11:37AM, Thursday 21 July 2016
The wait is almost over. Maidenhead festival, the biggest free event in the town’s calendar, takes place this weekend.
Months of planning by a small group of volunteers will result in Kidwells Park, next to the town centre, playing host to two days packed with music, entertainment and circus-themed family fun.
A full free programme of music – details of which are in the festival pull-out in the centre of this week's Maidenhead Advertiser – will see acts on the main stage and acoustic performers in a circus tent.
Each day will culminate in performances by headline acts. Saturday’s evening concert will feature Maidenhead’s very own Kevin Cruise followed by Dolly Parton, and Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons tribute acts. The show will close with the traditional festival Saturday night fireworks display.
Sunday’s headline acts will be British power pop band The Echo followed by top Spice Girls tribute act Spice Up Your Life.
But there’s far more to the festival than music.
Other attractions include a funfair, more than 50 stalls and sideshows and a host of activities such as laser tag and pop-up mini golf, an inflatable fun zone and library story tent.
A Baby Big Top will host both circus shows and workshops, while other circus-themed creative workshops will be held in the Nicholsons Centre on Saturday.
The ever-popular festival beach makes a welcome return and a wide range of street food stalls will keep festival-goers fuelled for all the fun with flavours from around the globe.
And don’t forget to drop in at the Advertiser stand to get a free balloon and learn more about the work of our Louis Baylis Charitable Trust – one of the festival sponsors.
Creative youngsters will be able to enter a drawing competition on the day at the festival control stand – paper and colouring pens will be provided and other competitions will also run throughout the weekend.
Festival chairman Lisa Hunter said: “Months of planning and preparation will come to fruition on Saturday and Sunday.
“The festival is organised by the community for the community.
“It’s free to get in – so you don’t need a ticket – and all of the music and much of the entertainment is also free, so its a great event for families and a super weekend for Maidenhead.
“Come on down to Kidwells Park this weekend and have an amazing time!”
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