What's on: 11 things to do this weekend (August 12-14)

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 weekend (August 12-14)


ASCOT: Wildlife in Ascot will carry out a small mammal survey today (Friday) and tomorrow.

Pat Morris will guide the group to survey along the green corridor in a habitat more suitable for small mammals near St George's Lane.

Volunteers will put traps out this evening and collect and record numbers tomorrow morning.

The group will meet at the Victory Field car park, email ascot.wildlife@gmail.com for information on timings.

ETON: Buzz like a bee for a special mini-beast storytime at Eton Library today (Friday).

Children will have a chance to create their own bug badge to take home and it costs £1 per child.

The session will run at the library in the High Street from 2.30pm-3.30pm.

For more information contact the Library on 01753 860506 or email eton.library@rbwm.gov.uk

SLOUGH: The Slough and Windsor Railway Society's annual barbecue is taking place today (Friday).

A chance to munch on a burger in the sunshine, chat to fellow enthusiasts, and watch the trains go by.

This year it is the last Friday of the Didcot to Oxford and Banbury blockades which hopefully means visitors will see an increase in train activity.

Tickets cost £5 for members and £6 for non-members.


ASCOT: Thrillseekers can marvel at the world’s top pilots during the Red Bull Air Race World Championships this weekend.

Ascot Racecourse will once again be hosting the event which has been billed as the ‘ultimate motorsport series in the sky’.

Organisers launched the exhilarating race 11 years ago with the aim of creating the most advanced challenge the world has seen.

Pilots will be tasked with manoeuvring their planes through a low-aerial track made up of 25 metre tall air-filled pylons.

The unique inflatable pylons, which form the air gates, were first developed in 2002.

They can be repaired and rebuilt in a matter of minutes if a plane crashes into them.

The two-day event starts tomorrow (Saturday) and will feature 24 high-speed races and a wide array of pilots looking to secure the Challenger’s Cup.

The series has already seen pilots compete in cities including Abu Dhabi and Budapest.

Go to www.ascot.co.uk/horse-races-and-events/red-bull-air-race for tickets and details.

DEDWORTH: Following months of preparations, an exhibition celebrating the life of the late footballer Peter Osgood will be opened tomorrow (Saturday).

The Chelsea, Southampton and England player was born in Kentons Lane, Dedworth, in February 1947 and died in 2006 aged 59 from a heart attack.

Osgood: King of Stamford Bridge will be launched at noon at the library in Smith’s Lane and will run until December.

It has been organised by Cllr Ed Wilson (Con, Clewer South) and Daniel Howick from the Royal Borough Museum.

The pair called on members of the community and fans of the striker to provide photographs and memories of the famous footballer.

MAIDENHEAD: A superhero-themed family fun day is to be held in aid of a family support organisation.

The event, at Larchfield Community Centre, in Desborough Park, on Saturday will raise funds for Re:charge R&R.

The day, which will run from 11.30am to 2.30pm, has been organised by volunteering charity the Challenge and will feature activities such as ‘guess the name of the teddy’, colouring and dressing up competitions.

SLOUGH: The gates of Cherry Orchard Allotment will be opened to the public tomorrow (Saturday).

As part of National Allotment Week, the site in Stoke Road will be open to the public from noon to 4pm.

The hope is that newcomers will be encouraged to apply for the many vacant plots and grow their own produce.

Thames Valley Police is also due to attend and give out advice on securing property and tool- marking.

The allotment’s trading hut will also be open.

WINDSOR: The Windsor and Slough Chrysanthemum, Fuchsia and Pelargonium Society will hold its main fuchsia show tomorrow (Saturday).

It is open to the public at Gardeners Hall from 2pm, with prizes presented at 4pm.


ASCOT: All Souls Church in South Ascot will hold its seventh annual summer party on Sunday.

It will run from 12-3pm following a church service at 11am.

There will be live music, a free barbecue, bouncy castle and face painting. To enter a bake off just bring along your cake on the day.

BURNHAM BEECHES: The Burnham Beeches half marathon returns for its 35th year on Sunday.

Hosted by the Burnham Joggers, this year the event will also include a 10k distance which has broadened the appeal of the event.

The race starts and finishes at Caldicott School in Farnham Common and will see runners tackle two legs of an undulating course through Burnham Beeches.

This year’s race has a ‘Natural Runner’ theme, created by clothing designer Paul Fallon, a keen member of Burnham Joggers.

Every finisher will be presented with a medal and Burnham Jogger members will wear yellow race-maker shirts to marshal the course.

Road closures will be in place around the course from approximately 9am until 12.30pm. Burnham Joggers welcomes runners of all ages and abilities – they meet each Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7pm at the Burnham Cricket club.

Anyone interested in joining is invited to come to one of their running evenings.

COOKHAM: Enjoy a summer’s evening of live music in aid of the Fight for George campaign.

The Kings Arms in High Street is hosting a fair on August 14 that will also have a barbecue. Tickets are £10 and are available from the bar.

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