04:05AM, Sunday 08 June 2014
Members of the Dragon Explorer Scout Unit are throwing themselves into the preparations for this year’s pirate-themed Maidenhead Festival on July 26-27.
The group is hard at work at its base at the 1st Furze Platt scout hall in Cookham Road, devising a set of pirate games and activities for a special ‘Treasure Island’ zone at the festival in Kidwells Park.
Leader Aran Belcourt said many of the games were traditional fairground activities given a piratical twist – such as pin the tail on the parrot.
“We plan to have hourly leagues and challenges throughout the day too,” she said.
The games will be ‘road tested’ before the festival at the Furze Platt scout group’s summer fair on Saturday, July 5, at St Mary’s School, starting at noon.
The pirate zone will be just one of the family-friendly attractions as this year’s two-day festival which promises a packed programme of music, entertainment, stalls and sideshows, a funfair, artificial beach, treasure hunt and fireworks.
Esther Brienza, who is helping to organise activities in the park, said the explorer scouts were a fantastic example of how local groups can get involved in the festival and called on others to join the fun.
“We are encourageing as many clubs, groups and community organisations as possible to come along and hold games and activities that people can participate in,” she said.
“We want the festival to be something that people can come along to and stay all day – not just walk through and the more groups taking part the better. We are aiming for a whole weekend of fun.
“If you are stuck for an idea just think about what you would see at a traditional fete.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for local groups to get involved in, especially those for young people. Not only is it a great way to raise their profile in the community, they can learn all about project management – from planning their activities to setting up and running their stall over the weekend.”
For more details about how your organisation can get involved in the festival please email Esther at firstname.lastname@example.org