What's on: 13 things to do this weekend (August 5-7)

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: 13 things to do this weekend (August 5-7)


ASCOT: Head down to Victory Fields off London Road for the annual Fun in the Sun today (Friday).

There will be team games, inflatables and arts and crafts for children aged eight to 16.

It will be open from 11am-3pm.

BURNHAM: A free family fun day with a range of sports, arts and crafts for children is being held today (Friday) in Burnham Park, Windsor Lane.

The event, running from 12pm to 3pm will include dodgeball, football, parachute games and arts and crafts stands.

The event is organised by Burnham Health Promotion Trust and students of the National Citizen Service.

DEDWORTH: Enjoy a film at All Saints Church in Dedworth Road tonight (Friday).

Starting at 7.30pm, the church’s Friday night film nights are open to all.

Refreshments will be served in the interval.

SLOUGH: Two performances of Roald Dahl’s humorous but gruesome tale The Twits are being staged at libraries in Slough today (Friday).

The tale of a vile and spiteful couple who play various tricks on each other will be performed at Slough Library at 11am then at Cippenham Library at 2.30pm. Tickets: £5 adult, £3 child and under-threes free. The show is suitable for all the family.

Visit slough.gov.uk/libraries for more information.

SLOUGH: A special vintage trip to the Thames Valley and Great Western Omnibus Trust in Fifield departs this evening (Friday).

The visit, which has been organised by the Slough and Windsor Railway Society, includes a tour of the vehicle collections, refreshments and a short presentation about Great Western Railway Road Motors and the restoration of the GWR Guy bus.

The bus departs Slough Railway Station at 7.30pm and is due to return at 10pm.

There is a suggested minimum donation of £10 to the trust.

WARGRAVE: Boats and swimming races will once again take place on the Thames as the Wargrave and Shiplake Regatta returns.

Entries to compete in the various events are now closed, but spectators are welcome on both the Wargrave and Shiplake banks of the river.

It will take place from 9am on both Friday and Saturday.


FIFIELD: Raffles, barbecues, steam train rides and a beer tent are all things families can expect at this year’s Fifield Fun Day.

The event, which began in 2003, is a highlight for the village every year, and this year organisers hope that thousands will be raised for charity.

Taplow Traffic Charity Trust and Hearing Dogs for Deaf People are charities which will benefit from the event this year.

But the event almost got cancelled after organisers struggled to find volunteers.

Other entertainment will include Punch and Judy, a magician and the traditional stalls.

The gates open at 1.30pm and the dog show will begin at 1.45pm.

Email Louise.challis@btinternet.com if you are interested in running a stall on the day.

TAPLOW: Join the Thames Valley Adventure Playground for its annual summer fun day this Saturday. 

There will be a chance for integrated play across all the playground equipment, as well as a bouncy castle, face painting and a performance by Burnham-based Pop Goes the Choir.

The fun runs from 11am to 3pm. There will also be a barbecue and a raffle.

All proceeds from the day go towards running costs of the Bath Road facility.

TAPLOW: Nearly 200 crews from around the country will be competing in Maidenhead Rowing Club's annual regatta on Saturday.

They will be racing along the 500m stretch of the river Thames from Bray to the steps just below the famous Brunel Sounding Arch railway bridge. There will also be exciting sprint races over just 250m in the middle of the day.

During the day there will be more than 130 races from 9am to 5pm.

Entrance to the regatta enclosure which is located just beyond the arch, on the Taplow side of the river, is free.

A barbecue, home made cakes and a bar will be available.

Families are welcome.

All visitors are welcome throughout the day, with parking provided at Taplow Football Club, a short walk from the river.


ASCOT: Ascot Farmers' Market will be in Car Park 3 at the racecourse on Sunday.

It will run from 9.30am-1pm.

For more information, visit www.tvfm.org.uk

BRAY: Three decades of punt racing in Maidenhead will be marked when the annual Thames Punt Racing Championship regatta takes place at Bray Reach on Sunday.

The championship will start from 10.30am and conclude at around 4pm. Entry is free and there will be a bar and refreshments. Trophies will be presented at around 4pm.

IVER: On Sunday there will be an open air performance of the musical, The Wizard of Oz, at Langley Park in Billet Lane.

The event starts at 5pm and visitors are invited to bring along their own picnic and adventure down the yellow brick road.

SLOUGH: A free family fun day will be held at Slough Cricket Club, in Upton Court Road, on Sunday from noon to 6pm.

The fair will include a bouncy castle, inflatable slide, penalty shoot-out, henna tattooing, face-painting, food stands and more.

Those interested in setting up a stall can call 07411 440334.

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