What's on: 18 things to do this weekend (December 9-11)

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.

What's on: 18 things to do this weekend (December 9-11)


ASCOT: An evening of live music will be on offer at a fundraiser supporting a charity that cares for seriously ill children.

The Rose and Crown, in Woodside Road, is hosting the event tonight (Friday).

It starts at 8pm. Tickets cost £12 each and include a hot supper and live music.

Money raised will go towards supporting Sebastian’s Action Trust.

Email annie@sebastiansactiontrust.org for details.

MAIDENHEAD: A charity Christmas carol concert will be held at St Peter’s Church today (Friday).

The annual concert, run by the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society, will feature the Cox Green Brass Band, White Waltham School and Noteworthy.

The concert, which is free to attend, will begin at 7pm and there will be a collection.

Contact 01628 501547 or email fundraising@nras.org.uk for more details.

MAIDENHEAD: The High Voltage Singers will be stepping into Christmas with a concert at St Mark’s Methodist Church today (Friday).

The event will last approximately 75 minutes and entry is £5 on the door.

The concert will begin at 7.30pm at the church in Allenby Road.

MAIDENHEAD: This year’s Christmas Tree Festival at St Luke’s Church is set to be the biggest yet.

The event, which runs from today (Friday) until Sunday, is the sixth to be held at the church in Norfolk Road.

This time there will be in excess of 50 trees, which are sponsored and decorated by businesses, voluntary groups and families.

Visitors to the festival can vote for their favourite tree by putting money in a pot, and all donations will be given to charities chosen by the sponsors.

There is also a memory tree which visitors to the festival can decorate with tags bearing the names of loved ones who will be missed at Christmas time.

Stalls will sell gifts and cards and there will be a raffle and refreshments.

Background music will be provided by the church choir and young musicians.

Today (Friday) more than 400 schoolchildren will visit the church to choose their favourite trees, and there will be a free Christmas concert at 1pm featuring a jazz trio playing festive tunes, with lunches available to buy from noon.

Entry to the festival is free and it is open to the public from 10am-7pm tomorrow, from 10am-7pm on Saturday and from noon-6pm on Sunday, when it will close with a simple service in the middle of the trees.

OLD WINDSOR: Tickets are now on sale for the Riverside Players’ panto Pinocchio.

The fun-packed family pantomime will take place at the Old Windsor Memorial Hall in Straight Road today (Friday) and tomorrow.

Book online at www.riversideplayers.com/boxoffice.shtml or call the box office on 07717 671765.

WINDSOR: The town’s annual Carols on the Hill event is taking place today (Friday).

Carollers will be gathering by the Queen Victoria statue, in Castle Hill, as they sing festive tunes and give readings telling the Christmas story.

A collection is being held to raise money for Thames Hospice and the Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service.

The event is free to attend and starts at 6pm.

It is organised by Churches Together and the Band of the Household Cavalry will be playing.


HURST: The Village Society will put on its dinner dance on Saturday.

It will take place in the Village Hall in School Road, Hurst, from 7.30pm, and will include a band, disco and a bar.

Visit www.hvs.org.uk for more.

MAIDENHEAD: Ever wanted to challenge family, friends or colleagues to race reindeer?

Not actual reindeers of course, but members of the Rotary Club of Maidenhead Bridge will once again be trotting out toy ones to raise money for the charity Hearing Dogs for the Deaf, which train and provide assistance dogs to the deaf and hard of hearing.

Races involve winding the reindeer and their sleighs towards you and across the finish line.

It costs £1 per go to take part, with a prize for the race winner.

The event takes place on Saturday, December 10 between 10am and 4pm in the Nicholsons Centre, near Clarks.

There will be an actual reindeer on the High Street on the day, helping spread the fun and festive cheer.

MAIDENHEAD: The High Street will come alive with hundreds of mythical creature inspired lanterns on Saturday.

More than 1,200 are expected to take part in the annual lantern parade, run by Norden Farm Centre for the Arts’.

The evening will also feature entertainment from The Bollywood Brass Band Beatroots Samba Band and Reading’s Community drumming group.

Norden Farm will be working with award-winning community arts charity Same Sky, which has helped create the last five parades.

The family event is free, and the live music starts at 4.30pm before the parade departs from outside Maidenhead Town Hall at 5pm.

Each year, Norden Farm raises more than £15,000 to be able to produce the parade, which is supported by the Spoore, Merry and Rixman Foundation, The Prince Philip Trust Fund, The Louis Baylis (Maidenhead Advertiser) Charitable Trust, RBWM Kidwells Park Trust and The Shanly Foundation.

MARLOW: A popular swing band will celebrate three decades of making music at a special concert.

The BBO Big Band will mark the milestone year with a 30th Anniversary Christmas Concert  at All Saints Church, in Marlow High Street, on Saturday.

Since being started in 1986 the group has collected more than £350,000 for charities and other good causes from the proceeds from its events.

Visit www.bbobigband.co.uk to find out more.

WATER OAKLEY: Young gymnasts will be showing off their skills at the Christmas showcase this weekend.

Youngsters from Phoenix Gym in Water Oakley will perform a festive show, raising cash for the gym.

The club is making plans for a new building in Fifield after planning permission was granted in March.

More than 100 children will take part in the show, which runs at 6pm on Saturday and twice on Sunday at 10pm and 6pm.

WINDSOR: Learn about what Christmas trees used to look like 100 years ago during a talk in Windsor.

Christmas ornaments collector Margarita Vul is hosting the event tomorrow (Saturday) at 33 Temple Road.

It costs £20 to attend and guests will be able to take an ornament home with them.

Places must be pre-booked.

Email margarita.vul@gmail. com for details.

WINDSOR: Magical storytelling and arts and crafts will be on offer during a Christmas extravaganza at the Windsor and Royal Borough Museum.

The event is running at the museum in Windsor Guildhall from 11am to 3.30pm tomorrow (Saturday).

Entry is free. Call 01628 686686 for details.

WOOBURN GREEN: Youngsters can enjoy breakfast with Santa at a special charity event.

St Paul’s Church Hall, in Town Lane, Wooburn Green, on Saturday, will host the event and the £7.50 fee will also include a gift and an ‘elfie selfie’.

Money raised will be split between the church and the Walk Centre, which helps families in the Nakuru slum area, in Kenya.

Parents can get their own meal for £3.50. Email sophieawinkler@googlemail.com for more.

WOODLANDS PARK: A winter wonderland will be created at Phipps Close Recreation Area on Saturday afternoon.

There will be festive refreshments, facepainting, stalls and community games including nativity hoola, a selfie booth and Christmas dinner knockdown.

The free event has been organised by Woodlands Comm-munity Events, a collaboration of Housing Solutions and residents, Woodlands Park Methodist Church and White Waltham Church.

The event will run from 2.30-4pm.


ASCOT: An open air Christmas celebration is being hosted by All Souls Church in South Ascot on Sunday.

Carols on the Green is taking place on The Green at the corner of Brockenhurst Road and Oliver Road.

Carollers should arrive for a 4.30pm start.

Mulled wine and mince pies will also be served.

BRAY: A community carol concert will take place on Sunday at 3pm.

The annual concert, will feature much-loved Christmas songs, the choir and friends from St Michael’s Church community.

Admission is free and there will be tea and coffee served in St Michael’s hall afterwards.

The concert will take place in the church in Bray High Street.

Visit www.braystmichael.co.uk for more events.

CLEWER: A craft market is taking place at the Clewer Youth and Community Centre on Sunday.

It runs from noon to 4pm and will feature a range of stalls as well as a bouncy castle and raffle.

Entry is free and parking is available.

All proceeds will be going towards the Whizz Kidz charity which provides disabled children with wheelchairs and other mobility equipment.

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