What's on: 13 things to do this weekend (July 1-3)

Each week, we bring you a round-up of community and family-friendly events taking place across Maidenhead, Slough, Windsor, Burnham, Twyford and the surrounding area.

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What's on: 13 things to do this weekend (July 1-3)


MARLOW: A celebration of a decade of Marlow’s Jam Theatre is due to kick-off today (Friday).

The 10-day event is set to start with the show Spots and Stripes, which was last performed by the group in 2013.

This will be followed with a four-night run of Dogfight, a play about three marines wait-ing to be deployed to South East Asia and their final night of freedom.

And the programme will close on Sunday, July 10, with a special concert at the Wycombe Swan Theatre.


BURNHAM: Enjoy the annual summer fete at St Peter’s School on Saturday.

The school in Minniecroft Road will be hosting a variety of stalls and games for all to enjoy including craft activities, bouncy castle, penalty shoot-out, face-painting, and a raffle with top prizes including a restaurant vouchers and an MP3 player.

A variety of homemade cakes will also be on sale as well as an ice cream van making a visit.

Doors are open from 11am to 3pm.

DATCHET: Datchet Fete will take place in the ground of Churchmead School in Priory Way from 12.30pm-4pm. There will be a variety of stalls, live music and a funfair.

HARE HATCH: An open day will be held at drug and rehab centre Yeldall Manor on Saturday, where residents will be invited to get together and learn more about the facility.

Starting from 1pm, activities will include a penalty shoot-out, golf and a coconut shy. A hog roast lunch will be followed by strawberry tea later in the afternoon.

It will allow visitors to find out more about the work behind Yeldall Manor, which runs a multi-stage programme that helps men over come addiction to drugs or alcohol.

Visit www.yeldall.org.uk for more.

MAIDENHEAD: Star of the X-Factor Stevi Ritchie will be performing live at the return of the Maidenhead Night Market on Saturday.

The market will have a mix of live music, food stalls provided by Eat on the High Street and kids activities before a DJ set being put on by the town’s nightclub, Smokey Joes in the High Street.

This is the third annual Maidenhead Night Market with two other dates in the summer for people to enjoy. It will also be held on August 27, and September 10 when Chico will be performing.

Last year’s night market saw 2,000 people come to the High Street to enjoy the mix of food, music and stalls on offer.

There are still opportunities for stall holders to get involved, go to www.enjoymaidenhead.com for more information.

The Night Market is open from 7pm to 11.30pm.

MAIDENHEAD: Swimmers are gearing up for the annual Boulters to Bray race this weekend which is one of the oldest open water swimming events.

The race, which dates back to the 1800s, is a 2.8km or a 1.4km swim downstream and is sponsored by the Louis Baylis (Maidenhead Advertiser) Charitable Trust.

More than 150 swimmers have signed up this year to the event which begins at Ray Mill Island and will finish outside the Waterside Inn, Bray.

The original event stopped running in 1969 but was revived in 2012 by the Boulters to Bray Swim Trust.

The race starts at 6am.

MAIDENHEAD: Explore the town's connections to the First World War on a special guided tour organised by Maidenhead Heritage Centre.

The walk is part of the commemorations of the 100th anniversary since the start of the Battle of Somme.

The walk is at 2pm on Saturday, places are £5 and must be booked. Call 01628 780555.

MAIDENHEAD: Kevin Cruise will be officially opening Oldfield Primary School’s summer fair.

The fair, which will feature a Wild West Bake Off and live music, takes place at the school, in Bray Road, from noon-5pm.

MAIDENHEAD: The Alley Group, a group of volunteers who clean up alleys around Maidenhead, will be holding a traditional tea party to raise awareness about the work they do.

It will take place in Kidwells Park from 4pm-5pm.

OLD WINDSOR: A parade of pooches in need of a home will be the star attraction at the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home Fun Day tomorrow. (Saturday).

The event at the Old Windsor-based rescue and re-homing centre aims to give a handful of canine residents who have spent more than 250 days in kennels a chance to find a loving family.

The dogs on show will include seven-year-old Greyhound Collie mix, Bud, who has now racked up a staggering 874 days at Battersea Old Windsor.

Storm, a six-year-old Siberian Husky with unbounded energy, is also hoping to find an energetic and affectionate owner to take him home.

Alongside the parade, a selection of hotly contested dog classes will also be taking place including Handsomest Dog, Waggiest Tail and Golden Oldie.

Battersea ambassadors Dame Jacqueline Wilson and Countdown wordsmith Susie Dent have been lined up to judge the classes.

Visitors are invited to bring their own dogs to the centre in Priest Hill.

The event runs from 10.30am to 4.30pm.

SUNNINGDALE: A summer soiree will take place at Sunningdale Village Hall tomorrow (Saturday).

The event is organised by Instrumentally and will start at 5.30pm.


COOKHAM RISE: Join in with sporting fun at Cookham Rise Primary School’s summer fair on Sunday.

The school in High Road is hosting a range of activities and stalls with the theme of international sport. All welcome, 12-4pm.

WINDSOR: Art lovers can shop for some original masterpieces at an art sale in Windsor on Sunday.

The sale is taking place in the upstairs function rooms at the Queen Charlotte Pub in Church Lane.

Entry is free and visitors will be able to buy and take home framed paintings, prints and cards. Artists will be in attendance to discuss their work.

The sale runs from 11.30am to 5.30pm.

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