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Arts and Crafts Session

Craft activities to keep the little ones entertained this half term.

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

Monday 28 May – Circus (clown face and acrobat)
Tuesday 29 May – 3D Book
Wednesday 30 May – Blow football game and England flag
Thursday 31 May – Peter Rabbit and wheelbarrow
Friday 1 June – Mini Beasts (bug rocks and caterpillar)

Age guidance: 5-8 years.

£5 per child

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Children are Stinky

Presented by Circus Trick Tease.

Set in the 90s (with all your parents’ favourite tracks) this is a show full of circus and hilarity. Children Are Stinky is packed with lighting fast hula hooping, dare devil balances, astounding strength and incredible acrobatics. It will leave children and adults with their jaws on the floor.

Age guidance: 3-12 years.

WHY? ★★★★★ Fringe Review | ★★★★★ Families UK | ★★★★★ Ed Festivals for Kids | ★★★★ The List

Courtyard Theatre

£10 (£8 under 16s)
Family and Friends (4 people) £32

Tickets/seats are not required for children under 18 months who are happy to sit on laps.

Circus Trick Tease website

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Storytelling

1.30pm and 3.30pm.

Join our storytellers in the magical story den this half term!

See below for details of each day's stories.

Mon 28 May - Yallery Brown
Tues 29 May - tbc
Wed 30 May - tbc
Fri 1 Jun - Pigs in Space!
Sat 2 Jun - tbc

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

Age guidance: 3-7 years.

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Book Story

A story, about some books. In a library. These are no ordinary books and this is no ordinary library.

It’s Brian’s library: a wonderful, magical place where the books like to flutter their pages and let their shelves go… One day Brian changes and the library goes...quiet. What’s going on? The books had better stiffen their spines: to get to the bottom of this mystery.

Age guidance: 5+ years.

WHY? A celebration of books, reading and libraries

Studio
£10 (£8 Under 16s)
Family and Friends (4 people) £32

Tickets/seats are not required for children under 18 months who are happy to sit on laps.

@monstrotheatre
@nordenfarm

Monstro Theatre's website

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Peter Rabbit (PG)

Dir: Will Gluck 2018 | 95 mins, Au/US

Peter's feud with Mr McGregor escalates as they rival for the affections of the warm-hearted animal lover who lives next door. Based on the characters and tales of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter.

'As irresistible as the fresh carrots that grow in Mr McGregor’s garden' ★★★★ Time Out

Click here to read the full review.

WHY? An irreverent, contemporary comedy starring Rose Byrne and Domhnall Gleeson

£7 (£5 under 16s)
Family and Friends (4 people) £20

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Keepy Uppy

Joey loves football. Playing it, watching it, talking about it. He gets it from his mum - a footy fanatic!

It’s cup final day and a chance for Joey to score a winning goal. A play for the 2018 World Cup year, for football fans, non-football fans, children and families. With popping rhymes, fab footie moves, flicks and sidesteps underscored by toe tapping live music.

Age guidance: 3-7 years.

WHY? ‘One of the most inspired ensembles specialising in work for very young children’ The Guardian

Courtyard Theatre
£10 (£8 under 16s)
Family & Friends (4 people) £32

Tickets/seats are not required for children under 18 months who are happy to sit on laps.

@tuttifruttiprod
@nordenfarm

tutti frutti's website

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Mary and the Witch's Flower (PG)

Dir: Hiromasa Yonebayashi 2017 | 102 min, Jp

Mary is an ordinary twelve-year-old girl. Bored during a summer holiday, she stumbles upon a flower and little broomstick. She is soon whisked above the clouds, far away to Endor College – a school of magic!

'First-rate children’s entertainment' Variety

Click here to read the full review.

WHY? A charming anime adventure from the animator behind Studio Ghibli masterpieces Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle

£7 (£5 under 16s)
Family and Friends (4 people) £20

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Found

Presented by Adesola Akinleye and Dancing Strong.

Dive into a magical world of connections and movement. Two dancers adrift on their own islands enter a magical world where connections become visible. Sound waves ripple through bodies and children are invited to play. Found is an engaging, exploratory dance performance, with an invitation to play and participate. It looks at what connects us to each other and to what surrounds us.

Age guidance: 4-7 years.

WHY? An interactive dance and live music performance young audiences with inquiring minds

Studio
£10 (£8 under 16s)
Family & Friends (4 people) £32

Tickets/seats are not required for children under 18 months who are happy to sit on laps.

Dancing Strong's website

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Concertini with Rob Castell

Local musician Rob Castell brings an entertaining 45 minutes of original songs, musical theatre tunes and family favourites.

Little people can dance, sing and move around, whilst grown-ups and big kids can enjoy listening to live music in a relaxed and friendly environment.

Suitable for all ages.

Why? Rob is the resident songwriter and created the theme tune for CBBC’s BAFTA nominated Officially Amazing

Studio
£10 (£8 under 16s)
Family & Friends (4 people) £32

Tickets/seats are not required for children under 18 months who are happy to sit on laps.

@ConcertiniUK
@nordenfarm

Concertini's Facebook Page
Concertini's website

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A Wrinkle in Time (PG)

Dir: Ava DuVernay 2018 | 109 mins, US

Meg Murry’s scientist father disappeared five years ago. Following the discovery of a new form of space travel Meg, her classmate Calvin and little brother Charles must travel across the universe to rescue him from a terrible evil. They are guided on their journey by the three mysterious astral travellers known as Mrs Whatsit, Mrs Who and Mrs Which.

WHY? Starring Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Chris Pine

'Gloriously inventive' Empire

Click here to read the full review.

£7 (£5 under 16s)
Family and Friends (4 people) £20

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Rufus Longbottom and The Space Rabbit

Space Rabbit's planet is destroyed by a meteorite, sending her hurtling towards Earth.

She lands outside a care home, frightened and alone. Inside is Rufus Longbottom. He is an elderly gentleman itching for one last adventure. The unlikely pair go on a journey to the ends of the earth in search of a place to call home.

Age guidance: 6+ years.

WHY? Songs, music and a bit of magic enchants audiences young and old alike

Studio
£10 (£8 Under 16s)
Family and Friends (4 people) £32

Tickets/seats are not required for children under 18 months who are happy to sit on laps.

@filamenttheatre
@nordenfarm

Filament Theatre's website

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Sunday Stories

Interactive storytelling in the magical story den.

Join in or unwind in the Café Bar with a latte and the Sunday papers, while your little ones get involved in telling stories from all over the world. Age guidance 4 – 7 years.

WHY? A sociable, creative and entirely relaxed way to do Sundays for families with young children

Sunday 13 May
Once Upon A Time: A Crown of Royal Tales


£3 per person (45 mins)

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The Maidenhead Beach

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


For maximum chill out, explore the indoor sensory space in our Gallery. It is designed for children with SEND and features work from local schools. Get involved with decorating the floor and making kites.


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


We love to welcome you and your children here at Norden Farm. However, please be aware that, as we serve hot drinks and food, we do ask that children don’t run in the Café Bar area and are kept close to their adults when on the Beach. Do ask us for children’s books or free colouring sheets if your little ones need some off line distraction.

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Beach Life

A special installation designed to be a relaxing sensory delight for everyone, inspired by the beach huts of Goa, featuring work created by local schools.

Get involved in designing (on the floor) and making fluttering kites which we’ll fly over the summer.

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Tech Taster: Mooing Cow Family Workshop

Led by 2.times do.

Use your art skills, basic electronics and coding make the cow warn anyone who gets too close.

In this fun activity, you’ll be combining art, simple electronics and coding as your guided through the simple steps to create your folding card cow. Then add the electronics and simple Scratch code to allow your Daisy to detect when someone is close and warn them by making a noise.

Sat 28 Jul
10am – 11am
£12 per person

Suitable for ages 8+ years, with accompanying adults.

This workshop is a Family Workshop. At our family workshops, parents and guardians must book a space in the session. These sessions encourage young people to work collaboratively with their parents and guardians to get creative together!

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Tech Taster: 3D Printing

Led by 2.times do.

Learn all about the exciting new technology of 3D printing and use simple design software to create your own personalised 3D design which will be printed for later for you to collect later.


Sat 28 Jul
11.30am – 12.30pm
£12 per person

Suitable for 10+ years.

This workshop is for children and young people without accompanying adults.

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Tech Taster: Minecraft Family Workshop

Led by 2.times do.

Experience coding Minecraft on a Raspberry Pi computer! You’ll learn how to use the Python language to control and build your Minecraft world.

Sat 28 Jul
1.30pm - 2.30pm
£12 per person

Suitable for ages 8 – 16 years, with accompanying adults.

This workshop is a Family Workshop. At our family workshops, parents and guardians must book a space in the session. These sessions encourage young people to work collaboratively with their parents and guardians to get creative together!

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Tech Taster: Sonic Pi

Led by 2.times do.

Use the Sonic Pi music program on a Raspberry Pi to code your own song or try changing
the code for one of the examples provided. Can you change the tune while it's playing
and become a live loop DJ?

Sat 28 Jul
3pm - 4pm
£12 per person

Suitable for 8+ years.

This workshop is for children and young people without accompanying adults

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Rock n Roll Concertini with Matt Bond and the Poor Boys Good Time Band

A journey of some of the best loved Rock n Roll themes from the 1950s and beyond.

Be inspired by the sounds of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Elvis whilst the kids dance sing or just chill out on our bean bags.

Suitable for all ages.

WHY? It’s Rock and Roll with a touch of Yee Ha!

Studio
£10 (£8 under 16s)
Family and Friends (4 people) £32

Tickets/seats are not required for children under 18 months who are happy to sit on laps.

@ConcertiniUK
@nordenfarm

Concertini's Facebook Page
Concertini's website

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Summer Circus Week

Led by Albert and Friends.

A week of incredible circus skills and performing. Learn to walk on stilts, ride a unicycle, walk the tightrope and perform on a trapeze!

Suitable for ages 7 – 13 years.

Mon 30 Jul – Fri 3 Aug | 10am – 4pm
£115 (£110 Advantage Card)

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Digi Den (Summer Holidays)

Led by DJ Mhlanga.

The digital arts club. Improve, develop and learn various arts with a digital focus. Work on group or personal projects over the summer holiday.

Suitable for all levels of experience.

Fridays (from Fri 3 Aug)
4.30pm – 6pm
School Year 7 – 13 | £40 per 5 week term or £9 per session

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Summer Art Week

Led by Michaela Clarke.

Work on individual craft activities with lots of messy materials and also work together on a group art project.

Suitable for ages 8+ years.

Mon 6 – Fri 10 Aug | 10am – 4pm
£115 (£110 Advantage Card holders)

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How Does This Politics Thing Work Then?

Politics is boring. Politics is complicated. Politics is for adults.

Rubbish! Politics is super important and can be made really fun too. Tatton and Tiernan will help you make sense of it all! You might not be able to vote yet. You do have opinions, though. You know the world you want to see. You know what’s right and what’s wrong. Also, you want to have fun.

Age guidance: 7+ years.

WHY? A show that keeps you entertained, engaged and informed so you can also shout at along with your parents during Question Time

Studio
£10 (£8 under 16s)
Family & Friends (4 people) £32

Tickets/seats are not required for children under 18 months who are happy to sit on laps.

@ComedyClub4Kids
@nordenfarm

Comedy Club 4 Kids website

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Summer Theatre Week

Led by Troublemaker Theatre Company.

Create an entire show from idea to performance. Experience all aspects of stage production, from lighting to stage blocking to acting with the help of professional directors.

Suitable for ages 10 – 16 years.

Mon 13 – Fri 17 Aug | 10am - 4pm (6pm Fri)
£110 (£95 Advantage Card holders)

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Toontastic 3D

Led by Discovery. with Three.

During this session you can draw, animate, and narrate swashbuckling adventures, breaking news stories and science reports then share these with family and friends!

Suitable for 8+ years.

This workshop is for children and young people without accompanying adults

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Vlogging and iMovie

Led by Discovery. with Three.

Bring your imagination to life through digital filmmaking and Vlogging. You'll get the opportunity to shoot, edit and put together a video.

Suitable for 8+ years.

This workshop is for children and young people without accompanying adults.

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Family Workshop: Fun with Photos

Led by Discovery. with Three.

This session focuses on Aviary, available on Apple and Android. We’ll show you how to sharpen, soften or saturate photos for the right look, draw your own captions and doodles and experiment with filters to create artful effects.

Minimum age 5+ years.

This workshop is a Family Workshop. At our family workshops, parents and guardians must book a space in the session. These sessions encourage young people to work collaboratively with their parents and guardians to get creative together!

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Family Workshop: Stop Motion Animation

Led by Discovery. with Three.

If you’ve ever wanted to make your own movie, our stop motion session teaches you how to create your story using props and scenery - you can even bring your own with you.

Minimum age 5+ years.

This workshop is a Family Workshop. At our family workshops, parents and guardians must book a space in the session. These sessions encourage young people to work collaboratively with their parents and guardians to get creative together!

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Summer Dance Intensive

Led by Charlie Dixon.

Experience being an A-Troupe dancer in a real dance studio for five jam packed days. No audition necessary.

Work with a professional choreographer to develop your technique, learn routines, create your own choreography and make your own dance video!

WHY? There will be a performance at the end of the week to show off your new moves to friends and family

Suitable for 8+ years.

Mon 20 – Fri 24 Aug | 10am – 4pm

£110 (£95 Advantage Card holders)

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Three Little Pig Tails

Let me in little piggie it's blowing a gale, not by the hairs on my little pink tail.

A brand new version of the classic story set in Paris. A grumpy old wolf is a chef who wants some pigs' tails for his soup. Will the little pigs outwit him?

Age guidance: 3+ years.

WHY? A funny, warmhearted and interactive rustic tale bristling with puppets, live music and lots of joining in

Studio
£10 (£8 under 16s)
Family and Friends (4 people) £32

Tickets/seats are not required for children under 18 months who are happy to sit on laps.

@garlic_theatre
@nordenfarm

Garlic Theatre's website

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Big Band Concertini with the Blakes Heaven Big Band

An original and enjoyable live music experience designed for grown ups to enjoy with their children in a relaxed and friendly environment.

Blake's Heaven Big Band is a 17 piece ensemble performing jazz, swing, pop and funk, TV themes, Latin and rock – all with a unique twist.

Suitable for all ages.

WHY? Be inspired by sizzling saxes, screaming trumpets and soulful trombones whilst your little one dance sing, wriggle or even sleep!

Courtyard Theatre
This is a standing event with some allocated seating

£10 (£8 under 16s)
Family and Friends (4 people) £32

@ConcertiniUK
@nordenfarm

Concertini's Facebook Page
Concertini's website

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about 19 hours ago With the Champions League Final tonight and the World Cup almost here, what better time to catch a fantastic family show all about football?! ⚽ Check out the trailer for Keepy Uppy, then catch it live on our stage this Wednesday 30 May at 11.30am and 2pm. More info and tickets ➡️ https://norden.farm/events/keepy-uppy

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