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The Carnival of the Animals - Lantern Parade

The Carnival of the Animals Lantern Parade returns to illuminate Maidenhead on Saturday 7 December!

Featuring live music and entertainment from The Brass Funkeys who bring pumping brass driven funk to lead you on the route!

Plus street food, licensed bar and hot drinks. Free to attend and open to all! And you don't need a lantern to take part - just come down and celebrate with the community.

Please note that the bar is cash only

Get involved at our Lantern Making workshops, running throughout November and December.

Create an animal inspired lantern by weaving and decorating willow. Our expert lantern makers will guide you through the process and you will have a lantern ready to illuminate at the parade.


4.30pm - Live music and entertainment

5pm - Parade departs from Maidenhead Town Hall

5.45pm – 6.15pm - Live music and entertainment continues

6.30pm - 9pm - Lanterns Live Gig featuring The Brass Funkeys taking place in the Desborough Theatre


Not taken part in the Lantern Parade before? or have a questions about what it's all about? Download our handy FAQs here

If you can't find the answer you are looking for, give our team a call on 01628 682563


Lantern Making Workshops

Town Centre Saturday Drop In Workshops

Short and sweet lantern making - get parade ready in just 20 minutes! Drop in to make and decorate a simple willow and tissue lantern ready to illuminate on parade night

Last chance drop-in workshops Sat 7 Dec | Maidenhead Library 10am - 2pm | £4 per person


Lantern’s Live: The Brass Funkeys plus support

Saturday 7 December 6.30pm – 9pm

Tickets £3 | Desborough Theatre, Maidenhead Town Hall

Fresh from leading Norden Farm’s Lantern Parade, The Brass Funkeys headline our Lantern Parade Live gig with pumping brass driven funk to get you dancing!

The Brass Funkeys bring together some of the most talented musicians in London in an eclectic live show bursting at the seams with ideas and infectious energy.

The night features a line up of local live talent ahead of the headline act. Plus street food from Yourz to Eat, a licensed bar and hot drinks

Find out more here.

  •   7 Dec FREE
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The Bear

From the book by Raymond Briggs

Adapted by Pins and Needles Productions.

Ever wondered what it would be like to sit on a polar bear's lap? Or ride on its back? Have you ever tried to give a polar bear a bath, or clear up its poo?
One night when she's fast asleep, Tilly is visited by an enormous bear. It has a big black tongue and a yawn as big as your head. But Tilly's not scared.

The story of a little girl who befriends a mischievous polar bear, this playful, funny and heart-warming tale is one of imagination and growing up.

Featuring inventive design, original music, and magical puppetry.

'Move over War Horse, this polar puppet is magic' The Guardian

Age guidance 3+ years.

Click here to read the full review.

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Christmas Storytelling

Join our storytellers in the magical Gallery story den for interactive tales this festive season!

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

Sat 30 Nov - One Snowy Night by Nick Butterworth
Sun 1 Dec - Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson
Sat 7 Dec - The Smartest Giant on a Winter’s Day by Julia Donaldson
Sat 14 Dec - A Home Full of Friends by Peter Bently
Sun 15 Dec - Whatever Next by Jill Murphy


Age guidance: 3-7 years.

Sun 24 Nov - Mon 23 Dec
11am and 1.30pm
£2 per person

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Little Grimm Tales

What if the wishes were granted?

What if the magic were real? Beasts and breadcrumbs, wolves and witches, frogs and fairies all join the fun in a stunning new adaptation of Grimm’s most magical tales.

Suitable for ages 3+ years.

WHY? ‘Their beautifully crafted micro-shows are like collector’s items’ The Stage

Courtyard Theatre
£11 (£9 under 16s), Family & Friends (4 people) £36

Presented by Box Tale Soup in association with the Everyman Theatre

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Chloe and the Colour Catcher

Chloe lives in a world with only one colour, a world that is completely grey.

But at night, when she’s wrapped up tight, her dreams are colourful and bright. Join Chloe on her courageous journey to unleash all seven shades of the rainbow.

Suitable for ages 4+ years.

WHY? ‘This show glitters even when its world is grey’ ★★★★ The Stage

Courtyard Theatre
£11 (£9 under 16s), Family & Friends (4 people) £36

Presented by A Bristol Old Vic and Ad Infinitum Co-production

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Strings Concertini with String Fever

Four brothers combine electric instruments with a talent for engaging audiences of all ages.

Be inspired whilst the kids dance, sing or just chill out on our bean bags!

Suitable for all ages.

The 11.30am show is a Relaxed performance – ideal for families with babies and toddlers or children with SEND

WHY? Expect a little bit of classical, a little bit of rock and roll, and a lot of fun!

Studio
£11 (£9 under 16s), Family & Friends (4 people) £36

Concertini website

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Histories of the Unexpected: The Tudors!

From the critically-acclaimed Histories of the Unexpected team comes a brand new show on the TUDORS!

A fast-paced show for all the family that shows how everything has a history, even the most unexpected of subjects and how everything links together in unexpected ways. You’ll never think about the Tudors in the same way ever again… GUARANTEED!

Why is the history of shrinking all about the Spanish Armada?

Why is the history of oranges all about Tudor spies?

What links Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn to windows, bells and fire?

Sam Willis is one of the country’s best-known historians and has made more than ten TV series for the BBC and National Geographic including The Silk Road and Invasion!

James Daybell is Professor of Early Modern British History at Plymouth University and is one of the country’s finest historical thinkers.

WHY? 'Fun, witty and fast-paced…an innovative approach to telling history' BBC History Weekend

Courtyard Theatre
£11 (£9 under 16s)
Family and Friends (4 people) £32

Histories of the Unexpected Website

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Concertini with YolanDa Brown

The star of Cbeebies YolanDa’s Band Jam is a world renowned saxophonist and multi MOBO award winner.

Stay on afterwards for the chance to try the instruments courtesy of Dawkes Music. Suitable for ages 4+ years.

The 11.30am show is a Relaxed performance – ideal for families with babies and toddlers or children with SEND

WHY? Expect a fusion of reggae, jazz and soul

Courtyard Theatre
£11 (£9 under 16s), Family & Friends (4 people) £36

Concertini website

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Quest: Digital Zone

An interactive digital arts space; part of Quest Family Fest, the Norden Farm Family Arts Festival.

Keep your eye on the website for updates on events and workshops.

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Hansel and Gretel

An interactive treat for families, and anyone who would enjoy a relaxed, inclusive theatre experience.

Join Hansel and Gretel as they venture into the woods, trailing breadcrumbs and sharing their story as they go. The mischievous siblings are searching for the magical market at the heart of the forest – but if they’re not careful they’ll find more than just sweets waiting for them in the deep dark woods...

This inclusive version of Hansel & Gretel is a sensory story full of magic, gentle interaction and integrated signing.

WHY? With an enchanting woodland set, playful characters and poetic storytelling, it is a perfect first theatre experience for little ones

Age guidance: 3+ years

Run time 50 mins
Studio
£11 (£9 under 16s)
Family and Friends (4 people) £36

Presented by Exeter Northcott Theatre and PaddleBoat Theatre

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Amazing Bubble Man

Louis Pearl has been thrilling audiences worldwide with the art, magic, science and fun of bubbles.

He combines comedy and artistry with audience participation and enough spellbinding bubble tricks to keep everyone mesmerised.

WHY? From fog-filled, helium-propelled rocket bubbles, to tornado bubbles, the Bubble Man conjures shrieks of laughter and gasps of amazement from all ages

Suitable for ages 5+ years.

Courtyard Theatre
£11 (£9 under 16s), Family & Friends (4 people) £36

@bubguy
@nordenfarm

Amazing Bubbleman Website

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The Gingerbread Man

Imagine being born in an oven and the first person you meet wants to dunk you in his tea!

Join the adventure of the deliciously smelling Gingerbread Man and meet the bravest biscuit of all times! A mix of puppetry, live action, music and stunning staging!

WHY? Run, run, as fast as you can, you need to get tickets to catch this Gingerbread Man!

Suitable for ages 3+ years.

Courtyard Theatre
£11 (£9 under 16s), Family & Friends (4 people) £36

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Art Daze

Calling all budding artists and young creatives! Immerse yourself in three whole days of arts and crafts.

£100 (£90 RBWM Advantage Card holders)

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Next Steps Dance Intensive

Experience being an A-Troupe dancer in a real dance studio for three jam packed days.

Work with a professional dancer to develop your technique in class, learn routines and create your own choreography.

Suitable for ages 8+ years. No audition necessary.

£100 (£90 RBWM Advantage Card holders)

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