11:00AM, Friday 08 August 2014
If you're looking for something to do this weekend, heading along to the river may be worth a punt.
This weekend Maidenhead Regatta, the Thames Punting Club regatta and Wargrave and Shiplake Regatta all take place.
As usual, there's plenty of other things to do across Maidenhead, Slough, Windsor, Twyford, Burnham and the surrounding area, including the popular Fifield Fun Day and the vintage fun of the Retro Festival in White Waltham.
An Old Fools on Horses fun day will be held at Snowball Farm equestrian Centre on Sunday in support of Prostate Cancer UK.
Activities start at 11.30am and include a dressage test for new male riders aged 40 and up.
Other events include a show jumping course, a 5mk team relay foot race.
Visitors can also try riding Henry the mechanical horse, sampling the beer and food on offer, watching the tug-of-war, or watching a horse and hound show jumping competition.
Visit www.snowballfarm.co.uk for information.
The brains behind Let's Rock the Moor! will be the latest speaker at Holy Trinity Church's men's breakfast discussion group.
Nick Billinghurst will give an insight into what it takes to organise the festival, beginning at 8.30am tomorrow at the parish centre in Church Gate.
The breakfast is £4. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest.
Organisers of a village fun day are hoping for a record turn out this year.
The tenth Fifield Fun Day will take over Deep Meadows, in the centre of Fifield, tomorrow.
The gates open at 1.30pm and there is free parking and no cost for entry.
Co-organiser Louise Shenston from the Fifield Fun Day's committee said: "We are all set for another successful Fun Day in Fifield. New attractions include Western riding demonstrations, go-karts and small scaly visitors from the Reading Reptile Centre on the A4."
She added that the fun and games will include ferret racing, a Punch and Judy Show, a steam train and swing boat.
There will also be a hog-roast, barbecue, beer tent, craft stalls, family games and traditional fun-fair attractions.
Dogs will also get the chance to show off in Crufts competition.
The historic Ditton Manor gardens will be open to the public on Sunday.
As part of the National Gardens Scheme, they will be open from 11am to 5pm.
Entry is £3.50 for adults and free for children under.
Home-made teas, cake, preserves and plants will also be on sale at the Datchet estate.
Money raised on the day will be given to nursing and caring charities.
Visit ngs.org.uk for more information.
A cricket match will raise funds for the Sue Ryder charity.
The event will take place on Sunday and see the King's Head Cricket Club play against team Neale Hatch XI.
The match will be held on the village cricket ground and followed by a barbecue and raffle.
Contact Neale Hatch on 07767 700106 for details.
Rowers and punters will be racing down the Thames this weekend.
Tomorrow, Maidenhead Rowing Club is hosting its annual regatta. The action starts at 8.30am on a 500m course down the river near Maidenhead Bridge and the rowing club's base in River Road, Taplow.
Crews from Maidenhead, Marlow and Guildford will be joined by others from across the South-east.
It is free to watch the action. Refreshment will be available from the rowing club between 9am and 5pm.
Maidenhead Rowing Club captain James Hanson said: "Our aim as a club has always been to put on the best event we can for both competitors and spectators.
"This year we've made some exciting changes, including extending the day's racing, that we feel allow us to do just that."
On Sunday, the Thames Punting Club is hosting its regatta.
The traditional event sees racers use poles to direct their barges down the river.
It will be held downstream of Maidenhead Rowing Club. The racing takes place between 10.30am-4pm.
A farmyard-themed quiz will raise money to provide livestock and seeds to hungry families in Africa.
The quiz tomorrow has been organised by Maidenhead Bridge Rotary Club.
Funds go towards the Send a Cow charity.
It is being held at the Royal Voluntary Service (formerly WRVS) in York Road.
The Rotary Club say the competition includes picture rounds, farmyard activity sections and general quiz questions with an 'Old MacDonald twist'.
Tickets cost £6 per person and each team contains up to six people.
Visit www.maidenheadbridgerotary.org.uk/fullfarmyard or call Ros on 07812 017188 to book tickets.
A healing service will take place at Slough Spiritual Church tomorrow.
It runs from 10am-noon at the Farm Lane site. Donations will be accepted.
On Wednesday medium Daniel Wright will be leading a service from 7.30-9pm. Entry is £2.
Children will be given the chance to get creative in Slough over the summer and learn some new art skills.
Starting tomorrow, a weekly Art Summer Camp will begin, starting at Baylis Memorial Gardens in Pool Lane with a focus on landscape in watercolour.
Budding young artists aged five and above can take in the sights, paint the landscape and make new friends from 11am until 6pm.
The day costs £5 and includes a picnic with no booking required.
Similar days will be run each Saturday at Langley Park, Windsor Great Park and Cocksherd Bluebell Wood.
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An Eid family fun day will take place in Slough on Sunday.
Organised by the Khidma community group and 3rd Wexham Scout group, it will take place at the Slough and Eton CE Business and Enterprise College in Ragstone Road.
Attractions will include a football tournament, children's games, stalls and cake competition. It will run from 2-7pm.
All ages are welcome to ride their bikes on a traffic free route in Slough on Sunday.
Bike riders of all abilities are encouraged to go for a 45-minute ride through the town, starting in Upton Park's car park at 2.00pm, and ending at Ditton Park.
Helmets must be worn by under 18s and those under the age of five must be in an approved child seat, trailer or tag-a-long.
The event is organised by Sky Ride Local.
An open water swim in the Thames is taking place as part of Wargrave and Shiplake Regatta.
Starting at 6.30am on Saturday, August 9, competitors can choose between a 1km or 2km route, which both start just up from the St George and Dragon pub in the High Street.
Canoeists from Wargrave Boating Club will escort swimmers along the route, helped by spotters on the bank.
There will be breakfast for all competitors after the event.
This is the third year the swim, which welcomes experienced swimmers and those relatively new to open water, has taken place. Visit www.wsregatta.co.uk for details and entries.
The Wargrave and Shiplake Regatta runs from 9am-7pm on Friday, August 8 and Saturday, August 9.
A night of entertainment is promised at Wexham Park Golf Centre tomorrow as dynamic male vocalist David Anthony takes to the stage.
Tickets for the event being held at the golf centre, in Wexham Street, cost £10 and include a light supper.
Call 01753 663271 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Entertainers are getting ready to rock ’n’ roll once again for the popular vintage festival at White Waltham Airfield.
Thousands of vehicles – including cars, motorbikes and steam engines – will be on show at the Retro Festival, formerly known as The Royal Berkshire Festival of Wings, Wheels, Speed and Steam.
As well as the usual flying displays, live performances, Parade for Heroes and retro market, there will also be a special vintage Volkswagen vehicle show.
Festival goers can watch displays from a variety of dance troops, from ballroom to burlesque, and even take part in a jive session.
The annual event takes place from today until Sunday.
Visit www.retrofestival.co.uk to book tickets.
Fuchsia-lovers will be making a beeline for Gardener's Hall in Windsor tomorrow.
Windsor and Slough Chrysanthemum, Fuchsia and Pelargonium Society holds its annual fuchsia show at the hall in St Leonard's Road from 2pm.
Call show secretary Eric Wiles on 01753 865395 for details.
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