What's on: 12 things to do this weekend (September 29-October 2)

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.

Staff reporter

What's on: 12 things to do this weekend  (September 29-October 2)


ASCOT: Ascot Racecourse is celebrating the opening day of the autumn racing season by hosting the Ascot Beer Festival.

Punters will be able to get stuck into a jam-packed card of races and sip on an array of more than 280 real ales and ciders.

The festival kicks off today (Friday) and will carry on tomorrow alongside the running of the UK’s joint most valuable seven-furlong handicap, the Totescoop6 Challenge Cup.

Visit https://www.ascot.co.uk/horse-races-and-events/autumn-racing-weekend/friday for details.


DEDWORTH: A film night at All Saints Church is open to all tonight (Friday).

Films will start at 7.30pm at the church in Dedworth Road.

Call Reverend Louise Brown on 01753 864591 for more details.


MAIDENHEAD: Support the teams taking part in a walking football tournament today (Friday) at SportsAble in Braywick Road.

The day is fundraising for Macmillan Cancer Support, with cakes and refreshments available for spectators.

There will also be the chance to try out new age bowls, get a free blood pressure check and try your luck at the tombola.

Some of the teams taking part include Maidenhead Walking Football, Wycombe Wanderers, Bracknell Town Walking Football and Wiltshire Ramblers.

The tournament is from 11am to 3pm.


MAIDENHEAD: Parents and carers of children on the autistic spectrum are invited to a craft activity session today (Friday).

Stand Out for Autism has arranged a morning of crafts and refreshments at the Craft Coop in the Nicholsons Centre from 10.30am.

Places are £5 and include materials to make a photo frame, and refreshments.

Email standoutforautism@outlook.com to reserve a place.


SLOUGH: More than 600 job vacancies will be showcased at a careers fair at The Curve in Wellington Street today (Friday).

The fair, running from noon to 4pm, will feature representatives from Windsor hotel Beaumont Estate, the Moon and Spoon pub, Metro Bank, Heathrow Academy, Get Active Sports and more.



MAIDENHEAD: An apple fair will be held at the community orchard on North Town Moor on Saturday afternoon.

The annual fair will celebrate apples, the environment and the community.

There will be arts and crafts, a treasure hunt, an apple quiz, face painting and the chance to make apple juice from pressing apples.

The fair will be take place at the community orchard from noon-4pm.

Entry is free.


SUNNINGDALE: Sunningdale Scouts are holding a jumble sale at Scout HQ, Sandy Lane, tomorrow (Saturday).

Doors open at 2pm.

Goods for sale can be left at the HQ on the day 10am-12pm.


WINDSOR: Celebrated author Dame Jacqueline Wilson will be giving a sneak preview about her upcoming book during an appearance at the Windsor Fringe Festival.

The 70-year-old, whose most famous works include her Tracy Beaker series, is appearing at The Windsor Boys’ School, in Maidenhead Road.

She plans to talk about her much-loved characters and discussing her latest work, Clover Moon.

The talk starts at 3.30pm tomorrow (Saturday) and tickets cost £10.

Visit tickets.windsor.gov.uk/Sales/Events/Windsor-Fringe



COOKHAM: Animal lovers are encourages to bring their furry friends to church next month.

A pet service at Holy Trinity Church will take place on Sunday.

The service encourages people to bring along their cats, dogs, gerbils and guinea pigs to church.

The service will begin with a gathering in the paddock, before moving into the church for some pet friendly hymns, a reading and a blessing for every pet.

It starts at 3.30pm.


MAIDENHEAD: Shoppers were encouraged to connect with the town’s roots by the Rotary Club of Maidenhead as it promoted the Boundary Walk on Saturday.

The 13-mile walk, which an estimated 600 walkers will follow on Sunday, is based on a medieval practice called Beating the Bounds, in which parishes used to mark their boundaries.

Walkers will follow a route from Boulters Lock car park in Lower Cookham Road, through to Bray, Cox Green, Maidenhead Thicket and Pinkneys Green, returning to the start.

Prime Minister Theresa May usually does the walk but will be unable to this year due to the Conservative Party Conference.

The Rotary club had a stand in the Nicholsons Centre to promote the event.

Walk organiser Jim Howles said: “It’s all about tradition.

“I’ve been a Rotarian for less than 12 months but I can see how much it means to the Rotary and the community.”

Rotarian Ron Walker, 80, said: “I’m passionate about it, I really am. It’s one of the biggest events in Maidenhead.”

Visit www.boundarywalk.org.uk for details.


MARLOW: A homecoming celebration for returning Olympic and Paralympic athletes is due to be held in Marlow.

Past and present champions, including rowers Katherine Grainger and Naomi Riches, and hockey player Alex Danson are to be at Higginson Park on Sunday.

The group, which will also include Amber Hill, who made the semi-finals of the skeet shooting but just missed out on a medal, will be at the venue from 2pm for photos and autographs, before a formal reception at 3pm.

Visit www.wycombe.gov.uk to find out more.


WINDSOR: Windsor Festival will close on Sunday at 5pm with a military tribute to the Queen at Holy Trinity Garrison Church in Claremont Road.

See details at www.windsorfestival.com

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