11:00AM, Friday 04 July 2014
The weekend is nearly upon us and people in Maidenhead, Slough, Windsor, Twyford, Burnham and the surrounding area are gearing up for a host of fun-filled activities.
Active types will be jumping in the water for the annual Boulters to Bray swim but those who enjoy more relaxed pursuits may want to enjoy a pint at a charity cider festival or head along to a school fair.
Find out what's happening in your area below.
A charity cider festival will be held at Ye Olde Swan pub in High Street tomorrow.
There will be live music from 2–5pm and 6–9pm, a traditional hog roast cooking all day a tombola and games.
Money raised will be donated to the pub's chosen cancer mental health charities.
An acclaimed performer of classical and popular songs will make a return to the village for a performance on Sunday.
Mark Llewelyn-Evans will sing at St Peter’s Church in Church Street.
Tickets £8 in advance and £5 for children under 12.
Call 01628 664338 for information.
An enchanted Forest Summer Fair is taking place at Cippenham Infant School tomorrow.
There will be a raffle, tombolas, family fun games, arts and crafts, face painting, bouncy castles and more at the school in Dennis Way.
The family-friendly event is taking place between noon and 3 pm.
Holy Trinity Primary School is holding its summer fete tomorrow.
The fete, at the school in School Lane will include seperate tombolas for adults and children, a second-hand toy sale, and a 'boutique' sale of second hand designer clothing.
It starts at noon and runs till 4pm.
A primary school is holding a strawberry tea during its summer fair to raise money for a breast cancer charity.
From noon on Sunday, Cookham Rise Primary School in High Road is hosting its pirate-themed summer fair.
As well as fun and games for the children, a strawberry tea will raise money for Breast Cancer Care, a countrywide charity which supports patients.
Teaching assistants Julie Armstrong and Elizabeth Peters said they chose Breast Cancer Care as a 'home' charity, with the school also raising cash for Africa Turns Green, which promotes sustainable development in Africa.
As well as a tea and cake there will be word searches, quizzes and a competition to guess how many sweets are in a jar.
The village fete is at Churchmead School, Priory Way tomorrow.
Attractions include classic cars, Punch and Judy, a penalty shoot out competition, a bungee fun run, chairoplanes, swingboats, crazy golf, fire engine display and sailing dinghies.
Stalls will include a bottle tombola, crockery smashing, a coconut shy, jewellery, local art, plants and garden items.
There will be a beer tent, tea and cakes, strawberries and cream, barbecue and ice creams.
Visit www.datchetfete.org.uk for more information.
The Eton Wick School fair is all set to take place tomorrow.
There will be face painting, lolly pick, water or wine, frog hoopla, bean bags in the hole, tin can alley, ping pong balls in the jar and darts for money.
Helpers are welcome for the setup from 8am on the day and for the knockdown afterwards.
Fun at the fair will be enjoyed at St Mary's Farnham Royal CE Primary School tomorrow.
The school will be holding its annual summer fair with activities including bouncy castles, pony rides, face painting, ice creams and a raffle.
Money will be raised to help fund new IT and playground equipment for the school.
It will take place at the school, in Church Road, from noon until 3pm.
Entry is free.
Party in the park returns to Iver tomorrow.
Following on from 2013's successful event, the family fun day will once again feature a variety of activities at Iver Recreation Ground in High Street.
A beer tent, classic car show, funfair rides and an animal farm will be among the fun keeping revellers entertained.
It will run from noon until 11pm, closing with a fireworks show.
Visit partyintheparkiver.org for details.
A packed programme of events have been organised this summer at Maidenhead Heritage Centre.
To run alongside its main exhibition about the history of the town's motors industry, the museum in Park Street is inviting individuals and families to a series of workshops.
Tomorrow a talk and tour will explore what the motoring in Maidenhead used to be like.
Each workshop will be 90 minutes long and held twice on each day at 11am and 2pm.
Call 01628780555 to book
There is still time to see a display of all the entries in the Civic Society's Maidenhead & Me art competition.
The contest invited Maidonians to submit a piece of art, including photography, which summed up what the town meant to them.
An exhibition of all the entries was opened by Home Secretary and Maidenhead MP Theresa May in unit 53 of the Nicholsons Centre next to WH Smiths and runs until Sunday.
Admission is free and it is open from 10am-4pm until Saturday and 11am-4pm on Sunday.
Swimmers will once more attempt the Boulters to Bray Swim.
Organiser Keith Dixon says 110 people have signed up for the 2.8km swim from Boulters Lock to the Waterside Inn, Bray tomorrow.
The swim was first held in the 1890s and was a regular fixture in Maidenhead's sporting calendar until 1969.
Friends Keith Dixon, Tom Jost and Rob Davies revived the race in 2012 after a trophy was discovered in Bourne End Auction Rooms.
Among those taking part are Mike Hughes and Rita Ward, who both swam the race in the 1960s.
Entry is open to strong swimmers.
Keith, from College Avenue, said: "We say they have got to be able to swim 80 lengths of a pool."
Visit http://boulterstobrayswim.org/ to enter. It costs £33.
An afternoon of fun is set to take place at St Edmund Campion Catholic Primary School.
There will be a central arena with dance and music acts to entertain crowds, a bouncy castle, assault course, face painting, hook a duck and electric cars.
Wimbledon will be shown on a big screen and refreshments can be found at a Pimms and Rebellion Brewery bar, a curry stall, noodle stall and barbecue.
About £10,000 is raised at the event each year, which is split between the church and the school.
Last year funds raised went towards repairs to the church roof and also helped to buy a new pirate ship, laptops and tablets for pupils.
The event is held at the school in Altwood Road on Sunday from 12-3pm.
St Peter's Church is holding a Church fete tomorrow.
Caribbean food and a tombola will feature at the event in Church Street.
The fete is taking place between noon and 3pm. Admission is by donation with funds going towards the church.
A choir which is to be a regular feature at The Curve in Slough once it is built will be performing for the first time tomorrow.
The Curve Choir, made up of 25 residents, will make their debut at St Mary's Church in Church Street at 6pm.
Students from Slough Music Service will also demonstrate their talents on the piano.
It is free to watch with no booking necessary.
The concert is a partnership between Slough Borough Council, Slough libraries and the music service.
The Curve Choir meets and rehearses every Thursday evening from 6.15pm to 7.30pm during term time, at Kingsway United Reformed Church in Church Street.
They sing a range of songs from classical, through light and show tunes to pop classics from the 60s onwards.
Visit www.sloughmusicservice.co.uk, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01753 787519 to find out more.
Slough RFC is set to host its annual sevens tournament once again for a 10th anniversary competition tomorrow.
A host of teams have already been confirmed to take part in the popular event, including Slough Dragons, Maidenhead Penguins, Royal Navy Sharks, Welsh Fire Brigade and OMT Honey Badgers.
The event will feature a barbecue, stalls, a bar and live music, with entry costing £3 per person.
Under 15s go free.
The event takes place from 10am at Tamblyn Fields in Upton Court Park, Slough.
Call 07790485659 or email email@example.com for more information.
Khalsa Primary School will host its annual Summer Mela fair tomorrow.
The school in Wexham Road is inviting family and friends of pupils as well as locals to come and enjoy traditional Punjabi hospitality.
The family-orientated event will include singers, a fun fair, food stalls and games.
Bhangra record producer and singer–songwriter Sukshinder Shinda is one of the big names who will be performing.
The event will kick off at noon.
Proceeds go towards the school.
Charters School's summer fair tomorrow will boast personal appearances by three popular children's authors.
Jane Elson, who wrote A Room Full of Chocolate, Jim Smith, author of I'm Not a Loser, and Jeff Norton, who wrote the Meta Wars books, will be there.
They will be reading from their books and answering questions.
There will also be an arts and photography exhibition, barbecue, silent auction, cakes and tea, books, a raffle, music, bouncy castle and the ever popular 'sumo suits' for youngsters to have mock fights in.
It is Party in the Park time at Victory Field recreation ground off London Road, Sunninghill, from 2pm until 4.30pm on Sunday.
There will be music provided by Jagz. Bring picnic baskets, tables and chairs.
There will be a barbecue, cream teas, coffee and cakes plus beer tent.
The sights, sounds and smells of a traditional English summer fair will come to the village tomorrow.
St Nicolas Church will host the event in the gardens of Taplow Rectory in Rectory Road from 12-3pm.
Entertainment will be provided by St Nicolas School Maypole Dancers and the Burnham Concert Band. Families can enjoy a barbecue, skittles and the all-important beer tent.
The second annual community day organised by the Thames Valley Police Central Windsor Neighbourhood Team takes place tomorrow at Windsor Library in Bachelors Acre from 10am to 4pm.
A coffee morning is being held by Age Concern Slough & Berkshire East (ACSBE) at its Old Windsor base.
There will be fresh homemade cakes and sandwiches along with a selection of hot and cold drinks at the event tomorrow.
There will be seating outside and visitors are allowed to bring their dogs.
The event takes place at Old Windsor Day Centre, in Straight Road.
Contact Emma Hill on 01753 854117 or Emma.Hill@ageconcernsabe.org.uk for more information.
Children's author Dame Jacqueline Wilson is set to appear with her puppy at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home Old Windsor's Fun Day.
The Tracy Beaker Story writer re-homed 16-week-old Jackson after he was found wandering the streets in Croydon.
The pair will be appearing at the Priest Hill-based charity's event tomorrow where they will be helping to judge dog classes including 'golden oldie' and 'waggiest tail'.
Dame Jacqueline said: "We are very excited about attending the fun day and hopefully we will make a good judging team and agree on who should be the winners.
"I went to the event last year and it is always such a wonderful event where Battersea dogs and animal lovers from all over the country come together to join in the fun."
There will also be a Battersea Bake Off competition where pet owners will be encouraged to bring their cakes to be judged on the day.
All proceeds from the event will go towards the charity.
The event takes place from 10.30am to 4.30pm.
Aspiring musicians will be hitting the right notes at the first Windsor Piano Festival at Windsor Parish Church.
The event tomorrow and Sunday will see piano players of all ages and abilities compete at the High Street church.
Pianist Belinda Mikhail will be the adjudicator for the event, which is sponsored by Windsor Piano School in Clarence Road.
Visit www.windsorpianofestival.co.uk for more information.
Contestants from BBC1's The Voice will take to the stage at a village jazz festival.
Jazz in the Park will take place in Wooburn Park on Sunday to raise funds for the Alexander Jansons Foundation.
Acts from the 2014 series of the television talent contest who will be appearing are Amelia O'Connell and Nomakhosi Nkosi.
There will also be a champagne bar, beer tent and children's entertainment.
The event will run from noon-6pm.
Paramedics were called to the scene of a medical emergency in Maidenhead on Monday morning (June 27).
A teenager who died after getting into difficulty in the Jubilee River has been described as a ‘gentle giant’ in a tribute from his school.