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Hot Desk at the Farm

Looking for somewhere different to work? Need a break from your usual desk? Rent a co-working space in the 18th century farmhouse at Norden Farm Centre for the Arts in Maidenhead.

For £40 per desk per day (+ VAT) you can expect:

• A desk space in a co-working office in a creative environment
• Available from 11am to 10pm Tuesday to Saturday
• Free WiFi
• Free parking and bike racks
• On site Café and Bar – for breaks or business meetings
• Access to tea and coffee making facilities
• 3 workstations available

This is a unique working environment, a place where you can network with other creatives.

There’s on site entertainment every day (cinema, gigs, comedy) and bookable meeting spaces including the atmospheric Long Barn which holds up to 80 people.

So if you need a break from your normal working day, become part of the vibrant community at Norden Farm.

Just book your spot online and turn up!

Covid safety:
Our co-working spaces are located in the Farmhouse. So that the room can be sanitised between each use, the booking cut off for a Hot Desk is 9pm the night before.
Hand sanitiser stations can be found at each entrance to the building and at other points throughout the venue. Please use the sanitiser on arrival.
You can read more Covid safety information here.

Due to staff shortages our kitchen will be closed until Tuesday 6 September. The bar will remain open as normal. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

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Beginners/Gentle Yoga

Led by Julie Potter

This class is particularly suited to beginners, those returning to yoga having had a break, those with specific injuries or conditions or even those that consider themselves to be of a ‘certain age’ that might need a less challenging approach. We will cover general breathing practises, the basic and gentler postures, together with general information and possible discussion around movement and the potential difficulties we might come up against.

The aim will be to relax and enjoy.

The yoga I teach is an evolution of nearly 30 years of practice and study, with a broad experience of many styles and teachers. In recent years I have been moving away from ‘external’ evaluation of the postures and moving towards an ‘internal’ sense of the postures, moving away from the more used traditional approach of systemised yoga to a more experiential and ‘felt’ approach, influenced by teachers who have been inspired by the teachings of Vanda Scaravelli.

Summer
Wed 15 Jun - 20 Jul, Wed 27 Jul - 17 Aug
11am - 12.15pm
£10 per session, £28 per 4 week course, £35 per 5 week course, £42 per 6 week course

Autumn
Wed 14 Sept - 26 Oct, Wed 2 Nov - 14 Dec
11am - 12.15pm
£10 per session | £49 per 7 week course

This class will take place both in person and online via Zoom.

You will find the link to access the session in your booking confirmation email

Due to staff shortages our kitchen will be closed until Tuesday 6 September. The bar will remain open as normal. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

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Art Week

Join Lucy Wright on a creative adventure this summer.

Over four days you will create artworks to display in a magical art gallery where the artwork comes to life.

Exploring artists from around the world you will create costumes, sculpture, paintings and so much more in an art extravaganza which culminates in a final exhibition... with a twist. As we wander through the gallery the pieces will begin to tell their own stories as if under a spell.

This fun and energetic course is perfect for artists and makers of all kinds, providing a stimulating and creative way to spend the summer, come along and set your imagination free!

Suitable for ages 8 – 14 years.

Tues 16 – Fri 19 Aug | 11am – 4pm
£160 | £145 Advantage Card Holders

Due to staff shortages our kitchen will be closed until Tuesday 6 September. The bar will remain open as normal. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

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Summer Treasure Hunt

Norden Farm are getting into the summer vibe this year with a beach themed treasure hunt around the building.

Follow the clues to complete Michael Rosen’s sea-inspired poem Over My Toes and then get creative composing your own poems and pictures.

The treasure hunt is tactile and the clues are suitable for children with visual impairments (with adult assistance). You can also scan a QR code to listen to Michael Rosen reading his poem once you have completed the trail.

We’d love to read your creations and share your experiences of taking part in our treasure hunt. Tag us in your pictures @nordenfarm on Instagram and Twitter / @nordenfarmcentreforthearts on Facebook!

Fri 22 Jul – Thur 25 Aug

Free to take part

Treasure Hunt sheets are available from Box Office or Café Bar.


Text copyright © 1986 Michael Rosen ‘Over My Toes’ from BANANAS IN MY EARS Written by Michael Rosen & Illustrated by Quentin Blake Reproduced by permission of Walker Books Ltd, London, SE11 5HJ www.walker.co.uk

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Arts and Crafts Session

Led by Jess Thompson and Kayleigh Robinson

Join Norden Farm for an hour of summer art, get crafty in the sunshine with these fun and inspirational craft sessions!

Fri 29 Jul 11.30am
Led by Kayleigh Robinson

Sun Prints and Frames
Harness the power of sunlight to create fun images on special paper. Design your print using objects to create the shape on the paper. Once finished, display your creation in a frame you can decorate and take home!

Fri 5 Aug 11.30am
Led by Kayleigh Robinson

Wooden Sea Scene and Suncatchers
Use paints and pens to design your very own suncatcher and make and design your own 3D wooden sea scene to display by your window!

Wed 17 Aug 11.30am
Led by Jess Thompson
Pirate's parakeets! Create your own bird friend to perch on your wrist.

Wed 24 Aug 11.30am
Led by Jess Thompson
Cool off with this mixed media ice-cream art session, using print making, painting and collage techniques to create fabulous ice cream art.

£4 per child

Suitable for ages 3 - 8 years
All materials provided; children must be accompanied by an adult.

Please wear scruffy clothes as we will be using paint and glue.

Please prepare for your visit by reading our latest Visitor Information here. This includes important information about face coverings and measures we have implemented to keep everyone safe when visiting Norden Farm.

Due to staff shortages our kitchen will be closed until Tuesday 6 September. The bar will remain open as normal. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.


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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 10 Aug Clay Dishes
Wed 17 Aug Ceramic Coasters
Wed 24 Aug Quilling
Wed 7 Sept Wooden Bird Boxes
Wed 14 Sept Polymer Clay Beads
Wed 21 Sept Macramé
Wed 28 Sept Felting
Wed 5 Oct Autumn Wreath
Wed 12 Oct Embroidery
Wed 19 Oct Plant Pot
Wed 26 Oct Ceramic Pumpkin
Wed 2 Nov Petal/Leaf Jar
Wed 9 Nov Bird Feeder
Wed 16 Nov Canvas Painting
Wed 23 Nov Marbled Vases
Wed 30 Nov Christmas Card
Wed 7 Dec Christmas Wreath
Wed 14 Dec Christmas Ornament
Wed 21 Dec Snow Globe


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

Suitable for ages 60+ years.
Wed 22 Jun - 24 Aug, Wed 7 Sept – 21 Dec
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.

Due to staff shortages our kitchen will be closed until Tuesday 6 September. The bar will remain open as normal. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

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DC League of Super Pets (PG)

Dir: Jared Stern and Sam Levine 2021 | 105 mins

Krypto the Super-Dog and Superman are inseparable best friends, sharing the same superpowers and fighting crime in Metropolis side by side. When Superman and the rest of the Justice League are kidnapped, Krypto must convince a rag-tag shelter pack - Ace the hound, PB the potbellied pig, Merton the turtle and Chip the squirrel - to master their own newfound powers and help him rescue the superheroes.

£9 | £7 under 16s
Family & Friends (4 people) £28

Relaxed screening
The screening on Thur 18 Aug 2pm is Relaxed - everyone is welcome to join us for this friendly format. The lights are kept on low and the audience are free to move around, make noise or come in and out of the theatre as needed.

Due to staff shortages our kitchen will be closed until Tuesday 6 September. The bar will remain open as normal. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

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The Railway Children Return (PG)

Dir: Morgan Matthews, 2022 | 95 mins

Inspired by one of the most beloved British family films of all time, The Railway Children Return is an enchanting, moving and heart-warming adventure for a new generation.

1944. As life in Britain’s cities becomes increasingly perilous, three evacuee children – Lily, Pattie and Ted Watts – are sent by their mother from Salford to the Yorkshire village of Oakworth. There to meet them on the train station platform are Bobbie Waterbury (Jenny Agutter, reprising her iconic role in the original film), her daughter, Annie, and grandson Thomas, and with their help the evacuees are soon settling into their new life in the countryside.

When the children discover injured American soldier Abe hiding out in the railyard at Oakworth Station, they are thrust into a dangerous quest to assist their new friend who, like them, is a long way from home.

Starring Jenny Agutter, Sheridan Smith and Tom Courtenay.

£10.50 | £9.50 conc

Three Films 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.

Bring Baby Screening
The screening on Thur 18 Aug 11.30am is exclusively for parents, carers and grown-ups 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.

Talking Tables
The screening on Tues 16 Aug 2pm is a Talking Tables screening. These events aim to bring people together in a relaxed environment to discuss films, share ideas and most importantly - to meet new people! It is particularly aimed at people coming to Norden Farm on their own, but all are welcome. To take part, simply book in to see the screening, then join the group in the foyer before and after the film.

Due to staff shortages our kitchen will be closed until Tuesday 6 September. The bar will remain open as normal. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

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Acoustic Guitar - Beginners (A)

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

Tues 6 Sept - 4 Oct, Tues 11 Oct - 15 Nov (exc 25 Oct), Tues 22 Nov - 20 Dec
7pm - 8pm
£40 per 5 week course

This class will take place both in person and online via Zoom.

You will find the link to access the session in your booking confirmation email

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

Please prepare for your visit by reading our latest Visitor Information here. This includes important information about face coverings and measures we have implemented to keep everyone safe when visiting Norden Farm.

Due to staff shortages our kitchen will be closed until Tuesday 6 September. The bar will remain open as normal. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

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Dr Who: Classic Movie Double Bill (PG)

Dir: Gordon Flemyng 1965 / 1966 |182 mins

A brand new 4K restorations of the two classic Dr. Who feature-length films starring award-winning actor Peter Cushing – Dr. Who and the Daleks' and Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D.

Released initially in 1965 and 1966 respectively and directed by Gordon Flemyng, these two films, shot in glorious Technicolor, have been regenerated in out-of-this-world 4K. The films also boast a beloved supporting cast including Bernard Cribbins, Roberta Tovey, Roy Castle and Jennie Linden.

Dr. Who and the Daleks' (1965) was the first big screen film adaptation of British TV’s most iconic sci-fi hero, and the first time Doctor Who was ever seen in colour. Having invented the Tardis, a strange machine capable of travelling into other dimensions, the Doctor and his three young accomplices set forth on a quest through time and space. Their journey takes them into the dark, undiscovered depths of the universe and to the planet of Skaro, a primitive world devastated by nuclear war and populated by two warring species, a peaceful tribe known as Thals and a life form heavily mutated by radiation, encased in protective machines, a merciless force of destruction known as The Daleks!

The second film, Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D sees Cushing return to the big screen – the future of Planet Earth now belongs to The Daleks, but deep within the London Underground a group of resistance freedom fighters are planning an attack. Can The Doctor help them succeed in destroying their extra-terrestrial enemies and take back control of Earth?

£10.50 | £9.50 conc

Three Films 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.

Socially Distanced Screening
The screening on Wed 17 Aug 7.30pm is socially distanced with a reduced capacity. Face coverings are optional. Food and drink from our Cafe Bar can be taken into the theatre as normal.

Talking Tables
The screening on Tues 16 Aug 8pm is a Talking Tables screening. These events aim to bring people together in a relaxed environment to discuss films, share ideas and most importantly - to meet new people! It is particularly aimed at people coming to Norden Farm on their own, but all are welcome. To take part, simply book in to see the screening, then join the group in the foyer before and after the film.

Due to staff shortages our kitchen will be closed until Tuesday 6 September. The bar will remain open as normal. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

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Acoustic Guitar - Beginners (B)

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

Wed 7 Sept - 5 Oct, Wed 12 Oct - 16 Nov (exc 26 Oct), Wed 23 Nov - 21 Dec
8.30pm - 9.30pm
£40 per 5 week course

This class will take place both in person and online via Zoom.

You will find the link to access the session in your booking confirmation email

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

Please prepare for your visit by reading our latest Visitor Information here. This includes important information about face coverings and measures we have implemented to keep everyone safe when visiting Norden Farm.

Due to staff shortages our kitchen will be closed until Tuesday 6 September. The bar will remain open as normal. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

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Zumba (Thursdays)

Led by Annet Bowler

Zumba with Annet is a fun, easy to follow, dance based class. Get fit and exercise in disguise to uplifting Latin rhythms!

This 60 minute class feels more than a party that exercise class. It suits all levels of ability and beginners are very welcome.

Zumba is a total workout, combining all elements of fitness – cardio, muscle conditioning, balance and flexibility.

It can help make you feel happy, healthy, strong, amazing, unstoppable and confident!

Summer
Thur 5 May - 25 Aug
Carla Leech will be covering Annet's class on Thur 25 Aug.

11.30am – 12.30pm
£6 per class


This class will take place both in person and online via Zoom.

If you are taking part online, you will find the link to access the session in your booking confirmation email

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

If the tutor is unavailable for a session, a replacement will be provided wherever possible.

Please prepare for your visit by reading our latest Visitor Information here. This includes important information about face coverings and measures we have implemented to keep everyone safe when visiting Norden Farm.

Due to staff shortages our kitchen will be closed until Tuesday 6 September. The bar will remain open as normal. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

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Japanese Calligraphy Summer Workshop

Led by Eiko Ishida.

Design a fan with Japanese calligraphy.

Learn little by little how to concentrate on flow, conduct and apply it with brush and ink in a peaceful setting.

In this workshop, you will be shown the basic principles of writing Japanese characters; using the traditional Japanese materials of a brush, ink and Japanese paper.

You will be guided how to create your first brush strokes and how to build on these basic steps to create some lovely Japanese characters on a traditional Japanese fan.

Everybody is welcome – no calligraphy experience or Japanese language skills are necessary.

Thur 21 Jul and Thur 18 Aug | 1pm – 4pm
£48 per workshop
Suitable for ages 18+ years.

Due to staff shortages our kitchen will be closed until Tuesday 6 September. The bar will remain open as normal. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

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Lightyear (PG)

Dir: Angus MacLane 2022 | 100 mins

The definitive origin story of Buzz Lightyear - the hero who inspired the toy - introducing the legendary Space Ranger who would win generations of fans. Join Buzz as he embarks on an intergalactic adventure with a group of ambitious recruits and his robot companion.

Courtyard Theatre
£9 | £7 under 16s
Family & Friends (4 people) £28

Due to staff shortages our kitchen will be closed until Tuesday 6 September. The bar will remain open as normal. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

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Acoustic Guitar - Beginners (C)

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

Thur 8 Sept - 6 Oct, Thur 13 Oct - 17 Nov (exc 27 Oct), Thur 3 Nov - 22 Dec
7pm - 8pm
£40 per 5 week course
Booking cut off time: 6pm on the first day of each course

This class will take place both in person and online via Zoom.

You will find the link to access the session in your booking confirmation email

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

Please prepare for your visit by reading our latest Visitor Information here. This includes important information about face coverings and measures we have implemented to keep everyone safe when visiting Norden Farm.

Due to staff shortages our kitchen will be closed until Tuesday 6 September. The bar will remain open as normal. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

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Book Club

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

This season the Book Club will be reading

21 Jul - The Authenticity Project by Clare Pooley
18 Aug - The Phone Box at the End of the World by Laura Messina

Suitable for 18+ years.

Spaces are limited, early booking is advised to avoid disappointment.

Thur 21 Jul, 18 Aug, 29 Sept, 20 Oct, 10 Nov, 15 Dec
7.30pm – 9.30pm
£5 per session (includes a glass of wine or soft drink from the bar)

Please prepare for your visit by reading our latest Visitor Information here. This includes important information about face coverings and measures we have implemented to keep everyone safe when visiting Norden Farm.

Due to staff shortages our kitchen will be closed until Tuesday 6 September. The bar will remain open as normal. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

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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.

Thur 8 Sept - 6 Oct, Thur 13 Oct - 17 Nov (exc 27 Oct), Thur 3 Nov - 22 Dec
8.30pm - 9.30pm
£40 per 5 week course

This class will take place both in person and online via Zoom.

You will find the link to access the session in your booking confirmation email

Suitable for 18+ years.

Please prepare for your visit by reading our latest Visitor Information here. This includes important information about face coverings and measures we have implemented to keep everyone safe when visiting Norden Farm.

Due to staff shortages our kitchen will be closed until Tuesday 6 September. The bar will remain open as normal. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

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Intermediate Yoga

Led by Julie Potter

This class is suited to those who have been practising for at least 6. My intention for this class is to move our practise forward, explore different avenues and approaches to the traditional postures. We will be aiming to be going deeper into ‘awareness’ and ‘noticing’.

The yoga I teach is an evolution of over 20 years of practice and study, perhaps moving away from ‘external’ evaluation of the postures and moving towards an ‘internal’ sense of the postures, moving away from the more used traditional approach of systemised yoga to a more experiential approach. Whilst looking at traditional Hatha Yoga postures and pranayamas, I will be encouraging fun and freedom within the traditional structure, whilst taking into our awareness fundamental anatomical and functional aspects required by our bodies for maximum wellbeing benefits.

Fri 15 July - 19 Aug (exc 5 Aug)
Fri 9 Sept - 28 Oct (exc 30 Sept), Fri 4 Nov - 16 Dec
£10 per session, or £49 per 7 week course
11am - 12.15pm

This class will take place both in person and online via Zoom.

You will find the link to access the session in your booking confirmation email

Please prepare for your visit by reading our latest Visitor Information here. This includes important information about face coverings and measures we have implemented to keep everyone safe when visiting Norden Farm.

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Leo's Circus Student Showcase

A spectacular circus showcase from the students of Leo's Circus!

Expect incredible performances in silks, rope, hoop & trapeze!

It's showtime! We're bringing you a night of spectacular and aerial performance put together by the students at Leo's Circus.

They have been working on their circus skills and are ready to put on their firs circus show.

Expect to see an exciting display of acts on aerial silks, rope, hoop, and trapeze. The show will bring a variety of circus artists together with mind-blowing performances and jaw-dropping acts that will keep you on your toes!

Our 10 spectacular performances by the students at Leo’s Circus will keep you on the edge of your seat!

See the gravity-defying feats and enjoy an evening out with your family and friends!

Let this be an inspiration to the next generation of aerial artists.

Courtyard Theatre
£15
£8 under 15s
Under 3s - FREE (please select 'Free seat' ticket option)
Family (2 adults, 2 children) £40

Due to staff shortages our kitchen will be closed until Tuesday 6 September. The bar will remain open as normal. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

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Mindfulness

Led by Kate Hughes

Join Kate Hughes of Kate Hughes Meditation for an hour of mindfulness, designed to promote calm and awareness.

During the session we will explore breathing techniques, different kinds of meditation, and various mindfulness exercises including some gentle movement (this can be adapted to suit all mobility levels).

No experience of meditation or mindfulness is required, and these sessions are suitable for you if you are an absolute beginner or have done some kind of mindfulness practice before.

Please wear comfortable clothing. The session will end with a relaxation exercise and you may wish to bring your own mat and blanket, although these will be provided.

Fri 19 Aug, 23 Sept, 21 Oct, 25 Nov, 16 Dec
7.30pm – 8.30pm
£12 per session

Please prepare for your visit by reading our latest Visitor Information here. This includes important information about face coverings and measures we have implemented to keep everyone safe when visiting Norden Farm.

Due to staff shortages our kitchen will be closed until Tuesday 6 September. The bar will remain open as normal. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

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Bunty and Bubbly

Bunty and Bubbly have been entertaining their audiences together for the past six years, singing classic Bollywood romantic songs as well as some of the newer hits.

The duo love the golden oldies originally sung by Lata, Rafi and Kishore, but equally enjoy some of the latest songs by Udit Narayan and Kumar Sanu.

They both grew up watching Hindi movies and love to add a hint of 'Filminess' when they sing. The pair are are children of the 90's era and have grown up watching Salman Khan and Shah Rukh doing their thing on screen. Their dramatics on screen have added a touch of influence to Bunty and Bubbly's songs.

Studio
£15

Due to staff shortages our kitchen will be closed until Tuesday 6 September. The bar will remain open as normal. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

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Zumba (Saturdays)

Led by Annet Bowler

Zumba with Annet is a fun, easy to follow, dance based class. Get fit and exercise in disguise to uplifting Latin rhythms!

This 60 minute class feels more than a party that exercise class. It suits all levels of ability and beginners are very welcome.

Zumba is a total workout, combining all elements of fitness – cardio, muscle conditioning, balance and flexibility.

It can help make you feel happy, healthy, strong, amazing, unstoppable and confident!

15 Jan - 30 Apr (exc 26 Feb), Sat 7 May - 20 Aug
Carla Leech will be covering Annet's classes on Sat 2 and 9 Apr.
11.30am – 12.30pm
£6 per class


Suitable for ages 18+ years.

Please prepare for your visit by reading our latest Visitor Information here. This includes important information about face coverings and measures we have implemented to keep everyone safe when visiting Norden Farm.

Due to staff shortages our kitchen will be closed until Tuesday 6 September. The bar will remain open as normal. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

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Family Concertini with the Estrellas

Grab your tiny dancers and join us for 45 minutes of the biggest soul and Motown sounds of the 60’s!

Shaking it up with some fun dance routines and topping it off with plenty of interactive disco fever this upbeat all singing all dancing 60’s act are sure to have the even the tiredest of feet tapping.

Age guidance 0 - 8 years.

Studio
£12 | £10 under 16s
£40 Family & Friends (4 people)

Click here to visit the Concertini website

Due to staff shortages our kitchen will be closed until Tuesday 6 September. The bar will remain open as normal. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

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Where The Crawdads Sing (15)

Dir: Olivia Newman 2022 | 125 mins

Where the Crawdads Sing tells the story of Kya (Daisy Edgar-Jones), an abandoned girl who raised herself to adulthood in the dangerous marshlands of North Carolina. For years, rumours of the 'Marsh Girl' haunted Barkley Cove, isolating the sharp and resilient Kya from her community.

Drawn to two young men from town, Kya opens herself to a new and startling world; but when one of them is found dead, she is immediately cast by the community as the main suspect. As the case unfolds, the verdict as to what actually happened becomes increasingly unclear, threatening to reveal the many secrets that lay within the marsh.

Based on the bestselling novel by Delia Owens.

£10.50 | £9.50 conc

Three Films 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.

Due to staff shortages our kitchen will be closed until Tuesday 6 September. The bar will remain open as normal. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

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The Upbeat Beatles

The Upbeat Beatles are second to none -powerhouse vocals, precision harmonies and tight musicianship.

The guys have an easy, happy rapport with any crowd, giving them a reputation to be envied as the best in the business. There isn’t a band to touch them - 8 bars of Twist and Shout and you will know why! No other band can perform this song like The Upbeat Beatles!

The show takes you through the Fab Four’s long and winding road from the early Cavern days through Beatlemania, America, Sergeant Pepper to Abbey Road, with narrative and full multi-media presentation. If you love The Beatles you’ll love this show, and if you don’t love The Beatles you’ll love this show!

Courtyard Theatre
£20

The Upbeat Beatles Website.
@UpbeatBeatles
@nordenfarm

Due to staff shortages our kitchen will be closed until Tuesday 6 September. The bar will remain open as normal. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

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The Good Boss (15)

Dir: Fernando León de Aranoa 2022 | 115 mins

Spanish with English subtitles.

Javier Bardem excels as a corporate boss, who will tell you he’s your best friend just as he’s stabbing you in the back, in this ruthlessly funny corporate satire.

Blanco (Bardem) initially appears to be a kindly, if bland, owner of a factory. ‘Don’t treat me like a boss’, he gestures to his employees. But behind the genial façade lies a selfish profiteer. Blanco is all smiles for a visiting journalist and is intent on keeping morale up so he can win a government award. But when he makes a long-serving employee redundant and takes advantage of his latest intern, cracks start to appear in the industrialist’s world.

£10.50 | £9.50 conc

Three Films 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.

Socially Distanced Screening
The screening on Wed 24 Aug 2pm is socially distanced with a reduced capacity. Face coverings are optional. Food and drink from our Cafe Bar can be taken into the theatre as normal.

Talking Tables
The screening on Tues 23 Aug 8pm is a Talking Tables screening. These events aim to bring people together in a relaxed environment to discuss films, share ideas and most importantly - to meet new people! It is particularly aimed at people coming to Norden Farm on their own, but all are welcome. To take part, simply book in to see the screening, then join the group in the foyer before and after the film.

Due to staff shortages our kitchen will be closed until Tuesday 6 September. The bar will remain open as normal. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

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Summer Recital Series - Significantly Beethoven (3 of 4)

St John’s Ensemble

Schubert Rondo in A, D.951 for piano duet
Beethoven Variations on La ci darem la mano for 2 oboes and cor anglais
Mozart Violin Sonata in Bb, K.454
Schubert 2 Military Marches, D.733
Beethoven Variations on 'Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen', for cello and piano
Beethoven Quintet for piano and wind instruments, Op.16

Live stream tickets are also available for this event, so that you can watch along from home.

Courtyard Theatre and Live Stream
£18 | Book all 4 concerts in the Summer Recital Series for £64 | £5 under 18s

Due to staff shortages our kitchen will be closed until Tuesday 6 September. The bar will remain open as normal. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

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Jenny Eclair: Sixty! (FFS!) Tour Warm Up

Having hit 60 (but still a year younger than Madonna), Jenny Eclair AKA 'The Face of Vagisan' confronts a new decade of decrepitude.

Now that it takes 20 minutes of scrolling down to find her DOB when she’s filling in forms online, should she celebrate or crawl into a hole?

What will her 60’s hold for this 1960s babe and is it a legal requirement to buy Nordic walking poles?

Studio
£12

Jenny's website
@jennyeclair
@nordenfarm

Due to staff shortages our kitchen will be closed until Tuesday 6 September. The bar will remain open as normal. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

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Kite Making Workshops

Get involved at Kite Making Workshops this summer, then see your creation take to the sky!

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

In these family friendly sessions our practitioners will guide you through the process of making the Patang Kite – the Indian Fighter Kite.

Make and decorate your kite to stand out in the sky at the Kite Festival which takes place in Boyn Grove Park on Sunday 4 September.


Kite Making Workshops

Saturday 6 August | 2pm – 3pm and 3.30pm – 4.30pm

Thursday 25 August | 2pm – 3pm and 3.30pm – 4.30pm

Workshops are suitable for all the family and tickets are £6 per person.

Pre booking for Kite Workshops is highly recommended.

If you have tickets for a workshop you are guaranteed to make a kite at the session. During each session we may have a small number of tickets available on the door but to avoid disappointment please pre book.


Please note this is a Drop-In Workshop:
You can make a kite in around 20 – 30 minutes with a bit of adult support! So you can turn up at any time during the session. But do make sure you leave enough time to get here, get park and get into the session!

These workshops have been kindly subsidised by funding from The Cyril Taylor Charitable Foundation and Berkshire Community Foundation.

Due to staff shortages our kitchen will be closed until Tuesday 6 September. The bar will remain open as normal. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

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Voodoo Room: A Night of Hendrix, Clapton & Cream

Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Cream.

Paying tribute to these legends of rock are Voodoo Room. A stunning power trio featuring some of the UK’s finest musicians who perform an incredible show in the true spirit of these legendary superstars. No wigs, no gimmicks - simply great music played by great musicians! Featuring classics such as Hey Joe, Sunshine Of Your Love, Purple Haze and Layla.

Members of Voodoo Room have recorded and toured with Stevie Winwood, Massive Attack, Arthur Brown, Fish, Thunder and many other high profile artists. With standing ovations the norm, the word on the street is Voodoo Room are not to be missed!

‘STUNNING!’ Time Out

Courtyard Theatre
£18

Voodoo Room's Website.
@VoodooRoom1s
@nordenfarm

Due to staff shortages our kitchen will be closed until Tuesday 6 September. The bar will remain open as normal. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

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Kite Festival

Kite Flying • Food • Bar • Live Music • Entertainment • Kite Decorating

Join us at Boyn Grove Park (Punt Hill) for our Community Kite Festival on Sunday 4 September between 12pm - 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.

You can also purchase a Kite Decorating Kit on the day (subject to availability). Everyone is welcome, with or without a kite!

As well as all the kite flying fun, the afternoon will include food from local vendors and a bar.

Don't forget to bring along your picnic blanket or camping chairs and get set for an unmissable afternoon of entertainment.

Entertainment

Enjoy live music from The Dhol Collective and Lewis & Bros; plus dancing and performance from Movema and A Bird in the Hand Theatre.


Food and Drink

Grab a refreshing drink from our festival bar and a bite to eat from food stalls include Ka Na, Get Whisked Away, Greeklicious, Epic Brownies, Jessie's Coffee Van and Presto Italian.

FREE EVENT

Sun 4 Sept

12pm - 4pm


Kite Making Workshops this Summer

Join in by creating your own kite at one of our Kite Making Workshops on Sat 6 and Thur 25 Aug at 2pm and 3.30pm.


The Kite Festival is kindly supported by funding from The Cyril Taylor Charitable Foundation and Berkshire Community Foundation.


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Pilates - Intermediate

Led by Zoe Brennan.

Suitable for people with some Pilates experience or those who are looking for a slightly more challenging class. Still covering alignment, breathing and centering but with more focus on strengthening and toning your body. At the end of the class we will take a few moments to relax and unwind.

You will need your own mat.

Spring
Tues 11 Jan – 15 Feb (6 weeks)
Tues 1 Mar – 5 Apr, exc 29 Mar (5 weeks)
Drop in session: Tues 26 Apr

Summer
Tues 3 May - 7 Jun (6 weeks)
Tues 14 Jun - Fri 8 Jul (5 weeks)
Please note the last class of the block is on Friday 8 July

12pm - 1pm
£12 per class | £60 per 6 week course | £50 per 5 week course
Drop in session £12

This class will take place both in person and online via Zoom.

If you are taking part online, you will find the link to access the session in your booking confirmation email

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

Please prepare for your visit by reading our latest Visitor Information here. This includes important information about face coverings and measures we have implemented to keep everyone safe when visiting Norden Farm.

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Painting textures with Ink, Charcoal and Watercolour

Led by Jo Hall

Exciting textures can be made when charcoal and ink are used together. Taking inspiration for subject matter from sheds, derelicts and ancient sites, we’ll add watercolour into the mix and explore granulation and other texturing techniques including the use of sea salt and bubble wrap. An element of collage may be included for additional interest.

Please bring your own materials as outlined in the information below.

Information: please bring the following

Charcoal, India Ink, pen, watercolour brushes, watercolour paints and palette
Cold pressed watercolour paper weight 300gsm or heavier, cartridge paper or sketchbook
Drawing board, block to tilt the board or table easel
Water pots, masking tape or clips to hold paper, paper towel
Small natural sponge if you have one
Reference will be provided for week 1
Some paper will be available from the tutor at cost

Tuesdays Sept 6 - Oct 18 (exc 4 Oct)
12.30pm - 3.30pm
£120 per 6 week course

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Pilates - Beginners

Led by Zoe Brennan.

Suitable for anyone new to Pilates or wishing to improve their flexibility, co-ordination, posture, balance, breathing and focus on stabilising the core. At the end of the class we will take a few moments to relax and unwind.

All abilities are welcome.

You will need your own mat.

Summer
Tues 3 May - 7 Jun (6 weeks)
Tues 14 Jun - 8 Jul (5 weeks)
Please note the last class of the block is on Friday 8 July

1.30pm - 2.30pm
£12 per class | £60 per 6 week course | £50 per 5 week course
Drop in session £12


Suitable for 18+ years.

This class will take place both in person and online via Zoom.

If you are taking part online, you will find the link to access the session in your booking confirmation email

Please prepare for your visit by reading our latest Visitor Information here. This includes important information about face coverings and measures we have implemented to keep everyone safe when visiting Norden Farm.

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Where is Anne Frank (PG)

Dir: Ari Folman, 2021 | 100 mins

From award-winning director Ari Folman (Waltz With Bashir) comes a stunning and urgent new feature animation based on one of the world’s most important books: Anne Frank’s Diary of a Young Girl.

Fiery teenager Kitty, Anne Frank’s imaginary friend to whom her famous diary is dedicated, comes to life in the modern day in the Amsterdam house where Anne had taken refuge with her family. Believing her to still be alive, Kitty embarks on a journey to find Anne in today's Europe. While the young girl is shocked by the modern world, she also comes across Anne’s vast legacy.

£10.50 | £9.50 conc

Three Films 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.

Socially Distanced Screening
The screening on Tues 6 Sept 2.30pm is socially distanced with a reduced capacity. Face coverings are optional. Food and drink from our Cafe Bar can be taken into the theatre as normal.

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Zen Drawing (online)

Led by Amanda Schenk

Amanda Schenk is the visual artist behind Norden Farm's much-loved (and Instagrammed) glass corridor artwork in the school holidays. Join Amanda for this new drawing course, aimed at helping to create a sense of calm and relaxation through drawing patterns.

Suitable for all abilities, the workshops will focus on building confidence in your drawing abilities - concentrating on the soothing journey of the drawing experience, rather than the finished drawing.

In each session you'll explore how to produce different types of patterns in abstract drawings - looking at different designs each week.

You will need: paper (plain, no smaller than A5), lead pencil, eraser, sharpener, black fine liner or a pen. Optional is a black marker.

Summer 2022
Tues 28 Jun, 12 Jul, 26 Jul, 9 Aug (4 week course)

11am - 12.15pm (online only)
£8 per class | £28 per 4 week course | £21 per 3 week course
Suitable for ages 18+ years
Booking cut off time: 9am on the day of each session

Please prepare for your visit by reading our latest Visitor Information here. This includes important information about face coverings and measures we have implemented to keep everyone safe when visiting Norden Farm.

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Paris, Texas (12A)

Dir: Wim Wenders, 1984 | 146 mins

This unconventional road movie tells the story of Travis (Harry Dean Stanton), a man who wanders out of Mexico and into Texas one day, in the blazing heat of the 'Big Bend'. Travis does not speak a word. He also seems to have largely lost his memory. But he is driven by his wish to find his family again: his young wife Jane (Nastassja Kinski), whose life he seems to have placed in danger through his pathological jealousy, and his seven-year-old son Hunter (Hunter Carson). For four years Travis was thought to be dead. His brother Walt (Dean Stockwell) flies from LA to Texas to bring back his lost brother.

Walt and his wife Ann (Aurore Clément) have become Hunter’s foster parents. It is very difficult for the two of them to now give this role up again, especially when they learn that Travis wants to go out in search of Jane together with his son. They know nothing about her, except that she probably lives in Houston...

In addition to the impressive performances by Harry Dean Stanton as Travis and Nastassja Kinski as Jane, Paris, Texas has also become a cult film on account of the unique soundtrack by Ry Cooder.

'Wim Wenders’ iconic vision of American alienation, starring Stanton as a weatherbeaten drifter, has held its mystery for 40 years' ★★★★★ The Guardian

£10.50 | £9.50 conc

Three Films 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.

Talking Tables
The screening on Tues 6 Sept 8pm is a Talking Tables screening. These events aim to bring people together in a relaxed environment to discuss films, share ideas and most importantly - to meet new people! It is particularly aimed at people coming to Norden Farm on their own, but all are welcome. To take part, simply book in to see the screening, then join the group in the foyer before and after the film.

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Crochet and Rosé

Led by Sophie Keaveney

Do you like to crochet or knit? Join us for a relaxed and creative get together over a drink of your choice.

Suitable for those with experience of crochet / knitting.

Please bring your own project along. Some spare needles and wool will be available.

This class will take place both in person and online via Zoom.

If you are taking part online, you will find the link to access the session in your booking confirmation email

Wed 10 Aug, 7 Sept, 5 Oct, 2 Nov, 7 Dec
7pm – 8.30pm
£6 including a drink from the bar | £3 online

Please prepare for your visit by reading our latest Visitor Information here. This includes important information about face coverings and measures we have implemented to keep everyone safe when visiting Norden Farm.

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Acoustic Guitar - Absolute Beginners (Wed)

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.

Wed 7 Sept - 5 Oct, Wed 12 Oct - 16 Nov (exc 26 Oct), Wed 23 Nov - 21 Dec
7pm - 8pm
£40 per 5 week course

This class will take place both in person and online via Zoom.

You will find the link to access the session in your booking confirmation email

Suitable for 18+ years.

Please prepare for your visit by reading our latest Visitor Information here. This includes important information about face coverings and measures we have implemented to keep everyone safe when visiting Norden Farm.

Due to staff shortages our kitchen will be closed until Tuesday 6 September. The bar will remain open as normal. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

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Summer Recital Series - Significantly Beethoven (4 of 4)

St John’s Ensemble with Poppy Shotts (soprano)

Haydn Piano Trio in G (Gypsy Rondo) 
Schubert The Shepherd on the Rock 
Beethoven Violin Sonata in D, Op.12 No.1 
Beethoven Allegretto for piano trio in B flat 
Schubert And dem wasser au singer; An die Musik ; Du bist die Ruh
Mozart Piano Quartet in E flat, K.493    

Live stream tickets are also available for this event, so that you can watch along from home.

Courtyard Theatre and Live Stream
£18 | Book all 4 concerts in the Summer Recital Series for £64 | £5 under 18s

Poppy's website
@PoppySoprano
@nordenfarm

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Studio Art Club

Led by Helen Ridley

We are delighted to offer our brand new drawing and painting class this Autumn - the Studio Art Club.

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 8 September every 2 weeks on the dates below:

8 Sept
22 Sept
6 Oct
20 Oct
3 Nov
17 Nov

£120 for 6 sessions
£25 for a single session

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John Percy, Small Works (1988 - 2019)

In this exhibition Maidenhead painter John Percy brings together many smaller works made over a long period and not previously seen together.

His abstract work explores process from various starting points, the choices available, decisions made, chance events, the sensitive dependence on initial conditions and the precarious balance necessary between order and disorder in the modern world.

His paintings are not pictures of something. They are works that are enigmatic, contemplative objects, carrying a certain poetic power and, at the same time, something that is a statement of personal ideals and an expression of his sense of beauty in the apparent chaos around us.

There will be a Meet the Artist session on Saturday 10 September and a one day Open Studio at his home studio in Maidenhead on Sunday 11 September.

Norden Farm Gallery

Thursday 8 September - Saturday 15 October

5pm - 10pm

Entry is Free

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Jessica Fostekew: Wench

A show about sexy things (awkward), private things (oh no) and a woman trying to sit on the face of time to keep it still (hot, right?).

You’ve seen Jess on Live at the Apollo, QI and on Harry Hill's Clubnite amongst other TV shows. She's a regular co-host of The Guilty Feminist Podcast, the host and creator of The Hoovering Podcast and you hear her regularly on BBC R4's News Quiz and Now Show.

Jess was nominated for the Dave Edinburgh Comedy Award – Best Show 2019 with her last show Hench, and she won Best Show and Best Breakthrough Act in the Chortle Awards 2020.

Supported by Helen Bauer.
Suitable for ages 16+ years.

Courtyard Theatre
£16

Promoter Credit: Little Wander
Photo Credit: Matt Stronge

Jessica's website
@jessicafostekew
@nordenfarm

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Tango

Led by Tango Journey

Tango is a social dance. All across the country people gather in village halls to socialise and dance to the music of 1930s/40s Buenos Aires.

The course is suitable for beginners and for those that want to refresh the fundamentals of the dance. You will learn how to dance with a partner, with the music and within a group.

You will learn a little about the history and culture of tango and you will be given music and film clips to enjoy at home. Above all you will have fun!

Thur 8 Sept - 6 Oct, 27 Oct - 24 Nov
8pm - 9pm
£12 per session or £50 per 5 week course

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André Rieu's Happy Days are Here Again

The wait is over! After two long years, maestro André Rieu is performing from his hometown of Maastricht once again! We are proud to present André’s brand new summer concert - Happy Days are Here Again!

The concert will be a jolly and captivating summer event on the iconic Vrijthof square, featuring popular feel-good classics, show-tunes, and of course, joyous waltzes. Together with the wonderful Johann Strauss Orchestra and very special guests, André is bringing an uplifting and romantic party to your local cinemas!

They say absence makes the heart grow fonder and André's first summer concert in over 2 years will be a magical experience for everyone to enjoy.

We proudly invite you and your loved ones to André’s unforgettable hometown concert in cinemas - let’s sing, dance, share tears of joy and laugh together because… Happy days are here again!

Courtyard Theatre
£16

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Bullet Train (15)

Dir: David Leitch 2022 | 152 mins

Brad Pitt stars as Ladybug, an unlucky assassin determined to do his job peacefully after one too many gigs gone off the rails. Fate, however, may have other plans, as Ladybug's latest mission puts him on a collision course with lethal adversaries from around the globe - all with connected, yet conflicting, objectives - on the world's fastest train.

The end of the line is just the beginning in this non-stop thrill ride through modern-day Japan from David Leitch, the director of Deadpool 2.

£10.50 | £9.50 conc

Three Films 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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Friday Night Flamenco

Led by Leticia Abella Iglesias

A great way to start the weekend - discover 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!

Fri 9 Sept - 21 Oct (exc 23 Sept and 7 Oct), Fri 28 Oct - 25 Nov, Fri 2 Dec - 23 Dec
8pm - 9pm
£12 per session | £50 per 5 week course | £40 per 4 week course

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Align and Flow Yoga

Led by Deborah Le Vene-Page.

Align and Flow Yoga is influenced by the biomechanics and heart orientated philosophy of the Anusara Hatha style of yoga. With a specific alignment focus within the flow of postures the practice will tone and strengthen the body, improve posture and create more freedom in the body and mind resulting in a calm and relaxed state of being.

Each week there will be a different theme weaving its’ way through the session, but a typical class starts with breathing techniques to centre and ground, poses to warm up and then progresses to a fun and challenging mix of vinyasa and alignment yoga.

This class is designed to cultivate focus, stamina, strength, and flexibility. Leaving time at the end for a well-deserved relaxation.

Come prepared for an energising class that will also leave you feeling relaxed.

Suitable for 18+ years

Sat 10 Sept - 10 Dec (exc 29 Oct, 12 Nov, 19 Nov)
£11 per session | £99 for the 11 week term
10am – 11am

Suitable for all levels of experience. Please bring a yoga mat with you.

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Creative Mindfulness For Children (Aged for 4-7 years)

Led by Stella Chenery

Children will learn to:
• Recognise and understand feelings, thoughts and emotions
• Focus the mind
• Cultivate kindness and compassion towards themselves and others
• Relax and calm their minds and bodies
• Express their feelings

Through creative activities, art, sound, stories, meditations, visualizations and discussion.

Suitable for ages 4 - 7 years.

Sat 10 Sept, 8 Oct, 5 Nov, 17 Dec
11am - 11.45am
£10 per child, per session

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Larger than Life: Draw a small natural form on large paper

Led by Jo Hall

Using chunky drawing materials; for example charcoal, coloured charcoal, graphite or coloured graphite draw a small object on large paper. A2 sized paper is ideal for using chunky materials. Objects will be provided or you may bring your own. A small seed head, dried leaf, sea shell, pine cone, or mushroom would all be suitable.

Please bring your own materials and equipment as in the information below.

Information
White A2 cartridge paper will be available at cost.

Materials: please bring the following
White cartridge paper or grey toned paper, A2 would be an ideal size
Drawing board, clips or tape to hold paper
Any of the following; (a great opportunity to use chunky tinted charcoal or tinted graphite blocks)
Charcoal, graphite sticks, chunky coloured graphite, chunky tinted charcoal, conte crayon in black, sepia or sanguine, white chalk if using toned or black paper
You may bring smaller sticks or pencil forms of any of the above for fine detail
Paper towel
Blending tools (stumps, torchons etc useful but not essential)

Some chunky drawing materials will be available for use at the session

Sat 10 Sept 11am - 4pm
£40

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Creative Mindfulness For Children (Aged 8 - 11 years)

Led by Stella Chenery

Children will learn to:
• Recognise and understand feelings, thoughts and emotions
• Focus the mind
• Cultivate kindness and compassion towards themselves and others
• Relax and calm their minds and bodies
• Express their feelings

Through creative activities, art, sound, stories, meditations, visualizations and discussion.

Suitable for ages 8 - 11 years.

Sat 10 Sept, 8 Oct, 5 Nov, 17 Dec
12pm - 12.45pm
£10 per child, per session

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Creative Mindfulness For Children (Aged 12 - 15 years)

Led by Stella Chenery

Participants will learn to:
• Recognise and acknowledge feelings
• Create healthy coping strategies for their emotions, stresses and anxieties
• Slow down the busy mind and improve focus & concentration
• Cultivate compassion for others & kindness for themselves
• Boost confidence and self esteem
• Build positive relationships with others
• Bring mindfulness into their everyday lives

Through the use of mindfulness techniques, meditations, discussion, creative activities and art. Art ability is not important - all activities are focused on the process of creating as a mindful and relaxing practise rather than the end result.

Suitable for ages 12 - 15 years.

Sat 10 Sept, 8 Oct, 5 Nov, 17 Dec
1pm - 2pm
£10 per child, per session

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Joyride (15)

Dir: Emer Reynolds, 2022 | 94 mins

Joy (Olivia Colman) and Mully are two lovable rogues. Joy is angry – she’s got a baby and motherhood does not come naturally to her. And, if she’s honest to herself, when she looks in the mirror she sees the shadow of her own neglectful mother.

Twelve year old Mully also has a mum-shaped void in his life, as well as a conman dad. But Mully’s got balls; he knicks his dad’s stash of cash and steals a taxi in a bid for freedom.

But, there’s an almighty yell from the back seat. It’s Joy – hungover, freaking out, and holding a baby! As they tear up the road on their riotous misadventure, we follow these roguish ‘outlaws’ in search of their dreams, in this feel-good, foul-mouthed fairy-tale.

£10.50 | £9.50 conc

Three Films 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.

Socially Distanced Screening
The screening on Wed 14 Sept 8pm is socially distanced with a reduced capacity. Face coverings are optional. Food and drink from our Cafe Bar can be taken into the theatre as normal.

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The Vinyl Frontier - Track 1 / Side 1 / Debut LP

A new format sees 12 challengers bring the first album by a well known artist and play the very first track on the record.

Which act gave us the very best introduction to their musical career? 

Studio
£10

Vinyl Frontier website
@vinyljeff
@nordenfarm

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Hit The Road (12A)

Dir: Panah Panahi, 2021 | 94 mins

Persian with English subtitles.

Dad (Hassan Madjooni) sits moodily in the back with an ostensibly broken leg, while Mom (Pantea Panahiha) drives and tries to laugh when she’s not holding back tears. An energetic youngster (Rayan Sarlak, in a star-making performance) keeps exploding into song and scrambling around the car. All are fussing over their sick dog and getting on each others’ nerves; only the mysterious older brother (Amin Simiar) is quiet.

It’s clear they’re on a road trip across a rugged, often extremely beautiful landscape – but where are they headed?

£10.50 | £9.50 conc

Three Films 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.

Talking Tables
The screening on Tues 13 Sept 8pm is a Talking Tables screening. These events aim to bring people together in a relaxed environment to discuss films, share ideas and most importantly - to meet new people! It is particularly aimed at people coming to Norden Farm on their own, but all are welcome. To take part, simply book in to see the screening, then join the group in the foyer before and after the film.

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Little Wrigglers (Wednesdays)

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.

Wed 14 Sept - 14 Dec (exc 26 Oct and 2 Nov)
11am – 11.45am
£6 | £4.50 siblings (over 2 years) | £20 for 4 sessions a term

If you would like to book the offer price for 4 sessions, please enter a ticket for each date you would like to attend into your basket and the offer will apply automatically

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Floral Design Workshop

Led by Kim Wright

This 'Floral design course' is for those who are new to floral design as well as those with some experience. I will guide the learners with demonstrations followed by practical work which will give them the confidence to develop their own floral designs each week. They will be shown how to prepare flowers and foliage, how to create gifts and how to decorate a party, home or just for a pleasure.

Additional Information

Please note that the materials are not provided. Learners will need to bring their own Floristry materials such as flowers, foliage, scissors, containers and some other materials each week to be able to create their own floral design. I will advise them each week.

Wed 14 Sept 11am - 1pm
Wed 19 Oct 7pm - 9pm
Wed 16 Nov 11am - 1pm
Wed 14 Dec 7pm - 9pm

£32 per session

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Over 55s Drama Class

Led by Little Tanks

An exclusive over 55s adult only drama class with an emphasis on having fun and developing drama-based skills. No previous acting experience is required!

Our Social Club is an opportunity for anyone aged 55 and over to connect with other members of our community, learn new skills and take part in fun activities.

This is the chance for you to get involved creatively and is a safe inclusive space to forge new friendships.

Come for a taster session – Wed 14 Sept
We know starting something new can be a daunting experience, so come to a taster session with no obligation. We’re sure you will love it in which case you can enrol for a term at a time. To book for the taster session, book online or contact the Box Office on 01628 788997.

Wed 21 Sept – 19 Oct
2pm - 4pm
£60 per 5 week term

The group meets Wednesdays from 2pm - 4pm, with a refreshment break in the middle – enjoy something from our in-house café bar which is a lovely space to stay chat after the session too.

Once you have booked onto the sessions, please click here to complete the information form before attending.

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The Brass Funkeys

The Brass Funkeys are a trailblazer in the new generation of UK Brass Bands.

Formed in 2011, this nine piece collective has a unique sound forged from their strong personalities and eclectic individual tastes, whilst still paying homage to their New Orleans Brass Band roots.

The Brass Funkeys have honed their skills over 10 years playing the club and festival circuits in the UK and Europe, always exploring new musical directions while refining their exciting, eclectic and energetic live show, bursting at the seams with ideas and infectious energy.

The Brass Funkeys frequently appear on festival main stages (Glastonbury, Boomtown, Wilderness, Lost Village, Love Supreme, North Sea Jazz Festival) as well as performing at world renowned venues (Ronnie Scott’s, Koko, Cambridge Corn Exchange).

After the cancellation of dozens of live dates in 2020, The Brass Funkeys did not take lockdown lying down, instead embarking on an ambitious project to release four EPs to catalogue the band’s journey.

You may have seen the band performing at the 2019 Lantern Parade and headlining Lanterns Live gig.

'Brass has not been this good since that time Reel Big Fish covered A-Ha... The Brass Funkeys are my favourite band. 10/10' Vice Magazine: Noisey Music

'Terrific... what a band' James Morrison, BBC Radio 2

Courtyard Theatre
£15

Brass Funkey's website
@BrassFunkeys
@nordenfarm

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Little Wrigglers (Fridays)

Led by Rachel Walsh

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

Fri 16 Sept - 16 Dec (exc 28 Oct, 4 and 18 Nov)
11am – 11.45am
£6 | £4.50 siblings (over 2 years) | £20 for 4 sessions a term

Suitable for ages 2+ years.

If you would like to book the offer price for 4 sessions, please enter a ticket for each date you would like to attend into your basket and the offer will apply automatically

Please prepare for your visit by reading our latest Visitor Information here. This includes important information about face coverings and measures we have implemented to keep everyone safe when visiting Norden Farm.

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Jen Brister: The Optimist

If Jen Brister has learned anything in the past 18 months, it’s that she’s no good in a crisis (unless you count getting into the foetal position in under 30 seconds).

Has the pandemic changed her for the better or is she the same old pessimistic naysayer she’s always been? I think we all know the answer to that. Let’s just hope she can make it funny.

'Furiously funny' The Guardian

'Her energy is explosive. Her use of space and delivery, mesmerising' The Sunday Times

'A phenomenal display of sinewy stand up' Chortle

Age guidance 16+ years.

Presented by Little Wander Ltd.

Courtyard Theatre
£16

Photo Credit: Matt Crockett

Jen's website

@JenBrister
@nordenfarm

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Julian Siegel (tenor sax)

Siegel is a British jazz  saxophone  and  clarinet  player, composer and arranger, described by MOJO Magazine as 'One of the UK's most creative saxophonists'.

Winning awards, from the BBC Jazz Best instrumentalist in 2007 to best album in the 2015 Parliamentary awards, shows Siegel’s consistency in a world class arena. But there’s much more to one of the UK’s strongest improvisors. As much at home playing with large ensembles as small bands, Julian has of late been writing music for his own jazz orchestra, as well as playing Germany’s prestigious NDR big band.

But it’s the small band setting is where we get to hear his effortless and inventive approach to improvisation. Some obvious references to Joe Henderson and John Coltrane are evident but Siegel is truly a unique figure in British Jazz. Like any master-craftsmen, there is a sense of freedom in his approach, which greatly allows for that feeling of being in ‘the now’.

This evening will hear the saxophonist direct the band through a selection of tunes that will sound as energetic and fresh as the day they were penned!

Featuring Alex Hutton (piano), Jez Brown (bass) and Gene Calderazzo (drums).

What to watch for – the special musical connection between the drummer (Gene Calderazzo) and Siegel himself. We’re especially pleased to have international star Calderazzo in the band tonight – definitely an evening not to miss!

'Spontaneous sparkle, Siegel's wailing, swerving lines burst with character' John Fordham, The Guardian

'With drive, a warm sound and an endless flow of ideas, Siegel's lines seem somehow three dimensional, even at breakneck tempos' Hi-Fi News and Record Review

Studio
£16

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Norden Farm Choir

Led by Rob Castell

A non-audition community choir open to all. Working on everything from Madonna to Les Mis, from gospel to pop - this is an opportunity to meet people, learn some harmonies and sing your hearts out. No experience required. Enthusiasm absolutely necessary!

Tues 20 Sept - 29 Nov (exc 25 Oct)
7.30pm – 9pm
£10 per session | £90 per 10 week term

Norden Farm Summer Choir
Led by Tabitha Beavan
19 Jul - 16 Aug (5 week course) - click here to book

Please prepare for your visit by reading our latest Visitor Information here. This includes important information about face coverings and measures we have implemented to keep everyone safe when visiting Norden Farm.

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Fisherman's Friends: One and All (cert tbc)

Dir: Meg Leonard, Nick Moorcroft, 2022 | run time tbc

Following the unexpected success of their debut album - No Hopers, Jokers and Rogues - we rejoin the world's oldest ‘buoy band’ a year later struggling to navigate the pressures, pitfalls and temptations of their newfound fame.

Fisherman’s Friends: One and All follows the celebrated shanty singers through the highs and lows as lifelong friendships are put to the test and they battle the dreaded ‘curse of the second album’.

£10.50 | £9.50 conc

Three Films 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.

Bring Baby Screening
The screening on Fri 23 Sept 11.30am is exclusively for parents, carers and grown-ups 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.

Socially Distanced Screening
The screening on Wed 21 Sept 2.30pm is socially distanced with a reduced capacity. Face coverings are optional. Food and drink from our Cafe Bar can be taken into the theatre as normal.

Talking Tables
The screening on Tues 20 Sept 8pm is a Talking Tables screening. These events aim to bring people together in a relaxed environment to discuss films, share ideas and most importantly - to meet new people! It is particularly aimed at people coming to Norden Farm on their own, but all are welcome. To take part, simply book in to see the screening, then join the group in the foyer before and after the film.

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Norden Farm Youth Theatre (Junior)

Led by Little Tanks Ltd

In each session children take part in a series of drama games and activities that develop their confidence as well as teaching them drama skills. These include focus, communication, developing a character and voice projection.

As the weeks go on the group will each have a part with some lines to learn in a small-scale show. They will rehearse as a team and share what they have learnt during the last session, more details to follow on this after half term.

Suitable for ages 7 - 11 years

'Norden Farm is my favourite after school club, it always keeps me moving and relaxed. It is a great place to go for drama and within a short time, I have become far more confident and expressive' Timothy, age 7

'We have sent both of our children to Youth Theatre at Norden Farm and have seen dramatic improvements in there ability, confidence, social awareness and expressiveness generally and specifically. The environment is safe and developmental in a broad and exciting sense' Alex - parent

Wed 21 Sept - 30 Nov (exc 26 Oct)
4.55pm - 5.55pm
£85 per 10 week term

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Norden Farm Youth Theatre (Senior)

Led by Little Tanks Ltd

Each term we will be focusing on developing the participants confidence and well-being through a series of drama games and activities.

This term the Senior Youth Theatre group are focusing on developing drama skills. They’ll learn a deeper understanding of performance and managing their nerves as well as some more specialised techniques including comedy and physical theatre.

Suitable for ages 12 - 16 years

'Norden Farm is my favourite after school club, it always keeps me moving and relaxed. It is a great place to go for drama and within a short time, I have become far more confident and expressive' Timothy, age 7

'We have sent both of our children to Youth Theatre at Norden Farm and have seen dramatic improvements in there ability, confidence, social awareness and expressiveness generally and specifically. The environment is safe and developmental in a broad and exciting sense' Alex - parent

Wed 21 Sept - 30 Nov (exc 26 Oct)
6pm - 7.30pm
£120 per 10 week term

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Klezmer Ceilidh

Shana Tova! Celebrate the new year, to live Klezmer music in the atmospheric 18th century Long Barn.

Caller, Ilana Cravitz will guide you through the steps for lively freylekhs, sinuous horas, upbeat bulgars and more.

No previous experience or partner needed. Fun and laughter guaranteed.

Long Barn
£15

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Barefoot Opera – Cinderella by Rossini

Presented by Maidenhead Music Society.

Rossini’s effervescent comedy La Cenerentola tells the classic tale of Cinderella with a sparkling new twist, delivered by outstanding newly emerging singers.

Fully staged, sung in Italian with English surtitles.

We have enjoyed Barefoot Opera’s productions for many years now and are confident that this will be an evening to be enjoyed by all.

Courtyard Theatre
£20 | £15 MMS members | £5 Under 18s or up to two free with adult

Maidenhead Music Society website
Barefoot Opera website

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Mark Watson: This Can’t Be It

We've all had some pondering to do about the fragility of life recently, but don't worry, skinny national treasure Mark Watson has it covered.

At 41, he's halfway through his days on earth, according to the life expectancy calculator app he paid £1.49 for. That life is in the best shape in living memory... but one problem remains, and it really is a huge one.

Spiritual enquiry meets high-octane observational comedy as the 'Taskmaster' survivor, multi-award-winner and 'No More Jockeys' cult leader attempts to cram a couple of years of pathological overthinking into an evening of stand-up. Maybe we'll even solve the huge problem. Doubt it, though.

★★★★★ Telegraph

★★★★ Times | Independent | Metro | Time Out | Chortle

'Quite unlike anything else I’ve seen in almost 20 years of covering the Fringe... witty, warm, perfectly judged' ★★★★★ Telegraph

'This is a stand-up operating at the very top of his game' ★★★★ Independent

'He always displays an innate understanding of what the audience wants... creating a bespoke experience for every gig, an added flourish to a strong hour of stand-up' ★★★★ Chortle

'A quick-fire hour of fun' ★★★★ Metro

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The Alter Eagles

The Alter Eagles are delighted to be coming back to Norden Farm and bringing their annual two hour celebration of one of the best-loved bands of all time - the Eagles.

Since their debut gig in January 2004, they've established themselves as one of the country's top tribute acts, headlining at theatres all over the country. Playing a mix of old and new Eagles' songs, all the classics - including Hotel California, Take It Easy, One Of These Nights, Take It To The Limit, Desperado, Lyin' Eyes and Life In The Fast Lane - as well as Henley and Walsh solo numbers and some rare treats, the band have wowed audiences with their faithful tribute to one of the most popular bands of all time.

The band members are Steve McCormack (vocals, guitars), Alan Tomkins (keyboards, guitars, vocals), Rob Beattie (bass, acoustic guitar, vocals), Mike Bradley (guitars, vocals) and Ollie Green (drums and percussion).

'World class' Lemonrock Gig Guide

'Pitch perfect harmonies' Brighton Evening Argus

'A joy to watch' East Anglian Daily Times

'One of the best tribute bands I can remember seeing' Windsor Observer

'The Alter Eagles brought more than a little American West Coast harmony to a warm English West Coast St Ives - they were perfect' St Ives Times and Echo

Courtyard Theatre
£19

The Alter Eagles website

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Royal Opera House Live: Madama Butterfly

190 mins.

‘Love cannot kill: it brings new life.’

On a starlit night in Nagasaki, these are the words spoken by American naval officer Pinkerton to young geisha Cio-Cio-San. But as they both learn, words and promises carelessly spoken can have indelible consequences.

With a score that includes Butterfly’s aria, Un bel dì, vedremo (One fine day) and the Humming Chorus, Giacomo Puccini’s opera is entrancing and ultimately heart-breaking. Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier’s exquisite production takes inspiration from 19th-century European images of Japan.

Sung in Italian with English subtitles.

£16

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Japanese Calligraphy with Origami Workshop

Led by Eiko Ishida

Are you interested in Japanese art and culture?

On this workshop, you can learn how to concentrate on flow to conduct and apply it with brush and ink in a peaceful setting. You will be guided how to create your first brush strokes and how to build on these basic steps to create some lovely Japanese characters.

Also, you can learn how to make 'Orizuru' (paper cranes). Orizuru is one of the most popular Origami artworks. You can use for decoration with your final writing piece.

No calligraphy experience or Japanese language skills are necessary.

Wed 28 Sept
10am - 1pm
£48

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My Darling Clementine

We are delighted to welcome My Darling Clementine as they continue to tour in support of their most recent, critically acclaimed release Country Darkness - the songs of Elvis Costello.

The album is a collaboration between Michael and Lou, and Costello's long-time, right-hand man, the brilliant Steve Nieve. They have taken 12 Costello songs and re-worked them for duet adding their own inimitable style.

The show will feature a number of the Costello songs as well as many favourites from the duo's 10 year back catalogue.

'Costello’s songs, King and Dalgleish’s voices, Nieve’s keys... it’s a perfect fit' American Songwriter

'Masterly cinematic interpretations' 8/10 Uncut

Studio
£16

My Darling Clementine's website
@nordenfarm

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Beast (12A)

Dir: Nelson, 2022 | 162 mins

Idris Elba stars in a pulse-pounding new thriller about a father and his two teenage daughters who find themselves hunted by a massive rogue lion intent on proving that the savannah has but one apex predator.

Elba plays Dr. Nate Daniels, a recently widowed husband who returns to South Africa, where he first met his wife, on a long-planned trip with their daughters to a game reserve managed by Martin Battles, an old family friend and wildlife biologist. But what begins as a journey of healing jolts into a fearsome fight for survival when a lion, a survivor of blood-thirsty poachers who now sees all humans as the enemy, begins stalking them.

£10.50 | £9.50 conc

Three Films 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.

Socially Distanced Screening
The screening on Thur 29 Sept 2pm is socially distanced with a reduced capacity. Face coverings are optional. Food and drink from our Cafe Bar can be taken into the theatre as normal.

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Harry Hill: Experiments in Entertainment 3 – Work In Progress

Join Harry Hill as he test drives his latest idea of what a joke is.

Laugh with him as he succeeds, distance yourself from him as he fails, track him down in the bar and get a selfie, ask him if he’s bringing TV Burp back, phone your mum and get him to wish her a happy birthday. Let’s Mattress!

Age guidance 14+ years.

Courtyard Theatre
£20

Latecomers not admitted.

Harry Hill's website

  •  28 Sep SOLD OUT
  •  29 Sep SOLD OUT
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Reasons You Should(n't) Love Me

Juno was born with spina bifida and is now clumsily navigating her twenties amidst street healers, love, loneliness – and the feeling of being an unfinished project.


For a long time I didn’t know how it’d work.
Or what I’d be able to feel.
People would ask me if I could have sex and I’d feign shock and act wildly offended whilst secretly wanting to grab them by the shoulders and be like "I don’t know, Janet!"

Winner of the Women’s Prize for Playwriting 2020, Amy Trigg’s remarkable debut play is a hilarious, heart-warming tale about how shit our wonderful lives can be.

'A performance of mesmerising intensity' ★★★★★ New European

'Trigg is terrific' ★★★★ The Telegraph

'Bravura one-woman show is a knock-out' ★★★★ Evening Standard

'A tour de force performance' ★★★★ Ham & High

'Enormously entertaining' ★★★★ The Guardian

'A hilarious, honest and heartwarming play which demands an audience' ★★★★ WhatsOnStage

'Wonderfully heartfelt and beautifully delivered' ★★★★ Theatre Weekly

Presented by Paines Plough in association with Women’s Prize for Playwriting, 45 North and Kiln Theatre.

Suitable for ages 14+ years.

Studio
£15

Paines Plough's Website.
@painesplough
@nordenfarm

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Life Drawing

Led by Mick McNicholas

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.

Half day sessions comprise of a variety of short and long poses.

Any mediums can be used in these sessions. Materials will be provided, although participants are very welcome to bring their own if you have something you like to work with.

Sat 1 Oct and 3 Dec
11am - 2pm
£25 per session

Suitable for 18+ years

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Norden Farm Market

Join us for our outdoor markets – held in the Linhay barns and car park.

Browse stalls selling artisanal produce and hand crafted goods. The Café Bar will be open serving lunch (until 3pm), drinks and snacks. The perfect way to do some relaxed shopping on a Saturday afternoon!

Sat 1 Oct, 5 Nov and Sat 26 Nov 12pm - 4pm

On Sat 10 Sept and Fri 2 Dec join us for our Night Markets

Entry is FREE

  •   1 Oct FREE
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Les Dawson: Flying High

Jon Culshaw (Dead Ringers, The Impressions Show) stars in this funny, affectionate and poignant celebration of the much-missed comedy legend.

Join Les as he summons forth a wealth of characters and incidents from his eventful life and career, as he travels on Concorde at twice the speed of sound 68,000 feet above the Earth, in this new play from BAFTA and Olivier Award winning writer Tim Whitnall and director Bob Golding.

Courtyard Theatre
£24

Presented by So Comedy & Broken Robot Productions.

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The Middle East in the Twentieth Century (Live Streaming)

Presented by WEA Maidenhead.

Eamonn Gearon explores this complex and contested period in the Middle East, from the imperial interests of the Ottomans and of Britain and France in 1900 to the present day via Nationalism and Islamism.

Programme
10.15am Competing Visions – Imperialism 1900-1956
11.40am Competing Visions – Nationalism 1919-1967
1.40pm Competing Visions – Islamism 1928-1979
3pm Power to the People? Democratic and Extremist Visions, 2011 and beyond

Please contact Steph Diggon (weamhead@gmail.com or Tel: 01628 563676) for reading list and PowerPoint presentation.

Eamonn Gearon is an historian, author and lecturer who has spent almost of all his professional life working on and living across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

Live stream from the Courtyard Theatre £40 per household

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Helen Bauer - Madam Good Tit

2019's Edinburgh Fringe Best Newcomer nominee and your favourite self-aware stand up.

Helen brings a show about self-confidence, self-esteem and self-care. It’s the year of 'the self' and Helen is trying to be the change she wants you to see.

As seen on BBC's Live at The Apollo and star of ITV2, BBC Three, ITV2, Comedy Central and Radio 4.

'A personality that will fill a stadium... This girl will not be performing in small venues for much longer' ★★★★★ Sunday Express

'Slick, sassy and super satisfying' ★★★★ Broadway Baby

★★★★ Chortle | ★★★★ The Skinny | ★★★★ The List

Presented by Berk's Nest in association with Blue Book Management.

Studio
£14

Helen's website

@HelenBaBauer
@nordenfarm

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Sari Schorr - Back to LA tour

From her humble beginnings, working the music scene in the legendary fierce South Bronx of New York and on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, to live performances at such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hal, alongside TV shows like Conan O’Brian.

New York based Sari Schorr initially gained prominence throughout the blues world after several years of touring the US and Europe with Blues legend, Joe Louis Walker and renowned guitarist, Popa Chubby. Schorr was recently inducted into the New York Blues Hall of Fame.

In Memphis in January 2015, a chance meeting with legendary record producer Mike Vernon (Fleetwood Mac, John Mayall, David Bowie, Eric Clapton, Peter Green) moved Sari’s career in a more exciting direction. Within 5 minutes of hear Sari sing he offered to produce Sari’s debut record. Through Mike’s connection Sari was immediately signed to the UK’s leading Rock/Blues label – Manhaton Records.

In the last four years Sari formed her own band, and toured extensively throughout the USA and Europe. She has been described by many music pundits as a modern-day hybrid of Janis Joplin and Tina Turner - a red-hot rock singer who radiates emotional intensity, connects with and inspires her audiences, and leaves a lasting impression that’s larger than life.

'Spellbinding' National Rock Review

'Games changing' Classic Rock Magazine

'Remarkable talent' Powerplay Magazine

'Sheer perfection' Fireworks Magazine

Courtyard Theatre
£16

Sari's website

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A Basic Introduction to Clay (Coiling)

Led by Helen D Evans

The intention is to spend 3 weeks creating a series of hand formed work out of clay and spend the final week decorating your work with underglazes. Your work will then be clear glazed, fired and then collected from Norden Farm.

We will be trying out a different technique each week and hope to have at least 3 pieces of work by the end of the course.

An outline of the 4 week course:
Week 1: An introduction to the basics of Pinch Pots and attaching coils
Week 2: Using coils for decoration
Week 3: Upside down coiling
Week 4: Decorating your work with Underglazes

The price includes: Clay, use of tools, Underglazes and Glazes and firing work. All work will be fired to Earthenware.

You may want to bring with you:
A cloth to wipe your hands on
An apron
Any clay tools you may have

After the course.
Norden Farm will notify you regarding the collection of your work

Fri 7 Oct - Fri 28 Oct
11am - 1pm
£96 per 4 week course

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Motherland Voices with Tsungai Tsikirai

Tsungai Tsikirai, a Zimbabwean born singer, songwriter and performing artist who has lived in Maidenhead for the past eighteen years.

Her show, Motherland Voices is all about sharing Southern African music and dance performances in an effort to promote her African heritage and encourage others to celebrate theirs.

In this performance which features artists and musicians she has worked with since relocating to England, Tsungai has promised to use music as a tool to break barriers, promote physical and mental wellness and inspire the future generation through high energy performances.

Tsungai says 'Motherland Voices, is a personal journey that she want to use to encourage individuals to celebrate their culture.'

This musical journey is inspired by the sounds of African queens that have graced international stages, on whose shoulders many, including Tsungai Tsikirai stand. The music brings back childhood memories, of summer nights in her ambuya's (grandmother's) hut with it's thatched roof, warm fire and the smell of peanut butter porridge. Lullabies were sung by ambuya at night, after a long day at the fields. These lullabies are the sounds of the motherland that have been and are still a part of her journey and ultimately her music.

As never seen before, Tsungai brings you the rich African music and dances from her childhood. This is her story.

You will enjoy the Zimbabwean cultural music and dance as prepared and performed by Tsungai Tsikirai and her live band.

Please note that this event will be filmed and photographed.

Courtyard Theatre
£20 | £12 Under 16s

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Keith James in concert: The Songs of Leonard Cohen

‘There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in’ Cohen’s most memorable and visionary line from his song ANTHEM.

If ever there was a sentence in modern poetry to reflect on and give hope and understanding to us all, it is this line. This Concert begins with ANTHEM.

Enigmatic, mysterious and sub textural, songwriter Leonard Cohen was an unflinching character, with an exact sense of prose, wry humour and the courage to wrestle with the unspoken, forgiving human frailty with the stroke of each word.

The chilling announcement of Leonard's death marked the end of an era. His music befriended an entire generation. Within every line of his writing, he has been challenging us to listen more carefully, speak more thoughtfully, think more deeply and recognize our own fragility. Our World misses him very much.

With a lifetime reputation of performing in this exact way and an undying love of the ‘pure song’ Keith James gives you a concert of Cohen’s amazing material in the most intimate and sensitive way imaginable, exposing the solitary inner strength of his greatest songs in their original perfect form. Keith has performed an extensive tour of this concert in Theatres and Arts Centres across the UK, giving almost 500 concerts – close to 150,000 people. This has proved to be one of the greatest honours in Keith James’ 40 year career. Keith lives in Powys, Wales and sometimes in Andalusia, Spain.

Included in the concert are Cohen’s well-known songs: Famous Blue Raincoat, Sisters of Mercy, Suzanne, and Hallelujah alongside his rarer and profound writing such as Who by Fire, Joan of Arc and Secret Life. Also included are songs from his posthumous album Thanks for the Dance such as What happens to the Heart and Keith’s dramatic performances based on the work of Federico Garcia Lorca – Cohen’s greatest influence. Keith has also transcribed into song one of Leonard’s poems from his collection ‘Book of longing’ written whilst on retreat during the 1990s.

‘Some of the most atmospheric and emotive music you will ever hear’ The Independent

‘Good work! Glad you are keeping Leonard’s songs alive’ Sylvie Simmons, Biographer – The Life of Leonard Cohen

‘Keith James has become a pillar of trust. A sublimely intimate and engaging voice’ Sunday Times

‘An elegant and beautifully crafted reinterpretation of a great Artist’s words’ BBC Radio Scotland

‘Certainly the UK’s most celebrated and evocative interpreter of golden music’ The Guardian

‘All the tears of time are shed in a few brief lines’ Times Literary Supplement

‘A sensitive and pleasingly understated delivery, all the better that the songs might speak for themselves’ Acoustic Magazine

Studio
£18

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Paint Land or Sea-scapes on small watercolour paper

Led by Jo Hall

Bring a photo reference from a holiday by the sea or of the countryside and complete two or three small paintings in watercolour; these may be as small as three by four inches up to about five by seven inches or similar square formats. This really hones your skills in composition and simplifying subject matter.

Please bring your own materials as outlined in the information below.

Information
Some paper will be available at cost from the tutor including some handmade Indian paper (Khadi). Additional photo reference will also be available.

Materials: please bring the following
Watercolours pan or tube, brushes, palette, water pots, paper towel, small sponge, pencil
Drawing board, block of wood about 2x2x6 inches to tilt the board (may be better than a table easel for this workshop), masking tape
Watercolour paper; hot or cold pressed surface and about 300gsm, or small Khadi paper

Sat 8 Oct 11am - 4pm
£40

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Purple Zeppelin

The Ultimate Rock Tribute Show!

As featured in the BBC TV documentary The Joy of the Guitar Riff, Purple Zeppelin are proud to pay tribute to Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin.

In a 'full on' show with costume changes, you’ll hear more than 30 classic songs – basically the best bits, all of the time, as Purple Zeppelin take you back to the magic, the excitement and the sheer raw energy generated by those incredible musicians.

The accent is firmly on entertainment with Ritchie Blackmore’s on stage antics, Jimmy Page’s twin neck Guitar and Theremin, and a very special Violin Bow Solo!

Come and experience the excitement of Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin in one mesmerising show!

Courtyard Theatre
£18

Purple Zeppelin's Website.
@PurpleZeppelin1
@nordenfarm

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The Vinyl Frontier - The Whole Story by Kate Bush

Some artists were made for a Greatest Hits compilation and for the first time ever The Vinyl Frontier checks out an entire greatest hits album - in this case The Whole Story by Kate Bush.

From Wuthering Heights to Running up that Hill we’ll hear the stories and songs behind all of her biggest tunes 1977-1986.

Studio
£10

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Japanese Calligraphy Workshop

Led by Eiko Ishida

This workshop is perfect for those who are interested in trying something new and learning traditional Japanese art. Let's spend meditative and self-expressive artsy afternoon together!

During this workshop, we will go over the basics of Japanese calligraphy, including:
How to hold and control the brush
The structure and meaning of Japanese characters
Basic brush techniques
Expressing yourself with the brush and ink
Everybody is welcome – no calligraphy experience or Japanese language skills are necessary

Wed 12 Oct 10am - 1pm
£48

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Griff Rhys-Jones: Work in Progress

Join the star of Not The Nine O’Clock News, Smith & Jones, and Three Men In A Boat as he returns to the stage with an hour of stories, anecdotes, reminiscences and outright lies – all in the name of comedy.

Age guidance 16+ years.

Studio
£15

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Royal Opera House Live: Aida

Sung in Italian with English subtitles | 205 mins

Love and duty collide and nations clash in Verdi’s political drama, starring Elena Stikhina and conducted by Antonio Pappano.

Princess Aida has been kidnapped: a valuable prize in a war between Egypt and Ethiopia. Meanwhile, the ambitious soldier Radames wrestles with his feelings for her. As they draw closer together, each must make an agonising choice between their loyalty to home, and their love for each other.

In this new production, director Robert Carsen situates Verdi’s large-scale political drama within a contemporary world, framing its power struggles and toxic jealousies in the apparatus of a modern, totalitarian state. Royal Opera Music Director Antonio Pappano conducts Verdi’s glorious, monumental score.

£16

A co-production with Lyric Opera of Chicago.

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Strictly Movie Musicals

The story of The Hollywood Musical.

Award winning singer Robert Habermann tells the incredible story from the magical moment in 1927  when film star Al Jolson uttered the immortal words; 'You Ain't Heard Nothing Yet!' in the first talking picture - The Jazz Singer – to the kaleidoscopic Busby Berkeley musicals, starring Dick Powell and Ruby Keeler.

The show also delves into songs from the iconic Fred Astaire and Ginger Rodgers musicals, the Judy Garland / Mickey Rooney MGM Musicals, Gene Kelly in the iconic Singin' In The Rain, plus the beloved songs from Walt Disney's Pinocchio and Mary Poppins.

Plus songs from movies starring Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Doris Day, Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnelli, Elvis Presley and many more.

Songs include, 42nd Street, Cheek To Cheek, Over The Rainbow, True Love, The Trolley Song, The Lady Is A Tramp and It's Magic - climaxing with a medley of 20 Oscar winning songs.

Studio
£15

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RSVP Bhangra

RSVP is spearheading the renaissance of live Bhangra in the UK, introducing Bhangra to mainstream audiences for the first time.

From massive stages at Glastonbury (8 years) and Womad (4 years), to concert venues across the UK and Europe, they're always guaranteed to get even the most reluctant on their feet, and leave audiences breathless with excitement.

Every show comes with an introduction to Bhangra dance - everyone's included with RSVP's emphasis on partying Punjabi style. With musicians wholly rooted in an authentic living tradition, yet unafraid to innovate, this is the ultimate celebratory Indian music.

Courtyard Theatre
£18

RSVP Bhangra's website
@nordenfarm

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Underwater

A dance theatre show for babies and their grown ups.

Come with us on a magical journey into the deep blue sea in this beautiful dance theatre piece, created especially for babies aged 0 - 2 years and their parents or carers.

A ballerina wakes from a dreamy sleep and finds herself in the ocean, a comforting world of blue lights and bubbles. As she explores her gorgeous new home, she meets an octopus –  and the pair quickly form a loving friendship beneath the waves, dancing a duet to a twinkling soundtrack that features some familiar melodies.

This multi-sensory show is sure to engage and stimulate your baby’s imagination – and there’s plenty for adults to enjoy too!

Studio
£20 per adult and child

Image credit: Celia Topping

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Animal Sculpting

Led by Helen D Evans

During the workshop you will be given a demonstration on making a bust of an animal or pet using a paper armature. From this you will develop your own armature and apply clay to it using slabs of clay.

This workshop is suitable for all abilities.

Cost includes clay, use of materials and x 2 firings and application of a clear glaze.

Individuals can arrange a separate session with the tutor if they would like to hand paint their work. Work will be fired to Earthenware.

Sat 15 Oct
11am - 4pm
£65 including materials

Please bring with you:
It is essential that you bring photos or drawings of your chosen animal or pet with you
An apron
Any Pottery tools you may have
Sketchbook
Pens / Pencils

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A Great Commemorative Night at the Opera

Local excellent and well-established Windsor and Eton Opera present a concert celebrating 60 glorious years with items from their popular opera and operatic productions.

Included are fun Gilbert and Sullivan excerpts and superb opera duets and arias from excellent soloists and an award-winning chorus.

They will be ones you know and love and will want to sing along to. It also remembers their highly valued late president John Handcock who did so much for the music scene in the Borough.

Courtyard Theatre
£22

Windsor & Eton Opera's website
@nordenfarm

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Maidenhead Schools Exhibition 2022

We are delighted to present the third Maidenhead Schools: Art, Design and Photography Exhibition showcasing the work made by the students from Maidenhead schools.

The exhibition will show a wealth of talent in a range of mediums including paint, textiles and digital media. The exhibition aims to unite Maidenhead schools and colleges by celebrating the creativity and talent of our local students.

Current artwork will include work by students from Altwood CofE School, BCA and Desborough College. To register your schools' interest in our 2022 exhibition, please contact Kayleigh at kayleigh.robinson@nordenfarm.org

This exhibition is part of Farm Out, the flagship Norden Farm Arts Programme for schools funded by the Spoore, Merry and Rixman Foundation.

Artwork Credit: Gurleen Johal, BCA

Tues 18 Oct - Sat 5 Nov 5pm - 10pm

Free Entry

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Nick Helm: What Have We Become?

As the survivors of a global pandemic crawl from their fortified boltholes and begin to rebuild society, what is left of them and who amongst them dares to lead them to the light?

Join critically acclaimed and multi award-winning comedian Nick Helm as he embarks on a show so insightful, so honest, so legitimate that it will fix all of society’s problems and lead the way to a new plane of existence.

This is the future. The future is now.

As seen on Uncle (BBC Three), 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (Channel 4), Live at the Apollo (BBC Two) and Nick Helm’s Heavy Entertainment (BBC Three).

Nick is a two time Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee, British Comedy Award winner, a BAFTA nominee and Dave’s Funniest Joke of the Fringe winner.

‘Terrific’ ★★★★ Times

‘Triumphant’ ★★★★ List

‘A true mastermind’ ★★★★★ Ed Fest Mag

‘A true comedy daredevil’ ★★★★ Time Out

Age guidance 16+ years.

Courtyard Theatre
£15

Nick Helm's Website.
@TheNickHelm
@nordenfarm

Presented by Plosive Live in association with Sophie Chapman Talent

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The Handlebards - Twelfth Night

Join The HandleBards at Norden Farm for a bicycle-powered, laugh-out-loud production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.

Duke Orsino is in love with Lady Olivia, but she won’t have anything to do with suitors. Viola is shipwrecked and believes her twin brother Sebastian to be dead. Meanwhile, a bunch of Olivia’s servants plot to make a fool out of her pompous butler, Malvolio. There’s drunkenness, frivolity and cross-dressing a plenty.

‘An exceptional touring production’ ★★★★★ The Stage

Courtyard Theatre
£16

The Handlebard's Website.
@handlebards
@nordenfarm

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Kate Bush-Ka

A celebration of the work of Kate Bush.

A stunning live performance of the sensational music of Kate Bush.

Kate Bush-Ka deliver an immersive performance of Kate’s alluring repertoire starting with the revolutionary first album The Kick Inside. The band will then take you on a journey throughout her career and across genres to deliver exciting live versions of her phenomenal hits as well as lesser known epic album tracks, such as Breathing.

Complete with authentic costumes and choreography, lead singer Kate Smith conveys a captivating rendition of this highly original and unique artist. An absolute must see for all Kate fans.

Featured on BBC Radio Berkshire, Kent and Wycombe Sound Radio, Interviewed by Debbie McGee, Victorious Festival and UK Tributes Festival.

'Kate has an uncanny resemblance to a young Kate Bush. A must-see show for all Kate Bush fans!' Debbie McGee, BBC Radio Berkshire

'A celebration of Kate’s music, is certainly was, with full costume changes and theatricality. This was as near possible to pure and honest Kate Bush' The Henley Standard

Courtyard Theatre
£22.50

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Jo Harrop and Friends

Jo Harrop is an accomplished singer on the London Jazz scene, appearing at the Royal Albert Hall, The 606 club, Pizza Express Jazz Club, amongst many other respected venues.

Having started out as a singer/songwriter, including writing a song for Acoustic Alchemy’s album, Radio Contact, which was featured on Courtney Pines, Jazz Crusade radio show, she was also a backing singer for several international stars, before establishing herself as a Jazz singer. 

Featuring Alex Hutton (piano), Jihad Darwish (bass) and drums to be announced.

'This girl was born to sing jazz, all the warmth and sensibility to melt even the chilliest of hearts' Blues & Soul Magazine

'Harrop has Excellent tone and great stage prescence' Marlbank

'Her voice is amazing, think Isaly whiskey, or tannin rich red wine - deep' Lance, Bebop Spoken Here

Studio
£16

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Women in Rock

The ultimate celebration of the world's greatest female anthems.

Women In Rock are pleased to return to Norden Farm after their successful debut in 2018.

Since 2016, Women In Rock have been wowing audiences across the UK and Europe with their high energy performances. Featuring soaring vocals, choreography, audience interaction, striking costumes and backed by a band of world class musicians, Women In Rock has built a reputation as the leading rock show around.

Having performed to audiences of up to 120,000, these women are ready to take you on a spectacular journey through five decades of female rock leaving you cheering for more.

Featuring the songs of Cher, Blondie, Janis Joplin, Republica, Belinda Carlisle, Bonnie Tyler, P!nk, Suzi Quatro, Tina Turner and many more, Women In Rock are guaranteed to get you on your feet. Grab your tickets and let’s get ready to sing, dance and ROCK!

‘The audience were held in reminiscent bliss from start to finish, outstanding!’ At The Theatre

‘The girls held the audience captive with their outstanding energy and vocals. Bravo Women In Rock!’ Harley Davidson (Europe)

‘Women In Rock is a must-have show for our venue, keeps our audiences on their feet like no other' Chequer Mead Theatre

Courtyard Theatre
£20

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The Naughty Fox

Snuggle up in a magical den with comfy creatures - Honk, Splash and TaWit TaWoo - as they teach The Naughty Fox a very important lesson: it's better to share.

Set in the magical forest, Fox goes on an adventure to learn from the Aurora that sharing is caring.

Feel your way through the immersive, multisensory journey of friendship and play for little ones and their grown-ups. Fully accessible and relaxed.

'Just seen The Naughty Fox, it's an absolute delight, a multisensory show for littleuns!' Maddie Moate, CBeebies

Experience a world of puppetry, music, light projection and bubbly energy as our two storytellers bring household objects to life.

'My eldest (3) never shares… when we got home with our naughty foxes, he kept sharing because “sharing is good mummy!” Parent feedback

The show integrates creative captions for deaf and hard of hearing audience members.

All performances are relaxed.

Age guidance 0 - 5 years.

Studio
£12 | £10 under 16s
Family and Friends (4 people) £40

Produced by Toucan Theatre.
Supported by Arts Council England and Stage One.
Originally supported by The Marlowe, Canterbury.

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In the Window, Through the Window

Led by Jo Hall

Many artists have taken inspiration from windows and views through them. This course will reference some of these, providing ideas for your own compositions. Reference material will be provided by the tutor and you will also be encouraged to work from your own sketches or photos.

Please bring drawing materials and either pastels or watercolours as outlined in the information below.

Information: please bring the following
Watercolour paints, brushes, palette and water potsor pastels
Watercolour (cold pressed, 300gsm)
or pastel paper (at least A3 size)
cartridge paper or sketchbook
Table easel (best for pastel) or block to tilt board will be fine for watercolour
Drawing board, paper towel, Tape or clips to attach paper
Some paper will be available from the tutor

Reference for the first week will be supplied and you will be encouraged to bring your own for subsequent weeks. It is always best to work from your own sketches and photos.

Tues Oct 25 - Nov 29
12.30pm - 3.30pm
£120 per 6 week course

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Spy Monkey

A new comedy dance film featuring popular characters from the Indian epic, the Ramayana, including interaction with the cast – live, at your venue!

Princess Sita is missing. Rumours are afoot that the dastardly ten-headed King Ravana has something to do with her disappearance. But he better watch out, as Hanuman, a brave and intrepid Monkey Intelligence Officer, is embarking on a treacherous mission determined to locate Sita and deliver a top-secret message that promises to foil Ravana’s wicked plans.

Spy Monkey is a fun movie experience specially designed for young audiences, with a difference! Meet the Spy Monkey film characters, uncover a secret trail and participate in Hip Hop and contemporary South Asian dance workshops.

Intrigued? Slip on your spy glasses, bring your dancing feet and uncover some juicy information about the Diwali story!

Age guidance 4+ years.

Presented by ATMA Dance.

Studio
£12 | £10 under 16s
Family and Friends (4 people) £40
Run time 75 mins

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Saltlines - The Gigspanner Big Band & Raynor Winn

An inspiring and compelling collaboration between bestselling author Raynor Winn (The Salt Path) and folk-roots supergroup The Gigspanner Big Band, which features some of the biggest names on the folk scene.

Together they will celebrate the beauty, stories and traditions of the South West Coast Path in old songs with their origins in the South-West, and new words… words which have been written by Raynor especially for this production.

Beginning life as a trio formed by legendary Steeleye Span fiddle player Peter Knight, the line-up has been expanded to form the Gigspanner Big Band, with acclaimed multi-instrumental duo Edgelarks (Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin - BBC Folk Awards Best Duo) and Bellowhead co-founder and melodeon player extraordinaire, John Spiers, joining the fray.

'What a fabulous team they make, together producing a startlingly new musical form with few, if any, antecedents. The flights of musical fancy are staggering in their natural invention' Fatea Magazine

Courtyard Theatre
£27.50

Saltlines website

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Royal Opera House Live: La bohème

Sung in Italian with English subtitles | 180 mins

Puccini's opera of passion, friendship and heartbreak features a star-studded cast, conducted by Kevin John Edusei.

Paris, 1900. Penniless writer Rodolfo believes that art is all he needs – until he meets Mimì, the lonely seamstress who lives upstairs. So begins a timeless love story that blooms, fades, and rekindles with the passing seasons. But while the couple’s friends Marcello and Musetta passionately row and make up, a force greater than love threatens Rodolfo and Mimì.

Richard Jones’s production evokes the vivid contrasts of fin de siècle Paris, from Bohemian apartments to glittering arcades.

£16

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Night Terrors – The Ghost Stories of E F Benson

This is a spine-tingling evening of three tales of the supernatural from E F Benson’s brilliant collection of ghost stories, Night Terrors.

With masterful storytelling from the award winning actor Gerard Logan, Night Terrors will transport you to a darker, more sinister world of the unexpected and the unexplainable.

The three stories (The Dance, In The Tube and The Confession of Charles Linkworth), are dramatic, haunting and hugely memorable.

'Logan is astounding... He takes a strong script and flies it to the stars' ★★★★★ Edinburgh Festival 2016

'Watching Logan work is like being privy to a wonder of nature and remains with you... A true masterpiece of solo performance' ★★★★★ The Edinburgh Guide - Edinburgh Festival 2015

Gerard Logan won The Stage Best Solo Performer of the 2011 Edinburgh Festival Award for his acclaimed performance in Gareth Armstrong’s production of Shakespeare’s The Rape of Lucrece. He won the Best Actor award at the 2014 Buxton Fringe Festival and was nominated for the Michael MacLiammoir Award for Best Male Performance at the 2016 International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival for his performance in
Wilde Without the Boy.

Gareth Armstrong has developed and directed many successful solo shows, including his own award winning Shylock.

Night Terrors is also underscored by a beautiful, original and specially commissioned score by the award winning RSC composer, Simon Slater.

Studio
£15

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Olga Koch: Just Friends

Star of Mock The Week, QI, Late Night Mash, her Amazon Prime comedy special and Edinburgh Best Newcomer nominee, Olga Koch brings you the roller coaster romcom you aren't tall enough to ride. Strap in.

Directed by Charlie Dinkin.

£1 from every ticket will go to Stonewall’s Ukraine Projects, in aid of the Ukrainian LGBTQ+ community.

'Uproarious, gleefully obscene comedy' The Guardian

'One of the most charismatic comedians on the circuit' ★★★★ The Telegraph

'A natural storyteller, she will keep you completely hooked' ★★★★★ Broadway Baby

★★★★ Funny Women | ★★★★ The List | ★★★★ The Skinny| ★★★★ Fest Mag

Age guidance 16+ years.

Studio
£15

Olga Koch's Website.
@rocknrolga
@nordenfarm

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Echéa String Quartet

Presented by Maidenhead Music Society.

Haydn String Quartet op 20 no 4
Bartok String Quartet no 6
Beethoven String Quartet op 59 no 1 ‘Razumovsky’

The Echéa String Quartet, formed 5 years ago, has quickly risen to become one of the foremost new quartets winning the prestigious ROSL prize last year.

Courtyard Theatre
£20 | £15 MMS members | £5 Under 18s or up to two free with adult

Maidenhead Music Society website

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Spooky Concertini with Johnny and the Raindrops

Looking for something Spooky to do over half term? Why not introduce your little one's to the magic of live music.

Johnny and the Raindrops play gigs for cool kids and their families. The band's jump-up-and-down-rocking-and-rolling-can’t-sit-down-best-time-ever music is brought to life with a whole heap of help from the audience.

Full of spooky songs to get you and the kids shakin' like a Skeleton, moanin' like a
Zombie and stompin' like a Monster. Johnny and the Raindrops promise to get children
and grown-ups dancing and moving, singing and grooving.

Meet the monster with 12 belly buttons, fall in love with the bat with the broken wing and wiggle along with the five Halloween worms.

Age guidance 0 - 8 years.

Studio
£12 | £10 under 16s
Family and Friends (4 people) £40

Johnny and the Raindrops website

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Mig and the Beanstalk

Following his floral extravaganza tour of The Tale of the Golden Goose last year, twelve-time medal winner at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show Mig Kimpton returns with his brand new show.

Mig combines 30 years of experience in the world of theatre as well as his extensive expertise working with flowers to present an evening of colourful stories and even more colourful arrangements.

You’ll laugh, you’ll learn a few things about what life backstage is really like and you may even go home with one of Mig’s exquisite floral designs.

You’ll certainly never see anything else quite like it!

Studio
£16

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Harry Baker is Unashamed

World Poetry Slam Champion Harry Baker had a lot of time to think about the important things in life during lockdown(s), and after initially penning reflective poems about missing hugging people he started making German pop bangers and reviewing toilet seats online.

He also very quickly realised how much he missed performing live to people! A show of new poems and realisations celebrating the little things in life that make us who we are, focussing on the connection at the heart of it all and what can happen if we lose that.

Including the story of how a spontaneous decision to run a marathon dressed as a falafel turned into a diss track to Chris Evans that raised £5000 for charity, it is his most playful, heartfelt, uplifting, unashamedly Harry Baker-y show yet.

'Simply put... The greatest performer on Earth' ★★★★★ Scott Mills Show, Radio 1

'The spell over the audience is tangible' ★★★★★ Broadwaybaby

'Spectacularly witty' ★★★★★ Whatsonstage

'Blistering word play' ★★★★★ Three Weeks

Courtyard Theatre
£15

Harry Baker's Website.
@harrybakerpoet
@nordenfarm

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Dyspraxia and Politics: The Two Sides of Don Biswas

Off the back of his debut BBC Radio 4 stand-up special, Neurotopical, gag-filled comedian and social commentator Don Biswas brings an extended version of the show to Norden Farm.

Through a lens of dyspraxia, mild Asperger's (both difficulties that affect social and coordination skills) and disaffection with the status quo, Don takes a firm if uncoordinated stab at life in the 21st century to uncover the truth about austerity, immigration, the farce that is British politics and even modern-day conspiracy theories.

He also explores what it’s been like to grow up with undiagnosed learning difficulties while coming from a traditional middle class Indian family and how it’s come to shape his politics and turned him into an activist.

As seen on BBC Asian Network and regular on BBC Radio 4.

'By the quality of his jokes alone, including a choice one about a corporate gig for the DWP, Biswas is the show’s star turn' The Guardian

Studio
£15

Don Biswas' Website.
@donbiswascomedy
@nordenfarm

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Portrait Drawing

Led by Mick McNicholas

Learn about the stages of portraiture, drawing with charcoal from a live model.

Suitable for all levels of experience.

Suitable for 18+ years

Sat 17 Sept and 5 Nov
11am – 4pm
£34

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ELO Again

The Ultimate Tribute to Jeff Lynne and the Electric Light Orchestra.

ELO Again are back with their stunning Re-Discovery Tour celebrating the truly universal music of Jeff Lynne and the Electric Light Orchestra. Now in their 10th year, the band really give you a dramatic taste of what a legendary ELO concert would have been like back in their heyday, the whole experience is professionally re-enacted with a great sound reproduction, light show and visual effects.

They perform all the big hits – Mr Blue Sky, Livin' Thing, Sweet Talkin' Woman, Shine a Little Love, Confusion, Last Train to London, Roll Over Beethoven, Wild West Hero, Don't Bring Me Down, The Diary of Horace Wimp, Telephone Line, Turn to Stone plus many more.

As the UK’s No.1 tribute show, ELO Again provide you with the spectacular live effect of ELO’s famous orchestrations, soaring strings and vocals. Come along and relive the age of Glam Rock as ELO Again pay tribute to the beautifully crafted songs of Jeff Lynne. You will revel in ELO’s unique symphonic rock style and hear some of the most unforgettable classic rock and pop songs of our generation. The timeless Mr Blue Sky returns, so Roll Over Beethoven - Rock 'n Roll Is King.

Courtyard Theatre
£18

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The Pantaloons present Great Expectations

The critically-acclaimed Pantaloons proudly present an affectionately anarchic adaptation of Charles Dickens’ captivating coming-of-age chronicle.

My father’s family name being Pirrip, and my Christian name Philip, my infant tongue could make of both names nothing longer or more explicit than Pip.
So, I called myself Pip, and came to be called Pip.

Join Pip the orphan on a journey through his eventful life via hilarious turns and tragic twists. Filled with escaped convicts, eccentric spinsters, mysterious benefactors and gut-wrenching heartbreak.

The Pantaloons are the 'inimitable' (The Guardian) and 'wholly charming' (The Times) touring theatre company bringing a vital sense of play back to classical performance.

They say 'In our theatre, your imagination is just as important as ours'.

Courtyard Theatre
£16

The Pantaloon's Website.
@ThePantaloons
@nordenfarm

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Japanese Calligraphy Autumn Workshop

Led by Eiko Ishida

Autumn is for the Arts in Japan. The beautiful changing leaves are said to serve as an inspiration to artists in Japan, and it is a great time to try new art as a beginner. You will learn and practice basic Japanese calligraphy skills, meditative calligraphy processes and finding the balance between the mind and body.

In this workshop you will be shown the basic principles of writing Japanese characters; using the traditional Japanese materials of a brush, ink and Japanese paper. You will be guided how to create your first brush strokes and how to build on these basic steps to create some lovely Japanese characters symbolising the turn of the seasons.

Please wear dark colours or old clothes (or wear an apron) as occasionally ink can spill or spread.

Materials of a brush (on loan), ink and some Japanese paper will be supplied, however you will need some extra paper to practice on; absorbent paper is best such as newspaper or sugar paper.

Thur 10 Nov 11am - 2pm
£48

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Justin Moorhouse: Stretch and Think

Justin is back: still funny, yet middle aged.

A brand new show that may contain: Yoga, getting older, Madonna, shoplifters, Labradoodles, middle-aged cyclists, The Menopause, running, hating football fans but loving football, not drinking, funerals, is Tapas a rip off?, Captain Tom, Droylsden, the environment, self-improvement, ruining a sexual position, electric car charging spots used by doggers, nursery graduation, horses, Stig look-a-likes, home cooked food in places that aren’t your own home, the odd advantages of fundamental religions, the gym, shop door etiquette. And he’s got a new suit. Come, it’ll be fun.

Suitable for ages 14+ years.

'Not a moment without laughter' ★★★★ Chortle

'If joke-telling is your thing, then Justin Moorhouse is your man...very high gag rate' ★★★★ Fest

'Skilful crafting...he keeps the laughs coming' ★★★★ British Theatre Guide

'He charms the pants off the crowd' Sunday Times

'The amount of first-rate comic craft that goes into his routines is worthy of admiration' Guardian

'Simultaneously down-to-earth and out of this world' The List

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The Dave O'Higgins Quartet

Dave O’Higgins’ tenor and soprano sax sounds are highly personal and recognisable, with a clear sense of melodic development and adventure.

A popular performer with the public, with an excellent sense of pacing and presentation, he has a wide palette from Charlie Parker, Dexter Gordon, John Coltrane, Joe Henderson through to Stanley Turrentine and Michael Brecker. He has relentlessly pursued artistic and sonic exploration and development with a deep respect for the tradition of the music.

Dave is a highly regarded educator at the London College of Contemporary Media, where he is the Jazz Pathway Leader.

He also runs a small specialist jazz recording studio (JVG), in search of the optimum way of recording jazz musicians through a combination of old techniques (á la Rudy Van Gelder) and newer innovations.

Dave has worked with some of the world’s finest musicians, including: Joey Calderazzo, Joe Locke, Dave Kikowski, Eric Alexander, Grant Stewart, Max Ionata, Phil Dwyer, Adam Nussbaum, Joe Lovano, Phil Woods, Jimmy Smith, Nancy Wilson, Peggy Lee, Kurt Elling, Wayne Shorter, Eddie Gomez, Billy Childs, Abdullah Ibrahim, Chico Chagas, Stephane Grappelli, Michel Legrand.

He has released 20 CDs as leader to date. He also wrote and produced the last Matt Bianco album, Gravity.

'O’Higgins plays with quite exceptional fluency and his fund of ideas never runs out' The Observer

Studio
£16

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Make and decorate a 4 piece dinner set

Led by Helen D Evans

During the workshop you will be given the opportunity to make a dinner plate, side plate, bowl and a cup or mug using various hand building techniques.

You will explore surface decoration by embellishing your work with a design to produce a unique hand made dinner set.

Cost includes clay, use of materials and x 2 firings and application of a clear glaze. Work will be fired to Earthenware.

This workshop is suitable for all abilities.

Sat 12 Nov
11am - 4pm
£65 including materials

Please bring with you:
An apron
Any Pottery tools you may have
Sketchbook for ideas / with ideas
Pens / Pencils

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Mi Flamenco presents Echoes

A personal reflection of Spain through Mi Flamenco’s artistic lens. Lose yourself in an immersive, multi-media experience of flamenco sights and sounds.

Following a hugely successful performance here in 2016, Norden Farm welcomes back Mi Flamenco with their evocative new production, Echoes.

Everything we experience leaves an indelible imprint... A trace... An echo.

Blending personal reflections of Spain with the power and poise of flamenco, these skilled dancers and musicians give audiences a very particular vision through Mi Flamenco's artistic lens.

Echoes combines engaging imagery, emotive flamenco dance and soul-stirring music and voice.

Original music by Uri Tal, comprising his virtuoso guitar and the haunting sound of Nick Squires’ cello, alongside the raw vocal power and emotion of singer, Luis Vargas Monge, provide the amazing soundscape for this production.

Add the dance passion and sophisticated strength from Ester Tal and Tomas Arroquero and you have all the necessary ingredients to lose yourself in an immersive experience of flamenco sights and sounds

Echoes is indeed a compelling amalgam of extraordinary artists and emotion.

'Stunning flamenco dancing backed up by hugely talented guitar players and singers' Helen Potter (Docklands Review)

'Gut-wrenchingly beautiful dance.' Matthew Jenkin (News shopper Review)

Courtyard Theatre
£19 | £17 conc

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Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker!

The sweetest of all Matthew Bourne’s treats comes to cinemas for the first time.

Follow Clara’s bittersweet journey from a darkly comic Christmas Eve at Dr. Dross’ Orphanage, through a shimmering, ice-skating winter wonderland to the scrumptious candy kingdom of Sweetieland. With family-sized helpings of Bourne’s trademark wit, pathos and magical fantasy, Nutcracker! is influenced by the lavish Hollywood musicals of the 1930s.

Tchaikovsky’s glorious score and Anthony Ward’s newly-refreshed delectable sets and costumes combine with Bourne’s dazzling choreography to create a fresh and charmingly irreverent interpretation of the classic production.

Celebrating its 30th Anniversary, this ‘witty, wonderful, rip-roaring spectacular’ (★★★★★ Daily Telegraph) is a Nutcracker! for all seasons and ‘the sweet treat we all deserve.’ (★★★★★ Evening Standard).

Courtyard Theatre
£16

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The Royal Ballet: A Diamond Celebration

Running Time TBC

The Royal Ballet’s dazzling Principals lead an evening not to be missed, their sparkling talents a perfect fit for a diamond anniversary. Celebrating the 60th anniversary of The Friends of Covent Garden, this programme recognises the amazing support of all ROH Friends past and present.

The showcase will demonstrate the breadth and diversity of The Royal Ballet’s repertory in classical, contemporary and heritage works. It will also include world premieres of short ballets by choreographers Pam Tanowitz, Joseph Toonga and Valentino Zucchetti as well as The Royal Ballet’s first performance of For Four by Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon and a performance of George Balanchine’s Diamonds.

Courtyard Theatre
£16

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The Carravick Sisters

The Carrivick Sisters are one of the UK's top young bluegrass and folk acts.

Twins Laura and Charlotte perform their original songs and instrumentals along with a few carefully chosen covers on guitar, mandolin, fiddle, dobro, and clawhammer banjo. Their busy touring schedule is rapidly building them a reputation for engaging and entertaining live performances with tight sibling vocal harmonies and multi-instrumental virtuosity. Having grown up in South Devon, an area rich in folk lore and legends, much of their original material is inspired by their local surroundings and history.

The Carrivick Sisters first started performing as a duo in 2006, originally as buskers before turning professional when they left school in 2007. In 2007 they won the South West Busker’s and Street Entertainer’s Competition, gaining themselves their first spot at Glastonbury Festival. In 2008 Laura achieved 2nd place at the RockyGrass Fiddle Contest in America. The Carrivick Sisters were finalists in the prestigious BBC Radio 2 Young FolkAwards 2010 and were named Band|Duo of the Year in the 2011 FATEA Awards. Most recently Charlotte won first place in both Old-time banjo and fiddle at FOAOTMAD's festival in Gainsborough 2012.

'Demonstrating rare instrumental and vocal superiority that puts their colleagues to shame… this is one duo which is going places.' ★★★★★ Maverick Magazine

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duo b!z’art

Presented by Maidenhead Music Society.

Talented pianists André Roe and Geoffrey Baptiste are favourites across Europe with their exciting and innovative piano duo programmes.

Tonight’s concert will feature music by Vaughan Williams, Percy Grainger, Copland, Ravel and Grieg among others.

£20 | £15 MMS members | £5 Under 18s or up to two free with adult

Maidenhead Music Society website

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Beautiful Evil Things

Theatre Ad Infinitum present a feisty, funny, and bloody take on some of the oldest stories known to woman. From a killer Gorgon.

What if there was another take on the Trojan War, an untold-breathtaking-adventure you had never heard before?

Enter Medusa. She was there.

Monstrous gorgon? Snakes for hair? A turn-to-stone glare? Perhaps. But she was there - as a bodiless head strapped to the shield of a goddess.

Her forever-open-eyes saw it all: Epic combat. Mighty swords. Giant horse sculptures filled with men. But as the war raged on, Medusa’s petrifying gaze focused on three extraordinary women who might just hold the key to her ultimate hope.

Beautiful Evil Things is a new, high energy, one woman show from Ad Infinitum combining physical storytelling with cutthroat wit. Coming hot on the heels of their multi award winning hit, Odyssey, join Medusa for a breathtaking adventure.

'One of contemporary theatre’s vital organs' Time Out

'This tour de force of physical theatre is unmissable' ★★★★ The Stage on Odyssey

'Epic' ★★★★★ The Times on Light

'A theatrical hand grenade' ★★★★ The Guardian on Ballad of the Burning Star

Co-commissioned by Tobacco Factory Theatres, supported by Wardrobe Ensemble.

Suitable for ages 12+ years.

Courtyard Theatre
£18

Beautiful Evil Thing's Website.
@TheatreAdInf
@nordenfarm

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Draw a Tree on large paper

Led by Jo Hall

Working with chunky drawing materials graphite, charcoal or tinted versions of these, draw a tree or group of trees on white or toned A2 paper, or larger. You may also work in earth colours of conte crayon and bring less chunky versions of the same materials for finishing touches or texture details. Photo reference will be provided or bring your own.

Please bring your own materials as described in the information below.

Information
White A2 cartridge paper will be available at cost.

Materials: please bring the following
White cartridge paper or toned paper suitable for pastel; A2 would be ideal
Drawing board, clips or tape to hold paper
Any of the following; (a great opportunity to use chunky tinted charcoal or tinted graphite blocks)
Charcoal, graphite sticks, chunky coloured graphite, chunky tinted charcoal, conte crayon in black, sepia or sanguine, white chalk if using toned or black paper. You don’t need them all, just bring what you have. You may bring smaller sticks or pencil forms of any of the above for fine detail.
Paper towel, blending tools (stumps, torchons etc useful but not essential)

Some chunky materials will be available for you to try at the session.

Sat 10 Sept
11am - 4pm
£40

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Family Concertini with Cut a Shine

Dust off your cowboy hats, gingham checks or grab something from our fancy dress box for a foot stomping, rip-roaring, thigh-slapping 45 minutes of traditional music.

Cut A Shine are a London based troupe of traditional musicians, dynamic Ceilidh dancers and crazy callers determined to spread the word that the Hoe Down is a’happening.

This concert is all about inspiring children and their grown-ups with live music in a relaxed and friendly environment.

Concertini is all about creating family friendly experiences with inspiring live music. Our relaxed bite-size concerts last under an hour and are followed by the chance to meet the musicians and their instruments. Little people will be able to dance, sing and move around, whilst grown-ups and bigs kids can enjoy listening to live music performed by professional musicians in a relaxed and friendly environment.

Age guidance 0 - 8 years.

Studio
£12 | £10 under 16s
Family and Friends (4 people) £40

Concertini website
@nordenfarm

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Dark Side Of The Wall

The award-winning Dark Side Of The Wall celebrate their heroes in well over 2 hours of spectacular live music and visual effects.

This amazing 8-piece band perform music from the legendary Pink Floyd’s classic and extensive back catalogue, featuring tracks such as Comfortably Numb, Money, Wish You Were Here, Shine On You Crazy Diamond and Another Brick In The Wall to name just a few… with unexpected ‘surprises’ thrown in along the way. This band clearly love what they do and that ‘fun’ factor is always a huge part of their shows - not to be missed!

Courtyard Theatre
£18

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Simon Yates: My Mountain Life

by Touching the Void’s Simon Yates.

On the remote Siula Grande in Peru in June 1985, mountaineer Simon Yates found himself in a desperately unenviable position. He was slowly being pulled off the mountain face by his injured partner, Joe Simpson, dangling on the rope 50 metres below. His decision to cut the rope saved both their lives in the epic of survival that followed and with the publication of the book Touching The Void, later film and stage play, both climbers became household names.

It was an experience that could have put many off the sport of mountaineering - but not Simon. Over 35 years later, he is still a very active exploratory climber and guide, making several expeditions to the mountains each year. From the Arctic to the Antarctic, Alaska to Central Asia there is hardly a significant range that he has not visited.

Come along and witness Simon’s tireless journey from that mountain in Peru to some of the remotest on the planet and share with him the drama, excitement and beauty of modern, lightweight alpinism. Told with wit, dry humour and lavishly illustrated with images and video collected on his great climbs.

'Simon is a totally engaging speaker, who both entertains and inspires.'

Studio
£16

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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.

‘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

Suitable for ages 3+ years.

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.

Courtyard Theatre
£15 | £13 under 16s
£52 Family & Friends (4 people)
£48 Family & Friends Early Bird Offer! (if booked before Wednesday 31 August)

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Daytime Deewane

It’s 1997 and London is about to have its last daytime rave.

The end of an era is approaching. British South Asians flock for their last taste of rebellion. Among them are cousins Farhan and Sadiq. Both very different. Both escaping something. Both trying to decide what it means to be British and Pakistani, to be Muslim and a man – and they’ve got until 6pm to figure it out.

Inspired by the daytime raves of 1990s British Asian culture, Daytime Deewane explores the beauty and struggle of living with a multi-cultural identity as a teenager. Featuring a DJ mix merging soundscapes, dance music and spoken word, this immersive new show is an exhilarating gig theatre adventure.

Daytime Deewane, by Azan Ahmed, is the latest production from Half Moon, the UK’s leading small-scale young people’s venue and touring company, winner of the 2019 and 2018 Offies Award (Off West End Theatre) for Best Production for Young People Age 13+ (Crowded and What Once Was Ours).

Run time 60 mins

Content Warning: Daytime Deewane includes mild references to self-harm. As part of depicting the experience of British South Asians in the 1990s, at times characters in the play refer to language which is racially offensive.

Studio
£15

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Mitch Benn: It's About Time

'The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once' Albert Einstein (probably)

If it feels like the past is catching up with us and the future isn’t what it used to be, then fear not!

Mitch Benn, comedian, songwriter and thinker of deep thoughts, (not to mention 'the country's leading musical satirist' The Times) is back, clock in one hand and guitar in the other, to help you look at time in a whole new way.

Studio
£15

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Rob Newman: Live On Stage

Fresh from his BBC Radio 4 series Rob Newman On Air, the award-winning comedian’s new show is a stand up epic that goes from cave paintings to car-free cities to ask: Who are we? Where are we going? And how do spiders fly?

Rob Newman tells a story of how dancing in step saved prehistoric humans and how new scientific discoveries may help us take the right steps to a life after oil.

'He is one amazing comedian' Time Out

'Newman combines proper scientific argument with dazzling shafts of wit' The Times

'The funniest comedian I have ever seen' Sunday Times

'Refreshingly intelligent and hugely entertaining!' The Guardian

Courtyard Theatre
£17.50

Rob Newman's Website.
@mrrobnewman
@nordenfarm

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Japanese Calligraphy Festive Workshop

Led by Eiko Ishida

Before heading to the party, come and learn the art of Japanese calligraphy this holiday season - you can use those new-found skills to create handwritten holiday messages that can be given as or cards with an origami Christmas tree for decoration.

In this workshop you will be shown the basic principles of writing Japanese characters; using the traditional Japanese materials of a brush, ink and Japanese paper. You will be guided how to create your first brush strokes and how to build on these basic steps to create some lovely Japanese characters symbolising the turn of the seasons.

Please wear dark colours or old clothes (or wear an apron) as occasionally ink can spill or spread.

Materials of a brush (on loan), ink and some Japanese paper will be supplied, however you will need some extra paper to practice on; absorbent paper is best such as newspaper or sugar paper.

Wed 7 Dec 10am - 1pm
£48

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Royal Opera House Live: The Nutcracker

2 hours and 45 minutes (including one interval).

Join Clara at a delightful Christmas Eve party that becomes a magical adventure once everyone else is tucked up in bed. Marvel at the brilliance of Tchaikovsky’s score, as Clara and her enchanted Nutcracker fight the Mouse King and visit the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Prince in the glittering Kingdom of Sweets. Peter Wright’s much-loved production for The Royal Ballet, with gorgeous period designs by Julia Trevelyan Oman, keeps true to the spirit of this festive ballet classic, combining the thrill of the fairy tale with spectacular classical dancing.

Courtyard Theatre
£16

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Chris McCausland: Speaky Blinder

Star of the Royal Variety Performance, Would I Lie to You?, Have I Got News for You, QI, and Live at the Apollo... One of the UK's top stand-ups Chris McCausland is on tour with a stand-up show about life, family, and loads of other nonsense as well!

Tour extended due to exceptional demand!

'A joke heavy show with gags a plenty' The List

'Passionate and rib-tickling. An illuminating, heartfelt performance. Highly recommended!' EdFestMagazine

'Proper stand-up, honest, straightforward, balls-out funny' Chortle

Suitable for ages 16+ years.

Show Time Duration: 2 hours

Courtyard Theatre
£19 | £17 conc

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Paint a Bird on Small Paper in watercolour or gouache

Led by Jo Hall

Paint a blackbird or a cheeky robin or other small bird on white or tinted paper. Gouache is particularly useful for working on coloured papers but watercolour and a tube of permanent white gouache will work just as well. We will be painting on paper as small as three by four inches up to about five by seven inches or similar size square formats. Some photo reference will be provided or bring your own.

Please bring your own materials as described in the information below.

Information
Some paper will be available at cost from the tutor including some handmade Indian paper (Khadi). Additional photo reference will also be available.

Please bring the following
Watercolours pan or tube, brushes, palette, water pots, paper towel, small sponge, pencil
Drawing board, block of wood about 2x2x6 inches to tilt the board (may be better than a table easel for this workshop), masking tape
Watercolour paper; hot or cold pressed surface and about 300gsm, or small Khadi paper
Spare paper or small sketchbook for composition sketches

Sat 10 Dec
11am - 4pm
£40

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The Albion Christmas Band

An Albion Christmas is widely regarded as the premier seasonal show, which has been touring for 20 years, and attracts sell-out audiences across the UK.

Featuring the combined talents of Simon Nicol (Fairport Convention), Kellie While (Albion Band) Simon Care (Edward II) and the Guvnor himself, Ashley Hutchings MBE, this show takes you on a guided tour through the Christmas customs of Britain.

Kellie While, Simon Care and Simon Nicol join founder of Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span and The Albion Band, Ashley Hutchings, on stage for an evening of traditional English Christmas music, song and celebratory readings.

Kellie takes time out from working with her mum, Chris While, for which both the U.K. press and public alike have praised her. Folk enthusiasts will know Kellie from her work with The Albion Band. She received personal praise from Ron Sexsmith for her beautiful version of his song ‘Riverbed’ on her album Tenacious, which put her on the map as one this country’s finest voices.

Simon Care is currently working with Edward II and has always had a passion for Traditional English dance and song. Simon also works with Banter, Tickled Pink and the Morris On Band.

Simon Nicol, founder member of Fairport Convention finishes the line up to make this a truly festive treat. He is regarded as one of the finest acoustic guitarists in the world, his voice is pretty special too!

The Albion Christmas Show is a seasonal mixture of carols, spoken word and humorous readings. It really is the perfect way to start your festivities. This year will see a material chosen by our audience, it promises to be a fantastic set drawing on material from our extensive back catalogue.

Courtyard Theatre
£24

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Remembering Clifford Brown

A fearless improviser and virtuoso trumpeter, Freddie is one of the UK jazz scene’s brightest lights having just won the 2017 British Jazz Award for best trumpet.

His debut album “Transient” was very well received with a four star review in the Guardian as well as glowing reports from the online jazz community. The band has just completed a 12 date UK tour playing music from Transient Gavita is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music and the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, he rose to prominence through the John Dankworth Orchestra, and has been a member of the Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra since 2007. He currently holds the trumpet chair in the Ronnie Scott’s Club Quintet.

Freddie has played with, among others including: Peter Erskine, Joe Locke, John Hendricks, Kenny Wheeler, Stan Sulzmann, Tim Garland, Jon Faddis, Kurt Elling, Gregory Porter, Curtis Stigers, Paloma Faith, Jess Glynne, Seth McFarlane and Dionne Warwick.

Tonights concert will be focusing on the music of Clifford Brown, an iconic figure in the Bebop era. Clifford Brown left us with an amazingly varied and timeless collection of compositions.

“Bebop for the 21st Century” Patrick Hadfield, London Jazz

“A talented trumpet prodigy” John Walters, the Guardian

Studio
£16

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Hundred Watt Club - A Festive Evening of Burlesque and Vaudeville!

Have you been naughty or nice this year? Whatever the answer, Hundred Watt Club’s glorious gift to you is this hot toddy of a show!

Jam packed full of festive, glittering showgirls, bawdy comedy, classic vaudeville and awe inspiring circus acts. Always seductive, always sublime and always that little bit ridiculous – enjoy an evening of vintage inspired, Christmas themed entertainment. Perfect for a staff night out with a difference, festive party with friends or for helping get that love interest under the mistletoe!

THE LOWDOWN! Hundred Watt Club employ and embrace adult themes, strong language and partial nudity – not for the faint hearted or easily offended! There’s no dress code: Hundred Watt Club love it when their audiences dress in their vintage finery and red-carpet glamour, but if you’re more comfy in jeans and sneakers – wear them! Over 18s Only – no refunds if it’s ‘Not to your taste’!

‘Harking back to the gin drenched halcyon days of a grimy Berlin nightclub in the 1930s, The Hundred Watt Club sparkles, fizzles, and shines brightly on a dark night’ Fringe Review

'Old school mischief and timeless raunchiness collide at the Hundred Watt Club. Hats - and corsets - off to Lena Mae for an excellent night of entertainment' Sussex Express

'Crude and unpleasant...for crude and unpleasant people.' Seetickets review

Courtyard Theatre
£20

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New Year's Eve Hoedown at the Farm 2022

Heck yeah, the hoedown is back! Our popular New Year’s Eve event returns to ring in 2023!

Dance the night way on our Courtyard Theatre dance floor to live music from ceilidh and barn dance band Cut a Shine.

No experience is necessary as their caller will be on hand to guide you through all of the steps!

Dust off your cowboy hats, rhinestone adorned outfits or most glamorous attire for a night of unforgettable fun at the Farm!

WHY? A fun, lively and thrilling way to celebrate this New Year's Eve!

Age guidance 12+ years

Norden Farm
£25, Supporters £22

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Burns Night Ceilidh

Take your partners please for our Burns Night Ceilidh!

Join the Craigievar Ceilidh Band in the atmospheric 18th century Long Barn for a sociable evening of music and dancing. Guaranteed to have you stamping, reeling and birling – their on-the-floor caller will guide you through the Dashing White Sergeant, Strip the Willow and other dances. The evening includes a traditional Burns Night supper of haggis, neeps and tatties.

WHY? Featuring musicians from the acclaimed film Four Weddings and a Funeral this lively, fun event is not to be missed!

Long Barn
£23 | £21 Supporters

Craigievar Band Website

Craigievar Band Facebook

Craigievar Band Instagram

Photo credit: Andrew Scotland

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The Searchers and Hollies Experience

The Searchers and Hollies Experience brings to the stage the magical hits of these two legendary harmony bands.

This two-hour tribute show is guaranteed to have you in Needles and Pins with nostalgia as soon as you Walk in the Room. It is definitely worth Just One look and you will say Here I go Again I feel that I'm Alive when hearing these melodic hits.

So if you are thinking about booking tickets just say Yes I will. After all, you do not want to be saying I’m sorry Suzanne I missed it!

Courtyard Theatre
£20

The Searchers and Hollies Experience website

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Tom Houghton: Absolute Shambles

After an incredible sold out debut run, the man who asked us “do you ski?” is leaving his home in the Tower of London (for good).

Catch him as he departs on a second triumphant tour across our nation armed with even more outrageous takes, unbelievable tales and biblical chat to leave you bowled over with laughter.

Having amassed a loyal fan base of over a quarter of a million followers the multi-viral, social media sensation is delving even deeper into his ludicrous life as he tries to smarten up the not so honorable aspects of himself. Take a look at the pitfalls of online celebrity, the perils of post-palace living and find out, that in an age where everyone is so obsessed with the veneer of virtual contentment, maybe it takes crashing back down to reality to discover where happiness truly lies.

As seen on Comedy Central and tour support for Milton Jones.

'Clever, passionate and soulful' ★★★★★ The New European

'A twisted view of the world' ★★★★★ The Sunday Express

'Get your tickets today. Tomorrow may well be too late. A Star is Born' ★★★★★ One 4 Review

'This unexpected tour de force warrants a 21-gun salute' ★★★★ The Daily Telegraph

'A crafty idiot' ★★★★ The Daily Mail

'Now that’s class' ★★★★ Fringe Guru

@HonourableTom
@nordenfarm

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Mike Bubbins: Throwback

Mike Bubbins, star of hit podcast The Socially Distant Sports Bar, and of BBC television comedies Mammoth, Tourist Trap and The Unexplainers, unleashes THROWBACK, his first ever solo UK stand-up tour. And things may never be the same again.

THROWBACK is a powerful, thought-provoking, visceral hour of stand-up comedy, that pushes boundaries, defies neat descriptions and challenges the audience...

AS IF IT IS!

It’s actually an hour and a half of really funny stories, pretty impressive characterisations, possibly a song (he said he’ll see how that goes), a bit of nostalgia about the good old days, a bit of optimism about the good new days, and Mike generally having a laugh about life and not taking himself, or anything else, too seriously. Having said that, he may, at some point in the show, get very annoyed at berks, whether in the past, the present, or the future. Very annoyed.

So basically THROWBACK is a comedy show about Bubbins sharing, and bringing to life, the stuff that he finds funny. As comedy concepts go, it’s a pretty straightforward one, really.

‘They asked me to do a UK comedy tour, called THROWBACK...and so I did.’  Mike Bubbins

Saturday 4 February 2023
Courtyard Theatre
£19.50

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Moonrakers Folk Orchestra Acoustic Workshop

Moonrakers each year run a series of Folk Orchestra workshops across the country.

They are for intermediate instrumentalists who wish to develop skills in arranging and playing folk tunes and songs in an ensemble.

Jon Bennett (guitar, ukulele, bouzouki, whistles), Jacqui Johnson (cello, fiddle, keyboard) and Becki Luff (harp, keyboard) have many years’ experience conducting workshops at Benslow Music, Halsway Manor and at several festivals.

They work through a number of tunes and songs, inviting you to suggest arrangement ideas yourself. Music (with chords, countermelody and bass) will be sent out in advance along with a video of each tune played at medium pace for those who learn by ear. Above all, it’s a rare opportunity to play with a multi-instrumental and welcoming group.

Sat 11 Feb
11am - 4.30pm
£60

Book tickets for the band's evening gig here.

Moonrakers website

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Moonrakers Folk Orchestra

Four piece band, Moonrakers (harp, cello, stringed instruments, whistles, female/male vocals) pride themselves on having brought traditional and contemporary folk music to new audiences in festivals, arts centres, churches and village halls across the UK.

With songs and tunes from the English, Irish and Scottish tradition as well as their own compositions, they’ve been described as 'startlingly talented' (Oxford Times) and 'truly wonderful' (Wycombe Festival), with five albums of 'exquisite music' (BBC).

Their albums have received glowing reviews in the music press ('The real deal' The Living Tradition; 'Uplifting, sensitively crafted songs and tunes' FATEA magazine).

Studio
£15

Take part in an Acoustic Workshop with Moonrakers on the day of the gig. Work through a number of tunes and songs with the band. Music is sent out in advance along with a video of each tune played at medium pace for those who learn by ear. A rare opportunity to play with a multi-instrumental and welcoming group.

Moonrakers website

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Fleetingwood Mac

Fleetingwood Mac are an exciting tribute to the legendary band Fleetwood Mac.

The band bring across the live sound of Fleetwood Mac, with just one guitar, a keyboard, a drum kit, a man on the bass and of course, the vocals!

They create a genuine Fleetwood Mac sound with a modern edge, doing justice to the classic songs that play a huge part in many people’s lives.

The band do not go on stage pretending to be Fleetwood Mac, instead performing as five musicians who love the music and want to share it to a wider audience.

Courtyard Theatre
£18

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Rob Auton - The Crowd Show

The Crowd Show is a comedy / theatre / spoken word show about crowds by award-winning writer, actor and podcaster Rob Auton.

The Crowd Show is a show suitable for anybody who wants to be in the crowd for this show.

'A genuine original. Poetical, philosophical, humane, completely charming and funny to boot' The Guardian

'Makes laughter out of wonder and brings us all together. We need him' The Scotsman

'Something that'll leave you feeling all warm and fuzzy round the edges' The Herald

'Brilliant' Stewart Lee

Studio
£15

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Robin Morgan: Snip Snip, Bitch

One of the UK’s fastest rising comedy stars Robin Morgan brings a hilarious brand new show on tour for 2023

A lot has happened to Robin since the last tour. He’s moved back to Wales, happily married with two kids. So what happens next? A vasectomy of course.

Robin’s been all over your telly and radio, with appearances on Mock The Week (BBC Two), Richard Hammond’s Brain Reaction (Comedy Central), The Now Show (BBC Radio 4).

He created the topical panel show What Just Happened? (BBC One) and co-created Ellie Taylor’s Safe Space (BBC Radio 4), and also appeared in both, the greedy boy.

His writing credits include Have I Got News For You (BBC One), 8 Out of 10 Cats (C4), The Mash Report (BBC Two), The Great Pottery Throwdown (C4) and The News Quiz (BBC Radio 4), and is the studio warm-up artist for The Graham Norton Show (BBC One).

'Bloody funny. He must surely be on the verge of nationwide fame' Chortle

Studio
£13 | £10 conc

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Michelle de Swarte: Moved

Michelle has been on the move since birth. She's moved country four times, been homeless three times, been a fashion model, a cleaner, a reporter, presenter, writer, cat sitter and actor. Married, divorced, on drugs, off drugs.

In this new show, Michelle breaks down the highs and lows of burning your life to the ground and starting again when forty is around the corner.

Star of the highly acclaimed Sky/HBO’s The Baby, Michelle is an actress, comedian and writer. She can currently be seen in Prime Video’s Backstage with Katherine Ryan. She also starred as a series regular in Katherine Ryan’s Netflix series The Duchess.

Born in South London, Michelle was spotted by a model scout at the age of 19 and moved to New York, where she became heavily involved in the comedy scene. Since moving back to London, she has been busy filming and writing her own semi-autobiographical comedy series with Various Artists Limited and has recently been the tour support on Katherine Ryan’s tour.

'All hail the new Queen of Comedy' Sunday Times Style

'Dry brilliance' iNews

Age guidance 16+ years.

Courtyard Theatre
£15

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Ray Bradshaw – Deaf Com 1

Following his groundbreaking 2018 show, Deaf Comedy Fam, Ray's new show covers his recent fatherhood, teaching his young son sign language and a disastrous trip to Bahrain!

Ray is an international award winning comic. He spent 2021/22 touring the UK as John Bishop’s handpicked support act, having previously toured with Frankie Boyle in 2019.

Ray was the first comedian to ever win a Scottish Culture Award and is a regular host of Scotland’s most popular radio show, Breaking The News.

Ray is a CODA (like in the Oscar winning film) and grew up with deaf parents. All of his shows are performed in both BSL and English, with Deaf Comedy Fam becoming the first ever live comedy experience for more than 800 deaf audience members.

Ray’s clever, charming and very funny comedy has received critical acclaim from critics and fans alike.

'Bradshaw is raucously funny … captivating, funny and sharply executed' ★★★★★ BroadwayBaby.com

'Funny and fascinating… one in six of us will lose our sense of hearing. Deaf Comedy Fam proves it doesn’t mean you have to lose your sense of humour' ★★★★ The Scotsman

'This years most groundbreaking show' ★★★★ Short.com

'I grinned from ear to ear for the entire hour“ ★★★★ Voice Magazine

'Has a clear comedy gift' ★★★★ Edinburgh Evening News

Studio
£15

Ray Bradshaw's Website.
@comedyray
@nordenfarm

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Kingdom of Madness: Classic Magnum

Members of Magnum’s classic-era line-ups and other top-drawer rock alumni unite to perform classic Magnum songs from the celebrated 1978-94 period.

Mark Stanway (keyboards), Micky Barker (drums), Richard Bailey (keyboards/flute) and Mo Birch (vocals/percussion), all of whom have previously performed with Magnum, provide the nucleus of Kingdom of Madness.

For their 2021/22 shows they are joined by vocalist Mark Pascall, best known for his work with Cats in Space and Departed, bassist Brian Badhams (Bernie Marsden’s Alaska, Steve Gibbons Band) and guitarist Alan Bell.

One of the UK’s finest exponents of melodic rock music, Magnum achieved high album and singles chart positions in both the UK and Europe and gained a reputation as one of the UK most captivating live bands.

This reunion of former members of one the UK’s most revered melodic rock bands to perform music that has touched the hearts of several generations of music fans has been met with the highest acclaim from both music critics and audiences alike.

Courtyard Theatre
£20

Click here to visit the Kingdom of Madness website.

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Eshaan Akbar : The Pretender

Whether it’s you, the person you go on a date with, your boss, or the opinion-makers on TV, we’re all pretending we know what we’re doing.

We don’t. And it’s about time we all had a proper laugh about it.

Eshaan has been seen on BBC1's Mock The Week and QI, and heard on award-winning podcasts Have A Word, Ninetwentynine and Spitting Image. He's also appeared on LBC, Times Radio and BBC Radio 4.

'A fine comic entertainer, an intelligent maker of points and a wealth of fascinating facts' The Scotsman

'Genius stand-up comedy' Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

'A story that’s likely to go far' Chortle

Studio
£15


Eshaan's websitet
@eshaanakbar
@nordenfarm

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Flash - A Tribute to Queen

Flash – Hit after hit, anthem after anthem, guaranteed to blow your mind, as quoted by the BBC ‘as close as it gets’.

Flash - A Tribute to Queen, established in 2001 brought together the finest musicians from several Queen Tribute shows to form a ‘best of the best’ live tribute to the musical legacy of Freddie Mercury and Queen.

Every member of the group has been creatively and technically inspired by Queen, each using replica equipment, adding that extra sound characteristic and obvious visual treat to the decerning fan, they take great satisfaction and pride in producing a show that performed in authentic costumes, brings back all the magic that made every Queen concert so very special.

Entering their 52nd year, Queen amassed a huge back catalogue of hit records and it’s been hard work trying to construct a show that captures their creative history in such a small amount of stage time - but the band guarantee the show to be a non-stop jukebox of the very best of Queen, hit after hit, anthem after anthem, with audience participation at a high from the very start.

Courtyard Theatre
£20 | £18 Supporters

Flash's Website.
@Flashtribute
@nordenfarm

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Lucy Porter - Wake-Up Call

A brand new stand up show from the TV and radio favourite.

As heard on BBC Radio 4’s The News Quiz and The Now Show and seen on Would I Lie to You, QI and Live at the Apollo.

Wake-Up Call is a show about revelations, realisations and epiphanies - both large and small. 

Subjects covered include: bin collection schedules, the novels of Jean Rhys, cats, school fair booze tombolas, the Scottish Enlightenment, pressure washers and Huel. It’s an exuberant, silly show with some wisdom sprinkled on top.

'Impeccably punch-lined anecdotes… genuinely delightful' The Telegraph

'A treat from start to finish' The Herald

Courtyard Theatre
£18

Lucy's website

@lucyportercomic
@nordenfarm

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The George Harrison Project

The George Harrison Project is a live music celebration of George Harrison’s best-loved hits from his early Beatles songs, his solo career and The Traveling Wilburys.

Featuring My Sweet Lord, Got My Mind Set On You, Give Me Love, What Is Life, Something, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Here Comes The Sun, Handle With Care, All Things Must Pass, Blow Away, Cheer Down and many more!

Courtyard Theatre
£20

The George Harrison Project website

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A Band Called Malice

A Band Called Malice - The Definitive Tribute to The Jam has been impressing audiences up and down the country with their tribute to The Jam.

A show full of high octane energy that takes the audience right back to those heady days when The Jam were most popular in the late 70s early 80s. Playing all the hits including Going Underground, Town Called Malice, Start, Eton Rifles, David Watts and many, many more. National Tribute Award Finalists in 2019, this band will not disappoint. Book your ticket(s) now for an unforgettable evening down memory lane!

Courtyard Theatre
£18

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