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CHIME Maidenhead

Family Information and Leisure Guide 2017-2019


CHIME - ChildHood In Maidenhead Explored

A Family Information and Leisure Guide 2017-2019

CHIME has developed into the most comprehensive guide for children and their carers in the Maidenhead area. The publication of this, our 15th edition of the Maidenhead CHIME booklet, would not have been achieved without our advertisers, our financial supporters, our volunteer illustrators, researchers and proof readers and those who have supported our own fund raising events. Our thanks go to you all and also to those who have helped with the distribution of CHIME Please note that any information contained in this booklet does not constitute an endorsement of any organisation by the Children’s Maidenhead Association. Whilst every care is taken preparing this CHIME booklet, the Children’s Maidenhead Association cannot be held responsible for the claims of the advertisers, nor for the accuracy of the contents, nor any consequence of any written content or illustrations CHIME Family Information and Leisure Guides and CHIME seasonal information leaflets are available free of charge from The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Resident Service Hub, Community and Leisure Centres, Libraries and other places used by children and their carers Our grateful thanks go to the following organisations: Grant supported by The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Grant supported by The Lions Club of Maidenhead Grant supported by The Shanly Foundation Special mention must be made of our volunteer researchers, proofreaders and supporters: Maureen Billano King Jane Crawford Craig Matthews Andrew Seekings Marion Bintcliffe Pat Devlin Stella Parsons Caroline Seekings Judith Cavezzale Sylvia Haunton Diana Phipps Erika Seekings Sonia Chandler Ruth Ingram Susan Preedy Tony Seekings Nicky Climpson Maggie Kearney Pam Roberts Marilyn Small We would like to make the following acknowledgements: Advertising Sales: Erika Seekings Cover and Illustrations: Linda Vipond Illustrations: George Bibby, FS Billano, Jo Hall, Eleanor Wastell and other contributors Printed by: Ltd (tel: X1 Ltd. (tel: 01753 215300 215340 or view: e-mail:www.x1ltd.uk) andy@x1.ltd.uk) Children’s Maidenhead Association – Registered Charity No. 292961


Calendar of Local Events JANUARY FEBRUARY MARCH APRIL MAY

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OCTOBER NOVEMBER DECEMBER

Swimarathon at Magnet Leisure Centre Annual Charity Pancake Race in King Street, Maidenhead Easter Egg Hunts at local venues (may be in April if Easter is later) Funfair at Town Moor, Blackamoor Lane, Maidenhead Carters Steam Fair on Pinkneys Green Duck Derby on Ray Mill Island, Maidenhead Maidenhead Rowing Club Junior Regatta Maidenhead Sailing Club Open Day May Fayre on Brill Green, Cox Green Let’s Rock the Moor! at Marsh Meadow, Cookham Royal Windsor Horse Show at Windsor Castle Art on the Street in Maidenhead Cookham Reach Sailing Club Open Day Cookham Village Fayre Henley Royal Regatta Holyport Village Fair Marlow Town Regatta and Dragon Boat Festival in Marlow Marlow Regatta at Dorney Lake, Dorney Waltham St Lawrence Parish Fete Windsor Championship Dog Show Boulter’s to Bray Swim and the Boulter’s Mile Maidenhead Festival in Kidwells Park, Maidenhead Swan Upping on the River Thames Fifield Fun Day Henley Town and Visitors Regatta Hurley Regatta Littlewick Show at Bottle Meadow, Knowl Hill Maidenhead at the Movies in Kidwells Park, Maidenhead Maidenhead Rowing Club Regatta Carters Steam Fair on The Green at Holyport Cookham Dean Village Fete Cookham Regatta Funfair at Town Moor, Blackamoor Lane, Maidenhead Henley Show Holyport Village Show at Holyport Memorial Hall, Holyport Maidenhead Town Show Maidenhead Half Marathon The Gravity Grand Prix at Cookham Dean Boundary Walk Carters Steam Fair on Holyport Green Maidenhead Zombie Walk Firework Displays at local venues Maidenhead Combined Charities Fair Switching on Christmas lights in Eton, Maidenhead, Marlow and Windsor Art on the Street in Maidenhead Boxing Day Games in Cookham Dean Christmas Fairs in Bourne End, Burnham, Cookham and Marlow Christmas Tree Festival at St Luke’s Church, Maidenhead The Carnival of the Animals Lantern Parade in Maidenhead 2


OTHER EVENTS TO WATCH OUT FOR: Ellington Morris Dancers and Taeppa's Tump North West Morris Dancers perform regularly throughout the year and have their programmes listed on their websites In addition to pantomimes there are occasional shows for children in the Desborough Suite in the Town Hall, Magnet Leisure Centre and Norden Farm Centre for the Arts in Maidenhead and Pinder Hall in Cookham. Braywick Nature Centre and Maidenhead Heritage Centre have special events and other local miscellaneous annual events include: Cookham Festival, Henley Festival, Maidenhead Drama Festival and Windsor Festival. See local press, publicity flyers or websites for details (early booking may be advisable) Santa Steamings and other events are held throughout the year at Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, Didcot Railway Centre, Mid-Hants Watercress Line, Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway and Cholsey & Wallingford Railway with full details on their websites Many other places to visit including Cliveden, Odds Farm Park and Windsor Castle have special event programmes which are publicised in leaflets from the establishments concerned and are available online. Several local organisations send e-mail newsletters and many have Facebook and Twitter with up-to-date information. CHIME issues leaflets containing information, entertainment, holiday activities and local events before each main school holiday

LOCAL RADIO STATIONS BROADCASTING LOCAL INFORMATION AND EVENTS ASIAN STAR RADIO Broadcasts on 101.6 FM, online and mobile Tel: 01753 531016 or view: www.asianstar1016.co.uk BBC RADIO BERKSHIRE Broadcasts on 95.4 FM and 104.1 FM, DAB digital radio, online and mobile Tel: 0118 946 4200 or view: www.bbc.co.uk/berkshire MARLOW FM A community radio station broadcasts on 97.5 FM and online Tel: 01628 488975 or view: www.marlowfm.co.uk

WEBSITES CONTAINING LOCAL INFORMATION, WHAT'S ON ETC Bracknell Forest Council – view: www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk Buckinghamshire County Council – view: www.buckscc.gov.uk Cookham – view: www.cookham.com Enjoy Maidenhead – view: www.enjoymaidenhead.com Families Thames Valley East – view: www.familiesonline.co.uk Henley-on-Thames – view: www.visithenley.com Maidenhead Advertiser – view: www.maidenhead-advertiser.co.uk Marlow – view: www.marlowtowncouncil.org.uk Reading Borough Council – view: www.reading.gov.uk Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead – view: www.rbwm.gov.uk Slough Borough Council – view: www.slough.gov.uk South Bucks District Council – view: www.southbucks.gov.uk South Oxfordshire District Council – view: www.southoxon.gov.uk Windsor – view: www.windsor.gov.uk Wokingham Borough Council – view: www.wokingham.gov.uk Wycombe District Council – view: www.wycombe.gov.uk 3


Let’s go out in Maidenhead, Cookham and Bourne End LOCAL INFORMATION ADVANTAGE CARD The advantage card is available from The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead (RBWM) and is free of charge to people living within the Royal Borough. It gives special rates at a range of attractions, retailers and restaurants, on council services or leisure activities including Windsor Castle (free entry with yellow advantage card), libraries, ex RBWM leisure centres & car parking Tel: 01628 796252 or view: www.rbwm.gov.uk for full listing of discounts LOCAL MAPS AND GUIDES Countryside and Public Right of Way Leaflets available for download: Braywick Park Trail Information Leaflet Braywick Park Trail Map Braywick Park Tree Trail Cookham Bridleway Circuit Cookham Easy Going Route Desborough and Ockwells Walks Holyport Health Walk Hurley Circular Routes Hurley Easy Going Route Knowl Hill Bridleway Circuit Maidenhead Boundary Walk Maidenhead Riverside Walks Maidenhead and Surroundings Walks Ockwells Park Nature Trail The Green Way, a 5-mile waterside walk from Cookham to the centre of Maidenhead and Bray The Millennium Walk, 7¾ mile footpath route Hurley Village car park to Boulter’s Lock car park Waltham St Lawrence Parish Paths and Circular Walk White Waltham Parish and Paths View: www.rbwm.gov.uk Cycle Route Leaflets available for download: Cycle Map and Guide part 1 Cycle Map and Guide part 2 Cycle Map – Jubilee River, traffic free cycling/walking route to Slough, Maidenhead and Windsor View: www.rbwm.gov.uk East Berkshire Ramblers’ Group Publishes walking guides ‘Rambling for Pleasure in East Berkshire’ and ‘Rambling for Pleasure Along the Thames’ and footpath maps Cookham and District and Hurley and District and other titles View: www.eastberksramblers.org.uk Ordnance Survey Maps Landranger map sheet 175 Reading, Windsor and surrounding area and more detailed Explorer maps are available from bookshops Thames Path A national trail along the bank of the Thames leaflet is available to download from the Internet View: www.nationaltrail.co.uk The Walks Near Maidenhead 44 circular 4-6 mile walks within 6 miles of Maidenhead. The booklet is available from bookshops 4


MAIDENHEAD OPEN SPACES AND PARKS BY THE RIVER THAMES AND THE JUBILEE RIVER BRIDGE GARDENS, junction of Bath Road and Ray Mead Road, Maidenhead, SL6 8 Colourful flowerbeds at appropriate times of the year, Ada Lewis memorial fountain and two plaques by the bridge, one giving the history of the bridge and the other a reminder of the 1947 flood GUARDS CLUB PARK AND ISLAND, Guards Club Road (access from Oldfield Road), Maidenhead, SL6 1XH. Open space and conservation area with unique views of Brunel’s Sounding Arch and Maidenhead Bridge. Thames Island, accessed by footbridge from the park, is closed December-June; however the park is open all year. Small car park RAY MILL ISLAND, Ray Mead Road, behind Boulter's Lock, Maidenhead, SL6 8PE Open 7am-dusk. On the island there are three attractive sculptures ‘Vintage Boys’, ‘The Companions’ and ‘Maiden with Swans’, a millstone in the water inlet area at the head of the stream and a little stone bridge. There are guinea pigs and exotic birds in enclosures and a superb view of Boulter’s Weir with salmon ladder at the north end of the island. There are wooden animals dotted around and a small play area for ages 3-8 years. Picnic tables, benches, cycle racks, café and toilets REITLINGER OPEN SPACE, accessed off Guards Club Road, Maidenhead, SL6 8DN An open space named after Henry Reitlinger, a collector of fine art, has views of the River Thames RIVERBANK, River Road, Taplow, SL6 0BG Brunel's famous elliptic railway bridge over the River Thames, called The Sounding Arch, provides children with an ideal place to hear echoes as well as somewhere to watch trains. The towpath gives a pleasant walk to Bray Lock RIVERSIDE GARDENS AND PLAY AREA, Ray Mead Road, Maidenhead, SL6 8NP Play area with equipment suitable for ages 3-12 years. Jenners Café open all year, toilets and crazy golf (tel: 01628 621721). Car parking fee payable THE JUBILEE RIVER The Jubilee River leaves the River Thames upstream of Boulter’s Weir and re-enters downstream of Back Potts Viaduct in Eton. It is an 11km man-made river with bird hides, reed beds & a singletrack pathway for wheelchair users, walkers & cyclists. 4 small car parks are accessible via the A4 Tel: The Environment Agency, 03708 506506 or view: www.environment-agency.gov.uk OTHER PARKS, OPEN SPACES AND PLAY AREAS ASHLEY HILL, Burchetts Green, SL6 3Q Walks through Ashley Hill Forest with some tarmac paths AYSGARTH PARK, Holyport, SL6 2H Play area suitable for ages 10 years and under BISHAM WOODS near Cookham Dean, SL6 The wild woods of ‘Wind in the Willows’ fame BOYN GROVE OPEN SPACE AND PLAY AREA (Punt Hill), Courthouse Road, Maidenhead, SL6 6JE. Large open space, picnic spot and play area suitable for ages 3-8 years. A good place for sledging with care if snow is lying on the ground. Seasonal refreshments, adjacent toilets and small car park BRAYWICK PARK AND SPORTS GROUND, Braywick Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1BN Formal parkland, signposted walking trails, Braywick Nature Centre and local nature reserve (see Places to Visit and Other Activities), refreshments (Toby Carvery), adjacent toilets and car park. Play area suitable for ages 9-14 years. SportsAble – see Activities and Clubs section. Braywick Sports Ground – see Activities and Clubs, Sports and Leisure Centres and Sports and Leisure sections Braywick Park Trail Information and Braywick Park Trail Map are available to download View: www.rbwm.gov.uk 5


CHOSELEY ROAD PLAY AREA, Knowl Hill, RG10 9YS Play area with play equipment and football pitch DEERSWOOD MEADOW accessed via footpath from Blackamoor Lane, Maidenhead, SL6 8RH and Deerswood, Maidenhead, SL6 8XF. Wildlife area and home to a large (1500+) urban toad colony View: www.rbwm.gov.uk DESBOROUGH PARK AND PLAY AREA, access from The Croft, off Fane Way, Maidenhead, SL6 4BA or Desborough Crescent, Maidenhead, SL6 4BB. 2 football pitches, pavilion and car park for users, tennis courts with fixed metal net, skate park for BMX, roller skates, boards and mini scooters, art feature ‘Flora’s Garden’ and 6 piece outdoor gym for all ages. Play area with equipment suitable for ages 3-12 years. 2 multi-games areas for 5-a-side football, basketball and cricket, seating and picnic tables and youth meeting shelter. Seasonal refreshments and car parking. Larchfield Community Centre – see Community and Youth Centres section GRENFELL PARK AND PLAY AREA, Grenfell Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1EX and pedestrian access from South Road. Decorative water fountain and 18th century ‘Finbanker’ cannon. 2 play areas with equipment suitable for ages up to 13 years. Basketball/5-a-side football/netball court in fenced hard surface area and outdoor table tennis table. Café, picnic tables and small car park HEYNES GREEN OPEN SPACE AND PLAY AREA, Heynes Green, Cox Green, SL6 3NA Play area with equipment suitable for ages 3-12 years HOLYPORT WAR MEMORIAL HALL, Moneyrow Green, Holyport, SL6 2NA Play area suitable for ages 10 years and under. All weather multi-use games area with 5-a-side football goal, netball or basketball hoop and cricket wicket suitable for all ages but primarily aimed at ages 818 years. Tennis court available to hire – see Sports and Leisure section HURLEY PLAY AREA, Shepherds Close, Hurley, SL6 5LT Play area with play equipment includes: ‘space net’, basketball/netball net, football pitch & teen shelter JUBILEE FIELD AND TENNIS COURT, The Causeway, Bray, SL6 2AD Play area suitable for ages 7 years and under. Car parking. Tennis court for hire – see Sports and Leisure section KIDWELLS PARK AND PLAY AREA, Bath Road, Maidenhead, SL6 7DX with pedestrian access from Cookham Road, St Luke’s Road and Marlow Road. An open, grassy area with flowerbeds, signposted paths and waterfall feature, World War 1 Memorial Garden and Four Marlow Road Youth and Community Centre. Play area with equipment suitable for ages 3-8 years. Five tennis/5-a-side football/netball courts (book at Magnet Leisure Centre). The Matrix skate park for skates, skateboards and BMX. Café and outside seating. Site of Maidenhead Festival and Maidenhead at the Movies LAGGAN FIELD OPEN SPACE AND PLAY AREA, Laggan Road, Maidenhead, SL6 7JY with pedestrian access from Moorside Close. A large open space, with footpath nearby leading to North Town Moor. All-weather cricket wicket and teenscene shelter. Informal grass area for cricket, football and basketball area with goals. Play area with equipment suitable for ages 3-8 years MAIDENHEAD THICKET, Henley Road, Pinkneys Green, SL6 3QE National Trust woodland with many tree-lined walks and horse rides includes Robin Hood’s Arbour; a ditched enclosure of some antiquity. Car parking is available near the two roundabouts on the A4, from where a footbridge crosses the A404 (M) MAIDENHEAD TOWN MOOR, Blackamoor Lane, Maidenhead, SL6 8RG Meadow grassland, trees and paths give a good stretch of ground to roam over. Car parking and other pedestrian access points. Kites get a good lift here and there is a chance to view the coming and going of fire engines and police cars. Site of a travelling funfair in April and September MOFFY HILL PLAY AREA, between Edinburgh Road, Maidenhead, SL6 7SL and Gloucester Road, Maidenhead SL6 7SL. Play area with equipment suitable for ages 3-12 years. Basketball hoop, football goal and picnic tables NORTH TOWN MOOR, North Town Moor, Maidenhead, SL6 7JR A large open space with signposted walks, small pond and car parking. North Maidenhead Cricket Club, Holyport Football Club and Maidenhead Sailing Club at Summerleaze Lake are nearby – see Sports and Leisure section 6


OAKEN GROVE PARK AND PLAY AREA (access from Courthouse Road, Ashcroft Road or Oaken Grove), Maidenhead, SL6 6HL. Large open space and play area with equipment suitable for ages 3-16 years. Sir Nicholas Winton Memorial Garden, multi-use games area, football pitches and sports pavilion, ground level apple shaped maze with brick footpaths, seasonal refreshments, toilets and car parking. Tennis courts and bowling green – see Sport and Leisure section OCKWELLS PARK AND PLAY AREA, Ockwells Road, Cox Green, SL6 3AA Jubilee Wood, conservation area, signposted walks and nature trail forming a local nature reserve. Play area with equipment suitable for ages 3-16 years, outdoor table tennis table, sports pavilion and pitches for baseball and softball, toilets and car park. Andrea’s Cafe – see Eating Out and Children’s Parties sections PINKNEYS GREEN, Pinkneys Drive, Maidenhead, SL6 6QD A continuation of Maidenhead Thicket covering 167 acres of National Trust land with footpaths, wild flower meadows and wooded areas. Car parking at Pinkneys Drive SPRINGFIELD PARK PLAY AREA, Springfield Park, Holyport, SL6 2YN Play area suitable for ages 7 years and under THE BRICK AND TILE WORKS, Malders Lane, Pinkneys Green, SL6 6N Owned by the National Trust, the kilns were still in use until the middle of the 20th century. The site is now a wildlife habitat with pathways. Limited parking adjacent in Malders Lane THE GULLET off Ludlow Road, Maidenhead, SL6 2RS Local nature reserve comprising a small woodland area with a wide range of trees, flowering plants and a refuge for wildlife WIDBROOK COMMON either side of the A4094, Sutton Road between Maidenhead and Cookham. A permanent pasture in two fields in the flood plain of the River Thames with access via footpaths is maintained by the National Trust Open spaces with no facilities include: Brill Green Open Space, corner of Mercia Road and Cox Green Road, Cox Green, SL6 3DR Dorchester Close Open Space, Maidenhead, SL6 6RX Gays Lane Fields Open Space, Holyport, SL6 2HL Thurlby Way Open Space, Thurlby Way, off Ockwells Road, Cox Green, SL6 3YZ Treesmill Open Space, Cox Green, SL6 3HR York Stream Memorial Garden, St Ives Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1QU Featuring Maudesley Memorial Fountain and seating with amphitheatre adjacent to York Stream Open spaces and play areas with equipment suitable for ages 3-8 years include: Cherwell Close Open Space and Play Area, Maidenhead, SL6 8AY Greenfields Open Space and Play Area off Stafferton Way, Maidenhead, SL6 1BB Magnet Leisure Centre Play Area, Holmanleaze, Maidenhead, SL6 8AW Kings Quarter Play Area, Kings Quarter, Oldfield Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1AW Raymond Road Play Area, Maidenhead, SL6 6DF Ross Road Open Space and Play Area, Maidenhead, SL6 2SR Shifford Crescent Play Area, Shifford Crescent, Maidenhead, SL6 7UA Small fenced play area with play equipment and picnic benches Switchback Road Play Area, Switchback Road South, Maidenhead, SL6 7QE Phipps Close Recreation Ground, Phipps Close, SL6 3XD PLACES TO VISIT AND OTHER ACTIVITIES ABSOLUTELY COMBAT AND KARTING, The Arena, Stafferton Way, Maidenhead, SL6 1AY Laser combat for ages 8-13 years open Monday-Friday, 4pm (10am in school holidays)-8pm, weekends 9am-9pm. Double level karting track uses 270cc Sodi GT5 karts and kids’ karts for ages 8+ years and minimum height of 1.3m. Open Monday-Friday 12 noon (10am school holidays)-8pm, Saturday, 9am-9pm and Sunday, 9am-7pm. Admission charge Tel: 08450 262 466 or view: www.absolutelycombat.co.uk or www.absolutelykarting.co.uk 7


BERKSHIRE COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE (BCA), Hall Place, Burchetts Green Road, Burchetts Green, SL6 6QR. Animal experience days at the BCA Zoo. Animal encounters: meerkats for ages 7+ years, primates for ages 16+ years and reptiles for ages 6+ years. Zookeeper experiences for ages 7+ and zoo tours for all ages. Admission charge Tel: Zoo Team, 01628 827571 (Monday-Friday, 9am-4.30pm) or view: www.bca.ac.uk BOULTER’S LOCK, Lower Cookham Road, Maidenhead, SL6 8PE Famous tourist attraction. The longest and deepest lock on the River Thames as well as one of the busiest so there are usually plenty of craft navigating the lock. The green telephone box by the hotel is a surviving example of the No 1 model, dating from 1926. Cross the bridge to Ray Mill Island – see Open Spaces and Parks by the River Thames and the Jubilee River section BOYN GROVE LIBRARY, 11 Courthouse Road, Maidenhead, SL6 6JE Open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 2-5pm, Thursday, 10am-7pm, Saturday, 10am4pm and Sunday, 11am-2pm. Fortnightly Story and Rhymetime Tuesday, 2pm in term time for the under 5s. Occasional activities in the school holidays Tel: 01628 685617 or view: www.rbwm.gov.uk BRAY Picturesque village and riverside setting with one of the prettiest locks in the middle reaches of the River Thames BRAYWICK NATURE CENTRE, Braywick Park, Hibbert Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1UU A nature centre set in parkland which is open to the public when events are taking place. Braywick nature reserve is open all year and includes a nature trail and a tree trail. There are a variety of exotic and attractive trees, meadow, woodland and a pond created for wildlife. The garden café is open in the summer months from early April Wednesday-Sunday, 10.30am-4.30pm with stay and play activities for children in the giant tepee. Activities and events programme for families, adults and children including school holiday activities and free car parking. The Braywick Tree Trail leaflet is available to download from the Internet Tel: 01628 777440 or view: www.rbwm.gov.uk CLIVEDEN, Cliveden Road, Taplow, SL6 OJA National Trust property set in extensive grounds with formal gardens, secluded glades, tree lined avenues, woodland walks and riverside setting. Storybook play den, Cliveden maze and woodland workout trim trail. Grounds and woodland open daily mid February-October, 10am-5.30pm, November-December (excluding some areas) and woodland only January-mid February, 10am-4pm. Admission charge. The house is run as a luxury hotel although 3 rooms are open to the public April– October, Thursday and Sunday, 3-5.30pm, entry is by timed ticket (extra charge) for a short tour Tel: 01628 605069 or view: www.nationaltrust.org.uk COX GREEN LIBRARY, 49 Highfield Lane, Maidenhead, SL6 3AX Open Tuesday, 1.30-5pm, Wednesday, 10am-7pm, Thursday, 10am-5pm, Friday, 1.30-5pm, Saturday, 10am-1.30pm and Sunday, 11am-2pm. Fortnightly Story and Rhymetime Wednesday, 10.30am in term time for the under 5s, Homework Club for all school children Thursday, 3.154.30pm in term time and occasional activities in the school holidays Tel: 01628 673942 or view: www.rbwm.gov.uk COX GREEN LEISURE CENTRE – see Sports and Leisure Centres section FURZE PLATT LEISURE CENTRE – see Sports and Leisure Centres section HOLYPORT CONTAINER LIBRARY, Stroud Farm Road, Holyport, SL6 2LP Open Thursday, 10am-1pm and 2-7pm Tel: 01628 796555 or view: www.rbwm.gov.uk MAGNET LEISURE CENTRE - see Sports and Leisure Centres section MAIDENHEAD HERITAGE CENTRE, 18 Park Street, Maidenhead, SL6 1SL Home of Maidenhead history, exhibitions and air transport auxiliary exhibition and archive. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm and 2nd Sunday in the month, 10am-12.30pm. Family activity days. No admission charge except for ATA Museum and Grandma Flew Spitfires exhibition (not open Sunday) Tel: 01628 780555 or view: www.maidenheadheritage.org.uk or www.grandmaflewspitfires.org.uk 8


MAIDENHEAD LIBRARY, St Ives Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1QU Open Monday-Friday, 9am-7pm, Saturday, 9am-5pm and Sunday, 11am-2pm. Storytime Tuesday, 10.30am. Story and Rhymetime one Saturday in the month at 11am and Rhymetime Thursday, 10am in term time for the under 5s. School holiday activities. Saturday Games Club (board games and Lego) every Saturday, 2-4pm. Lego Robotics Club Sunday, 11am-12.30pm in term time for ages 8+ years. Scratch Code and Micro:bits Club Saturday, 10-11am in term time. Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead resident service hub, advantage card and bus pass issuing point. Selfservice local and national tourist information, places to visit, what's on, maps and guides and travel information. Local agent for National Express, Courtney and First bus tickets Tel: 01628 796969 or view: www.rbwm.gov.uk MAIDENHEAD WATERWAYS Long term project to restore and enlarge the town centre channels into an accessible waterway for boating, walking, cycling, fishing and interacting with nature. The Chapel Arches Waterway Basin and the amphitheatre next to the Library have been completed with other restoration work ongoing to eventually create a waterway ring in Maidenhead incorporating York Stream and Moor Cut and in due course a link northwards to the River Thames View: www.maidenheadwaterways.org.uk MOBILE LIBRARIES Mobile library routes and dates with 100+ scheduled stops is available to view on the Internet Tel: 01628 796314 or 07766 366719 (not answered when vehicle in motion) or view: www.rbwm.gov.uk NORDEN FARM CENTRE FOR THE ARTS – see Art Centres, Art, Dance, Drama and Music section ODDS FARM PARK – see More Places to Visit section ODEON MAIDENHEAD, 42-44 King Street, Maidenhead, SL6 1DY 8 screen cinema. Odeon Kids’ screenings every Saturday and Sunday and during the school holidays Tel: 0871 224 4007 or view: www.odeon.co.uk SHIFFORD CRESCENT CONTAINER LIBRARY, Shifford Crescent Shops, Maidenhead, SL6 7UA. Open Tuesday, 10am-1pm and 2-5pm Tel: 01628 796555 or view: www.rbwm.gov.uk TAPLOW COURT, Cliveden Road, Taplow, SL6 0ER A mid 19th century mansion, set high above the River Thames is the home of SGI-UK, a lay Buddhist society. House and grounds open on occasional summer Sundays, 2-5pm. No admission charge Tel: 01628 773163 or view: www.sgi-uk.org.uk TENPIN, St Cloud Way, Holmanleaze, Maidenhead, SL6 8AW 26 lane bowling alley. Open Monday-Friday, 12 noon (Wednesday 10am)-12 midnight (Friday 1am), Saturday, 10am-1am and Sunday, 10am-12 midnight. Open at 9am Monday-Friday during the school holidays. Cosmic bowling, Tenpin arcades, Sector 7 laser game, table tennis and pool table Tel: 0871 222 3675 or view: www.tenpin.co.uk WOODLANDS PARK CONTAINER LIBRARY, Woodlands Park Village Centre, Manifold Way, Waltham Road, Woodlands Park, SL6 3GW. Open Monday, 10am-1pm and 2-5pm (except Bank Holidays) Tel: 01628 796555 or view: www.rbwm.co.uk

COOKHAM AND BOURNE END ALFRED MAJOR RECREATION GROUND, Hillcrest Avenue, Cookham Rise, SL6 9NG 14 acre open space and home of Cookham Dean Football Club. Hard surface basketball/netball court. Keep fit area with apparatus, half pipe skate ramp and all weather cricket wicket. Children’s play area for ages up to 10 years including some items for the under 5s and picnic bench Tel: 01628 522003 or view: www.cookhamparishcouncil.org.uk 9


BOURNE END JUNIOR SPORTS CLUB – see Sports and Leisure Centres section COOKHAM LIBRARY, High Road, Cookham Rise, SL6 9JF Open Monday, 2-7pm, Tuesday and Wednesday, 2-5pm, Thursday, 10am-1pm and 2-5pm, Friday, 2-5pm, Saturday, 10am-1pm and Sunday, 11am-2pm. Fortnightly Storytime and Colouring Thursday, 2.15pm in term time for the under 5s. Occasional activities in the school holidays Tel: 01628 526147 or view: www.rbwm.gov.uk JOHN LEWIS PARTNERSHIP HERITAGE CENTRE, Grove Farm, Odney Lane, Cookham, SL6 9SR. Home to the business archives of John Lewis and Waitrose and 30000+ different textile designs dating from 1790 to the present day. Open Saturday, 10am-4pm. No admission charge Tel: 01628 536113 or view: www.johnlewispartnership.co.uk JUNGLE MANIA, Unit 8 Wessex Road, Bourne End, SL8 5DT Indoor soft play centre for ages 0-11 years. Open daily, 9.30am-6pm. Admission charge Tel: 01628 529128 or view: www.jungle-mania.co.uk OLD THATCH GARDENS, Coldmoorholme Lane, Bourne End, SL8 5PS 2 acre garden and former home of children’s author Enid Blyton. Open mid May-late August Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday, 2-5.30pm. Admission charge Tel: 01628 527518 or view: www.oldthatchgardens.co.uk OPEN SPACES AND COMMONS Cockmarsh 132 acres of National Trust land north of Cookham towards Bourne End, alongside the south bank of the River Thames. It is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) with flat marshy meadows and steep chalk slope Cookham Dean Commons Cookham Dean Common, the Cricket Common, Bigfrith, Hardings Green and Tugwood Common are maintained by the National Trust and make up the commons of Cookham Dean Cookham Moor 9 acres of National Trust land stretching west of Cookham from the heart of the village Widbrook Common 65 acres of National Trust permanent pasture linking Maidenhead and Cookham in 2 fields either side of A4094 where cattle graze in the summer months Winter Hill 16 acres of National Trust land offering panoramic views overlooking Bourne End and Marlow Tel: 07818 427242 or view: www.nationaltrust.org.uk RIVERSIDE WALKS Towpath walk from Cookham Bridge to Bourne End also footpaths from Cookham to Hedsor Wharf or Cookham Weir STANLEY SPENCER GALLERY, King’s Hall, High Street, Cookham, SL6 9SJ The only gallery in Britain devoted to an artist in the village where he was born. Open daily AprilOctober, 10.30am-5.30pm and November-March, Thursday-Sunday, 11am-4.30pm. Admission charge Tel: 01628 471885 or view: www.stanleyspencer.org.uk

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Let's go to Slough, Windsor and Ascot SLOUGH ABSOLUTELY ICE – currently closed for refurbishment and scheduled to reopen winter 2018 ABSOLUTELY TEN PIN, Salt Hill Park, Bath Road, Slough, SL1 3SR 18 lane bowling alley. Open from 10am (9am in school holidays). Soft play area for the under 8s Tel: 08450 262 466 or view: www.absolutely-tenpin.co.uk ACTIVUS, Units 12-16, Observatory Shopping Centre, Slough, SL1 1LN Soft play open Monday-Saturday, 10am-5.30pm (Saturday 5pm) and Sunday, 11am-4pm. Sessions (maximum 2 hours) for ages 10-12 years. Drop and shop Monday-Friday, 10am-4.30pm in term time, Saturday, 10am-4pm and Sunday, 11am-3pm for ages 3-10 years. Admission charge Tel: 01753 575700 or view: www.worldofplay.org.uk BURNHAM BEECHES and nearby Stoke Common, SL2 3TE 600 acres of forest with many footpaths, 2 ponds, 3 self guided trails, The Beeches Café and Information Point. Activity and events programme. Open: pedestrians at all times, roads 8am-dusk (latest 9.30pm) View: www.cityoflondon.gov.uk COLNE VALLEY REGIONAL PARK 40 square miles of Green Belt including: Black Park Country Park, Black Park Road, Wexham, SL3 6DS Woodland adventure play area, walking, running, cycle trail, horse riding, fishing, nature trail, orienteering, and model boats. Bike hire. Pay and display car park, café, toilets and visitor centre The Grand Union Canal - The Slough Arm, Stoke Road, Slough The 5 mile towpath can be walked from Slough to the Cowley Peachy Junction Langley Park Country Park, Billet Lane, Iver Heath, SL0 0LS Horse riding, trails, walking, running, cycling, orienteering, arboretum, Edwardian rhododendron gardens and Jubilee play gardens. Pay and display car park, toilets and tea room Little Britain Lake, Cowley is between River Colne and River Frays Fishing, bird watching and walking. Public toilet at junction of Old Mill Lane and Packet Boat Lane Queen Mother Reservoir Recreation Centre, Colnbrook Sailing and windsurfing View: www.colnevalleypark.org.uk DITTON PARK, Riding Court Road, Datchet, SL3 9LL Public access through private estate with parkland, footpaths and cycle routes DORNEYWOOD GARDEN, Dorney Wood Road, Burnham, SL1 8PY 1930s style garden with herbaceous borders, cottage garden and lily pond. Open 2-4.30pm on selected summer dates. No photography and all visitors’ names are taken for security reasons as it is traditionally the country residence of a senior member of the government. Admission charge View: www.nationaltrust.org.uk GO APE! in Black Park Country Park, Black Park Road, Wexham, SL3 6DS Tree top adventure open February half-term, March weekends, daily (closed some Mondays in term time) Easter-October and November weekends, times vary with daylight hours for ages 10+ years and minimum height 1.4m. Forest segway open Easter-November for ages 10+ years and weighing over 45kg. Tree top junior for all ages over 1m tall, open as above and remains open winter weekends. Adult supervision required. Admission charge Tel: 0843 770 4517 or view: www.goape.co.uk HERSCHEL PARK accessed from Datchet Road, Upton Close and Upton Park Road, Slough SL1 2DT. Nature reserve, Grade 11 listed garden, lake and wildlife ponds, kiosk and car park Tel: 01753 875209 or view: www.slough.gov.uk 11


JUMP IN TRAMPOLINE ARENA, 550 Dundee Road, Slough, SL1 4JU 150 trampolines, 2 dodgeball courts, battle beam, main court and toddler area Tel: 01753 387080 or view: www.gojumpin.com MOTION SIMULATION ROOM, 935 Yeovil Road, Slough Trading Estate, SL1 4NH Racing car simulation centre. No minimum age but must be 1.5m tall. Admission charge Tel: 01753 532461 (option 2) or view: www.motionsimulationroom.com SALT HILL PARK, Bath Road, Slough, SL1 3SS Play area, multi-use games area, skateboard park, tennis courts and coaching, car park SLOUGH LINEAR PARK A narrow green corridor for walking/cycling from Manor Farm Bridge running alongside The Jubilee River then through Upton Court Park and Ditton Park to the edge of the Queen Mother Reservoir View: www.open-walks.co.uk THE BEECHES WAY 16 mile walk from the River Thames near Cookham to the Grand Union Canal, West Drayton THE CURVE, William Street, Slough, SL1 1XY Slough’s cultural hub for arts and entertainment – see Arts Centres, Art, Dance, Drama and Music section, community learning, library with music and storytime 4 times a week, register office, café and Slough Museum set in eight museum pods celebrating Slough’s past, present and future Tel: 01753 875588 or view: www.thecurveslough.com UPTON COURT PARK, Upton Court Road, Slough Large landscaped park for recreation, play, cultural and educational activities, 6 football pitches and a number of private sports clubs. Woodland and wetland areas View: www.slough.gov.uk

WINDSOR AND ASCOT ASCOT CARRIAGE RIDES in front of The Savill Building, Wick Lane, Englefield Green, TW20 0UJ. Open-topped carriage rides operate all year (weather dependent). Admission charge Tel: 07811 543019 or view: www.ascotcarriages.co.uk ASCOT RACECOURSE, Ascot, SL5 7JX Famous racecourse with two tracks for flat and jump racing on selected dates throughout the year. Admission charge Tel: 0844 346 3000 or view: www.ascot.co.uk CHANGING THE GUARD The New Guard accompanied by The Guards Band march from Victoria Barracks leaving at 10.45am to Castle Hill. An admission ticket is required to see the guard change in the castle but the march can be viewed from outside the precincts before and after the ceremony. Guard mounting (weather permitting) takes place Monday-Saturday at 11am April-July and every other day except Sunday August-March (some exceptions) Tel: 01753 831118 for latest recorded information or view: www.royalcollection.org.uk or www.householddivision.org.uk COUNTRYSIDE LEAFLETS AND PUBLIC RIGHT OF WAY PUBLICATIONS Countryside Leaflets and Public Rights of Way Publications available for download: Allens Field Circular Walk Ascot and Sunninghill Circular Walks Dedworth and Windsor Walks Foot and Cycle Paths in and around Datchet Walk, Discover, Enjoy Your Sunningdale Windsor and Eton Walks Windsor Great Park Easy Going Route View: www.rbwm.gov.uk 12


DORNEY COURT, Dorney, SL4 6QP Tudor manor house opens both May Bank Holidays (Sunday and Monday) and daily in August, 1.305pm. Admission charge Tel: 01628 604638 or view: www.dorneycourt.co.uk DORNEY COURT KITCHEN GARDEN, Court Lane, Dorney, SL4 6QP Walled kitchen garden centre. Café, play area and events programme. Open daily, 9am-5pm Tel: 01628 669999 or view: www.dckg.co.uk DORNEY LAKE PARK off Court Lane, Dorney, SL4 6QP World class rowing and canoe centre open to visitors for viewing, jogging and walking. Arboretum, park and Sculptor Park. Pay and display car park. Dorney Boat Club - see Sports and Leisure section Tel: 01753 832756 or view: www.dorneylake.co.uk ETON COLLEGE, Eton, SL4 6DW Public school founded in 1440 by Henry V1, historic buildings, College Chapel and museums Tours of Eton Guided tours Friday at 2pm and 4pm early May-early September for individuals and small groups (up to 6) featuring many of the Foundation Buildings and objects from the College Collections. Admission charge Tel: 01753 390603 or view: www.etoncollege.com Museum of Antiquities, The Jafar Gallery, South Meadow Lane, Eton, SL4 6EW Open Sunday, 2.30-5pm. No admission charge E-mail: collections@etoncollege.org.uk or view: www.etoncollege.com The Museum of Eton Life, Brewhouse Yard accessed from Eton High Street via Baldwin’s Shore Permanent and temporary displays exploring life at Eton College. Open Sunday, 2.30-5pm. No admission charge E-mail: r.tessier@etoncollege.org.uk or view: www.etoncollege.com The Natural History Museum, South Meadow Lane, Eton, SL4 6EW Insects, birds, fossils, skeletons, corals and plants. Open Sunday, 2.30-5pm. No admission charge Tel: 01753 370602 or view: www.etonnhm.com or www.etoncollege.com ETON WALKWAY A 2 mile/1 hour circular walk connecting 18 points of interest in the town starting at Windsor Bridge View: www.outdoortrust.com EXTREME MOTION, Alexandra Gardens, Alma Road, Windsor, SL4 5HZ Cycle hire, adventure golf, zorbing and bungee trampolining. Opening times vary Tel: 01753 830220 or view: www.extrememotion.com FROGMORE HOUSE AND GARDENS, access is via Park Street onto the Long Walk, Windsor Open for charity days in June and in August for pre-booked group tours (access via Shaw Farm Gate entrance by coach) from 10am. Admission charge. The Royal Mausoleum is not open to visitors Tel: 0207 766 7333 or view: www.royalcollection.org.uk GUIDED TOURS Rendez-Vous Guides Tel 01628 828279 or view: www.rendezvousguides.co.uk Spirit of England Tours Tel: 07984 013532 or view: www.spiritofengland.net Windsor Guided Tours Tel: 01753 854595 or view: www.windsorguidedtours.co.uk Windsor Tourist Guides, 41A Alma Road, Windsor, SL4 3HN Tel: 01753 850580 or 07799 891578 or view: www.windsortouristguides.co.uk Windsor Tours Tel: 07984 013532 or view: www.windsor-tours.co.uk Windsor Welcome Tel: 0118 934 2231 or view: www.windsorwalks.co.uk 13


HOME PARK, Romney Lock Road, off King Edward V11 Avenue, Windsor, SL4 6HX Extensive area of playing fields with sports pavilions, cricket squares, football and rugby pitches, tennis courts, angling, archery, athletics and play area with equipment suitable for ages 3-12 years. Home Park is used for the occasional ceremonial event and The Royal Windsor Championship Dog Show. Pay and display car park KIDDIES CORNER CHILDREN’S FUNFAIR AND AMUSEMENTS, Barry Avenue, Windsor, SL4 5HZ. Open 10.30am-dusk: daily Easter-October and weekends and school holidays October-Easter Tel: 01753 863490 or view: www.edwards-amusements.co.uk LEGOLAND, Winkfield Road, Windsor, SL4 4AY Theme park with interactive play areas, rides, shows and Lego models for ages 3-12 years. Open mid March-October and other special event days, times vary. Admission charge Tel: 08712 222001 or view: www.legoland.co.uk LOCAL NATURE RESERVES: Allens Field via Liddell Way, off Bouldish Farm Road, South Ascot, SL5 9UT/9UZ 9.5 hectare local nature reserve comprises grassland, woodland and wet woodland areas with birds, insects and mammals Arthur Jacob Nature Reserve off Stanwell Road between Horton and Poyle Haven for wildlife Poyle Poplars, Stanwell Road, Horton 6 hectare site with native trees including black poplar and shrubs planted to attract wildlife Hemwood Dell by the side of Hemwood Road, off Wolf Lane, Windsor Small woodland Sutherland Grange Hay Meadow west of Windsor town centre between A308 and the River Thames. Variety of flowers and grasses attracting insects, including butterflies, beetles and moths LONDON KAYAK TOURS, Public Slipway beside Windsor Leisure Centre, Stovell Road, Windsor, SL4 5JB. Kayak along the River Thames in Windsor with a guide. Suitable for ages 9+ years who are above 1.2m tall and can swim 10 metres Tel: 0845 453 2002 (Monday-Friday, office hours only) or view: www.londonkayaktours.co.uk ORCHARD POYLE CARRIAGE HIRE Guided tour in a horse-drawn carriage around Windsor and local area from opposite Queen Victoria statue on the High Street on fine days March/April-December, 12.30-6pm (4.30pm in winter). Hire charge Tel: 07803 720004 or view: www.orchardpoyle.co.uk RIVER AREA AND THE PROMENADE, Barry Avenue, Windsor, SL4 3HY Riverside walk from Windsor Bridge to Windsor Leisure Centre passing Alexandra Gardens. This walk can be extended as a circular walk. A pedestrian bridge over the River Thames connects Windsor and Eton. For boat trips – see Transport Museums, Travel Information and Trips section ROYAL WINDSOR INFORMATION CENTRE, Old Booking Hall, 52a Windsor Royal Shopping, Thames Street, Windsor, SL4 1PJ. Town map, attraction leaflets and booking facilities. Open daily, 9.30am (10am Sunday and September-April). Closing times vary, 4-5.30pm Tel: 01753 743900 or view: www.windsor.gov.uk RUNNYMEDE MEADOW stretching from the River Thames to Coopers Hill, TW20 0LB Historic Magna Carta site and location of the Kennedy and Commonwealth Air Force Memorials. Open all year. No admission charge. Tea room in the South Lodge. Pay and display car parks nearby Tel: 01784 432891 or view: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/runnymede RUNNYMEDE PLEASURE GROUNDS, Windsor Road, Egham, TW20 0AE Play equipment, paddling pool, children’s amusements, riverside walks and picnics. Toilets and pay and display car park Tel: 01932 425688 or 01932 425686 or view: www.runnymede.gov.uk/leisure THE FIRESTATION CENTRE FOR THE ARTS AND CULTURE – see Arts Centres, Art, Dance, Drama and Music section 14


THE GAMES WALK A public art trail along the Thames Path from Eton to Dorney to celebrate the 2012 Olympic Games View: www.thegameswalk.com THE HISTORY ON WHEELS MUSEUM, Longclose House, Common Road, Eton Wick, SL4 6QY. Motors (both military and civilian), militaria, Memories (30+ seat theatre) and café. There is also an extensive ‘Princess Diana Collection’. Open some Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays. Admission charge Tel: 01753 862637 or view: www.thehistoryonwheels.co.uk THE JUBILEE RIVER – see Let’s go out in Maidenhead, Bourne End and Cookham section THE QUEEN AT WINDSOR Her Majesty usually attends the Easter service at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. Apply by e-mail (1st January-1st March) to Garterday.info@royal.gsx.gov.uk for tickets to watch the Garter Day held in June. The Queen and other members of the Royal Family may be seen in the Long Walk on the carriage ride to Ascot for the races during the third week of June THE QUEEN’S WALKWAY 6.3km self guided walking trail connecting 63 of Windsor’s most significant attractions marking 63 years of The Queen’s reign on 9 September 2015. Leaflet available from the information centre View: www.outdoortrust.com THE SAVILL GARDEN, Wick Lane, Englefield Green, TW20 0UU 35 acres of woodland with trees, shrubs and flowers. Ornamental garden and national collections of plants. Events and occasional activities for children. Open daily, 10am-6pm (4.30pm NovemberFebruary). Admission charge (not applicable to the visitor centre, shop and café) Tel: 01784 435544 or view: www.theroyallandscape.co.uk THE VALLEY GARDENS, Windsor Great Park, TW20 0HN (road access via gate in Wick Road, Englefield Green) 250 acres with walking trails forming a series of well wooded natural valleys running down to Virginia Water and the Totem Pole. Open daily, sunrise-sunset. Car parking (pay barrier) View: www.theroyallandscape.co.uk VIRGINIA WATER, London Road, Virginia Water, GU25 4QF Varied and exotic landscape around Virginia Water lake. The walk around the lake is about 4½ miles (7km). The Pavilion offers refreshments and toilets. Pay and display car park open daily from 7.30am View: www.theroyallandscape.co.uk WINDSOR AND ETON SIGHTSEEING TOUR by open top double-decker bus from Castle Hill, Windsor, SL4 1NJ. Hop-on, hop-off bus with a commentary operates mid April-November. Combined bus and 40 minute boat trip tickets also available. Admission charge Tel: 01789 299123 or view: www.city-sightseeing.com WINDSOR CARRIAGES from Windsor Castle or The Fox and Hounds PH, Bishopsgate Open topped carriage rides operate April-September on bright and sunny days. Admission charge Tel: 07803 720084 or view: www.windsorcarriages.co.uk WINDSOR CASTLE, Windsor, SL4 1NJ The oldest and largest occupied castle in the world and official residence of Her Majesty the Queen. Open daily (some exceptions) March-October, 9.45am-5.15pm (November-February, 4.15pm). St George’s Chapel (some closures and closed Sundays except for worship), The State Apartments (some closures), The Semi-State Rooms (open October-March with some closures), Queen Mary Dolls’ House, exhibitions, audio tour, activity trails and climb the Round Tower (open August-September). Changing of the Guard (weather permitting) Monday-Saturday, 11am April-July and every other day except Sunday August-March (some exceptions). Admission charge (free admission for residents with Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Advantage card) Tel: 020 7766 7304 or view: www.royalcollection.org.uk WINDSOR DUCK TOURS pick up outside Theatre Royal, Thames Street, Windsor SL4 1PS Two tours available. Road and river splash tour and river splash tour both with a guide. Operates all year, days and times vary. Admission charge Tel: 01753 581158 or view: www.windsorducktours.co.uk 15


WINDSOR GREAT PARK, The Crown Estate Office, The Great Park, Windsor, SL4 2HT View: www.windsorgreatpark.co.uk Open daily from dawn until dusk. An historic remnant of a royal hunting forest with many oak trees over 500 years old. Open parkland for walks, running, cycling and rollerblading, games and picnics. A children’s play area is close to The Savill Garden car park. The East Berkshire Ramblers’ Association publication 'Windsor and the Great Park' footpath map shows car parks and all public open spaces and Crown property to which access is allowed. Walkers may enjoy an extended walk from The Long Walk, turning left at The Copper Horse, past Royal Lodge and Cumberland Lodge and onwards to Virginia Water via Smiths Lawn. Fishing, horse riding, flying model aircraft permits are available from the estate office (fee payable). Windsor Great Park includes: The Savill Garden, The Valley Gardens and Virginia Water – see separate entries in this section Tel: 01753 860222 or view: www.thecrownestate.co.uk or www.theroyallandscape.co.uk WINDSOR LEISURE CENTRE – see Sports and Leisure Centres section WINDSOR & ROYAL BOROUGH MUSEUM in The Guildhall, High Street, Windsor, SL4 1LR The story of Windsor with 6000 objects in the collection. Exhibitions and a programme of activities and events. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm and Sunday and Bank Holidays, 12 noon-4pm. Admission charge (free admission for residents with RBWM Advantage card) Tel: 01628 685686 or view: www.rbwm.gov.uk WINDSOR RACECOURSE, Maidenhead Road, Windsor, SL4 5JJ A figure of eight course for afternoon and evening flat racing April-October on selected dates. Admission charge Tel: 01753 498400 or view: www.windsor-racecourse.co.uk WINDSOR SKATE PARK, Recreation Ground, Vansittart Road, Windsor, SL4 5DL Tel: 01753 778577 or 01628 796482 or view: www.rbwm.gov.uk

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Let's go to Bracknell, Reading and Wokingham BRACKNELL BRACKNELL SKI CENTRE & ICE RINK, John Nike Leisuresport Complex, John Nike Way, Bracknell, RG12 8TN. Ice rink including penguin skate for kids and learn to skate courses. Ski and snowboarding centre including tots & junior skiing, snowboarding lessons, snow tubes & toboggan run. School holiday activity camps. Open daily (Ski Centre 5/7 days), times vary. Admission charge Tel: Ice rink, 01344 789000 and Ski Centre, 01344 789002 or view: www.jnlbracknell.co.uk CORAL REEF WATERWORLD, Nine Mile Ride, Bracknell, RG12 7JQ Closed for refurbishment and expected to reopen summer 2017 Tel: 01344 862525 or view: www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk COUNTRYSIDE PARKS Ambarrow Court, Wokingham Road, Little Sandhurst, GU47 8JB. Local nature reserve, marshland and meadowland with wheelchair access. Bill Hill Ancient Monument parking at Crowthorne Road, Easthampstead, RG12 7DL. Bronze Age round barrow. Caesar’s Camp is a 20 minute walk from The Look Out Discovery Centre (details below). Iron Age hill fort. Englemere Pond, Swinley Road, Winkfield, SL5 8BA. Woodland area with nature reserve and trail. Lily Hill Park north car park off Lily Hill Road, Bracknell, RG12 2RX. Mixed wood and parkland. Pope’s Meadow, St Marks Road, Binfield, RG42 4AY. 14 acres of parkland including open wood pasture, pond and copse. Shepherd Meadows and Sandhurst Memorial Park off Marshall Road, Sandhurst, GU47 0FH and Yorktown Road, Sandhurst, GU47 9BJ respectively. Meadow, woodland and parkland. South Hill Park, Ringmead, Bracknell, RG12 7PA. Landscaped gardens, lakes and woodland. Westmoreland Park off Westmoreland Drive, Warfield, RG42 3QP. Paths, open spaces, play areas and adjacent to Hayley Green Wood local nature reserve GO APE! at The Look Out, Nine Mile Ride, Swinley Forest, Bracknell, RG12 7QW Tree top adventure open February half-term, March weekends, daily (closed some Mondays in term time) Easter-October and November weekends, times vary with daylight hours for ages 10+ years and minimum height 1.4m. Forest segway open Easter-November for ages 10+ years and weighing over 45kg. Tree top junior for all ages over 1m tall, open as above and remains open winter weekends. Adult supervision required. Admission charge Tel: 0333 222 3627 or view: www.goape.co.uk HOLLYWOOD BOWL, The Point, Skimped Hill Lane, Bracknell, RG12 1EN Tenpin bowling centre. Open daily, 10am (Saturday 9.30am)-late. Peak and off-peak tickets Tel: 0844 826 1454 or view: www.hollywoodbowl.co.uk SOUTH HILL PARK ARTS CENTRE – see Art Centres, Art, Dance, Drama & Music section THE LOOK OUT DISCOVERY CENTRE, Nine Mile Ride, Bracknell, RG12 7QW A hands-on science exhibition set in 1000 hectares of woodland with adventure play area. Open daily, 10am-5pm. Car parking charge and admission charge. Tourist Information Centre Tel: 01344 354400 or view: www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk WHOOSH SOFT PLAY CENTRE at Bracknell Sports Centre, Bagshot Road, Bracknell, RG12 9SE. Open daily, 10am-6pm (3.30pm Tuesday-Friday) for the under 11s. Admission charge Tel: 01344 868383 or view: www.whooshplaycentre.com

READING ATOM TRAMPOLINE PARK, Gillette Way, Reading, RG2 0BS Mini atoms, open jump and off-peak sessions. Open daily, 11am (9am weekends)-8pm (9pm Saturday). Admission charge Tel: 0118 467 2673 or view: www.atomtrampolinepark.co.uk 17


BASILDON PARK, Lower Basildon, Reading, RG8 9NR Georgian mansion set in parkland with gardens and parkland. Open daily; grounds, 10am-5pm or dusk if earlier and house from 12 noon. Admission charge Tel: 0118 984 3040 or view: www.nationaltrust.org.uk BEALE PARK, Lower Basildon, Reading, RG8 9NH Wildlife park and gardens with miniature railway, indoor soft play area and outdoor play areas. Open February-November from 10am, closing times vary. Admission charge Tel: 01189 767480 or view: www.bealepark.co.uk BUCKLEBURY FARM PARK, Bucklebury, Reading, RG7 6RR Red, fallow, sika and axis deer and other farm animals. Open daily from early spring to late autumn, 9.30am-6pm (5pm November-January). Admission charge Tel: 0118 971 4002 or view: www.buckleburyfarmpark.co.uk CHRISTCHURCH MEADOWS, George Street, Caversham, Reading, RG4 8BY Promenade park between Reading and Caversham Bridges. Play area, paddling/boating pool, riverside walks and sports facilities (fishing, football and tennis). Car park in Hills Meadow View: www.reading.gov.uk DINTON PASTURES COUNTRY PARK, Davis Street, Hurst, RG10 0TH 135 hectare site of 7 lakes including Lavell’s Lake nature reserve, 2 rivers, bird hides, nature trails, adventure play area and café. Weekend & school holiday events. Car parking charges, 8am-6.30pm Tel: 0118 934 2016 or view: www.dintonpastures.co.uk FEATHERS AND FUR FALCONRY CENTRE at Ladds Garden Village, Bath Road, Hare Hatch, RG10 9SB. Hawks, falcons and owls. Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-4pm (Saturday 5.30pm) No admission charge (charges for experience sessions and courses) Tel: 07812 171709 or view: www.feathersandfur.co.uk FORBURY GARDENS, The Forbury, Reading, RG1 3BB. (located between Reading town centre and the ruins of 11th century abbey). Victorian town garden with Maiwand Lion statue, war memorial and bandstand with concerts every weekend in summer View: www.reading.gov.uk LOSTOPIA ADVENTURE GOLF, Level 1 Broad Street Mall, Reading, RG1 7QA Open Thursday-Friday, 12-6pm, Saturday, 10am-6pm and Sunday, 11am-5pm. Admission charge Tel: 0118 950 8670 MAPLEDURHAM HOUSE AND WATERMILL, Mapledurham, near Reading, RG4 7TR Elizabethan mansion and watermill in unspoilt village by the River Thames. Open every Sunday from Easter Sunday-October and Bank Holidays (not August B.H.) from 2pm. Admission charge Tel: 0118 972 3350 or view: www.mapledurham.co.uk MUSEUM OF ENGLISH RURAL LIFE (MERL), The University of Reading, Redlands Road, Reading, RG1 5EX. Rural history centre with family activities and events. Open Tuesday, 9am-5pm, last Thursday in the month, 9am-9pm and weekends, 10am-4pm. No admission charge Tel: 0118 378 8660 or view: www.reading.ac.uk PALMER PARK, Wokingham Road, Reading, RG6 1LF Parkland, football/athletics stadium, velodrome, all-weather multi-sports adventure play areas Tel: 0118 901 5080 or view: www.readingleisure.co.uk PROSPECT PARK west of town centre, vehicle access via Liebenrood Road, Reading, RG30 2DX. Parkland with views of the Kennet valley. Children's play area and outdoor sporting facilities READING MUSEUM, The Town Hall, Blagrave Street, Reading, RG1 1QH Local history, art gallery, full size copy of the Bayeux Tapestry and children’s activities. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm. No admission charge Tel: 0118 937 3400 or view: www.readingmuseum.org.uk RIVERSIDE MUSEUM at Blake's Lock, off Kenavon Drive, Reading, RG1 3DH Tells the story of Reading's two rivers: the Kennet and the Thames. Open daily, 10am-4pm. No admission charge Tel: 0118 937 3400 or view: www.readingmuseum.org.uk 18


RIVERSIDE by the River Thames and River Kennet Thameside Promenade, Caversham. Riverside walks and slipway. Caversham Court, 19A Church Road, RG4 7AA. Quiet riverside garden and riverside walks. A 3 mile loop walk around Reading incorporates the towpaths of both rivers. For boat trips on the Thames – see Transport section STRATFIELD SAYE HOUSE, Stratfield Saye, near Reading, RG7 2BT The house (viewed by guided tour only) and home of the Duke of Wellington is set in extensive grounds. Open Easter weekend and most of August at 11.30am (10.30am weekends and Bank Holidays). Admission charge Tel: 01256 882694 or view: www.stratfield-saye.co.uk THE HERB FARM, Peppard Road, Sonning Common, RG4 9NJ Comprehensive collection of herbs, cottage garden, plants and roses. Display gardens and Saxon maze (open summer only). Open Monday-Saturday, 10am-4pm and Sunday and Bank Holidays, 11am4pm. No admission charge Tel: 0118 972 4220 or view: www.herbfarm.co.uk THE MAD HOUSE PLAY AND PARTY WORLD, 240 South Oak Way, Lime Square, Green Park, Reading, RG2 6UL. Soft play centre open daily from 9.30am. Height restriction 1.45m tall. Admission charge Tel: 0118 975 5455 or view: www.themadhousereading.co.uk WELLINGTON COUNTRY PARK, Odiham Road, Riseley, near Reading, RG7 1SP Meadow, trails and lake, animal farm, miniature railway and play areas. Events programme and children’s activities. Open daily February to end of October from 9.30am. Admission charge Tel: 0118 932 6444 or view: www.wellington-country-park.co.uk

WOKINGHAM CALIFORNIA COUNTRY PARK, Nine Mile Ride, Finchampstead, RG40 4HT 40 hectare site of rare ancient bog land and lowland heath. Café, pay & play paddling pool and play area. Weekend and school holiday events. No admission charge. Car parking charges, 8am-6pm Tel: 0118 934 2016 or view: www.wokingham.gov.uk COUNTRYSIDE PARKS Finchampstead Ridges and Simons Wood, Wellingtonia Avenue, Finchampstead, RG40 3SY and RG45 6AE. Walks and views over Berkshire, Hampshire and Surrey from the Ridges Heathlake, access from Nine Mile Ride, Wokingham. 7 acre acid lake, woodland and walks HOLME GRANGE CRAFT VILLAGE, Heathlands Road, Wokingham, RG40 3AW Shops and workshops. Open daily, 10am-5pm. Free car parking View: www.holmegrangecraftvillage.co.uk INFORMATION CENTRE, Town Hall, Market Place, Wokingham. RG40 1AS Tel: 0118 978 3185 or view: www.wokingham.gov.uk KIDS’N’ACTION, 680 Eskdale Road, Winnersh Triangle, RG41 5TS Indoor play and party centre open daily, 9.30am-6pm for ages 0-12 years. Admission charge Tel: 0118 968 0983 or view: www.kids-n-action.co.uk MONKEY MATES, Toutley Barn, Old Forest Road, Emmbrook, Wokingham, RG41 1JA Activity barn. Open daily, 9.30am-6pm (Sunday, 10am-7pm) for ages 0-12 years. Admission charge Tel: 0118 989 2111 or view: www.monkeymates.co.uk SUPERBOWL, Wellington Road, Wokingham, RG40 2NJ Tenpin bowling alley. Laser quest for ages 6+ years. Open daily, 10am-late. Admission charge Tel: 0118 978 4147 or view: www.wokinghamsuperbowl.com WOKINGHAM FAMILY GOLF Adventure mini golf, big hole golf, driving range and pitch and putt. Open weekdays, 9am-9pm and weekends, 8am-8pm. Admission charge Tel: 0118 979 5657 or view: www.wokinghamfamilygolf.co.uk 19


Let's go to Henley, Marlow and Wycombe HENLEY GREYS COURT, Rotherfield Greys, Henley on Thames, RG9 4PG Tudor mansion, walled garden and medieval tower set in gardens. Gardens open daily, 10am-5pm or dusk if earlier. House open daily March-October and December, 1pm-5pm. Admission charge Tel: 01491 628529 or view: www.nationaltrust.org.uk HAMBLEDEN VILLAGE/MILL END 4 miles west of Marlow and 3 miles north east from Henley. Hambleden mill with weirs and mill pool are just outside the village. Picturesque walking country with Fingest and Turville nearby HENLEY VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE, Town Hall, Market Place, Henley, RG9 2AQ Tel: 01491 578034 or view: www.southernoxfordshire.com or www.henleytowncouncil.gov.uk HURLEY Pleasant village with a riverside setting. A picturesque, busy lock on the River Thames with a marina nearby and an easy walk to Marlow over bridge HURLEY CHALK PIT 2½ miles east of Henley off A4130 Henley Road and reached by a path opposite the Black Boys Inn is known for its wild flowers and butterflies Tel: 01865 775476 or view: www.bbowt.org.uk MILL MEADOWS, MARSH MEADOWS AND RIVER AREA, Henley Riverside walks with Marsh Lock nearby. Bandstand, Henley Bowls Club, toddler play area and playground. For boat trips – see Transport – Museums, Travel Information and Trips section RIVER AND ROWING MUSEUM, Mill Meadows, Henley on Thames, RG9 1BF Three galleries dedicated to rowing, rivers and the history of Henley-on-Thames. ‘Wind in the Willows’ exhibition and events programme. Open daily, 10am-5pm. Admission charge Tel: 01491 415600 or view: www.rrm.co.uk STONOR, Stonor Park, RG9 6HF Manor house, garden and chapel with recreated prehistoric stone circle in grounds. Wonder Woods adventure playground for children up to 15 years. Open April-mid September. Sunday, Bank Holiday Monday and also Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday (July-August), house open 1.30-4.30pm, gardens and café open 10am-4pm. Admission charge. The park is open all year, accessed by public footpaths Tel: 01491 638587 or view: www.stonor.com TURVILLE HILL AND WINDMILL 5 miles north of Henley and 5 miles west of High Wycombe Windmill stands on summit of high ridge behind Turville village

MARLOW BISHAM ABBEY AND CHURCH The Abbey, an Elizabethan mansion is now part of the National Sports Centre. The church is close to the river and has a 12th century tower HIGGINSON PARK AND RIVER AREA, Pound Lane, Marlow, SL7 2AE Court Garden Leisure Complex, adventure playground, skate park, Marlow Park Cricket Club, café, toilets and pay and display car park. Riverside walks along River Thames towpath. For boat trips – see Transport – Museums, Travel Information and Trips section HOMEFIELD WOOD 2½ miles west of Marlow, SL7 2HL Woodland and grassland with rare orchids, butterflies, bees and moths Tel: 01442 826774 or view: www.bbowt.org.uk MARLOW INFORMATION CENTRE, 55a High Street, Marlow, SL7 1BA. (entrance in Institute Road) Tourist and local information centre open Tuesday-Friday, 9am-4pm and Saturday, 10am-4pm Tel: 01628 481717 or 01628 483597 or view: www.wycombe.gov.uk 20


WYCOMBE HIGH WYCOMBE INFORMATION CENTRE, High Wycombe Library (foyer), 5 Eden Place, High Wycombe, HP11 2DH. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 9.30am-5pm (10am-4pm Saturday) Tel: 01494 421892 or view: www.wycombe.gov.uk HOLLYWOOD BOWL, Eden Centre, 9 Denmark Street, High Wycombe, HP11 2DB 22 lane tenpin bowling alley. Open daily, 10am-late Tel: 0844 826 3042 or view: www.hollywoodbowl.co.uk HUGHENDEN MANOR, High Wycombe, HP14 4LA Former home of Benjamin Disraeli with Second World War room in the cellars, formal garden, parkland, woodland walks and events programme. Open daily, 10am-5pm or dusk if earlier. Manor opens at 11am. Admission charge. The park is open all year, accessed by public footpaths Tel: 01494 755565 or view: www.nationaltrust.org.uk PLAYTRAIN CHILDREN’S ACTIVITY CENTRE, Playtrain House, Lancaster Road, Cressex, High Wycombe, HP12 3PY. Soft play activity centre for ages 8 and under. Open daily, 9.30am-6pm Tel: 01494 531158 or view: www.playtrain.biz RUSH TRAMPOLINE PARK, Lexmark House, Coronation Road, Cressex Business Park, High Wycombe, HP12 3TA. Main court, extreme dodgeball courts and rush wipeout. Open jump sessions 12 noon (10am school holidays)-10pm (Saturday 6.30pm and Sunday 7pm) for ages 4+ years. Toddler open jump sessions Monday-Friday,10.30am-3pm in term time and weekends and school holidays, 910am for the under 4s. Rush after dark Saturday, 6.30-8pm and 8-9.30pm Tel: 03454 500268 or view: www.rushuk.com THE HELL-FIRE CAVES, Church Lane, West Wycombe, HP14 3AH Unique caves, supposedly of ancient origin, have some chambers transformed into colourful scenes of artificial stalactites and stalagmites. Life-size models of some famous men who visited West Wycombe in the 18th century. Open daily, 11am-5.30pm April-October and Saturday, Sunday, Bank Holidays and school holidays, 11am-dusk November-March. Admission charge Tel: 01494 533739 or view: www.hellfirecaves.co.uk THE RYE AND HOLYWELL MEAD off Bassettsbury Lane, High Wycombe, HP11 1QX Large 22 hectare park, 2 children’s playgrounds, sporting facilities and Wycombe Rye Lido View: www.wycombe.gov.uk WEST WYCOMBE & BRADENHAM WALKS There are several circular walks in the West Wycombe and Bradenham area incorporating West Wycombe, Saunderton, Bradenham and Downley View: www.chilternsaonb.org.uk WEST WYCOMBE CHURCH - St Lawrence Church, West Wycombe Hill, HP14 3AP The church is open Sunday, 12.30-5pm Easter-September. The tower (small charge) with its golden ball is also open subject to weather and stewards being available Tel: 01494 713447 or view: www.westwycombechurch.com WEST WYCOMBE HILL AND VILLAGE 2 miles west of Wycombe (parking at the top of the hill or in the village). West Wycombe Hill is topped by St Lawrence Church with its iconic golden ball and mausoleum. There are many 16th-18th century houses and buildings in the village Tel: 01494 755571 or view: www.nationaltrust.org.uk WEST WYCOMBE PARK 3 miles west of Wycombe in West Wycombe, HP14 3AJ Palladian mansion, landscaped gardens and swan-shaped lake. Open Sunday-Thursday, 2-6pm; grounds April-August and house and grounds June-August. Admission charge Tel: 01494 755571 or view: www.nationaltrust.org.uk WYCOMBE MUSEUM, Priory Avenue, High Wycombe, HP13 6PX Local history museum with art, furniture industry, photograph and social history collections. Exhibitions and events. Open Monday-Saturday, 10am-4.30pm & Sunday 2-5pm. No admission charge Tel: 01494 957210 or view: www.wycombemuseum.org.uk 21


More Places to Visit BEKONSCOT MODEL VILLAGE & RAILWAY, Warwick Road, Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, HP9 2PL. Model village comprises 6 towns set in the 1930s includes a model railway running through the 1½ acre site and Bekonscot Light Railway a 7¼’’ narrow gauge ride on railway (small additional charge). Open daily mid February-October, 10am-5.30pm. Admission charge Tel: 01494 672919 or view: www.bekonscot.co.uk BIRDWORLD, Holt Pound, Farnham, Surrey, GU10 4LD Bird park comprises 26 acres of park and gardens with hundreds of species of birds, Jenny Wren farm and underwater world. Penguin feeding at 11am and 3.30pm, outdoor flying display (Easter-October half-term), safari train rides and owl prowl. Open all year, 10am-6pm (4.30pm in winter) although there are no shows weekdays November-February half-term. Admission charge Tel: 01420 22992 or 01420 22140 or view: www.birdworld.co.uk BLENHEIM PALACE, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PP The 18th century baroque palace is set in 2000+ acres of parkland and features the Untold Story and Churchill’s Destiny exhibitions, miniature train, formal and pleasure gardens, Marlborough maze and butterfly house. Opening times: park open daily, 9am-6pm, palace and formal gardens open daily mid February-mid December, 10.30am-5.30pm (closed Monday and Tuesday during November and December) and the pleasure gardens open daily,10am-6pm. Admission charge Tel: 01993 810530 or view: www.blenheimpalace.com BOARSTALL DUCK DECOY AND NATURE RESERVE, Boarstall, near Bicester, Buckinghamshire, HP18 9UX. One of the few surviving 17th century duck decoys in working order on a picturesque lake with a nature reserve walk. Open weekends and Mondays, 11am-5pm mid March-October. Admission charge Tel: 01280 817156 or view: www.nationaltrust.org.uk for special events CHATLEY HEATH SEMAPHORE TOWER, Old Lane, Ockham, Surrey, KT11 1PQ Chatley Heath is the only restored surviving signalling tower in a line of signalling stations between London and Portsmouth. It is located 20 minutes walk from the car park. Open on a Sunday, 10am3pm once a month March-September. Admission Charge Tel: 01483 795440 www.surreywildlifetrust.org.uk CHESSINGTON WORLD OF ADVENTURES, Leatherhead Road, Chessington, Surrey, KT9 2NE. Theme park, zoo and sea life centre with daily shows and activities. Open daily late March-early November, 10am-5pm, 6pm or 7pm. In winter only the zoo and sea life centre are open at weekends (daily mid-late December and February half-term) early November-March, 10am-3pm. Admission charge Tel: 0871 663 4477 or view: www.chessington.com CHILTERN OPEN AIR MUSEUM, Newlands Park, Gorelands Lane, Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire, HP8 4AB. A collection of buildings reflecting 500 years of life in the Chiltern area including an Iron Age house and shops. Special events and activities programme. Open daily late AprilOctober, 10am-5pm. Admission charge Tel: 01494 871117 or view: www.coam.org.uk COTSWOLD WILDLIFE PARK & GARDENS, Bradwell Grove, Burford, Oxfordshire, OX18 4JP. A large and varied collection of animals and birds set in gardens and parklands. Tropical reptile and insect houses and aquarium. Open daily, 10am-6pm (4pm or dusk in winter). Admission charge Tel: 01993 823006 or view: www.cotswoldwildlifepark.co.uk HAMPTON COURT PALACE, East Molesey, Surrey, KT8 9AU Royal Palace adjacent to the River Thames. Palace, maze and formal gardens open daily, 10am-6pm (4.30pm winter) Magic Garden (summer only) for ages 2-13 years. Admission charge Home Park open daily, 7am-5.30pm (9pm April-September) but check for occasional closures Tel: 0844 482 7777 or view: www.hrp.org.uk 22


HIGHCLERE CASTLE, Highclere Park, Newbury, Berkshire, RG20 9RN Castle, grounds, Egyptian exhibition and film shoot location for the television programme Downton Abbey. Open daily during Easter holidays (not Good Friday), both May Bank Holidays (SundayTuesday) and early July-mid September Sunday-Thursday (some exceptions). Admission charge Tel: 01635 253210 or view: www.highclerecastle.co.uk HOME OF REST FOR HORSES, Westcroft Stables, Speen Farm, Slad Lane, Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire, HP27 OPP. 100+ retired and rescued horses, ponies and donkeys and museum. Open February-November, Thursday-Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday, 2-4pm. Admission charge Tel: 01494 488464 or view: www.horsetrust.org.uk JAKE’S @ TRI-LAKES, Yateley Road, Sandhurst, Berkshire, GU47 8JQ Fishing on two lakes open daily, 7.30am weekends and 8am weekdays Mini farm and outdoor play activities open daily, 9.30am-6pm and indoor Playbarn soft play centre open daily, 9.30am-6.30pm (4pm winter). Admission charge Tel: 01252 871007 or view: www.jakesplayworld.com LONDON Local bookshops have lots of maps and guides on London. For information about visiting London View: www.visitlondon.com For travelling to London – see Transport – Museums, Travel Information and Trips section MILESTONES, Leisure Park, Churchill Way West, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG22 6PG Living history museum with Victorian and 1930s street scenes, shops, classic collections and working machinery. Open Tuesday-Friday and Bank Holiday Monday, 10am-4.45pm and weekends, 11am4.45pm. Admission charge Tel: 01256 639550 or view: www.milestones-museum.com MILTON’S COTTAGE AND GARDEN, Deanway, Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire, HP8 4JH. Home of John Milton, English poet and parliamentarian. Open April-October, WednesdaySaturday, 2-5pm. Admission charge Tel: 01494 872313 or view: www.miltonscottage.org.uk NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM AT TRING, Akeman Street, Tring, Hertfordshire, HP23 6AP Taxidermy collection of animals and birds. Open daily, 10am (2pm Sunday)-5pm. No admission charge but charges for special events Tel: 020 7942 6171 or view: www.nhm.ac.uk/visit/tring ODDS FARM PARK, Wooburn Common Road, Wooburn Common, Buckinghamshire, HP10 0LX. Farm animals, shows and demonstrations, indoor and outdoor play areas and hands on activities. Open daily, 10am-5.30pm. Events programme and school holiday activity days. Admission charge Tel: 01628 520188 or view: www.oddsfarm.co.uk OXFORD CASTLE – UNLOCKED, 44-46 Oxford Castle, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 1AY Castle and prison story tour. Open daily, 10am (last tour starts at 4.20pm). Admission charge Tel: 01865 260666 or view: www.oxfordcastleunlocked.co.uk PENDON MUSEUM, Long Wittenham, near Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 4QD Detailed glimpses in miniature of the English countryside and model trains set in the 1930s. Railway runs once a month. Open weekends, Bank Holidays, some Wednesdays in school holidays and Thursdays in summer, 11am-4pm. Admission charge Tel: 01865 407365 or view: www.pendonmuseum.com SYON PARK, Brentford, Middlesex, TW7 6AZ London home of Duke of Northumberland open late March-October; Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday, Bank Holiday Mondays and Easter, 11am-5pm. Gardens open daily, 10.30am-5pm. Admission charge Tel: 020 8560 0882 or view: www.syonpark.co.uk THE BUCKS GOAT CENTRE AND ANIMAL FARM, Layby Farm, near Old Risborough Road, Stoke Mandeville, Buckinghamshire, HP22 5XJ. Children’s animal farm includes goats, pigs, sheep, rabbits and interaction with the animals. Open Tuesday-Sunday (daily in school holidays), 10am-4pm. Admission charge Tel: 01296 612983 or view: www.thebucksgoatcentre.co.uk 23


THE LIVING RAINFOREST, Hampstead Norreys, near Thatcham, Berkshire, RG18 0TN Three types of forest under glass with over 700 species of plants and rainforest creatures. Open daily, 10am-5pm. Admission charge Tel: 01635 202444 or view: www.livingrainforest.org.uk THE NATURE DISCOVERY CENTRE, Muddy Lane, Lower Way, Thatcham, RG19 3FU Car park opens at 8am with seasonal locking times. Signposted walks, adventure playgrounds and bird hide. Visitor centre with wildlife and natural history displays, shop and cafĂŠ open TuesdaySunday, 10.30am-4pm. No admission charge. Family events programme Tel: 01635 874381 or view: www.bbowt.org.uk THE ROALD DAHL MUSEUM AND STORY CENTRE, 81-83 High Street, Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, HP16 0AL. Museum and story centre with 3 interactive galleries aimed at ages 612 years. Open Tuesday-Friday, 10am-5pm, weekends, 11am-5pm also open Bank Holiday Mondays and October half-term Monday. Admission charge Tel: 01494 892192 or view: www.roalddahlmuseum.org.uk THORPE PARK, Staines Road, Chertsey, Surrey, KT16 8PN 400 acre theme park. Open late March-early November, 10am-5pm (or later). Admission charge Tel: 0871 663 1673 or view: www.thorpepark.com TIGGYWINKLES VISITOR CENTRE, The Wildlife Hospital, Aston Road, Haddenham, Buckinghamshire, HP17 8AF. Wildlife care centre and Hedgehog Memorabilia Museum open MondayFriday (daily Easter-October), 10am-4pm. Admission charge Tel: 01844 292292 or view: www.sttiggywinkles.org.uk ZSL WHIPSNADE ZOO, Dunstable, Bedfordshire, LU6 2LF 2000 animals and birds in 500 acres of parkland. Animal shows, steam train, children's farm, indoor play and outdoor play centre. Open daily at 10am with seasonal closing time. Admission charge Tel: 01582 872171 or view: www.zsl.org/zsl-whipsnade-zoo

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Transport – Museums, Travel Information and Trips AEROPLANES Plane spotting can be done at Gatwick, Heathrow, Luton and other main airports but spectator facilities even for flying passengers are extremely limited. However, there is a covered viewing stand in the Heathrow Academy car park (parking charges apply), Newall Road, TW6 2RQ close to the Bath Road on the northern side of Heathrow Airport. Local airfields for light aircraft include Blackbushe, Booker, Denham and White Waltham but spectator facilities are very limited FARNBOROUGH INTERNATIONAL AIRSHOW, Show Centre, ETPS Road, Farnborough, GU14 6FD. Biennial event held in July in even years Tel: 01252 532800 or view: www.farnboroughairshow.com LIGHT AIRCRAFT ASSOCIATION (LAA), Turweston Aerodrome, nr Brackley, Northants, NN13 5YD. Youth membership scheme for the under 23s. Annual 3 day (Friday-Sunday) LAA rally held at the beginning of September at Sywell Aerodrome, Hall Farm, Sywell, Northants, NN6 0BN Tel: 01280 846786 or view: www.lightaircraftassociation.co.uk

BUSES AND COACHES Real time bus information NextBuses can be viewed at bus stops in Frascati Way, the High Street adjacent to Boots, by the Library, St Mark’s Hospital and Woodlands Park. Alternatively most bus stops in the Borough will display the website address and unique SMS code relating to that stop to enable access to real time bus information either on the Internet by viewing: www.nextbuses.mobi or by texting the unique reference number for a bus stop to 84268 ARRIVA Local bus service: 37 Maidenhead to High Wycombe via Cookham and Bourne End operates Monday-Saturday excluding Bank Holidays Tel: 0844 800 4411 or view: www.arrivabus.co.uk COURTNEY BUSES Zonal fares (zones 1-4) operate within the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead (RBWM) area. Tickets can be purchased for adults aged 20+ years, Busta tickets for ages 16-19 years and children ages 5-15 years Courtney Connect Smartcards Zonal RBWM, Bracknell and Network Courtney Connect Smartcards can be loaded with a weekly or 4 weekly pass or a Multi-12 ticket which gives 12 single trips for the price of 10 Courtney Connect Smart Purse These cards can store cash only and can be topped up in multiples of £5, £10 or £20 All smartcard and smart purse purchases and top ups can be done online or on the bus or at Maidenhead Library, St Ives Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1QU Also available is the annual or termly Courtney Buses Pupil Pass scheme Local bus services: 4 Maidenhead Town Centre to Waltham St Lawrence Circular via Paley Street, Shurlock Row, Hare Hatch and Knowl Hill operates Monday-Friday excluding Public Holidays 4A Maidenhead Town Centre to Waltham St Lawrence Circular via Knowl Hill, Hare Hatch, Shurlock Row and Paley Street operates Monday-Friday excluding Public Holidays 25


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Maidenhead to St Mark’s Hospital and onward to Highfield Lane and Wootton Way operates daily 7 Maidenhead to Woodlands Park via Town Centre and Wessex Way shops operates daily 7B Maidenhead to Woodlands Park via Wessex Way shops operates Monday-Saturday excluding Public Holidays 8 Boulter’s Lock to Halifax Road via Maidenhead Town Centre and St Mark’s Hospital operates Monday-Saturday excluding Public Holidays 9 Maidenhead to Cranbrook Drive and onward to Halifax Road and St Mark’s Hospital operates Monday- Saturday excluding Public Holidays 16 St Mark’s Hospital to Windsor via Maidenhead Town Centre, Bray, Holyport and Dedworth operates daily 16B St Mark’s Hospital to Windsor via Maidenhead Town Centre, Bray, Holyport, Fifield and Dedworth operates Monday-Saturday excluding Public Holidays 53 Bracknell to Wexham Park Hospital via Maidenhead operates Monday-Saturday excluding Public Holidays 127 Maidenhead to Reading via Twyford, Sonning and Woodley operates Saturday only 238 Maidenhead to Cookham Dean via Berkshire College of Agriculture (BCA), Hurley and Bisham operates Tuesday and Thursday 239 Maidenhead to Henley via BCA and Hurley operates Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday excluding Public Holidays 350 Luton Flyer – from Bracknell via Wokingham, Reading, Maidenhead to Luton Airport operates daily (fixed fare structure and elderly/disabled concessionary fares are not valid on this service) Tel: 0118 973 3486 or view: www.courtneybuses.com FIRST IN BERKSHIRE & THE THAMES VALLEY First Bus Tickets The First m-Ticket App can store tickets on a smartphone. For unlimited travel in Berkshire by bus First Day and First Week tickets are available from the bus driver and First Month and Annual tickets are available online and from ticket shops including Maidenhead Library, St Ives Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1QU Local bus service: 4 Maidenhead to Slough operates daily Tel: 01753 524144 or view: www.firstgroup.com/berkshire-thames-valley FOUNDATION PARK SHUTTLE BUS SERVICE Maidenhead Railway Station – Foundation Park operates Monday-Friday (excluding Bank Holidays) mornings and evenings with lunchtime service to Frascati Way View: www.foundationpark.co.uk MAIDENHEAD OFFICE PARK SHUTTLE Maidenhead Railway Station – Maidenhead Office Park operates Monday-Friday (excluding Public Holidays) mornings and evenings with lunchtime service to Maidenhead Town Centre MEGABUS Inter city coach and train travel Tel: 0141 352 4444 (enquiries) or 0900 1600 900 (bookings) or view: www.uk.megabus.com NATIONAL EXPRESS Operates a daily scheduled network of coach services to 900 destinations around the UK Types of Coachcards include: Family 2 plus 2 Coachcard 2 adults pay the full fare with 2 children travelling for free Family 1 plus 1 Coachcard 1 adult pays the full fare with 1 child travelling for free. Any additional children pay normal child fares Tel: 0871 781 8178 or view: www.nationalexpress.com 26


RED EAGLE Local bus services include: 63 Maidenhead to Slough via Taplow and Dorney operates on Tuesday and Friday 68 Taplow to Slough via Burnham and Eton operates on Tuesday and Friday 155 Maidenhead to Marlow operates Wednesday only Tel: 01296 630402 or view: www.redeagle.org.uk

CANAL AND RIVER BOAT TRIPS CAVERSHAM BOAT SERVICES, The Boat House, Frys Island, Reading, RG1 8DG Easter-October, 9am-5pm day cruisers for hire also motor boats and skiffs (operating from Christchurch Playing Fields, Caversham) for hire by the hour on the River Thames Tel: 0118 957 4323 or view: www.cavershamboatservices.co.uk FRENCH BROTHERS, The Clewer Boathouse, Clewer Court Road, Windsor, SL4 5JH 40 minute trip from Windsor Promenade upstream to Boveney Lock and return daily mid February-October and weekends only November-early December and early January-mid February boats leave hourly, 10am-5pm (3pm or 4pm winter). 2 hour round trip from Windsor Promenade passing through Boveney Lock towards Monkey Island early April-October daily at 1.30pm and 2.30pm (mid April-late May and early September-October boats leave at 2pm only except at weekends and Bank Holidays). Maidenhead to Windsor and return runs late May-early September, Tuesday-Saturday (some exceptions). Boat leaves Maidenhead at 11am and returns at 5.15pm. Other public trips are available from Windsor to Runnymede and from other moorings on the River Thames. Private charter and special events Tel: 01753 851900 or view: www.frenchbrothers.co.uk FRINGILLA BOAT SERVICES based on the River Thames in 3 locations between Maidenhead and Windsor. One 10-12 seater and three 12 seater classic boats for hire on the River Thames Tel: 07977 448117 or view: www.fringilla.co.uk HENLEY SALES AND CHARTER on the River Thames Skippered charter boats and self-drive boats for hire on the River Thames Tel: 01491 578870 or 07436 812508 or view: www.hscboats.co.uk HOBBS OF HENLEY, Station Road Boathouse, Station Road, Henley, RG9 1AZ Chartered and self-drive launches and rowing boats for hire on the River Thames. Public cruises: 60 minute trip Easter-September, daily at 2.30pm (July-August also at 12 noon and 3.45pm). 2 hour sightseeing trip going upstream through Marsh Lock to Shiplake runs late July–August, Thursday at 3pm. Other public cruises, private charter and special events Tel: 01491 572035 or view: www.hobbsofhenley.com JOHN LOGIE MOTOR BOATS, Barry Avenue, Windsor, SL4 5HZ Motorboats & rowing boats for hire daily, April-September for ½ or 1 hour on the River Thames Tel: 07774 983809 KENNET HORSEBOAT COMPANY on the Kennet and Avon Canal Horse-drawn narrowboat trips Kintbury to Newbury operate daily, Easter-September with variable timetable (2 hour, 2½ hour and 3 hour return trips with some 2½ hour one way trips). Self-drive narrowboat day hire for up to 8 people available all year Tel: 01488 658866 or view: www.kennet-horse-boat.co.uk KRIS CRUISERS, The Waterfront, Southlea Road, Datchet, SL3 9BU 6, 8, 10 and 12 seater diesel and electric powered boats for hire by the hour, half day or for the day available daily, 9am-5.30pm April-October on the River Thames Tel: 01753 543930 or view: www.kriscruisers.co.uk MAIDENHEAD STEAM NAVIGATION COMPANY on the River Thames Charter hire fleet with numerous embarkation points between Henley and Walton-on-Thames Tel: 020 3044 2924 or view: www.maidenheadsteam.co.uk 27


RIVERTIME BOAT TRUST Operates ‘Rivertime’ a 12 seater skippered boat designed for disabled and disadvantaged children and adults and their carers Tel: 01628 780700 or 07599 295544 or view: www.rivertimeboattrust.org.uk SALTERS STEAMERS LTD, 1 Thames Side, Windsor, SL4 1QN 40 minute round trip from Marlow down to Temple Lock daily in season with hourly departure, 11am-5pm. Marlow to Windsor and return early-June-early September on Monday, leaving Marlow at 9.30am and returning at 6pm. Join boat at steps downstream from Boulter's Lock at 11.15am returning to Boulter’s Lock at 4pm. Windsor to Maidenhead and return May-early September on Tuesday and Wednesday, leaving Windsor at 9.15am and 2.15pm and returning at 1.15pm and 6.15pm or leave Maidenhead at 11.30am and return at 4pm with 1 hour in Windsor. Public cruises and short 40/45 minute round trips also available from Abingdon, Henley, Oxford, Reading and Windsor, dates, days and times vary in different locations. Private charter boat hire Tel: 01865 243421 or view: www.salterssteamers.co.uk THAMES RIVERCRUISE, Pipers Island, Bridge Street, Caversham, Reading, RG4 8AH Round trips from Caversham Pier, Thameside Promenade, Caversham run April-September, weekends and Bank Holidays and daily in school holidays (some exceptions): 30 minute trips at 1pm and 3.30pm, 45 minute trips at 12 noon and 4.15pm (not Sunday) and 80 minute trips at 2pm and 4.15pm (Sunday only). Caversham to Mapledurham House, Watermill and Grounds EasterSeptember runs on Sundays (not during Reading Festival). Departs at 2pm and returns at 5.40pm Tel: 0118 948 1088 or view: www.thamesrivercruise.co.uk THAMES STEAMERS at Bourne End Marina, Wharf Lane, Bourne End, SL8 5RR 50 minute public trips on steam launch ‘Alaska’ runs late May and August Bank Holiday weekends, 11am-5pm and from the Thames Traditional Boat Festival held in Henley in mid-July. Chartering available April-November from other moorings mainly between Maidenhead and Henley Tel: 07774 925323 or view: www.thames-steamers.co.uk

HOT AIR BALLOONS Hot air balloons usually fly at dawn and late afternoon/early evening depending on the time of year in still, calm weather conditions BRITISH ASSOCIATION OF BALLOON OPERATORS (BABO) Members are current holders of a UK hot air balloon Air Operators Certificate & code of conduct View: www.babo.org.uk for listings of BABO operators offering passenger flights BRITISH BALLOON AND AIRSHIP CLUB (BBAC) Full membership includes 6 Aerostat magazines per year with articles and information on hot air ballooning, gas ballooning and airships View: www.bbac.org.uk ICICLE REFROZEN BALLOON MEET at Donnington Grove Country Club, Grove Road, Newbury, RG14 2LA. Local balloon meet held 1st or 2nd weekend in January from 8am View: www.icicle-refrozen.com

RAIL TRAVEL GREAT WESTERN RAILWAY Frequent services between London Paddington and Reading and direct service to Oxford. The branch line from Maidenhead to Marlow stops at Furze Platt, Cookham and Bourne End. Trains run from Maidenhead to Slough from where there is a branch line to Windsor and Eton Central. Local service from Maidenhead to Reading stops at Twyford from where there is a branch line to Henley stopping at Wargrave and Shiplake. Change trains at Reading for the South Coast, the 28


Midlands and beyond, Wales and the West Country Tel: 03457 000 125 (6am-11pm) or view: www.gwr.com NATIONAL RAIL ENQUIRIES Local and national train times and tickets. Online journey planner, live departures and arrivals information Tel: 08457 484950 or view: www.nationalrail.co.uk OYSTER Oyster is a plastic smartcard which can hold pay as you go credit, Travelcards and bus and tram passes in London. It can be used on bus, Tube, Docklands Light Railway, tram, London Overground, Emirates Air Line, River Bus and some National Rail services View: www.tfl.gov.uk PLUSBUS Plusbus is a bus ticket that is purchased with a train ticket and gives unlimited bus travel (with most operators) in the town you choose. Travelling by bus can be done at the start, finish or both ends of a train journey View: www.plusbus.info RAILCARDS Types of railcards include: Family & Friends Railcard Can be held by 1 or 2 adults and saves one third off adult fares and 60% off children's fares. It allows up to 4 adults including the railcard holder(s) and up to 4 children to travel on one card. All children’s fares are subject to a £1 minimum fare. At least 1 child (aged 5-15 years) must travel in the group and time of travel restrictions apply Tel: 0844 871 4036 (7am-10pm daily) or view: www.familyandfriends-railcard.co.uk Network Railcard Allows the bearer to take up to three adults who also get one third off their rail fare (subject to travelling after 10am and an off-peak minimum fare Monday-Friday) and take up to four children (aged 5-15 years) and save 60% on the child fare subject to a £1 minimum fare in the network South-East area. Other minimum fares, time and travel restrictions apply View: www.network-railcard.co.uk Two Together Railcard Allows two named people travelling together aged 16 years or over travelling together after 9.30am Monday-Friday and anytime at weekends and Public Holidays to get one third off standard and first class anytime, off-peak and advance fares. Some ticket and travel restrictions apply View: www.twotogether-railcard.co.uk TRAIN TICKETS There are many train tickets available saving money by group travel, day travel cards etc. Ticket office staff can give very helpful advice when making your ticket buying decisions Train ticket types include: Advance tickets – buy in advance, sold in limited numbers and subject to availability. These tickets are only valid on the date and train specified Off-Peak tickets – buy anytime, travel off-peak Anytime tickets – buy anytime, travel anytime. For day trips use off-peak tickets Rovers and Rangers – unlimited travel within a specified area. There may be a few restrictions on when you can travel Season – unlimited travel between two stations for a specified period London 1-Day Travelcard – peak day and off-peak day travelcards Group Travel – gives discounts for groups of 10 or more travelling together to the same destination. Ticket and travel restrictions apply Group Save – gives discounts for groups of 3-9 adults who can get one third off off-peak tickets when travelling together and must travel together at all times. Ticket and travel restrictions apply View: www.nationalrail.co.uk or www.gwr.com 29


STEAM RAILWAY CENTRES BUCKINGHAMSHIRE RAILWAY CENTRE, Quainton Road Station, Quainton, near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP22 4BY. Open February half-term and April-October, TuesdayThursday for static viewing days and Sunday and Bank Holiday weekends, April-October for steaming days. Special events including Santa Specials at weekends in December. Admission charge Tel: 01296 655720 or view: www.bucksrailcentre.org.uk CHINNOR AND PRINCES RISBOROUGH RAILWAY, Station Road, Chinnor, Buckinghamshire, OX39 4ER. Open late March-October on some Saturdays, Sundays, Bank Holidays and Thursdays in August for static viewing, diesel and steaming days. Special events programme including Santa Specials at weekends in December. Admission charge, Tel: General Enquiries (10am-5pm), 07979 055366 or view: www.chinnorrailway.co.uk CHOLSEY & WALLINGFORD RAILWAY, 5 Hithercroft Road, Wallingford, Oxfordshire, OX10 9GQ. The Bunk Line is a former Great Western Railway (GWR) branch line. Steam or diesel hauled trains run late March-October on selected weekends and Bank Holidays. Special events programme including Santa Specials at weekends in December. Admission charge Tel: 01491 835067 or view: www.cholsey-wallingford-railway.com DIDCOT RAILWAY CENTRE, Didcot, Oxfordshire, OX11 7NJ (entrance through Didcot station). 22 acre site of Great Western Railway history. Open weekends and daily June-mid September and school holidays for Exhibition Only Days with steam and/or diesel trains running at weekends and Bank Holidays. Special events programme including Santa Specials. Admission charge Tel: 01235 817200 or view: www.didcotrailwaycentre.org.uk GREAT COCKCROW RAILWAY, Hardwick Lane, Lyne, Chertsey, Surrey, KT16 0AD 7¼" gauge miniature railway running over 2 routes, both just over 1 mile. Open May-October, Sunday, 1.30-5pm, Wednesday, 1-4pm in August and for a few special events. Admission charge Tel: 01932 565474 (Sunday when open) or view: www.cockcrow.co.uk JOCKS LANE MINIATURE RAILWAY, Jocks Lane Recreation Park, off Binfield Road, Bracknell, RG12 2BH. Occasional public running days February-October, either Sunday or Bank Holiday Monday, 2.30-5pm. Small admission charge View: www.bracknellrailwaysociety.co.uk MID-HANTS WATERCRESS LINE, The Railway Station, Alresford, Hampshire, SO24 9JG Trains run between Alresford and Alton stopping at Medstead and Four Marks. Open weekends and Public Holidays March-October and Tuesday-Thursday May-early October and daily during Easter, August and half-term holidays. Special events including Santa Specials. Admission charge Tel: 01962 733810 or view: www.watercressline.co.uk PINEWOOD (WOKINGHAM) MINIATURE RAILWAY, Pinewood Leisure Centre, Old Wokingham Road, Wokingham, RG40 3AQ. 5’’ and 7¼’’ dual gauge ground level track that runs for nearly half a mile. Open March-October on the 3rd Sunday in the month, 1.30-4pm and Santa specials on selected Sundays in December. Small admission charge Tel: 07599 969579 or view: www.pinewoodrailway.co.uk

TRANSPORT MUSEUMS BROOKLANDS MUSEUM, Brooklands Road, Weybridge, Surrey, KT13 0QN Banked racetrack, motoring village and a collection of cars, aircraft, buses, motorcycles and cycles. Concorde Experience (additional fee). Open daily, 10am-5pm (4pm winter). Admission charge Tel: 01932 857381 or view: www.brooklandsmuseum.com LONDON BUS MUSEUM at Brooklands Museum, Brooklands Road, Weybridge, Surrey, KT13 0QN. Houses more than 30 historic buses and coaches covering the period 1925-1973. Open daily, 10am-5pm (4pm winter). Entry included in admission charge to Brooklands Museum Tel: 01932 837994 or view: www.lbpt.org.uk 30


LONDON MUSEUM OF WATER AND STEAM, Green Dragon Lane, Brentford, Middlesex, TW8 0EN. Collection of steam powered vehicles, model steam engines and giant traction engines. Victorian pumping station and waterworks railway. Open daily, 11am-4pm. Admission charge Tel: 020 8568 4757 or view: www.waterandsteam.org.uk LONDON TRANSPORT MUSEUM, Covent Garden Piazza, London, WC2E 7BB London buses, trains, trams, trolleybuses and models. Open daily, 10am (11am Friday)-6pm. Admission charge for adults, under 18s free Tel: 020 7379 6344 or view: www.ltmuseum.co.uk MUSEUM OF BERKSHIRE AVIATION, Mohawk Way, off The Bader Way, Woodley, Berkshire, RG5 4UE. Collection of aircraft and photographs of Berkshire's aviation heritage. Open spring/summer (last Saturday in March-last Sunday in October) Saturday, Sunday, Bank Holidays and Wednesday 10.30am-5pm and winter (first Sunday in November-last but one Sunday in March) Sunday, 12 noon-4pm and Wednesday, 10.30am-4pm. Admission charge Tel: 0118 944 8089 or view: www.museumofberkshireaviation.co.uk NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM, Romney Road, Greenwich, London, SE10 9NF Covers every aspect of seafaring, in peace and in war. Open daily, 10am-5pm. No admission charge Tel: 020 8858 4422 or view: www.rmg.co.uk OXFORD BUS MUSEUM & MORRIS MOTORS MUSEUM, Station Yard, Long Hanborough, Witney, Oxfordshire, OX29 8LA. Over 40 vehicles on display and see the life of William Morris. Open Wednesday, Sunday, most Bank Holidays and Saturday (June-August), 10.30am-4.30pm. Admission charge Tel: 01993 883617 or view: www.oxfordbusmuseum.org.uk ROYAL AIR FORCE MUSEUM LONDON, Grahame Park Way, Hendon, London, NW9 5QW. Over 100 military aircraft. Grahame-White Factory, Milestones of Flight, Bomber Hall, Historic Hangars and Aeronauts Interactive Centre. Open daily, 10am-6pm. No admission charge Tel: 020 8205 2266 or view: www.rafmuseum.org.uk THE HISTORY ON WHEELS MOTOR MUSEUM - see Let's go to Slough, Windsor and Ascot section

TRAVEL PLANNING ONLINE MAPS Apple Maps View: www.mapsconnect.apple.com Google Maps View: www.maps.google.co.uk ROUTE PLANNERS AA Route Planner View: www.theaa.com Green Flag Route Planner View: www.greenflag.co.uk RAC Route Planner View: www.rac.co.uk TRANSPORT FOR LONDON (TFL) London travel information including walking routes and online route planner with live service information Tel: 0343 222 1234 or view: www.tfl.gov.uk TRAVELINE Public transport information Tel: 0871 200 22 33 or view: www.traveline.info 31


Entertainment – Local Cinemas and Theatres Programmes for local theatres and amateur productions are usually available at the Town Hall and Libraries. Details are also advertised in the local press and on the Internet. Early booking for children's shows is advisable. Some of the theatres listed below including Norden Farm Centre for the Arts in Maidenhead, The Curve in Slough, The Firestation Centre for the Arts and Culture in Windsor and The Kenton Theatre in Henley also show films. The Desborough Suite, Town Hall, St Ives Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1RF. (view: www.desboroughtheatre.co.uk) and The Pearce Suite, Magnet Leisure Centre, Holmanleaze, Maidenhead, SL6 8AW. (view: www.leisurecentre.com/magnet-leisure-centre) can be converted to theatre style auditoriums

CINEMAS: Location

Name of Cinema

Tel:

Website: www.

Bracknell

Odeon The Point, Skimped Hill Lane, RG12 1EN

0333 014 4501

odeon.co.uk

Henley

Regal Picturehouse 2 Boroma Way (off Bell Street), RG9 2BZ

0871 902 5738

picturehouses.co.uk

High Wycombe

Cineworld Eden Centre, Denmark Street, HP11 2DB

0871 200 2000

cineworld.co.uk

Empire Crest Road, HP11 1UA

0871 471 4714

empirecinemas.co.uk

Maidenhead

Odeon 42-44 King Street, SL6 1DY

0333 014 4501

odeon.co.uk

Reading

Vue Cinema The Oracle Centre, off Mill Lane North, RG1 2AG

0345 308 4620

myvue.com

Film Theatre Whiteknights Campus, Shinfield Road, RG6 2AH

0118 378 7151

readingfilmtheatre.co.uk

Slough

Empire 45 Queensmere Centre, SL1 1DD

0871 471 4714

empirecinemas.co.uk

Winnersh

Showcase Loddon Bridge, Reading Road, RG41 5HG

0871 220 1000

showcasecinemas.co.uk

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THEATRES: Location

Name of Theatre

Tel:

Website: www.

Bracknell

Wilde Theatre, South Hill Park Arts Centre Ringmead, RG12 7PA

01344 484123

southhillpark.org.uk

Henley

The Kenton Theatre New Street RG9 2BP

01491 575698

kentontheatre.co.uk

High Wycombe

Wycombe Swan Theatre St Mary Street, HP11 2XE

01494 512000

wycombeswan.co.uk

Old Town Hall Queen Victoria Road, HP11 2XE

01494 512000

wycombeswan.co.uk

Maidenhead

Courtyard Theatre, Norden Farm Centre for the Arts Altwood Road, SL6 4PF

01628 788997

nordenfarm.org.uk

Reading

South Street Arts Centre 21 South Street, RG1 4QU

0118 960 6060

readingarts.com

Concert Hall in the Town Hall, Blagrave Street, RG1 1QH

0118 960 6060

readingarts.com

The Hexagon Queen’s Walk, RG1 7UA

0118 960 6060

readingarts.com

Slough

The Curve William Street, SL1 1XY

01753 875533

thecurveslough.com

Windsor

Theatre Royal Thames Street, SL4 1PS

01753 853888

theatreroyalwindsor. co.uk

The Firestation Centre for the Arts and Culture St Leonard’s Road, SL4 1PS

01753 866865

firestationartscentre. com

Wokingham Theatre Cantley Park, Twyford Road, RG40 5TU

0118 978 5363

wokingham-theatre.co.uk

Wokingham

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Eating Out Many garden centres have a café or restaurant with facilities for children including high chairs and children’s menus or will serve smaller portions for children. Most garden centres open 7 days a week and cater for morning coffee, lunches and afternoon tea. PH = Public House ANDREA’S CAFE AND SOFT PLAY AREA, Ockwells Park, Cox Green, SL6 3AA Opening hours vary. Soft play area for under 5s open Monday-Friday & weekends for party bookings Tel: 07769 794062 BELLA ITALIA, Royal Windsor Station, Windsor, SL4 1PJ Tel: 01753 852288 or view: www.bellaitalia.co.uk BURGER KING, 10 Thames Street, Windsor, SL4 1PL Tel: 01753 831351 or view: www.burgerking.co.uk BURGERS, The Causeway, Marlow, SL7 1NF Artisan bakery and tea room. Lunch menu and high chairs Tel: 01628 483389 or view: www.burgersartisanbakery.com COURT GARDEN LEISURE COMPLEX, Pound Lane, Marlow, SL7 2AE Café overlooking Higginson’s Park Tel: 01628 405200 or view: www.placesforpeopleleisure.org.uk DANIEL, 120-125 Peascod Street, Windsor, SL4 1DP Heidi Cafe, The Brasserie restaurant, Le Suquet tea room and YO! Sushi Tel: 01753 801019 or view: www.danielstores.co.uk FLAVIO’S, 116 High Street, Maidenhead, SL6 1PT Coffee bar and restaurant Tel: 01628 675036 FRANCESCO’S (Italian Restaurants), 73-75 King Street, Maidenhead, SL6 1DU, Spittal Street, Marlow, SL7 3HJ and 53 Peascod Street, Windsor, SL4 IAZ. Children’s menus Tel: Maidenhead, 01628 777815, Marlow, 01628 473532 and Windsor, 01753 863773 or view: www.francescos.uk.com GIAN’S, 126 High Street, Maidenhead, SL6 1PT Italian restaurant and pizzeria. Children’s menu Tel: 01628 627412 or view: www.giansrestaurant.co.uk HOLIDAY INN, Manor Lane, Maidenhead, SL6 2RA Restaurant and bar menu. High chairs Tel: 01628 506040 or view: www.himaidenheadhotel.co.uk JENNER'S CAFÉ, Riverside Gardens, Ray Mead Road, Maidenhead, SL6 8NP All day breakfast and large selection of meals and snacks. Seating inside and outside Tel: 01628 621721 or view: www.jennerscafe.com JOHN LEWIS, Holmers Farm Way, High Wycombe, HP12 4NW and Broad Street, Reading, RG1 2BB. The Place to Eat with adjacent baby feeding and changing room in the High Wycombe store Tel: High Wycombe, 01494 462666 and Reading, 0118 957 5955 or view: www.johnlewis.com MAGNET LEISURE CENTRE, Holmanleaze, Maidenhead, SL6 8AW Café Vita. Light snacks and refreshments. Tel: 01628 685333 or view: www.leisurecentre.com/magnet-leisure-centre MARKS AND SPENCER, 60 High Street, Maidenhead, SL6 1PY Tel: 01628 783601 or view: www.marksandspencer.com McDONALDS, 65-67 High Street, Maidenhead, SL6 1JT and 13 Thames Street, Windsor, SL4 IPL Tel: Maidenhead, 01628 627087 and Windsor, 01753 864792 or view: www.mcdonalds.co.uk MILLER & CARTER - STEAKHOUSE, Bath Road, Taplow, SL6 0AJ Tel: 01628 627083 or view: www.millerandcarter.co.uk 34


PALMIERI’S, 52 Furze Platt Road, Maidenhead, SL6 7NN Italian café open Monday-Saturday, 7.30am-5pm Tel: 01628 788234 or view: www.eatatpalmieris.co.uk PIZZA DREAMS CAFÉ, 1 Station Road, Cookham, SL6 9BT Breakfast and lunch menu available, 8am-3pm and dinner menu from 12 noon Tel: 01628 522202 or view: www.pizzadreamscafe.co.uk SHIRE HORSE PH (Chef and Brewer), Bath Road, Littlewick Green, SL6 3QA Children’s menu. Garden Tel: 01628 825335 or view: www.chefandbrewer.com STAFFERTON LODGE (Toby Carvery), Braywick Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1BN Tel: 01628 776489 or view: www.tobycarvery.co.uk TEA POT CAFE, New Market, King Street, Maidenhead, SL6 1DS Breakfast, lunches and snacks Tel: 01628 781991 TEAPOT TEA SHOP, High Street, Cookham, SL6 9SJ Breakfast, lunch and afternoon teas Tel: 01628 529514 or view: www.teapot-teashop.co.uk THE BEAR PH (Wetherspoons), 8-10 High Street, Maidenhead, SL6 IQJ Tel: 01628 763030 or view: www.jdwetherspoons.co.uk THE BELGIAN ARMS PH, Holyport Street, Holyport, SL6 2JR Large garden Tel: 01628 634468 or view: www.thebelgianarms.com THE BOUNTY PH, Cockmarsh, Bourne End, SL8 5RG Restaurant/bar snacks. Open daily April–September and Saturday and Sunday October-March Tel: 01628 520056 or view: www.thebountypub.com THE BRIDGE HOUSE PH, Paley Street, SL6 3JS Large garden Tel: 01628 789889 or view: www.bridgehousepaleysteet.co.uk THE FEATHERS PH (Chef and Brewer), Taplow Common Road, Taplow, SL1 8NS Children’s menu. Large garden Tel: 01628 664646 or view: www.chefandbrewer.com THE GREEN PARROT, 26 Queen Street, Maidenhead, SL6 1HZ Tel: 01628 630048 THE JOLLY FARMER PH, Church Road, Cookham Dean, SL6 9PD Children’s menu. Garden Tel: 01628 482905 or view: www.thejollyfarmerpub.com THE KINGS ARMS PH, High Street, Cookham, SL6 9SJ Children’s menu. Large garden Tel: 01628 530667 or view: www.thekingsarmscookham.co.uk THE NARRATIVE CAFÉ in the Library, St Ives Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1QU Refreshments and snacks Tel: 01628 685647 or view: www.thenarrativecafe.co.uk THE RENDEZVOUS CAFE, rear of reception, Town Hall, St Ives Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1SN Tel: 01628 685783 or view: www.ageconcernsabe.org.uk THE SPADE OAK PH, Coldmoorholme Lane, Bourne End, SL8 5PS Children’s menu Tel: 01628 520090 or view: www.thespadeoak.co.uk THE WINDSOR LAD PH (Harvester), Maidenhead Road, Windsor, SL4 5HQ Tel: 01753 864634 or view: www.harvester.co.uk YORK CAFÉ at Maidenhead Community Centre, 42 York Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1SH View: www.maidenheadcentre.org.uk 35


Focus on the Under Fives ACTIVITIES FOR THE UNDER FIVES AQUAZONE – see Sports and Leisure section - Swimming AZURE THEATRE SCHOOL – see Art Centres, Art, Dance, Drama and Music section and Community and Youth Centres section BABY MATTERS in Maidenhead NCT trained ante and post-natal coach. Baby massage and family first aid courses Tel: 07005 803693 or view: www.babymatters-uk.co.uk BILINGUASING – see Children’s Centres section BLOSSOM BALLET at Norden Farm Centre for the Arts and Cox Green Community Centre – see Arts Centres, Art, Dance, Drama and Music and Community and Youth Centres sections BOOKSTART A national programme that gives free books to parents and carers to encourage them to enjoy books with children from as early an age as possible. Bookstart Baby Packs are distributed to babies 0-12 months by Health Visitors and Bookstart Treasure Packs for ages 3-4 years are delivered via nurseries or early years setting. For more information on Bookstart contact your local library or ask your health visitor. Bookstart Bear Club has free online membership. Some dual-language Bookstart titles are available in print and online. For Bookstart Packs for children with additional needs – see Activities and Clubs section Tel: 01628 683800 or view: www.rbwm.gov.uk or www.bookstart.org.uk CHEEKY CHARLIE’S at Magnet Leisure Centre – see Sports and Leisure Centres section CRAFTY COOKS PRE-SCHOOL COOKERY CLUB in Maidenhead Tuesday and Thursday at 10am and 1.30pm and Friday at 9.30am and 11am for ages 2-5 years Tel: 07533 653066 or view: www.craftycooks.co.uk DIDDY DISCO at Methodist Church Hall, Lower Road, Cookham, SL6 9HT Drop in baby and toddlers’ activity group Monday, cartoons from 9.15am and disco 9.30-10.15am and cartoons from 10.15am and disco 10.30-11.15am Tel: 07836 640430 or view: www.diddydisco.co.uk ELITE ACADEMY OF DANCE - see Arts Centres, Art, Dance, Drama and Music section HARTBEEPS at Boyne Hill Cricket Club, Boyn Grove, Highway Road, Maidenhead, SL6 5AE, Cox Green Community Centre, 51 Highfield Lane, Cox Green, SL6 3AX and Four Marlow Road Youth and Community Centre, 4 Marlow Road, Maidenhead, SL6 7YR. Sound and play sensory classes Tuesday and Wednesday at Four Marlow Road and Friday at Boyne Hill and Cox Green, times vary Tel: 01628 639727 or view: www.hartbeeps.com JULIE BAUGH SCHOOL OF BALLET – see Arts Centres, Art, Dance, Drama and Music section LITTLE KICKERS at St Piran’s Centre, St Piran’s School, Gringer Hill, Maidenhead, SL6 7LZ Junior Kickers Saturday, 9.20-10.05am & 10.20-11.05am for ages 2-3½ years, Mighty Kickers Saturday, 8.25-9.10am & 11.15am-12 noon for ages 3½-4 years and Mega Kickers Saturday, 11.25am12.15pm for ages 5-6 years. Also at Magnet Leisure Centre - see Sports and Leisure Centres section Tel: 07477 648340 or view: www.littlekickers.co.uk LITTLE RUGBY at St Piran’s School, Gringer Hill, Maidenhead, SL6 7LZ Non contact rugby. Junior Rugby Sunday, 9.30-10.15am for ages 2-3½ years and Mighty Rugby Sunday, 10.30-11.15am for ages 3½-5 years Tel: 01628 526584 or view: www.littlerugby.co.uk LITTLE WRIGGLERS – see Art Centres, Art, Dance, Drama and Music section LOUD AND PROUD – see Art Centres, Art, Dance, Drama and Music section 36


MAD ACADEMY at Boyne Hill Cricket Club, Boyn Grove, Highway Road, Maidenhead, SL6 5AE Music, movement, rhythm and dance classes Thursday, 9.40-10.25am for walkers to ages 4 years and 10.30-11.05am for babies and crawlers in term time Tel: 07935 248749 or view: www.madacademy.com MAGPIES IN THE COMMUNITY – see Sport and Leisure section - Football MAIDENHEAD GYMNASTICS – GYMTOTS! at Altwood C of E School, Altwood Road, Maidenhead, SL6 4PU. Pre-school gymnastics Wednesday-Saturday 10-11.15am for walking-3+ years and Wednesday and Friday, 3.15-4.15pm for ages 3-4+ years Tel: 07957 223124 or view: www.maidenheadgymnastics.uk MESSY PLAY – see Arts Centres, Art, Music, Dance and Drama section MIND BODY AND BABY in Maidenhead 5 week baby massage courses for babies from 8 weeks to crawling and drop in/catch up sessions Tel: 07711 938856 or view: www.mindbodyandbump.co.uk MOO MUSIC at Boyne Hill Cricket Club, Boyn Grove, Highway Road, Maidenhead, SL6 5AE and High Street Methodist Church, High Street, Maidenhead, SL6 1EF. Music sessions for ages 0-5 years Monday, 1-1.40pm at Boyne Hill Cricket Club and Wednesday, 10-10.40am at High Street Methodist Church Tel: 07454 736743 or view: www.moo-music.co.uk ONCE UPON A BUS at selected locations Storytelling on a double-decker bus Tel: 07912 101619 or view: www.onceuponabus.com PAT STEEL SCHOOL OF DANCE – see Arts Centres, Art, Dance, Drama and Music section and Sports and Leisure Centres section PHOENIX GYMNASTICS, Unit 1, Water Oakley Farm, Windsor Road, Windsor, SL4 5UJ Gym Babies Wednesday, 9.15-10am for ages 8 weeks-18 months. Pre booked classes: Gym Cubs for ages 18 months-3 years and Gym Bears for ages 3-5 years. Play Gym flexible drop-in play sessions for the under 5s open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9.15am-12.30pm, Wednesday, 12.45-2.45pm and Sunday Play Gym held once a month, 9.15am-12.30pm. For older ages groups – see Sport and Leisure section Tel: 01628 778881 or view: www.phoenixgym.co.uk PHOENIX TRAMPOLINING GYMNASTICS at East Berkshire College, Station Road, Langley, SL3 8BY. Trampoline sessions Saturday, 11-11.30am for boys and girls ages 3-5 years. For older age groups – see Sport and Leisure section Tel: 01628 778881 or view: www.phoenixgym.co.uk or www.phoenix-gymnastics.class4kids.co.uk REDROOFS, 26 Bath Road, Maidenhead, SL6 4JT Musical Theatre Tuesday, 4.15-5.15pm for ages 4-6 years, Little Star Performers Friday, 10.30-11am for ages 20 months-3 years and 11.15-11.45am for ages 12-19 months, Pre Primary Ballet Saturday, 99.45am for ages 4½-5½ years, Little Stars Dance Saturday, 9.15-10.15am for ages 3-4 years, Musical Theatre Saturday, 9.15-10.15am for ages 4-6 years and Baby Ballet Saturday, 12 noon-12.45pm for ages 3-4½ years. For older age groups – see Art Centres, Art, Dance, Drama and Music section Tel: 01628 674092 or view: www.redroofs.co.uk RHYMETIMES AND STORYTIMES at Boyn Grove Library, 11 Courthouse Road, Maidenhead, SL6 6JE, Cookham Library, High Road, Cookham Rise, SL6 9JF, Cox Green Library, Highfield Lane, Maidenhead, SL6 3AX and Maidenhead Library, St Ives Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1QU. 30 minute sessions of songs and rhymes and/or stories for the under 5s and their parents and carers Tel: Boyn Grove Library, 01628 685617, Cookham Library, 01628 526147, Cox Green Library, 01628 673942 and Maidenhead Library, 01628 796969 or view: www.rbwm.gov.uk for session dates RUGBYTOTS – see Sport and Leisure section SHOWSTOPPER BABIES at St Peter’s Church, St Peter’s Road, Maidenhead, SL6 7QU Musical theatre music and sensory classes for babies newborn-walking. Monday at 1pm for newborn and sitting, 2pm for newborn, sitting and crawling and 3pm for crawling and first steps Tel: 07885 150034 or view: www.showstopperuk.com 37


SPLASH SCHOOL – see Sports and Leisure section SPORT4KIDS at Cox Green Leisure Centre, Highfield Lane, Cox Green, SL6 3AX Football sessions Sunday, 9.45-10.35am for ages 18 months-3 years and 9.50-10.35am for ages 3-5 years Tel: 0845 052 1347 or view: www.sports4kids.biz SWIM KIDZ – see Sports and Leisure section TEDDIES MUSIC CLUB at Boyne Hill Cricket Club, Boyn Grove, Highway Road, Maidenhead, SL6 5AE, Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Altwood Road, Maidenhead, SL6 4PF and Pinkneys Green Youth and Community Centre, Blenheim Road, Maidenhead, SL6 5HE. 40 minute drop in music and singing group for ages 0-5 years and their parents or carers. Monday, 10am and 11am at Pinkneys Green Youth and Community Centre, Tuesday, 10am and 11am at Boyne Hill Cricket Club and Wednesday, 10am at Norden Farm Centre for the Arts Tel: 01628 639878 or 01628 671146 or view: www.teddiesmusicclub.co.uk THE ELIZABETH FENTON SCHOOL OF DANCING – see Community and Youth Centres section TRAMPOLINING at Magnet Leisure Centre – see Sports and Leisure Centres section TURTLE TOTS at Newlands Girls’ School, Farm Road, Maidenhead, SL6 5JB and St Piran’s School, Gringer Hill, Maidenhead, SL6 7LZ. Baby and toddler swimming lessons Sunday afternoon Tel: 07436 881137 or view: www.turtletots.com WATER BABIES at Manor Green School, Elizabeth Hawkes Way, Maidenhead, SL6 3EQ Newlands Girls’ School, Farm Road, Maidenhead, SL6 5JB and St Piran’s School, Gringer Hill, Maidenhead, SL6 7LZ. 30 minute water confidence classes from birth. Thursday afternoon, Saturday and Sunday mornings at Manor Green, Saturday afternoon at Newlands Girls’ School and Friday morning at St Piran’s School Tel: 01256 844926 or view: www.waterbabies.co.uk YOGA BABES at Maidenhead Community Centre, 42 York Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1SH Baby yoga Tuesday, 11-11.50am for ages 6 weeks-crawling. For details of the Mums and Tots class at Larchfield Children’s Centre – see Children’s Centres section Tel: 07505 147957 or view: www.yogatime66.co.uk

CHILDCARE All registered providers offering childcare will have been issued a certificate from Ofsted providing details of the number of children, age range and qualifications of the staff or provider. Anyone who works with children and young people will have had a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check. The nursery settings and childminders have regular inspections from Ofsted and they should also have available their policies on key issues such as health and safety, and child protection. The Borough's early years development officers ensure that standards are being maintained. Providing the childcare provider is registered with Ofsted, including the voluntary register, parents and carers can get financial help with those costs through tax credits. Details of local childcare options are available online in the RBWM Family Service Directory View: www.directory.rbwm.gov.uk AU PAIRS, HOME CHILDCARERS AND NANNIES An au pair helps a family with childcare and housework while staying as a guest, and usually receives a small allowance. An au pair is not a qualified nanny. Placements can be made via au pair agencies. A nanny is employed by the parent or carer, and may or may not have nursery nurse qualifications. Au pairs, home childcarers and nannies are not registered but they may choose to register with Ofsted on the Voluntary Childcare Register as this would enable the parent or carer to get financial help through tax credits. View: www.directory.rbwm.gov.uk 38


BABY CLINICS, BREASTFEEDING AND OTHER SUPPORT At baby and child health clinics babies can be weighed and parents or carers can get helpful advice from the health visiting team on breastfeeding, sleep routines, weaning etc. Local Health Visitor Drop-In Baby Clinics include: Pinkneys Green Youth and Community Centre, Blenheim Road, Maidenhead, SL6 5HE Friday, 10am-12.30pm. Breastfeeding information and support is available on alternate weeks Riverside Children’s Centre, West Dean, off Ray Mill Road West, Maidenhead, SL6 7JB Monday, 1.30-3pm. Breastfeeding information and support is available on alternate weeks Woodlands Park Village Centre, Manifold Way, Waltham Road, Woodlands Park, SL6 3GW Wednesday, 1-3pm. Breastfeeding information and support is available on alternate weeks Tel: Duty Health Visitor, 0300 365 6523 and National Breastfeeding Helpline, 0300 100 0212 BABYSITTERS A babysitter should be at least 16 years old. This provision is usually an informal arrangement in the child’s home and is unregistered. Parents and carers by law are responsible for their children up to the age of 16 years. The NSPCC has information about leaving a responsible 14 year old home alone, or even at home with younger children View: www.nspcc.org.uk BABYSITTING CIRCLES These are an informal arrangement and are unregistered. One parent families may be able to do daytime sits to balance hours BREAKFAST CLUBS, AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS, OUT OF SCHOOL CARE AND SCHOOL HOLIDAY SCHEMES Safe care provision for children at breakfast clubs, after school clubs, out of school care and school holiday schemes on school premises or youth and community centres require Ofsted registration. For local provision – see Breakfast Clubs, After School Care, Family Fun in the Holidays and School Holiday Activities and Courses section View: www.directory.rbwm.gov.uk CHILDMINDER PLUS Operates as a short break service to offer respite and support to families where there are children ages 0-18 years with additional needs. A referral is required to access this service Tel: Children and Young People Disability Service (CYPDS), 01628 685878 or Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH), 01628 683150 or view: www. rbwm.gov.uk CHILDMINDERS A childminder is a person who, for payment, cares for other people's children aged 0-8 years in their own home. If it is for more than two hours a day they must be registered with Ofsted. All registered childminders must have completed the requirements set by Ofsted before their registration certificate is issued. The service varies enormously, ranging from full day care to occasional minding. The cost is a private arrangement between the childminder and the parents View: www.directory.rbwm.gov.uk CRECHE A crèche may provide registered or unregistered care. Often used for a day nursery attached to a parent's place of work, and as such it would be required to be Ofsted registered. It can refer to a safe place for a child to be left for a short period while his/her parents take part in an activity on the same premises. If the facility were open for more than two hours in any one day, Ofsted registration would be required HEALTH VISITORS Health visitors are all registered nurses or midwives, highly trained, with good resources and can help with lots of family matters. They offer parenting support, new birth visits with advice on feeding, weaning and dental health as well as physical and developmental checks. Health visiting services are available to parents and carers with babies and children under five years old Tel: Duty Health Visitor, Monday-Friday (excluding Bank Holidays), 9am-5pm, 0300 365 6523 39


HIGHVIEW TOY LIBRARY, Highview, 6 North Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1PL Highview Toy Library offers a wide range of stimulating toys for borrowing and is available to all young children and children with special needs up to school leaving age. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Open Wednesday, 10am-12 noon and 1st Sunday in the month, 3-5pm Tel: 01628 630622 MAIDENHEAD AND WINDSOR CHILDMINDING GROUP Supports local registered childminders and has developed strong links with the community, the Local Authority and Children’s Centres as well as identifying support and training opportunities to enable childminders to maintain continued professional development. The group organises events and visits for childminders and children. Drop-in groups meet in term time only at Holyport Memorial Hall, Moneyrow Green, Holyport, SL6 2NA on Monday and Wednesday, 9.30-11.30am View: www.maidenheadandwindsorchildmindinggroup.org.uk NATIONAL CHILDBIRTH TRUST (NCT) Maidenhead and Marlow branch Information and support in pregnancy, childbirth and early parenthood. Small Talk Newsletter, Baby First Aid Courses and Bumps and Babes Coffee Morning Thursday, 10.30am-12 noon at Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Altwood Road, Maidenhead, SL6 4PF Tel: 0300 330 0700 or view: www.nct.org.uk PARENTS’ SUPPORT GROUPS A group of carers, parents and children may agree to meet weekly in each other's homes. The idea is that one or two of the parents remain ‘on duty’ on each occasion, to give the other carers and parents some free time. This is an informal arrangement and is unregistered RE:CHARGE R&R Re:charge R&R (Revive & Restore) works with families in the Maidenhead community. It runs three, weekly drop-in sessions where families can feel safe, valued and accepted and provides help with parenting, stress and difficulties with home life. The free sessions are for at least four hours long, run for most weeks of the year and during the school holidays. They are held at: Larchfield Community Centre, Desborough Park, Maidenhead, SL6 2TN (either walk across the park or drive via Desborough Crescent). Tuesday, 10am-2pm, bring your own lunch Quaker Meeting House, 14 West Street, Maidenhead, SL6 1RL Thursday, 10am-3pm, bring your own lunch St Peter’s Church, St Peter’s Road, Maidenhead, SL6 7QU Wednesday, 10am-3pm, lunch provided or bring your own View: www.rechargerandr.org.uk

CHILDREN’S CENTRES Children’s Centres are places where local families with children under 5 years old can enjoy activities, receive support and advice in many different ways from trained professionals. Activities are designed for parents expecting a baby or for those with children under 5 years old, encouraging social interaction, development and learning through play, and supporting transition to school. Sometimes support can be offered in the home. Learning Journals are available to record childrens important achievements along with their journey of learning. The Maidenhead Children’s Centre Hub issues a guide before the start of each school term which can also be viewed online with details of activities and services within Maidenhead, for families with children under 5 Tel: 01628 685642 or view: www.rbwm.gov.uk Children’s Centres in the Maidenhead hub are: LARCHFIELD CHILDREN’S CENTRE, Bargeman Road, Maidenhead, SL6 2SG Tel: 01628 685642 or view: www.rbwm.gov.uk Activities and services include: Child Development Checks Thursday, 1.30-4pm by appointment only 40


Saturday Stay and Play Drop in and play Saturday, 10-11.30am for ages 0-5 years and their parents and carers in term time Stay and Play Drop in and play Thursday, 10-11.30am for ages 0-5 years and their parents and carers Yoga Babes 5 week sessions. Post natal exercises and yoga for mums and babies from 6 weeks to crawling Wednesday, 2-2.50pm and Yoga Mums & Tots Wednesday, 3-3.50pm in term time Tel: 07505 147957 or view: www.yogatime66.co.uk PINKNEYS GREEN YOUTH AND COMMUNITY CENTRE, Blenheim Road, Maidenhead, SL6 5HE Tel: 01628 685642 or view: www.rbwm.gov.uk Activities and services include: Aerobics Class Fitness class for women only Wednesday, 1.15-2.45pm Tel: 07776 203358 Health Visitor Drop-in Clinic Baby Clinic and Health Visiting Team can give advice on breastfeeding, sleep routines and weaning etc. Friday, 10am-12.30pm Nurture Group Drop in and play with health visiting team in attendance Friday, 11.30am-1pm for ages 0-9 months and their parents and carers Rhyme Time Drop in and sing Wednesday, 10.45-11.45am for ages 0-5 years and their parents and carers in term time Stay and Play Drop in and play Thursday, 1-2.30pm for ages 0-5 years and their parents and carers Zumbini Thursday, 10-11am for ages 0-3 years and their parents and carers in term time Tel: 07775 653051 RIVERSIDE CHILDREN’S CENTRE, West Dean, off Ray Mill Road West, Maidenhead, SL6 7JB Tel: 01628 685642 or view: www.rbwm.gov.uk Activities and services include: Asian Women’s Group - Kushi Support group for Asian women (with crèche if required) Thursday, 10am-12 noon in term time Tel: 01628 685630 or view: www.rbwm.gov.uk Child Development Checks Wednesday, 1.30-4pm by appointment only Health Visitor Drop-in Clinic Baby Clinic and Health Visiting Team can give advice on breastfeeding, sleep routines and weaning etc. Monday, 1.30-3pm Inbetweenies Drop in and play Tuesday 10-11.30am for ages 1-2 years and their parents and carers Messy Mondays Drop in and play Monday, 10-11am for ages 0-5 years in term time Nature Play Drop in and outdoor play April-October Thursday and Friday, 10-11.30am for ages 0-5 years in term time Nurture Group Drop in and play with health visiting team in attendance Wednesday, 10-11.30am for ages 0-9 months and their parents and carers in English and Punjabi and other languages may be available on request Stay and Play Drop in and play Tuesday, 1-2.30pm for ages 0-5 years and their parents and carers 41


Young Parents Group Drop in and play Monday, 2-3.30pm for young parents under 25 years and their children 0-5 years WOODLANDS PARK CHILDREN’S CENTRE at Woodlands Park Village Centre Site, Manifold Way, Waltham Road, Woodlands Park, SL6 3GW Tel: 01628 685642 or view: www.rbwm.gov.uk Activities and services include: BilinguaSing Spanish sensory music classes in term time for ages 0-5 years and their parents and carers. Baby Loves Spanish Tuesday, 2-2.45pm for ages 6 weeks+, crawlers and babies finding their feet. We Sing Spanish Tuesday, 3-3.45pm for crawlers and toddlers. We Sing Spanish Tuesday, 4-4.45pm for toddlers and preschoolers Tel: 07884 113601 or view: www.bilinguasing.com Health Visitor Drop-in Clinic Baby Clinic and Health Visiting Team can give advice on breastfeeding, sleep routines and weaning etc. Wednesday, 1.30-3pm Nurture Group Drop in and play with health visiting team in attendance Tuesday, 10-11.30am for ages 0-12 months and their parents and carers Stay and Play Drop in and play Monday, 1-2.30pm for ages 0-5 years and their parents and carers Twins and More Group Drop in and play Wednesday, 10am-12 noon for ages 0-5 years and their parents and carers

PARENT AND TODDLER GROUPS These are informal groups for children and their parents or carers to visit together as they remain with and are responsible for their children during the session. Toys, games and activities are available. Adults can enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and a chat while the children play. There is no Ofsted registration requirement and these groups do not usually open during school holidays. To contact any of the providers just call in while the group is in session Parent and Toddler Groups include: 3G – THREE GENERATIONS, The Neville Hall, Milley Road, Waltham St Lawrence, RG10 0JP Babies, toddlers, parents, carers and grandparents meet every Thursday, 10-11.30am COME AND PLAY, Methodist Church and Wesley Hall, Lower Road, Cookham Rise, SL6 9HJ Tuesday, 9.15-11.15am and Friday, 10am-12 noon DOT TO DOT PARENT AND TODDLER GROUP, The Kidwells Centre, 41 Marlow Road, Maidenhead, SL6 7AQ. Wednesday, 9.45-11.30am HOLYPORT PARENT AND TODDLER GROUPS, Holyport Memorial Hall, Moneyrow Green, Holyport, SL6 2NQ. Monday and Wednesday, 9.30-11.30am (Maidenhead and Windsor Childminding Group) and Thursday, 9.30-11.30am HOLY TRINITY BABY & TODDLER GROUP, Holy Trinity Parish Centre, Church Gate, Cookham, SL6 9SP. Thursday, 9.45-11.45am LARCHFIELD LADYBIRDS at Larchfield Community Centre, Desborough Park, Maidenhead, SL6 2TN. River Church toddler group Wednesday, 10am-12 noon LITTLE ANGELS’ PARENT AND TODDLER GROUP, Salvation Army Hall, East Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1PJ. Tuesday, 9.30-11.30am LITTLE FISHES NURSERY SERVICE, Cox Green Community Centre, 51 Highfield Lane, Cox Green, SL6 3AX. Pram service and activities Wednesday, 9.30-10.30am LITTLE ROOTS, The Tree House in the churchyard of St Mary’s Church, Church Hill, White Waltham, SL6 3JH. Monday, 9-11am 42


METHODIST CHURCH PARENT AND TODDLER GROUP, High Street, Maidenhead, SL6 1EF. Tuesday, 9.30-11.30am PEBBLES PARENT AND TODDLER GROUP, Priory Room, St Mary the Virgin, High Street, Hurley, SL6 5NF. Thursday, 10.30am includes a short period of worship RAINBOW TODDLERS at Christadelphian Church Hall, 10 York Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1SF Wednesday, 10am-12 noon ST EDMUND CAMPION BABY AND TODDLER GROUP, St Edmund Campion Parish Centre, Altwood Road, Maidenhead, SL6 4PY. Friday, 9-11am ST LUKE'S BABIES AND TODDLER GROUP, St Luke’s Community Hall, Norfolk Road, Maidenhead, SL6 7AX. Thursday, 9.30-11.15am and occasionally during the school summer holidays ST MARY’S PARENT AND TODDLER GROUPS, St Mary's Church Hall, 14 High Street, Maidenhead, SL6 1YY. Stepping Stones Monday, 9.45-11.15am includes a short Christian service. Toddlers Wednesday and Friday, 9.45-11.15am. Baby Café, an informal baby group for new and expectant mums Wednesday, 11.30am-12.45pm ST PETER'S PARENT AND TODDLER GROUP, St Peter's Church Centre, St Peter’s Road, Maidenhead, SL6 7QA. Monday, 10-11.30am STAY AND PLAY at Larchfield, Pinkneys Green, Riverside and Woodlands Park Children’s Centres – see Children’s Centres section STAY AND PLAY at Cookham Nursery School, Herries School and Highfield School – see Day Nurseries, Nursery Schools, Pre-Schools, Playgroups and Montessori section TAPLOW TADPOLES, Thames Valley Adventure Playground, Bath Road, Taplow, SL6 0PR Integrated group for the under 5s with or without a special need Wednesday, 9.30-11am Tel: 01628 628599 or view: www.tvap.co.uk TINY SAINTS BABIES’ AND TODDLERS’ GROUP, All Saints Parish Centre, Church Close, Boyn Hill Road, Maidenhead, SL6 4HE. Friday, 10-11.30am TRINITY NIPPERS, Holy Trinity Church, Church Gate, Cookham, SL6 9SP Tuesday, 10.15-11.15am (30 minutes in church followed by play in the Parish Centre) WOODLANDS PARK METHODIST CHURCH TODDLER GROUP, Woodlands Park Road, Woodlands Park, SL6 3NW. Thursday, 1.30-3pm

DAY NURSERIES, NURSERY SCHOOLS, PRE-SCHOOLS, PLAYGROUPS AND MONTESSORI SCHOOLS Ofsted registration is mandatory. Full time day nurseries open most of the year, some take babies from newborn, offer morning or afternoon sessions and extended day care. There are many nursery schools or classes, pre-schools and playgroups and Montessori schools operating in term time offering opportunities for ages 2 years to school age to play and learn in safe stimulating surroundings. Sessions can last up to 4 hours and children can attend in the morning, afternoon or both. Extended day care, breakfast club and lunch club may also be available. Age ranges and hours of operation vary from school to school. Pupils of Local Authority nursery schools and foundation units usually attend either 5 mornings or 5 afternoons per week 43


Local Authority nursery schools and classes operating in term time only within RBWM are: BOYNE HILL C of E INFANT AND NURSERY SCHOOL, Rutland Road, Maidenhead, SL6 4HZ. Nursery school Monday-Friday, 8.45-11.45am and 12.25-3.25pm for ages 3-4 years Tel: 01628 622708 or view: www.boynehillschool.org.uk COOKHAM NURSERY SCHOOL, Station Hill, Cookham, SL6 9BT Monday-Friday, early drop off 8.15-8.45am, 8.45-11.45am, lunch club 11.45am-12.30pm and 12.303.30pm for ages 3-4 years. Stay and Play drop-in session Wednesday, 9.15-10.45am for all under 5s Tel: 01628 520002 or view: www.nurseryfederation.co.uk HOLYPORT C of E PRIMARY SCHOOL & FOUNDATION UNIT, Stroud Farm Road, Holyport, SL6 2LP. Nursery class Monday-Friday, 8.40-11.45am for ages from 3-4 years Tel: 01628 627743 or view: www.holyportprimaryschool.co.uk LARCHFIELD PRIMARY AND NURSERY SCHOOL, Bargeman Road, Maidenhead, SL6 2SG Nursery school Monday-Friday, 8.30-11.30am and 12.30-3.30pm for ages 3-4 years Tel: 01628 622522 or view: www.larchfieldschool.co.uk MAIDENHEAD NURSERY SCHOOL, School Lane, Maidenhead, SL6 7PG Monday-Friday, 8.45-11.45am and 12.30-3.30pm and limited 9am-3pm places for ages 3-4 years. Lunch club, 11.45am-12.30pm Tel: 01628 623551 or view: www.nurseryfederation.co.uk RIVERSIDE PRIMARY SCHOOL AND NURSERY, Donnington Gardens, Cookham Road, Maidenhead, SL6 7JA. Nursery Monday-Friday, 8.45-11.45am and 12.15-3.15pm for ages 3-4 years Tel: 01628 621741 or view: www.riversideprimaryschool.org.uk WESSEX PRIMARY SCHOOL AND NURSERY, St Adrian's Close, Cox Green, SL6 3AT Nursery Monday-Friday, 9am-12 noon and 12.30-3.15pm or 3.30pm for ages 3-4 years. Breakfast club 8-9am and lunch club 12 noon-12.30pm or 1pm Tel: 01628 626724 or view: www.wessexprimary.org.uk WOODLANDS PARK PRIMARY & NURSERY SCHOOL, Heywood Avenue, Woodlands Park, SL6 3JB. Nursery school Monday-Friday, 8.40-11.45am with lunch club until 1pm for ages 3-4 years. Rhyme Time! on the double-decker library bus Thursday, 2-2.30pm for all under 5s Tel: 01628 822350 or view: www.woodlandsparkschool.co.uk Private providers operating in term time only are: BEEHIVE PRE-SCHOOL, The Hut, Holmanleaze, Maidenhead, SL6 8AW Monday-Friday, 9am-12 noon and 12-3pm and lunch club 12 noon-12.30pm for ages 2 years-school age Tel: 01628 777243 or view: www.beehivepreschool.co.uk BIRDWOOD NURSERY SCHOOL at St Mark's Methodist Church Hall, Allenby Road, Maidenhead, SL6 5BQ. Monday-Friday, 9am-12 noon for ages 2 years-school age. Lunch club Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 12 noon-1pm Tel: 01628 631024 BRAY PRE-SCHOOL at Bray Village Hall, High Street, Bray, SL6 2AR Monday-Friday, 9.15am-12.15pm, lunch club and 12.45-3pm for ages 2 years-school age Tel: 07518 420436 or view: www.braypre-school.org.uk BRAYWOOD MONTESSORI SCHOOL at Braywood Memorial Hall, Fifield Road, Fifield, SL6 2NX. Monday-Friday, 9am-12.30pm (Tuesday-Thursday, 3.15pm) for ages 2 years-school age Tel: 01628 676717 COOKHAM MONTESSORI SCHOOL at The Scout Hall, Grange Road, Cookham, SL6 9TH Monday-Friday, school sessions 9.30am-12.30pm & 12.30-3.30pm. Breakfast club 8.30-9am, early bird club 9-9.30am, lunch club 12.30-1.30pm and afternoon club 1.30-3.30pm for ages 2 years-school age Tel: 01628 529414 or 01494 531565 (out of hours) or view: www.cookhammontessori.com COX GREEN COMMUNITY CENTRE PRE-SCHOOL at Cox Green Community Centre, 51 Highfield Lane, Cox Green, SL6 3AX. Monday-Friday, 9.15am-12.15pm, lunch club Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 12.15-1.15pm for ages 2 years-school age Tel: 01628 636715 or view: www.coxgreenpreschool.co.uk 44


FIRST STEPS PRE-SCHOOL at The Methodist Church, Woodlands Park Road, Woodlands Park, SL6 3NW. Monday-Friday, 9.30am-12.30pm, lunch club (not Tuesday and Thursday) until 1.30pm (2pm Friday) for ages 2 years-school age Tel: 01628 829328 or view: www.firststeps-preschool.co.uk HOLYPORT PRE-SCHOOL at The Dhensa Childerhouse Youth Centre, Moneyrow Green, Holyport, SL6 2NA. Monday-Friday, 9am-12 noon (3pm Wednesday and Friday) for ages 2½ yearsschool age. Lunch club Wednesday and Friday Tel: 07840 935401 or view: www.holyportpreschool.org.uk JOYCE VAKHARIA NURSERY SCHOOL at Spiritualist Church Hall, York Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1SF. Monday-Friday, 9.15am-12.15pm for ages 2½ years-school age Tel: 01628 632834 or 07960 290082 LITTLE FISHES PRE-SCHOOL at Furze Platt War Memorial Hall, 75 Furze Platt Road, Maidenhead, SL6 7NG. Monday-Friday, 9.15am-1pm including lunch club for ages 2½ years-school age Tel: 07855 572336 (pre-school hours) or view: www.little-fishes-preschool.co.uk LITTLE ME PRE-SCHOOL at Maidenhead & Bray Cricket Club, The High Street, Bray, SL6 2AA Monday-Friday, 8.30-11.30am, lunch club 11.30am-12 noon and 12-3pm with extended day 3-4pm Tel: 07940 207089 or view: www.littleme-preschool.co.uk NOAH'S ARK PRE-SCHOOL at Cookham Dean Village Hall, Church Road, Cookham Dean, SL6 9PD. Monday-Friday, 9am-1pm for ages 2½ years-school age. Stay and Play drop-in session Tuesday, 10-11am Tel: 01628 485708 (Monday-Friday, 9am-1pm) or view: www.noahsarkschool.co.uk POUNDFIELD PRE-SCHOOL at The Community Hall, Radcot Close, Maidenhead, SL6 7UJ Monday-Friday, 9.15am-12.15pm and lunch club Monday and Friday for ages 2½ years-school age Tel: 01628 621130 ST EDMUND CAMPION CATHOLIC NURSERY at St Edmund Campion Catholic Primary School, Altwood Road, Maidenhead, SL6 4PX. Monday-Friday, morning club 7.45-8.30am, 8.4511.45am, lunch club and 12.30-3.30pm for ages 3 years-school age Tel: 01628 639891 or view: www.st-edmund.org.uk ST MARY'S CATHOLIC PRE-SCHOOL at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Cookham Road, Maidenhead, SL6 7EG. Monday-Friday, breakfast club 7.45-8.50am, 9am-12 noon and 12.30-3.30pm (not Wednesday) for ages 2½ years-school age Tel: 01628 627013 or view: www.stmarys-maidenhead.org.uk WESTBOROUGH PRE-SCHOOL at The Baptist Church Hall, 100 Westborough Road, Maidenhead SL6 4AT. Monday-Friday, 9am-12 noon, lunch club until 12.30pm for ages 2 years-school age and breakfast club Tel: 07342 276648 or 07833 347034 WHITE WALTHAM NURSERY at The Cricket Pavilion, Waltham Road, White Waltham, SL6 3SH. Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm (½ day sessions available) 9am-12 noon, lunch club 12 noon-1pm and 1-4pm for ages 2¼ years-school age Tel: 01628 824802 or view: www.whitewalthamnursery.co.uk Private providers offering full day care are: BRIAR COTTAGE DAY NURSERY, Briar Cottage, Cannon Lane, Maidenhead, SL6 3NR Monday-Friday, 8am-6pm (morning session 8am-12.30pm and afternoon session 1-5.30pm) for ages 1 year-school age. Open 48 weeks a year Tel: 07876 800537 or view: www.briarcottagedaynursey.co.uk BUSY BEES at HALL PLACE NURSERY, Hall Place, Burchetts Green, SL6 6QR Monday-Friday, 8am-6.30pm for ages 3 months-school age. Open 51 weeks a year. Stay and play session Thursday, 10-11am Tel: 01628 825230 or 07876 800537 or view: www.busybeeschildcare.co.uk BUSY BEES at St Joseph's Parish Centre, 36 Cookham Road, Maidenhead, SL6 7EG Monday-Friday, 7.30am-6.15pm for ages 6 weeks-school age. Open 51 weeks a year Tel: 01628 623777 or view: www.busybeeschildcare.co.uk 45


BUSY BEES, 94a Norden Road, Maidenhead, SL6 4AY Monday-Friday, 7.45am-6-15pm for ages 6 weeks-school age. Open 51 weeks a year Tel: 01628 630323 or view: www.busybeeschildcare.co.uk KIDDIES’ CABIN NURSERY, St Mark’s Hospital, 112 St Mark’s Road, Maidenhead, SL6 6DU. Monday-Friday, 7.30am-6pm for ages 10 months-school age. Open 51 weeks a year Tel: 01753 638733 or view: www.nurseries.berkshire.nhs.uk LITTLE RED HEN DAY NURSERY, Units 2-5 Grove Business Park, Waltham Road, White Waltham, SL6 3LW. Monday-Friday, 7.30am-6pm (full and ½ days) for ages 3 months-school age. Open 48 weeks a year Tel: 07948 073118 or view: www.littleredhendn.co.uk LITTLE GRADUATES MONTESSORI SCHOOL, School Lane, Littlewick Green, SL6 3QY Monday-Friday, 8am-6pm for ages 3 months-school age. Open 48 weeks a year Tel: 01628 828258 or view: www.lgmontessori.com MULBERRY DAY NURSERY AND PRESCHOOL, 9 Boyn Hill Avenue, Maidenhead, SL6 4ET Monday-Friday, 7.30am-6.30pm for ages 6 weeks-school age. Open all year except Bank Holidays Tel: 01628 671116 or view: www.childbasepartnership.com PARK HOUSE NURSERY AND PRE-SCHOOL, Maidenhead Road, Cookham, SL6 9DS Monday-Friday, 7.45am-6pm (all day, morning session 7.45am-12.30pm and afternoon session 1.306pm) for children newborn-school age. Open 51 weeks a year Tel: 01628 481401 or view: www.countrysidenurseries.co.uk PATCHWORK BELMONT MONTESSORI SCHOOL, 36 Belmont Park Avenue, Maidenhead, SL6 6JS. Monday-Friday, 8am-6pm for ages 2 years-school age. Open 48 weeks a year Tel: 01628 622469 or view: www.patchworknursery.com PATCHWORK BRAY MONTESSORI SCHOOL, Chiltern Road, Bray, SL6 1XA Monday-Friday, 8am-6pm for ages 3 months-school age. Open 48 weeks a year Tel: 01628 789842 or view: www.patchworknursery.com PATCHWORK COX GREEN MONTESSORI SCHOOL, Lowbrook Academy, The Fairway, Cox Green, SL6 3AR. Monday-Friday, 8am-6pm for ages 3 months-school age. Open 48 weeks a year Tel: 01628 784984 or view: www.patchworknursery.com PIXIES DAY CARE, The Magnet Leisure Centre, Holmanleaze, Maidenhead, SL6 8AW Monday-Friday, 7.45am-6.15pm (morning session 8.45-11.45am, lunch club and afternoon session 1-4pm) for ages 2 years-school age. Open 50-51 weeks a year and has term time only options Tel: 07757 875413 (new enquiries) or 07879 512078 or view: www.pixies-daycare.co.uk SILCHESTER MANOR DAY NURSERY, Bath Road, Taplow, SL6 0AP Monday-Friday, 7.30am-6pm (full and part-time) for ages 6 months-school age. Open 51 weeks a year Tel: 01628 778890 or view: www.silchestermanordaynursery.co.uk THE COOPERATIVE CHILDCARE, Larchfield Road, Maidenhead, SL6 2SJ Monday-Friday, 7.30am-6.30pm for ages 3 months-school age. Open all year excluding Bank Holidays Tel: 0800 954 0669 or view: www.thecooperativechildcare.coop Independent School providers operating in term time only are: CLAIRES COURT NURSERY, 1 College Avenue, Maidenhead, SL6 6AW Monday-Friday, 8.30am-3.30pm (extended day 7.30am-6.30pm) for rising 3s. School holiday club Tel: 01628 327500 or view: www.clairescourt.com HERRIES PREPARATORY SCHOOL, Dean Lane, Cookham Dean, SL6 9BD Monday-Friday, 8.30am-3.15pm, early bird 8-8.30am, extended day 3.15-4.30pm with wraparound care 7am-6pm for ages 3-11 years. Stay and Play Monday, 10.30am-12 noon open to all children aged 0-4 years Tel: 01628 483350 or view: www.herries.org.uk HIGHFIELD PREPARATORY SCHOOL, 2 West Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1PD Monday-Friday, 8.45am-12 noon or 3.30pm (wraparound care 7.45am-6pm) for girls ages 3-11 years. Stay and Play selected Wednesdays, 9.30-10.45am for under 4s. The school holiday club is run by Wise Owls Tel: 01628 624918 or view: www.highfieldprep.org.uk 46


ST PIRAN’S SCHOOL, Gringer Hill, Marlow Road, Maidenhead, SL6 7LZ Monday-Friday, 9am-12 noon or 3.30pm, breakfast club from 7.30am, early drop off from 8.15am and extended day until 6pm for ages rising 3-11 years. School holiday club for pupils of the school Tel: Nursery, 01628 594340 or view: www.stpirans.co.uk

SCHOOLS For more information on state school providers and primary school admissions within the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead (RBWM) contact the schools admissions department Tel: RBWM School Admissions, 01628 683870 or view: www.rbwm.gov.uk For other information on schools: Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) ISI is a government approved inspectorate responsible for the inspection of independent schools in membership of the Associations that make up the Independent Schools Council Tel: 020 7600 0100 or view: www.isi.net Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted) Independent and impartial reports on schools, early years and childcare providers and more Tel: 0300 123 1231 (Monday-Friday, 9am-6pm) or view: www.ofsted.gov.uk

JULIE BAUGH

SCHOOL OF BALLET PRINCIPAL: JULIE BAUGH, LRAD, ARAD, AISTD, AICh Examiner of the Royal Academy of Dance (Retired)

NURSERY CLASSES, RAD BALLET GRADES AND ADULTS MAIDENHEAD: The Memorial Hall, Furze Platt

Enquiries: Tel, Maidenhead (01628) 630247 47


Activities and Clubs For groups aimed at pre-school children only see Focus on the Under Fives section

ACTIVITIES AND CLUBS FOR CHILDREN WITH ADDITIONAL/ SPECIAL NEEDS AUTICULATE, Ground floor, New Hope Centre, 95 York Road, Reading, RG1 8DU Supports young people aged 9-16 years who have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) but attend mainstream schools. Auticulate celebrates the strengths of ASD while preparing members for the challenges a diagnosis can bring. Auticulate sessions take place fortnightly after school on Wednesdays, 4.30-6.30pm Tel: 07791 243953 or view: www.auticulate.org.uk AUTISM FRIENDLY FOOTBALL SCHOOL at Maidenhead United FC, York Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1SF. Autism friendly football courses held on covered 3G AstroTurf pitch Sunday, 9-10am for ages 4-7 years, 10-11am for ages 8-11 years, 11am-12 noon for ages 12-16 years and 12 noon-1pm for ages 16+ years in term time View: www.magpiesinthecommunity.org.uk ACCESSIBLE BOAT CLUB at Bisham Abbey Sailing and Navigation School, National Sports Centre, Marlow Road, Bisham, SL7 1RR. Water based activities for people with disabilities who need a specialist boat or prefer access to water sports in a quiet, low volume environment include: bell boating for groups, powerboating in a wheelchair accessible powerboat, Toppers for ablebodied or Sunbirds for able and less able-bodied are available on selected dates May-September Tel: 01628 474960 or view: www.bishamabbeysailing.co.uk or www.rivertimeboattrust.org.uk BOOKSTART Bookshine packs are available to children who are deaf. Bookshine Baby for ages 0-2 years and Bookshine for ages 2-4 years. Booktouch packs are available to children who are blind or partially sighted. Booktouch Baby for ages 0-2 years and Booktouch for ages 2-4 years. Bookstart Star packs are aimed at children aged 3-5 who have disabilities that impact on, or delay the development of, their fine motor skills and include books and resources to help families enjoy reading together every day View: www.bookstart.org.uk BUDDY GROUP YOUTH CLUB at Pinkneys Green Youth and Community Centre, Blenheim Road, Maidenhead, SL6 5HE. Activities for young people with learning difficulties and disabilities on alternate Mondays, 5-6.45pm in term time for ages 12-14 years and 15-18 years. Children and Young Peoples Disability Service (CYPDS) referral required Tel: 01628 685878 or view: www.rbwm.gov.uk DISABILITY DANCE at Furze Platt Leisure Centre, Furze Platt Senior School, Furze Platt Road, Maidenhead, SL6 7NQ. Get FIT, have FUN and learn to DANCE to the latest tunes! We teach you how to dance in a variety of styles. Suitable for ages 14 and over with a physical or mental health condition, Autism Spectrum condition or/and wheelchair user. If you are younger, we won't turn you away, just ask you to come and see if this is the class for you. Classes run all year on Fridays, 6.30-7.30pm and/or 7.30-8.30pm Tel: 07876 241372 or view www.keyactuate.co.uk DYSLEXIA TEACHING TOUCH-TYPING AND SPELLING COURSES (DTTTS) in Maidenhead. Multi sensory touch-typing and structured spelling courses and one-to-one tuition Tel: 07929 528642 or view: www.dttts.co.uk FAMILY RESOURCE CENTRE UK Family activities arranged at various times and venues for children ages 3-18 years Tel: 0118 957 6686 or view: www.familyresourcecentre.org.uk 48


FLYING HIGH PLAYSCHEME AND TEEN FLYING HIGH at Manor Green School, Elizabeth Hawkes Way, Maidenhead, SL6 3EQ. RBWM’s CYPDS provides the Flying High specialist playscheme during the school holidays for children and young people aged 5-18 years with special educational needs and disabilities who have already been assessed for this service. Flying High is for children and young people who may find it difficult to attend a mainstream playscheme. The playscheme offers a wide range of activities including arts and crafts, street dance sessions, cooking, swimming, a sensory room and off-site trips to local centres including Camp Mohawk, Legoland and Thames Valley Adventure Playground. Teen Flying High runs alongside the playscheme providing age appropriate activities and off-site trips for young people aged 13-18 years. Flying High runs in each of the school holidays including half terms with half day and full day sessions available. Families need to book prior to each school holiday. Tel: 01628 685878 or view: www.rbwm.gov.uk HAWKS at Camp Mohawk, Highfield Lane, Crazies Hill, Wargrave, RG10 8PU Camp Mohawk provides a 'safe haven' with both indoor and outdoor facilities where children and young people with special needs and their families can come to relax, play, develop social skills and build their self-confidence in a positive & uplifting environment that accepts and welcomes them all Tel: 0118 940 4045 or view: www.campmohawk.org.uk HIGHVIEW TOY LIBRARY – see Focus on the Under Fives section LIFE SKILLS PROJECT at Windsor Youth and Community Centre, Alma Road, Windsor, SL4 3HD. Workshops and activities group meets fortnightly Tuesday, 7-9pm for ages 16–25 years with mild or moderate learning difficulties. CYPDS referral required Tel: 01628 683964 or view: www.rbwm.gov.uk ONE TO ONE CLUB at Oldfield Primary School, Bray Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1UE Specialist 45 minute tuition sessions for dyslexic children Saturday, 9am-1pm in term time Tel: 01628 532213 or view: www.dawmsb.co.uk PAN DISABILITY FOOTBALL at Maidenhead United Football Club, York Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1SF. Tuesday, 6-7pm for all disabilities and ages on covered 3G AstroTurf pitch View: www.magpiesinthecommunity.org.uk RIDING FOR THE DISABLED at Berkshire College of Agriculture, Hall Place, Burchetts Green, SL6 6QR. Therapy, achievement and enjoyment for people with disabilities Tel: 01926 492 915 or view: www.rda.org.uk RIVERTIME CRUISES on the River Thames at various locations ‘Rivertime’ cruises for disabled and disadvantaged children and adults run throughout the year on selected dates on a spacious, purpose designed 42 foot boat named ‘Rivertime’ Tel: 07599 295544 or view: www.rivertimeboattrust.org.uk SATURDAY CLUB at Highview – currently suspended as there is nobody to run it Tel: 01628 631208 or view: www.mencapmaidenhead.co.uk SATURDAY CLUB at Windsor Youth and Community Centre, Alma Road, Windsor, SL4 3HD A range of different activities are available including: arts and crafts, indoor games, cooking, gardening, computers as well as access to a climbing wall, sensory room and dance studio. Saturday Club also holds 3 or 4 sessions a year at Camp Mohawk, an outdoor activity centre in Wargrave. In addition, there are 3 or 4 music therapy sessions per year provided by Hartbeeps on alternate Saturdays, 9.30am-12.30pm for ages 0-18 years. CYPDS referral required Tel: 01628 685878 or view: www.rbwm.gov.uk SPORTSABLE, Braywick Sports Ground, Braywick Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1BN Junior sections in air weapons, archery, athletics, away games (inter-club athletics matches), boccia, kurling, snooker, swimming and table tennis. Sunday Funday held monthly (not January, July, August and December), 2-4pm for ages 4-14 years. Swimming sessions: Thursday, 4.30-5.30pm for ages 5-18 years at Newlands Girls’ School, Farm Road, Maidenhead, SL6 5JB and Sunday, 8-10pm at Magnet Leisure Centre, Holmanleaze, Maidenhead, SL6 8AW Tel: 01628 627690 or view: www.sportsable.co.uk 49


STARFISH SWIMMING CLUB at Magnet Leisure Centre, Holmanleaze, Maidenhead, SL6 8AW. Competitive swimming club for children & adults with learning difficulties Saturday, 5-6pm View: www.starfish-swimming.org.uk or www.leisurecentre.com/magnet-leisure-centre SWIMMING LESSONS at Magnet Leisure Centre, Holmanleaze, Maidenhead, SL6 8AW Swimming is free for all those registered with Swimobility (ID required) Tel: 01628 685333 or view: www.leisurecentre.com/magnet-leisure-centre THE AUTISM GROUP Special interest groups for ages 11-25 years, who have a diagnosis of an autistic spectrum condition and are of mainstream ability, but need support to succeed in social situations. They are: Pokemon Magic at Berkshire College of Agriculture (BCA), Hall Place, Burchetts Green, SL6 6QR and ElevateMe Hub, Nicholsons Centre, Maidenhead, SL6 1LB. Pokemon and Magic the Gathering trading card games and Pokemon video games club meets fortnightly on Saturday afternoon alternating between BCA and the ElevateMe Hub Arts and Crafts Club at ElevateMe Hub, Nicholsons Centre, Maidenhead, SL6 1LB Meets fortnightly on a Saturday afternoon Console Gaming Club at Braywick Heath Nurseries, 41 Braywick Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1DX Meets fortnightly on a Saturday afternoon for ages 16+ years Tel: 07454 375071 or view: www.theautismgroup.org.uk THE ESTEEM PROJECT at Four Marlow Road Youth and Community Centre, 4 Marlow Road, Maidenhead, SL6 7YR. For young people with low self-esteem/confidence. Junior session Wednesday, 6-7.30pm for ages 8-13 years and senior session Wednesday 7-8.30pm for ages 13-19 years. Places are available by referral only and a trial session Tel: 01628 628785 or view: www.rbwm.gov.uk THAMES VALLEY ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND (TVAP), Bath Road, Taplow, SL6 0PR Indoor and outdoor activities for children and adults with special needs. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-3.30pm children only (Friday, 10am-5pm adults only). On Sunday TVAP is open for local parents’ support groups. Taplow Tadpoles Toddler Group Wednesday, 9.30-11am an integrated fun group for the under 4s (under 5s with special needs) After School Club Wednesday, 4-6pm, Fun Club Thursday, 7-9.30pm for ages 15+ years and adults and Integrated Playdays held every Saturday, 10am-3.30pm for all accompanied children under 12 years Tel: 01628 628599 for more information or view: www.tvap.co.uk

CLUBS BY POST FRIENDS OF ZSL, ZSL London Zoo, Outer Circle, Regents Park, London, NW1 4RY Unlimited entry to London and Whipsnade Zoos, quarterly magazine, events and car parking concessions. Adult, family and child membership packages available Tel: 0844 225 1826 or view: www.zsl.org.uk RSPB WILDLIFE EXPLORERS AND PHOENIX, The RSPB, The Lodge, Potton Road, Sandy, Bedfordshire, SG19 2DL. Membership packs for under 8s, ages 8-12 years and teenagers include 6 magazines a year and free entry to over 100 RSPB nature reserves throughout the UK. Phoenix members, ages 12+ years receive Bird Life magazine every two months and Wingbeat, the only environmental magazine written by teenagers for teenagers four times a year Tel: 01767 693680 or view: www.rspb.org.uk RSPCA ANIMAL ACTION CLUB, Wilberforce Way, Southwater, Horsham, West Sussex, RH13 9RS. Junior membership for the under 12s includes 6 Animal Action magazines a year and teenage membership for ages 12-17 years Tel: 0300 123 0346 or view: www.rspca.org.uk THE BOOK PEOPLE, Parc Menai, Bangor, LL57 4FB Monthly catalogue and online ordering for books for all ages Tel: 0345 602 3030 or 0345 602 4040 or view: www.redhouse.co.uk 50


WWF-UK, The Living Planet Centre, Rufford House, Brewery Road, Woking, Surrey, GU21 4LL Membership scheme includes 3 issues of WWF’s Action magazine a year Tel: 01483 426444 or view: www.wwf.org.uk YOUNG ARCHAEOLOGISTS’ CLUB (YAC), St Mary's House, 66 Bootham, York. YO30 9BZ. YAC UK membership includes 4 magazines a year and discount card to 245 museums/archaeological sites. YAC Branches meet monthly, usually on a Saturday for a couple of hours for ages 8/9+ years Tel: 01904 671417 or view: www.yac-uk.org.uk

LOCAL ACTIVITIES AND CLUBS 1.2.3 SOLEIL at Desborough College, Shoppenhangers Road, Maidenhead, SL6 2QB French education in a playful environment Saturday, 10-11.30am for ages 3-6 years and 9.45am12.15pm for 6+ years in term time View: www.123soleil.co.uk ANIMAL RANGERS at Heroes Farm, Bartletts Lane, Holyport, SL6 2JD Animal Ranger Saturday Club meets every other Saturday, 12 noon-3pm for ages 10+ years Tel: 01628 783107 or view: www.animalrangers.co.uk ASIAN BOYS’ GROUP at Maidenhead Mosque, Holmanleaze, Maidenhead, SL6 8AW Friday, 7-9pm for ages 11-18 years Tel: 01628 685630 or view: www.rbwm.gov.uk ASIAN GIRLS’ GROUP at Maidenhead Mosque, Holmanleaze, Maidenhead, SL6 8AW Sunday, 2-4pm for ages 11-18 years Tel: 01628 685630 or view: www.rbwm.gov.uk ASIAN GIRLS’ GROUP at Riverside Children’s Centre, West Dean, Maidenhead, SL6 7JB Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme Thursday, 5-6.30pm for ages 13-18 years Tel: 01628 685630 or view: www.rbwm.gov.uk CRAFT COOP, Queens Walk Mall, Nicholson’s Centre, Maidenhead, SL6 1LB Open Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday, 11am-5pm. Drop-in craft sessions for all ages and occasional kids and family craft workshops usually held on Saturdays or in the school holidays View: www.craftcoop.co.uk DINTON ACTIVITY CENTRE, Dinton Pastures Country Park, Sandford Lane, Hurst, RG10 0SU. Water and land based activities for ages 2+ years-adult. Check website for opening times as these vary. Pay and play boat hire weekends and school holidays, 11am-5pm April-September. Kayaking, sailing, power boating and paddleboarding taster sessions weekends June-September for ages 8+ years-adult. Activity clubs for ages 8+ years and instructor training courses, play park and Dragonfly Café. Twilight Club Wednesday, 6-8pm April-September for ages 2+ years Tel: 0118 934 4424 or 0118 974 6343 or view: www.wokingham.gov.uk or www.dinton-pastures.co.uk EXPLORE LEARNING above Sainsbury’s Café, Providence Place, Market Street, Maidenhead, SL6 8AG. Maths and English tuition for ages 5-14 years. Opening times vary with sessions lasting approximately 1 hour 15 minutes Tel: 01628 509570 or view: www.explorelearning.org.uk FIRST CLASS LEARNING at Boyne Hill C of E Infant and Nursery School, Rutland Road, Maidenhead, SL6 4HZ and St Joseph’s Church Parish Centre, Cookham Road, Maidenhead, SL6 7EG. Maths and English study programme for all ages. Wednesday, 4-5.30pm at Boyne Hill and Friday, 3.30-5pm at St Joseph’s Tel: 01895 833561 or 07833 744960 or view: www.firstclasslearning.co.uk FUNTECH, 1a The Colonnade, High Street, Maidenhead, SL6 1QL Computing courses held after school, weekends and school holidays for ages 6-18 years Tel: 01628 621215 or 01628 621216 or view: www.funtech.co.uk 51


INTEGRATED PLAYDAYS at Thames Valley Adventure Playground, Bath Road, Taplow, SL6 0PR. Open to all accompanied children under 12 years. Booking essential Tel: 01628 628599 or view: www.tvap.co.uk KUMON MATHS AND ENGLISH at St Joseph’s Catholic Church Parish Centre, Cookham Road, Maidenhead, SL6 7EG and Altwood C of E School, Altwood Road, Maidenhead, SL6 4PU. Maths and English study programme for all ages. Monday and Thursday, 3.30-6pm at St Joseph’s and Tuesday and Thursday, 4-6pm at Altwood Tel: 01628 785472 (St Joseph’s) or 01628 620342 (Altwood) or view: www.kumon.co.uk LA JOLIE RONDE FRENCH CLASSES at St Peter’s Church, St Peter’s Road, Maidenhead, SL6 7QU. Tuesday, 3.30-4pm for ages 5-7 years Tel: 01628 778406 or view: www.lajolieronde.co.uk LEGO ROBOTICS CLUB, Walker Room, first floor, Maidenhead Library, St Ives Road, Maidenhead, SL1 1QU. Build and programme robots with Lego and electronics. Drop-in sessions Sunday, 11am-12.30pm in term time for ages 8+ years Tel: 01628 683800 or view: www.rbwm.gov.uk/web/libraries LONGRIDGE, Quarry Wood Road, Marlow, SL7 1RE Water sports and land based activity centre. After school, school holiday and family activities Tel: 0330 303 0101 or view: www.alfvillages.org.uk MAIDENHEAD GO CLUB at Norhurst, Westmorland Road, Maidenhead, SL6 4HB Go is an ancient territorial board game. Meets Friday at 8pm Tel: 01628 676792 or view: www.britgo.org.uk MAIDENHEAD JUNIOR CHESS CLUB at Claires Court Junior Boys School, Canon Lane, Maidenhead, SL6 3QE. Saturday, 9.30-11.15am in term time for ages 6+ years Tel: 01491 576052 or view: www.maidenheadchess.btck.co.uk MOON TUITION at Highfield Preparatory School, 2 West Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1PD Tuition courses include preparation for KS1, KS2, 7+, 11+, 13+, GCSE and A Level examinations Tel: 07584 129188 or view: www.moontuition.co.uk NORDEN FARM CENTRE FOR ARTS, Altwood Road, Maidenhead, SL6 4PF A wide selection of music, arts and crafts classes for all ages, including school holiday activities Tel: 01628 788997 or view: www.nordenfarm.org.uk OUTDOOR EDUCATION PROJECT Uses a local canoe base and high ropes facility and arranges courses for canoeing and kayaking, high and low ropes, indoor rock climbing, orienteering and expeditions for young people Tel: 01628 675517 or view: www.rbwm.gov.uk or www.wamster.org.uk SLOUGH RADIO CONTROL MODEL CLUB at Upton Court Park, Slough, Flying times: Monday-Saturday, 10am-8pm (or dusk if sooner), Sunday, 11am-4pm and Bank Holidays 12 noon-7pm (some restrictions). Junior members must be accompanied by a club official Tel: 07788 938563 or view: www.srcmc.co.uk THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH’S AWARD An award programme of practical, cultural and adventurous activities for ages 14–24 years. Bronze award for ages 14+ years, silver award for ages 15+ years and gold award for ages 16+ years Tel: 01628 675517 or view: www.rbwm.gov.uk or www.dofe.org.uk TOUCH TYPING CLUB in Maidenhead After school and school holiday intensive touch typing classes Tel: 07929 528642 or view: www.dttts.co.uk WILD MAIDENHEAD Promotes wild things and wild places in Maidenhead and its surrounding area View: www.wildmaidenhead.org.uk WINDSOR AND MAIDENHEAD YOUNG FARMERS based at BCA, Burchetts Green, SL6 6QR. A club for ages 16-25 years who are interested in agriculture and the countryside View: www.clet.bca.ac.uk 52


YOUTH 8-13 AND YOUTH CLUBS – see Community and Youth Centres section YOUTH COUNCIL AND YOUNG INSPECTORS PROGRAMME Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Youth Council members must be aged 11-19 years and been nominated from schools, youth centres and other youth groups. They participate in the planning, delivery and evaluation of services for young people in the Borough View: www.rbwm.gov.uk or www.wamster.org.uk Other sources of information on local activities and clubs are: FAMILIES EAST BERKSHIRE Free bi-monthly magazine for families with young children Tel: 01628 535499 or view: www.familiesonline.co.uk FAMILY SERVICE DIRECTORY The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead (RBWM) online directory includes Activities, Early Learning & Childcare, Schools & Learning, Family Health & Wellbeing, Special Educational Needs & Disabilities Local Offer, Family Support, Parents & Carers and Young People Tel: 01628 683800 or view: www.rbwm.gov.uk or www.fsd.rbwm.gov.uk LOCAL LIBRARIES – see Let’s go out in Maidenhead, Cookham and Bourne End section MAIDENHEAD ADVERTISER – Local newspaper giving details of activities and clubs Tel: 01628 680680 or view: www.maidenhead-advertiser.co.uk WAMSTER Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead website for young people Tel: 01628 683964 or view: www.wamster.org.uk WINDSOR, ASCOT AND MAIDENHEAD COMMUNITY DATABASE The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead website for local community projects View: www.rbwm.communitydatabase.co.uk

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Arts Centres, Art, Dance, Drama and Music For groups aimed at pre-school children only – see Focus on the Under Fives section

ARTS CENTRES NORDEN FARM CENTRE FOR THE ARTS, Altwood Road, Maidenhead, SL6 4PF Arts and cultural activities centre includes: The Courtyard Theatre seats 225 people, The Studio has a capacity of 100 people, gallery and Long Barn. The centre hosts exhibitions, shows, theatre and films (including parent and baby screenings for the under 2s). Children’s classes, workshops and school holiday activities. Venue hire. Café bar open Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-11pm and Sunday 10am-10.30pm Tel: 01628 788997 or children’s classes and venue hire, 01628 682555 or view: www.nordenfarm.org.uk Regular classes for children and young people are: Art Adventures 3 week art workshops on selected dates Thursday, 4-5.15pm for ages 7-11 years Art Awards – Creative Crusaders Enjoy and explore the arts workshops Thursday, 4-5.30pm for school years 7-13 Big Dog Little Dog Yoga 5 week yoga based course for parents or carers and children ages 4-7 years Sunday, 10-10.45am Blossom Ballet Tuesday, 9.45am-12.30pm for ages 18 months-5 years Tel: 07813 084283 or view: www.blossomballet.com Bollywood Dance Tuesday, 4.30-5.30pm for ages 6+ years Digi Den II Digital arts club – interviewing, recording and editing, 10 week courses Tuesday and Friday, 4.306pm for school years 7-13 Little Wrigglers Dance, perform and play Friday, 10-10.45am for ages 2+ years Loud and Proud Interactive drama classes for pre-school children Tuesday, 1.30-2.30pm for ages 2+ years Messy Play Fun art activities Monday, 10-11am for ages 6+ months Mindfulness for Children Saturday, 11.45am-12.45pm for ages 5+ years Teddies Music Club Sing, dance and play music classes Wednesday, 10-11am for ages 0-5 years Youth Dance Norden Exposure Tuesday, 5.45-7pm for ages 9+ years Youth Theatre Norden Lights Wednesday from 4.15pm for school years 2-6 and 6.45pm for school years 12-13. Thursday from 4.40pm and Sunday from 4pm for school years 7-11 SOUTH HILL PARK ARTS CENTRE, Ringmead, Bagshot Road, Bracknell, RG12 7PA Theatre, cinema, studio theatre and art gallery. Shows and workshops Tel: 01344 484123 or view: www.southhillpark.org.uk SOUTH STREET ARTS CENTRE, 21 South Street, Reading, RG1 4QU Arts and cultural activities centre. Art development, shows and workshops Tel: 0118 960 6060 or view: www.readingarts.com 54


THE CURVE, William Street, Slough SL1 1XY Cultural centre includes Venue @ The Curve which seats 180 with 100 people standing for dances films and shows, Plaza @ The Curve offers a flexible outdoor entertainment space and The Gallery @ The Curve is an exhibition space. Community learning, café, rooms available for hire and more – see Let’s Go to Slough, Windsor and Ascot section. Children’s activities include: The Curve Saturday Club (stories, crafts, Lego and other activities) Saturday, 11.30am-1pm, Duplo Wednesday, 11.30am-12.30pm for under 5s & Lego drop-in sessions Thursday, 4-5pm for ages 5+ Tel: 01753 875588 or view: www.thecurveslough.com THE FIRESTATION CENTRE FOR ARTS AND CULTURE, The Old Court, St Leonard's Road, Windsor, SL4 3BL. Auditorium and meeting room. Activities, classes and music, comedy and theatre workshops. Children’s films and shows. Open daily 10am until midnight (Sunday 10.30pm) Tel: 01753 866865 or view: www.firestationartscentre.com

ART CLASSES ARTSPIRATION at St Peter’s Church, St Peter’s Road, Maidenhead, SL6 7QU and Furze Platt War Memorial Hall, Furze Platt Road, Maidenhead SL6 7NG. School of drawing and painting. Classes Wednesday, 5-6pm and Saturday, 9.40-10.40am for ages 5-7½ years and Wednesday, 6.10-7.40pm and Saturday 10.45am-12.15pm for ages 7½-12 years at St Peter’s Church and Saturday, 1.30-4pm for ages 12+ years at Furze Platt War Memorial Hall Tel: 01628 634418 or 07896 165819 or view: www.artspiration.co.uk

SCHOOLS OF DANCE AND DANCING CLUBS CARLA LEECH ZUMBA KIDS at St Joseph’s Parish Centre, Cookham Road, Maidenhead, SL6 7EG. Fun, fitness and dance after school Tuesday, 5.15pm for ages 7-11 years Tel: 07876 886306 or view: www.carlaleech.zumba.com DANCE INSPIRED at St Edmund Campion Catholic Primary School, Altwood Road, Maidenhead, SL6 4PX and Cox Green Community Centre, 51 Highfield Lane, Cox Green, SL6 3AX. Child, junior and teen street dance classes and junior and teen contemporary classes Tel: 07743 551501 or view: www.danceinspired.co.uk for class timetable, age groups and venues ELITE ACADEMY OF DANCE in the Maidenhead area After school and Saturday classes. Ballet for ages 3+ years, mini jazz and dinky tap for ages 4+ years, modern for ages 6+ years, street jazz for ages 5-10 years and 11-16 years, teen tap and teen ballet and musical theatre for ages 7-18 years Tel: 01628 825028 or view: www.eliteacademyofdance.co.uk JULIE BAUGH SCHOOL OF BALLET, Furze Platt Memorial Hall, Furze Platt Road, Maidenhead, SL6 7NG. Ballet classes Monday and Wednesday, times vary for ages 3+ years Tel: 01628 630247 MAIDENHEAD SCOTTISH DANCING CLUB at St Pirans School, Gringer Hill, Maidenhead, SL6 7LZ. Tuesday, 8-10.15pm for all ages Tel: 01628 628372 or view: www.maidenheadscottishdancing.org.uk MONICA LAROSE STAGE DOOR SCHOOL OF DANCE at St Luke's Community Hall, Norfolk Road, Maidenhead, SL6 7AT. Ballet, tap, modern jazz and acro classes for ages 3-18+ years Saturday morning and Monday after school, times vary for different groups Tel: 01753 861414 or view: www.monicalarose.co.uk PAT STEEL SCHOOL OF DANCE at Berkshire College of Agriculture (BCA), Hall Place Maidenhead, SL6 6QR. Ballet, tap and modern theatre dance classes for ages 3+ years. Saturday, 9am2.30pm. Also at Magnet Leisure Centre – see Sports and Leisure Centres section Tel: 01494 673919 or view: www.patsteelschoolofdance.co.uk SANDERS STREET – see Sports and Leisure Centres section 55


STEPPING OUT DANCERS at Pinder Hall, Lower Road, Cookham, SL6 9EH All styles of dance. Thursday, 4.30-6.15pm and Friday, 3.45-7.30pm, also after school TuesdayThursday at Wessex Primary, Holy Trinity C of E and Cookham Rise Primary Schools Tel: 01628 529105 or e-mail: steppingoutdancers@gmail.com SWAY DANCE – see Sports and Leisure Centres section THE ELIZABETH FENTON SCHOOL OF DANCING – see Community and Youth Centres section

DANCE AND DRAMA CLASSES ACT 1 PERFORMING ARTS at Taplow Village Hall, High Street, Taplow, SL6 0EK Dance, drama and singing Thursday, 4.30-6.30pm for ages 6-9 and 6-8pm for ages 10-16 years Tel: 07737 753104 or e-mail: performingarts.act1@gmail.com ALL SORTS DRAMA – see Sunday Schools, Church Clubs and Family Services section AZURE THEATRE SCHOOL at St Piran’s School, Gringer Hill, Maidenhead, SL6 7LZ, Pinder Hall, Lower Road, Cookham, SL6 9EH, Wesley Hall, Lower Road, Cookham, SL6 9HJ and Woodlands Park Village Centre, Manifold Way, Waltham Road, Woodlands Park, SL6 3GW. Performing arts for all ages. Monday-Thursday from 3.45pm at St Piran’s School. Saturday from 9am at Pinder Hall, Saturday from 10am at Wesley Hall, Monday-Wednesday from 4pm (Tuesday 5.15pm) at Woodlands Park Village Centre Tel: 07789 264639 or view: www.azuretheatreschool.com MAD ACADEMY – see Focus on the Under Fives section PAULINE QUIRKE ACADEMY OF PERFORMING ARTS at Furze Platt Senior School, Furze Platt Road, Maidenhead, SL6 7NQ. Performing arts classes for ages 4-18 years. Saturday, 9.45am-1pm (11.30am for ages under 6 years) Tel: 07443 460390 or view: www.pqaacademy.com PERFORM at Magnet Leisure Centre, Holmanleaze, Maidenhead, SL6 8AW and Boyne Hill Infant School, Rutland Road, Maidenhead, SL6 4HZ. Drama workshops Friday, 4-5pm for ages 4-7 years, 56pm for ages 7-12 years at Magnet Leisure Centre and Saturday, 9.30-11am for ages 4-7 years and 11.15am-12.45pm for ages 7-12 years at Boyne Hill Tel: 0207 255 9120 or view: www.perform.org.uk REDROOFS SCHOOL FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, 26 Bath Road, Maidenhead, SL6 4JT and Littlewick Green, Maidenhead SL6 3QY. Offers a range of part-time classes for all ages after school and weekends including ballet, tap and musical theatre. Creative drama for ages 8+ years and film school for ages 10+ years. Gold Team for ages 6-11 years and 12-18 years. School holiday workshops. For details of classes for younger ages groups – see Focus on the Under Fives section Tel: 01628 674092 or view: www.redroofs.co.uk for details of class timetables SHINING STAR PRODUCTIONS – see Community and Youth Centres section SPARKY’S DRAMA at Cookham Dean Village Hall, Church Road, Cookham Dean, SL6 9PY and Pinder Hall, Lower Road, Cookham, SL6 9EH. Performing arts classes Monday, 3.45-6.15pm for ages 7-11 years at Pinder Hall and Wednesday, 2.40-5.15pm for ages 4-11 years and 5.15-6.30pm for ages 11+ years at Cookham Dean Tel: 07889 311414 or www.sparkysdrama.co.uk STAGECOACH THEATRE ARTS SCHOOL at Manor Green School, Elizabeth Hawkes Way, Maidenhead, SL6 3EQ. Acting, singing and dancing classes Early Stages (for ages 4-6 years) Friday, 4.15-5.45pm and Saturday, 9.30-11am and 11.15am-12.45pm, Main Stages (for ages 6-16 years) and Further Stages (for ages 15+ years) Friday, 4.30-7.30pm and Saturday,10am-1pm Tel: 0808 208 5134 or view: www.stagecoach.co.uk STAGEWORKS PERFORMING ARTS SCHOOL at Pinder Hall, Lower Road, Cookham, SL6 9EH. Acting, singing and dancing classes Tuesday, 4.30-6.30pm for ages 4+ years Tel: 01491 877205 or view: www.stageworks.org.uk 56


DRAMA GROUPS FORUM PLAYERS – Bourne End based amateur dramatics group View: www.forumplayers.com MAIDENHEAD DRAMA GUILD View: www.maidenhead-drama.co.uk MAIDENHEAD MUSICAL COMEDY SOCIETY View: www.mmcs.biz MAIDENHEAD OPERATIC SOCIETY View: www.mos-uk.org SLOUGH, WINDSOR AND MAIDENHEAD THEATRE COMPANY View: www.swmtc.co.uk STAGE ONE YOUTH – for ages 14-21 years Tel: 07711 357037 or view: www.stageoneyouth.com THE GRIMM PLAYERS View: www.grimmplayers.com THE MAIDENHEAD PLAYERS View: www.maidenheadplayers.co.uk YOUNG WINDSOR THEATRE GUILD View: www.wtg.org.uk

MUSIC ACORNS FOLK BAND, 30 Oaken Grove, Maidenhead, SL6 6HQ Folk music for children Wednesday, 3.45-4.45pm Tel: 01628 636558 BERKSHIRE MAESTROS - The Young Musicians Trust Instrumental and singing lessons in schools, after school and in the school holidays Tel: 0118 901 2370 or view: www.berkshiremaestros.org.uk BERKSHIRE MINI MAESTROS at Dedworth School, Smith’s Lane, Windsor, SL4 5PE Music sessions and junior choir Saturday, 10-15-11.45am for ages 3-9 years Tel: 0118 943 9620 or view: www.berkshiremaestros.org.uk CONCERTINI CONCERTS are held regularly at local venues in Cookham and Maidenhead Allows children and grown-ups to listen and interact with live music. View: www.concertini.co.uk MAIDENHEAD CONCERT BAND at Furze Platt Senior School, Furze Platt Road, Maidenhead, SL6 7NQ. Community band for all ages rehearses Monday, 7.30-9pm Tel: 07775 663476 or view: www.maidenheadconcertband.co.uk RACHEL HARRISON Piano and music theory lessons after school and Saturday for ages 4+ years View: www.strike-a-chord.co.uk TAPLOW CHOIRS at Taplow Village Centre, High Street, Taplow SL6 0EX Saturday: mixed choir, 10-11am (school years 3-7), boys’ choir, 11.15am-12.15pm and girls’ choir (audition), 2-4pm for school years 5+. Mixed youth choir (audition) alternate weeks, 4.30-7pm Tel: 01628 914882 or 07799 413746 or view: www.taplowchoirs.org.uk WALTHAM ST LAWRENCE JUNIOR CHOIR at The Neville Hall, Milley Road, Waltham St Lawrence, RG10 0JP. Thursday, 6-7pm during term time for ages 5-11 years Tel: 07793 563204 WALTHAM ST LAWRENCE SILVER BAND at The Neville Hall, Milley Road, Waltham St Lawrence, RG10 0JP. Traditional brass band rehearsals Wednesday, 8-10pm for all ages Tel: 0118 940 3694 or view: www.walthamband.com 57


Breakfast Clubs and After School Clubs, Family Fun in the Holidays and School Holiday Activities and Courses BREAKFAST CLUBS AND AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS Many schools offer breakfast clubs, lunchtime and after school activities and after school care to their pupils in term time WISE OWLS BREAKFAST CLUBS Pinkneys Green Youth and Community Centre, Blenheim Road, Maidenhead, SL6 5HE Breakfast club Monday-Friday, 7.30am-9am for ages 3-12 years is available to pupils of Alwyn Infant School and Courthouse Junior School (every day) and Furze Platt Infant and Junior Schools (Friday only) who are then escorted to their school St Peter’s Church, St Peter’s Road, Maidenhead, SL6 7QU Breakfast club Monday-Thursday, 7.30am-9am for ages 3-12 years is available to pupils of Furze Platt Infant and Junior Schools who are then escorted to their school Tel: 0844 561 1606 or view: www.wiseowlsclub.co.uk WISE OWLS AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS If there is no collection from a pupil’s school, places may still be booked at a club if alternative travel arrangements can be made Courthouse Junior School, Blenheim Road, Maidenhead, SL6 5HS After school club, 3.15-6.15pm for ages 3-12 years. Pupils from Alwyn Infant School and Courthouse Junior School are accompanied or directed on foot by a member of staff to the club. Pupils of St Edmund Campion Catholic School are collected by minibus accompanied by a member of staff Furze Platt Senior School, Furze Platt Road, Maidenhead, SL6 7NQ After school club, 3.15-6.15pm for ages 3-12 years. Pupils from Furze Platt Infant and Junior Schools are collected by walking-bus, accompanied by a member of staff to the club Holyport Scout Hut, rear of Holyport Memorial Hall, Moneyrow Green, SL6 2NA After school club, 3.15-6.15pm for ages 3-12 years. Pupils from Burchetts Green C of E Infants School, Holyport C of E Primary School and Foundation Unit, Larchfield Primary and Nursery School and Woodlands Park Primary and Nursery School are collected by walking or minibus accompanied by a member of staff to the club Oldfield School, Bray Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1UF After school club, 3.15-6.15pm for ages 3-12 years. Pupils of Oldfield School are escorted or directed by a member of staff to the club Tel: 0844 561 1606 or view: www.wiseowlsclub.co.uk

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Read CHIME and plan what you'll do whatever the weather . Check CHIME leaflets issued before each main school holiday and the local papers for any local school holiday activities and events See the CHIME website www.chimeguide.co.uk and other websites for updates on local activities and other information Aim for a minimum of housework in the school holidays. Do it in advance, rather than fretting over the unvacuumed floors and undusted furniture Do a big shopping trip beforehand and stock up on lots of 'picnic' foods, fruit, squash, healthy snacks 58


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Plan meals to cook in the oven whilst out with the family. If you've never used the timer on your oven now's the time! Join up with other families for outings, and remember to include single parents, or one-car or no car families, who don't get out as easily Arrange a rota with friends to occupy and surprise children - like a pre-school ‘dumping’ group idea

Rainy Days, Or When Funds For Outings Are Low - Make sure you're stocked up with drawing and painting materials - Make potato prints or use doilies for pretty paintings - Swap books and jigsaws with a friend. Have a read-in on a rainy day – acting out stories - Make play dough! 1 cup plain flour, half cup salt, 2 level teaspoons cream of tartar, 1 tablespoon cooking oil, ¾ to 1 cup water, food colouring. Mix well in saucepan, boil until thick. Keeps for ages in the refrigerator - Keep a 'Making-Box'. Fill it with old cards, toilet rolls, scraps of used gift wrap and materials, empty spools of thread, empty ribbon reels. Given glue and paints, and safely on newspaper on the kitchen floor, see what works of art develop - Keep a scrapbook or diary of the holidays - fun for reading later - Hold an event or organise team games with other parents and children - Visit the local parks and open spaces. On a clear night have a star-gazing session - Make cakes together. Mix together 50g soft margarine or butter, 50g caster sugar, 50g self-raising flour and 1 egg. Spoon into cake cases and bake at 180C electric or gas Mark 4 for 10 minutes - Do some proper cooking and invite friends to share it or have a ‘Bake Off’ for older children - Play charades - acting out animals, hot, cold, rain, wind, house etc, and more difficult ones for older children - Make collages out of biscuits, raisins, coloured paper, cotton wool, eggshells, macaroni, leaves and shells from last summer's holiday - Have a picnic on a blanket on the floor - Guessing games, I Spy, What's in the Bag or Hunt the Button - Just put wellies, raincoats and hats on and go out and enjoy the puddles! Collect sticks, feathers etc to make a collage - Have a music and movement session - musical statues, marching, moving quickly/slowly, heavily/lightly, growing tall/small. Make 'instruments' from old tins filled with beans, etc - Make puppets from paper bags, or make finger puppets, and give a show - Organise a treasure hunt around the house - Make a 'den' with old sheets and have a picnic inside, have a competition for the best themed den - Set up an obstacle course in one room or all round the house - Dry seed heads by hanging them in paper bags somewhere breezy. Put in labelled envelopes when dry and store in a cool dry place. Sow in seed trays and plant out at appropriate times of year - Grow an avocado - suspend the base of its stone with 3 toothpicks in a jar of water - Dig up or pick vegetables and fruit for dinner – and encourage children to eat the fruits of their labour - Collect leaves to press and make skeleton leaves for decoration. Pick dry ones, place between sheets of blotting or newspaper and press under heavy books for 4 weeks. To preserve leaves & berries, split the stems and stand in 5cm of glycerine and boiling water until they change colour - Identify bird and animal footprints in snow or mud, using a bird or animal guide - Fill a plastic onion net with peanuts, fruit, breadcrumbs and bacon fat and hang from a tree and observe and identify the visitors - Buy a plastic toy windmill and help the children copy the design - Have a leaf raking competition – and put leaves in black sacks (with a few holes cut out of them) to make leaf mould 59


Travelling with Children - Travelling with children can be a delightful experience provided you are well prepared! - Make sure you check opening times in advance. Getting there and finding it closed is no fun - Always arrange a meeting point in case any of you get lost - Take along non messy food and drink (bottles of water or cartons of juice), plastic bag with damp cloth or wet wipes, an extra plastic bag for rubbish or sickness and waterproofs - On longer journeys, gather a supply of games and puzzles. Brush up your singing games and 'I Spy' - If possible, try going on expeditions in the early morning (maybe having breakfast en route) - If you go exploring often, keep a checklist to be consulted before each expedition - Don't forget buckets and spades for sandpits, suitable food for feeding ducks, plastic bags for interesting finds, kites, model boats and a storybook for any waiting moments

SCHOOL HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES AND COURSES 8-13 YOUTH and 11-16/13-18 YOUTH ACTIVITIES Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Youth Service school holiday activity and outings programme for ages 8-13 years and teenagers operates in most school holidays Tel: 01628 683964 or view: www.rbwm.gov.uk or www.wamster.org.uk ANIMAL RANGERS, Heroes Farm, Bartletts Lane, Holyport, SL6 2JD Animal ranger days in most school holidays, 10.30am-3pm for ages 7-16 years Tel: 01628 783107 or view: www.animalrangers.co.uk AQUAZONE at Magnet Leisure Centre, Holmanleaze, Maidenhead, SL6 8AW 4 or 5 day crash swimming courses for ages 3+ years in most school holidays except Christmas Tel: 01628 685304 or 01628 685333 or view: www.leisurecentre.com/magnet-leisure-centre ARTSPIRATION at Courthouse Junior School, Blenheim Road, Maidenhead, SL6 5HE School holiday art courses, 9am-3pm for ages 7-12 years and 10-16 years Tel: 01628 634418 or 07896 165819 or view: www.artspiration.co.uk AZURE THEATRE SCHOOL at St Piran’s School, Gringer Hill, Maidenhead, SL6 7LZ Easter and summer musical theatre camps, 10am-3pm Tel: 07789 264639 or view: www.azuretheatreschool.com BIRD HILLS GOLF ACADEMY at Bird Hills Golf Centre, Drift Road, Hawthorn Hill, SL6 3ST Junior camps held on selected dates in the school holidays, 10am-2pm for ages 6-16 years Tel: 01628 771030 or view: www.birdhills.co.uk BISHAM ABBEY SAILING AND NAVIGATION SCHOOL, National Sports Centre, Bisham, SL7 1RR. Summer holiday 4 day dinghy sailing courses Tuesday-Friday, 9.30am-4.30pm. Optimist courses for ages 8-12 years and Topper courses for ages 12+ years Tel: 01628 474960 or view: www.bishamabbeysailing.co.uk BOYN GROVE LIBRARY, 11 Courthouse Road, Maidenhead, SL6 6JE Occasional school holiday activities and summer reading challenge for ages 4-12 years Tel: 01628 685617 or view: www.rbwm.gov.uk BOYN HILL BAPTIST CHURCH, 100 Westborough Road, Maidenhead, SL6 4AT Summer holiday club for one week, 10am-12.15pm for ages 5-11 years Tel: 01628 781930 or 01628 782342 or view: www.boynhillbaptist.org.uk BRAY LAKE WATERSPORTS, Monkey Island Lane, Windsor Road, Maidenhead, SL6 2EB Junior multi-activity weeks, splash days and watersports weeks: dinghy sailing, kayaking/canoeing and windsurfing courses for ages 8-15 years during the school holidays Easter-October Tel: 01628 638860 or view: www.braylake.com BRAYWICK NATURE CENTRE AND RESERVE, Hibbert Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1UU School holiday activities, events and workshops Tel: 01628 777440 or 01628 796227 or view: www.rbwm.gov.uk 60


CLAIRES COURT SCHOOLS HOLIDAY CLUBS at The College, 1 College Avenue, Maidenhead, SL6 6AW and other Claires Court Schools sites. Operates in most school holidays, 9am-4.30pm (extended day 8am-6pm) for ages 3-12 years. Also sports, art and crafts and drama clubs Tel: 01628 327740 or view: www.clairescourt.com CLIVEDEN, Taplow, SL6 0JA Occasional school holiday activities Tel: 01628 605069 or view: www.nationaltrust.org.uk COOKHAM KIDS HOLIDAY CLUB at Holy Trinity Church Parish Centre, Churchgate, Cookham, SL6 9SP. Held for a week in the summer holidays, 9am-3pm for ages 5-11 years View: www.holytrinitycookham.org.uk COOKHAM LIBRARY, High Road, Cookham Rise, SL6 9JF Occasional school holiday activities and summer reading challenge for ages 4-12 years Tel: 01628 526147 or view: www.rbwm.gov.uk COX GREEN COMMUNITY CENTRE, 51 Highfield Lane, Cox Green, SL6 3AX Summer Camp operates for 2 or 3 weeks in the summer holidays for ages 5-11 years Tel: 01628 636715 or view: www.coxgreencommunitycentre.org.uk COX GREEN LEISURE CENTRE, Highfield Lane, Cox Green, SL6 3AX Sports and activity day and half day holiday camps for all ages Tel: 07502 431693 or 07876 829907 or view: www.basportstar.com COX GREEN LIBRARY, Highfield Lane, Cox Green, SL6 3AX Occasional school holiday activities and summer reading challenge for ages 4-12 years Tel: 01628 673942 or view: www.rbwm.gov.uk DANCE INSPIRED at St Edmund Campion Catholic Primary School, Altwood Road, Maidenhead, SL6 4PX. Summer dance camps 3 day Mini Groovers, 9.30am-12 noon for ages 4-7 years and 5 day Let’s Dance Camp, 9.30am-4pm for ages 8-16 years Tel: 07743 551501 or view: www.danceinspired.co.uk DAVID LLOYD LEISURE CLUB, Grenfell Place, Maidenhead, SL6 1HJ DL Kids’ holiday active programme for ages 3-11 years and swimming courses in the school holidays Tel: 01628 509860 or view: www.davidlloyd.co.uk DELGADO TENNIS CLUB (supported by Living Tennis) at St Piran’s School, Gringer Hill, Maidenhead, SL6 7LZ. Mini tennis and multi-skills camps for ages 4-16 years in most school holidays Tel: 01628 487775 or 07818 052206 or view: www.livingtennis.co.uk ENGAGE WATERSPORTS, Taplow Lake, Amerden Lane, Taplow, SL6 0EA and Jubilee River Paddlesports taster sessions and BCU Paddlepower courses. Kayaking, canoeing and stand up paddleboarding (SUP) river trips Tel: 01628 671131 or view: www.engagewatersports.com FLYING HIGH PLAYSCHEME AND TEEN FLYING HIGH – see Activities and Clubs section – Activities and Clubs for Children with Additional/Special Needs FUNTASTIC KIDS at White Waltham C of E Academy, Waltham Road, White Waltham, SL6 3SG. School holiday activities, 9.30am-3.30pm with extended day 8am-6pm for ages 4-15 years Tel: 07715 643412 or view: www.funtastickids.co.uk FUNTECH COMPUTER ACADEMY FOR KIDS AND TEENS, 1a The Colonnade, High Street, Maidenhead, SL6 1QL. School holiday computer camps for ages 5-16 years Tel: 01628 621215 or 621216 or view: www.funtech.co.uk FURZE PLATT SENIOR SCHOOL SUMMER FUN, Furze Platt Road, Maidenhead, SL6 7NQ. Activities and sports for 2 weeks and a drama week in the summer holidays, 9am-3pm for ages 9-14 years Tel: 01628 625308 JUBILEE COMMUNITY CHURCH, The Kidwells Centre, 41 Marlow Road, Maidenhead, SL6 7AQ. 3 day Kidz Club runs in the mornings in the Easter holidays for ages 5-11 years Tel: 01628 627194 or view: www.jcchurch.org.uk 61


KICK START SOCCER at Oaken Grove Park, Maidenhead, SL6 6HX Summer camp for 1 week in August, 10am-12 noon for ages 4-6 and 10am-2pm for ages 7-11 years View: www.kickstartsoccer.org.uk LONGRIDGE, Quarry Wood Road, Marlow, SL7 1RE Activity days in most school holidays, 8.45am-5pm for ages 8+ years Tel: 0330 303 0101 or view: www.alfvillages.org.uk MAGNET LEISURE CENTRE, Holmanleaze, Maidenhead, SL6 8AW Camp Adventure day camps for ages 5-12 years and trampolining for ages 3-5 years and 6-12 years Tel: 01628 685333 or view: www.leisurecentre.com/magnet-leisure-centre MAIDENHEAD HERITAGE CENTRE, 18 Park Street, Maidenhead, SL6 1SL Occasional drop-in family craft days, 10.30am-3.30pm suitable for accompanied children of all ages Tel: 01628 780055 or view: www.maidenheadheritage.org.uk MAIDENHEAD LIBRARY, St Ives Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1QU Storytelling, holiday activities, themed events and summer reading challenge for ages 4-12 years Tel: 01628 796969 or view: www.rbwm.gov.uk MAIDENHEAD LAWN TENNIS CLUB, 79 All Saints Avenue, Maidenhead, SL6 6LY School holiday tennis camps Easter-October for ages 5-14 years Tel: NMT coaching services, 07941 094274 or view: www.clubspark.lta.org.uk MAIDENHEAD RUGBY CLUB, Braywick Park, Braywick Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1BN Touch rugby camps, 9am-3pm for ages 5-13 years View: www.maidenheadrfc.com or www.in2touch.com NEWLANDS GIRLS’ SCHOOL COMMUNITY SWIMMING SESSIONS, Farm Road, Maidenhead, SL6 5JB. Open on selected dates in the school holidays, 2-4pm. Under 12s need to be accompanied by an adult Tel: 01628 502641 or view: www.newlandsgirlsschool.co.uk NORDEN FARM CENTRE FOR THE ARTS, Altwood Road, Maidenhead, SL6 4PF Activities, craft workshops, storytelling and themed events in most school holidays Tel: 01628 788997 or view: www.nordenfarm.org.uk ODDS FARM PARK, Wooburn Common Road, Wooburn Common, High Wycombe, HP10 0LX. Activity day camps Monday-Friday, 8.30am-5.30pm (extended day 8am-6pm). ½ day camps also available 8.30am-1pm or 1-5.30pm in Easter, May and summer school holidays Tel: 0333 123 0017 or view: www.oddsfarmpark.co.uk PHOENIX GYMNASTICS, Unit 1, Water Oakley Farm, Windsor Road, Water Oakley, SL4 5UJ. School holiday gymnastics for ages 5-16 years Tel: 01628 778881 or view: www.phoenixgym.co.uk RACHEL HARRISON’S MUSIC THEORY (MUSIC LITERACY) SUMMER SCHOOL One-to-one tuition for instrumentalists needing grade 5 theory of music View: www.strike-a-chord.co.uk REDROOFS THEATRE SCHOOL, 26 Bath Road, Maidenhead, SL6 4JT and Littlewick Green, SL6 3QY. Easter and summer holiday courses/workshops for ages 5-8, 7-13 and 10-18 years Tel: 01628 674092 or view: www.redroofs.co.uk ST MARY’S CHURCH, St Mary’s Close, 14 High Street, Maidenhead, SL6 1YY 3 day summer holiday club, 9.30am-12.30pm with Sunday service at 11am for ages 5-11 years. Not running in 2017 due to rebuilding work but will resume in 2018 Tel: 01628 638866 or view: www.stmarysmaidenhead.org.uk ST PETER’S CHURCH, St Peter’s Road, Maidenhead, SL6 7QU Summer holiday club held for a week for ages 7-11 years. Not running in 2017 Tel: 01628 784053 or view: www.stpetersmaidenhead.org.uk SERIOUSLY FUN SWIMMING SCHOOLS at St Piran’s School, Gringer Hill, Maidenhead, SL6 7LZ. 5 day summer and half-term school holiday swimming courses for ages 3-12 years Tel: 01753 364364 or view: www.seriouslyfun.com 62


SHINING STARS at Cox Green Community Centre, 51 Highfield Lane, Maidenhead, SL6 3AX Drama workshops on selected dates in the school holidays, 9am-3pm for ages 4-13 years Tel: 07842 018049 or view: www.shiningstarsproductions.org.uk SQUIRES GARDEN CENTRE, The Willows, Maidenhead Road, Windsor, SL4 5UB Create & Grow drop-in sessions on selected dates in the school holidays, 10am-3.30pm for accompanied children of all ages Tel: 01753 865076 or view: www.squiresgardencentres.co.uk STAGECOACH THEATRE ARTS SCHOOLS THEATRE WORKSHOPS at Altwood C of E School, Altwood Road, Maidenhead, SL6 4PU. 5 day school holiday workshops for ages 4-18 years Tel: 0808 208 5134 or view: www.stagecoach.co.uk/maidenhead STAR HOTSHOTS MULTI ACTIVITY CAMPS at St Piran’s School, Gringer Hill, Maidenhead, SL6 7LZ. Easter and summer camps for ages 4-14 years Tel: 0845 301 0450 or view: www.star-hotshots.co.uk THAMES VALLEY ATHLETICS CENTRE, Pococks Lane, Eton, SL4 6HN Startrack Athletics Camps 1-5 day camps during Easter, May half-term and three weeks in the summer holidays, 10am–3pm (extended day 8.30am-5pm) for ages 5-15 years Tel: 01753 770037 or view: www.deleisure.com THE SAMURAI FITNESS GROUP at Holy Trinity C of E Primary School, School Lane, Cookham, SL6 9QJ. Martial art holiday camps, 9am-3pm for ages 4-6 years and 7-12 years Tel: 07828 534817 or view: www.TheSamuraiFitnessGroup.com TIMBERTOWN at Town Moor, Blackamoor Lane, Maidenhead, SL6 7JR Children aged 6-11 years build a town of wood with a different theme each year then have a bonfire as a finale. Held over the August Bank Holiday weekend, Saturday-Tuesday View: www.timbertown.org.uk TOUCH TYPING INTENSIVE HOLIDAY COURSES (DTTTS) in Maidenhead 4/5 day Easter and summer holiday intensive touch typing courses in 2 hour sessions and 1 hour small group classes in term time Tel: 07929 528642 or view: www.dttts.co.uk UNITED REFORMED CHURCH, West Street, Maidenhead, SL6 1RL Occasional school holiday activities and summer holiday club, 9.30am-12.30pm for ages 5½-12 years Tel: 01628 635781 or view: www.maidenheadurc.org.uk WISE OWLS HOLIDAY CLUB at Highfield School, West Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1PD Open in most school holidays, 9am-5pm (extended day 8am-6pm) for ages 3-14 years Tel: 0844 561 1606 or view: www.wiseowlsclub.co.uk WOOLLEY FIRS ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CENTRE, Centre, Cherry Garden Lane, Maidenhead, Berkshire. SL6 3LJ. Family events and occasional workshops for 4-12 years Tel: 01628 829574 or view: www.bbowt.org.uk Other providers listed in other sections may offer school holiday activities and courses: - see Arts Centres, Art, Dance, Drama and Music section - see Community and Youth Centres section - see Sports and Leisure section - see Sports and Leisure Centres section

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Sports and Leisure Centres BISHAM ABBEY NATIONAL SPORTS CENTRE, Marlow Road, Bisham, SL7 1RR 12 indoor and outdoor tennis courts including 4 clay courts, 2 squash courts, 90 station fitness suite, group fitness studio, football and hockey pitches, elite facilities, restaurant and café. Open 6.30am10pm weekdays, 8am-10pm (gym 7pm and café 6pm) weekends and 8am-6pm Bank Holidays. Living Tennis Pro Academy and private lessons and also runs Delgado Tennis Clubs at other venues – see Breakfast Clubs and After School Care, Family Fun in the Holidays and School Holiday Activities and Courses, Sport and Leisure Centres and Sport and Leisure sections Tel: 01628 476911 or view: www.bishamabbeynsc.co.uk BOURNE END JUNIOR SPORTS CLUB, The Sports Hall, New Road, Bourne End, SL8 5BW Badminton, basketball, canoeing, climbing, football, inline hockey, judo, swimming and table tennis for ages 5-18 years. For details of individual sports – see Sports and Leisure section Tel: 01628 528110 or view: www.bejsc.co.uk BRAYWICK PARK GYM AND PITCHES at Braywick Sports Ground, Braywick Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1BN. Expressions fitness 45 station gym, football cages and all-weather pitches for outdoor sports such as football and hockey. Facilities for hire. Advantage card holder, member and junior discounts available. Open Monday-Friday, 12.30-9.30pm (8pm Friday) Saturday and Sunday, 9.30am-3pm Tel: 01628 633200 or view: www.leisurecentre.com/braywick-park-gym-and-pitches BRAYWICK PARK AND SPORTS GROUND, Braywick Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1BN AdiZone outdoor gym and multi-sports fitness area, archery range, athletics track, grass football and rugby pitches, target shooting, golf centre with driving range and putting. Braywick Park Gym and all weather artificial pitches for hockey and 5, 7 and 11-a-side football – to book see Braywick Park Gym and Pitches above for contact details. SportsAble, providing sports and activities to people with disabilities – see Activities and Clubs section. For details of archery, athletics, golf driving range and putting, hockey, rugby and target shooting – see Sports and Leisure section COX GREEN LEISURE CENTRE, Cox Green School, Highfield Lane, Cox Green, SL6 3AX Expressions fitness 42 station fitness gym, 4 court multi-use sports hall (badminton, basketball, climbing wall, cricket nets, 5-a-side football, netball, table tennis and short tennis), group exercise studio, 2 floodlit outdoor all weather pitches for football and hockey, floodlit outdoor hard courts for 5-a-side football, netball and tennis (April-August), grass pitches and outdoor cricket nets. Floodlit tennis dome covering 3 tennis courts (September-March) gives all year use. Advantage card holder, member and junior discounts available. Facilities for hire. School holiday activities in some school holidays. Open Monday-Friday, 4.30pm (9am in the school holidays)-10pm (9pm Friday) and weekends, 9am-6pm Tel: 01628 685311 or view: www.leisurecentre.com/cox-green-leisure-centre Activities and clubs for children and teenagers using the Cox Green Leisure Centre’s facilities are: Core Gymnastics Gymnastics classes for beginners and intermediates for all ages with development squad training Tel: 01628 413103 or 07968 968168 or view: www.coregymnastics.org Football Some children’s football clubs use the leisure centre’s facilities for midweek training. The sessions, days and times vary according to team schedules Sanders Street Street dance school: hip hop, house, breaking, popping and locking Tel: 07799 874003 or view: www.sandersstreet.co.uk Sport4Kids – see Focus on the Under Fives section Wycombe Wanderers Sports and Education Trust – see Sport and Leisure section 64


DAVID LLOYD LEISURE CLUB, Grenfell Place, Maidenhead, SL6 1HJ Members only club with gymnasium, 20 metre indoor swimming pool, kids’ splash pool, kids’ zone with indoor soft play frame and café bar. DL Kids’ activities include make and create Saturday, 9am for all ages, 11+ supervised gym session Saturday, 9.30am for ages 11-13 years and swim all stars 30 minute swimming lessons Saturday morning, times vary. DL Kids’ school holiday activities for ages 513 years. Open Monday-Friday, 6am-10pm (8pm Friday) and Saturday-Sunday, 8am-6pm Tel: members, 01628 509860 or non-members, 03451 296804 or view: www.davidlloyd.co.uk FURZE PLATT LEISURE CENTRE, Furze Platt Senior School, Furze Platt Road, Maidenhead, SL6 7NQ. Expressions fitness 60 station gym, group fitness studio, 4 court sports hall, 3G all weather pitch and tennis courts. Facilities for hire. Advantage card holder, member and junior discounts available. Open Monday-Friday, 4.30pm (9am in the school holidays)-10pm (Friday 9pm) and Saturday-Sunday, 9am-6pm Tel: 01628 308296 or view: www.leisurecentre.com/furze-platt-leisure-centre Activities and clubs for children and teenagers using Furze Platt Leisure Centre’s facilities are: Disability Dance – see Activities and Clubs section Furze Platt Tennis Academy 6 week junior courses for improvers Sunday, 9-10.30am Tel: 07929 292868 or view: www.thamestennis.co.uk Luso Fencing Academy Wednesday, 6-7.30pm for boys and girls ages 8-13 years Tel: 07864 278112 or view: www.lusofencingacademy.co.uk Short Tennis Family session Tuesday, 6-7pm. Children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult Tel: 07831 415408 Southeast Martial Arts Dragons kickboxing Sunday, 10-11am for ages 13-15 years Tel: 01628 685333 or 07860 431739 or view: www.southeastmartialarts.co.uk MAGNET LEISURE CENTRE, Holmanleaze and Kidwells Park, Maidenhead, SL6 8AW 10 court sports hall for badminton, basketball, 5-a-side football, short tennis, table tennis, trampolining and volleyball. 4 squash courts and a 25 metre, 8 lane competition swimming pool with learner pool, leisure pool and interactive water features including an Olympic slide and spa pool. Expressions fitness 135 station gym, 2 group studios, change gear studio for spin class, health suite and the Pearce Suite, a 1000-seater auditorium and multi-purpose hall with a netball and 4 badminton courts. Café Vita and a conference room. Cheeky Charlie’s soft play area – see details below, Pixies Day Care – see Focus on the Under Fives section and children’s parties – see Children’s Parties section. Programme of term time and school holiday activities for children. Advantage card holder, member and junior discounts available. Open Monday-Friday, 6am-11pm and weekends, 8am-6pm. Kidwells Park outdoor, floodlit courts for 5-a-side football/netball/tennis are also administered by Magnet Leisure Centre Tel: 01628 685333 or gym, 01628 685300 or view: www.leisurecentre.com/magnet-leisure-centre Activities and clubs for children and teenagers using Magnet Leisure Centre's facilities are: Aquazone – see Sport and Leisure section – Swimming Cheeky Charlie’s Soft play area open Monday–Friday, 10am-4.30pm, Saturday, 11am-3pm and Bank Holidays, 10am4pm. Under 8s must be accompanied by an adult and the maximum age is 10 years Tel: 01628 685338 Delgado Tennis (supported by Living Tennis) Indoors Tuesday and Thursday, 4-5pm and Saturday, 9-10am for Mini Hitters ages 4-6 years, indoors Tuesday and Thursday, 5-6pm and Saturday, 10-11am for Junior Hitters ages 7-10 years and outdoors Thursday, 6.15-7.15pm for Big Hitters ages 11+ years in term time Tel: 01628 487775 or view: www.livingtennis.co.uk 65


Little Kickers Pre-school football. Junior Kickers Thursday, 3.45-4.30pm for ages 2-3½ years and Mighty Kickers Thursday, 4.45-5.30pm for ages 3½-5 years. Tel: 07477 648340 (Tuesday and Thursday, 1-5pm) or view: www.littlekickers.co.uk Magnet Netball Club Development Groups (assessment required) Tuesday, 4-5pm for school years 2 & 3, Recreational netball Tuesday, 5-6pm for school years 2/3 and 6-7.25pm for school years 8/9, Recreational netball Wednesday, 4-5pm for school years 4 & 5, Development Groups (assessment required) Wednesday, 4-5pm for school year 4 and 5-6pm for school year 5, Recreational netball Wednesday, 5-6pm for school years 6/7 and Competition Groups (assessment required) Wednesday, 5-6pm and 6.10-7.10pm for school years 6/7 in term time Tel: 01628 676868 or view: www.magnetnetballclub.co.uk Maidenhead Marlins Swimming Club - see Sport and Leisure section - Swimming Pat Steel School of Dance Ballet and modern classes Monday and Thursday, 3.45-6.15pm for ages 3+ years-teenagers Tel: 01494 673919 or view: www.patsteelschoolofdance.co.uk Perform – see Art Centres, Art, Dance, Drama and Music section Pixies Day Care - see Focus on the Under Fives section Roller Disco Saturday Scooter and Skate school, 3pm-4pm (bring your own scooter), under 7s and beginners, 4.15-5.30pm and family session, 5.45-7.30pm for all ages South East Martial Arts Dragon’s martial art programme; Little Dragons Saturday, 10-11am for ages 4-7 years and Young Dragons Saturday, 11am-12 noon for ages 8-12 years Tel: 07860 431739 or view: www.southeastmartialarts.co.uk Sway Dance Street Dance Tuesday, 4.15-5pm for ages 5-11 years, Jazz Fusion Tuesday, 5-5.45pm for ages 8+ years and Cheerleading Thursday, 4.30-6pm for ages 5+ years and Monday, 5.30-6.30pm for ages 16+ years. Beginner Gymnastics Monday, 4.30-5.30pm for ages 4+ years Tel: 01628 685333 Starfish Swimming Club – see Activities and Clubs section Tiska Karate Club Friday, 4-7.15pm for ages 4+ years. Family classes also available Tel: 07767 258650 or 01234 330260 or view: www.tiskakarate-maidenhead.co.uk Trampolining Monday, 3.30-4pm, 4-4.30pm and 5.15-5.45pm for ages 5-6 years and 4.30-5.15pm for ages 7-8 years. Tuesday, 4-5pm, 5-6pm and 6-6.45pm for ages 6-12 years. Thursday, 1-1.30pm, 1.30-2pm, 22.30pm and 2.30-3pm for ages 3-5 years and 4-5pm and 5-6pm for ages 6-12 years and 6-7pm for ages 10-16 years. Saturday, 10-10.30am for ages 3-5 years, 10-10.30am, 10.30-11am, 11-11.30am and 11.30am-12 noon for ages 5-6 years, 10-11am and 11am-12 noon for ages 6-12 years and 12 noon-1pm for ages 10-16 years in term time Tel: 01628 685333 WINDSOR LEISURE CENTRE, Clewer Mead, Stovell Road, Windsor SL4 5JB Expressions fitness 150 station gym, spin studio, 3 fitness studios, group cycling studio, health suite, all-weather outdoor pitch, 8 court sports hall. 25 metre swimming pool, leisure pool with wave machine, giant slides, water features, interactive water play feature and spa pool. Café Vita and conference room. Programme of term time and school holiday activities. Advantage card holder, member and junior discounts available. Open Monday, 8am-5pm, Tuesday-Friday, 6am10pm (9pm Friday) and weekends, 8am-6pm Tel: 01753 778577 or view: www.leisurecentre.com/windsor-leisure-centre CHIME – ChildHood In Maidenhead Explored 66


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see Focus on the Under Fives section for younger children’s sports and leisure activities see also Sport and Leisure Centres and Community and Youth Centres sections

ARCHERY MAIDENHEAD ARCHERS, Braywick Park Sports Ground, Braywick Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1BN. Recreational and competitive target archery Wednesday afternoon-dusk and Sunday afternoon (indoors at SportsAble in autumn/winter). Indoors at Windsor Leisure Centre Friday evenings October-March. Junior section Tuesday evenings April-September for ages 10-17 years. Have a go days and beginners’ courses View: www.maidenheadarchers.com

ATHLETICS AND RUNNING COOKHAM RUNNING CLUB Junior section Tuesday, 5.45-6.45pm at Little Marlow track and Thursday, 5.30-6.30pm at Cookham Moor (not all groups). Club handicaps every 3rd Saturday in the month, Junior 1 mile run at 9am and Senior 5k run at 9.15am at Cookham Moor View: www.cookhamrunningclub.com MAIDENHEAD JUNIOR ATHLETIC CLUB, The Pavilion, Braywick Park, Braywick Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1BN. Meets Saturday, 9.30-11.30am for ages 8-12 years and 11am-1pm for ages 1216 years. Indoors October–March at a local venue and outdoors at Braywick Park April–September View: www.maidenheadac.co.uk MAIDENHEAD PARK RUN at Braywick Park, Maidenhead, SL6 1BN 5k timed run for all ages and abilities every Saturday at 9am View: www.parkrun.org.uk/maidenhead SLOUGH JUNIOR ATHLETICS CLUB at Thames Valley Athletics Centre, Pococks Lane, Eton, SL4 6HN. Saturday, 12 noon-1.30pm for ages 5-9 years and 1.50-3.50pm for ages 9+ years in term time View: www.sjac.uk.com WINDSOR, SLOUGH, ETON AND HOUNSLOW ATHLETIC CLUB at Thames Valley Athletics Centre, Pococks Lane, Eton, SL4 6HN. Juniors for ages 10+ years. Club nights Tuesday and Thursday, 6.30-8.30pm and squad training Monday and Wednesday, 6.30-8pm View: www.wseh.info

BADMINTON BOURNE END JUNIOR SPORTS CLUB, New Road, Bourne End, SL8 5BW Monday, 6.30-7.30pm for ages 12-18 years and Thursday, 6-7.30pm for ages 12-18+ years Tel: 01628 528110 or view: www.bejsc.co.uk EAST BERKS JUNIOR BADMINTON CLUB at Newlands Girls’ School, Farm Road, Maidenhead, SL6 5JB. Monday, 7-8pm for ages 13+ years September-April Tel: 07778 831516 or view: www.berkshirejuniorbadminton.co.uk MAIDENHEAD JUNIOR BADMINTON CLUB at Newlands Girls’ School, Farm Road, Maidenhead, SL6 5JB. Saturday, 9-10am for ages 6-12 years and 10am-12 noon for ages 13-17 years September-April View: www.berkshirejuniorbadminton.co.uk 67


BASEBALL WINDSOR & MAIDENHEAD BASEBALL CLUB at Ockwells Park, Ockwells Road, Cox Green, SL6 3YX. Open to ages 15-25 years View: www.eteamz.com/windsorbears

BASKETBALL MAGNET LEISURE CENTRE, Holmanleaze, Maidenhead, SL6 8AW Tel: 01628 685333 or view: www.leisurecentre.com/magnet-leisure-centre BOURNE END JUNIOR SPORTS CLUB, New Road, Bourne End, SL8 5BW Juniors Friday, 5.30-7pm for ages 7-12 years and Seniors Friday, 7-9pm for ages 13+ years Tel: 01628 528110 or view: www.bejsc.co.uk

BOWLS DESBOROUGH BOWLING CLUB, 36 York Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1SF Indoor and outdoor bowling greens. Open days and coaching courses for all ages Tel: 01628 629403 or view: www.desboroughbc.co.uk MAIDENHEAD THICKET BOWLS CLUB, Shire Horse, Bath Road, Maidenhead, SL6 3QA View: www.bowls-berkshire.com or www.bowlsclub.org.uk MAIDENHEAD TOWN BOWLS CLUB, Oaken Grove Park, Maidenhead, SL6 6HL Outdoor bowls season May-September. Open days and coaching sessions Tel: 01628 777129 or view: www.maidenheadbc.co.uk

CANOEING AND KAYAKING BOURNE END JUNIOR SPORTS CLUB, New Road, Bourne End, SL8 5BW Canoeing Monday and Tuesday (beginners) and Friday (advanced) for ages 8+. Indoor training in winter and on the river in summer Tel: 01628 528110 or view: www.bejsc.co.uk BRAY LAKE WATERSPORTS, Monkey Island Lane, Windsor Road, Maidenhead, SL6 2EB Junior canoeing and kayaking courses for ages 8-15 years Tel: 01628 638860 or view: www.braylake.com DORNEY BOAT CLUB, Dorney Lake, off Court Lane, Dorney, SL4 6QP Canoeing juniors (under 18s) Wednesday, 6-8pm and Sunday, 2-4pm. Advanced group Saturday, 810am Tel: 01753 832756 or view: www.dorneylake.com LONGRIDGE, Quarry Wood Road, Marlow, SL7 1RE Junior kayak club some Sundays, 12.15-1.30pm. Junior kayaking courses for ages 8-14 years and taster sessions/days for ages 8+ years Tel: 0330 303 0101 or view: www.alfvillages.org.uk

CLIMBING INDOOR CLIMBING CLUB, Bourne End Junior Sports Club, New Road, Bourne End, SL8 5BW. Suitable for ages 6-18 years. Juniors Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 4.30-5.30pm and Tuesday and Thursday, 5.30-6.30pm. Seniors Tuesday and Thursday, 6.30-8pm Tel: 01628 528110 or view: www.bejsc.co.uk 68


CRICKET ALL STARS CRICKET PROGRAMME at local cricket clubs including: Boyne Hill CC, Maidenhead & Bray CC, Pinkneys Green CC and White Waltham CC. Eight one hour sessions held over eight weeks for ages 5-8 years held either on Friday evening or Saturday morning View: www.allstarscricket.co.uk PERFORMANCE CRICKET at Boyne Hill Cricket Club, Boyn Grove, Highway Avenue, Maidenhead, SL6 5AE. Little Crickets 6 or 10 week courses Saturday, 9.30-10.20am for ages 3-6 years Tel: 07866 628878 or view: www.performance-cricket.com THAMES VALLEY CRICKET ACADEMY at Cookham Dean Cricket Club, Ricketts Field, Whyteladyes Lane, Cookham, SL6 9LF. Mini Academy Friday, 4pm-4.45pm for under 5s and 4.455.30pm for under 6s. Academy sessions by invitation only Monday evening. One-to-one coaching Tuesday and Thursday, 5-7pm. Winter indoor coaching at Claires Court Junior and Altwood Schools View: www.tvca.co.uk Many local cricket clubs run mini colts or colts’ teams in the cricket season, they include: BOYNE HILL CRICKET CLUB, Boyn Grove, Highway Avenue, Maidenhead, SL6 5AE Runs teams under 9s-under 17s. Training: Friday, 6.30-8pm (under 9s & under 11s), Saturday, 10.3011.30am (under 7s), Monday, 6.30-8pm (under 13s & under 15s) & Thursday, 6.30-8pm (under 17s) Tel: 07825 216304 or view: www.boynehillcc.hitscricket.com BRAYWOOD CRICKET CLUB, The Turnbull Cricket Ground, Oakley Green Road, Fifield, SL4 4QF. Runs junior teams under 9s-under 17s. Coaching Sunday, 10am-12 noon for ages 6+ years Tel: 07464 955112 or view: www.braywoodcricketclub.hitscricket.com COOKHAM DEAN CRICKET CLUB, Ricketts Field, Whyteladyes Lane, Cookham, SL6 9LF Runs colts and junior teams View: www.cdcc.co.uk HOLYPORT CRICKET CLUB, Rear of Memorial Hall, Moneyrow Green, Holyport, SL6 2NA Runs colts teams for ages 9+ years View: www.holyport.play-cricket.com HURLEY CRICKET CLUB, Shepherds Lane, Hurley, SL6 5NG Runs teams under 9s–under 15s. Training: Tots Sunday, 9.30-10.30am and under 9s upwards 9.3011am. Indoor winter training late February-early April for under 9s-under 15s Sunday afternoon, times vary at St Piran’s School, Gringer Hill, Maidenhead, SL6 7LZ View: www.hurleycc.co.uk KNOWL HILL CRICKET CLUB, Bath Road, Knowl Hill, RG10 9UP View: www.knowlhillcc.org.uk LITTLEWICK GREEN CRICKET CLUB, The Village Hall, Gilchrist Way, Littlewick Green, SL6 3RG. Runs colts teams under 9s-under15s View: www.littlewickgreencc.hitscricket.com MAIDENHEAD & BRAY CRICKET CLUB, The Pavilion, High Street, Bray, SL6 2AA Runs teams under 9s-under 17s. All training at 6pm. Girls Monday for ages 7-15 years. Boys: Tuesday for under 13s and under 15s and Friday for starters & improvers (ages 7-8 years), under 9s and under 11s. Winter training Saturday, times vary at St Piran’s School, Gringer Hill, Maidenhead, SL6 7LZ Tel: Clubhouse, 01628 622669 or view: www.mandbcc.co.uk NORTH MAIDENHEAD CRICKET CLUB, Summerleaze Road, Maidenhead, SL6 8SP Runs teams under 9s-under 15s. Colts outdoor training Friday, 6pm and winter training Sunday, 3.30-4.30pm at Furze Platt Leisure Centre, Furze Platt Road, Maidenhead, SL6 7NQ Tel: 01628 633092 or view: www.pitchero.com/clubs/northmaidenheadcricketclub PINKNEYS GREEN CRICKET CLUB, Pinkneys Drive, Pinkneys Green, SL6 5DS Runs teams under 9s-under 11s. Training Friday, 5.30-7.30pm for ages 5-17 years. 10 week winter net sessions Sunday, 6pm starting February at St Piran’s School, Gringer Hill, Maidenhead, SL6 7LZ Tel: 07010 122026 or view: www.pitchero.com/clubs/pinkneysgreencc 69


WALTHAM ST LAWRENCE CRICKET CLUB, Yeo Memorial Cricket Ground, Oak Meadow, Shurlock Row, RG10 0PL. Runs under 13s and under 15s colts teams. Youth coaching from ages 6+ years View: www.walthamstlawrencecc.co.uk WHITE WALTHAM CRICKET CLUB, Waltham Road, White Waltham, SL6 3SH Runs colts teams under 9s-under 15s. Training Saturday, 9-11am for younger age groups and evening sessions are arranged for older age groups Tel: 01628 824802 or view: www.whitewaltham.play-cricket.com

CYCLING MAIDENHEAD & DISTRICT CYCLING CLUB Sunday Club rides (40-50 miles) at 9am from Maidenhead Railway Station front car park Tel: 01753 674075 or view: www.maidenheadcc.org.uk MAIDENHEAD CYCLE HUB, Unit 13A Waldeck House, Waldeck Road, Maidenhead, SL6 8BR Organises 6-8 mile cycle rides for families and beginners 1st Saturday in the month, 2pm from the car park at Bray Lake (sat nav SL6 2EB) and 15-20 mile ride for older teenagers and adults 3rd Saturday in the month, 2pm from the car park at Waldeck House Tel: 07771 510204 or view: www.cyclehub.org.uk THAMES VELO - East Berkshire’s cycle road racing club based in Maidenhead Sunday club rides (50-70 miles) Sunday, 10am from Norden Farm Centre of the Arts View: www.thamesvelo.org.uk

FENCING LONGRIDGE, Quarry Wood Road, Marlow, SL7 1RE 6 weekly fencing courses Wednesday, 6.45-7.45pm for ages 8-15 years & fencing taster sessions/days Tel: 0330 303 0101 or view: www.alfvillages.org.uk LUSO FENCING ACADEMY – see Sports and Leisure Centres section SALLE ETON FENCING CLUB at Singh Sabha Slough Sports Centre, Stoke Poges Lane, Slough, SL1 3LW. Foil, épée and sabre fencing. Juniors Friday, 7-9pm for ages 8-14 years Tel: 01753 541499 or view: www.profjohnroberts.org.uk/eton

FISHING FINCH FARM FISHERY, Drift Road, Hawthorn Hill, SL6 3ST Open 6am-9pm (4.30-6pm winter) for ages 12+ years. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult also fishing Tel: 07990 525642 or view: www.finchfarmfishery.com NEW FARM FISHERIES, Drift Road, Hawthorn Hill, SL6 3ST Open 7am-9pm (7pm winter). Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult also fishing Tel: 01628 789564 or view: www.newfarmcatandcarpfisheries.co.uk

FOOTBALL KICK START at Oaken Grove Park, Maidenhead, SL6 6HX (March-October) and Woodlands Park Village Centre, Manifold Way, Woodlands Park, SL6 3GW (November-February). Mini Stars Thursday, 4.30-5.30pm for ages 4-6 years and Mighty Stars Tuesday, 4.30-5.30pm for ages 7-8 years View: www.kickstartsoccer.org.uk LITTLE KICKERS – see Focus on the Under Fives and Sports and Leisure Centres sections 70


MAGPIES IN THE COMMUNITY, The Cage, York Road Football Ground, Maidenhead, SL6 1SF Mini Magpies Friday, 10.15-11am for ages 1½-3½ years. Saturday Morning Club (55 minute sessions): 8.30am (ages 4-5 years), 9.30am (ages 6-7 years), 10.30am (ages 7-8 years) and 11.30am (ages 8-10 years). Girls Football Development Thursday, 4-5pm (ages 5-8 years) and Monday, 5.30-6.30pm (ages 8-14 years). Football Elite Centre Training Tuesday, 4-5pm (ages 7-12 years). Goalkeeper Coaching Thursday, 5-6pm (ages 10+ years) Football Development Coaching Friday, 4-5.30pm (ages 9-12 years) Tel: 07738 585507 or view: www.magpiesinthecommunity.org.uk SPORT4KIDS – see Focus on the Under Fives section WYCOMBE WANDERERS SPORTS & EDUCATION TRUST at Cox Green Leisure Centre, Highfield Lane, Maidenhead, SL6 3AX. Saturday morning club, 9.15-10.45am for ages 4-11 years in term time on 4G Astroturf Tel: 01494 455736 or view: www.wwset.co.uk Local and competitive football clubs run teams for all ages, teams include: BOURNE END JUNIOR SPORTS CLUB (BEJSC), New Road, Bourne End, SL8 5BW Boys and girls football teams for ages 5-16 years playing at BEJSC and other local venues Tel: 01628 528110 or view: www.bejsc.co.uk BOYNE HILL BOYS & GIRLS FOOTBALL CLUB Runs teams under 8s–under 15s. Home matches played at Summerleaze Village, off Summerleaze Road, Maidenhead, SL6 8SP View: www.bhbgfc.com BURNHAM JUNIOR FOOTBALL CLUB Runs mini teams under 7s-under 10s, junior teams under11s-under 18s and girls football. Home matches played at George Pitcher Memorial Ground, Britwell Road, Burnham, SL1 8DL Tel: 01628 665021 or view: www.pitchero.com/clubs/burnhamjuniorfc COOKHAM DEAN FOOTBALL CLUB, Alfred Major Recreation Ground, Hillcrest Avenue, Cookham, SL6 9NG. Runs teams under 7s-under14s Tel: 01628 819423 or view: www.cookhamdeanfc.co.uk FC HOLYPORT based at Maidenhead & Bray Cricket Club, High Street, Bray, SL6 2AA Runs mini teams from under 8s (non-competitive) and junior teams to under 15s. Some home matches are played at Summerleaze Village, off Summerleaze Road, Maidenhead, SL6 8SP View: www.pitchero.com/clubs/fcholyport MAIDENHEAD BOYS & GIRLS FOOTBALL CLUB c/o Altwood C of E School, Altwood Road, Maidenhead, SL6 4PU. Boys teams: minis under 7s–under 11s, juniors under 12s-under 14s and seniors under 15s-under 18s. Girls teams: under 10s-under 15s. Home games played at local venues View: www.pitchero.com/clubs/maidenheadboysgirlsfc MAIDENHEAD MAGPIES FOOTBALL CLUB Based in Cox Green and runs teams under 7s-under 16s. Saturday morning club, 9.30-10.30am for boys and girls ages 5-6 years at Altwood C of E School, Altwood Road, Maidenhead, SL6 4PU View: www.maidenheadmagpies.co.uk MAIDENHEAD WARRIORS FOOTBALL CLUB Runs teams under 8s-under 11s. Friday night training at Altwood C of E School and Sunday matches Tel: 07850 804920 or view: www.maidenheadwarriorsfc.co.uk TAPLOW UNITED FOOTBALL CLUB, Berry Hill, Taplow, SL6 0DA Teams range from under 8s–under 16s View: www.taplow-utd.co.uk

GEOCACHING An outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache hidden at that location View: www.geocaching.com 71


GOLF BIRD HILLS GOLF CENTRE, Drift Road, Hawthorn Hill, SL6 3ST 18 hole pay and play golf course and driving range with tuition available. Roll up sessions Saturday, 23pm and Sunday, 10-11am for ages 6-16 years Tel: 01628 771030 or view: www.birdhills.co.uk HUNTSWOOD GOLF CLUB, Taplow Common Road, Burnham, SL1 8LS 18 hole pay and play golf course. Junior group lessons Saturday, 1-2pm and 2-3pm and Sunday, 10.30-11.30am followed by a roll up on the course Tel: 01628 667144 or view: www.huntswoodgolf.com MAIDENHEAD GOLF CENTRE and MAIDENHEAD ADVENTURE GOLF, Braywick Park, Braywick Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1BN. Driving range and golf tuition for all ages and 9 hole putting course for ages 4+ years. Tel: 01628 676910 or view: www.maidenheadgolfcentre.co.uk or www.maidenheadadventuregolf.com MAIDENHEAD GOLF CLUB, Shoppenhangers Road, Maidenhead, SL6 2PZ Golf coaching and cadet school for ages 8-12 years, junior membership and roll ups for ages 12-17 years Tel: 01628 624693 or view: www.maidenheadgolf.co.uk WEXHAM PARK GOLF CENTRE, Wexham Street, Slough, SL6 6ND 18 hole and 9 hole courses. Junior golf tuition and membership. Group coaching Saturday, 9-10am for under 8s and beginners, 10-11am for over 8s and Sunday, 9-10am and 10-11am for all ages Tel: 01753 663271 or view: www.wexhamparkgolfcentre WINTER HILL GOLF CLUB, Grange Lane, Cookham, SL6 9RP 18 hole course. Junior golf coaching for ages 7+ years Tel: 01628 527613 or view: www.winterhillgolfclub.net WYCOMBE HEIGHTS GOLF CENTRE, Rayners Avenue, Loudwater, HP10 9SZ 18 hole course and driving range. Junior golf school for ages 4-15 years Tel: 01494 816686 or view: www.wycombeheightsgc.co.uk

GYMNASTICS CORE GYMNASTICS – see Sports and Leisure Centres section MAIDENHEAD GYMNASTICS at Altwood C of E School, Altwood Road, Maidenhead, SL6 4PU Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, 4.30-6pm and Saturday, 2.30-4pm for boys and girls ages 4/5-8 years and Saturday, 12.15-2.15pm for girls 9-14 years. For Gymtots - see Focus on the Under Fives section Tel: 07957 223124 or view: www.maidenheadgymnastics.uk PHOENIX GYMNASTICS, Unit 1, Water Oakley Farm, Windsor Road, Water Oakley, SL4 5UJ. Recreational and advanced recreational gymnastics for ages 5+ years and squads for girls in team and individual competitive gymnastics. Monday-Friday after school/evening and Saturday morning classes for ages 5-15 years. For preschool gymnastics – see Focus on the Under Fives section Tel: 01628 778881 or view: www.phoenixgym.co.uk

HOCKEY MAIDENHEAD HOCKEY CLUB at Maidenhead & Bray Sports Club (M&BSC), High Street, Bray, SL6 2AB. Training at Altwood C of E School, Altwood Road, Maidenhead, SL6 4PU. Sunday: under 6s-under 8s at 12 noon and under 10s at 10.30am for boys and girls, under 12s-under 14s; boys at 10.30am and girls at 12 noon and under 16 girls at 9am. Under 16s teams train midweek Tel: 01628 622669 (clubhouse at M&BSC) or view: www.maidenheadhc.org.uk 72


HORSE RIDING BANSTOCK HOUSE STABLES, Cherry Garden Lane, Littlewick Green, SL6 3QD Horse riding lessons for all abilities for ages 7+ years Tel: 01628 822821 HORSE RANGERS - see Uniformed Organisations section SNOWBALL FARM EQUESTRIAN CENTRE, Dorney Wood Road, Burnham, SL1 8EH Private and group indoor and outdoor lessons for beginners and advanced tuition for ages 4+ years Tel: 01628 666222 or view: www.snowballfarm.co.uk SPANISH BIT RIDING SCHOOL & LIVERY, Boveney Road, Dorney Common, SL6 6QD Walk out lead rein for ages 4-7 years. Private and group indoor/outdoor lessons for ages 7+ years Tel: 01628 661275 or view: www.spanishbit.co.uk WAYSIDE STABLES, Fifield Road, Fifield, SL6 2PG Tots trots and walks on lead rein for ages 3+ years. Outdoor and indoor tuition for ages 5+ years Tel: 01628 777735 or view: www.waysidestables.com

INLINE HOCKEY THE BOURNE END BUFFALOES, Bourne End Junior Sports Club, New Road, Bourne End, SL8 5BW. Roller hockey for ages 9+ years with teams playing in a league Tel: 01628 528110 or view: www.bejsc.co.uk

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see also Community and Youth Centres and Sports and Leisure Centres sections

BOURNE END JUNIOR SPORTS CLUB, New Road, Bourne End, SL8 5BW Judo Friday, 7-8.15pm for boys and girls ages 6+ years Tel: 01628 528110 or view: www.bejsc.co.uk COMBAT ACADEMY at Desborough College, Shoppenhangers Road, Maidenhead, SL6 2QB Ju-Jitsu and kickboxing Saturday, 10.45-11.45am for ages 5-11 years Tel: 07711 681218 or view: www.combatacademy.co.uk MAIDENHEAD KARATE CLUB at Altwood C of E School Gymnasium, Altwood Road, Maidenhead, SL6 4PU. Karate for ages 8+ years. Tuesday, 6-7pm for beginners and 7.15-8.45pm for advanced Tel: 07801 441193 or view: www.tvsk.co.uk MAIDENHEAD MARTIAL ARTS, Warren Centre, Reform Road. Maidenhead, SL6 8BT Kids Karate Wednesday, 4.30-5.30pm and Sunday 4.30-5.30pm for ages 5+ years and Brazilian Ju-Jitsu BJJ Kids Sunday, 3.30-4.30pm for ages 5-15 years Tel: 01628 290227 or view: www.maidenheadmartialarts.co.uk SHUHARI at Larchfield Primary School, Bargeman Road, Maidenhead, SL6 2SG Mixed martial arts/self-defence class for ages 7+ years-adult Wednesday, 6-7pm Tel: 07739 464005 or view: www.shuhari.com SOUTH EAST MARTIAL ARTS at All Saints Junior School, Westborough Road, Maidenhead, SL6 4AR. Monday, 6-7pm for ages 6-12 years (Dragons Kickboxing) and Monday, 7-8pm for adults and teenagers. Also at other venues – see Sports and Leisure Centres section Tel: 07860 431739 or view: www.southeastmartialarts.co.uk SOUTH BUCKS KARATE ACADEMY at Newlands Girls’ School, Farm Road, Maidenhead, SL6 5JB. Karate training Monday, 6.15-7.45pm for juniors ages 8+ years and 8-10pm for seniors Tel: 01494 863949 or view: www.sbka.co.uk 73


THE SAMURAI FITNESS GROUP at Furze Platt War Memorial Hall, Furze Platt Road, Maidenhead, SL6 7NG and Holy Trinity C of E Primary School, School Lane, Cookham, SL6 9QJ Kickboxing classes: Thursday, 5-5.45pm for ages 4-6 years and 6-6.45pm for ages 7-12 years in Maidenhead and Saturday, 9-9.45am for ages 7-11 years in Cookham Tel: 07828 534817 or view: www.samuraifitnessgroup.com EAGLE CLAW KUNG-FU SCHOOL UK, 1st Floor, 78 Portlock Road, Maidenhead, SL6 6DZ. Kids Kung-Fu: beginners Monday & Wednesday, 5-6pm, intermediates Tuesday & Thursday, 5-6pm and advanced Tuesday and Thursday, 5.45-6.45pm for boys and girls aged 6½-13 years Tel: 01628 780743 or view: www.eagleclawkungfu.uk

NETBALL EAGLES NETBALL CLUB at Altwood C of E School, Altwood Road, Maidenhead, SL6 4PU Training: Tuesday, 6-7pm for school years 3 & 4 and 7-9pm for school years 9 & 10 and Friday, 67.15pm for school years 5 & 6 and 7.15-9.15pm for school years 7 & 8. Teams compete in local and regional leagues Tel: 07854 753910 or view: www.eaglesnetball.com MAGNET NETBALL CLUB at St Piran’s School, Gringer Hill, Maidenhead, SL6 7LZ Under 13s and under 14s Competition (assessment to join) Wednesday, 6.15-8pm. For details of other competition, development and recreational groups – see Sports and Leisure Centres section View: www.magnetnetballclub.co.uk

ORIENTEERING BERKSHIRE ORIENTEERS Courses available to suit all abilities from toddlers and young children accompanied by an adult to the more advanced. Youth league for schools, scouts, guides and other youth groups View: www.bko.org.uk

REAL TENNIS HOLYPORT REAL TENNIS CLUB, Holyport Street, Holyport, SL6 2JR Tel: 01628 673964 or view: www.hrtc.co.uk

ROWING DORNEY BOAT CLUB, Dorney Lake, off Court Lane, Dorney, SL4 6QP Juniors (under 18s) Wednesday, 6-8pm and Sunday, 2-4pm. Advanced group Saturday, 8-10am Tel: 01753 832756 or view: www.dorneylake.com ETON EXCELSIOR ROWING CLUB, Maidenhead Road, Windsor, SL4 5TY Learn to row courses for beginners and development squad. Junior rowing squads for ages 12-18 years, weekday and weekend training sessions View: www.etonexcelsiorrowingclub.org.uk LONGRIDGE, Quarry Wood Road, Marlow, SL7 1RE Introduction to rowing courses for ages 10-14 years on selected dates Tel: 0330 303 0101 or view: www.alfvillages.org.uk MAIDENHEAD ROWING CLUB, The Boathouse, River Road, Maidenhead, SL6 0AT Junior boys and girls rowing squads with training and competition events for ages 12+ years Tel: 01628 622664 or view.www.maidenheadrc.org.uk 74


RUGBY MAIDENHEAD RUGBY CLUB, Braywick Park, Braywick Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1BN Runs teams under 6s-under 16s. Coaching, practice and matches Sunday, 10am-12 noon (11.30am for younger age groups) September-April. Non-contact tag rugby from age 5 years progressing to the 15a-side game by age 12. Mohawks touch rugby training Wednesday, 7-8.30pm for ages 14+-adult Tel: 01628 629663 or view: www.maidenheadrfc.com PHOENIX RUGBY CLUB, The Sports Ground, Institute Road, Taplow, SL6 0NS Mini rugby teams for under 6s-under 12s and junior rugby for under 14s–under 16s. Training Sunday, 10am September-April Tel: 01628 664319 or view: www.pitchero.com/clubs/phoenixrfc RUGBYTOTS at Four Marlow Road Youth and Community Centre, 4 Marlow Road, Maidenhead, SL6 7YR and SportsAble, Braywick Sports Ground, Braywick Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1BN. Saturday: 8.45am & 11am for ages 2-3½ years, 9.20am & 11.30am for ages 3½-5 years and 10.10am for ages 5-7 years at Four Marlow Road Youth and Community Centre and Sunday: 9am for ages 2-3½ years, 9.40am for ages 3½-5 years and 10.30am for ages 5-7 years at SportsAble Tel: 0345 313 0447 or view: www.rugbytots.co.uk TOUCH RUGBY at Maidenhead Rugby Club, Braywick Park, Braywick Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1BN. Non-contact rugby sessions Tuesday, 5-6pm for under 8s-under 18s Tel: 07766 525938 or view: www.in2touch.com

SAILING AND WINDSURFING BISHAM ABBEY SAILING AND NAVIGATION SCHOOL, National Sports Centre, Marlow Road, Bisham, SL7 1RR. Junior dinghy sailing: Optimist for ages 8-12 years and Topper for ages 12+ Tel: 01628 474960 or view: www.bishamabbeysailing.co.uk BRAY LAKE WATERSPORTS, Monkey Island Lane, Windsor Road, Maidenhead, SL6 2EB Dinghy sailing and windsurfing courses for ages 8-15 years Tel: 01628 638860 or view: www.braylake.com COOKHAM REACH SAILING CLUB, Berries Road, Cookham, SL6 9SD Family membership includes under 18s View: www.cookhamreachsc.org.uk LONGRIDGE, Quarry Wood Road, Marlow, SL7 1RE 2 day training courses for under 16s and on selected dates Tel: 0330 303 0101 or view: www.alfvillages.org.uk MAIDENHEAD SAILING CLUB, Lakeside, Summerleaze Road, Maidenhead, SL6 8HZ Junior membership. Training and instruction courses for ages 8+ years on selected dates Tel: 01628 629172 or view: www.maidenheadsc.org.uk

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SOFTBALL MAIDENHEAD SOFTBALL CLUB at North Maidenhead Cricket Club, Summerleaze Road, Maidenhead, SL6 8SP. Outdoor season April-September and indoor season January-March. Mixed teams for ages 14+ years play Friday, 6.15-7.45pm and training Monday, 6.30-8.30pm Tel: 07553 811048 or view: www.maidenheadsoftballclub.co.uk 75


SWIMMING MAGNET LEISURE CENTRE, Holmanleaze. Maidenhead, SL6 8AW 25 metre pool which can be used for lane swimming and as a fun pool. Attached to the main pool is a teaching pool for children or the less confident adult, spa pools and water features including a water slide. Public swimming sessions and Magnet family night Friday, 4-7pm Tel: 01628 685333 or view: www.leisurecentre.com/magnet-leisure-centre NEWLANDS GIRLS’ SCHOOL, Farm Road, Maidenhead, SL6 5JB Community swimming Sunday, 1-2.15pm in term time and selected dates Monday-Friday, 2-4pm during the school holidays. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult Tel: 01628 502641 or view: www.newlandsgirlsschool.co.uk Local Swimming Clubs include: BOURNE END SWIMMING CLUB, Bourne End Junior Sports Club, New Road, Bourne End, SL8 5BW. Swimming at Handy Cross pool and Wycombe Abbey pool in High Wycombe Tel: 01628 528110 or view: www.bejsc-swimming.org.uk MAIDENHEAD MARLINS at Magnet Leisure Centre, Holmanleaze, Maidenhead, SL6 8AW Competitive swimming club with stroke development programme for ages 5+ years. Club nights Tuesday and Thursday evenings for ages 8-18 years. Squad training at Magnet Leisure Centre, Newlands Girls’ School and St Piran’s School. Learn to Swim Programme for ages 5-8 years View: www.maidenheadmarlins.com Swimming Lessons: ALAN PRICE SWIMMING at Newlands Girls’ School, Farm Road, Maidenhead, SL6 5JB Swimming lessons Saturday, 11.30am-1.30pm and Sunday, 9.30-11.30am for ages 4-16 years Tel: 07718 771280 or email: alanpriceswimming@hotmail.co.uk AQUAZONE at Magnet Leisure Centre, Holmanleaze, Maidenhead, SL6 8AW Water confidence and learn to swim programmes Discovery Duckling Awards 1-4 for ages 3 months-3 years, Duckling Awards 1-4 for ages 3+ years and Learn to Swim Awards 1-7. Adult classes for ages 16+ years Classes held Monday-Friday, times vary and Saturday and Sunday morning. School holiday intensive courses available Tel: 01628 685304 or view: www.leisurecentre.com/magnet-leisure-centre SERIOUSLY FUN SWIMMING SCHOOL at St Piran’s School, Gringer Hill, Maidenhead, SL6 7LZ and Manor Green School, Elizabeth Hawkes Way, Maidenhead, SL6 3EQ. 30 minute lessons: Friday, 5.05-7.40pm and Saturday, 9.15am-12.25pm for ages 3-12 years at St Piran’s School and Saturday, 2-4.30pm for ages 4 months-3 years and 3-12 years at Manor Green School. Summer and half-term school holiday courses for ages 3-12 years at St Piran’s School Tel: 01753 364364 (St Piran’s) or 01753 364366 (Manor Green) or view: www.seriouslyfun.net SPLASH SCHOOL at Manor Green School, Elizabeth Hawkes Way, Maidenhead, SL6 3EQ and Newlands Girls’ School, Farm Road, Maidenhead, SL6 5JB. Swimming lessons in term time for all stages, times vary Tel: 01628 317558 or view: www.splashschool.co.uk SWIM KIDZ at Claires Court Schools, 1 College Avenue, Maidenhead, SL6 6AW and Cannon Lane, Maidenhead, SL6 3QE and Holiday Inn, Manor Lane, Maidenhead, SL6 2RA. Swimming and coaching lessons for all ages: Tuesday and Friday, 5.15-6.45pm and Saturday, 10.30-12.30pm for ages 4+ years and Sunday, 9am-1pm for ages 3 months-10 years at College Avenue. Tuesday and Friday, 5.156.45pm, Saturday, 8.30am-1.30pm and Sunday, 8.30am-12.30pm (later times at weekends NovemberMarch) for ages 3½+ years at Cannon Lane and Tuesday and Thursday, 11am-12.30pm for ages 3-30 months at Holiday Inn Tel: 0118 983 6130 or 07825 955533 or view: www.swimkidz.info CHIME – A Family Information and Leisure Guide 2017-2019 76


TABLE TENNIS BOURNE END JUNIOR SPORTS CLUB, New Road, Bourne End, SL8 5BW Table tennis for 6-18 years Tel: 01628 528110 or view: www.bejsc-swimming.org.uk MAIDENHEAD AND DISTRICT TABLE TENNIS ASSOCIATION View: www.mdtta.org.uk

TARGET SHOOTING MAIDENHEAD TARGET SHOOTING CLUB, Braywick Park, Braywick Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1BN. 25 yard, 50m and 100 yard outdoor ranges and 10m indoor range. Relocating later in 2017 Tel: 07856 857900 or view: www.mtsc.club

TENNIS DELGADO TENNIS CLUB (supported by Living Tennis) at St Piran’s School, Gringer Hill, Maidenhead, SL6 7LZ. After school and Saturday morning coaching sessions for ages 4-6 years, 7-10 years and 11+ years. Private lessons and school holiday camps. Also at Magnet Leisure Centre – see Sports and Leisure Centres section Tel: 07818 052206 or view: www.livingtennis.co.uk FURZE PLATT TENNIS ACADEMY – see Sports and Leisure Centres section MAIDENHEAD LAWN TENNIS CLUB (MLTC), 79 All Saints Avenue, Maidenhead, SL6 6LY Junior club nights Thursday, 4.45-6pm for school years 4-8 and 5-6pm for school years 2-3 and Friday, 4.15-5.30pm for school years 8-11 and 5.30-7pm for school years 12-13 Tel: 01628 623785 or view: www.mltc.link NMT COACHING SERVICES at Maidenhead Lawn Tennis Club, 79 All Saints Avenue, Maidenhead, SL6 6LY. Monday and Tuesday, 4-5pm for ages 4-8 years, Tuesday, 4-5pm and Wednesday, 5-6pm for ages 8-10 years, Tuesday, 5-6pm for ages 8-12 years and Monday, 5-6pm for ages 12-18 years. Saturday, 9-10am for ages 5-8 years (invitation only). School holiday camps for ages 4-14 years Tel: 07941 094274 or view: www: clubspark.lta.org.uk TENNIS COURTS FOR HIRE Cox Green Leisure Centre – see Sports and Leisure Centres section Furze Platt Leisure Centre – see Sports and Leisure Centres section Greatwood Place, off Kiln Hill – see Youth and Communities section Holyport War Memorial Hall Tennis Court, Moneyrow Green, SL6 2NA Tel: daytime bookings, 01628 621072 (Monday-Friday, 8.30am-5pm) or evening bookings, 01628 623041 (after 5pm, weekends and Bank Holidays) or view: www.holyportvillagehall.org.uk Jubilee Field Tennis Courts, The Causeway, Bray, SL6 2AD Tel: bookings, 01628 777997 or view: www.brayparishcouncil.gov.uk Kidwells Park Tennis Courts – Magnet Leisure Centre – see Sports and Leisure Centres section

TRAMPOLINING PHOENIX TRAMPOLINING GYMNASTICS at East Berkshire College, Station Road, Langley, SL3 8BY. Trampoline junior squad Thursday, 6.30-7.30pm for ages 6-10 years and Saturday, 3.15-4.15pm for ages 10-17 years. For pre-school trampoline gymnastics – see Focus on the Under Fives section Tel: 01628 778881 or view: www.phoenixgym.co.uk or www.phoenix-gymnastics.class4kids.co.uk 77


TRIATHLON EVO TRI Junior triathlon club (swimming, cycling, running and transition) for ages 7-16 years. Training at various locations including: Liquid Leisure in Slough, Montem Sports Centre in Slough, Westhorpe Lake in Little Marlow, Windsor Great Park and Wycombe Rye Lido in High Wycombe Tel: 07780 994772 or view: www.evotri.co.uk

VOLLEYBALL MAIDENHEAD VOLLEYBALL CLUB at Magnet Leisure Centre, Holmanleaze, Maidenhead, SL6 8AW. Thursday, 8-10pm for ages 15+ years Tel: 01628 776717 or view: www.maidenhead.vc.com

WATERSPORTS BRAY LAKE WATERSPORTS, Monkey Island Lane, Windsor Road, Maidenhead, SL6 2EB Junior courses for canoeing, dinghy sailing, kayaking, paddle boarding and windsurfing. Fishing club and affiliated groups offer bungee, scuba diving, dragon boating, open water swimming and segway Tel: 01628 638860 or view: www.braylake.com ENGAGE WATERSPORTS, Taplow Lake, Amerden Lane, Taplow, SL6 0EA Kayaking, canoeing and stand-up paddle boarding taster sessions and courses for ages 8+ years Tel: 01628 671131 or view: www.engagewatersports.com LONGRIDGE, Quarry Wood Road, Marlow, SL7 1RE Taster sessions/days and school holiday activity days for ages 8+ years. Junior watersports courses: PaddlePower Discover and Passport for under 14 years, 1, 2 and 3 Star, Powerboat, First Aid and Safety and Rescue for ages 14+ and a youth beginners course for ages 16+. Introduction to rowing for ages 10-14 years and Sportivate : climbing, kayaking, rowing and sailing for ages 14-25 years Tel: 0330 303 0101 or view: www.alfvillages.org.uk WAKEPLUS, Taplow Lake, Amerden Lane, Taplow, SL6 0EA Water ski and wakeboard lessons and group watersports activity sessions for kids and teens Tel: 01628 782113 or 07905 362958 or view: www.wakeplus.co.uk

WINTER SPORTS ABSOLUTELY ICE, Montem Lane, Slough, SL1 2QG – closed for refurbishment until late 2017 BRACKNELL SKI CENTRE & ICE RINK, John Nike Leisuresport Complex, John Nike Way, Bracknell, RG12 8TU. Ski centre opens Monday, Wednesday and Friday-Sunday). Skiing for ages 4+ years, snowboarding from ages 8+ years, toboggan run for ages 8+ years and sno-tubes for ages 4+ years. Open practice (must be ski level 4 or higher), private and group lessons available. Ice rink opens daily with public, after school and family sessions. Learn to skate courses and ice hockey Tel: Ski Centre, 01344 789002 or Ice Rink, 01344 789000 view: www.jnlbracknell.co.uk

YOGA RJ YOGA, RJ’s Yoga Studio, Bigfrith Lane, Cookham Dean, SL6 9PH and Cookham Library, High Road, Cookham Rise, SL6 9JF. Teens Tuesday 6-7pm and Wednesday, 5.15-6.15pm (RJ’s Yoga Studio) and Little People Saturday, 11.15am-12.15pm (Cookham Library) Tel: 07769 707777 or view: www.rjyoga.com 78


Community and Youth Centres Community and Youth Centres have a range of activities for children and young people. Pinkneys Green Youth and Community Centre and Woodlands Park Village Centre both have Children’s Centres. For Children’s Centres activities for ages 0-5 years - see Focus on the Under Fives section COX GREEN COMMUNITY CENTRE, 51 Highfield Lane, Cox Green, SL6 3AX Tel: 01628 636715 or view: www.coxgreencommunitycentre.org.uk Activities and clubs for children and teenagers using the Centre’s facilities are: Blossom Ballet Ballet and tap classes for primary and junior school aged children. Timetable schedule: Tuesday from 3.50pm, Thursday from 3.10pm and Saturday from 10.45am Tel: 07813 084283 or view: www.blossomballet.com Dance Inspired – see Art Centres, Art, Dance, Drama and Music section Halls and Rooms for Hire 2 large halls each seating 100 people, 2 conference rooms, pastoral room, coffee bar, kitchen and bar Cox Green Judo Club Friday, 6.30-7.30pm Tel: 07717 492592 Hartbeeps – see Focus on the Under Fives section Little Fishes Nursery Service – see Focus on the Under Fives section Pre-school – see Focus on the Under Fives section School Holiday Playscheme – see Breakfast Clubs, After School Care, Family Fun in the Holidays and School Holiday Activities and Courses section Shining Star Productions Singing, acting and dancing classes Monday, 4.15-5.15pm for ages 4-6 years and 5.15-6.15pm for ages 7-11 years Tel: 07842 018049 or view: www.shiningstarproductions.org.uk Youth Clubs School years 9+ Wednesday, 7-9pm FOUR MARLOW ROAD YOUTH AND COMMUNITY CENTRE, 4 Marlow Road, Maidenhead, SL6 7YR Tel: 01628 685999 or view: www.rbwm.gov.uk Activities and clubs for children and teenagers using the Centre’s facilities are: 8-13 Youth Tuesday, 6-8pm for ages 8-13 years in term time Halls and Rooms for Hire Dance room, dance studio, sports hall, 2 conference meeting rooms, computer room/music studio, refectory area and kitchen Hartbeeps – see Focus on the Under Fives section Islamic Studies Sunday, 11am-1pm for all young people ages 11-25 years Number 22 Youth Counselling Service – see Local Self Help and Support Groups section Rugbytots – see Sport and Leisure section The Elizabeth Fenton School of Dancing Dancing classes: ballet from 3 years, tap from 5 years, modern from 6 years and jazz and national from 7 years Monday-Friday, from 4pm (Friday 4.15pm) and Saturday, 9.15am-1pm for ages 3-18 years in term time Tel: 01628 625343 or view: www.elizabethfenton.co.uk 79


The Esteem Project – see Activities and Clubs section Youth Clubs Senior Youth Club Tuesday, 6-9pm for ages 11-16 years ICE Music Project (music production, DJing and rapping) Thursday, 6.45-9.15pm for ages 13-19 years Senior Youth Club, Friday 7-9pm for ages 13-19 years LARCHFIELD COMMUNITY CENTRE, Desborough Park, off Desborough Crescent, Maidenhead, SL6 4BB Tel: 01628 685999 or view: www.rbwm.gov.uk Activities and clubs for children and teenagers using the Centre’s facilities are: Hall for Hire (keys to be collected from 4 Marlow Road, Youth and Community Centre) Large community room, reception area, small office and kitchen Larchfield Ladybirds – see Focus on the Under Fives section Larchfield Messy Church – see Sunday School, Church Clubs and Family Services section Re:charge R & R (Revive & Restore) – see Focus on the Under Fives section 8-13 Youth Monday, 6-8pm for ages 7-12 years in term time Tel: 01628 683964 Youth Club Wednesday, 7-9pm for ages 12+ years Tel: 01753 851508 PINKNEYS GREEN YOUTH AND COMMUNITY CENTRE, Blenheim Road, Maidenhead, SL6 5HE Tel: 01628 796967 or view: www.rbwm.gov.uk Activities and clubs for children and teenagers using the Centre’s facilities are: Buddy Group Youth Club – see Activities and Clubs section Children’s Centre – see Focus on the Under Fives section – Children’s Centres Drop-In Baby Clinic – see Focus on the Under Fives section 8-13 Youth Thursday, 5-7pm for ages 8-13 years in term time Tel: 01628 683964 Hall for Hire Small recreation/sports hall, small meeting room, kitchen, refectory area and coffee bar Tel: 01628 796967 Kazoku Ju-Jitsu Tigers Friday, 4.15-4.45pm and Saturday, 1-1.45pm for ages 5-6 years and Dragons/Genbu Friday, 4.15-5pm and Saturday, 1-1.45pm for ages 7-13 years Tel: 07957 727054 or view: www.kazoku-jujitsu.uk Teddies Music Club – see Focus on the Under Fives section Youth Clubs Intermediate Youth Club Monday, 7-9pm for school years 7-9 Project Night for Duke of Edinburgh and Award Scheme Development and Accreditation Network (ASDAN) Accreditations Wednesday, 5-6.45pm for school year 9+ Senior Youth Group Thursday, 7.30-9.30pm for ages 13-19 years Tel: 01628 798966 or view: www.wamster.co.uk THE DHENSA CHILDERHOUSE YOUTH CENTRE, Holyport Street, Moneyrow Green, Holyport, SL6 2NA. Holyport Youth Club Thursday, 6.30-8pm for ages 10-14 years in term time E-mail: marcelle@holyportvillagehall.org.uk 80


WOODLANDS PARK VILLAGE CENTRE, Manifold Way, Waltham Road, Maidenhead, SL6 3GW Tel: 01628 823964 or view: www.wwpc.org.uk Activities and clubs for children and teenagers using the Centre’s facilities are: 11 plusit 11+ tuition Tuesday-Thursday, 4.15-6.30pm and Saturday, 10am-12.15pm in term time Tel: 07736 682812 or view: www.11plusit.co.uk Azure Theatre School – see Art Centres, Art, Dance, Drama and Music section Children’s Centre – see Focus on the Under Fives section – Children’s Centres Drop In Baby Clinic – see Focus on the Under Fives section Hall and Room for Hire Community hall seats 80 people, sports hall seats 100+ people, IT suite and kitchen Judo and Ju-Jitsu Judo Friday, 5-6pm for ages 5+ years and Ju-Jitsu Friday, 6-7pm for ages 7+ years Tel: 01491 872294 or 07767 640215 Kick Start Soccer – see Sport and Leisure section Shotokan Karate Shotokan Karate Saturday, 9-10.15am for ages 16+ years and Karate Applications Saturday, 10.1511.15am for ages 16+ years Tel: 07812 601587 or 07812 560602 White Waltham Tennis Courts at Greatwood Place, Kiln Hill, White Waltham, SL6 3SG Available to hire. Bookings via Woodlands Park Village Centre Tel: 01628 823964 (Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm) or view: www.wwpc.co.uk Youth Club Thursday, 6.30-8pm for ages 7-16 years Tel: 01628 824415

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Sunday Schools, Church Clubs and Family Services Many churches or church halls host parent and toddler groups – see Focus on the Under Fives section and several have affiliations with uniformed organisations (beavers, brownies, cubs, guides, rainbows and scouts) – see Uniformed Organisations section. Many churches have halls or rooms for hire and some have community coffee mornings or lunch clubs – contact church offices for details

ANGLICAN CHURCHES ALL SAINTS CHURCH, Church Close, Boyn Hill Road, Maidenhead, SL6 4HE Parish Eucharist Sunday, 10am with crèche and Young Saints Sunday school for ages 3-12 years except all age worship service once a month. Café Church on 1st Sunday in the month and Film Club held monthly on a Friday evening for ages 9-15 years. Messy Church held every 3 months Sunday, 4.30-6.30pm for all ages. Rock Shop held once a month Sunday, 4-5.30pm is a youth musical session where members get together to learn, practise and play music together as a group. Cre8 service (discussion, activities and music) Friday, 7pm for all families with children aged 8-18 years Tel: Parish Office, 01628 621933 or view: www.allsaintsboynehill.org.uk CHURCH OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD, Cox Green Community Centre, 51 Highfield Lane, Maidenhead, SL6 3AX. Parish Eucharist Sunday, 10am with Sunday a.m! Sunday school for ages 3-11 years except all age Eucharist usually held on 1st Sunday in the month and special occasions. Chogs2gether held 2nd and 4th Sunday in the month at 10am for children of secondary school age. Maidenhead Deaf Church meets 4th Sunday in the month at 3pm. Choir meets one Sunday each month for ages 9+ years-adult at Cox Green Community Centre. Children’s fun days Saturday, 10am-12 noon are organised periodically for children of primary school age Tel: Church Office, 01628 632567 or view: www.chogs.org.uk HOLY TRINITY CHURCH, Church Gate, Cookham, SL6 9SP Parish Eucharist Sunday, 11am with crèche. Sunday Club for ages 3-7 years and Junior Praise for ages 7-11 years is held Sunday, 10.45am-12 noon in term time. Splat Pac a youth group for teenagers is trying to establish a monthly meeting on a Friday evening. Boys’ Choir for ages 7+ years sing at a service each Sunday and practise Wednesday, 6.45-7.30pm. Girls' Choir for ages 10+ years sing at two Sunday morning services a month and practise Tuesday, 7.15-8pm Tel: Parish Office, 01628 529661 or view: www.holytrinitycookham.org.uk ST JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCH, Church Road, Cookham Dean, SL6 9PD Family Communion Sunday at 9.15am includes Sunbeams children’s church for all ages in term time. Open Minds Teenage Debating Group meets 3rd Thursday in the month at 7pm at Pizza Dreams Café, Station Hill, Cookham, SL6 9BT. They meet in the back room and enjoy free pizza and a drink and some lively discussion. Junior Choir meets Friday, 5.30-6.45pm for practice and sings on Sundays at the 9.15am service and at Choral Evensong on the 3rd Sunday in the month Tel: Parish Office, 01628 529661 or view: www.cookhamdeanchurch.org.uk ST JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCH, Shottesbrooke Park, SL6 3SW Services are held nearly every Sunday, 8.45am but traditionally not during August Tel: 01628 822000 or view: www.stmaryswhitewaltham.co.uk ST LUKE'S CHURCH, Norfolk Road, Maidenhead, SL6 7AX Parish Communion Sunday, 10am for all ages. Sunday Club for ages 3-10 years and Sparklers for ages 9-16 years meet Sunday, 10am in the Community Hall except 1st Sunday in the month when they meet in the church. Messy Church Friday or Saturday, 3.30-5.30pm is held monthly for families. The choir for ages 8+ years-adult practises Friday, 8-9.15pm and sings at the 10am Sunday service Tel: 01628 622733 or view: www.stlukeschurchmaidenhead.org.uk 82


ST MARY’S CHURCH, Church Hill, White Waltham, SL6 3JH Sunday Service at 10.30am while children up to ages 14 years go to their own groups during the service. Pre-school children, babies and toddlers meet in the Chapel Room within the church building and older school aged children's and young people's groups meet in The Tree House in the churchyard. Revelation youth group for ages 14-18 years meets mid week Tel: 01628 822000 or view: www.stmaryswhitewaltham.co.uk ST MARY’S MAIDENHEAD, THE BOROUGH CHURCH OF ST ANDREW & ST MARY MAGDALENE, St Mary’s Close, 14 High Street, Maidenhead, SL6 1YY. Morning Service Sunday, 9.15am and 11am and St Mary’s@4 Sunday, 4pm with crèche for the under 2s running parallel with Scramblers, Treasure Seekers, Climbers and Explorers groups for ages 2-11 years and Pathfinders for ages 11-13 years. Growth Groups including bible studies groups for school years 10+. Youth clubs meet in term time: 7Up Wednesday, 6-7.30pm for school years 3-5, X-Focus Friday, 67.30pm for school years 6-8 and Shift.Focus Friday, 8-10pm for school years 9-13. Minor Key a music group for teenagers meets Friday at 7.15pm. The church is undergoing refurbishment so all Sunday services and activities are using Oldfield Primary School, Bray Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1UE until summer 2017. Weekday activities continue to use the church’s ancillary buildings Tel: Church Office, 01628 638866 or view: www.stmarysmaidenhead.org.uk ST MICHAEL’S CHURCH, High Street, Bray, SL6 2AB Parish Communion at 10am. Sunday school is held in St Michael’s Hall during term time except 1st Sunday in the month when an all-age Eucharist service is held in the church. Choir practice for children Friday at 6.30pm followed by full choir at 7pm Tel: 01628 633113 or view: www.braystmichael.co.uk ST PETER’S & ST MARK’S, MAIDENHEAD St Mark’s Hospital Church in the grounds of St Mark’s Hospital, St Mark’s Road, Maidenhead, SL6 6DU. Traditional Service Sunday at 10.15am St Peter’s Church, St Peter’s Road, Maidenhead, SL6 7QU Morning Service suitable for families Sunday, 10am with crèche. Young church groups Fizz & Spark for ages 3-5 years and Ignite for school years 7-10 meet every Sunday at 10am. Youth groups: X:plode for ages 11-14 years meets Sunday, 10am in term time and ID for ages 14-18 years meets Sunday, 7pm in term time. Tel: 01628 784053 or view: www.stpetersmaidenhead.org.uk ST PETER’S CHURCH, Bath Road, Knowl Hill, RG10 9YD Village Praise 1st Sunday in the month at 10.30am and Family Holy Communion 3rd Sunday in the month at 9.15am Tel: 0118 940 2300 or 01628 822732 or view: www.wargravechurch.org.uk THE PARISH OF BURCHETTS GREEN consists of: St Mary The Virgin, High Street, Hurley, SL6 5NB Communion Together 2nd Sunday in the month, 10.30am with Explorers for pre-school children and Adventurers for primary school ages and Family Service 3rd Sunday in the month, 10.30am St John The Evangelist, off Bath Road, Littlewick Green, SL6 3QR All-age service is held 3rd Sunday in the month at 4pm St James The Less, Henley Road, Stubbings, SL6 6QW Parish Service 1st Sunday in the month at 10.30am with Sunday School in the Soltau-Centre and Family Service 4th Sunday in the month at 10.30am Tel: 01628 820077 or view: www.burchettsgreenparish.org.uk WALTHAM ST LAWRENCE PARISH CHURCH, Waltham St Lawrence, RG10 0JG Communion service held Sunday, 10am. Sunday Club for children is in the side chapel except 1st Sunday in the month when an all-age family friendly service is held with music from the junior choir. Junior Choir Thursday, 6-7pm for ages 5-11 years in term time and Messy Church for the whole family 2nd Sunday in the month, 4-6pm, fun activities, celebration in Church and a community meal together meets in the Neville Hall, Milley Road, Waltham St Lawrence, RG10 0JP View: www.walthamstlawrence.info 83


BAPTIST CHURCH BOYN HILL BAPTIST CHURCH, 100 Westborough Road, Maidenhead, SL6 4AT Sunday Service, 10.30am with family crèche and children’s and youth activities: Starters for school years 0-2, Seekers for school years 3-6 and Bible Class for school years 7-11 except 1st Sunday in the month when an all-age family service is held. Youth clubs meet in term time: Friday, 6.15-7.30pm for ages 7-11 years and alternate Fridays, 7.45-9.30pm for ages 11-17 years Tel: 01628 781930 or 01628 782342 or view: www.boynhillbaptist.org.uk

CATHOLIC CHURCHES ST EDMUND CAMPION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 40a Altwood Road, Maidenhead, SL6 4PY. Mass Sunday at 9.30am with children’s Liturgy for ages 3-8+ years and at 11.15am Tel: 01628 628274 or view: www.st-edmundcampion-mh.co.uk ST ELIZABETH’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, Lower Road, Cookham Rise, SL6 9HA Mass Sunday at 9.15am Tel: 01628 783988 or view: www.stjosephsparish.co.uk ST JOSEPH’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 36 Cookham Road, Maidenhead, SL6 7EG Mass Sunday at 10.45am with children’s Liturgy for ages 3+ years in term time Tel: 01628 783988 or view: www.stjosephsparish.co.uk

METHODIST CHURCHES COOKHAM RISE METHODIST CHURCH, Lower Road, Cookham Rise, SL6 9HJ Sunday Service at 10.30am with crèche and Sunday Club for ages 3+ years. View: www.methodistthamesvalley.org.uk HIGH STREET METHODIST CHURCH, High Street, Maidenhead, SL6 1EF Morning Worship Sunday, 10.30am with crèche and Junior Church. Messy Church for families with young children meets monthly on a Sunday at 3.30pm. Junior Choir meets Monday, 6pm in term time. Kids Film Club Tel: Church Office, 01628 628104 or view: www.methodistmaidenhead.org.uk ST MARK'S CRESCENT METHODIST CHURCH, St Mark’s Crescent, Maidenhead, SL6 5BQ Morning Worship Sunday, 10.30am with crèche and Junior Church 1st Sunday in the month for ages 3-12 years. Messy Church 2nd Sunday in the month, 3.45-6pm for families of all ages. All Sorts drama group meets alternate Mondays, 6.45-7.30pm for ages 7-11 years and 7.30-9pm for ages 12+ yearsadult Tel: 01628 631024 or view: www.stmarksmaidenhead.org.uk WOODLANDS PARK METHODIST CHURCH, Woodlands Park Road, Woodlands Park, SL6 3NW. Morning Worship Sunday, 10.30am which also caters for a separate young church Tel: 01628 829328 or view: www.methodistthamesvalley.org.uk

OTHER CHURCHES AND FAITH GROUPS BAHA’I COMMUNITY OF MAIDENHEAD Children’s classes for ages 3-10 years Tel: 01628 637801 or view: www.bahaismaidenhead.org.uk BLENHEIM FREE CHURCH (FIEC), Victor Close, Blenheim Road, Maidenhead, SL6 5HE Family service Sunday, 11am with crèche and children’s groups for the under 12s. Messy Church Sunday, 3.30-5.30pm is held once a month for families with children ages 2-11 years Tel: 01628 776873 or view: www.blenheimfreechurch.org.uk 84


BRAHMA KUMARIS A worldwide spiritual movement dedicated to personal transformation and world renewal View: www.brahmakumaris.org.uk MAIDENHEAD GURDWARA (Sikhism), 31 Rutland Road, Maidenhead, SL6 4HZ Sikh temple with religious services and programmes of diverse nature take place 7 days a week Tel: 01628 623507 or view: www.maidenhead-gurdwara.org.uk HEART CHURCH MAIDENHEAD at Maidenhead Community Centre, 42 York Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1SH. Breakfast service Sunday at 9.30am Tel: 01628 200216 or view: www.maidenhead.heartchurch.org.uk HINDU SOCIETY OF MAIDENHEAD (Hinduism), at The Tippet Hall, St Piran’s School, Gringer Hill, Maidenhead, SL6 7LZ. Monthly meeting on 1st Sunday in the month, 10.30am-1.30pm View: www.hindusocietyofmaidenhead.co.uk JUBILEE COMMUNITY CHURCH, The Kidwells Centre, 41 Marlow Road, Maidenhead, SL6 7AQ. Meeting for the whole family Sunday, 10.30am includes a crèche for ages 0-3 years, Smarties for ages 3-5 years, Twist for ages 5-8 years, Shout for ages 8-11 years and Emerge for ages 11-14 years. Great Big Sundays held twice a term brings all the 3-11 year olds together into one big group. Youth Club K’Nect meets Thursday, 7-8.30pm for ages 11-15 years. Life group Deeper for ages 11-18 years meets fortnightly on Sunday evenings in leaders’ homes Tel: 01628 627194 or view: www.jcchurch.org.uk MAIDENHEAD CHRISTADELPHIAN CHURCH, Christadelphian Hall, 10 York Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1SF. Family service 1st and 3rd Sunday in the month at 12.15pm. Sunday School for ages 4-11 years and Bible Study Group BSG for teenagers Sunday, 10.30am. Monday Zone Monday, 7-9pm for ages 11-15 years. Youth Club meets alternate Fridays, 6.30-7.45pm in term time for ages 7+ years View: www.maidenheadchristadelphians.org.uk MAIDENHEAD MOSQUE (Islam), Holmanleaze, Maidenhead, SL6 8AW Sunday School, 10am-12 noon. Education classes Monday-Friday, 5-6pm for ages 5+ years. Youth club Friday at 7.30pm for ages 11-17 years Tel: 01628 629423 or view: www.maidenheadmosque.org.uk MAIDENHEAD SALVATION ARMY, The Citadel, East Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1PJ All-age worship Sunday at 11.15am and Sunday’s Kool – children’s ministry Sunday, 10-11am in term time. Messy Church for families is held on 2nd Sunday in the month except August, 4-6pm and after school club Awesome meets Friday, 4.30-6pm in term time for ages 5-11 years. Youth musical group Tel: 01628 625914 or view: www.salvationarmy.org.uk/maidenhead or www.maidenheadcitadel.org.uk MAIDENHEAD SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH, Burberry Gospel Hall, 80 St Mark’s Road, Maidenhead, SL6 6DW. Family worship Saturday at 11.30am View: www.maidenheadadventist.org.uk MAIDENHEAD SPIRITUALIST CHURCH, York Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1SH Services held Sunday at 6.30pm and Thursday at 7.30pm View: www.maidenhead-spiritualist-church.weebly.com MAIDENHEAD SYNAGOGUE (Judaism), Grenfell Lodge, Ray Park Road, Maidenhead, SL6 8QX. As well as services, there is a full range of activities; adult education classes, social, cultural and religious events. Youth Club for school year 5+ is held after Sunday School, 12.30-3.30pm Tel: Synagogue Office, 01628 673012 or view: www.maidenheadsynagogue.org.uk MAIDENHEAD UNITED REFORMED CHURCH, West Street, Maidenhead, SL6 1RL Morning service Sunday, 10.30am with crèche and Junior Church. n:vestigate a group linked to the Girls Brigade Friday, 5.30-6.30pm for boys and girls ages 4½-8/9 years. A drop-in playgroup with different crafts every week is held Tuesday, 3.30-5pm in term time for parents and children ages 06 years Tel: 01628 635781 or view: www.maidenheadurc.org.uk 85


PARKSIDE CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP, 16 St Luke's Road, Maidenhead, SL6 7AN All age Discover service Sunday at 11.30am. Friday Club meets alternate Fridays, 6.30-7.15pm for ages 4-11 years during term time Tel: 01628 633819 or 01628 629209 or view: www.parksidechristianfellowship.co.uk RELIGIOUS SOCIETY OF FRIENDS (Quakers), Friends Meeting House, 14 West Street, Maidenhead, SL6 1RL. Meeting Sunday at 10.45am. Children’s classes are arranged as required Tel: 01628 674396 or view: www.midthamesquakers.org.uk RIVER CHURCH at Desborough College, Shoppenhangers Road, Maidenhead, SL6 2QB Sunday meeting at 10.30am with children’s groups for ages 0-11 years and youth group Edge for secondary school aged children. Messy Church meets 2nd Sunday in the month, 4-5.30pm at Larchfield Community Centre, Desborough Park, off Desborough Crescent, Maidenhead, SL6 4BB Tel: 01628 560055 or view: www.riverchurch.org.uk SOKA GAKKAI INTERNATIONAL (Buddhism), SGI-UK National Centre, Taplow Court, Taplow, SL6 0ER. Movement based on the teachings of 13th century Buddhist teacher Nichiren Tel: 01628 773163 or view: www.sgi-uk.org.uk THE REDEEMED CHRISTIAN CHURCH OF GOD (RCCG) at Maidenhead Community Centre, 42 York Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1SH. Sunday Worship at 11am. Children’s Church for ages 3-12 years Tel: 07793 354735 or view: www.rccgmaidenhead.org.uk

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Uniformed Organisations BERKSHIRE SCOUTS Scouting for 6-14½ year old boys and girls is based in local scout groups meeting in term time. Beaver colonies are for ages 6-8 years, cub packs for ages 8-10½ years and scout troops for ages 10½-14 years. Scouting for mixed ages 14-18 years is in local explorer scout units and the scout network operates countrywide for ages 18-25 years. Young Leaders can be ages 14-18 years with adult Leaders and scout active support for ages 25+ years Tel: 01189 788292 or 07092 807586 (answerphone service) or view: www.berkshirescouts.org.uk MAIDENHEAD DISTRICT SCOUTS View: www.maidenheadscouts.org.uk 11 groups in the district offer Beaver Scouts, Cub Scouts and Scouts, 6 Explorer Units including Dire Wolves Young Leaders Unit, for Explorers who help as Young Leaders at other Section meetings, Mad Ferrets the Network Unit and Mad Hatters Scout Active Support. They are: BOYNE HILL ALTWOOD SCOUT GROUP, Scout HQ, Altwood C of E School, Altwood Road, Maidenhead, SL6 4PU. Beavers Monday, 5.30-6.30pm, Cubs Wednesday, 7-8.30pm, Scouts Friday, 7.30-9.30pm and Scorpions Explorers Tuesday, 7.30-9.30pm View: www.bhascouts.org.uk BRAY AND HOLYPORT SCOUT GROUP, Scout HQ, rear of Holyport Memorial Hall, Moneyrow Green, SL6 2NA. Beavers Monday, 6.30-7.30pm, Cubs Tuesday, 6.30-8pm and Scouts Friday, 7-9pm E-mail: judy_bhgsl@hotmail.co.uk 1st COOKHAM SCOUT GROUP, Scout HQ, Pearce Drive, Cookham, SL6 9TE Beavers: Cree River Colony Monday, 6.15-7.15pm and Red River Colony Tuesday, 6.15-7.15pm, Cubs: Robert Scott Pack Wednesday, 6.30-8pm and David Livingstone Pack Thursday, 6.30-8pm, Scouts Friday, 7-9.30pm and Cookham Explorers Friday, 7-9.30pm View: www.cookhamscouts.org.uk FURZE PLATT SCOUT GROUP, Scout HQ, 194 Cookham Road, Maidenhead, SL6 7HN Beavers Monday, 6.15-7.15pm and Thursday 6.15-7.15pm, Cubs Tuesday 6.30-8pm and Wednesday, 6.30-8pm, Scouts Friday, 7-9pm and Dragon Explorers Thursday, 7.30-9.30pm View: www.fpscouts.org.uk 1st MAIDENHEAD SEA SCOUT GROUP, Scout HQ, Lakeside, Summerleaze Road. Maidenhead, SL6 8HZ. Sea Beavers Thursday, 5.45-6.45pm, Sea Cubs Tuesday, 6.30-8pm, Sea Scouts Thursday, 7-9pm and Maggot Explorers Sunday, 6.30-8pm View: www.1stmaidenhead.org.uk 9th MAIDENHEAD (URC) SCOUT GROUP, Scout HQ, Holmanleaze, Maidenhead, SL6 8AW or United Reformed Church, West Street, Maidenhead, SL6 1RL. Beavers Monday, 6.15-7.15pm at URC, Cubs Monday, 6.30-8pm and Scouts Friday, 7.15-9.15pm at Holmanleaze View: www.9thmaidenheadscouts.org.uk 13th MAIDENHEAD (Methodist) SCOUT GROUP, High Street Methodist Church, Maidenhead, SL6 1EF. Beavers Thursday, 6-7pm, Cubs Wednesday, 6.30-8pm, Scouts Friday, 7.309.30pm and Explorers Friday, 7.30-9.30pm View: www.13thmaidenhead.org.uk 18th MAIDENHEAD SCOUT GROUP, Scout HQ, Desborough College, Shoppenhangers Road, Maidenhead, SL6 2QA. Beavers Monday, 6-7pm, Cubs Wednesday 6.30-8pm and Scouts Wednesday, 7.30-9pm View: www.18thmaidenheadscouts.org.uk 87


19th MAIDENHEAD (St Joseph’s and St Edmund Campion) SCOUT GROUP, Scout HQ, Holmanleaze, Maidenhead, SL6 8AW. Beavers Monday, 6.30-7.30pm, Cubs Tuesday, 6.30-8.15pm and Scouts Wednesday, 7.15-9pm View: www.19thmaidenheadscouts.org.uk 21st MAIDENHEAD SCOUT GROUP, Scout HQ, Cox Green Road, Maidenhead, SL6 3ED Beavers Monday, 6-7pm, Cubs: CB Pack Tuesday, 6.30-8pm and JW Pack Thursday, 6.30-8pm, Scouts Friday, 7-9pm and The Vikings Explorers Monday, 7.30-9pm View: www.coxgreenscouts.org.uk PINKNEYS GREEN SCOUT GROUP, Scout Hall, Winter Hill Road, Pinkneys Green, SL6 6NS and Gilchrist Village Hall, Littlewick Green, SL6 3RG. Beavers: Monday, 6.15-7.15pm at Littlewick Green and Monday, 6.15-7.15pm at Winter Hill , Cubs Wednesday, 6.25-8pm at Littlewick Green and Wednesday 6.25-8pm at Winter Hill and Scouts Monday, 7.30-9pm and Friday, 6.459.15pm at Winter Hill View: www.pgscouts.org.uk ST GEORGE’S DAY EVENT AND UNIFORM FOR SCOUTING Scout groups assemble in Maidenhead on a Sunday near St George’s Day (23 April) for a parade/ celebration/event Scout Shop at 19th Maidenhead Scout Hut, Holmanleaze, Maidenhead, SL6 8AW Stocks a range of badges, uniform and equipment. Open Thursday, 7-8.45pm during term time

GIRLGUIDING Rainbows are for girls ages 5-7 years, Brownies are for girls ages 7-10 years, Guides are for girls ages 10-14 years, The Senior Section is for young women ages 14-25 years and The Trefoil Guild is for adults Tel: 0207 834 6242 or 0800 169 5901 (to join) or view: www.girlguiding.org.uk GIRLGUIDING ROYAL BERKSHIRE – MAIDENHEAD DIVISION View: www.girlguidingroyalberkshire.org.uk or www.girlguidingmaidenhead.org.uk The Maidenhead Division has 4 districts. They are:ASHLEY DISTRICT – Knowl Hill area 1st Wargrave: Rainbows 2nd Wargrave: Brownies 1st Knowl Hill and Waltham: Guides 1st Wargrave: Guides Ashley Senior Section Wargrave Senior Section COOKHAM AND MAIDENHEAD CENTRAL DISTRICT – Cookham, Cookham Dean and Central Maidenhead areas 1st Cookham: Rainbows, Brownies and Guides 3rd Cookham: Brownies 1st Cookham Dean: Brownies 1st Maidenhead: Rainbows 2nd Maidenhead: Brownies 4th Maidenhead: Brownies and Guides FOXLEY DISTRICT – Bray, Cox Green, Holyport and Woodlands Park areas 1st Bray: Brownies, Guides 1st Cox Green: Brownies 2nd Cox Green: Guides 88


1st and 2nd Foxley: Rainbows 1st Holyport: Brownies 1st and 2nd Woodlands Park: Rainbows 1st Woodlands Park: Brownies Maidenhead Ranger and Senior Section MAIDENHEAD WEST DISTRICT – West Maidenhead area 1st Furze Platt: Rainbows and Brownies 8th Maidenhead: Rainbows, Brownies and Guides 9th Maidenhead: Brownies 11th Maidenhead: Brownies 1st Pinkneys Green: Brownies and Guides UNIFORM FOR GIRLGUIDING Maidenhead Division Shop at Furze Platt War Memorial Hall, Furze Platt Road, Maidenhead, SL6 7NG. Uniform for sale from stock or can be ordered. Open selected Thursdays, 6.30-8.30pm in term time Tel: 01628 674008 or view: www.girlguidingshop.co.uk

OTHER UNIFORMED ORGANISATIONS AIR TRAINING CORPS 155 (Maidenhead) Squadron, Air Training Corps, Holmanleaze, Maidenhead, SL6 8AW Air cadets Monday and Thursday, 7.15-9.30pm for ages 12-17 years (or 21 years if already a member) Tel: 01628 639235 or view: www.155atc.org.uk GIRLS’ BRIGADE GROUP n:vestigate at United Reformed Church, West Street, Maidenhead, SL6 1RL. Friday, 5.30-6.30pm for boys and girls aged 4½-8/9 years Tel: 01628 635781 or view: www.maidenheadurc.org.uk ROYAL COUNTY OF BERKSHIRE ARMY CADET FORCE 5 Platoon Maidenhead Welsh Guards, ACF Centre, St Luke’s Road, Maidenhead, SL6 7AN Monday and Wednesday, 7.30-9.30pm for boys and girls aged 12-18 years Tel: 01189 023540 or view: www.armycadets.com ST JOHN AMBULANCE (SJA) Maidenhead SJA, HQ, St John Ambulance, York Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1SH Cadets Thursday, 6.45-8.15pm for ages 10-17 years Tel: 01189 335500 or view: www.sja.org.uk SEA CADETS - Maidenhead Sea Cadets, Gas Wharf, Mill Lane, Taplow, SL6 0AD Junior Cadets Friday, 6.45-9.15pm for ages 10-11 years and Sea Cadets Tuesday and Friday, 6.45-9.15pm for ages 12-17 years Tel: 01628 623089 (Tuesday or Friday, 6.45-9.15pm) or view: www.sea-cadets.org.uk THAMES VALLEY POLICE VOLUNTEER POLICE CADET (VPC) CORPS Windsor and Maidenhead VPC at Youth and Community Centre, Alma Road, Windsor, SL4 3HD. Wednesday, 7-9pm for ages 13-18 years E-mail: wmtvpvpc@outlook.com or view: www.thamesvalley.police.uk Slough Volunteer Police Cadets at Swipe Music Centre, The Orchard Centre, 73a Stoke Poges Lane, Slough, SL1 3NY. Thursday, 6.30-9pm for ages 13-18 years Tel: 01753 512156 or view: www.swipemusicprojects.wordpress.com or www.thamesvalley.police.uk WINDSOR HORSE RANGERS, Hedgerows, Forest Green Road, Fifield, SL6 2NR Learn about and ride horses Saturday and Sunday, Senior Rangers 8.30am-1pm for ages 10-18 years and Junior Rangers 1.30-4.30pm for ages 8-10 years Tel: 01628 636255 (weekends only, 8.30am-5pm) or view: www.windsor-horse-rangers.org.uk 89


Parents’ Leisure and Education The Internet, libraries and local papers also have information on activities, clubs and courses

ADULT EDUCATION ADULT LEARNING AND SKILLS Daytime and evening courses at Maidenhead Library, St Ives Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1QU, Newlands Girls’ School, Farm Road, Maidenhead, SL6 5JB, Woodlands Park Village Community Centre, Manifold Way, Waltham Road, Maidenhead, SL6 3GW and Riverside Extended Services Centre, West Dean, off Ray Mill Road West, Maidenhead, SL6 7JB Tel: 01628 685647 or view: www.rbwm.gov.uk BERKSHIRE COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE (BCA), Hall Place, Burchetts Green, SL6 6QR Numerous full and part-time courses including animal management, beekeeping, countryside, creative media, floristry, gardening and horticulture Tel: 01628 827400 or view: www.bca.ac.uk BOYN GROVE COMMUNITY RESOURCE CENTRE, 11 Courthouse Road, Maidenhead, SL6 6JE. Learning difficulty resource centre for adults, large sensory area & dementia resource centre Tel: 01628 685733 or 01628 685737 or view: www.rbwm.gov.uk EAST BERKSHIRE COLLEGE, Station Road, Langley, SL3 8BY and St Leonard’s Road, Windsor, SL4 3AZ. 800+ full and part-time courses at Langley and Windsor campuses and other local venues Tel: 01753 793000 or view: www.eastberks.ac.uk OPEN UNIVERSITY, The Open University, PO 197, Milton Keynes, MK7 6BJ Degree courses include community, personal and leisure courses Tel: 0300 303 5303 or view: www.open.ac.uk UNIVERSITY OF WEST LONDON (UWL) CAMPUS’ at Slough, Reading, Ealing and Brentford. Part and full-time courses Tel: 0800 036 8888 or view: www.uwl.ac.uk UNIVERSITY OF READING, Whiteknights, PO Box 217, Reading, RG6 6AH Numerous part and full-time courses in a wide variety of subjects Tel: 0118 987 5123 or view: www.reading.ac.uk WORKERS’ EDUCATIONAL ASSOCIATION (WEA) - Maidenhead branch with classes in Maidenhead and Cookham Dean. Day and evening classes in term time on a wide range of subjects Tel: 01628 632208 or view: www.wea.org.uk

MEN’S, WOMEN’S AND OTHER LEISURE GROUPS BELMONT BADMINTON CLUB at Newlands Girls’ School, Farm Road, Maidenhead, SL6 5JB Friendly non league badminton club Tuesday, 8-10pm for all ages and abilities Tel: 01628 638844 BUMP CAMP at Cookham Rise Methodist Church, Lower Road, Cookham Rise, SL6 9HJ Exercise for new & pregnant Mums Wednesday, 9.30-10.30am with crèche & Friday, 1.30-2 .30pm View: www.methodistthamesvalley.org.uk CRAFT COOP, Queens Walk Mall, Nicholsons Centre, Maidenhead, SL6 1LB Knit & Natter/Crochet & Chatter Friday, 11am-12 noon (bring your own project to work on) View: www.craftcoop.co.uk LET’S GO MUMMY! – BUGGY CLASS at Braywick Nature Centre, Braywick Park, Hibbert Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1UU. Monday and Friday, 10.45-11.45am. Different classes at other venues Tel: 07938 588029 or view: www.gofigure.org.uk 90


LIONS CLUB OF MAIDENHEAD Community service group; organises fund raising events to support local organisations and projects Tel: 0845 833 5793 or view: www.maidenheadlions.org.uk MAIDENHEAD CAMERA CLUB at Cox Green Community Centre, 51 Highfield Lane, Maidenhead, SL6 3AX. Meets Tuesday at 7.45pm September-June Tel: 01628 629226 or view: www.maidenhead.cc MAIDENHEAD CHESS CLUB at St Luke’s Community Hall, Norfolk Road, Maidenhead, SL6 7AX. Meets Monday at 7.30pm Tel: 01628 631575 or view: www.maidenheadchess.btik.co.uk MAIDENHEAD CIVIC SOCIETY - Activities and interests encompass amenity and environment, local heritage, planning matters, projects and campaigns, talks, outings and social events View: www.maidenheadcivicsoc.org.uk MAIDENHEAD LADIES CIRCLE (for women aged between 18 and 45 years) Help others while enjoying varied social activities. Meetings held twice a month View: www.ladiescircle.co.uk MAIDENHEAD ROUND TABLE (for men aged between 18 and 45 years) Help others while enjoying varied social activities. Meetings held twice a month View: www.maidenhead.roundtable.org.uk NORDEN FARM BOOK GROUP at Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Altwood Road, Maidenhead, SL6 4PF. Meets 1st Wednesday in the month, 7.30-9.30pm Tel: 01628 682555 or view: www.nordenfarm.org.uk ROTARY CLUB OF COOKHAM BRIDGE at Winter Hill Golf Club, Grange Lane, Cookham, SL6 9RP. Community and social group meets Wednesday at 8pm View: www.rotary-ribi.org.uk ROTARY CLUB OF MAIDENHEAD BRIDGE at Costa Coffee, 88 High Street, Maidenhead, SL6 1PT. Community and social group meets 1st and 3rd Sunday in the month at 10.30am Tel: 07876 341334 or view: www.maidenheadbridgerotary.org.uk THAMES VALLEY AMERICAN WOMEN’S CLUB at venue near Windsor or Maidenhead Meets 2nd Tuesday in the month, 10am-12 noon September-June Tel: 0118 327 6442 or view: www.tvawc.com TOWNSWOMEN'S GUILDS Talks, outings and activities. Local groups include: Maidenhead Cox Green Evening at Cox Green Community Centre, 51 Highfield Lane, Cox Green, SL6 3AX on 3rd Thursday in the month at 7.45pm, Maidenhead Central at Swanbrook Court, Bridge Avenue, Maidenhead, SL6 1YZ on 3rd Wednesday in the month at 2.30pm and Maidenhead Highway Evening at St Mark’s Crescent Methodist Church, Allenby Road, Maidenhead, SL6 5BQ on 1st Thursday in the month at 7.30pm Tel: 0121 326 0400 or view www.the-tg.com VOICES ANON at Tippet Hall, St Piran’s School, Gringer Hill, Maidenhead, SL6 7LZ Mixed ability choir of 90 male and female members. Thursday, 7.45-9.45pm in term time Tel: 01628 631575 or view: www.voicesanon.co.uk WOMEN'S INSTITUTES (WI) Talks, outings and activities. Local groups include: Cookham WI at Pinder Hall, Lower Road, Cookham, SL6 9EH on 1st Wednesday in the month at 2.15pm, Cookham Dean WI at Cookham Dean Village Hall, Church Road, Cookham Dean, SL6 9PD on 2nd Thursday in the month at 2pm (2.15pm March-October), Holyport WI at Holyport Memorial Hall, Moneyrow Green, SL6 2NA on 2nd Thursday in the month at 7.45pm, Knowl Hill WI at Knowl Hill Village Hall, Bath Road, Knowl Hill, RG10 9XB on 2nd Tuesday in the month at 7.30pm. Littlewick Green Evening Belles WI at Gilchrist Hall, Littlewick Green, SL6 3RF on 2nd Monday in the month at 7.45pm, Littlewick Green WI at Gilchrist Hall, Littlewick Green, SL6 3RF on 3rd Tuesday in the month at 2pm and Maidenhead WI – Thames Gems at St Luke’s Community Hall, Maidenhead, SL6 7AY on 3rd Tuesday in the month at 7.30pm September-July (day of the month and venue changing in 2018) Tel: Berkshire Federation of Women’s Institutes, 0118 933 3448 or view: www.thewi.co.uk 91


Local Self-Help and Support Groups ALEXANDER DEVINE CHILDREN’S HOSPICE SERVICE, 15 Grove Park, White Waltham, SL6 3LW. A comprehensive community hospice service for all children with a life limiting or life threatening condition. A purpose built children’s hospice is opening in Autumn 2017 Tel: 01628 822777 or view: www.alexanderdevine.org.uk BULLYING The following organisations give information and guidance on how to deal with bullying: Anti- Bullying Alliance View: www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk Bullying UK Tel: 0808 800 2222 or view: www.bullying.co.uk Childline Tel: 0800 1111 or view: www.childline.org.uk Kidscape Tel: Parent advice line Monday-Tuesday, 10am-5pm, 020 7823 5430 or view: www.kidscape.org.uk Stop Cyberbullying View: www.stopcyberbullying.org.uk ASIAN SUPPORT GROUPS The RBWM intensive family support project runs a range of groups and activities for the Asian Community. For activities for ages 11-18 years – see Activities and Clubs section Asian Women’s Group – Kushi at Riverside Children’s Centre, West Dean, Maidenhead, SL6 7JB. Thursday, 10am-12 noon Family Links Parenting Group at Riverside Children’s Centre, West Dean, Maidenhead, SL6 7JB. Parenting programme for Asian women in their mother tongue (Urdu/Punjabi) Wednesday, 10am-12 noon Asian Women’s Group at Riverside Children’s Centre, West Dean, Maidenhead, SL6 7JB Community drop-in group Friday, 10am-12 noon Family Links Parenting Group at Larchfield Children’s Centre, Bargeman Road, Maidenhead, SL6 2SG. Parenting programme for Asian men in their mother tongue (Urdu/Punjabi) Sunday, 10am-12 noon Tel: 01628 685630 or 07584 205515 or view: www.rbwm.gov.uk AUTISM BERKSHIRE Information on autistic spectrum disorders including Aspergers syndrome Tel: 0118 959 4594 or view: www.autismberkshire.org.uk BABY CLINICS, BREASTFEEDING AND HEALTH VISITOR SUPPORT AND NURTURE GROUPS – see Focus on the Under Fives section BERKSHIRE CARERS SERVICE – Maidenhead Support Group, Highview, 6 North Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1PL. Information and advice, emotional support etc. for unpaid carers Tel: 01628 777217 or view: www.berkshirecarers.org.uk BERKSHIRE CHILD ANXIETY Clinic referral required from Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Tel: 0118 378 8926 or view: www.reading.ac.uk BRITISH DYSLEXIA ASSOCIATION of Windsor, Maidenhead, Slough and Bracknell Specific learning difficulty; help and advice. One to One Club – see Activities and Clubs section Tel: 0333 405 4555 or view: www.bdadyslexia.org.uk CHILD CONTACT CENTRE at United Reformed Church, West Street, Maidenhead, SL6 1RL Safe, neutral place where the children of broken partnerships can spend time with the parent with whom they do not live. Open 2nd and 4th Saturday in the month, 2-4pm Tel: 07963 541701 or view: www.maidenheadccc.org.uk 92


CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLES INTEGRATED THERAPIES (CYPIT) Speech and language therapy, occupational therapy and physiotherapy Tel: Berkshire Healthcare Health Hub, 0300 365 1234 or view: www.berkshirehealthcare.nhs.uk CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU, Four Marlow Road Youth and Community Centre, 4 Marlow Road, Maidenhead, SL6 7YR. Free, independent, impartial, confidential help and advice. Drop-in sessions Monday-Friday (not Thursday), 10am-3.30pm Tel: Advice line, 03444 111 444 or view: www.citizensadvice.org.uk or www.maidenheadcab.org.uk CRUSE BEREAVEMENT CARE – Thames Valley Berkshire Area Help, advice and social activities. RD4U provides online support for children and young adults Tel: 01344 411919 or view: www.cruse.org.uk or www.rd4u.org.uk DAISY’S DREAM Support service responding to the needs of children and families affected by life threatening illness or bereavement Tel: 0118 934 2604 or view: www.daisysdream.org.uk EDUCATING YOUR CHILD AT HOME Useful contacts can be found on RBWM website for support and information for families who educate their children outside the school system Tel: 01628 796585 or view: www.rbwm.gov.uk ELEVATEME HUB, Nicholsons Centre, Maidenhead, SL6 1LB A place for 16-24 year olds to get advice and support on employment, apprenticeships, work experience, volunteering and mentoring Tel: 01628 827331 or view: www.rbwm.elevateme.org.uk FAMILY FRIENDS at The Lawns Nursery School, Imperial Road, Windsor, SL4 3RU Early intervention and prevention service to parents and children up to 13 years who are facing a range of difficult situations. Volunteer support and family support worker service Tel: 0300 800 1005 or text only, 07860 021720 or view: www.family-friends.org.uk FAMILY SERVICE DIRECTORY The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead (RBWM) online directory includes sections on: Activities, Early Learning & Childcare, Schools & Learning, Family Health & Wellbeing, Special Educational Needs & Disabilities Local Offer, Family Support, Parents & Carers and Young People Tel: 01628 683800 or view: www.rbwm.gov.uk or www.fsd.rbwm.gov.uk GEMINI PLUS – Windsor Maidenhead and Slough Support group for families with twins and multiple births Tel: 07507 463135 or view: www.gemini-plus.moonfruit.com HEROES BERKSHIRE, Heroes Farm, Bartletts Lane, Holyport, SL6 2JD An education centre for children who are home educated or are not currently involved in the main stream schooling system Tel: 01628 783107 or view: www.heroesberkshire.co.uk INFORMATION ADVICE AND SUPPORT (IAS) SERVICE Information, advice and support for parents and carers of children with special or additional needs Tel: 01628 683182 or view: www.rbwm.gov.uk MAIDENHEAD MENCAP SOCIETY, Highview, 6 North View, Maidenhead, SL6 1PL Understanding learning disability, activities, clubs and support Tel: 01628 670838 or view: mencapmaidenhead.co.uk MAIDENHEAD PROJECT CENTRE, Reform Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 8BY Family Action Young Carers Team Support for children and young people aged 5-17 years who have a caring role in their family Tel: 01628 626991 or view: www.rbwm.gov.uk or www.youngcarers.net Young Peoples Substance Misuse Service (YPSMS) A service for the under 18s who need help with a drug or alcohol problem Tel: 01628 796518 or view: www.rbwm.gov.uk 93


MULTI AGENCY SAFEGUARDING HUB (MASH), Town Hall, St Ives Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1RF. Single point of access to early help and safeguarding services for children, young people and their families Tel: 01628 683150 or 01344 786543 (out of hours) or view: www.rbwm.gov.uk NATIONAL CHILDBIRTH TRUST (NCT) – see Focus on the Under Fives section NUMBER 22 YOUTH COUNSELLING SERVICE at Four Marlow Road Youth and Community Centre, 4 Marlow Road, Maidenhead, SL6 7YR. Provides free and confidential counselling to those in distress whilst also providing a space where clients can feel valued and heard. 50 minute sessions by appointment only. Open Monday, 10am-8.30pm, Tuesday, 2-9.30pm, Wednesday, 9.30am-9.30pm, Thursday, 3-9pm, Friday, 2-8pm and Saturday, 10am-1pm Tel: 01628 636661 or view: www.number22counselling.org.uk POST NATAL DEPRESSION GROUP – Maidenhead Postnatal Support Group A confidential support group that offers a setting where you can feel free to talk about your feelings to people who understand. Weekly meetings in Maidenhead with a crèche for babies and children Tel: 07552 980571 RELATE – the relationship people at Four Marlow Road Youth and Community Centre, 4 Marlow Road, Maidenhead, SL6 7YR. Relationship counselling and sex therapy Tel: 0300 100 1234 or 01628 625320 for local appointments or view: www.relate.org.uk SPEAKEASY CLINIC at St Mark’s Hospital, 112 St Mark’s Road, Maidenhead, SL6 6DU Sexual health services clinic, appointments only Tel: 01753 635302 or view: www.berkshirehealthcare.nhs.uk THAMES VALLEY FAMILY MEDIATION SERVICE, 102A High Street, Eton, SL4 6AF and other local venues. Family mediation between parties who are separating or have already separated Tel: 01753 830770 or view: www.tvfms.org.uk TALKING THERAPIES for problems with depression, anxiety, phobias, panic, stress and obsessive compulsive disorder for ages 17+ years Tel: 0300 365 2000 or view: www.talkingtherapiesberkshire.nhs.uk THE AUTISM GROUP Runs TheAutismGroup@Home Service and autism training for parents/professionals. Parent support groups meet Saturday afternoons in the Maidenhead area. The group offers social opportunities to young people ages 11-25 years with a diagnosis of autism, who are typically of mainstream ability, but who need support with their social skills and understanding – see Activities and Clubs section Tel: 07423 636339 or view: www.theautismgroup.org.uk THE DASH CHARITY - DOMESTIC ABUSE STOPS HERE (DASH) Supports women, men and children affected by domestic abuse Tel: 01753 549865 or view: www.thedashcharity.org.uk THE FREEDOM PROGRAMME A 12 week rolling programme for women who want to learn about the reality of domestic violence and abuse is available every Wednesday in Maidenhead with free childcare available Tel: 01628 685642 or view: www.rbwm.gov.uk THE LINK FOUNDATION A Maidenhead based charity committed to improving the lives of children and their families in the local community and surrounding areas Tel: 01628 509010 or view: www.linkfoundation.co.uk TRIPLE P (Positive Parenting Programme) available at various locations in the Borough Parenting courses are held during the day and evening and at weekends Tel: 01628 685615 or 01628 685625 or view: www.rbwm.gov.uk YOUTH SERVICE STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICE Works with young people (aged 8-19) who need to be supported with making informed decisions around risk taking behaviour and engaging in positive activities both in and outside school View: www.wamster.co.uk 94


Children’s Parties CHILDREN'S ENTERTAINERS AND PARTY ORGANISERS Many providers of children’s activities also host children’s parties in homes or other venues BASIL AND CREW MOBILE FARM Brings a mini mobile farmyard to your home or party venue. Other party options also available Tel: 01628 821145 or 07721 422554 or view: www.basilandcrew.co.uk CANDLE BY PARTIES Candle making parties for ages 5-7 years, 8-12 years and teenagers Tel: 01628 947224 or view: www.candlebyparties.co.uk CREATE ‘N MAKE Themed art and craft parties for ages 3-10 years Tel: 01491 578724 or 07831 429794 or view: www.createnmake.com DANCE PARTY Themed action packed singing, dancing and drama parties adapted to suit all ages Tel: 01628 635594 or 07885 150034 or view: www.dancepartyinfo.co.uk DAVE THE DISCO Diddy Disco for ages 2-4 years, Kids Disco for ages 4-9 years and Party for Discos for ages 10-16 Tel: 07836 640430 or view: www.diddydisco.co.uk DEREK AND THE MAGIC ZOO Local entertainer providing complete party entertainment for ages 3-10 years Tel: 01491 873990 or 07836 537722 DRAMATICA Music and drama parties for all ages also include games and activities Tel: 01784 665392 or 07810 200889 or view: www.dramatica.org.uk ELITE SOCCER SCHOOL Indoor or outdoor soccer parties also other sports parties for ages 5-12 years Tel: 07769 701209 or view: www.readingelitesoccer.com FIZZY BUBBLES Soap making parties for ages 8+ years and jewellery making parties for ages 5+ years Tel: 07748 645161 or view: www.fizzy-bubbles.co.uk FLUTTERBY PARTIES Funky hair styling, face painting, temporary tattoos parties for under 11s and teen pamper parties for girls ages11+ years Tel: 07812 440297 or view: www.flutterbyprobeauty.com FUNKY FACES Face painting for ages 3+ years, mini-makeovers for ages 6+ years and glitter tattoos for older children Tel: 07976 671309 or view: www.funkyfaces.co.uk GORGEOUS GIRLS & RAZZLE DAZZLE PARTIES Make-over parties for girls’ ages 4-16 years with lots of different themes Tel: 01183 913576 or view: www.gorgeousgirlsparty.co.uk GO-KIDS Go-kart parties for ages 3-9 years and other party options available Tel: 07794 420429 or view: www.go-kids.net KITCHEN CAPERS Party packages available for ages 4-16 years including dinner parties for older children Tel: 07917 412896 or view: www.kitchencapers.co.uk 95


MAD ACADEMY High energy music and dance parties for the under 5s Tel: 07935 248749 or view: www.madacademy.com MEL’S MAGIC PARTIES Magic shows and circus skills suitable for ages 3-10 years Tel: 01992 552026 or 07971 006609 or view: www.melsmagic.co.uk MINI ME! Party packages for girls ages 5-8 years, 9-12 years and all ages option Tel: 07786 960148 or view: www.minimeparties.co.uk PERFORM PARTIES Theme based entertainment for ages 4-7 years Tel: 020 7255 9120 or view: www.performparties.org.uk PERSONALLY PEARL Jewellery making parties; bracelets for ages 6+ years and necklaces and earrings for ages 10+ years Tel: 07764 759345 or view: www.personallypearl.com POPSTARS ACADEMY Range of dance parties for ages 6-12 years with instructor, music system, disco lights etc Tel: 01753 650090 or view: www.popstarsacademy.com RACING CHALLENGE A multi-seated racing car simulator for ages 7-70 years that comes to you Tel: 01993 845428 or view: www.racing-challenge.com SHOWSTOPPER UK Dance, drama and singing parties for children of all ages Tel: 07885 150034 or view: www.showstopperuk.com SIMA’S ACTION KIDS Parties for the under 6s, ages 8-11 years and under 11s that are structured, fast paced and set to music Tel: 07956 993439 or view: www.simasactionkids.com STAGEABILITY Dance parties with dance coach and action parties with drama coach Tel: 0118 933 3791 or view: www.berkshire.stageability.co.uk STAGECOACH Themed parties for ages 4-10 years and murder mystery parties for ages 11-16 years Tel: 07795 157014 or view: www.stagecoach.co.uk SQUIRTY WIRTY Comedy magic, balloons, puppets and games Tel: 01582 762606 or view: www.squirtywirty.co.uk TEDDY BEARS PICNIC Teddy bear themed parties for ages 3-10 years. Older children’s parties also available Tel: 07836 605032 or 01379 688222 or view: www.teddybearspicnic.co.uk TWINKLE TOTS Dance themed parties from ages 2+ years who dance with professional ballerinas Tel: 07828 857061 or view: www.twinkletotsdance.com UNCLE CHARLEY Children’s show with magic, balloon modelling, puppets, mini-disco and party games Tel: 0118 988 2839 or view: www.unclecharley.co.uk WAYNE WONDER Party extravaganza for ages 5-8 years and Fun-tastic for ages 3-4 years Tel: 07845 418562 or view: www.wayne-murphy.com WIZBIZ Full party entertainment including a clown, magic, disco and party games Tel: 01753 867039 or view: www.wizbiz.me.uk 96


EQUIPMENT HIRE AND PARTY ACCESSORIES BIG ON BOUNCING Bouncy castles, slides, disco domes, ball pond, go-karts, soft play, sumo suits, body zorbs and more Tel: 01628 410736 or 07926 751243 or view: www.bigonbouncing.co.uk ELLA’S PARTY SHOP, 5 Bell Lane, Eton Wick, SL4 6JP Party goods for all occasions Tel: 01753 378418 or view: www.ellaspartyshop.co.uk GIGGLES PARTY SHOP, Unit 2 Swains House, Swains Lane, Flackwell Heath, HP10 9BN Balloons, tableware and partyware for all occasions Tel: 01628 530923 or view: www.gigglespartyshop.co.uk GO KIDS Bouncy castles, slides, sumo suits, all-weather disco zone and games for hire Tel: 07794 420429 or view: www.go-kids.net

HALLS AND ROOMS FOR HIRE Halls and rooms are in demand so try to book well in advance. Some schools and other institutions including arts centres, church halls, community centres and leisure centres, scout huts and sports clubs hire out their premises – see Community and Youth Centres, Sport and Leisure, Sports and Leisure Centres, Sunday Schools, Church Clubs and Family Services and Uniformed Organisations sections BOURNE END COMMUNITY CENTRE, Wakeman Road, Bourne End, SL8 5SX Eghams Room and May Woollerton Hall with a capacity for 8-250 people. Kitchen Tel: 01628 522604 or view: www.bourneendbucks.com BRAY VILLAGE HALL, High Street, Bray, SL6 2AR Main hall with stage and seating for 80 people, licensed bar, air-conditioning and large kitchen Tel: 01628 627651 or view: www.brayvillagehall.co.uk BRAYWOOD WAR MEMORIAL HALL, Fifield Road, Fifield, SL6 2NX Main hall with stage seats 80 people and Jubilee Room holds 25 people. Kitchen Tel: 01628 631179 COOKHAM DEAN VILLAGE HALL, Church Road, Cookham Dean, SL6 9PD Hall with stage, seats 120 people. Kitchen Tel: 07796 184064 or view: www.cookhamdeanvillagehall.com DESBOROUGH SUITE IN THE TOWN HALL, St Ives Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1RF Comprises auditorium with stage, 4 meeting rooms, kitchen and licensed bar to accommodate small groups or large functions with tiered seating for theatre use Tel: 01628 683540 or view: www.rbwm.gov.uk DORNEY VILLAGE HALL, off Meadow Way, (junction with Oak Stubbs Lane), Dorney Reach, SL6 0DS. Hall with stage, seats 100 people, kitchen, annexe, tennis court, playground and playing field Tel: 01628 200900 or view: www.dorneyvillagehall.com FURZE PLATT WAR MEMORIAL HALL, Furze Platt Road, Maidenhead, SL6 7NG Hall holds 80 people. Kitchen Tel: 01628 636947 GILCHRIST THOMAS VILLAGE HALL, Gilchrist Way, Littlewick Green, SL6 3RF Main hall holds 70 people. Two changing rooms upstairs and kitchen Tel: 01628 822869 HOLYPORT WAR MEMORIAL HALL, Moneyrow Green, Holyport, SL6 2NA Very large hall with raised stage and capacity for 235 people. Kitchen Tel: 01628 200500 or view: www.holyportvillagehall.org.uk 97


HURLEY VILLAGE HALL, High Street, Hurley, SL6 5LT Hall with bar area holds 80 people and meeting room holds 20 people. Kitchen Tel: 07901 297223 KNOWL HILL VILLAGE HALL, 13 The Terrace, Bath Road, Knowl Hill, RG10 9XB Medium size main hall, committee room and kitchen Tel: 01628 822402 PINDER HALL, Lower Road, Cookham Rise, SL6 9EH Large hall with stage holds 200 people and 2 small meeting rooms (each hold 12 people). Kitchen Tel: 01628 819054 or view: www.pinderhall.org.uk TAPLOW VILLAGE CENTRE, High Street, Taplow, SL6 0EX Reading Room seats 85 people and Perkins Room seats 37 people. Kitchen Tel: 01628 667311 or view: www.taplowpc.org.uk THE NEVILLE HALL, Milley Road, Waltham St Lawrence, RG10 0JP Main hall can accommodate 80 seated or 100 standing. Kitchen Tel: 0118 911 1434 or view: www.nevillehall.co.uk WHITE WALTHAM PARISH HALL, Waltham Road, White Waltham, SL6 3SG Hall seats 40 people. Kitchen Tel: 01628 823964 or view: www.whitewalthamparishcouncil.com

PARTIES AWAY FROM HOME ABSOLUTELY COMBAT, Stafferton Way, Maidenhead, SL6 1AY Laser combat parties for ages 8-13 years for 10-12 children Tel: 08450 262 466 or view: www.absolutely-karting.co.uk ABSOLUTELY KARTING, Stafferton Way, Maidenhead, SL6 1AY Karting parties with exclusive access to the track for ages 8-13 years (min. height 130cm tall) Tel: 08450 262 466 or view: www.absolutely-karting.co.uk ABSOLUTELY ICE – Slough. Closed for refurbishment and scheduled to reopen winter 2017/18 ANDREA'S CAFÉ AND SOFT PLAY AREA, Ockwells Park, Cox Green, SL6 3AA Parties in a soft play area suitable for pre-school ages, weekdays or weekends. Catering available Tel: 07769 794062 ANIMAL RANGER PARTIES at Heroes Farm, Bartletts Lane, Holyport, SL6 2JD Animal and reptile handling, feeding and grooming parties suitable for ages 8-14 years Tel: 01628 783107 or view: www.animalrangers.co.uk BRAY LAKE WATERSPORTS, Monkey Island Lane, Windsor Road, Maidenhead, SL6 2EB Choice of kayaking, canoeing, dinghy sailing and windsurfing parties for ages 8-16 years Tel: 01628 638860 or view: www.braylake.com BUSY BUTTONS DESIGN CENTRE, 8-9 King Edward Court, Windsor, SL4 1TF Sewing, art, jewellery, animation and puppet making parties Tel: 07952 418212 or view: www.busybuttons.org.uk CORAL REEF - Bracknell Closed for refurbishment and scheduled to reopen summer 2017 CRAFT COOP, Queens Walk Mall, Nicholsons Centre, Maidenhead, SL6 1LB Button Canvas and Mosaics parties for ages 5+ and parties around a theme for ages 3-9 years View: www.craftcoop.co.uk DOWNSHIRE GOLF COMPLEX, Easthampstead Park, Wokingham, RG40 3DH Golf lesson, pitch and putt parties for ages 6+ years Tel: 01344 302030 or view: www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk GENEVIEVE’S GALLERY, 13 Victoria Street, Englefield Green, Egham, TW20 0QY Paint-a-plate parties for all ages Tel: 01784 430516 or view: www.genevievesgallery.co.uk 98


HANDS-ON ART ADVENTURES, 42a St Luke's Road, Old Windsor, SL4 2QQ Party packages for all ages includes materials, equipment, instruction, glazing and firing of pottery Tel: 01753 206265 or view: www.hands-onartadventures.co.uk JOHN NIKE LEISURESPORT COMPLEX, John Nike Way, Bracknell, RG12 8TN Various winter sports party packages dependent on age and activity Tel: 01344 789000 or view: www.jnlbracknell.co.uk JUMP IN TRAMPOLINE ARENA, 550 Dundee Road, Slough, SL1 4LE Range of birthday party packages Tel: 08458 386214 or view: www.gojumpin.com LONGRIDGE, Quarry Wood Road, Marlow, SL7 1RE Outdoor activity centre providing action-packed parties some with water themes for ages 8+ years Tel: 033 0303 0101 or view: www.alfvillages.org.uk MAGNET LEISURE CENTRE, Holmanleaze, Maidenhead, SL6 8AW Range of Party Mania parties for ages 6+ and Cheeky Charlie’s soft play parties for ages 5-8 years Tel: 01628 685333 or Cheeky Charlie’s, 01628 685338 or view: www.leisurecentre.com/magnet-leisure-centre NORDEN FARM CENTRE FOR THE ARTS, Altwood Road, Maidenhead, SL6 4PF Halls and rooms for hire. Children’s Arty Parties Tel: 01628 682555 or view: www.nordenfarm.org.uk ODDS FARM PARK, Wooburn Common, HP10 0LX Themed party rooms open daily, 10am-12.30pm and 1.30-4pm and after school in term time Tel: 01628 520188 or view: www.oddsfarm.co.uk PHOENIX GYMNASTICS CLUB, Unit 1, Water Oakley Farm, Windsor Road, Water Oakley, SL4 5UJ. PlayGym parties for the under 5s and trampolining parties for ages 5+ years Tel: 01628 778881 or view: www.phoenixgym.co.uk READING CLIMBING CENTRE, Unit 33 Robert Cort Industrial Estate, Britten Road, Reading, RG2 0AU. Climbing parties with a professional instructor for ages 4-6 years and 7+ years Tel: 0118 975 6298 or view: www.readingclimbingcentre.com REDROOFS SCHOOL FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, 26 Bath Road, Maidenhead, SL6 4JT Musical theatre parties for ages 4-11 years Tel: 01628 674092 or view: www.redroofs.co.uk RUSH UK TRAMPOLINE PARK, Lexmark House, Coronation Road, Cressex Business Park, High Wycombe, HP12 3TA. Party packages for the under 3s and ages 4+ years Tel: 03454 500268 or view: www.rushuk.com SPORTSABLE, Braywick Sports Ground, Braywick Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1BN Halls and rooms for hire. Kids’ Sports parties Tel: 01628 627690 or view: www.sportsable.co.uk TENPIN, Holmanleaze, Maidenhead, SL6 8AW Birthday Bash for ages 4-12 years and Sector 7 Laser parties for ages 6+ years Tel: 0871 222 3675 or view: www.tenpin.co.uk THE LOOK OUT DISCOVERY CENTRE, 9 Mile Ride, Bracknell, RG12 7QW Parties for ages 5-12 years include visiting the hands-on science exhibition Tel: 01344 354400 or view: www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk WINDSOR LEISURE CENTRE, Clewer Mead, Stovell Road, Windsor, SL4 5JB Range of party packages for different activities and age groups Tel: 01753 778588 or view: www.leisurecentre.com/windsor-leisure-centre YOUTH AND COMMUNITY CENTRES Four Marlow Road Youth and Community Centre, 4 Marlow Road, Maidenhead, SL6 7YR, Pinkneys Green Youth and Community Centre, Blenheim Road, Maidenhead, SL6 5HE and Larchfield Youth and Community Centre, Desborough Park, off Desborough Crescent, Maidenhead, SL6 4BB. Nerf Dart Tag parties for ages 6-14 years available only on a Saturday Tel: 01753 851508 (Monday-Wednesday, 9am-1pm) or view: www.wamster.org.uk 99


Contents Calendar of Local Events Let's go out in Maidenhead, Cookham and Bourne End Let's go to Slough, Windsor and Ascot Let's go to Bracknell, Reading and Wokingham Let's go to Henley, Marlow and Wycombe More Places to Visit Transport – Museums, Travel Information and Trips Aeroplanes, Buses and Coaches Canal and River Boat Trips Hot Air Balloons, Rail Travel Steam Railway Centres, Transport Museums Travel Planning Entertainment – Local Cinemas and Theatres Eating Out Focus on the Under Fives Activities for the Under Fives Childcare including Children’s Centres (page 40) Parent and Toddler Groups Day Nurseries, Montessori and Nursery Schools, Pre-schools, Playgroups Activities and Clubs Activities and Clubs for Children with Additional/Special Needs Clubs by Post Local Activities and Clubs Arts Centres, Art, Dance, Drama and Music Arts Centres Art Classes, Schools of Dance and Dancing Clubs Dance and Drama Classes Drama Groups, Music Breakfast Clubs and After School Clubs, Family Fun in the Holidays and School Holiday Activities and Courses Sports and Leisure Centres Sport and Leisure Archery, Athletics and Running, Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Bowls, Canoeing and Kayaking, Climbing, Cricket, Cycling, Fencing, Fishing, Football, Geocaching, Golf, Gymnastics, Hockey, Horse Riding, Inline Hockey, Martial Arts: Judo, Ju-Jitsu, Karate, Kickboxing, Kung-Fu, Netball, Orienteering, Real Tennis, Rowing, Rugby, Sailing and Windsurfing, Short Tennis, Softball, Swimming, Table Tennis, Target Shooting, Tennis, Trampolining, Triathlon, Volleyball, Watersports, Winter Sports, Yoga Community and Youth Centres Sunday Schools, Church Clubs and Family Services Uniformed Organisations Parents’ Leisure and Education Local Self-Help and Support Groups Children’s Parties Children’s Entertainers and Party Organisers Equipment Hire and Party Accessories, Halls and Rooms for Hire Parties Away from Home

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