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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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