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Community Kite Festival

Kite Flying • Food • Bar • Live Music • Kite Making

Join us at Boyn Grove Park (Punt Hill) for our Community Kite Festival on Sunday 1 September between 1pm - 4pm. It's free to attend!

Round off the summer holidays in style with an afternoon of fun for all the community! Bring your kite creations, pre-owned or shop bought kites and join our team to fly them on the hill. Everyone is welcome, with or without a kite!

As well as all the kite flying fun, the afternoon will include kite making, food from local vendors food from local vendors including the return of MD Ice, serving ice cream and sweet treats and Pizza Pals with delicious wood fired pizzas cooked with hand-stretched dough and home-made sauce.

Livity Kitchen bring food for the mind, body and soul! Offering healthy, delicious and ethical vegan food and Barbarian Grill Ltd bring their one of a kind American style BBQ grill smoker which burns wood right on the spot.

And if you get thirsty a bar serving soft drinks and beer provided Marlow based Rebellion Brewery.

New for this year a live music stage featuring top local talent and a special appearance from local Eagle Claw Kung Fu school with their award winning Lion Dance. See full line up details below.

At the event, there'll be the last chance opportunity to get creative and make your very own kite if you haven’t already.

The free festival day workshop runs from 1pm – 4pm in Boyn Grove Park.

To help make the best workshop experience for kite makers on the day, please book a free place at one of our workshop slots below:.**

1pm – 1.45pm

2pm – 2.45pm

3pm – 3.45pm

Your free ticket will ensure you can make a kite on the day (as long as you arrive for your selected time slot). On the day there will be a handful of drop in slots available for each time block, but we do recommend booking in to avoid disappointment.


Kite Festival Music Line Up:

New for this year, there is also a fabulous line up of local talent performing on the Festival's acoustic stage. Norden Farm are excited to announce this year’s line up, which has been curated by local singer-songwriter Tara Deane.

Horizon is a singer/songwriter based in Berkshire. He has been on three UK tours and one European tour supporting big names on the acoustic scene such as Brightr. He has also released three EPs.

Cannibal is Hayley Canham, a 17 year old singer-songwriter and guitarist. Her first five singles have been played on BBC Radio under BBC Introducing. Hayley had also stared as Matilda in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Matilda the Musical in London’s West End.

Tomorrow Bird are an acoustic folk-duo hailing from Reading. This musical pairing of Jen Bird and Simon Driscoll gives rise to a stunning live act that leaves audiences transfixed.

Tara Deane has been performing up and down the country for the past seven years. She regularly performs in London and has made appearances on the radio. Accompanied by her full acoustic band, you are sure to be entertained!


With thanks to our funders: Shanly Foundation, RBWM, The Louis Baylis (Maidenhead Advertiser) Charitable Trust, and The Cyril Taylor Charitable Foundation.


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The Bear

From the book by Raymond Briggs

Adapted by Pins and Needles Productions.

Ever wondered what it would be like to sit on a polar bear's lap? Or ride on its back? Have you ever tried to give a polar bear a bath, or clear up its poo?
One night when she's fast asleep, Tilly is visited by an enormous bear. It has a big black tongue and a yawn as big as your head. But Tilly's not scared.

The story of a little girl who befriends a mischievous polar bear, this playful, funny and heart-warming tale is one of imagination and growing up.

Featuring inventive design, original music, and magical puppetry.

'Move over War Horse, this polar puppet is magic' The Guardian

Click here to read the full review.

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The Carnival of the Animals - Sunday Lantern Making Workshop

Get ready to join the parade!

Weave and decorate willow to create lanterns inspired by the animal world. Lanterns created at these family workshops will be illuminated at Norden Farm’s annual Lantern Parade on Saturday 8 December.

Workshops take place throughout November and December:

Norden Farm
Sun 18 and 25 Nov, Sun 2 Dec
10.30am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 3.30pm

Maidenhead Town Centre
Sat 17 and 24 Nov, Sat 1 Dec
10am – 4pm (drop in)

Last chance workshop (drop in)
Maidenhead Library
Sat 8 Dec
10.30am – 2pm

We will accept walk up’s at this workshop but, because of the limited time we have and the expected numbers of attendees at the session, we cannot guarantee that we can work with every walk up – people who have pre-booked (and arrive in good time) will be guaranteed to make their lantern.

It takes around 15 / 20 minutes to make a lantern – the last Lanterns will be started at 1.45pm – arrivals after this time (pre-booked or walk up) will not be able to make a lantern.

On the day we will be issuing numbered tickets when participants arrive, and our Young Leaders will call the number when it is your turn to make a lantern – this is the fairest way to deal with the amount of people.

Suitable for all ages and all the family.

£4 per person. (Please note a space must be booked for every person attending the workshop – including supervising adults)


Lantern Parade

Sat 8 Dec | Outside Maidenhead Town Hall | Free event!

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Cookham and Maidenhead Arts Trail Exhibition

The Cookham and Maidenhead Arts Trail will be showcasing the work of many of the artists taking part in this year’s trail.

Works in diverse media will include painting, glass, jewellery, ceramics, printmaking and photography. The exhibition will be open either side of the trail weekend itself.

For the sixth year, local artists will be opening their studios to the public on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 September.

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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.

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 showcase.

This Autumn term, Youth Theatre Group H will be working towards a performance of The Adventures of Jason and the Argonauts, adapted from the ancient myths by Phil Willmott.

Climb aboard the mighty ship Argo to join heroic Prince Jason, plucky Princess Medea, Hercules and all the gang for a lively retelling of the greatest adventure story ever told!

Performance date: Sunday 8 December


Sundays
4pm
£97 per term
School Year 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11


'Gave me the skills and confidence to get into drama school and pursue a career in acting' Lizzy Maillard

‘I went on to get a degree in film and theatre, and now teach drama to children myself’ Ryan Tomlinson

'Film-making at 15, scripting at 16, and crying that it had to end at 18. 5yrs later, I'm working full-time in television' Kat Mace


Photography credit Luminous Photography.

Click here to visit the Troublemaker Theatre Company website

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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.

Autumn
Tues 17 Sept – 26 Nov (exc 29 Oct)
5.45pm – 7pm
£67 per 10 week term

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Bollywood Dance

Led by Parveen Chana

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.

Autumn
Sat 21 Sept – 30 Nov (exc 2 Nov)
10am – 11am
£67 per 10 week term


Suitable for 6+ years.

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