What's on: 19 things to do this weekend (September 8-10)

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.

James Preston



ALL AREAS: Explore the hidden history stories on your doorstep with a long weekend of Heritage Open Days.

Until Sunday a variety of churches, museums, gardens and historic buildings will be free to explore and learn about the history.

- St Andrew’s Church Bell Tower, Mill Lane, Windsor, will be open to give bell ringing a try as well as a tour of the graveyard that includes a grave of a victim of the Titanic disaster. Open today (Friday), from 7pm to 9pm

-St Lawrence Church, Upton Court Road, Slough, is the oldest building in the town and has special displays about Sir William Herschel, the man who discovered Uranus and is buried in the churchyard. Tours are on tomorrow from 10am to 6pm and Sunday from 3pm to 5pm.

-Stoke Poges Memorial Gardens, Church Lane, Stoke Poges, is well worth joining the two hours tour to learn about the Capability Brown and Rapton landscape, and see the St Giles’ Church that was mentioned in the Domesday Book. Tour is at 2pm on Sunday.

-St Luke’s Church, Norfolk Road, Maidenhead is celebrating its 150th anniversary. Here you can discover the fresco tile painting of Jacob’s Ladder by W.B Simpson and Sons from 1885. It is open on Saturday from 10am to 4pm.

-Marlow Brewery, in the High Street is putting on a special exhibition about the history of the Wethered Brewery in the 20th century and its role during the First World War when it became a munitions factory. 

Go to www.heritageopendays.org.uk for full listings and information.

SLOUGH: Old pictures of the Swindon and Cricklade Railway will be on display at the next meeting of the Slough and Windsor Railway Society tonight (Friday).

The guest speaker will be Clive Thompson and the event starts at 7.45pm.

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


BURNHAM: A new charity raising money for war-torn Syria is holding its first official fundraiser tomorrow (Saturday) at St Peter’s Church in Church Street.

Medical Aid and Support for Syria, (MASS) is a support network started between families with roots and contacts in the Middle East and aims to provide pratctical support to people living in the region.

Rather than sending money directly to Syria, the charity plans on sending medical equipment, blankets, warm clothes and other essentials.

The recently-registered charity now has trustees in Burnham, Cornwall and Scotland.

Two performers will be playing at the concert – Teresa Brown, a composer and violinist, and Ayman Jarjour, a classical guitarist and international performer who was born in Syria and is a UK resident.

Both performers have personal experience of traumas experienced by people in the Middle East.

The concert starts at 7.30pm and tickets are £15, £10 for seniors and under 16s.

Tickets can be bought on the door, from churches in Burnham or by calling Bob Bryant on 01628 543650.

DORNEY: On Saturday people will get the rare chance to climb the tower of St James the Less Church in Court Lane to admire the views of Dorney.

The tower is not usually accessible to the public but the church will open it as part of the National Churches Trust's Ride and Stride initiative which encourages people to connect with their area's heritage.

Climbers of the tower must be older than eight and child climbers should be accompanied by an adult.

HOLYPORT: The village show will take place on Saturday at Holyport War Memorial Hall.

The 21st annual show gives the community a chance to submit vegetables, fruits, flowers, cookery, crafts and photography to be judged for the chance to win a trophy.

This year organisers have introduced a new class, for an old cup which has resurfaced.

The cup, The Holyport Village Flower Show, A Cottagers Collection of Vegetables, dates back from 1928 and was donated by Major J. B. Ford.

Last year more than 530 entries were submitted to the show, which will be open to the public from 2pm and admission is by donation.

There will be a presentation and prize giving from 4pm.

Contact Wendy Robinson from the village show committee on 01628 673763 if you are interested in helping out with the running of the show.

LANGLEY: There is a brand new sponsor for this year’s Slough Canal Festival which is taking place tomorrow (Saturday) and Sunday.

Slough Urban Renewal (SUR), which is a joint partnership between Slough Borough Council (SBC) and Morgan Sindall Investments Ltd, will be at the event at Bloom Park in Middlegreen Road.

Aside from being the main sponsor of the two-day festival, SUR will have banners displaying its many projects in the town as well as raffling off prizes including boxes of Lego and hampers.

The SBC-organised event will also feature boats trips up and down the Slough Arm of the Grand Union Canal.

There are long and short trips available and tickets can be brought on the day.

The Environment Agency will also be offering free fishing coaching on the canal.

For children there will be Basil and Crew’s Mobile Animal Farm, plus an arts and crafts tent.

On Sunday only, rescued dogs from the Rockwood Dog display team will be jumping through fire, over obstacles, tackling ‘robbers’ and even walking on high beams.

The event, which is also supported by The Express, is free entry.

MAIDENHEAD: The final Maidenhead Night Market of the summer will be on in the High Street this Saturday.

From 7pm there will be a variety of market stalls, food from Eat on the High Street and a bar provided by the nightclub Smokey Joes.

Former X-Factor star Chico will also be performing live.

SLOUGH: A Lego themed activity is taking place at Library at The Curve tomorrow (Saturday).

Lego: Build the change, runs from 10am until 5pm.

SLOUGH: A series of workshops are taking place in the town square as part of an arts consortium.

Tomorrow (Saturday) there will Bhangra in the Town Square from 11am until 3pm.

There will be dance and music activities.

Slough Asian arts group, Apna Versa will also be running workshops.

SWIPE has organsied the event as part of the Arts Council England funded project called 'Home'.

SLOUGH: To celebrate its first birthday tomorrow (Saturday), trampoline arena Jump In is hosting a weekend of special activities.

Children are invited to join in free sumo wrestling fun between 10am and 5pm and can meet an array of children's characters between 11am and 1pm before a live music set by Louise Kenny between 4pm and 6pm.

Across the weekend at the Dundee Road centre there will be free running demos and free trampoline lessons at 11am, 1pm and 3pm each day.

Special guests will include Iron Man, Star Wars Stormtroopers and the Green Watch Fire Brigade.

Free cupcakes will be given to the first 500 jumpers from 11am each day.

WINDSOR: The world’s biggest inflatable obstacle course is returning to Windsor tomorrow (Saturday).

Nearly 2,500 people have signed up to take part in Gung-Ho! which features a giant inflatable ball pit, a climbing wall and Europe’s tallest inflatable slide.

Windsor Racecourse will once again be hosting the event.

The Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service has been named as the official local charity partner and organisers are hoping money raised through sponsorship will help bring the prospect of Berkshire’s first children’s hospice one step closer.

A small number of spaces are still available for this year’s event, which starts at 9am.

Runners will receive a free T-shirt and exclusive Gung-Ho style headband.

Visit www.begung-ho.co.uk for details.

WINDSOR: Enjoy one last blast of the summer at The Big Picnic in Alexandra Gardens.

The event is being organised by The Firestation Centre for Arts and Culture and features a jam-packed schedule of live music, pop-up stalls and refreshments.

It take place tomorrow (Saturday) from 12 to 7pm.


BRAY: A story-telling fair will take place at Weir Bank in Monkey Island Land on Sunday.

The family event, run by Once Upon a Bus and Weir Bank, will feature storytelling in the riverside marquee and a puppet show.

Some of the authors at the event include Sue Wicksted, Jane Deane, Josie Felce, David England and Richmond Harding.

There will also be giant bubble displays, an open mic, magic and live music.

The event will run from noon until 6pm.

Visit www.onceuponabus.com to buy tickets. 

COOKHAM: The 10th annual Gravity Grand Prix will take place in the village on Sunday with 30 homemade karts racing down Church Road.

The event, organised by the Kaffirs of Cookham Dean, is free and put on for the village to enjoy, as well as fundraising for the Thames Valley Air Ambulance.

There are four opportunities for racers to win a prize in their themed karts, from best novelty kart to fastest kart.

Races begin at 1.30pm and can be viewed alongside the course that runs from the junction of Church Road and Spring Lane down to Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

HOLYPORT: Carters Steam Fair will return this weekend.

The vintage steam fair will be on Holyport Green on Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday night there will be fireworks at 9pm and the fair will be open from noon until 10.30pm.

On Sunday it will run from noon until 8pm.

Admission is free and dogs are welcome.

Visit www.carterssteamfair.co.uk  for more information.

HOLYPORT: The new scout hut will have its grand opening on Sunday.

The building has been the result of three years of hard work and fundraising by Bray and Holyport Scout Group.

Everyone is welcome to the opening which will take place from 2-4pm at the hut in Moneyrow Green.

Email judy_bhgsl@hotmail.co.uk to rsvp.

MAIDENHEAD: There will be a wedding theme for this month’s edition of Shabbytique and Eat on the High Street.

The crafts and food market, which will be held in Maidenhead High Street on Sunday, will offer the chance to seek out the services of dress makers, hair dressers and caterers, as well as others.

Entertainment will be also be provided by the Tuneless Choir, which will be performing at 1.30pm.

MAIDENHEAD: This Sunday will mark the 17th anniversary of the Maidenhead Farmers’ Market.

The market, that meets every second Sunday of the month, will offer free celebratory cake to customers.

It is the longest continuously running farmers’ market in Berkshire, selling a variety of local produce from seasonal and specialist stalls.

It is in the Grove Road car park, off Park Street, Maidenhead, from 10am to 1pm.

WINDSOR: Live music will take place at the bandstand in Alexandra Gardens on Sunday to celebrate its first year.

It was officially unveiled in September last year and replicates the park’s Edwardian bandstand, which was removed in the 1950s.

Windsor on Ice, which sets up an ice rink and rides in the gardens from November to Jan-uary, has organised the ‘Residents Day’.

The event will open at 11am, with music from 2-6pm.

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