Guide dogs demo added to Maidenhead Festival bill

Staff reporter

Maidenhead Festival

As well as a packed programme of music on the main stage, this year’s Maidenhead Festival in Kidwells Park offers a host of other attractions.

Taking place on Saturday, July 23 and Sunday, July 24, the circus-themed festival will be packed with activities, stalls and sideshows along with the return of an artificial beach and a funfair.

New this year will be a demonstration by the charity Guide Dogs, showing how these life-changing dogs are trained to help people suffering from sight loss live independent lives.

The Guide Dogs’ sensory tunnel will also be at the event so visitors can experience a little of how it feels to be blind or partially sighted.

East Berks group organiser Ron Field said: “We hope being at Maidenhead Festival will raise awareness of the effects of sight loss and the life changing work the charity Guide Dogs does.”

In addition, Get Active Sports will be bringing their Laser Tag game to the festival. It sees players wearing sensors and equipped with guns firing infrared beams shooting it out in a battlefield of camouflage nets and inflatable blockades.

Festival stalwarts Rotary in Maidenhead – representing the town’s three clubs – will be joining in the fun, this year with a bowling game perfect for players of all ages.

As ever there will be a great selection of food available, with a mixture of sweet and savoury options and a variety of flavours from around the world on offer. Among them will be Signature Curry, a regular at Maidenhead’s Eat On The High Street events. With their colourful Goan curries influenced by the country’s Portuguese history, they promise an exquisite treat for the tastebuds. We’ll be looking at more mouth-watering offerings as the festival countdown continues.

As usual the Saturday night of the festival will see a headline concert followed by a spectacular fireworks display provided by festival favourites Shellscape.

The White Waltham-based firm has wowed festival crowds for the past several years with their breathtaking displays.

On the bill for the Saturday concert will be top Dolly Parton and Jersey Boys tribute acts plus a turn by Maidenhead’s best-loved celebrity and Windsor panto star Kevin Cruise.

Admission to the festival, the musical entertainment and fireworks are free.

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