05:18AM, Saturday 02 November 2013
The eyes of the art and wine world will soon be focused on Windsor again.
The Windsor Contemporary Art Fair and the Wine Affair will be opening their gates simultaneously on Saturday and Sunday, November 9 and 10 under one roof - at Windsor Racecourse.
As usual the art fair will be a celebration of contemporary and modern national art with over 120 exhibitors, organised by founders and directors Deborah James and Sarah McAllister.
Visitors can expect highlights such as artist Paul Bursnall who has designed this year’s collectable bag, popular West Yorkshire artist Steve Harrington-Simpson MA and Devon based print artist Kerry Tremlett, who works on an 1861 Albion press.
There will be a talk by the nationally renowned author Helen Rappaport on the 100th anniversary of the Birth of Photography: a story of genius and rivalry, in collaboration with the Thames Valley History Festival.
Miniature canvases donated by the artists for The Prince's Trust will also be on sale for £40 each.
While visitors can participate in themed workshops by Reading artists' group Jelly, or join Este MacLeod and add their own daub to one of her evolving canvases.
At the same time the Wine Affair is a rare opportunity to meet with boutique vineyards and independent sommeliers of some of the best national and international wine - with informal tastings at the stands and the chance to sample the finest finds from the vines.
More than 50 street parties are set to take place this weekend across the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead and the surrounding areas.
An independent report into a Conservative councillor has found a breach of the Royal Borough’s code of conduct in a document seen by the Advertiser.