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Explore: Drama - Create Your Own Bedtime Story (Families)

Using your body, your voice and household object to create noises that will amuse, surprise and entertain you and your friends.

This event is part of Quest Family Fest 2019. Join us to navigate your way through 2 weeks of creative adventures.

Green Room
£4.50 per workshop
4 workshops £16

The Explore Pass offers access to 4 different workshops for £16 per person – saving £2 (Give it a Go! Festival Pass can be used by named participant only)

For your information:

  • We strongly recommend you book in advance for Explore workshops as it is highly unlikely that tickets will be available on the door
  • Workshops for specific age ranges are designed for the children to attend on their own.
  • Family Workshops are designed for children and adults to get creative together – a ticket must be booked for every participant attending
  • We expect the carpark to be busy so please allow at least 15-20 mins to park / walk to Norden Farm / pick up tickets / find your workshop
  • Workshops will take place across the building - Norden Farm will be well sign posted, use posters to find out where you should be and check the location on your tickets
  • We recommend dressing for mess at our workshops
  • The Café Bar will be open from 9am, serving food from 9am - 3pm. Why not start the day with breakfast? Snacks and soft drinks can be bought throughout the day. Newspapers and WiFi are available to keep adults entertained!
  • Our team of friendly Young Leader volunteers will be on hand to help (look out for their lanyards)
  • Have fun!

  • If you can no longer make your workshop, please let our Box Office team know so that the space can be freed up for another participant!

Disclaimer: Please note that a photographer will be present at some Explore! Workshops. Images will be used for Norden Farm marketing purposes, including, but not limited to, use in printed material such as brochures, on the website and social media, and in local publications. If you do not wish your child to be photographed, please advise our Box Office team on the day (Friday 19 April).

Click here to learn all about The Quest. Collect stamps this school holiday to become the Ultimate Explorer.

other events you may be interested in

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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

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Storytelling

11am and 1.30pm.

Join our storytellers in the magical story den for interactive tales this summer holiday!

Wed 7 Aug - Kites by Simon Mole
Sat 24 Aug - Kites by Simon Mole

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

Age guidance: 3-7 years.

£2 per person

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Arts and Crafts Session

Craft activities to keep the little ones entertained this school holiday.

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

Sessions are 45 minutes.

Thur 1 Aug - Stained glass birds
Fri 2 Aug - Heart shaped picture frames
Sat 3 Aug - Rainbow door hangers

Tues 6 Aug - Wooden tool box
Wed 7 Aug - Jumbo people and costume drawings
Thur 8 Aug - Bug crowns and bead making
Fri 9 Aug - Mini picture frames and rainbow scratch pictures

Tues 13 Aug - Under the sea UV paintings
Wed 14 Aug - Dragons flyers and mobiles
Thur 15 Aug - Mini super hero’s
Fri 16 Aug - Stained glass candle holders

Age guidance: 5-8 years.

£5 per child


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Goan Chill Out

Relax and kick back in our peaceful Goan chill out space.

Lie back and enjoy projections in the fisherman’s hut or go fish in shiny waters and add your creations to the walls. Gentle rhythmic sounds in this colour filled space complete the total relaxation experience.

This gallery installation includes work made with local schools through Norden Farm’s Farm Out programme and with young people through our Young Creatives programme supported by the Spoore Merry and Rixman Foundation. Suitable for everyone, including children with SEND.

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The Maidenhead Beach at Norden Farm

The ever popular Maidenhead Beach is back, all summer long – inspired by the laid back tropical paradise that is Goa.


Join us for the Grand Opening on Wednesday 24 July from 10.30am

  • Free 15 minute Bollywood Dance Taster Session in the Café Bar – led by Parveen Chana
  • Enter our free prize draw for the chance to win a family ticket for one of our summer family shows or films
  • Free tropical juice drink for children - available from the Café Bar between 10.30am - 11am (subject to availability)
  • Featuring a special appearance from Harmony the Mermaid before she represents Berkshire in the finals of Miss Mermaid UK
  • Take some snaps in our prop filled photo area in the foyer
  • Free activity and colouring sheets
  • Kite Making Workshops between 11.15am - 1.15pm (£3.50 per person)

The Beach has been designed and handmade by Norden Farm with the help of the community.

It’s free to play on every day with beachside tables available for snacks and lunch from the Cafe Bar (including children’s picnic bags).

For maximum chill out, explore the indoor chill out space in our Gallery. It is designed for children with SEND and features work from local schools. Lie back and enjoy projections in the fisherman’s hut or go fish in shiny waters and add your creations to the walls.

All of this and a full programme of family films and live events, the Goan Beach is the perfect place to pitch up this Summer.


Peel yourself off the beach and get creative with your little ones in our daily Beach Craft sessions:

Arts and Crafts (45 mins) | £5 per child Monday – Saturday 10.30am

Or sit back and relax with them in the story den for our Storytelling sessions:

Storytelling (20 mins) | £2 per person Monday – Saturday 1.30pm and 3.30pm


The Community Kite Festival and Workshops

The Community Kite Festival is a free event taking place in Boyn Grove Park (Punt Hill) on Sunday 1 September – everyone welcome! The festival runs from 1pm – 4pm.

The workshops are led by specialist kite makers, Community Kite Project.

In these drop-in sessions our practitioners will guide you through the process of making either the Patang Kite – the Indian Fighter Kite, or a classic Trapezoid Kite.

Make and decorate your kite to stand out in the sky at the Community Kite Festival which takes place in Boyn Grove Park on Sunday 1 September.

Kite Making Workshops

  • Wednesday 24 July | 11.15am - 1.15pm
  • Wednesday 7 August | 11.30am – 1pm and 2pm – 3.30pm
  • Wednesday 14 August | 11.30am – 1pm and 2pm – 3.30pm
  • Saturday 24 August | 11.30am – 1pm and 2pm – 3.30pm

Workshops are suitable for all the family and tickets are £3.50 per person.

Please note a space must be booked for every person attending the workshop, including supervising adults.

Click here to visit our drop in workshop booking page.


A photographer representing Norden Farm may be present throughout the summer holiday at The Maidenhead Beach.

These images may be published by Norden Farm in the press and on social media platforms. Images may also be used for external distribution and used in marketing materials including, but not limited to, brochures, flyers, adverts and banners.

If you are visiting The Maidenhead Beach and would rather not be in our photos, please speak to our Box Office team when you arrive.


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Kite Workshops

Get involved at Kite Making Workshops across the school holidays, then see your creation take to the sky!

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about 3 hours ago Janine Johnson brings The Hits of Whitey Houston to Norden Farm on Saturday 21 September --> https://norden.farm/events/the-hits-of-whitney-houston Bringing the soul and power of one of the greatest soul singers of all time Janine recreates some of Whitney’s timeless tracks including I Wanna Dance With Somebody, I Will Always Love You and The Greatest Love Of All!

about 19 hours ago See comedian, Tom Rosenthal live on Thursday 19 September --> https://norden.farm/events/tom-rosenthal-manhood Let the beaky boy from Channel 4’s Friday Night Dinner and ITV’s Plebs entertain you with a brand-new stand-up show Manhood!

1 day ago ‘Disney's live-action remake is a technological marvel of unprecedented hyperrealism’ ★★★★ Independent Disney’s live action The Lion King boasts an-all-star cast including Beyoncé and Donald Glover – see it on the big screen from Fri 23 Aug --> https://norden.farm/events/the-lion-king-pg

1 day ago Papa Truck headline The Big Berkshire Beach Gig on Saturday 24 August 8pm --> https://norden.farm/events/the-big-berkshire-beach-gig-64 Bluegrass music straight out of the home counties! This five piece band take influences from genres including rock, pop, folk and blues to produce their British Bluegrass sound.

2 days ago Our Creative Arts Social Club have been busy creating some masterpieces - have a look at their goldfish and beach scenes from the past two sessions More information about Creative Arts Social Club here --> https://norden.farm/events/creative-arts-social-club-67

2 days ago This summer we have brought back some of our favourite movies of the season so of course we had to bring back The Favourite See the Oscar winning performance by Olivia Colman as Queen Anne on Wed 21 and Thur 22 Aug --> https://norden.farm/events/the-favourite-15

2 days ago Have you all got the Norden Farm Community Kite Festival in the diary? ...we hope so! ☀️ Join us for a free to attend afternoon of fun for all the community! Grab your kite and head down to Boyn Grove Park Sunday 1 September between 1pm - 4pm! Everyone is welcome, with or without a kite! The afternoon will include kite flying, kite making, food from local vendors, MD Ice, Pizza Pals, Livity Kitchen and Barbarian Grill Ltd and if you get thirsty a bar serving soft drinks and beer provided by Marlow based Rebellion Brewery. And new for this year a live music stage featuring top local talent. The line up includes singer songwriters Horizon, Tara Deane, Cannibal, L. and folk duo Tomorrow Bird. See you there! ⭐ Food ⭐Kite Flying ⭐ Bar ⭐ Music ⭐ See you there!

2 days ago True Gold - The Spandau Ballet Experience perform the music of Spandau Ballet with precise musicianship that will leave you stunned on Sat 14 Sept --> https://norden.farm/events/true-gold-the-spandau-ballet-experience Sing along to timeless tracks such as Cut A Long Story Short; True and Gold

2 days ago RT @JulianDutton1: ️ Do you live within a 1000-mile radius of the royal county of Berskhire? I shall be performing my John Le Mesurier sho…

2 days ago Our gallery is a great place to go to escape the weather - Our Goan Chill Out exhibition is open until Sun 25 Aug and is free to explore --> https://norden.farm/events/goan-chill-out Discover our fisherman's hut with colourful artwork and projections. Don't forget to colour in your very own mandala while crashing out on our beanbags and play with shadows on our giant mandala.

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