2017 Exhibition: One Artist, Three Visions

OneArtistThreeVisionsThe Gallery at Elizabeth House, Station Hill. SL6 9BS                                                                                                                                   Free entry

An exhibition of paintings by Mandy McAllen in acrylic, watercolour and mixed media. Mainly landscapes, this exhibition explores different ways of representing the colours, shapes and textures of places Mandy has visited at home and abroad.


Exhibition opens Monday May 1st and runs to 31 May.



2017 Off The Wall an Art Installation

Sponsored by The Shanly Foundation

shanlyCookham Moor hosts this major art installation. Officially opening on Friday, 5th May, this is, literally, the biggest Art Event The Moor has seen in years!
A striking celebration of 50 years of "Growing The Arts", from the imaginations of BCA students, you really CAN’T miss this! – come and enjoy being “Off The Wall”!

Starts Thursday May 4th.

2017 Talk: Cookham and its Brewing History

Cookham Dean Cricket Club, Rickett’s Field, Whyteladyes Lane, SL6 9LF                               May 10th                       8pm                   Tickets  £5

In the 17th and 18th Centuries, brewhouses were a common feature with beer the main every day drink, as it was often safer than the local water.

Around 1800 technological changes led to the development of Darby’s and later Neville Reid’s businesses. Keith Parry’s talk covers the history of Cookham’s brewing business, its brewers and pubs from 1600 to early 1900s and some of the buildings that remain part of Cookham’s heritage. Samples available from our favourite local brewery.



2017 The Hollow Crown

hallowcrown5Pinder Hall, Lower Road, SL6 9EH                            May 11th, 12th and 13th 7.30pm.                             Licensed bar                            Tickets £12

Come and re-live the lives, loves, and losses of the crowned heads of Great Britain in this highly original play, first performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company. Supported by Cookham- based musical group ‘Stromenti’, the cast celebrates a millennium of monarchy through speeches, documents, gossip, music and song. The play, devised by John Barton, is performed by The People’s Shakespeare Company and directed by David Choules.





Going For Gold

GoingForGoldCookham Dean Village Hall, Church Road, Cookham Dean, SL6 9PG 

Thursday May 11th 7.30pm.                     Licensed bar                       Adult £10, U18s £5.


Olympic Gold Medallists describe their very different journeys to Gold and beyond. Adrian Moorhouse MBE,  won the 100 metres breaststroke at the 1988 Seoul Olympics and Tom Aggar  was Paralympic Gold Medal winner in the Arms-Shoulders Men’s Single Sculls at the 2008 Beijing Games.





2017 Captain Noah and His Floating Zoo

NoahSir Bernard Miller Centre, Odney Club, Odney Lane, SL6 9SR                                    Friday 12th May 6pm.                                    Adult £5, U11s £2

The four Cookham Primary Schools combine to perform this lighthearted cantata by Jo Horovitz and Michael Flanders. ‘Captain Noah and his Floating Zoo’ tells the story of Old Noah with catchy tunes and entertaining lyrics.


2017 The Cookham Festival Stanley Spencer Poetry Competition 2017 – Readings

poetrycompCookham Dean Village Hall, Church Road, Cookham Dean, SL6 9PG           Friday May 12th 7.30pm         Licensed bar          Adult £10, U18s £5.

Listen to readings of some of the shortlisted poems, together with selected material from the distinguished panel of judges. An anthology of all the shortlisted poems is launched at this event.




2017 Cookham Bells ring in The Festival


Holy Trinity Church Cookham, Sutton  Road,  SL6 9SP                                                                                       Saturday May 13th at 11am

A full peal was rung on Cookham bells to launch the first Cookham Festival in 1967. To mark the Festival’s 50th Anniversary, Cookham bells ring again. There are now 10 bells at Cookham and the bellringers will attempt a full peal of 5,000 Stedman Caters lasting just over three hours.


2017 Talk: Glass, Architecture and Art

GlassArchitectureArtHeritage Centre, Odney Lane, SL6 9SR                                                         Saturday 13th May at 2.30pm.                                                Tickets £5

In this illustrated talk, Kirsty Brooks explores recent developments within glass art and contemporary architecture. She showcases examples of her own recently commissioned projects for clients as diverse as Oxford University and Bracknell Town Council and explores how artworks can create a sense of place and bring cultural integrity to the public arena.



2017 Musicians of a New Dawn


Saint John the Baptist Church, Church Road, Cookham Dean, SL6 9PD                                     Saturday May 13th at 3pm.                      Tickets £6

Some of our most talented young musicians from the local area will perform in this truly inspirational concert. They are all Grade 8 standard and beyond. This is a rare opportunity to enjoy their astonishing musicianship.


2017 An Evening with Ross Kemp


Pinder Hall, Lower Road, SL6 9EH                  Monday May 15th at 7.30pm.                                   Licensed bar                     Adult £15, U18s £10.


An opportunity to  spend an evening in the company of celebrated actor and BAFTA Award winning TV presenter Ross    Kemp, who will present stories from his career and take questions from the audience.





2017 Concertini

ConcertiniSponsored by Dawkes Music

Methodist Church, Lower Road, SL6 9HJ                                             Tuesday 16th May at 10.30am.                         Adults £6, children free entry


A concert with a light-hearted programme  of  classical music especially for babies, toddlers and their grown-ups. In the informal setting of the Methodist Church, the young audience can be fed, changed, dance and sing or just lie on the carpet.



2017 An Artistic Affair: Guided Tour and Village Walk

N05148Stanley Spencer Gallery, High Street, SL6 9SJ                                              Tuesday 16th May at 10.30am.                                      Tickets £10


Join your Spencer tour guide to see the Spencer Gallery’s stunning new exhibition, A Village Affair.

Then visit the village locations where Spencer painted his visionary  images. This is a rare opportunity to participate in this guided exhibition tour and walk.

Daphne, 1940 (Tate)  © The Estate of Stanley Spencer. All Rights Reserved, 2017       Photo credit: ©Tate, London 2016



2017 Peeps into Panto: Supper and Entertainment

Cookham Panto Puss in BootsParish Centre, Church Gate, SL6 9SP                    Tuesday May 16th - 7.15pm for 7.30pm.                     Licensed bar                     Tickets £25.


Enjoy an evening of Cookham Pantomime nostalgia with a three course supper. Expect informal, possibly impromptu snatches of entertainment - definitely not without improvisation.  Just like the old days!



2017 Talk: The John Lewis Design Legacy

Heritage Centre, Odney Lane, SL6 9SR                                                          Wednesday 17th May at 3pm.                                                  Tickets £5

Join designers from the John Lewis Studios and discover how they re-imagine historic designs as 21st century products. The John Lewis Partnership’s unique archival holdings are housed at the Heritage Centre where this talk takes place.



2017 Comedy Evening

ComedyClubPinder Hall, Lower Road, SL6 9EH           Wednesday 17th May at 7.30pm.           Licensed bar               Tickets £15.00, full tables of 12 £150.


The triumphant return to the Festival of  Peter  Wilson’s  Comedy Club, featuring top-line stand-up comedians. Not always for the faint  hearted!



2017 Organ Recital by Nathaniel Keiller

2017-cf-logo-master-small-greySt John the Baptist Church, Church Road, Cookham Dean, SL6 9PD                           Wednesday 17th May at 8pm.                            Tickets £10

Nathaniel gained a music scholarship to Eton College and later was awarded the Dr John Birch Scholarship from the Royal College of Organists. This evening he presents a varied and exciting programme ranging from Bach to the 20th century French composer Jehan Alain.



2017 Cookham’s Place in the Movies

cookhammoviesCookham Dean Village Hall, Church Road, Cookham Dean, SL6 9PG                 Tuesday 16th May at 7.30pm.               Tickets £10

The movies conjure up images of excitement, escapism and mystery, often in faraway places.

You may be surprised that your locale featured in many films over the years!

Join us to enjoy one such film, the story of Cookham’s film heritage, and try to spot familiar locations.




2017 An Artistic Affair: Guided Tour and Village Walk

N05148Stanley Spencer Gallery, High Street, SL6 9SJ                           Thursday 18th May at 10.30am.            Tickets £10


Join your Spencer tour guide to see the Spencer Gallery’s stunning new exhibition, A Village Affair.

Then visit the village locations where Spencer painted his visionary images. This is a rare opportunity to participate in this guided exhibition tour and walk.

Daphne, 1940 (Tate) © The Estate of Stanley Spencer. All Rights Reserved, 2017 Photo credit: ©Tate, London 2016



2017 Young at Heart

YoungAtHeartThe Gallery at Elizabeth House, Station Hill. SL6  9BS                                   Thursday 18th May at 1.15pm                                     EH members only

The concert is especially conceived for senior members of our community to be enjoyed in a relaxed and familiar environment. Led by Julia Bentley-Dawkes and friends, it features a variety of music from classical favourites to well-known folk music and popular songs. Tickets from Elizabeth House.



2017 Stars of the West End

WestEndPinder Hall, Lower Road, SL6 9EH                                 Thursday 18th May at 8pm.                                Licensed  bar                                 Tickets £20.

Four internationally renowned stars of musical theatre and a band of leading West End musicians, led by local impresario Toby  Cruse, take us on a whistle stop tour of West End and Broadway  musicals.  Celebrate  some of the greatest musicals of all time, including songs from Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, Chicago, Chess, Evita, Miss Saigon, My Fair Lady, West Side Story and homages to Rodgers & Hammerstein and Cole Porter.


2017 Prize Giving Ceremonies

2017-cf-logo-master-small-greyStanley Spencer Gallery, High Street, SL6 9SJ                                                     Friday 19th May at 7pm                                             By invitation only

Lord Young of Cookham presents the Don and Jill Cawthorne Prize and the Stationers’ Company and the Maidenhead Advertiser Awards to the winners of the Cookham Festival Stanley Spencer Poetry Competition. He also presents prizes to the artists in the adult, junior and child category, whose paintings have received the most votes from visitors to the Nature of Cookham exhibition.



2017 National Youth Jazz Orchestra: Nonet

NYJOSmallPinder Hall, Lower Road, SL6 9EH                                   Friday 19th May at 8pm.                                   Licensed bar                                   Tickets £15

The NYJO Nonet showcases some of the most talented young jazz musicians in the  UK.

They perform arrangements by current and ex-members of the NYJO as  well as music by the great legends of jazz: Basie, Coltrane, Davis and Ellington. A Festival highlight for all jazz enthusiasts.



2017 Council of All Beings

Cookham Dean WI Hall, Church Road, Cookham Dean SL6 9PD                                 Saturday 20th May at 10:30 am.                              Tickets £8

                                                                                                                                              Please note change of start time.

A creative workshop at the WI Hall, followed by a ceremony in Quarry Wood to help people connect with nature and speak on nature’s behalf.

During the workshop and ceremony you will:

  • Let a creature choose you
  • Make a mask to represent that creature
  • Speak on behalf of your creature

Suitable for adults and children 9+.

2017 Let's Rock the Moor




Marsh Meadow, Cookham Moor, SL6 9SB                              Saturday 20th May at Noon                              Licensed bars

Gates open at 11:00am

Retro festival Let’s Rock the Moor! is back for a ninth year.


Let’s Rock The Moor! returns to Marsh Meadow, Cookham on Saturday 20th May 2017, with a fabulous line-up of artists to bring you the very best of the 80s.

The action-packed day of general  80s  madness  offers  plenty to do for everyone at this  family-friendly festival.

Let’s Rock The Moor! is aimed at the whole family, with entertainment for everyone. Children can enjoy the ‘Let’s Rock! Playpen’, which includes tons of free stuff to keep the little ones occupied,  including  circus workshops with the BigTopMania Circus, face painting, crafts and much more.

Carters Steam Fair returns Let’s Rock The Moor! again offering pre-bookable tokens for their rides so you know exactly how much ride is going to cost.

Let’s Rock! has been leading the way for quality, action-packed, family-friendly 80s music festivals since 2009. Don’t miss out on this chance for a retro blast with the very best of the 80s.

Tickets are on sale from The Stationery Depot, Station Hill, Cookham and other outlets and online at



2017 Festival Evensong

St John the Baptist Church, Church Road, Cookham Dean, SL6 9PD                                Sunday May 21st at 6pm.                               All Welcome


Enjoy a traditional choral evensong sung by the choir of St John the Baptist Church. The responses are by W Smith and the settings and anthems include music by CV  Stanford.



2017 Gala Concert: Serenade

Serenade2Sponsored by Hitachi Europe
Holy Trinity Church Cookham, Sutton Road, SL6 9SP                Sunday May 21st at 8pm.           Licensed bar             Tickets £20.


This celebration of the serenade, led by international award-winning violinist Alexandra Wood, includes music by Mozart and Elgar. The concert also features Arvo Part’s hauntingly beautiful ‘Frates’ for solo violin, strings and percussion and ends with the sparkling tour de force, Tchaikovsky’s ebullient ‘Serenade’.