What's on in East Berkshire and South Bucks this weekend - May 24-26

What's on in East Berkshire and South Bucks this weekend - May 24-26

What's on in East Berkshire and South Bucks this weekend - May 24-26
Burnham Donkey Derby

The bank holiday is upon us and there is plenty to keep families entertained over the weekend.

Big events include the popular Burnham Donkey Derby, which takes place tomorrow, and the Royal Windsor Half Marathon River Trail Run on Sunday.

Here's our guide to what's going on in your area over the next three days:




All Saints Church in London Road, Ascot Heath, celebrates its 150th birthday over the weekend with a flower festival based on A Celebration of British Saints.

It starts tomorrow and runs until Monday, opening from 10.30am until 7.30pm tomorrow, 12.30pm until 6pm on Sunday and 10.30am until 4.30pm on Monday.


The 23rd annual donkey derby organised by the Rotary Club of Burnham Beeches is set to take place tomorrow.

The village's largest annual event is free to enter and expected to attract about 3,000 people to Burnham Park off Windsor Lane.

It will be opened at noon by Paralympic archer Kathy Critchlow-Smith.

Organisers hope to raise £10-15,000 for Marie Curie Cancer Care, Alexander Devine Children's Hospice Service and End Polio Now.

Attractions include a funfair, stalls, food, a drinks tent, and youngsters will saddle up for Donkey racing from 1pm.

There will also be archery and volleyball from Maidenhead charity SportsAble as well as performances from Burnham Gymnastics Club and Pop Goes the Choir.


A show for four-legged friends is taking place at Lands End Equestrian Centre.

The Spring Horse and Dog Show at the venue in Whistley Mill Lane has jumping, showing and a gymkhana for riders.

The packed schedule also includes 22 dog show classes and a 'doggie dressage test'.

There are a host of prizes on offer, including horse feed, trophies, personal training sessions and meals at The Lands End pub.

The show runs from May 24-26.

Visit www.landsendequestriancentre.co.uk for schedules and details.


A call for performers has been made by the Richings Players for their autumn production of Spring Awakening.

The cult-rock musical explores the lives of a dozen young people as they struggle with growing up and their strict religious upbringing and oppressive education.

A total of 11 male and female characters, aged 18 or over, who sing throughout, plus one older male and female are needed for the show.

Auditions will be held today from 7.30pm at St Leonard's Hall, Richings Way, Iver, and the show will run from October 8-11.

The group is also presenting a murder mystery evening tomorrow at Iver Village Hall in the High Street.

Visit  www.richingsplayers.co.uk for information.


A stately garden will be opening its gates to the public this bank holiday weekend to raise money for Berkshire’s air ambulance service.

Following the success of last year’s campaign, the 18th century Stubbings House in Henley Road will be offering visitors the chance to wander around the grounds and enjoy a selection of refreshments in aid of the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance Trust.

The garden will be open from 2-5pm tomorrow and Monday and 1-4pm on Sunday.

Contact 0300 999 0135 or email opengardens@tvacaa.org to order a free copy of the Open Garden brochure.

Four young soloists will perform Mozart's Requiem with Maidenhead Choral Society at St Luke's Church tomorrow.

Christina Sampson, Carris Jones, Simon Whiteley and Daniel Joy will join the society, who will be conducted by George Badacsonyi.

The concert will begin at 7.30pm at the church in Norfolk Road.

Braywick HEATH Nurseries in Braywick Road will host a spring fair and family fun day tomorrow.

The event will include a plant sale, animals, face painting and a treasure hunt. There will also be a barbecue and light refreshments.

The fun takes place from 10am-4pm.

Taster sessions to encourage more Maidonians to get their pulses pumping are being offered during the Get Berkshire Active Week.

The week, which takes place from May 24 to June 1, will see sports clubs offer free or discounted classes in paddle-boarding, running, netball and tennis.

Sessions, like the Wild Training running classes held at Pinkneys Green Cricket Club, hope to encourage people to try new sports and be more active.

Visit www.getberkshireactive.org/events for details.

Celebrations will take place at St Joseph's Church on Sunday to mark its 100-year anniversary.

The church in Cookham Road was an early work of renowned architect Leonard Stokes and construction began in 1884.

It was completed 30 years later - when it was finally consecrated.

The church will commemorate these events with a reception after the 10.45am mass with an exhibition of its history and the life of the parish.

Organisers hope visitors can make their own contributions, which will be added to the parish website and reproduced in a booklet next year.


There will be fun on the river at Sonning Regatta on Saturday.

Running from 12noon-6pm, there will be boat races across the afternoon and a passenger ferry to the regatta site from the Reading Blue Coat School boathouse.

Entry is £5 per family or £2 per adult and 50p per child. There is limited on-site parking at £10 per car.

More than 50 scarecrows are set to brighten up the village as part of Sonning Scarecrow Trail.

The biennial event was last held in 2012, where creative residents made bird scarers as varied as the Queen, famous Olympians and Jack and the Beanstalk.

It raised about £20,000 for village amenities and attracted thousands of visitors.

The trail runs from 11am on Sunday to 4.30pm on Monday.

Car parking is free, there will be refreshments available and there will also be open gardens on the trail.


The Sunningdale community walk is taking place tomorrow, starting from Broomhall Recreation Ground in Broomhall Road at 2pm.

There will be a chance to discover some of the nicest areas of the village and take part in a quiz.

There will be a stop for afternoon tea and prizes for the quiz winners.

Sunningdale Park off Larch Avenue opens to the public on Monday from 2pm until 4pm.

Money raised from afternoon teas will go towards the Thames Hospice in Hatch Lane, Windsor.

Admission is £4, children and dogs go free.


An art exhibition is taking place at ART for Art's sake in the High Street until tomorrow.

Work by Maidenhead-based Maria Meerstadt and Caversham artist Nicolette Carter will be on display.

Drama, music and comedy are just the tip of the iceberg for events taking place at Twyford's first ever village festival.

Organised by Twyford Village Partnership, there is something for everyone at the 10-day event that runs at venues across the village.

Opening TwyFest today will be Britain's Got Talent finalist ventriloquist Steve Hewlett and sword-swallowing entertainer The Tom Show.

Families can join the Teddy Bears' Picnic for fun and games tomorrow and there will be a skateboard competition, body art, Xbox, nail bar and football at #TwyfordYouthHappening that afternoon.

Madonna tribute act Tasha Leaper will be taking to the DJ decks at Back to the 80s disco in the evening.

On Sunday,  X-Factor finalist Danyl Johnson and Reading Fringe Festival Director Zsuzsi Kingsnorth will be judging Twyford's Got Talent and on Monday, The Enchanted Players will be performing their production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.


Windsor Library in Bachelors Acre is hosting a free storytime session for under fives from 11.30am until noon on Sunday.

At least 1,500 runners are expected on the start line when the Royal Windsor Half Marathon River Trail Run.

The event will include six and 10-kilometre races this year for those not quite up to the full 21.

It is happening on Sunday, May 25, starting and finishing at Windsor Castle.

Visit www.windsorhalfmarathon.co.uk for details.

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