturday’s evening concert will feature Maidenhead’s very own Kevin Cruise followed by Dolly Parton, and Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons tribute acts. The show will close with the traditional festival Saturday night fireworks display.

Sunday’s headline acts will be British power pop band The Echo followed by top Spice Girls tribute act Spice Up Your Life.

But there’s far more to the festival than music.

Other attractions include a funfair, more than 50 stalls and sideshows and a host of activities such as laser tag and pop-up mini golf, an inflatable fun zone and library story tent.

A Baby Big Top will host both circus shows and workshops, while other circus-themed creative workshops will be held in the Nicholsons Centre on Saturday.

The ever-popular festival beach makes a welcome return and a wide range of street food stalls will keep festival-goers fuelled for all the fun with flavours from around the globe.

And don’t forget to drop in at the Advertiser stand to get a free balloon and learn more about the work of our Louis Baylis Charitable Trust – one of the festival sponsors.

Creative youngsters will be able to enter a drawing competition on the day at the festival control stand – paper and colouring pens will be provided and other competitions will also run throughout the weekend.

RUSCOMBE: The tower to the village’s ancient St James Church will be open to the public as part of its Patronal Festival between 2-5pm on Saturday.

It is a section of the church, in Southbury Lane, that was closed for 20 years before re-opening last year.

A donation of £2 per person will allow them to climb up the tower, with refreshments also available for purchase.

SLOUGH: Artwork created by students of Slough’s Art Classes group will be displayed at the Observatory Shopping Centre tomorrow (Saturday) from noon.

Creative children and adults will exhibit their work at the group’s studio on the shopping centre’s first floor including paintings, pottery and recycled crafts.

The artists will also make presentations as part of their Arts Council qualifications.

Entry to the exhibition is free.

Contact Marinela Calderaarus on 07501644537 or info@artclassesgroup. com for information.

SLOUGH: Young Lego fans can enjoy the excitement of a new amusement park this weekend.

The park, which is a replica of Heartlake City, will be at Smyths toy shop in Twinches Lane from 9am until 6pm tomorrow (Saturday) and 11am until 5pm on Sunday.

Visitors can enjoy a ride on the bumper cars, play the slam dunk game or have their picture taken at the photo stand.

TWYFORD: A society dedicated to flower decoration will celebrate its 50th birthday this weekend.

The Twyford and Ruscombe Floral Art Club will mark the occasion on Saturday by hosting an exhibition, Golden Opportunity, to celebrate the art between 10am and 4pm.

It will take place in St Mary’s Church, in Station Road, Twyford.

Admission will be free.

Call 0118 934 3024 for details.

WARGRAVE: A care home in the village is set to celebrate the opening of a sensory garden at its summer fete on Saturday afternoon.

The event, at The Mount in School Hill, starts at noon and will include a barbecue, live music and stalls selling cakes, jewellery and craft items.

WINDSOR: Music stars are preparing to play on the big stage at Royal Windsor Racecourse.

On Track for Summer is a new two-day festival at the racecourse which will get underway tomorrow (Saturday).

Day one will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Sixth National Jazz & Blues Festival, considered the world’s first open air rock concert and which was also held at the racecourse.

Visit ontrackforsummer.co.uk for more information.


HOLYPORT: A summer party at the Belgian Arms will raise money for Alexander Devine on Sunday.

The Belgian Arms Summer Party will include live music from Steve Carroll and Megan Rhodes, the Skin and Blister band as well as craft stalls and a beer festival.

There will be children's entertainment including a lucky dip, a raffle and games to keep young ones entertained throughout the day.

Last year more than £600 was raised at the event for Alexander Devine.

Visit www.thebelgianarms.com for more information.

SLOUGH: A free origami taster session is being held at Slough Library on Sunday.

Suitable for children aged five and above, the hour-long session starts at 2pm.

No booking required.

Call 01753 535166 for more information.


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