If you’ve spent any time on social media over the last few days, you’ll have noticed a lot of ‘2017, a year in review’ type posts. While I’m taking some time to reflect and review the last 12 months for me, I thought it would also be fun to have a look at what’s in store for 2018.

Having created a 2018 Maidenhead charities calendar for the second year running, I feel that I’m pretty clued up about events in Maidenhead in 2018. I already have a few favourites to look forward to. But this post isn’t just about me: I’m always keen to include and support the community of Maidenhead whenever I can and have asked the community what they are looking forward to in Maidenhead in 2018 and I’ve also included their comments in this post.

I hope you enjoy reading through and find some inspiration for your Maidenhead life in 2018.

What am I looking forward to in Maidenhead in 2018?

Maidenhead Gin in the Park

Gin in the Park Maidenhead

One of my favourite places in Maidenhead is Guards Club Park down by the river. It’s a great place to take photographs of Maidenhead’s iconic bridges and the kids enjoy feeding the ducks and geese when we go. In 2017 the whole park area was transformed for the Maidenhead Gin in the Park Festival. This was a glorious event with live music, dancing, food stalls, cocktails and of course GIN! I’m looking forward to going again this year on the 1st July 2018.

Guards Club Park Gin in the Park

There was a lovely relaxed atmosphere in the park… possibly helped by the sunshine and Gin!

Dancers at Gin in the Park

There were dance performances throughout the day from local clubs

Cocktail van at Gin in the park

You could try a variety of cocktails as well as gin.

cocktails at Gin in The Park

Cocktails, yum!

Maidenhead Festival

Maidenhead festival in July is always a fantastic event for the community, especially for those with a young family like me. I love the fact that it’s run by a group of dedicated volunteers. I was so impressed when I was invited to one of their planning meetings that I felt inspired to support the event with money raised by my Maidenhead Calendar sales: last year I donated £750 to go into the festival funds to provide additional activities for the children of Maidenhead to enjoy.

in 2017 I was invited to be a judge for the festival photography competition which was a lot of fun, and I’m looking forward to doing the same this year too. (this is a subtle hint to start snapping scenes around Maidenhead, so you’re ready when we launch the Maidenhead Festival Photography Competition later in the year!)

Maidenhead festival

Beautiful weather for the festival in 2016, not so good in 2017 though! 

Maidenhead festival

Little Man checking out the carousel in 2015. He’ll be much more mayhem in 2018!

Maidenhead festival

Rides at the festival. 

Maidenhead Town Show

In 2017 I went along to the Maidenhead Town show for the first time, and I was really impressed with what I saw. There were prize-winning cakes and crafts alongside stalls from local crafters outside the Town Hall. It’s not every day that you see knitted ‘Bobble hats’ on the lawn outside the Town Hall! There were live music and acoustic sets from some very talented Maidenhead musicians and singers and even a Maidenhead Dog Show! This event was the first time that I had seen the new grass amphitheatre outside the library be used for a public event during the day. It’s a really great space! There will be another event in September 2018, definitely one to watch out for and visit..or to enter! Take this as a warning to get growing your prize-winning vegetables come Spring!

Maidenhead Town Show 2017 at maidenhead Town Hall

There were craft stalls outside the Town Hall where you could pick up something unique and hand made.

 

Maidenhead town Show Craft Stall

Some of the crafters from the Craft Coop had a stall at the show.

Hats at the Maidenhead Town Show outside Maidenhead Town Hall

Bobble hats for sale!

Prize winning pooch at the dog show at Maidenhead Town Hall

A prize winning pooch: this little puppy was adorable!

Snow in Maidenhead?

In 2017 we saw a heavy snowfall in Maidenhead for the first time in 5 years. As a photographer, this was incredibly exciting, and I’m always excited about the fact that it could happen again in 2018! Last year I went out and took photos of my neighbourhood including All Saints Church, St Marks and Boyn Hill Park. I’d love to get some photos of snow by the bridge or down by the riverside.

All Saints Church Maidenhead

All Saints Church in the snow in December 2017

Boyn Hill Park in the snow in Maidenhead

Boyn Hill park looking quiet and calm

a Maidenhead street in the snow in England.

Portlock Road in the early morning snow.

Christmas events in Maidenhead 2018.

Unfortunately, in December 2017 I was rather ill with vertigo which meant that I had to cancel a lot of the plans I had made. I had been really keen for my daughter to take part in the lantern making sessions so that she could join in with the Norden Farm Lantern Parade. If you’ve never been, I can highly recommend it as a beautiful community event. It’s so lovely seeing everyone gather together creating a stunning visual display as they walk the streets of Maidenhead. I’m hoping that 2018 will be our year to get involved.
Poor health also meant that I missed out on the 2017 Christmas Tree festival at St Luke’s church, although it was fantastic that some of my readers got in touch after having read about it here on the blog saying how great they thought it was! I’m looking forward to visiting again in 2018.

Christmas trees around St Lukes Church as part of the Christmas Tree festival Maidenhead

The Christmas Tree festival at St Lukes

Gingerbread decoration at the Christmas Tree festival maidenhead

The trees are decorated in a variety of themes and styles.

The community gathers at the Town Hall in Maidenhead before the lantern parade starts

The crowds gather outside the Town hall in Maidenhead to get ready for the Lantern Parade

Norden Farm Lantern Parde

Some of the larger lanterns have animal themes

Norden Farm lantern parade on Maidenhead high street

The Maidenhead Town Crier leads the parade to the beat of drums.

Norden Farm Lantern Parade in Maidenhead

Maidenhead High Street is transformed by the Lantern Parade!

New places to explore in Maidenhead

Around town we are starting to see evidence of the redevelopment and transition that Maidenhead is going through, and I’m particularly excited about the Maidenhead Waterways project coming to fruition and the TWO new bridges that we will be able to use. I will be nipping down to the riverside and to the library with my camera very soon!

Chapel Arches and Library in Maidenhead

The Chapel Arches area in Maidenhead is already changing and the bridge to the library is now open.

Small businesses in Maidenhead

Alongside the family-friendly events and the potential photo opportunities, I’m also looking forward to 2018 as being my first year of being fully self-employed in Maidenhead. Over the past few years, I’ve been a member of Maidenhead Business Girl’s networking group. I’ve met so many people that have inspired me and given me the courage to leave my day job to follow my passions and build a career that I love.

“Maidenhead is a very supportive place for women like me, and as I take my ‘baby steps’ into the big wide world of being self employed, I feel like I’m in safe hands. In 2018, you’ll see me out and about offering photography, blogging and digital marketing support to businesses in Maidenhead and beyond.”

Maidenhead Business Girl at Golden Ball pub

I hate taking selfies!

That’s a whistle-stop tour of some of the things I am looking forward to in Maidenhead in 2018 and there are so many more that I could mention, many of which are mentioned in my Maidenhead section on this blog.

Here are the things that other Maidonians are looking forward to in Maidenhead in 2018:

Bob Dulson: Chairman Maidenhead Civic Society

“We look forward to the programme of events being planned for Maidenhead Riverside. With all the changes taking place on the Skindles and Taplow Mill site, including the new footbridge, these will be very welcome. But we hope they will be accompanied by a wider strategy for maintaining and improving the character and amenities in Maidenhead Riverside.”

Deborah Jones: Co-Director Craft Coop Shop Maidenhead and Marlow

“I’m excited about the Maidenhead Town Show in 2018. We’ve run a town show for the last 4 years and in 2017 we transformed the lawn outside the Town Hall with prize winning entries and local craft stalls. Oh, and we even had a dog show in the new amphitheatre area outside the library. This year we are planning another event in September and we’d love more Maidonians to join in and visit. You can find out more by following the Maidenhead Town Show facebook page

Ayesha James: local Maidenhead mum of two boys:

“My family loves to go to Maidenhead at the Movies in Kidwells Park. We invite friends along or arrange to meet people there, take some picnic blankets and snacks and spread out for the afternoon! We’ve sung along to Frozen and seen the Lego Batman Movie last year. It’s such a fun way to watch films – especially with the little ones because they can get up and dance (or ninja chop!) along, plus there are always rides and bouncy castles to play on.”

I asked in the Maidenhead Business Girls group too, here are their responses:

Amanda Ayres: Founder Maidenhead Business Girls group , and the national Business Girls Network:

I’m looking forward to hosting the 2nd annual INSPIRE Conference & Awards on International Women’s Day (March 8th). It’s a fantastic way to showcase the female local entrepreneurial spirit in local communities. The awards created a huge buzz and excitement.
You can find out more about the 2018 Inspire conference and awards on the Business Girl’s Network site. You don’t have to be a member to attend and it’s a great way to meet the Business Girls community.  

Another member of Maidenhead Business Girls also mentioned the event as a highlight of 2018 that she is looking forward to:

Chloe Leibowitz: Life Coach and Nutrition Adviser:

“I’m looking forward to going to the INSPIRE conference and awards!! Missed last year and so excited about this and feeling all the positivity from the amazing MBG girls” x 

Tricia Wilkie:  Massage and reflexology therapist:

“I am looking forward to coaching people how to live a more peaceful, less stressful way of life through mindful living on the next group course starting on 30th January in Maidenhead.” 

Caroline Sellers: Personal Trainer :

“I’m looking forward to the new Taplow Bridge opening onto Ray Mill Island. This will add a new circular route for me to train my clients along the river. I’m especially excited as the architect of the bridge is a client and friend of mine.” 

Anna Verghese: Business Growth and development consultant:

“Maidenhead has a great community for people setting up their own business with groups like Maidenhead Business girls offering fantastic support. In 2018 I’m looking forward to my first anniversary being self-employed! 

Rachel Cook: Environment Champion and local Mum.

“Every year I look forward to helping the toads of Ray Mill Road East cross the road to get to their breeding lake. Starts in February depending on temperature and we are always happy to have more volunteers! You can find out more by joining the Deerswood Toads Facebook page. ” (Rachel is also a founding member of Wild Maidenhead Facebook Group, a local group set up to discover, celebrate, support and protect wild things and wild places in Maidenhead and the surrounding rural villages and countryside.)

Rachel Philpott: Interior designer and Luxury Online Boutique owner

“I’m looking forward to working with some very creative independent suppliers, to be able to grow our product ranges and offer beautiful products or gifts for the home.” 

Tabitha Beaven: founder of Tuneless Choir Maidenhead and Laughter Yoga leader at Light Mind 

“I’m really looking forward to another year of Tuneless singing with Tuneless Choir Maidenhead because it feels great to ‘sing like no one is listening’ and let go of inhibitions and judgment – taking a time out from the day to day pressures of life. It’s become a wonderful community supporting all members and in turn, we look forward to supporting local events spreading joy, smiles and laughter – this year out charity will be Mind as singing is also great for mental health”  

Lesley Clarke: Literacy Consultant and Phonics lecturer at Brunel University

“I’m looking forward to getting to know some Maidenhead parents when I launch my ‘Helping your child with phonics’ workshops later this year. I’m a Year 1 class teacher and this is a new venture for me! More details are on my website.”

Sophie Comas: Marketing Consultant

“Maidenhead is full of inspirational small businesses, in 2018 I am looking forward to seeing what new and fantastic things they get up to and if I can helping them with their marketing along the way.  I am also secretly VERY excited about attending Gin in the Park.”

Francesca Cairns‬‪: image consultant:

“I’m looking forward to hosting Colour Analysis parties around Maidenhead! A great excuse for ladies to get together and talk about fashion and have a girly night in! ‘Clothes aren’t going to change the world, the women wearing them will’‬ ‪❤️‬‬” ‪

 

There are lots of things to look forward to in Maidenhead in 2018. This post features a round up of ideas from the people of Maidenhead.

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