What's on: 11 things to do this Bank Holiday weekend (May 27-30)

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: 11 things to do this Bank Holiday weekend (May 27-30)


ROYAL BOROUGH: There are still a number of free sports sessions running until Sunday as part of Fit for Life week.

The special week, which began on Saturday, offers residents the chance to try a new sport for free and get active.

Other events include a swimming session at Heathfield School in Ascot at 6pm, a bowls club session today (Friday) at Sunningdale Bowling Club and ballroom dancing at the Magnet Leisure Centre at 2pm.

Other sports include Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at Maidenhead Martial Arts in Reform Road on Saturday at 4.30pm.

TWYFORD: A market offering a range of discounts and offers will take place today (Friday) in London Road near Waitrose.

Bingham’s Brewery will offer customers a try before you buy option on its drinks, while three selected pastas or herbs for £10 are available at Italia in Piazza.

Riverways Farm has half price on eggs and Hare Hatch Sheeplands will offer deals on windowsill pots, some gift packs and decorative tins.

TWYFORD: Twyfest will start today (Friday), with Britain’s Got Talent impressionist Danny Posthill joining an entertaining line-up including jugglers and a contortionist.

That will be followed by a five-a-side football tournament and ‘skool disco’ on Saturday. Sunday will see Twyford’s first junior triathlon take place, where u10s, u13s, and u16s, will swim, cycle and run their way through a course in the village.

Visit www.twyfest.co.uk for more.


BURNHAM: The 25th Burnham Donkey Derby will take place at Burnham Park in Windsor Lane this weekend.

An afternoon of donkey races, children’s games, dance displays, football matches and funfair rides will all be on offer at the popular family event held on Saturday..

The donkey races will run from 1pm to 4.45pm.

MAIDENHEAD: A former royal employee will give a talk to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday.

Deborah Bean, who spent 40 years working for the monarch responding to personal correspondence, will talk about her experiences at a special tea party St Mary’s Church Hall, in St Mary’s Close, Maidenhead.

The event, which will also include an organ recital, starts at 3pm on Saturday. Tickets £2.50; free for children.

Call 01628 638866 to find out more.

MAIDENHEAD: A leading musician and educator will be at Dawkes Music Shop on Saturday to talk about the language of music.

Paul Harris will be at the shop in Reform Road from 2-4pm and the session will provide an insight into how aural, sight-reading and the theory of music can be relevant and fun.

Visit www.dawkes.co.uk to find out more information and book.


SONNING: Straw men are set to line the streets of the village in the 8th biennial Scarecrow Trail on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday.

Taking place over two days, scarecrows dressed with themes such as Frozen, Batman, and Fireman Sam will be put up by residents across the area.

The trail will open from 11am to 4.30pm each day.

Adult tickets cost £5 each but supervised children go free.

Call Barbara Carr on 0118 9345886 for more details.


MAIDENHEAD: Riverside Children Centre is set to open its new play area on Bank Holiday Monday.

The newly refurbished zone, in West Dean, will hold a community day from 11am to 2pm.

Children under five will get involved in competitions, craft activities, and eating healthy snacks.

The Riverside Children Centre Community Users group has also taken part in a knitted tree project, which is set to be unveiled on the day.

MAIDENHEAD: An open day is taking place at Maidenhead Fire Station on Bank Holiday Monday.

The Bridge Road base will host the event from 11am-4pm and visitors will have the chance to check out some of the engines used by the crews based at the station, while the Berkshire Lowland Search and Rescue and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution will also have stalls.

Crew manager Martin Simmonds said: “The point of the day is about getting our fire station to be more community based. That’s why we’ve invited local charities to come and at the same time people get to come along and see how the fire station is run.”

WATER OAKLEY: An American-themed fundraising event will be held at Phoenix Gym on Monday to raise money for a new home for the club.

The family fun day Route 66 will feature an American diner, a flea market, classic cars, bikes and a record fair.

Richard Butler, founder and director of coaching at Phoenix, said: “We have got a superb band, the R’n’Beatles, performing in ‘The Cavern Club’ with a group of our squad gymnasts performing a routine. We have an ice cream parlour, a milkshake bar and an all-American diner. It should be a really fun day for everyone and we hope to raise lots towards our new club building.”

The event will run from 2-6pm at the gym in Water Oakley, which has been given planning permission to build a new facility in Fifield.

Admission is £6 for adults and £3 for children. See www.phoenixgym.co.uk for more information.

WOOBURN GREEN: Sheep racing is set to return as part of a programme of half-term fun at Odds Farm Park.

The family attraction, off Wooburn Common Road, in Wooburn Green, is set to host a range of activities – the highlight being the chance to see the woolly jumpers dash around a specially built track full of hurdles.

Shearing demonstrations will also take place every day from Monday until Thursday, June 30.

Visitors will also have the chance to feed and pet the animals and enjoy the farm’s indoor playbarn.

Visit www.oddsfarm.co.uk to find out more.

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