Thursday, 30 May 2013

Lovely Weather for Ducks! Maidenhead Duck Derby 2013

So the weather held off last weekend and we headed off to the annual Maidenhead Duck Derby for some family fun.

It was a lovely day with the dogs. There was lots of stalls, entertainment and activities and the day ended with a duck race of over 3000 yellow plastic ducks down the River Thames.

The Duck Derby is held every year at Ray Mill Island, Boulters Lock in Maidenhead. It's a family fun day held to raise money for lots of different local charities.

You buy a ticket that corresponds with a number on a yellow duck. At the end of the day they set all of the ducks off down the river Thames and the first ones to cross the finish line win prizes.

It's great fun!

My favourite stall of the day was Buttontastic! I have actually met the owners before at the BCA Lambing Weekend and got myself a really cute pair of mint green button earrings so I was happy to see them again.

Buttontastic is run by Conor Musson and his Mum (who is very lovely!). Conor hand-makes all of the jewellery out of vintage or reclaimed buttons and is selling them to raise funds for his trip to Kenya next year to do volunteer work. Good luck, Conor!

Ray Mill Island or Monkey Island as it's sometimes referred to by locals (no idea why!) is a really lovely place and I've been coming here since I was a kid. There is a weir and a little animal section where you can see rabbits and Guinea pigs and lots and lots of cute little birds. Be careful not to get attack by the squirrels though! One peed on me once but that's another story...

I had a lovely time and really enjoyed the walk along the river home, even though my duck didn't win.

Have you ever been to a duck derby? Better yet, have you ever won one!?

Until next time,

Hayley xo


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