One Sunday in mid-May we take over Ray Mill Island at Boulters Lock courtesy of RBWM to put on a Family Fun Day and Duck Derby race.
The event primarily attracts families with young children. The event features Fun Fair attractions, Punch & Judy, Stalls galore with games of skill and chance and things to buy, Children’s Duck Hunt with prizes for various age groups, Tombolas and Food & Ice Cream.
The event finishes at 4.30pm with a Duck Race of 3,400 plastic ducks on the River Thames as a novel way to draw a raffle with 3 substantial cash prizes.
Entrance to the venue is free.
THE DERBY THIS YEAR
The Derby this year was held on 19 June and it attracted a large section of of the Maidenhead community to the island. It was a family day out with great fun had by all. At the end of the day, the mayor, Councillor Mrs Christine Bateson sounded the horn to start the race with greay fanfare. The ducks then swam (bobbled)
down the Thames guided and assisted by the formidable Sea Scouts.
It wasn't just about the ducks though, most of the day was filled with local charities and businesses pitching tents and gazebos offering handcrafted goods and community services.
Many thanks to all those who attended the Derby this year. You contribute greatly, in one way or another, towards making our work of helping local causes possible.
The date of the Derby next year would soon be announced and we look forward to welcoming everyone back to te Island