What's on: 20 things to do this weekend (December 2-4)

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: 20 things to do this weekend (December 2-4)


BOURNE END:  Author, actor and BAFTA-winning journalist Ross Kemp will be helping a young competition winner switch on the Christmas lights today (Friday).

Joining the former EastEnders star will be the winner of Bourne End’s Christmas Lights Competition, 10-year-old Maisie Paice from St Paul’s School in Stratford Drive.

Her design of a gingerbread man will be made into a Christmas light for the parade, and will be unveiled on the night.

There will be a variety of stalls selling gifts and running games hosted by local organisations and community groups.

Many shops will be staying open late, with some offering seasonal drinks and snacks.

Everyone is invited to join Ross Kemp and Maisie on the night on Wakeman Road and The Parade, from 5pm.

BRAY: A Christmas market will be open from today at The Crown in Bray High Street.

There will be festive food, craft stalls and children's stories by Bray-based business, Once Upon A Bus. There will also be entertainment from The Bubble Man and face painting.

Stalls will include cakes, jewellery, candles, fashion and paintings.

The Christmas market will be open from 6-9pm Friday, 11am-9pm on Saturday and 11am-6pm on Sunday.

Entrance is free.

MAIDENHEAD: A variety of surprises is planned for this year’s Maidenhead Living Advent Calendar, which kicked off in the town centre yesterday (Thursday).

Each performance until December 23 will start at 5pm at a different venue in the town, with the Christmas Eve finale beginning at 3pm.

They will last approximately 15 minutes and could be anything from carol singing to a reading, an excerpt from a show, or even a workshop.

This weekend’s performances will take place at the following locations.

Friday  – The Green Parrot Casual Dining, Queen Street

Saturday  – Magnet Leisure Centre, Holmanleaze

Sunday  – Two for Joy, Queen Street

SLOUGH: A series of lantern- making sessions have been held in the run-up to an arts festival being held in the town today (Friday) and tomorrow.

Spark Festival, organised by Slough-based social enterprise Creative Junction, has a space theme and is inspired by 18th century astronomer William Herschel, who lived and worked for much of his life in the town.

Over the two days, there will be an art exhibition in The Curve, musical performances in Slough libraries and street performances.

At 4.30pm tomorrow (Saturday), a colourful street parade will set out from the Plaza, The Curve, heading for the High Street.

The festival will finish at 5.30pm with a finale in the Town Square.

For the past few weeks Creative Junction has held lantern-making sessions in the Queensmere Observatory Shopping Centre and The Curve, which were attended by hundreds of people.

For a Spark Festival full programme, visit www.creativejunction.org.uk

TWYFORD: The Living Advent Calendar kicked off yesterday with the start of the Christmas Tree Festival, where more than 60 trees decorated by people and companies will display their decorations.

The festival, at St Mary's Church in Station Road, will be open from 10am-9pm today, between 10am-5pm on Saturday,  and 10.30am-4.30pm on Sunday, when a musical finale will take place.


BRAY: An advent market and coffee morning will take place in St Michael’s Hall on Saturday.

The market will give visitors the chance to Christmas shop and there will be cakes, gifts, flowers, plants, candles and a raffle.

The market will take place from 10 until noon and admission costs £1 and includes coffee.

Donations can be dropped off at the hall tomorrow between 2.30-4pm and organisers have asked people not to include books. Profits from the sale will go towards the church.

Visit www.braystmichael.co.uk

BURNHAM: Santa will be making an appearance at St Peter’s CE Primary School’s annual Christmas fair on Saturday.

The fun day, which will run from 10.30am to 1.30pm at the Minniecroft Road school, will feature Christmas gift stalls, a Santa’s grotto and face painting.

Fairgoers can play games including lucky dip, spin the wheel, bottle tombola and tuck into a variety of food including bacon butties and homemade cakes.

Raffle prizes include an iPad, a Christmas hamper, and an Odds Farm family ticket.

Entry is 50p per adult and free for children.

BURNHAM & STOKE POGES: Santa, his elves and helpers from the Burnham Lions will spread festive cheer in Burnham and Stoke Poges over the next few weekends.

The Burnham Lions will collect money from door-to-door, joined by Santa, whose sleigh will fill the streets with Christmas music.

The crew’s first journey will start  out tomorrow, (Saturday) from Chiltern Road, Burn-ham, at 4pm until 6pm.

On Sunday, the gang will parade through Burnham again at the same time, starting from Chiltern Road.

And on Sunday, December 11 the Christmas helpers will travel around Stoke Poges, starting from Vine Road at the same time.

Proceeds will go towards the Burnham Lions’ general fund, which is used to support a variety of local causes.

COOKHAM: Audience members can enjoy a presentation on how the fire service affected the village at the John Lewis Heritage Centre in Odney Lane on Saturday.

The talk, the History of the Fire Brigade and How it Developed Cookham will take place from 4.30pm.

Proceeds go to the Holy Trinity Restoration Fund and Friendship works mentoring.

Call 01628 536113 for tickets.

DATCHET: A Christmas fair taking place tomorrow (Saturday) will raise money for social activities for elderly people in the village. The 3M Residents’ Association is holding the fair at Moores Court, in New Road, from 11am-3pm.

The residents' association organises social activities for those living in sheltered and supported housing.

Among the attractions will be stalls selling homemade cakes, a raffle, bottle and chocolate tombolas.

DATCHET: Have tea with Father Christmas to celebrate the start of Advent.

A Christmas celebration will run from the afternoon well into the evening in Datchet tomorrow (Saturday).

It kicks off with the St Nicholas Fayre at St Mary’s Church at 2.30pm followed by tea with Father Christmas from 4.30pm.

An advent carol service and procession from the church will lead to the Christmas Party on the Green from 6 to 9.30pm.

STUBBINGS: Santa will be swapping his sleigh for a helicopter on Saturday.

Weather permitting, Father Christmas will arrive by helicopter at Stubbings Nursery, in Henley Road, at 11am.

Children will be able to tell him their last-minute Christmas wishes, and also to meet a reindeer.

The Maidenhead Concert Band will be playing carol music and parents will also be able to buy glasses of mulled wine as they browse the stocks of Christmas trees, decorations and lights.

Visit www.stubbingsnursery.co.uk for more information.

SUNNINGHILL: A special screening of Elf is being shown at Cordes Hall cinema tomorrow (Saturday).

The film starts at 2pm and tickets can either be bought on the door or in advance from Inspirations in Sunninghill High Street.

Tickets cost £5 for adults or £3 for children.

In the evening the cinema will be screening the 25th anniversary performance of Miss Saigon. Tickets for the event cost £20 and must be bought in advance. Thai food is included.

Food will be served at 7pm with the film starting 45 minutes later. Visit www.villagehallcinemas.co.uk/cordes-hall-cinema for details.

WINDSOR: Father Christmas will be accompanied by real reindeer as he parades through the town centre on a sleigh tomorrow (Saturday).

The parade leaves from Windsor Castle’s Advance Gate at 2pm.

It will go through St Albans Street, Park Street, High Street, Peascod Street and finish at King Edward Court behind the rear entrance of Daniels Store.

WINDSOR: The last Windsor Farmers’ Market before Christmas is taking place on Saturday.

Shoppers can hunt for festive treats at the market in St Leonards Road from 9am to 1pm.

Heathrow Owl Rescue will also be giving the public the chance to hold a selection of owls at the eve.


ASCOT: TV presenter George McGavin has been lined up to give a talk titled ‘Bugs in the system’ at the next meeting of the Wildlife in Ascot group.

McGavin, who was co-presenter of the BBC series Expedition, will be speaking at Silwood Park on Sunday.

The event starts at 4pm and is taking place in the upstairs room of Building 6.

COOKHAM: Festive cheer will be enjoyed by villagers on Sunday at the Cookham Street Fayre.

Taking place between 12-4pm in the High Street, seasonal treats, a visit from Santa, who traditionally opens the fayre, Christmas stalls and food markets will be complemented by an offering of mulled wine.

Alongside the prime opportunity to get in some Christmas shopping there will be live entertainment.

COOKHAM: Children of primary school ages can enjoy a Christmas Workshop on Sunday.

It will take place at the Holy Trinity Church Parish Centre in Church Gate from 2-4pm.

Call 01628 628829 for more.

MARLOW: The Rotary Club of Marlow’s annual Santa Fun Run will set off from Higginson Park at 9.30am.

About 2,500 runners will be dressed as Father Christmas for the event.

SUNNINGHILL: A carol concert is being held at St Michael and All Angels Church on Sunday.

Tickets for the event cost £10 for adults and £5 for children over five and can be bought from Treacle Cafe in Sunninghill High Street. Concert starts at 5pm.

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