11:00AM, Friday 25 July 2014
Pirates are set to descend on Maidenhead this weekend for the family fun of Maidenhead Festival.
This year's pirate-themed event has a packed programme over Saturday and Sunday, including live music, stalls and fireworks.
There's also plenty to do in Slough, Windsor, Twyford, Burnham, Marlow and the surrounding area.
A dance for the over 50s is being held at King Edwards Hall, King Edwards Road, North Ascot, tomorrow from 7.30pm to 10.30pm. Bring your own food and drink; tea and coffee will be provided. Entry is £4.
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TV duo Ant and Dec will be making a special appearance at Ascot Racecourse as part of its King George Weekend.
The Geordie presenters will be at the Ascot High Street racecourse on Sunday and will answer questions from 20 young racegoers in the Parade Ring.
There will also be a line-up of children's TV favourites including Peppa Pig, Postman Pat, and Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom.
Ant said: "We have a lot of fun horse racing, it's a great sport and a day at the races is really exciting and a great opportunity to spend time with family and friends."
The highlight of the racing programme is the Group One King George VI Queen Elizabeth Stakes on Saturday, July 26, which boasts prize money of £1m.
Tickets for the event, which runs from today to Sunday, July 27, can be purchased in advance.
Visit www.ascot.co.uk for more information.
An iconic Burnham pub will celebrate a landmark birthday with a beach party tomorrow.
Landlady Judi Ablett has been in charge of the Grade II-listed Garibaldi in High Street for six years and is now the longest-serving publican in the village.
Sand will be spread across the floor to create a makeshift beach, there will be Caribbean food on sale and karaoke in the evening.
Judi's 89-year-old father Robert will also be signing new copies of his two new books.
All money raised by the event will be donated to The Animal Sanctuary UK in Lake End Road, Dorney, which will also bring some of its animals to the party.
Call 01628 668971 for details.
Runners have still got time to enter the 2014 year's Dorney Dash.
The fast and flat 10k race will take place tomorrow at Dorney Lake, but entries close at 12pm today.
This year marks the 31st year of the event, which is organised by Windsor's Datchet Dashers.
More than 1,000 people took part in last year's event, which attracts runners of all abilities.
There will be a corporate team challenge with prizes for the fastest team of three people.
Visit www.datchetdashers.com for entry details.
Ahoy shipmates! This year's pirate-themed Maidenhead Festival starts tomorrow with a packed programme of family-friendly entertainment.
Based in Kidwells Park, the two days of music, fun and fireworks on July 26 and 27 will feature a host of nautically-named attractions.
'Buccaneer’s Bay', will be an artificial beach in the middle of the park, ideal for burying booty.Visitors can sample a huge varirty of food an refreshments in the 'Galley' and jump aboard the pirate ship found among the fairground rides of Adventure Island.
Festival-goers will be able to spend their 'pieces of eight' at more than 40 different stalls in the Pirate Market Place, supporting many local charities and community groups.
On the main stage, Captain Kidwell's Galleon, it’s not just about Abba tribute act the Gimmie Gimmie Girls headlining on Saturday night.
There are more than 30 bands performing over the two days. They include Wings of Pegasus, a hard rock band from Maidenhead fronted by Fil Henley who appeared on the TV show 'The X Factor' in 2013.
More chilled-out music will be performed at Old Long John’s Cavern - the festival's accoustic tent - where more than local 25 acts will include Amya-Ray Music, Lisa Kenny, Storywheel, Bootlegger's Son, Sophie Henderson, Off By Heart, Dale Revell Music, busker rhymes, Paula Curtis and the fantastic Sam Brett Music.
The entertainment is not confined to Kidwells Park. A short free shuttle bus ride will take festrival-goers to X Marks the Rock, the Norden Farm Fringe Festival.
A great line-up of free musical acts for the whole family includes The Caves, The Astoria, Fella, Big Boy Bloater, Simpson on Board, Sidekick and Tristan Mackay.
Pirates in search of bounty are invited to join in the Independent Traders Treasure Hunt on the Saturday of the Festival. Collect the map and first clue from the Maidenhead Advertiser festival pull-out in our July 24 edition and make your way round town to uncover where the secret treasure is hidden.
Make one stop on your adventure the 3 Mobile store to download a special treasure hunt app, and enjoy the virtual face painting on offer!
Fourteen different independent retailers in Maidenhead are taking part in the Treasure Hunt. Work out where to find them, discover the clue at each location and add it to your map to work out the final answer. Once you crack the code drop your completed map into the treasure chest at the Advertiser stand on the Saturday of the festival - and get your free balloon while you are there.
A host of prizes are on offer for the winners of the treasure hunt.
The Crowne Plaza hotel is holding a charity fun day.
Mayor of Marlow, Cllr Suzanne Brown, will be opening the event due to be held on Sunday from 12pm at the venue in Fieldhouse Lane.
Attractions will include a barbecue, bouncy castle, face painting, games on the lawn and children's disco led by Dave the Disco.
All funds raised will be donated to Macmillan Cancer Support.
Admission is free.
Visit cpmarlow.co.uk for details.
Slough Musuem's monthly Saturday Club is taking place tomorrow.
The free family event is held in the children's library, on the ground floor of Slough Library, in High Street, between 12 and 4pm.
Visit sloughmuseum.org/whats-on for more information.
The Stoke Poges, Wexham and Fulmer Horticultural Society Annual Flower Show will be taking place at Stoke Poges School in Rogers Lane tomorrow.
Categories include fruit, flowers, vegetables, photography, home economics arts and crafts.
The marquee opens at 12.30pm, judging is at 1.30pm and prize giving at 5pm.
An animal rescue charity almost destroyed by flooding is relying on an open air concert to keep 40 vulnerable horses warm and dry this winter.
The Blue Acre horse rescue centre on Ham Island, Old Windsor suffered a crippling blow in February when water levels submerged everything.
Now Bob Regan, 67 and Caron (corr) North, 48 who run the centre are struggling to save the charity they built up over 10 years.
Tomorrow's fundraising Blue Acre Summer Festival on the site has been organised by their friends Marc Hunter and Ann Shenton.
The festival will run from noon until 7pm. Acts will include the band Radio 9 from Norway and locally based band Tallulah Kills.
There will also be a wide range of stalls, a barbecue and a pony petting corner.
Admission is £5.
New Windsor Community Association is holding a fund raising 'jiveathon' tomorrow from noon to 10pm.
The event is designed to raise money for the Alexander Devine Children's Hospice Service which aims to build a hospice for children near Maidenhead. There will be a small entrance fee.
Refreshments will be provided and sponsorship forms made available. There will also be a silent auction.
All are welcome to come along.
Pipes and muskets will bring history to life in Windsor High Street on Sunday when members of the Sealed Knot of Blewcoats stage a drill outside the Guildhall.
Sealed Knot specialises in recreating battles of the English Civil War. Sunday's event has been organised to relaunch the Book of the Queen's Trees, published in 1977 to celebrate the donation of 1,000 trees to the Great Park to mark the Silver Jubilee.
The 45 Sealed Knot members will gather outside Windsor Library in Bachelors Acre at 1.15pm with pipes and drums, followed by a march up Peascod Street to the Guildhall where the Mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead Cllr Richard Kellaway will take the salute
At 2.15pm there will be a pike and musket drill on the cobbled paving outside the Guildhall.
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