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Secret Cove Exhibition

Tuesday 25 July – Sunday 27 August

Take life at a gentler pace in the Gallery’s indoor Secret Cove where you can decorate fishes of the deep and add them to the ocean walls. Get comfy and listen to the sounds of the waves and dolphin chatter while admiring the beautiful birds and tropical textiles or explore the sensory cave made specially for children with special educational needs and disabilities.

The birds have been created as part of this year’s Norden Farm Beach Craft project with children from local schools; Furze Platt Junior School, Cookham Dean, Cookham Rise, Boyne Hill Infant School, Wessex Primary School, St Luke’s Primary School, Riverside Primary School, Furze Platt Infant School, Woodlands Park Primary School and St Mary’s Primary School.

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The Maidenhead Beach at Norden Farm

Aloha! The Hawaiian Elvis themed beach is back - all summer long.

Relax at a beachside café table while the little ones play in the sand. With weekday Storytelling (£2 per person) and Arts and Crafts Sessions (£5 per child) it’s the perfect way to while away a summer’s day!

Look out for our brand new feature - a traditional Hawaiian canoe on the shore. Plus don’t forget to say hi to the friendly shark… she’s really very smiley!

Take life at a gentler pace in the Gallery's Secret Cove where you can decorate fishes of the deep and add them to the ocean walls. Get comfy and listen to the sounds of the waves and dolphin chatter while admiring the beautiful birds and tropical textiles, woven by children from local primary schools, or explore the sensory cave made specially for children with SEND.

Family films are screened throughout the holidays, click here to browse the full summer line up.

Keep an eye on our website for details about free summer taster sessions of our brand new pre-school classes - Tutus and Splat! Messy Play.

Grand Opening: Tuesday 25 July from 10am

Join us to celebrate the launch of the beach:

  • Prizes for best Hawaiian / Elvis fancy dress
  • Free 15 minute Little Wrigglers Taster Session in the café bar at 10am
  • Beachside entertainment from Elvis himself
  • Enter our free prize draw for the chance to win a family ticket for one of our summer family shows or films
  • Take photos in our prop-filled Hawaiian photobooth
  • Free tropical juice drink for children - available from the café bar between 10am - 11am (subject to availability)
  • Free activity and colouring sheets

The beach will be officially opened with a Hawaiian Leis cutting ceremony (of course!) at 10.30am.

The Beach runs every day from 10am - 4pm until Sunday 27 August

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Arts and Crafts Session

Craft activities to keep the little ones entertained this summer holidays.

The crafts vary so you can create something new every day!

Suitable for ages 5+ years.

£5 per child


Tues 25 Jul - Fish and Jellyfish
Wed 26 Jul - Beach Hut and Bucket & Spade
Thur 27 Jul - Lobster and Starfish
Fri 28 Jul - Sailing Boats and Seagull
Sat 29 Jul - Make a pressed flower / leaf clay hanging decoration

Mon 31 Jul - Journey Sticks
Tues 1 Aug - Decorate a Glass Jar Lantern
Wed 2 Aug - Decorate your own summer holiday diary
Thur 3 Aug - Bug hotel
Fri 4 Aug - Pirate Hats and Parrots

Mon 7 Aug - Cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances
Tues 8 Aug - Pirate Hats and Parrots
Wed 9 Aug - Space Rocket and Aliens – with glow in the dark stickers
Thur 10 Aug - Puppet making from spoons and cups
Fri 11 Aug - Crown making and invitation decorating
Sat 12 Aug - Decorate your own tote bag

Mon 14 Aug - Sponge painting
Tues 15 Aug - Crab and Clay Seahorse
Wed 16 Aug - Sea Monster Sock Puppet and Sea Cave
Thur 17 Aug - Sun Catcher and Clay Sun
Fri 18 Aug - Shell Candle Decoration and Beach Sign
Sat 19 Aug - Pirate Boats

Mon 21 Aug - Car Building
Tues 22 Aug - Beach with Umbrella and Keyring
Wed 23 Aug - Sunglasses and Sun Visor
Thur 24 Aug - Shark and Fishing Game
Fri 25 Aug - Sailing Boat and Seagull
Sat 26 Aug - Mosaic Initial and frame


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The Big Berkshire Beach Gig

Five of the most exciting local bands and musicians perform on our Courtyard stage and Hawaiian inspired beach.

The evening wouldn't be complete without breaks between the acts - so you can soak up the atmosphere on the beach!

£8 | This is a standing event with some allocated seating.

We are thrilled to share The Big Berkshire Beach Gig 2017 line up which features:

Rain Crew
The Reading based four-piece band are known for thrashing out punk-tinged indie-pop tunes. Band members include Beth Atkinson (vocals, rhythm guitar), Lewis Thomas (drums), Ryan Nicholls (bass guitar) and Mac Sullivan (lead guitar).

Hong Kong Drinking Team
This five-piece indie band is made up of Charlie Ackary, David Yung, Luke Yexley, Jack Badley and James Skinner. Born in Berkshire and styled in Asia, the Hong Kong Drinking Team serve up thick riffs and chilling vocals. They are to be enjoyed irresponsibly!

Sometimes King
Local band Sometimes King write about unusual, historical and sometimes mythical characters, places and events. Every song is a fairy-tale exploration. The band’s line up include Ash (vocals, keys), Jeff (bass, keys), Gav (drums, samples), Andrew (synths, guitar) and Damo (guitar).

With beach breaks between the acts featuring acoustic music courtesy of:

Ted Robinson
Singer-songwriter Ted Robinson will be performing a mixture of acoustic covers and originals. Ted originates from Windsor and his influences range from Paul McCartney, Elton John, Noel Gallagher and Billie Joe Armstrong.

Alfie Griffin
A regular at our popular Studio Session, audiences can delight in the fact Alfie Griffin is part of the line up. Join Reading-based Alfie for an alternative, indie blues acoustic set, with influences including Jack White, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan and Mac Demarco.

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Line Dancing Beginners - Summer

Led by Julie Antonsen.

Line Dancing is a mix of dance styles ranging from Waltz and Cha Cha to Irish Dancing. We use a variety of music to accompany these styles such as Shania Twain and Keith Urban (country) to Rebecca Ferguson and Megan Trainer (pop) with everything in between. No partner necessary. Ticket holders for either class are welcome to stay/warm-up in either class, space permitting.

Sun 4 Jun – 9 Jul (exc 18 Jun) and 16 Jul – 20 Aug
Beginners 6.15pm – 7.15pm
£7 per class or £42 for 6 week course

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Salsa Workshop

A free dance workshop, available to customers attending Salsa at the Farm with Son Yambu.

A free dance workshop, available to customers attending Salsa at the Farm with Son Yambu.

Son Yambu play Cuban son – the intoxicating fusion of Spanish and African rhythms that gave rise to salsa. They give this irresistible music a contemporary edge, bringing their audiences a truly, sensational, authentic Latin music experience.

This introduction to Salsa / Cuban dancing is led by two Cuban members of Son Yambu.

Don't worry if you have never danced before, the relaxed and fun atmosphere will be the perfect environment to try something new!

Please call the Box Office on 01628 788997 to book your place.

  •  20 Aug
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Salsa at The Farm with Son Yambu

A thrilling night of authentic music and salsa, on our dance floor!

Son Yambu play Cuban son – the intoxicating fusion of Spanish and African rhythms that gave rise to salsa. They give this irresistible music a contemporary edge, bringing their audiences a truly, sensational, authentic Latin music experience.

WHY? Join us for a free salsa workshop before the event, spaces are limited so don’t miss out!

Click here for more information.

Courtyard Theatre
£15, Supporters £13 | This is a standing event with some allocated seating


Son Yambu's website

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Line Dancing Improvers - Summer

led y Julie Antonsen.

Line Dancing is a mix of dance styles ranging from Waltz and Cha Cha to Irish Dancing. We use a variety of music to accompany these styles such as Shania Twain and Keith Urban (country) to Rebecca Ferguson and Megan Trainer (pop) with everything in between. No partner necessary. Ticket holders for either class are welcome to stay/warm-up in either class, space permitting.

Sun 4 Jun – 9 Jul (exc 18 Jun) and 16 Jul – 20 Aug
Intermediate 7.30pm – 8.30pm
£7 per class or £42 for 6 week course

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La La Land (12A)

Dir: Damien Chazelle 2016 | 128 mins

Mia is an aspiring actress. Sebastian is a dedicated jazz musician. Both are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Winner of six Academy Awards.

WHY? ‘Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone shine in a sun-drenched musical masterpiece’ ★★★★★ The Guardian

Click here to read the review in full.

This is one of this season's films you wish you hadn't missed that deserve to be seen on the big screen! Tickets £7.

Movie Monday's Offer
Monday film screening tickets £7 and include a free cup of tea or filter coffee.

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Despicable Me 3 (U)

Dir: Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda 2017 | 96 mins

The Minions, Gru, Lucy, and their adorable daughters - Margo, Edith and Agnes - return to the big screen! Gru must face his most formidable nemesis to date - former 80s child star Balthazar Bratt.

WHY? Featuring the voices of Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig and Trey Parker

School Holiday Family Screenings
£7 (£5 under 16s), Family & Friends (4 people) £20

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Cars 3 (U)

Dir: Brian Fee 2017 | 109 mins

With a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen is pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician and a few unexpected turns.

WHY? Lightning McQueen takes to Piston Cup Racing's biggest stage to prove that #95 isn't through yet!

School Holiday Family Screenings
£7 (£5 under 16s), Family & Friends (4 people) £20

Sun 20 Aug 11am - Relaxed beanbag and cushion screening
A relaxed screening in our Courtyard Theatre with the seats taken out and replaced with cushions and beanbags. Chill out in comfort while you enjoy the film in all its glory on our big screen. Some allocated seating in the balcony and at the back of the stalls is available.

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Splat! Messy Play Taster Session

Free taster sessions this summer!

Giving children the opportunity to learn and explore through exciting and fun art activities – and we do all the clearing up! Each session encourages little ones to get involved through building, imagining, investigating, creating and using all their senses.

Suitable for ages 6+ months.

  •  22 Aug SOLD OUT
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Storytelling

1.30pm and 3.30pm.

Join our storytellers in the magical story den this Holiday!

Please see below for full listings.

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Adult spaces must be booked.

Suitable for ages 3+ years.

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (12A)

Dir: David Yates 2016 | 133 mins

Magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) has just completed a global excursion to find and document magical creatures. When he arrives in New York, a misplaced magical case and the escape of some fantastic beasts could spell trouble!

WHY? 'JK Rowling has come storming back to the world of magic in a shower of supernatural sparks - and created a glorious fantasy-romance adventure' ★★★★★ The Guardian

Click here to read the review in full.

School Holiday Family Screenings
£7 (£5 under 16s), Family & Friends (4 people) £20

Parent and Baby Screening
The screening on Wednesday 23 August at 11am is exclusively for parents with children under 2 years. Lights are kept on low level and you can move around if you need to. Tickets are £5.50 for adults (including a cup of tea/coffee); babies and infants are free of charge. Seating is unreserved and unaccompanied adults are not admitted.

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Swing Crazy (August-September): 1930s-Style Dance

Led by John and Debra Scanlon.

Learn to Lindy Hop with a couple who have danced, performed and taught together since meeting on the dance floor in 1996. Lindy Hop is the great partner swing dance from New York's Savoy Ballroom. From exuberant and light-hearted to laid back and smooth, Lindy Hop is an expressive dance that puts a smile on every face. Join us for some beginner classes and you will soon be dancing to some of the greatest music ever.

No previous experience needed - come ready to have bags of fun. Bring a partner or come alone - it's up to you.

Tues 16 May – 19 Sept (exc 30 May, 1, 8, 29 Aug)
7.30pm – 8.40pm
£7 per class or £30 for block of 5

Offers applied in basket

You should wear comfortable clothes that leave you arms free and do not restrict movement. Layers are a good idea as you will be exercising indoors. Your shoes should be comfortable, flexible and secure. Smooth soles are highly recommended so that you can easily turn on the ball of the foot. Heavy shoes, raised soles or high heels are very much to be avoided.

Click here to visit the Swing Crazy Website

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Jive Cats (August-September): 1950s-Style Dance

Led by John and Debra Scanlon.

Often wished that you could get up and jive in a 1950s-style when you hear that music? Well now you can learn with a couple who have performed and taught together since 1996.

Great fun, excellent for body and mind, our beginner classes can get you on the floor dancing authentic free-style jive to classic Rhythm & Blues and Rock 'n' Roll.

No previous dance experience – no problem. Bring a partner or come alone. Discover the great social jive scene in the area where you can use you moves, hear live music and practice with new friends.

Tues 16 May – 19 Sept (exc 30 May, 1, 8, 29 Aug)
8.45pm - 10.15pm
£8 per class or £35 for block of 5

Offers applied in basket

You should wear comfortable clothes that leave you arms free and do not restrict movement. Layers are a good idea as you will be exercising indoors. Your shoes should be comfortable, flexible and secure. Smooth soles are highly recommended so that you can easily turn on the ball of the foot. Heavy shoes, raised soles or high heels are very much to be avoided.

Click here to visit the Jive Cats Website

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Little Red Robin Hood

Presented by Garlic Theatre.

Puppeteer Mark discovers he has lost Little Red Riding Hood, what is he going to do! Luckily he finds Robin Hood, who agrees to go on a quest to take some cakes and flowers to Grandma. Will he stay on the path? Or will he discover the big bad wolf who looks a bit like the Sheriff of Nottingham!

WHY? A fun take of this classic tale, featuring beautifully crafted puppets, clowning and gentle humour

Age Guidance: 3+ years

Studio
£10 (£8 under 16s)
Family & Friends (4 people £32)

Garlic Theatre's website

@nordenfarm

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Acoustic Guitar - Absolute Beginners

Led by Richard Lee.

Always wanted to learn guitar but never got around to it? Want to trade your air guitar skills for real guitar skills? It is never too late to learn. Fun and friendly lessons from a guitarist with over 20 years’ experience.

Summer
Absolute Beginners
Wed 10 May – 14 Jun (exc 31 May), 21 Jun – 19 Jul and 26 Jul – 23 August
7pm – 8pm

Autumn
Wed 6 Sept – 11 Oct and 1 Nov – 6 Dec
7pm – 8pm

£45 per 6 week course

For 18+ years.

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The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog by Alfred Hitchcock

Silent film with live music presented by Cornford Music.

Dan and Marisa Cornford provide an original score and accompaniment to Hitchcock’s 1927 thriller, based on the story of Jack the Ripper. Fast-paced and packed with suspense, it has long been acclaimed as the first wholly Hitchcockian film.

WHY? Ivor Novello gives a chilling performance in the central role

Courtyard Theatre
£15

Cornford Music's website
@CornfordMusic
@nordenfarm

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Acoustic Guitar - Beginners

Led by Richard Lee.

Always wanted to learn guitar but never got around to it? Want to trade your air guitar skills for real guitar skills? It is never too late to learn.

These are fun and friendly lessons from a guitarist with over 20 years' experience.

Summer
Wed 10 May – 14 Jun (exc 31 May), 21 Jun – 19 Jul and 26 Jul – 23 August
8.15pm – 9.15pm

Thur 11 May – 15 Jun (exc 1 Jun), 22 Jun – 20 Jul and 27 Jul – 24 Aug
7pm – 8pm

Autumn

Wed 6 Sept – 11 Oct and 1 Nov – 6 Dec
8.15pm – 9.15pm

Thur 7 Sept – 12 Oct and 2 Nov – 7 Dec
7pm – 8pm

£45 per 6 week course

For 18+ years.

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Zumba

Led by Annet Bowler

Party yourself into shape with the Zumba® programme.

An exhilarating, effective, easy to follow, Latin inspired, calorie burning dance fitness party™. Dance to various Latin rhythms including salsa, reggeaton, merengue, cumbia, bellydance and more.

Autumn
Thur 14 Sept – Thur 14 Dec (exc Thur 26 Oct) | 10am – 11am
Sun 17 Sept – Sun 17 Dec (exc 22 Oct and 19 Nov) | 11am – 12pm
£6 per class

For 18+ years.

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Celebrating Schubert - St John’s Chamber Players with Robert Cheung (piano)

The third of four classical recitals that are taking place during our summer season.

Mahler Piano Quartet in A minor
Schubert/Liszt 2 Song transcriptions
Schubert Duo in A for violin and piano, D.574
Liszt Liebestraume
Schubert Quintet in A (Trout)

No series celebrating Schubert would be complete without the Trout Quintet, one of the most entertaining chamber works ever composed. Liszt was a great admirer of Schubert, and made many elegant transcriptions of his songs for solo piano.

WHY? A rare chance to hear an early quartet movement by Mahler

Courtyard Theatre
£16 (£14.50) (£5 under 16s)

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Acoustic Guitar - Intermediate

Led by Richard Lee.

Always wanted to learn guitar but never got around to it? Want to trade your air guitar skills for real guitar skills? It is never too late to learn. Learn guitar right from the beginning.

These are fun and informative lessons from a guitarist with over 20 years’ experience.


Summer
Thur 11 May – 15 Jun (exc 1 Jun), 22 Jun – 20 Jul and 27 Jul – 24 Aug
8.15pm – 9.15pm

Autumn
Thur 7 Sept – 12 Oct and 2 Nov – 7 Dec
8.15pm – 9.15pm

£45 per 6 week course

For 18+ years.

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Yoga

Led by Julie Potter

These Friday morning classes are intended for all ages and abilities and levels of experience, although beginners are advised to attend the later class. We will practise traditional breathing techniques (pranayamas), general yoga postures (asanas) with some relaxation.

Summer
21 Jul – 8 Sept (exc 11 Aug, 1 Sept)
Intermediate | 9.30am -10.45am
Beginners | 11am - 12.15pm
£10 per session (Beginners only) or £42 per 6 week course

Autumn
Fri 15 Sept - 20 Oct and Fri 10 Nov - 15 Dec
Intermediate | 9.30am – 10.45am
Beginners | 11am – 12.15pm
£42 per 6 week course
(£10 per week drop in price available for 11am beginners’ session)

For 18+ years.

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Digi Den Summer Drop In

Led by DJ Mhlanga.

Digi Den – the digital arts club. Improve, develop and learn various arts with a digital focus. Work on group or personal projects over the summer holiday. Suitable for all levels of experience.

From Fri 28 Jul
4.30pm – 6pm
School Year 7 – 13
£40 per 5 week term or £9 per session

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A Man called Ove (15)

Dir: Hannes Holm 2015 | 116 mins (Swedish with English subtitles)

Ove is an isolated retiree with strict principles and a short fuse. When a boisterous young family move in next door, an unlikely friendship forms. Based on the bestselling novel. A heartwarming reminder that life is sweeter when it's shared.

WHY? Nominated for two Oscars including Best Foreign Language Film

£10.50 (£9.50 conc)

Special Ticket Offer
£9 (£8 conc) tickets when you book for three films at the same time. Offer excludes event cinema screenings. Offer applied in basket.

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The Beguiled (15)

Dir: Sofia Coppola 2017 | 94 mins

Atmospheric thriller set during the American Civil War. The sheltered young women of a Southern girls' boarding school take in an injured enemy soldier. As they provide refuge and tend to his wounds, the house is taken over with sexual tension and dangerous rivalries.

WHY? Winner of Best Director at Cannes 2017

'Sofia Coppola’s ‘The Beguiled’ is an exquisitely crafted drama of seduction, survival and sexual awakening in Civil-War era Virginia' ★★★★ Time Out

Click here to read the review in full.

£10.50 (£9.50 conc)

Special Ticket Offer
£9 (£8 conc) tickets when you book for three films at the same time. Offer excludes event cinema screenings. Offer applied in basket.

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Big Dog Little Dog: Parent & Child Yoga

Led by Carly Brown

A unique yoga-based class for parents/carers and their children. Connect and bond through movement and breath. Get ready to fly! class includes elements of acroyoga.

Bring one yoga mat (per pair) and one blanket each.

Suitable for ages 4 – 7 years, must be accompanied by an adult.

Summer
Sunday 23 Jul and 27 Aug
10am – 11am
£15 per pair

Autumn
Sunday 10 Sept, 1 Oct and 12 Nov
10am – 11am
£15 per pair (1 adult and 1 child)

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Little Wrigglers

Led by Rachel Walsh

A thrilling, energetic and creative dance class. Explore imaginative themes and adventures through dance, song and mime.

Suitable for ages 2+ years.

Mondays (exc 16, 23 Oct and 13 Nov)
Fridays (exc 20, 27 Oct)
10am – 10.45am
£6 | £4.50 siblings | £20 for block booking of 4 sessions

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Yoga & Meditation

Led by Julie Potter

Enjoy a short yoga and relaxation session. We will look at some gentle yoga spinal movements to relax and rejuvenate the nervous system, some simple, basic yogic breathing practises and some guided meditations to take us to a state of relaxed wellbeing. Please bring a blanket, a yoga/pilates mat, and wear loose comfortable clothing.

Suitable for all levels of experience.

Autumn
Mon 4 Sept - 9 Oct and 16 Oct – 27 Nov (exc 13 Nov)
11.30am – 12.45pm
£7 per class

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The Odyssey (PG)

Dir: Jérôme Salle 2016 | 118 mins

(French and English with English subtitles)

Summer, 1946. The Cousteau family - Jacques, his wife Simone and their two children - live in their beautiful house by the Mediterranean sea. But Jacques is never content. He lives and breathes adventure and believes absolutely in the virtues of progress. Starring Lambert Wilson and Audrey Tautou.

WHY? Drama exploring the life of Jacques Cousteau

£10.50 (£9.50 conc)

Special Ticket Offer
£9 (£8 conc) tickets when you book for three films at the same time. Offer excludes event cinema screenings. Offer applied in basket.

Movie Monday's Offer
Monday film screening tickets £7 and include a free cup of tea or filter coffee.

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Tai Chi Chuan (Improvers)

Led by Patricia Miller.

Learn the Yang Style of Tai Chi together with Qigong. Both can improve your sense of wellbeing, relax your body and mind, reduce stress, improve your balance, boost your immune system and strengthen muscles and bones.

Suitable for all levels of experience.

Summer
3 Jul – 7 Aug
1pm – 2pm (Improvers)
£7 per class

Autumn
Mon 4 Sept – 18 Dec (no class 23, 30 Oct & 13 Nov)
1pm – 2pm
£7 per class

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Tai Chi Chuan (Beginners)

Led by Patricia Miller.

Learn the Yang Style of Tai Chi together with Qigong. Both can improve your sense of wellbeing, relax your body and mind, reduce stress, improve your balance, boost your immune system and strengthen muscles and bones.

Suitable for all levels of experience.

Summer
3 Jul – 7 Aug
2.15pm – 3.15pm (Beginners)
£7 per class

Autumn
Mon 4 Sept – 18 Dec (no class 23, 30 Oct & 13 Nov)
2.15pm – 3.15pm
£7 per class

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Cookham and Maidenhead Arts Trail

An exhibition showcasing a fabulous range of artwork from this year's Cookham and Maidenhead Arts Trail (CAMAT).

Visit the artists on the trail on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 September.

Visit www.camat.org.uk for more information.

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War for the Planet of the Apes (12A)

Dir: Matt Reeves 2017 | 140 mins

Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by the ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind.

WHY? ‘An evocative story’ ★★★★ Empire

£10.50 (£9.50 conc)

Special Ticket Offer
£9 (£8 conc) tickets when you book for three films at the same time. Offer excludes event cinema screenings. Offer applied in basket.

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Jive Cats: 1950s-style Dance

Led by John and Debra Scanlon (of RockinRhythm)

Have you often wished that you could just get up a jive in a 1950s-style when you hear that classic music? Now you can! Join us for some beginner classes and you will be on the floor dancing authentic free-style jive to classic Rhythm & Blues and Rock 'n' Roll.

No previous experience needed - come ready to have bags of fun. Bring a partner or come alone - it's up to you.

Tues 5 Sept – 5 Dec (exc 24 Oct)
8.45pm – 10.30pm
£8 per class or £36 for any 6 classes

All bookings include the practice session from 9.40pm to 10.15pm

Book for Jive Cats and Swing Dance: 1930s-Style Dance: £12 per week or £38 for 4 weeks

Offers applied in basket

You should wear comfortable clothes that leave you arms free and do not restrict movement. Layers are a good idea as you will be exercising indoors. Your shoes should be comfortable, flexible and secure. Smooth soles are highly recommended so that you can easily turn on the ball of the foot. Heavy shoes, raised soles or high heels are very much to be avoided.

For more information about this class visit the Jive Cats Website

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Teddies Music Club

Sing • Dance • Play

We’ll get you bouncing, jumping, tickling, giggling, laughing, oh and singing! Teddies is energetic, lively and fun for grown-ups and children alike, with a singer and musician at every session.

Suitable for ages 0-5 years.

Wednesdays (exc 25 Oct)
10am – 11am
£5 | £4 siblings

Please book one (or more) free 'Accompanying Adult' tickets for this workshop, and a free 'Baby Seat' if you are bringing a baby under 6 months.

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Book Club

Price includes a drink from the bar.

Share your thoughts on contemporary fiction with other readers in a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere.

Autumn
Wed 6 Sept - Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
Wed 4 Oct - The Muse by Jessie Burton
Wed 1 Nov - From the Man Booker Prize shortlist
Wed 6 Dec - Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler

7.30pm – 9.30pm
£5 per session including a drink from the bar

Share your thoughts on contemporary fiction with other readers in a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere. Please visit the website for updates on titles.

For 18+ years.

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Dunkirk (12A)

Dir: Christopher Nolan 2017 | 106 mins

Hundreds of thousands of British and Allied troops are surrounded by enemy forces. Trapped on the beach with their backs to the sea, they face an impossible situation as the enemy closes in. The story unfolds on land, sea and air. With an ensemble cast including Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance and Tom Hardy.

WHY? ‘A courageous, technically dazzling war epic’ ★★★★ Evening Standard

£10.50 (£9.50 conc)

Special Ticket Offer
£9 (£8 conc) tickets when you book for three films at the same time. Offer excludes event cinema screenings. Offer applied in basket.

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Celebrating Schubert - St John’s Chamber Players with Rebecca van den Berg (soprano)

The fourth and final classical recital that rounds off our summer concert series.

Mozart Flute Quartet in D, K.285
Schubert 5 Songs
Schumann Adagio and Allegro for cello and piano
Liszt Elegie for cor anglais
Schubert Piano Trio in E flat, D.929

Regular collaborator Rebecca van den Berg contributes some Schubert Lieder, and Liszt is represented by a recently discovered fragment for cor anglais.

WHY? Our summer series featuring the music of Schubert and Liszt concludes with one of the greatest of all piano trios, Schubert’s majestic E flat

Courtyard Theatre
£16 (£14.50 conc) (£5 under 16s)

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Friday Night Flamenco

Led by Leticia Abella Iglesias

Start the weekend with the rhythm and passion of Flamenco! Step into the atmosphere of Andalusia – its movements and music. Start by learning the basic steps and progress through the courses, in a relaxed and fun environment!

Autumn
Fri 8 Sept – 20 Oct (exc 6 Oct) and Fri 3 Nov – 8 Dec
7.45pm – 8.45pm
£42 per 6 week course

For ages 18+ years.

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An Evening with Nik Kershaw

Following the success of his 2014 Me, Myself and I tour, Nik Kershaw returns to Norden Farm.

WHY? An intimate evening of songs and stories in the company of one of the UK's most respected songwriters

Courtyard Theatre
£25

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Align and Flow Yoga - Drop In Session

Led by Deborah Le Vene-Page.

A dynamic yoga class with precise alignment focus. Linking the breath with a flow of postures and time at the end for relaxation will leave you feeling stronger, more flexible, calm and renewed. Deborah Le Vene-Page has been teaching yoga since 2005, her classes are fun, friendly, inspiring and suitable for all levels. Please bring a yoga mat with you.

£9 per session.

Suitable for all levels of experience. Please bring a yoga mat with you.
For 18+ years.

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Fit Steps

Led by Julie Antonsen

An energetic, upbeat dance workout mixing the graceful steps of Ballroom and the up-tempo steps of Latin dances. Transform your body and have fun dancing to music that will get your heart pumping!

Autumn
Sat 9 Sept - 2 Dec (exc 16 and 30 Sept)
10.15am – 11am
£5 per class

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Sam Braysher Quartet featuring Michael Kanan

Alto saxophonist Sam Braysher is joined by celebrated jazz pianist Michael Kanan from New York City.

Kanan is a world class interpreter of jazz standards. The quartet is completed by an exceptional London rhythm section of Steve Brown and Dario Di Lecce. Expect a fresh approach to the timeless material of the Great American Songbook from these wonderfully melodic improvisers.

WHY? ‘Embellished lines full of trills and twirls… a young crowd came out to dig Braysher’s reworked classics’ Jazzwise

Studio
£12 (£10 Supporters)

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Sunday Stories

Interactive storytelling in the magical story den.

Join in or unwind in the Café Bar with a latte and the Sunday papers, while your little ones get involved in telling stories from all over the world. Age guidance 4 – 7 years.

Sunday 16 July stories will be Wee Granny's Magic Bag by Elizabeth McKay and Giraffes can't Dance by Giles Andreae.

WHY? A sociable, creative and entirely relaxed way to do Sundays for families with young children

£3 per person (45 mins)

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Jitterbug Sundays 1

Led by John and Debra Scanlon (of RockinRhythm)

Become a Jitterbug – fun, sociable, great for body and mind. Vintage dancing to Rhythm & Blues music. Beginners are welcome.

Bring a partner or come alone.

Autumn
Sun 10 Sept and 12 Nov
2.30pm – 5.30pm
£15 per person, per class or £25 for a couple, per class

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Line Dancing Beginners - Autumn

Led by Julie Antonsen

Line Dancing is a mix of dance styles ranging from Waltz and Cha Cha to Irish Dancing style. We use a variety of music to accompany these styles such as Shania Twain and Keith Urban (country) to Rebecca Ferguson and Megan Trainer (pop) with everything in between.

No partner necessary.

Autumn
Sun 10 Sept – 29 Oct (exc 17 Sept, 22 Oct)
Sun 5 Nov – 10 Dec
6.15pm – 7.15pm
£7 per class or £42 per 6 week course

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Line Dancing Improvers - Autumn

Led by Julie Antonsen

Line Dancing is a mix of dance styles ranging from Waltz and Cha Cha to Irish Dancing style. We use a variety of music to accompany these styles such as Shania Twain and Keith Urban (country) to Rebecca Ferguson and Megan Trainer (pop) with everything in between.

No partner necessary.

Autumn
Sun 10 Sept – 29 Oct (exc 17 Sept, 22 Oct)
Sun 5 Nov – 10 Dec
7.30pm – 8.30pm
£7 per class or £42 per 6 week course

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Autumn in the Garden: Soft Pastel

Led by Jo Hall

This soft pastel course explores autumn colour in back gardens, allotments and more formal gardens. Using broken colour, layering and other techniques you will depict autumn foliage and garden structures.

Suitable for 18yrs+

Tues 12 Sept – 24 Oct (exc 10 Oct)
£99 per 6 week course or £18 per class
10am – 1pm

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Tutus - Pre School Ballet (2-3 years)

Led by Abbi Lewin

A fun and creative way for children to explore their dance skills. Each week they will have the chance to go on an adventure using imagination and play to help learn basic ballet techniques.

Tuesdays (from Tues 12 Sept, exc 10 and 24 Oct)
2 – 3 years | 10am – 10.30am
£6

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Tutus - Pre school ballet (3-4 years)

Led by Abbi Lewin

A fun and creative way for children to explore their dance skills. Each week they will have the chance to go on an adventure using imagination and play to help learn basic ballet techniques.

Tuesdays (from Tues 12 Sept, exc 10 and 24 Oct)
3 - 4 years | 10.45am – 11.15am
£6

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Body Control Pilates - Beginners

Led by Gillian Burn

Give yourself a moment to relax, unwind and stretch your body. Pilates helps to strengthen and tone muscles, improves posture, balance and flexibility, and helps you have a longer, leaner and stronger body.

Summer
Tues 4 Jul – 8 Aug (exc 25 Jul)
1.30pm - 2.30pm
£50 per 5 week course

Autumn
Tues 12 Sept – 3 Oct, 31 Oct – 21 Nov and 28 Nov – 19 Dec
1.30pm – 2.30pm
£40 per 4 week course

Suitable for 18+ years

'Body Control Pilates' is a Registered Trade Mark used on licence.

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Bollywood Dance

Led by Geeta Rai

An energetic modern Indian dance style. These classes are a fusion of Indian and western styles with Latino and Arabic influences. All terms are 10 weeks long and suitable for all abilities.

Suitable for ages 6+ years.

Tuesdays (from Tues 12 Sept)
4.30pm – 5.30pm
£67 per 10 week term

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Youth Dance

Norden Exposure led by Becky Hinton

A lively fast paced class to a soundtrack of current music. This is contemporary dance smashed up and easy to learn!

All terms are 10 weeks long and suitable for all abilities.

Suitable for 9+ years

Tuesdays (from Tues 12 Sept)
5.45pm – 7pm
£67 per 10 week term

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Mindfulness

Led by Jane Barker.

Relaxed drop in sessions (advance booking recommended).

Step out of 'busy, busy, doing, doing' and drop into just 'being', to find some calm amongst the chaos. Learn how to focus on the present to help manage thoughts and feelings and to improve mental wellbeing.

Paying Attention

Tues 8 Aug

Beginner's Mind

Tues 12 Sept
With a new academic year just starting it gives an opportunity to see things with a new perspective. Mindfulness teaches us to step out of automatic pilot to see things with beginner’s mind.

Mindfulness for Anxiety

Tues 10 Oct
Anxiety is a natural, if unpleasant, response to stressors which can really interfere with our enjoyment of life. Come and see how mindfulness can help us recognise and manage our anxiety.

Mindfulness for Depression

Tues 14 Nov
Research at Oxford University has proven Mindfulness as effective in dealing with recurring depression through taking a neutral stance on negative feelings and accepting what we feel with detachment. Come and find out more.

Christmas Peace

Tues 12 Dec
An opportunity to step away from all the usual frantic Christmas preparations and hold an intention to embody the peace and goodwill of the season.

7.30pm – 9pm
£10 per session
Suitable for 18+ years.

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As You Like It

The Handlebards are the world’s first cycling theatre company.

They present an all female bicycle-powered production of Shakespeare’s classic play. Rosalind and Orlando have been forced into exile in the Forest of Arden. As lovers, they become entangled in a bizarre game of lust, love and mistaken identity.

WHY? Expect riotous amounts of energy, a fair old whack of chaos, and a great deal of laughter

Courtyard Theatre
£14 (£12 conc)

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Drama Classes for Adults

Led by Troublemaker Theatre Company.

A handpicked selection of bespoke theatre workshops for keen amateur actors, students and semi-professionals. All sessions are practical in nature and encourage meeting new like-minded friends and potential colleagues.

Autumn
Tues 12 Sept – 28 Nov (exc 24 Oct, 7 Nov)
8.30pm – 10pm
£8 per class or £72 for 10 week course

12 Sept - Mime and Mask
19 Sept - Improvisation
26 Sept - Focus and Concentration Games
03 Oct - Physical Theatre
10 Oct - Murder Mysteries
17 Oct - Invisible Theatre
31 Oct - Stage Make-up
14 Nov - Accents (International)
21 Nov - Anthropomorphic Performance
28 Nov - Comedy and Clowning

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Dave Gorman - Work in Progress

In preparation for next series of his hit TV show Modern Life is Goodish (Dave), Dave Gorman is back on the road armed with brand new material.

Taking a mischievous look at modern life, Dave will share his observations and frustrations with a little help from his laptop.

WHY? 'Has transformed the seemingly mundane into hours of unabashed hysteria’ Metro

Courtyard Theatre
£15

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Arts Award Taster Workshops

Led by Charlie Dixon

Inspired by music? Handy with a paintbrush? Want to find out more about how your arty interests could become a nationally recognised qualification? Try the Arts Award out for size at a taster workshop.

School Year 7 – 13

Thur 14 and 21 Sept
4pm – 5.30pm
£5 per session

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In Our Hands

Alf is a trawler fisherman at the top of his game. But times are changing and so is the industry. Will Alf adapt in order to survive?

Innovative puppetry, a striking set and an original score transport you out to sea, under the ocean and onto the deck of the Catcher’s Fortune. Supported by Arts Council England.

WHY? ‘Clever and inventive’ ★★★★ British Theatre Guide

Studio
£12 (£10 conc)

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NT Live: Yerma

Encore screening.

Billie Piper reprises her award winning role in Simon Stone’s radical production of Lorca’s achingly powerful masterpiece. A young woman is driven to the unthinkable by her desperate desire to have a child.

WHY? ‘An extraordinary theatrical triumph’ ★★★★★ The Times

£15

(Please note that the performance of Yerma includes strobe lighting)

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Make Silver Jewellery 1

Led by Janet Richardson

Beginners learn techniques including sawing, filing, polishing, ring making, stone setting, texturing, doming and soldering, to make some beautiful jewellery. More experienced participants are taken forward with their skills.

Suitable for all levels of experience.

£28 materials fee (approx.) to tutor (for first 5 weeks).

Autumn
Fri 15 Sept – 13 Oct and Fri 20 Oct – 24 Nov (exc 27 Oct)
10am – 12pm
£84 per 5 week course

For 18+ years.

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Acrylics: Exploring Colour - Bold & Bright

Led by Karen Carter

Handling colour is one of the key aspects of producing a successful painting. Through a series of exercises we will look at using harmonies, contrasts and monochromatic colour schemes to create coherent and visually exciting images.

Please bring the below materials with you:

  • Drawing pencils, rubber
  • Variety of brushes (soft / bristle)
  • Acrylic paints (please include primaries in your selection)
  • Watercolour paper or acrylic paper or canvas
  • 2 water jars, mixing palette, kitchen roll

Suitable for all levels of experience

Fri 15 Sept
10.30am – 3.30pm
£38 per class | £3 materials fee

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Yoga (Beginners)

Led by Julie Potter

These Friday morning classes are intended for all ages and abilities and levels of experience, although beginners are advised to attend the later class. We will practise traditional breathing techniques (pranayamas), general yoga postures (asanas) with some relaxation.

Fri 15 Sept - 20 Oct and Fri 10 Nov - 15 Dec
Beginners | 11am – 12.15pm
£42 per 6 week course
(£10 per week drop in price available for 11am beginner’s session)

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Make Silver Jewellery 2

Led by Janet Richardson

Beginners learn techniques including sawing, filing, polishing, ring making, stone setting, texturing, doming and soldering, to make some beautiful jewellery. More experienced participants are taken forward with their skills.

Suitable for all levels of experience.

Materials cost to tutor for first 5 weeks £28 (approx)

Autumn
Fri 15 Sept – 13 Oct and Fri 20 Oct – 24 Nov (exc 27 Oct)
12.15pm – 2.15pm
£84 per 5 week course

For 18+ years.

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Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (12A)

Dir: Luc Besson 2017 | 137 mins

Valerian and Laureline are a team of special operatives charged with maintaining order throughout the human territories. A dark force threatens the peaceful existence of the City of a Thousand Planets. The pair must race to identify the marauding menace to safeguard the future of the universe.

WHY? From Luc Besson, director of The Fifth Element and Lucy

£10.50 (£9.50 conc)

Special Ticket Offer
£9 (£8 conc) tickets when you book for three films at the same time. Offer excludes event cinema screenings. Offer applied in basket.

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Digi Den I

Led by DJ Mhlanga

The digital arts club. Improve, develop and learn various arts with a digital focus. Work on group or personal projects over the 10 week term. Take advantage of our fantastic hardware, Adobe Creative Cloud software and settings. Have fun filming, podcasting, creating stop-motion animation, using green screen special effects and more!

Suitable for all levels of experience. School Year 7 – 13.

Tuesdays (from Tues 15 Sept)
4.30pm – 6pm
£80 per 10 week term

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Align & Flow Yoga

Led by Deborah Le Vene-Page.

A dynamic yoga class with precise alignment focus. Linking the breath with a flow of postures and time at the end for relaxation will leave you feeling stronger, more flexible, calm and renewed. Deborah Le Vene-Page has been teaching yoga since 2005, her classes are fun, friendly, inspiring and suitable for all levels. Please bring a yoga mat with you.

Spring
Sat 7 Jan – 29 Apr (exc 28 Jan and 15 Apr)
10am – 11.15am

Summer
Sat 6 May – 5 Aug (exc 17 Jun)
10am – 11.15am


£9 per class or £96 for 12 week course


Suitable for all levels of experience. Please bring a yoga mat with you.
For 18+ years.

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David Gilmour Live at Pompeii

Forty-five years after Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour filmed Live at Pompeii in the Roman Amphitheatre, he returned for two spectacular shows.

Expect an audio-visual spectacle featuring lasers, pyrotechnics and David’s legendary music.

WHY? The show includes songs from throughout David's career, as well as many Pink Floyd classics

£15

(David Gilmour Live at Pompeii contains a sequence of flashing lights which might affect customers who are susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy)

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The Vinyl Frontier: The White Room by KLF

Hosted by Jeff Lloyd.

Did they really burn a million pounds? Who knows, but what we do know is that their 1991 album was at the very edge of popular music and culture. Featuring the biggest dance anthems of the era, this LP will transport you back to the heady days of acid house and warehouse parties. The stories, the controversies, the Justified Ancients of Mu Mu…

WHY? Hear music in its finest form – on vinyl and on a fabulous hi-fi!

Studio
£8

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Mindfulness for Families

Led by Lynne Wilkes

Take time to be with yourself and your family. Learn to be in the moment, quieten the mind and settle the body with different strategies and becoming aware of all your senses.

Suitable for ages 4+ years.

Sun 17 Sept and Sun 26 Nov
11am – 12pm
Family and Friends (up to 4 people) £15

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Family Concertini: Music from the Movies with the Akina Strings

An inspiring concert for children and their grown-ups in a relaxed environment.

Go on a journey through the music of Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet, James Bond, The Pirates of the Caribbean and more. Children are encouraged to move around, dance and interact with the music.

WHY? Come in costume or grab something from our dressing up box before the concert!

Suitable for all ages.

Studio
£10 (£8 conc), Family & Friends (4 people) £32

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Gabriel Latchin Trio

Gabriel Latchin is fast becoming recognised as one of the country’s leading jazz pianists.

His hard-swinging, adventurous approach often draws comparisons to his many influences, including Herbie Hancock, Bill Evans and Phineas Newborn. Gabriel has performed at venues across the UK and Europe including The Queen’s Hall, The London Jazz Festival and The Jazz Bar. Expect an evening featuring his own compositions alongside well known jazz standards.

WHY? ‘Flawless’ London Jazz News

Studio
£12 (£10 conc)

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England is Mine (15)

Dir: Mark Gill 2017 | 94 mins

A portrait of Steven Patrick Morrissey. The film charts his early life in 1970s Manchester before he went on to become lead singer of seminal 80s band The Smiths. Starring Jack Lowden, Jodie Comer and Jessica Brown Findlay.

WHY? ‘Perfectly captures the enigma behind Morrissey’ ★★★★ Shortlist

£10.50 (£9.50 conc)

Special Ticket Offer
£9 (£8 conc) tickets when you book for three films at the same time. Offer excludes event cinema screenings. Offer applied in basket.

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Land of Mine (15)

Dir: Martin Zandvliet 2016 | 110 mins

(Danish and German with English subtitles)

As World War II comes to an end, a group of young German POWs are captured by the Danish army. They are forced to engage in a deadly task: to defuse and clear land mines from the Danish coastline. The boys soon discover that the war is far from over.

WHY? Inspired by true events, the untold story of one of the most tragic moments in Denmark's history

£10.50 (£9.50 conc)

Special Ticket Offer
£9 (£8 conc) tickets when you book for three films at the same time. Offer excludes event cinema screenings. Offer applied in basket.

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Digi Den II

Led by DJ Mhlanga

The digital arts club. Improve, develop and learn various arts with a digital focus. Work on group or personal projects over the 10 week term. Take advantage of our fantastic hardware, Adobe Creative Cloud software and settings. Have fun filming, podcasting, creating stop-motion animation, using green screen special effects and more!

Suitable for all levels of experience. School Year 7 – 13.

Fridays (from Fri 19 Sept)
4.30pm – 6pm
£80 per 10 week term

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Maidenhead Community Choir

Led by Tina Reibl.

An opportunity for all those who enjoy singing a toe-tapping repertoire, from Bach to the Beatles and Gershwin to Gospel. No audition or sight-reading required.

Suitable for all levels of experience.

Autumn
Tues 19 Sept – 5 Dec (exc 24 and 31 Oct)
7pm - 8.15pm
£80 per 10 week term

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Lampshade Making

Led by Natalie Griffin-Smith

Bring along half a metre of your chosen fabric and we’ll show you how to turn it into a beautiful handmade lampshade. Take it home, equipped with the knowledge and notes to continue creating at home!

Tues 19 Sept and Tues 17 Oct
7pm – 9.30pm
£25 per class

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Raphael - Lord of the Arts

The first film adaptation of the life and work of one of the most famous artists in the world, Raphael Sanzio.

The film retraces the most significant moments of Raphael’s life and explores more than thirty works of art.

WHY? Set in 20 locations, including major exclusives – the Vatican Logge and Cardinal Bibbiena’s apartment in the Apostolic Palace

£15

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Youth Theatre (Academy)

Led by Troublemaker Theatre Company.

Your chance to be on stage and in the spotlight!

Join the only youth drama group in Maidenhead which rehearses in a professional theatre!

Our friendly theatre company lead the sessions, where you’ll have fun and meet new friends. Each term you'll create a show and perform in our studio or on the main stage, with lighting, sound and staging from Norden Farm's technical crew.

Pick up performance skills from stage combat to acting for camera and physical theatre to accents, while working with scripts from famous playwrights or made up by you.

Terms 10 weeks long, no auditions, suitable for all abilities and end with a sharing or a performance.

£97 per term
School Year 12 & 13

Photography credit Luminous Photography.

Click here to visit the Troublemaker Theatre Company website

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ROH Live: The Magic Flute

Live screening from the Royal Opera House (Wednesday).

Mozart’s glorious opera is brought enchantingly to life in David McVicar’s production. Be transported to a fantastical world of dancing animals, flying machines and dazzlingly starry skies.

WHY? This classic production embraces both the seriousness and comedy of Mozart’s work

£15

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Youth Theatre (C)

Led by Troublemaker Theatre Company.

Your chance to be on stage and in the spotlight!

Join the only youth drama group in Maidenhead which rehearses in a professional theatre!

Our friendly theatre company lead the sessions, where you’ll have fun and meet new friends. Each term you'll create a show and perform in our studio or on the main stage, with lighting, sound and staging from Norden Farm's technical crew.

Pick up performance skills from stage combat to acting for camera and physical theatre to accents, while working with scripts from famous playwrights or made up by you.

Terms 10 weeks long, no auditions, suitable for all abilities and end with a sharing or a performance.

£97 per term
School Year 7, 8 & 9

Photography credit Luminous Photography.

Click here to visit the Troublemaker Theatre Company website

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Youth Theatre (F)

Led by Troublemaker Theatre Company

Your chance to be on stage and in the spotlight!

Join the only youth drama group in Maidenhead which rehearses in a professional theatre!

Our friendly theatre company lead the sessions, where you’ll have fun and meet new friends. Each term you'll create a show and perform in our studio or on the main stage, with lighting, sound and staging from Norden Farm's technical crew.

Pick up performance skills from stage combat to acting for camera and physical theatre to accents, while working with scripts from famous playwrights or made up by you.

Terms 10 weeks long, no auditions, suitable for all abilities and end with a sharing or a performance.

£97 per term
School Year 8, 9, 10 & 11

Photography credit Luminous Photography.

Click here to visit the Troublemaker Theatre Company website

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Puccini's La Boheme

Maidenhead Music Society brings you Barefoot Opera’s fully-staged production of Puccini’s moving opera La Bohème where youth and passion struggle against the harsh life of Paris in the 1840s.

Hear outstanding Royal College opera graduates sing some of Puccini’s finest arias including Che gelida manina and Mi chiamano Mimi.

WHY? Don’t miss this fresh and musically vibrant take on a great classic of the world of opera

Courtyard Theatre
£17, MMS members £12 (£5 under 18s, free with an adult)

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Acrylics: Boats & Harbours - An Abstract Approach

Led by Karen Carter

Harbours provide a wealth of inspiration as our starting point for this workshop. We will look at creating simplified and stylized shapes, exploiting positive and negative space, line and colour as the basis for our abstract interpretations.

Please bring the below materials with you:

  • Photos/sketches of harbours as starting point
  • Drawing pencils, rubber
  • Variety of brushes (soft / bristle)
  • Acrylic paints (please include primaries in your selection)
  • Watercolour paper or acrylic paper or canvas
  • 2 water jars, mixing palette, kitchen roll

Suitable for all levels of experience

Fri 22 Sept
10.30am – 3.30pm
£38 per class | £3 materials fee

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A Ghost Story (12A)

Dir: David Lowery 2017 | 92 mins

Recently deceased, a white-sheeted ghost returns to his suburban home to console his bereft wife. But he finds that in his spectral state he has become unstuck in time. He is forced to watch passively as the life he knew and the woman he loves slowly slips away.

WHY? Starring Academy Award winner Casey Affleck and Academy Award nominee Rooney Mara

£10.50 (£9.50 conc)

Special Ticket Offer
£9 (£8 conc) tickets when you book for three films at the same time. Offer excludes event cinema screenings. Offer applied in basket.

Parent and Baby Screening
The screening on Friday 22 September at 11am is exclusively for parents with children under 2 years. Lights are kept on low level and you can move around if you need to. Tickets are £5.50 for adults (including a cup of tea/coffee); babies and infants are free of charge. Seating is unreserved and unaccompanied adults are not admitted.

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James Phelan: Trickster

James Phelan presents a night of light hearted, prank focused magic: utilising audience participation to comic effect.

Described by the Radio Times as having ‘a cheeky charm’, join James for an evening of entertainment that is both jaw-dropping and laugh-out-loud funny.

WHY? James is nephew of the late Paul Daniels and has recently headlined for The Magic Circle

Studio
£14 (£12 conc)

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Atomic Blonde (15)

Dir: David Leitch 2017 | 115 mins

Agent Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron) is MI6’s most lethal assassin. She is sent alone into Berlin to retrieve a priceless dossier out of the destabilized city. Broughton partners with embedded station chief David Percival (James McAvoy) to navigate her way through the deadliest game of spies.

WHY? A blistering blend of sleek action, gritty sexuality and dazzling style

£10.50 (£9.50 conc)

Special Ticket Offer
£9 (£8 conc) tickets when you book for three films at the same time. Offer excludes event cinema screenings. Offer applied in basket.

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Mindfulness for Children

Led by Lynne Wilkes

Helping to improve concentration and learning. The course teaches skills for coping with stress and anxiety. It helps children to feel happier and more fulfilled as they make their way in life.

Bring a cushion and blanket.

Age guidance 5+ years.

Summer
Sat 22, 29 Jul, 5 Aug
11.45am – 12.45pm
£10 per session


Saturdays
23 Sept - 25 Nov (exc 21 and 28 Oct)
11.45am – 12.45pm
£10 per session or £36 for 4 sessions

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Life Drawing

Led by Harriet Brittaine

Explore the complexities of the human form by working from a professional life model. With a variety of short and long poses, learn both traditional charcoal drawing methods and new experimental techniques!

Summer
Sat 5 Aug
10am – 3pm
£34

Autumn
Sat 23 Sept and 11 Nov
2pm – 5pm
£25 per session

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

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The Collector

John Fowles's classic story of possession, obsession and love is considered one of the great works in modern literature.

Frederick Clegg appears to be an ordinary office clerk, but in the retreat of his remote country house, he goes about furnishing it with everything he thinks a woman could desire. He then abducts Miranda, a girl he has worshiped from afar, imprisoning her in the cellar amid his butterfly collection with tragic and electrifying results.

Studio
£15 (£13 conc)

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Youth Theatre (H)

Led by Troublemaker Theatre Company

Your chance to be on stage and in the spotlight!

Join the only youth drama group in Maidenhead which rehearses in a professional theatre!

Our friendly theatre company lead the sessions, where you’ll have fun and meet new friends. Each term you'll create a show and perform in our studio or on the main stage, with lighting, sound and staging from Norden Farm's technical crew.

Pick up performance skills from stage combat to acting for camera and physical theatre to accents, while working with scripts from famous playwrights or made up by you.

Terms 10 weeks long, no auditions, suitable for all abilities and end with a sharing or a performance.

£97 per term
School Year 7, 8, 9, 10 & 11

Photography credit Luminous Photography.

Click here to visit the Troublemaker Theatre Company website

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An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power & Al Gore Q&A (PG)

Dir: Bonni Cohen, Jon Shenk 2017 | 98 mins

Al Gore travels around the world continuing his tireless fight. He pursues the inspirational idea that while the stakes have never been higher, the perils of climate change can be overcome with human ingenuity and passion. Cameras follow him behind the scenes – in moments both private and public, funny and poignant.

WHY? The screening includes a recorded Q&A with Al Gore

£10.50 (£9.50 conc)

Special Ticket Offer
£9 (£8 conc) tickets when you book for three films at the same time. Offer excludes event cinema screenings. Offer applied in basket.

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New/Old Homeland

An exhibition of the work of Margarete Klopfleisch.

Margaret was a member of the Maidenhead Art Club until 1960 and exhibited together with Stanley Spencer. This exhibition might help to find lost artworks left behind in Maidenhead in 1965.

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Swing Crazy: 1930s-style Dance

Led by John and Debra Scanlon (of RockinRhythm)

Learn to Lindy Hop with a couple who have danced, performed and taught together since meeting on the dance floor in 1996. Lindy Hop is the great partner swing dance from New York's Savoy Ballroom. From exuberant and light-hearted to laid back and smooth, Lindy Hop is an expressive dance that puts a smile on every face. Join us for some beginner classes and you will soon be dancing to some of the greatest music ever.

No previous experience needed - come ready to have bags of fun. Bring a partner or come alone - it's up to you.

Tues 5 Sept – 5 Dec (exc 24 Oct)
7.30pm – 8.40pm
£8 per class or £36 for any 6 classes


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You should wear comfortable clothes that leave you arms free and do not restrict movement. Layers are a good idea as you will be exercising indoors. Your shoes should be comfortable, flexible and secure. Smooth soles are highly recommended so that you can easily turn on the ball of the foot. Heavy shoes, raised soles or high heels are very much to be avoided.

Click here to visit the Swing Crazy Website

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Youth Theatre (A)

Norden Lights led by Troublemaker Theatre Company.

Your chance to be on stage and in the spotlight!

Join the only youth drama group in Maidenhead which rehearses in a professional theatre!

Our friendly theatre company lead the sessions, where you’ll have fun and meet new friends. Each term you'll create a show and perform in our studio or on the main stage, with lighting, sound and staging from Norden Farm's technical crew.

Pick up performance skills from stage combat to acting for camera and physical theatre to accents, while working with scripts from famous playwrights or made up by you.

Terms 10 weeks long, no auditions, suitable for all abilities and end with a sharing or a performance.

£67 per term
School Year 2 & 3

Photography credit Luminous Photography.

Click here to visit the Troublemaker Theatre Company website

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Youth Theatre (B)

Led by Troublemaker Theatre Company.

Your chance to be on stage and in the spotlight!

Join the only youth drama group in Maidenhead which rehearses in a professional theatre!

Our friendly theatre company lead the sessions, where you’ll have fun and meet new friends. Each term you'll create a show and perform in our studio or on the main stage, with lighting, sound and staging from Norden Farm's technical crew.

Pick up performance skills from stage combat to acting for camera and physical theatre to accents, while working with scripts from famous playwrights or made up by you.

Terms 10 weeks long, no auditions, suitable for all abilities and end with a sharing or a performance.

£67 per term
School Year 4, 5 & 6

Photography credit Luminous Photography.

Click here to visit the Troublemaker Theatre Company website

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The Vicar of Dibley

The Grimm Players present an amateur production of the ever-popular TV show The Vicar of Dibley.

The arrival of a new (female) vicar, with a decidedly irreverent attitude to religion, shakes up the parish council of a sleepy English village whose oddball inhabitants aren't yet ready for 21st century progress.

WHY? A new rendition of the ever-popular TV show The Vicar of Dibley recreating characters that we all know and love.

£15

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Arts Award

Led by Charlie Dixon

From fashion to film-making, dance to design, photography to poetry - explore your creativity while working towards a nationally recognised qualification. Take part in workshops, explore and discover new and different arts forms. Group leader Charlie Dixon will guide, inspire and advise through the Arts Award journey.

Terms are 8 weeks and awards can be achieved over one or more terms.

School Year 7-13

Thursdays (from Thur 28 Sept)
4pm – 5.30pm
£50 per 8 week term

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Kathakali

Presented by The Kala Chethena Kathakali Company.

Celebrating 30 years of touring the UK and the success of the 2015 UK Tour The Kala Chethena Kathakali Company is back in Britain in 2017 - direct from Kerala, with unforgettable Kathakali performances performed by top international performers, superb singers, rhythmic drummers and highly skilled make-up artists.

Kathakali is the classical dance drama of Kerala. It embraces drama, dance, music, visuals and ritual to create the most exotic, visually exciting and powerful forms of theatre. Colourful costumes and elaborate three dimensional make up magically transforms the actors into gods, kings, devils and princesses. They tell universal stories from the Hindu epics.

WHY? 'They perform with amazing grace and dignity. Intense, hypnotic and spectacularly beautiful' The Daily Telegraph

Courtyard Theatre
£12 (£10 conc), Family & Friends £32


@KalaChethenaKat
@nordenfarm

Click here to visit the Kala Chethena Kathakali Company website

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Pete Firman

Join the UK’s leading comedian/magician for a night of crowd-pleasing comedy and jaw-dropping magic.

Recently seen on Tonight at The London Palladium (ITV1) The Next Great Magician (ITV1) and Let’s Sing and Dance for Comic Relief (BBC1) and star of BBC1’s The Magicians, expect Pete’s trademark blend of crowd-pleasing comedy and jaw-dropping magic.

He has guested on countless TV shows, including BBC2’s The Sarah Millican Television Programme, BBC1’s The John Bishop Show, BBC1’s Celebrity Mastermind and BBC3’s Edinburgh Comedy Fest Live.

'The new poster-boy for British comedy magic' The Telegraph

'The best magic tricks in the universe' The Independent

'The man from Middlesbrough sets the pace for comedy-meets-magic in the 21st century' The Times

Courtyard Theatre
£14

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Make Silver Jewellery - Workshops

Led by Janet Richardson

Beginners can create up to three pieces and there are projects to follow for all if you wish, to help you learn techniques and make beautiful pieces of jewellery.

Materials cost to tutor dependent on weight of what you make.

Suitable for all levels of experience.

Autumn
Sat 30 Sept, Sat 21 Oct and Sat 25 Nov
10am – 4pm
£50 per session plus materials fee.

Suitable for 18+ years.

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An Evening of Entertainment

A packed evening of entertainment in aid of Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service including comedy, magic , covers and original music all provided by elite local artists.

Music by Pop Goes the Choir, Kiera Ash, MadorBad & the Garfunkels and Young Magician of the year Dean Leavy all hosted by Paul Freeman.

Courtyard Theatre
£25

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Alexander Technique

Led by Martin Smith

A body awareness workshop teaching poise, balance and an easier way of carrying out everyday activity. It helps to relieve pain and discomfort brought on by poor posture and can help those with back and neck problems.

Bring a blanket and some paperback books to rest your head on.

Sun 1 Oct
2.30 – 5pm
£30

Suitable for 18+ years.

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Rainbow Girls

Rainbow Girls is a collaborative of songwriters, multi-instrumentalists, vocalists and California natives.

Having spent the last four years touring Europe and the US, they have returned to their folk roots. This new trio version of the band features Erin Chapin, Caitlin Gowdey and Vanessa May.

WHY? Experience their rich harmonies, ageless songwriting and soulful, bluesy sound in its rawest form

Studio
£12, £10 Supporters

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The Tempest

Presented by Bilimankhwe Arts.

This powerful, passionate and magical production features stunning contemporary African choreography from Shyne Phiri, with an original soundtrack which samples traditional Malawian music. By bringing together artists from Africa and Europe, the company uses the best from both continents to both entertain and move audiences.

The Tempest is supported by Africa Express and Arts Council England.

Age guidance 12+ years.

WHY? A fast paced, urban and exciting production full of humour, movement and live music

Courtyard Theatre
£14, £12 Supporters

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Detroit (15)

Dir: Kathryn Bigelow 2017 | 143 mins

Detroit, 1967. Amidst the chaos of the Detroit Rebellion, the city is under curfew and the Michigan National Guard patrols the streets. Three young African American men are murdered at the Algiers Motel. The events result in one of the largest citizen uprisings in United States history.

WHY? Based on true events and starring BAFTA Rising Star Award winner John Boyega

£10.50 (£9.50 conc)

Special Ticket Offer
£9 (£8 conc) tickets when you book for three films at the same time. Offer excludes event cinema screenings. Offer applied in basket.

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Final Portrait (15)

Dir: Stanley Tucci 2017 | 90 mins

Paris, 1964. Celebrated artist Alberto Giacometti (Geoffrey Rush) bumps into his old friend - respected American critic, James Lord (Armie Hammer). Lord is flattered by Giacometti’s request to paint him. As the days go by and turn into weeks, he realises his entire life has been hijacked by the erratic genius.

WHY? ‘A highly entertaining portrait of the two men’ ★★★★ The Guardian
The Guardian

£10.50 (£9.50 conc)

Special Ticket Offer
£9 (£8 conc) tickets when you book for three films at the same time. Offer excludes event cinema screenings. Offer applied in basket.

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4Square

Manchester’s ferocious folk foursome are now in their 10th year of wowing audiences across Europe and beyond.

The band’s trademark show features Nicola Lyons’s simultaneous fiddle playing and clog dancing, virtuosic mandolin from Michael Giverin, galvanised by the driving sounds of Jim Molyneux’s piano and Dan Day on percussion. The result is an infusion of folk, jazz, Latin and any other musical style they feel the inclination to absorb.

WHY? A powerful young quartet with a fiery, inventive and virtuosic brand of alternative folk

Studio
£12

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Acrylics: Painterly Impasto Landscapes

Led by Karen Carter

Using the work of Van Gogh and contemporary artists as our inspiration we will explore using acrylics in the style of an oil painting, incorporating impasto gel to hold brushmarks and create texture, resulting in an energetic and expressive image. Bring own materials.

Please bring the below materials with you:

  • Photos/sketches of landscapes as starting points
  • Drawing pencils, rubber
  • Impasto or structure gel
  • Variety of brushes (soft/bristle) / Palette knives if you have them (don’t buy specially)
  • Acrylic paints (please include primaries in your selection)
  • Watercolour paper or acrylic paper or canvas
  • 2 water jars, mixing palette, kitchen roll

Suitable for all levels of experience

Fri 6 Oct
10.30am – 3.30pm
£38 per class | £3 materials fee

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Autumn Ceilidh

You’ll be in safe hands with the expert calling and playing from our band Nedron’s Jig.

They’ll guide you through dances such as Muffin Man’s Jig, Gay Gordons and Cumberland Square 8. Expect familiar tunes including Atholl Highlanders, Rogue’s March and Dashing White Sergeant.

WHY? A social evening of dance in our atmospheric 18th century Long Barn

Long Barn
£15 (£13 conc)

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The Great British Take Off

Starring Jon Culshaw and Bill Dare from Radio 4’s Dead Ringers.

Comedian and impressionist Jon Culshaw and legendary comedy producer Bill Dare come to Norden Farm for the first time following their sell-out tour earlier in the year.

Join us for an evening of unscripted, unrehearsed, spontaneous comedy and conversation as politicians, sports personalities and celebrities old and new are all up for a roasting. You, the audience, help choose which characters appear and what direction the show takes.

Jon reveals the secrets of mimicry, and shares stories of some of the fascinating characters that coloured his childhood in Lancashire and his early career. Together with Bill he also reveals some of the mishaps and mayhem of life behind the scenes in television and on the celebrity circuit.

WHY? With a few surprises for the general public of Maidenhead thrown in for good measure, The Great British Take Off is topical, satirical, anecdotal and highly entertaining; it's never the same show twice.

Courtyard Theatre
£20

  •   6 Oct SOLD OUT
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Matt Richardson / Slash

A lot has happened to Matt Richardson since his last tour in 2013. A lot of it is quite strange.

Most comedians hope to win accolades and make people laugh, very few end up with Heat Magazine’s Weird Crush trophy.

From interviewing millionaire dogs in LA, ghost hunting with Craig Revel Horwood and having his phone nicked by Kate Moss - it’s been an odd, but fun, few years.

Now Matt can finally tell people about it, as well as talking about everything else on his mind.

WHY? The host of Virgin Radio's Drive-time show, ITV2’s The Xtra Factor and Celebrity Haunted Hotel Live!

Studio
£12

@MattRichardson3
@nordenfarm

Matt Richardson's website

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St John's Chamber Orchestra

Jianing Kong (piano)
Nigel Wilkinson (conductor)

Mendelssohn Overture A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Haydn Symphony No.92 in G (Oxford)
Brahms Piano Concerto No.2

Brahms’ mighty work is one of the most thrilling and demanding concertos in the repertoire, by turns lyrical, heroic and virtuosic. Jianing Kong, a finalist in both the Leeds and Sydney International Piano Competitions, makes a welcome return to Norden Farm to play this supreme work.

WHY? Featuring Mendelssohn’s miraculous Overture and one of Haydn’s most witty symphonies

Courtyard Theatre
£18 (£16.50), (£5 under 16s)

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ROH Live: La bohème

Encore screening.

When Rodolfo, a penniless poet, meets Mimì, a seamstress, they fall instantly in love. But their happiness is threatened when Rodolfo learns that Mimì is gravely ill.

WHY? Acclaimed director Richard Jones directs this new production of Puccini’s captivating opera

£15

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Acrylics: Pattern, Colour & Cutouts - Matisse

Led by Karen Carter

Referencing Matisse as our starting point we will colour sheets of paper ready to create our cutouts – ‘painting with scissors’. We will then add further layers of paint, pattern and linework to complete a bold graphic piece of work.

Please bring the following materials with you:

  • Photos/sketches/props for still life as starting points
  • Drawing pencils, rubber, scissors
  • Variety of brushes (soft/bristle)
  • Acrylic paints (please include primaries in your selection)
  • Watercolour paper
  • 2 water jars, mixing palette, kitchen roll

Suitable for all levels of experience

Fri 13 Oct
10.30am – 3.30pm
£38 per class | £3 materials fee

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Leveret

Three of England's finest folk musicians in an exciting new collaboration

Andy Cutting (Blowzabella), Sam Sweeney (Bellowhead) and Rob Harbron (The Full English) are each regarded as masters of their instrument. Their music is firmly rooted in the English tradition but sounds fresh and new. Expect original settings of ancient tunes alongside new compositions by some of today's finest tunesmiths who are winners of 12 BBC Folk Awards!

WHY? ‘Classy players … their intuitive way with tunes is glorious’ Mojo

Studio
£16.50

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Ed Gamble - Mammoth

After the huge success of his 2016 tour, that gobby little toerag Ed Gamble is back with a brand new lumbering beast of a comedy show.

Ed has appeared on BBC2's Mock the Week, Comedy Central's Drunk History, E4's Almost Royal, Comedy Central's Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central, BBC3's Edinburgh Comedy Fest Live, Channel 4's Man Down as well as countless other things (3 other things).

WHY? ★★★★ The Telegraph | ★★★★ The List | ★★★★ Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

Courtyard Theatre
£14

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Portrait Drawing

Led by Harriet Brittaine

Learn about the stages of portraiture, drawing with charcoal from a live model. Students are taught about proportion, the structure of the head and tonal values. Experiment with creating contrast between light and dark (chiaroscuro) to depict facial features. Suitable for all levels of experience.

Sat 14 Oct
10am – 3pm
£34

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Ayesha Hazarika: State of the Nation

Politics, power and how we lost the plot.

Ayesha Hazarika, MBE, started her career as a stand-up comedian playing clubs across the country. She then took what she thought was a natural diversion into the Labour Party as a Special Adviser working for Gordon Brown, Harriet Harman and Ed Miliband.

Since leaving front line politics she’s become a much sought after commentator writing for the FT, Guardian, Evening Standard, New Statesman and Grazia.

Ayesha has also returned to her stand-up roots. Her one woman show Tales from the Pink Bus was a sell-out hit at the 2016 Edinburgh festival and she's been in huge demand on TV and radio recently starring as a guest on Matt Forde’s Unspun for Dave.

Further credits include regular appearances on Good Morning Britain (ITV), Sky Papers (Sky News), The Andrew Marr Show (BBC1), Newsnight (BBC2), The Agenda (ITV) and The Today Programme (BBC Radio4).

Ayesha lifts the lid on what life’s really like behind the scenes at Westminster with brutal honesty and humour and asks what's next for British politics.

The State of the Nation is one of the best things to come out of British politics in a long time.

WHY? 'Hazarika’s return to stand up is also public service, never less than entertaining' The Guardian

Studio
£14 (£12 conc)

@ayeshahazarika
@nordenfarm

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Logan Lucky (12A)

Dir: Steven Soderbergh 2017 | 119 mins

Brothers Jimmy and Clyde Logan are determined to reverse a family curse. The pair set out to execute an elaborate multi-million dollar robbery during the legendary Coca-Cola 600 race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Featuring an A-list cast including Channing Tatum, Daniel Craig and Adam Driver.

WHY? A smart, thrilling and funny story from the director of the Oceans Eleven trilogy

£10.50 (£9.50 conc)

Special Ticket Offer
£9 (£8 conc) tickets when you book for three films at the same time. Offer excludes event cinema screenings. Offer applied in basket.

Parent and Baby Screening
The screening on Wednesday 18 October at 11am is exclusively for parents with children under 2 years. Lights are kept on low level and you can move around if you need to. Tickets are £5.50 for adults (including a cup of tea/coffee); babies and infants are free of charge. Seating is unreserved and unaccompanied adults are not admitted.

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The Dark Tower (12A)

Dir: Nikolaj Arcel 2017 | 95 mins

The last Gunslinger, Roland Deschain, shares an ancient vendetta with Walter O’Dim, also known as the Man in Black. Roland must prevent Walter from toppling the Dark Tower that holds the All-World universe together. Good and evil collide in this epic battle over its fate.

WHY? Starring Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey and based on the novels by Stephen King

£10.50 (£9.50 conc)

Special Ticket Offer
£9 (£8 conc) tickets when you book for three films at the same time. Offer excludes event cinema screenings. Offer applied in basket.

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Windsor Festival Exhibition

Winning pieces from the Windsor Festival’s 2017 creative competition for secondary school students.

Featuring a wide variety of creative work, including paintings, photography, textiles and sculpture.

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Remember, Remember

Catch a rare glimpse inside the development process of a new musical and be the first to experience Remember, Remember in a full-scale workshop performance. Featuring an industrial electronic score and a faceless ensemble, the show immerses you inside a dystopian trial. You will start to question: who is real and what is not?

WHY? 'This is the word of the law'

Courtyard Theatre
£12 (£10 conc)

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RSC Live: Coriolanus

An encore screening from Stratford-upon-Avon.

Rome Season Director, Angus Jackson, completes the Royal Shakespeare Company’s collection of Shakespeare’s Roman plays with this visceral production.

WHY? A full-throttle war play, Coriolanus transports us back to the emergence of the republic of Rome

£15

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Ahir Shah: Control

In an age of global socio-political turmoil, Shah presents a show about freedom, fascism, history, hope, resistance and milk.

Ahir's last show enjoyed packed runs at the Edinburgh Fringe, the Soho Theatre, and a national tour. In it, he theorised that we were being tugged in contradictory directions by a potential brighter future and resurgent worst of the past. He's currently trying to work out how to build that future in a time when the past appears to be winning. He's got loads of jokes about it.

WHY? 'Excellent' ★★★★ Guardian

Studio
£12

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Wild Life

The story of an ordinary woman's journey to an extraordinary place.

Behind the walls of a normal flat, something is emerging. Compelled to follow, she is drawn down into a surreal landscape of transformations to discover who lies beneath. A new show by visual theatre company The Ding Foundation, asking questions of how a person’s inner wild instincts can sit alongside the demands of modern life.

WHY? Using puppets, music and physical performance, expect a feast for the senses and the mind

Studio
£12, £10 Supporters

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Acrylics: Townscapes - Expressive & Loose

Led by Karen Carter

Using townscapes as our inspiration we will create a mixed media quirky stylized image using simple printing with polystyrene blocks combined with acrylic painting, collage & drawn elements that can be done on both paper and fabric.

A fun experimental approach suitable for everyone.

Please bring the below materials with you:

  • Photos/sketches of towns/buildings as starting points
  • Drawing pencils, rubber, scissors,
  • Variety of brushes (soft/bristle)
  • Acrylic paints (please include primaries in your selection)
  • Watercolour paper/calico if you want to work on fabric
  • 2 water jars, mixing palette, kitchen roll

Suitable for all levels of experience

Fri 20 Oct
10.30am – 3.30pm
£38 per class | £3 materials fee

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Victoria and Abdul (cert tbc)

Dir: Stephen Frears 2017 | Run time tbc

The true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria’s (Judi Dench) remarkable rule. Abdul Karim, a young clerk, travels from India to participate in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. The two forge a devoted alliance with a loyalty to one another that her household and inner circle attempt to destroy.

WHY? The latest film from Stephen Frears - director of The Queen, Philomena and Florence Foster Jenkins

£10.50 (£9.50 conc)

Special Ticket Offer
£9 (£8 conc) tickets when you book for three films at the same time. Offer excludes event cinema screenings. Offer applied in basket.

Parent and Baby Screening
The screening on Tuesday 31 October at 11am is exclusively for parents with children under 2 years. Lights are kept on low level and you can move around if you need to. Tickets are £5.50 for adults (including a cup of tea/coffee); babies and infants are free of charge. Seating is unreserved and unaccompanied adults are not admitted.

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Ellie Taylor: This Guy

Following a sell-out Edinburgh Festival season and 2016 tour, Ellie presents an unmissable new stand-up show discussing whether or not she should breed.

Ellie has starred on BBC1's Live at the Apollo, Mock the Week and The John Bishop Show, Channel 4's 8 Out of 10 Cats and BBC Radio 4's The Now Show presents.

WHY? 'Radiates charisma... blessed with great flair' The Guardian

Courtyard Theatre
£14

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Jim Mullen (guitar)

Winner of multiple British Jazz Awards Jim is known internationally for his great swinging, soulful style.

He was also one half of the pioneering jazz funk band Morrissey-Mullen. He is supported by one of Ronnie Scott's favourite rhythm sections: Alex Hutton (piano), Andy Cleyndert (bass) and Clark Tracey (drums).

WHY? Sublime jazz in an intimate Studio club style setting – the Ronnie Scott’s of Maidenhead!

Studio
£15 (£13 conc) (£5 under 16s)

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Dance Workshops - Magical Musicals & Movies

Led by Julie Antonsen

Energetic, but fun, dance workshop is designed to teach routines (including Jive, Waltz, Disco) from Line Dancing and FitSteps. All to a soundtrack of music from the Musicals and Movies including Grease, Footloose, Dirty Dancing.

Sat 21 Oct
2pm – 5pm
£15

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The Vinyl Frontier: Tubular Bells vs Oxygene

Hosted by Jeff Lloyd.

Britain vs France in our first ever instrumental duel. 1973 vs 1976. Tubular Bells, the record that provided the foundation for an entertainment empire is up against the breakthrough electronic LP of the 70s. The audience will decide which one is the best on the night.

WHY? Hear music in its finest form – on vinyl and on a fabulous hi-fi!

Studio
£8

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Viva Neil Diamond

Bob Drury's highly acclaimed one-man show returns with all the hits.

Expect Cracklin' Rosie, America, Love on the Rocks, Play Me, Hello Again, Forever in Blue Jeans, Beautiful Noise, I'm a Believer, Red Red Wine, Sweet Caroline and some lesser known songs that will become your favourites by the end of the evening.

WHY? An absolute 'must see' for any Neil Diamond fans!

Courtyard Theatre
£16

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Hairy Maclary & Friends

Out of the gate and off for a walk, went Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy...

Based on the books by Lynley Dodd and featuring many of the characters including Hercules Morse, as big as a Horse; Bottomley Potts, covered in spots; Schnitzel von Krumm, with the very low tum; and Scarface Claw – the toughest tomcat in town. With music, singing and several of your favourite Hairy Maclary stories, this show is a must for the whole family.

Age guidance 2+ years.

WHY? ‘Hairy Maclary was fab, my nearly 3 year old practically levitated in excitement’ Mumsnet

Courtyard Theatre | Run time 60 mins

£10 (£8 under 16s)
Family and Friends (4 people) £32

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Family Concertini: Spooky Music with the Willshire Piano Duo

Relaxed live music concerts for all ages. Back by popular demand the Willshire Piano duo perform a wonderful transcription of the famed orchestral piece Scheherazade for one piano four hands.

Inspired by the Arabian Nights folk tale, Scheherazade tells the story of a young bride who, in efforts of sparing her own life, entertains a vengeful king with 1001 nights of storytelling. The programme will also include Danse Macabre by Camille Saint Saens.

WHY? Come in costume up or grab something from our dressing up box before the concert!

Studio | Run time 50 mins

£10 (£8 under 16s)
Family and Friends (4 people) £32

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Captain Underpants (U)

Dir: David Soren 2017 | 89 mins

Based on the bestselling book series. George and Harold are overly imaginative pranksters. The pair hypnotize their formidable school principal into thinking he’s a ridiculously enthusiastic and clueless superhero named Captain Underpants.

WHY? ‘A delightful surprise. It’s a celebration of friendship, of the boundless creativity of children’s minds’ ★★★★ The Guardian

School Holiday Family Screenings
£7 (£5 under 16s), Family & Friends (4 people) £20

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The Jungle Bunch (cert tbc)

Dir: David Alaux, Eric Tosti 2017 | Run time tbc

Maurice may look like a penguin - but he's a real tiger inside! Raised by a tigress, he's the clumsiest Kung-Fu master ever. Along with his friends, he intends to maintain order and justice in the jungle. But Igor, the koala has other plans.

WHY? Join Maurice and The Jungle Bunch on an action packed animated adventure

School Holiday Family Screenings
£7 (£5 under 16s), Family & Friends (4 people) £20

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Bookstory

This is the story of some books. Some books who live in a library. But this is no ordinary library. This library belongs to Brian. It’s a wonderful, magical place where the books like to flutter their pages and let their shelves go…

The latest show from Monstro Theatre, pioneers of the Puppet Musical. This tour is presented by house.

Age guidance 5+ years.

WHY? This is a show that brings books to life for all children and their grown-ups

Studio | Run time 60 mins

£10 (£8 under 16s)
Family and Friends (4 people) £32

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Ascot Brass

Maidenhead Music Society is proud to present a distinguished brass band to showcase its distinct repertoire.

Ascot Brass formed in 2001 with the full range of brass instruments. The band will perform a varied programme of traditional and contemporary works for brass band to include music from the classics, films and shows.

WHY? Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear an important part of Britain’s musical heritage!

Courtyard Theatre
£15, £10 MMS members (£5 under 18s, free with an adult)

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The Dovetail Trio

Presenting England's traditional songs with a bold and fresh approach, The Dovetail Trio explores familiar narratives with infectious energy and a passion for musical heritage.

This collaboration combines the distinctive voices and acclaimed instrumental talents of BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominee Jamie Roberts, BBC Performing Arts Award winner Rosie Hood and Newcastle Folk Degree alumnus Matt Quinn.

The Dovetail Trio’s debut album Wing of Evening was released in September 2015 on RootBeat Records. The album has been well received with 4 star reviews from the Telegraph, R2 and Songlines and national radio play on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 3. The album features a number of unusual versions of traditional English songs alongside an American folk story, a traditional Scottish whaling song and even a French/Canadian tune set. Tight vocal harmonies and skilled musicianship make this an exciting debut album.

WHY? 'A combination of richly rounded accented vocals, skin-tight harmonies and sparse yet polished instrumentation' FolkWords

Studio
£14 (£12 conc)

@TheDovetailTrio
@nordenfarm

The Dovetail Trio Wesbite

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Wind in the Willows

Join Mole and Ratty on their adventures, along with gruff old Badger and magnificent Mr Toad.

From the peaceful pleasures of Ratty’s beloved river bank to the fearful frights and wicked weasels of the Wild Wood. A beautiful new adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s much loved classic. With handmade puppets, props and costume, and a charming original score.

Age guidance 6+ years.

WHY? ‘They are wonderful’ The Times

Courtyard Theatre | Run time 60 mins

£10 (£8 under 16s)
Family and Friends (4 people) £32

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Movie Wars! Freddy vs Michael

Vote for your favourite bogeyman in a battle of the creature features!

The Wes Craven classic Nightmare on Elm Street takes on John Carpenter's seminal Halloween in a seasonal face off at the Farm! Will Freddy or Michael rule Halloween? Hear the arguments, vote for the movie you want to see, then sit back and prepare to scream!

WHY? Only YOU can decide who rules the night...

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£8

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Montgomery Holloway Music Trust 21st Anniversary Concert

The Montgomery Holloway Music Trust is celebrating its 21st Anniversary with a special concert.

The evening will include a tribute to fellow co-founder of the Trust the late great Marion Montgomery. Laurie and his Trio will be joined on stage by his newly formed Laurie Holloway Chamber Orchestra, invited past students and several stars have indicated interest.

WHY? Book early to avoid disappointment!

Courtyard Theatre
£16

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Love Is The Sweetest Thing - Celebrating Al Bowlly

Al Bowlly is celebrated as one of the greatest popular singers of all time.

Singer and pianist Michael Law tells his remarkable life story. A show packed with anecdotes and fascinating secrets. Expect all of Al’s hits including The Very Thought of You, Love is the Sweetest Thing, You're Driving Me Crazy, Who am I?, Midnight, The Stars and You and Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?

WHY? From the ever popular Michael Law, leader of the Piccadilly Dance Orchestra

Studio
£14

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ROH Live: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

An encore screening featuring a cast of extraordinary and instantly recognisable characters - from the highly strung Queen of Hearts to a playing card corps de ballet, a sinuous caterpillar and a tap-dancing Mad Hatter.

WHY? The Royal Ballet at its best, bringing together world-class dance with enchanting family entertainment

£15

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Close Encounters of the Third Kind (PG)

Dir: Steven Spielberg 1977 | 137 mins

Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfuss) encounters a UFO on a deserted road whilst investigating a power outage. He becomes increasingly obsessed following his experience. As Roy distances himself from his wife and children, he is drawn ever closer towards parallel investigations being conducted by scientists and the military.

WHY? Stephen Spielberg’s sci-fi classic, a must see for fans of Netflix series Stranger Things

£10.50 (£9.50 conc)

Special Ticket Offer
£9 (£8 conc) tickets when you book for three films at the same time. Offer excludes event cinema screenings. Offer applied in basket.

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Urban vs Countryside

An exhibition on the theme of Urban vs Countryside.

Depicting a variety of scenes of animals and countryside views, juxtaposed against images of the urban landscape. Immerse yourself in the buzz of the city or escape to the tranquil countryside.

In association with Oberon Art.

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Joan

Presented by Milk, in association with Derby Theatre.

Written by Lucy J Skillbeck.

What happens when a disguise soon becomes something a lot more real and you have to fight for who you really are? An earthy story of courage, conviction and hope, Joan is a refreshing look at Joan of Arc – history’s greatest underdog.

The latest daring fusion of lyrical new writing and anarchic cabaret from the multi-award winning Milk Presents and performed by drag king champion Lucy Jane Parkinson, Joan takes the stage as a gutsy gender warrior, dragging up as the men she’s defies.

A fearless solo show, with uproarious songs, exploring what it means to stand out, stand up and stand alone.

WHY? ‘Defiantly delightful’ ★★★★ The Stage

Studio
£14 (£10 conc)

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Kathryn Tickell, David Almond & Amy Thatcher – Tales & Tunes

Kathryn is the foremost exponent of the Northumbrian pipes, a composer, educator, performer and successful recording artist.

In 2015 she was awarded the OBE for services to folk music. Kathryn combines with storyteller David Almond and accordionist and clog dancer Amy Thatcher to bring a memorable evening of irrepressible music, stories and songs.

WHY? ‘I can’t remember feeling so exhilarated by such a match of music and landscape’ The Times

Courtyard Theatre
£19.50

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Oye Santana

The power… the passion… the perfection

What makes Oye Santana so good? Awesome guitar from Milan ‘Carlos’ Webb, as passionate and exciting as Santana himself. With the band’s infectious good-time feel every track is a fiesta, every performance is a show.

WHY? Expect four decades’ worth of hits from Black Magic Woman and Oye Como Va via Carnaval, Dance Sister Dance and She’s Not There to Smooth, Maria Maria and Corazón Espinado

Courtyard Theatre
£17

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Collage, Paint & Print

Led by Karen Carter

We will look at a number of ways to incorporate collage, simple printing and stencilling into an acrylic painting. We will create an interesting background to work on combined with drawn and painted elements, to make a multi-layered piece of work.

Please bring the below materials with you:

  • Photos/sketches/still life props as starting points
  • Drawing pencils, rubber, scissors,
  • Variety of brushes (soft/bristle)
  • Acrylic paints (please include primaries in your selection)
  • Heavy watercolour paper
  • 2 water jars, mixing palette, kitchen roll

Suitable for all levels of experience

Fri 3 Nov
10.30am – 3.30pm
£38 per class | £3 materials fee

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Sofie Hagen: Dead Baby Frog

Sofie Hagen is unquestionably one of the most talked about comics of the moment.

A modern legend in her native Denmark, she burst onto the British scene by winning Best Newcomer at Edinburgh Festival 2015; her 2016 follow-up, Shimmer Shatter, was a second total sell out.

She’s spoken to millions as former host of Guilty Feminist and current host of Made of Human podcasts, and appeared on The One Show, The Now Show and Live From The BBC.

This, her biggest national tour to date, is a brand new show packed with brilliant, offbeat observation, passionate argument, and jokes. Also: one parable.

Age guidance: 14+ years

WHY? ‘Consistently funny, personal, and a slyly powerful show’ Chortle

Studio
£12 (£10 conc)

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Sherlock Holmes and The Crimson Cobbles

Holmes and Watson are called upon to investigate the Whitechapel murders that are sending shockwaves through London. But when the evidence points to only one possible and inconceivable conclusion about the identity of Jack the Ripper, is our super sleuth prepared to believe the unbelievable?

Suitable for ages 12+ years.

WHY? This witty, laugh-a-minute pastiche of Conan Doyle’s investigative pair is a fast paced, physical and raucous night out

Courtyard Theatre
£14

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Oil Pastel: Colour Discord & Harmony

Led by Jo Hall

Red against green or yellow against purple gives a wild effect. We will create a ‘Fauve’ painting harnessing discordant colours, inspired by the landscapes and portraits of Derain and Matisse.

Sat 4 Nov
10am – 3pm
£38

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  •   4 Nov SOLD OUT
LIMITED AVAILABILITY
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Phil Wang

Phil is a 27-year old stand-up comedian on his first tour of the UK.

He has appeared on Have I Got News For You, Live at the Apollo, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, and Would I Lie To You? He is very excited to be performing here, in [INSERT TOWN NAME] - a place he often calls his second home.

WHY? ‘Certain belly laughs’ ★★★★ Sunday Times

Studio
£12

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Collage: Found & Prepared Papers, Ink, Watercolour or Gouache

Led by Jo Hall

In six weeks, you will reference collage works by three famous artists; Matisse, John Piper and Max Ernst. Make collage compositions using similar techniques, spending two sessions on each.

Tues 7 Nov - 12 Dec
10am – 1pm
£99 per 6 week course or £18 per class

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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, set against the backdrop of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, is a mind-bending situation comedy. It follows two minor characters, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, as they stumble their way in and out of the action.

Tom Stoppard’s iconic drama sees the pair engage in an ongoing philosophical debate about free will versus predestination, each trying to prove absurd positions through misbegotten experiments. Half a century after its premiere on the Old Vic stage, Maidenhead Drama Guild present a modern, fully immersive version in the round.

WHY? This production is full of slapstick comedy, physical theatre and Stoppard’s wonderful wry humour

This amateur production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Ltd.

Studio
£13 (£11 conc)

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Austentatious: The Improvised Jane Austen Novel

Austentatious are saddling the horses for a Grand Tour of the United Kingdom!

Austentatious is an improvised comedy play starring a cast of the country’s quickest comic performers. Every single show the cast conjure up a brand new ‘lost’ Jane Austen novel based on nothing more than a title suggested by the audience.

Austentatious are fresh from six sellout runs at the Edinburgh Fringe, a monthly residency in London’s Leicester Square and a BBC Radio 4 special to mark the bicentenary of Austen’s death. Now their show will be appearing at two dozen theatres across the country to entertain and astonish audiences in equal measure.

Previous ‘lost’ masterpieces have included Sixth Sense & Sensibility, Double 0 Darcy and Mansfield Shark, and no two shows are ever the same. Performed in period costume with live musical accompaniment, this is a Regency treat guaranteed to delight Austen novices and diehard fans alike.

WHY? ★★★★★ The Times | ★★★★ The Guardian | ★★★★ Scotsman

Line-up varies. Each show stars 5-6 members of the cast.

Age guidance 12+ years.

Courtyard Theatre
£15

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Reduction Linoprinting

Led by Karen Carter

A two-week workshop designed to demystify the process of reduction lino-printing. There will be step-by-step demos covering initial planning and design, through cutting the plate to registration, inking and printing. Lots of individual help to ensure everyone goes home with a completed set of prints.

Please bring the below materials with you:

  • Photos/sketches as starting points (tutor will also have some images you can work from)
  • Drawing pencils, rubber, scissors,
  • Sketching paper for test prints
  • Kitchen roll/baby wipes
  • If you have your own lino cutting tools and rollers please feel free to bring them, however, the tutor will have all the necessary equipment for you to borrow during the workshop.

Suitable for all levels of experience

Fri 10 and 17 Nov (2 day workshop)
10.30am – 3.30pm
£76 | £8 materials fee

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Danny Bhoy: Make Something Great Again

Scottish comedian Danny Bhoy embarks on his maiden tour of his brand new show.

Don’t miss this internationally renowned and critically acclaimed comedian who regularly sells out tours all over the world with his unique brand of observational storytelling.

WHY? 'This is a show you could see time and time again. Exceptional' The Sunday Mail

Courtyard Theatre
£15

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Jan Ravens: Difficult Woman

Jan Ravens is set to delight audiences with her spot on impressions and political stamp on the world as she takes to the road with her brand new tour.

Difficult Woman reflects the current political climate and the huge part women have to play in it with views on Nicola Sturgeon, Ruth Davidson, and also lots of people who aren't Scottish.

The star of BBC Radio 4's Dead Ringers, where favourites include Theresa May, Diane Abbott, Lyse Doucet and Fiona Bruce, Jan has been seen on, and contributed across the satirical spectrum on shows such as Newsnight, The Daily Politics, Mock the Week, QI, Question Time, Today and PM.

WHY? ‘Modern, topical, with a fresh satirical twist’ The Telegraph

Courtyard Theatre
£15


@thatjanravens
@nordenfarm

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Jitterbug Sundays 2

Led by John and Debra Scanlon (of RockinRhythm)

Autumn
Sun 10 Sept and 12 Nov
2.30pm – 5.30pm
£15 per person, per class or £25 for a couple, per class

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NT Live: Follies

A live screening of Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical, staged for the first time at the National Theatre.

Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves.

WHY? Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee and Imelda Staunton play the magnificent Follies in this dazzling new production.

£15

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Alden, Patterson and Dashwood

This Norwich based folk/Americana trio weave rich vocal harmonies, fiddle, dobro, guitar and mandolin around beautifully written original songs and melodies.

Their music takes influence from folk traditions from both sides of the Atlantic with uplifting instrumentals and selfpenned songs depicting tales of young travellers, sleepy seas and their affection for home.

WHY? ‘It’s lovely stuff’ Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2

Studio
£14

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ELO Again

British Rock group ELO epitomised the 70s with their unique symphonic rock style. ELO Again recreate the sound and accurately perform the classics.

WHY? Expect pop masterpieces including Mr Blue Sky, Livin’ Thing, Turn to Stone, Sweet Talking Woman, Shine A Little Love, Hold On Tight, Confusion, Evil Woman, Telephone Line and Don’t Bring Me Down

Courtyard Theatre
£17.50

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Artisan Fair

The 18th century Long Barn provides the perfect backdrop to pick up a unique Christmas gift.

Browse stalls from local sellers showcasing handmade wares.

WHY? The Café Bar is open all day, and will be serving mulled wine, mince pies and Christmas flavoured coffee

11am - 4pm | Entry is Free

  •  18 Nov FREE
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Simon Goodall & The Bourne Again Shadows

Reproducing the authentic sounds of Cliff and The Shadows in the sixties.

The most authentic Cliff and the Shadows tribute act in the UK. Simon’s ability to catch the characteristics of Cliff’s voice is second to none (even Sir Cliff himself has said so), while the Bourne Again Shadows sound is hard to distinguish from the original Shadows’ recordings.

WHY? Featuring all the classic Cliff numbers including Summer Holiday and Living Doll, alongside Shadows’ hits such as Apache, Kontiki and Wonderful Land

Courtyard Theatre
£15

@nordenfarm
The Bourne Again Shadow's website

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The Vinyl Frontier: Black Star by David Bowie

Hosted by Jeff Lloyd.

Bowie’s 25th and final studio LP. Recorded in secret in New York with local jazz musicians, it was Bowie’s parting gift to his fans, released two days before he passed away. Containing hidden secrets and messages, come and discover what greatness sounds like.

WHY? Hear music in its finest form – on vinyl and on a fabulous hi-fi!

Studio
£8

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George Egg: DIY Chef

Award winning comedian George Egg (the ‘Anarchist Cook’) returns with a brand new show demonstrating more live cooking and laugh-out-loud comedy.

George’s family have banished him to the shed. But he simply has to keep cooking and his unstoppable urge to be creative means inventive solutions and some seriously tasty food. Expect power tools, gardening equipment and office supplies to be abused and re-purposed!

WHY? ‘Hugely entertaining’ The Guardian

Studio
£14, £12 Supporters

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Pip

A film by Phoebe Nightingale and William Webb.

A pregnant woman reminisces on her childhood and wonders how she will bring up her own children without her late mother's guidance. Pip explores the space between motherhood and motherlessness, through the analogy of an orange tree.

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Floristry Night School: Christmas Wreath Making

Led by Louise Temple

Learn from a professional florist how to make your very own festive door wreath out of fresh materials.

Tues 21 Nov and 5 Dec
7pm – 9pm
£35 plus £5 materials fee

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An Evening with an Immigrant

Written and performed by Inua Ellams

Produced by Fuel
Presented by house

Littered with poems, stories and anecdotes, award winning poet and playwright Inua Ellams will tell his ridiculous, fantastic, poignant immigrant-story. Tales of escaping fundamentalist Islam in Nigeria, performing solo shows at the National Theatre and drinking wine with the Queen of England. All the while without a country to belong to or a place to call home.

WHY? ‘Such wonderfully generous company to keep on stage’ Metro

Studio
£14 (£12 conc)

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Mawkin

With a host of rebel rousing folk songs and instrumentals, Mawkin modernise traditional folk material with their own touch.

The line up features brothers David Delarre (vocals, guitar) and James Delarre (vocals, violin), Nick Cooke (melodeon), Danny Crump (bass) and Lee Richardson (drums). The band have supported Bellowhead on their farewell tour amongst a flurry of key festivals and UK tour dates.

WHY? ‘A Gutsy re-working of Traditional Songs’ The Guardian

Studio
£14

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Jinkx Monsoon & Major Scales: The Vaudevillians

After selling out an often-extended Off-Broadway run, an Australian tour and a sell-out run at Soho Theatre, RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Jinkx Monsoon presents The Vaudevillians, a bawdy, rowdy musical comedy co-starring composer and musician Major Scales.

Throughout the 1920’s husband and wife performers Kitty Witless and Dr. Dan Von Dandy toured the United States as The Vaudevillians, wowing audiences with their edgy, original music. One day, while touring through Antarctica, they were victims of a devastating avalanche and were buried under two tons of sleet and snow – instantly freezing them alive.

But thanks to Global Warming, they recently thawed out only to discover that pop artists had stolen their music and passed it off as their own. Now, at long last, they are taking to the stage to reclaim their songs, performing their music as originally composed. It’s a vintage cabaret with a twist of drag.

Suitable for 16+ years.

WHY? ‘The laughs are jam-packed and the musicianship is flawless.’ Time Out Melbourne

Courtyard Theatre
£16.50

@JinkxMonsoon
@nordenfarm

Jinkx Monsoon Website

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Printing for Christmas - Cards & Decorations

Led by Karen Carter

Discover the wonderful world of printing on fabric, paper and card using high-density foam & polystyrene. We will be working with paper, calico, beads, buttons & dimensional paints to produce prints suitable for cards, decorations and fabric things!

Suitable for all levels of experience

Fri 24 Nov
10.30am – 3.30pm
£38 per class | £5 materials fee.

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Peter King (alto sax)

The international icon Peter King is one of the greatest ever jazz saxophonists. Forming a sax duet on the night, the challenger is the extraordinary multi-reedist Simon Allen. Supported by one of the acknowledged best rhythm sections in the UK: Alex Hutton (piano), Andy Cleyndert (bass) and Clark Tracey (drums).

WHY? A rare treat for all devotees of this consummate musician to hear his jazz sets of exceptional quality in this intimate club style setting

Studio
£15 (£13 conc) (£5 under 16s)

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Miki

Christmas 2017

Miki, Polar Bear and Penguin live in a very far away place. It’s an icy world where nothing ever grows. One midwinter eve, they make a wish, and Miki embarks on a magical adventure…in search of a star.

Based on the book by Stephen Mackey, Miki is an inspiring story about friendship, courage and adventure. It features amazing underwater creatures, enchanting music and extraordinary puppetry.

'Young audiences alternate between giggling with delight and total transfixion' The Stage

This hit show returns to the Courtyard Theatre stage after its debut at Norden Farm for Christmas 2011. Miki is created by Slot Machine, the company that have previously brought hit Christmas shows One Snowy Night and Kipper's Snowy Day to our stage.

Suitable for ages 3+ years.

£13.50 (£11.50 Under 16s)
Family & Friends (4 people) £46

Earlybird offer: £40 Family & Friends (4 people) ticket if booked before Thursday 31 August

Presented by Norden Farm and Slot Machine.

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Dance Workshops - Back to the 70s and 80s

Led by Julie Antonsen

Dance Line Dance and FitSteps (including quickstep, tango and disco routines) to a soundtrack of 70s and 80s music such as Earth, Wind and Fire, Abba, Madonna and Wham!

Sat 25 Nov
2pm – 5pm
£15

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The Studio Session

Part of the Farm’s programme to support emerging musicians. Local acts play three numbers – at least one of which is an original.

If you would like to perform at this Summer's event, please email: jane.corry@nordenfarm.org

WHY? This is a hugely popular event so register your interest early if you would like to perform!

Studio
£8

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The Behn String Quartet

Presented by Maidenhead Music Society.

Haydn Opus 63 no. 5
Mendelssohn Opus 44 no. 2
Debussy String quartet

This new young string quartet won the prestigious Amadeus prize in 2016 and has played across the UK and internationally.

WHY? Come and hear three great works of the quartet repertoire played by four young women from four different countries

Courtyard Theatre
£15, £10 MMS members (£5 under 18s, free with an adult)

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The Real Thing

Multi-million selling soul band The Real Thing are ready to give their much loved disco inspired hits a new lease of life with an extensive UK tour.

Featuring the group’s three original vocalists Eddie Amoo, Chris Amoo and Dave Smith, along with their 5-piece band, the trio deliver a funky in your face show with a strong retro flavour with the band’s classic songs mixed with contemporary grooves.

Celebrating the 40th anniversary of their debut hit single You to Me Are Everything, the Liverpool based trio boast three million selling hit singles including Can’t Get by Without You, Whenever You Want My Love and Can You Feel the Force, making them the UK’s best-selling groups of the late 70s.

WHY? Hear all the hits plus some fantastic covers such as Ladies Night, Celebration, Good Times, and Ain’t no Stopping Us Now

Courtyard Theatre
£22.50

The Real Thing Website

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Oil Pastel: As a Resist with Ink and Watercolour

Led by Jo Hall

Inspired by the works of John Piper we will draw with oil pastel and waterproof ink before washing watercolour or gouache across the work and watching the pastel break through.

Sat 2 Dec
10am – 3pm
£38

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Dire Streets

Capturing the distinctive, authentic sound of one of the biggest guitar bands of all time.

Fronted by finger picking guitar ace John Brunsdon, Dire Streets are known for their attention to detail and musicianship. They are joined by special guest Steve Wiltshire on saxophone and flute.

WHY? With tracks from early classics like Sultans of Swing and Lady Writer, through to the hits of the 80s and Brothers in Arms

Courtyard Theatre
£16

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Miki Exhibition

An exhibition of entries from our art competition for local children, inspired by our Christmas show Miki.

Keep an eye on our website for details about how you can enter.

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ROH Live: The Nutcracker

Live screening from the Royal Opera House (Tuesday).

With its festive period setting, dancing snowflakes and enchanting stage magic, The Nutcracker is the perfect Christmas entertainment.

WHY? Featuring Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous, sugar-spun music - the most recognisable of all ballet scores

£15

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Jo Harman

Soul, blues, gospel and Beatles-worthy pop. These are the core ingredients of singer Jo Harman’s latest album People We Become. Produced and recorded at Nashville’s famed Sound Emporium Studio, it has seen her narrow her focus to the building blocks of ageless music - from powerful melodies to organic, natural-sounding arrangements.

WHY? Jo has racked up more than half-a-dozen nominations from the British Blues Awards

Studio
£14 (£12 conc)

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The Small Fakers

A tribute to The Small Faces and the hits that kept 1960s London swinging.

The line up features Maidenhead's own Matt Bond as Steve Marriott and Dan Taylor as Kenney Jones. They perform the smash hits All Or Nothing, Lazy Sunday, Itchycoo Park and Sha La La La Lee as well as lots of fan favourites and selected tracks from the 1968 LP Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake.

WHY? The UK's only Small Faces tribute band

Courtyard Theatre
£15


@thesmallfakers
@nordenfarm

Small Fakers website

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Bye Bye Baby

A celebration of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons.

This full theatre show covers the journey of the Four Seasons from their beginning to the disco era and the rock and roll hall of fame. Featuring many of the band’s worldwide hits including Beggin', Can't Take My Eyes Off You, Walk Like a Man, Bye Bye Baby and Sherry.

WHY? Expect thirty-one numbers performed in close 4-part harmony, with slick choreography and that instantly recognisable falsetto

Courtyard Theatre
£20

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The Vinyl Frontier: Dark Side of the Moon and Beyond - The Best of Hipgnosis

Hosted by Jeff Lloyd.

Featuring Pink Floyd, Muse, 10cc, T Rex and more (in association with Hypergallery in Henley).

The late Storm Thorgerson, of the Hipgnosis design group, left a legacy of amazing album artwork, from Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon to Led Zeppelin, The Police, ELO and more. Emily and Rob from Hypergallery specialise in album print artwork and worked closely with Storm Thorgerson for many years. Together, we'll look at specific LP artwork and play the same albums on the turntable.

WHY? Hear music in its finest form – on vinyl and on a fabulous hi-fi!

Studio
£8

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Family Chocolate Workshop

Led by The Chocolate Factory.

Have fun creating your very own chocolate bar and lollipop with only the best Belgian chocolate! Learn how to mould the chocolate and then decorate your bar and lollipop to make them unique.

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Simon Mayor and Hilary James: A Winter Warmer

Musical charm and humour with a seasonal twist.

Britain’s leading hot-fingered mandolin virtuoso Simon Mayor is joined by silver voiced songstress and mando-bass maestro, Hilary James. Expect a fresh look at some familiar favourites alongside mandolin classics, lively fiddle tunes, beautiful French carols, traditional songs, original settings of poems and the silliest of seasonal sing-alongs.

WHY? ‘A witty and captivating mix of folk, blues, swing and classical showstoppers, spiced with a unique brand of off-beat humour’ The Guardian

Studio
£12

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Charity Christmas Concert in aid of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People

A good night out for all the family, with a wide variety of music including big band sounds, songs from the shows and films as well as some Christmas music.

WHY? The annual event is conducted by Peter Ripper

Courtyard Theatre
£8

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Floristry Night School: Christmas Table Decorations

Led by Louise Temple

Design and create your very own Christmas candle table decoration to take home and enjoy over the festive period.

Thur 14 Dec
7pm – 9pm
£35 plus £5 materials fee

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The Horne Section - Christmas Show

What is Christmas all about? It's about telling bad jokes, singing badly, drinking lots and, despite all these, having the best time together.

So who better to spend Christmas with than The Horne Section? In this festive fiesta they will do everything in their power to make your Christmas dreams come true with a night of comedy gold, frankincense frolics and musical myrrh.

WHY? ‘An absolute blast’ ★★★★★ Metro

Courtyard Theatre
£15

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Christmas Ceilidh

An evening of dance in our atmospheric 18th century Long Barn.

A caller will guide you through dances while ceilidh band Nedron’s Jig provide the live music.

WHY? A perfect social event for Christmas parties

Long Barn
£15 (£13 conc)

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Bessie Smith: Empress of the Blues

Bessie Smith was an American blues singer. Nicknamed the ‘Empress of the Blues’, she was the most popular female blues singer of the 1920s and 1930s.

Ma Bessie (Julia Titus) and her blues troupe perform to a narrated show, featuring music and songs from that era alongside Bessie's work.

WHY? Chronicling Bessie’s life from a one room shack in Blue Goose Hollow, to becoming the highest paid black entertainer of the time

Studio
£14

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Omid Djalili: Schmuck for a Night

Award winning comedian and actor Omid Djalili is known for his legendary stand up performances.

Intelligent, sometimes provocative and always entertaining, expect a hugely energetic and captivating comedy masterclass. Omid has recently starred in BBC1’s Dickensian, Sky1’s Lucky Man and BBC4’s Going Forward with Jo Brand.

WHY? ‘Belly laughs with a subtle blend of mainstream gags and subversive twinkle’ Sunday Times

Courtyard Theatre
£24

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The Albion Christmas Band

An evening of traditional English Christmas music, songs and celebration.

Featuring the combined talents of Simon Nicol (Fairport Convention), Kellie While (Albion Band), Simon Care (Edward II) and the Guvnor himself, Ashley Hutchings. Expect a collection of new material alongside seasonal favourites including carols, spoken word, humorous readings and dance.

WHY? ‘The perfect antidote to the corporate Christmas’ The Guardian

Courtyard Theatre
£20


@nordenfarm
Albion Band's website

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Tina May (vocalist)

Truly ‘The Lady of Jazz’, with a stunning range and repertoire ideally suited to the intimate club-style setting of Jazz in the Studio at Norden Farm.

In combination with the remarkable musicianship of Piers Green (alto and tenor sax), Robin Aspland (piano) and Andy Cleyndert (bass).

WHY? ‘That great rarity, a singer who enhances a song’ The Observer

Studio
£15 (£13 conc) (£5 under 16s)

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New Year's Eve Hoedown at The Farm

Heck yeah, it’s a hoedown!

Our popular New Year’s Eve event returns to ring in 2018! Join ceilidh and barn dance band Cut a Shine for foot stomping, rip-roaring, thigh-slapping traditional music and a night of all types of barn dancing. A fun, lively and thrilling way to celebrate this New Year's Eve!

Age guidance 12+ years.

WHY? Dust off your cowboy hats, gingham checks or general fancy dress for frolics on the Courtyard Theatre dance floor

Norden Farm
£20 before 31 October, £25 after
Supporters £17 before 31 October, £22 after

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New Year's Day Concert

The annual sell out concert returns for a 17th year.

Full programme details to be announced.

WHY? Including works by Handel, Vivaldi and J S Bach

Courtyard Theatre
£18 (£16.50 conc), (£5 under 16s)

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The Snowman

An enchanting family friendly concert adaptation of Raymond Briggs’ much-loved story The Snowman.

Performed by Chamberhouse Winds, with narration by Jonathan Butcher. The ensemble will also play a selection of other short fun pieces to introduce the instruments before the story begins.

Suitable for 3+ yrs.

WHY? Stay on afterwards for the chance to try the instruments courtesy of Dawkes Music

Courtyard Theatre
£10 (£8 conc), Family & Friends (4 people) £32

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Stephen K Amos: Bread and Circuses

Brexit. Trump. No more Mary Berry on the Great British Bake Off. Things are looking bleak, so wouldn’t it be better to just forget all about it?

Comic maestro Stephen K Amos might not be able to provide bread to the hungry masses, but no one else is going to put on a better circus. Leave your problems behind for the evening in the company of the ‘effusively charming’ Amos and who knows? Maybe the world will seem just a little bit brighter.

After all, when Ancient Rome needed to distract itself from politics, a few solutions were suggested, but none hit the spot quite like the simple idea of giving the people cheap food and plentiful entertainment – ‘panem et circenses’ or ‘bread and circuses’. Our circuses might no longer involve gladiator fights to the death, but the same principle applies. Modern politics is a confusing mess, so no one can blame you for giving it a miss in favour of a night of laughs.

‘Deliciously deft…we roared at ad-libbing that was first rate throughout… you’ll leave the show smiling’ The Times

‘The feel good comedy of a true stand-up legend’ Perth Now

‘Laughs came thick and fast throughout… don’t miss it’ The Age Melbourne

‘A note perfect hour’ ★★★★★ Metro

Age guidance 16+ years.

£17.50

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Jonathan Pie: Back To The Studio (work in progress)

Jonathan Pie returns to the stage in early 2018 with a brand new live show following a sell out tour ending at The London Palladium, A show that was described as 'electrifying' Chortle, 'Blistering' Evening standard and 'desperately misjudged’ The Times.

The frustrated News reporter is back and he’s angrier than ever. Pie attempts to host a night of serious discussions on current affairs whilst simultaneously attempting to smash the system from within. Join him for a night of political comedy that soon descends into chaos.

This is political satire at its finest and Pie is ’the Most exciting satirical creation since partridge’ Rory Bremner.

Age guidance 16+ years.

£15

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Mark Watson: MW

After more than 100 dates on the road in 2016 with his best-reviewed show to date, 'I'm Not Here', and a similarly marathon effort with the previous tour, Mark Watson is amazed to find there are STILL some areas of the country he's not visited much, and some towns that have been neglected altogether.

It's hard to be everywhere at once, so he's narrowed it down to a sensible plan: for the next tour, Watson will only visit places beginning with M or W, his initials - as they've already shown a commitment by having those names in the first place. A few of these will be favourite old haunts like Winchester or Manchester, but quite a few of them are the result of Googling and quite a number are so remote that we won't know they definitely exist until we get there. Also, some aren't actually towns so much as trains (from Marylebone to Wycombe), or ferries (across the Mersey), or a helicopter museum (in the double-point-scoring Middle Wallop).

The material will be a mixture of the classic and the never-before-seen. And in some cases a fair bit of it will be about being on a train.

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Iain Stirling - U OK Hun? X

BAFTA-winning comedian Iain Stirling is back after a summer narrating smash hit Love Island (ITV2) and now you can see his actual face on his brand new tour!

Join the ‘star of comedy’ (The i) as he explores dinner party etiquette, feminism and the pressures on a generation brought up in a world of instant gratification. How has modern living affected our ability to find long term happiness? Can social media ever reflect real life? And why is the floor lava?

A firm Edinburgh Fringe favourite, Iain has sold out the festival an impressive five times to date. Currently on our screens as the host of ITV2’s newest hit gameshow CelebAbility, Iain’s intuitive razor-sharp humour has previously been seen on Virtually Famous (E4), Drunk History and Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central (both Comedy Central), Russell Howard's Good News and Sweat the Small Stuff (both BBC Three) and Fake Reaction and Safe Word (both ITV2).

'Provides an intriguing twentysomething perspective on the current state of his nation'
The Guardian

'Possesses all the born-with-it-or-you’re-not-qualities associated with the world’s leading comics' The List

Iain's Website

@IainDoesJokes

about 2 hours ago It's the countdown to the The Big Berkshire Beach Gig, hands up who's coming ‍♂️ ‍♀️ Hong Kong Drinking Team... https://t.co/xLjupVkmqu

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about 10 hours ago Our cinema is jam packed with film screenings next week! Find out more here --> https://t.co/gjkzrLH5zD

about 10 hours ago Our cinema is jam packed with film screenings next week! Find out more here --> https://norden.farm/events/future/film

about 24 hours ago 2 comments My last craft workshop of the summer holidays at Norden Farm is on Saturday 26th august 10.30-11.15 £5 per child. I'll be helping the children to do a mosaic of an initial (theirs or maybe a friends initial) which will then be mounted & ready to frame!

1 day ago A Lovely Night... - https://t.co/qvtq1jaCV9

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3 days ago Salsa at the Farm with Son Yambu returns this Sun 20 Aug at 7.30pm, serving up a thrilling night of authentic music and salsa! The action takes place on our Courtyard Theatre dance floor with the opportunity to learn a few steps at a free dance workshop beforehand. Spaces are limited, so don't miss out - they can be booked through our Box Office 01628 788997. Check out a clip of the band in action below or visit our website for more info --> http://bit.ly/2uzH4QL

3 days ago A fun fusion of two classic tales joins us on Wed 23 August at 11.30am and 2pm. Little Red Robin Hood features beautifully crafted puppets, clowning and gentle humour. The perfect summer holiday entertainment for ages 3+ years. More info and tickets here --> https://norden.farm/events/little-red-robin-hood

3 days ago Tricksters and Tutus - https://t.co/2FarVf6nZi

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