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Festive Markets

Our popular Artisan Fairs return this festive season.

Winter Night Market

Fri 2 Dec 6pm – 9pm

The perfect opportunity to browse for unique presents as local artisan stallholders showcase their handmade wears. Enjoy all your favourite festive snacks and beverages together with a well stocked bar featuring craft ales, mulled wine and a full food menu.

Your Christmas shopping just got a whole load more fun!

Stallholders include: Dana Kidson, Bourne end crafts, MindFill, Bindweed Art Studio, Sew Caroline, Montagu & Amber, Glitter Sweet Creations, Teasel Chocolates, Homemade Mama, Angela Heather Millinery, Babypumplekins, Karen Spencer Artist, Small Wonders Florals, Katie Sarah, Bright as a Button Jewellery, Map Gifts etc., Happy Leaf, Marmalove, BBLC Ltd/ Pamoose, Trudysbeads, The Tree Bees Bakery, Libra Fine Arts, Simply Made For You, Amoracandlesuk, Designs By Emma Louise.

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One Snowy Night

A Tale from Percy’s Park by Nick Butterworth.

One winter's night it was so cold it began to snow
Great big snowflakes fell past the window of Percy's hut…


Percy the Park keeper always feeds the animals in the park where he lives. But one cold winter’s night Percy finds his little friends shivering on the doorstep – they need more than food and he must find a way to help them…

A snuggly, fun and heart-warming story, with songs to sing along to and furry friends to meet. Age guidance 3+ years.

‘Magical – an ideal introduction to the theatre for children’ ★★★★★ The Stage

Created by Slot Machine, the company that brought the hit Christmas shows Miki and Kipper's Snowy Day to Norden Farm.

‘A little gem! ...Very creative and so much fun. Our daughter couldn't stop laughing out loud’ ★★★★★ Netmums

Meet Nick Butterworth
Acclaimed children's author Nick Butterworth will be joining us in the foyer to sign books after both the 11am and 2pm performances on Saturday 3 December.
Copies of One Snowy Night and other selected Nick Butterworth titles will be available on the day and online.

One Snowy Night Art Competition
Enter for the chance to win a goody bag and turn on the Christmas Lights with Percy the Park Keeper at Maidenhead Town Hall on Saturday 26 November! Click here for more information and to download an entry form

Relaxed Performances
The performances on Saturday 3 December at 11am and Wednesday 28 December at 11am are Relaxed. Ideal for families with babies or toddlers and children with SEND. Everyone is welcome to join us for this friendly format.

Signed Performance
The performance on Wednesday 21 December at 11am will be signed.

Run Time
One Snowy Night is 50 minutes long.

Tickets
Courtyard Theatre
£15 | £13 under 16s
£52 Family & Friends (4 people)

Tickets for children under 18 months
For this show, tickets/seats are not required for children under 18 months who are happy to sit on laps

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Crafternoons

Led by Kayleigh Robinson.

Norden Farm's Crafternoons are relaxed crafting sessions for older people.

Get crafty with a range of activities, or bring along your own projects to work on with support from tutor Kayleigh Robinson.

You can learn new skills, meet new people and try something new, a cup of tea is included with the ticket price. If you are unable to attend in person you can log on from home to chat and join in the session.

Wed 7 Dec Christmas Wreath
Wed 14 Dec Christmas Ornament
Wed 21 Dec Snow Globe


Wed 11 Jan Tie Dye Tote Bags
Wed 18 Jan Yarn String Ball Lights
Wed 25 Jan Mosaic
Wed 1 Feb Still Life Drawing
Wed 15 Feb Cloud Decorations
Wed 22 Feb Mini Scented Cushions
Wed 1 Mar Button Bowl
Wed 8 Mar Watercolour
Wed 15 Mar Book Folding Art
Wed 22 Mar Decoupage
Wed 29 Mar Puzzle Piece Art
Wed 5 Apr Easter Egg Decorating
Wed 12 Apr Miniature Garden
Wed 19 Apr Collage
Wed 26 Apr Ceramic Plates

Social Arts Crafternoons is a partially funded project run by Norden Farm with support from The Berkshire Community Foundation.

Suitable for ages 60+ years.

Spring
Wed 11 Jan - 26 Apr (exc 8 Feb)
2pm - 3pm
£5 per session, including a cup of tea

These are blended sessions, where you can take part in person at Norden Farm or online via Zoom.

If you need transport to Norden Farm for this session please contact Jess Thompson at jess.thompson@nordenfarm.org / 01628 682563 to talk through your requirements.

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Studio Art Club

Led by Helen Ridley

Every two weeks on Thursday from 11am - 2pm you will join local artist Helen Ridley to explore your inner artist.

Helen will demonstrate a range of techniques and materials, from watercolour and gouache to pencils and pastels.

Each session will explore a different theme with a range of references to choose from, giving you the opportunity to explore and experiment.

The Studio is open to all abilities and you will need to bring your own materials, please see details listed below:

Materials
● Watercolour paints
● Watercolour brushes
● Gouache paints
● Coloured pencils
● Coloured Pastels
● Watercolour paper
● Sketchbook to plan compositions and colour palettes

Mixed media paper will be available

The Studio Art Club runs from Thur 8 Sept every 2 weeks on the dates below.

Spring
Thur 19 Jan, 2 Feb, 16 Feb, 2 Mar, 16 Mar, 30 Mar, 13 Apr, 27 Apr
11am - 2pm
£28 per session | £184 per 8 week term

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Storytelling - Nicholsons Shopping Centre

Join Norden Farm Storytellers for FREE One Snowy Night storytelling in the Nicholson's Shopping Centre this festive season.

Taking place in Percy the Park Keeper's hut - the former Poppies unit at the Nicholson Centre (next to the carpark entrance).

Percy the Park Keeper and his friends are brought to life in a specially designed Story Den, created by the students of Berkshire College of Agriculture.

Snuggle into Percy's hut for stories, games and dressing up!

Suitable for ages 3+ years.

Tickets can be booked in advance or simply head down on the day (subject to availability)

Free Event
• Sat 26 Nov 11.30am and 12pm
• Sat 3 Dec 11.30am and 12pm
• Sat 10 Dec 11.30am and 12pm
• Sat 17 Dec 11.30am and 12pm

Storytelling is 20 minutes. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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The Bridge: in pastel or watercolour

Led by Jo Hall

One of the most inspiring features of our land and cityscape bridges from stepping stones to mighty suspension bridges have caught the imagination of the greatest artists including Turner and Whistler. Starting with the humbler and smallest we’ll explore painting several kinds of bridges in rural and city settings. Please bring your own materials. Some references will be supplied and you will be encouraged to bring your own. Scroll down to find detailed materials info.

10 Jan - 14 Feb
12.30pm - 3.30pm

£120 per 6-week course

Suitable for 18+ years

Materials info

Please bring the following: choosing whether to work in pastel or watercolour

All artists should bring a drawing board and paper towel, small sketchbook for composition thumbnail drawings and a pencil

For pastel: pastels (and if you have any a few pastel pencils), charcoal, putty eraser or Blu-tack, clips or tape to attach paper, pastel paper A3 or larger, useful but not essential any blending tools or brushes, table easel to keep your board as upright as possible, spray fixative to be used outside only

For watercolour: watercolour paints, palette, watercolour brushes and an old toothbrush, wax candle or clear wax crayon for resist techniques, water jars, small natural sponge, table easel or wooden block to tilt your board at a slight angle, not essential- masking fluid and old brush or applicator.

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Drawing on Coloured Papers

Led by Jo Hall

Choosing a different coloured paper for each session we explore how paper colour can be exploited as part of the composition. Within this we will look at line, tone, form, mark making, texture and pattern using a variety of drawing media. Initially working from still life objects, the first week from natural forms e.g. a sea shell or fruit, later in the course there will be an opportunity to draw a landscape in colour or make a portrait study using the three-crayon technique.

Some objects will be supplied for the first session or bring a natural form you would like to draw.

Please bring your own materials and scroll down for detailed info on what you will need.

Some papers will be available from the tutor at cost.

28 Feb - 4 Apr
12.30pm - 3.30pm

£120 per 6-week course

Suitable for 18+ years

Materials Info

We will experiment with coloured pastel papers and some smoother coloured drawing papers suitable for other drawing media. A small sample pack of papers for the first session (cost about £2.00) will be available from the tutor for the first session. Other coloured papers will also be available at cost.

Please bring: drawing board and clips or tape to hold your paper, putty eraser, plastic eraser, paper towel, spray fixative for chalky media (to be used outside only), craft knife or pencil sharpener, small piece of sandpaper, water pots if using pen and ink (plus brush for brush drawing with ink)

Drawing media: you will only need black and white for the first week

Choose from the following suggestions;

Dry media: charcoal and white chalk pastel, pastel pencil, conté crayon in black white and sanguine, any coloured pencil, or graphite pencil or block

Wet media: e.g. pen/stick/brush and ink, paint pen, black fine liner and brush pens

It would be good to have something from each list above. The different kinds of drawing media will be discussed at the first session. Don’t bring large tins and boxes of colour as we will be working in an almost monochrome way first of all gradually introducing more colour in the following weeks.

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