Once a year there is a pretty special event that comes to town. Organised by volunteers from the community for the lovely people of Maidenhead to enjoy, Maidenhead Festival transforms Kidwell’s park in the centre of town to a bright and bustling fun weekend for all the family. There’s live music, a funfair, a beach and plenty of stalls to browse and buy from, many of whom are local start-ups.
The music and entertainment is completely free and goes on until late in the evening with a free firework display at the end – although with two little ones in tow, I’ve only ever experienced the festival by day. (Life goals: stay out till after 9pm next year!)
Beautiful weather for the festival! #winning
This year I chose to visit the festival on both days. There was so much to photograph and share with the #lovemaidenhead hashtag that one day just wasn’t enough!
On the Saturday I went with the whole family in the blazing sunshine. Such hot weather is a rarity for the UK and by lunchtime we found ourselves looking for a shady spot to try and keep cool. My eldest enjoyed looking at the stalls and watching the dancers from Dance Inspired in the ‘flashmob’. My littlest was desperate to get out of the pushchair and explore on all fours. We let him play on the beach and share a picnic in the shade, but we didn’t think it was fair on the people of Maidenhead to let him go free range just yet!
On the Sunday morning it was just me and the Baby Boy. Without a 4 year old in tow I had a chance to browse around the stalls and chat to many familiar faces. I loved the sense of community spirit and I felt proud that this blog has helped me to connect with so many lovely people. It was an amazing feeling to see the big screen showing images for the photography competition encouraging people to enter with the #lovemaidenhead hashtag I had created. A little surreal seeing something that had started as a simple ‘what if’ idea being displayed on a big screen in front of everyone! And in case you’re wondering, I hope to be able to share news of the photography competition with everyone soon.
The #lovemaidenhead competition entries were shown on the big screen. Had a little goosebump moment!
My festival visual highlights
I thought the simplest thing would be to share my experiences via photos…
Admiring the beautiful flowers on the way to Kidwells park.
Riding on the funfair in a Frozen Monster truck. Best thing ever apparently!
The Little Man enjoyed the bright colours of the fair but had to make do with a ‘cuddle carry’ from Daddy. You can explore properly next year boy!
So hot that we needed the factor 50. Little Man not so impressed by this.
Dipping his little toes in the sand. Note Daddy holding his hands so he can’t get away and eat it all!
The Little Lady was fascinated by the prize stalls although it was a struggle to stretch high enough to peep over!
So many things that she wanted! It all adds to the thrill of the fair when you’re 4!
The Helter Skelter looked great. Although at £2.50 a ride for the Little Lady, and an extra £2.50 for me to help her on and make sure she was safe, it seemed a bit pricey. My only niggle of the day though.
A quick snack stop in the shade. For once I had been organised enough to have stuff at home ready to pack a picnic!
Cuddles with daddy.
Time to visit the festival stall and to get involved with the colouring and drawing competition
‘I’m drawing myself at the festival’!
Amazing flashmob organised by Dance Inspired. I got a bit emotional seeing the passion and dedication from everyone (including the mums that were taking part!) Such a great idea!
Maidenhead’s town crier looking smart in the sun. Bet he was boiling by the end of the day!
A quick lunch stop for me: Grilled chicken and haloumi wrap: lush!
Little Man still doing his best to try and explore the festival on his own. Daddy taking a battering!
After lunch we went to the children’s area which was set up on the tennis courts. My daughter and her friend had an amazing time on the bouncy castle and bouncy slides.
Someone was rather pleased with one of her new dolls that we picked up from a charity stall. She doesn’t really do dolls so I found it funny that her first one has blue hair! Never one to follow a trend, our Little Lady!
Little Man checking out the carousel. He’s just learning to point and he put this to good use as we walked around on day 2!
There’s something very timeless about the carousel! Whisks me back to my childhood every time.
I thought I fancied going up in the big wheel to take some photos… but then I saw how fast it went! Whizz! Perhaps not best for someone that suffers from vertigo!
A bit cloudier on day 2, but the beach was still packed. Little ones don’t really care about the sun!
Mmmmm. Candy floss. Managed to keep my eldest away from this. Long hair, windy day and candy floss! eek!
Awesome fancy dress options for sale!
The fairground peeping through the trees as we walked home.
I think the Maidenhead festival team did Maidenhead proud and gave us an amazing event – all for free. My only disappointment was missing the brief visit from Theresa May. I wonder if she uses Instagram and could start using the #lovemaidenhead tag?!
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