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Rumpelstiltskin and The Snail of Destiny

A new version of the Grimm’s classic tale.

Poor Polly Buckwheat is in a bit of a pickle! If she doesn’t turn a roomful of straw into gold by morning, the greedy King will turn a bit nasty. But should she accept the kind help of an eccentric dwarf who mysteriously appears in her prison cell?

WHY? With trademark puppets, music, storytelling and transforming sets

Age guidance 4 - 11 years

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

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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

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Storytelling

11am and 1.30pm.

Join our storytellers in the magical story den for interactive tales this summer holiday!

Wed 7 Aug - Kites by Simon Mole
Sat 24 Aug - Kites by Simon Mole

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

Age guidance: 3-7 years.

£2 per person

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Goan Chill Out

Relax and kick back in our peaceful Goan chill out space.

Lie back and enjoy projections in the fisherman’s hut or go fish in shiny waters and add your creations to the walls. Gentle rhythmic sounds in this colour filled space complete the total relaxation experience.

This gallery installation includes work made with local schools through Norden Farm’s Farm Out programme and with young people through our Young Creatives programme supported by the Spoore Merry and Rixman Foundation. Suitable for everyone, including children with SEND.

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The Maidenhead Beach at Norden Farm

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


Join us for the Grand Opening on Wednesday 24 July from 10.30am

  • Free 15 minute Bollywood Dance Taster Session in the Café Bar – led by Parveen Chana
  • Enter our free prize draw for the chance to win a family ticket for one of our summer family shows or films
  • Free tropical juice drink for children - available from the Café Bar between 10.30am - 11am (subject to availability)
  • Featuring a special appearance from Harmony the Mermaid before she represents Berkshire in the finals of Miss Mermaid UK
  • Take some snaps in our prop filled photo area in the foyer
  • Free activity and colouring sheets
  • Kite Making Workshops between 11.15am - 1.15pm (£3.50 per person)

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).

For maximum chill out, explore the indoor chill out space in our Gallery. It is designed for children with SEND and features work from local schools. Lie back and enjoy projections in the fisherman’s hut or go fish in shiny waters and add your creations to the walls.

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.


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


The Community Kite Festival and Workshops

The Community Kite Festival is a free event taking place in Boyn Grove Park (Punt Hill) on Sunday 1 September – everyone welcome! The festival runs from 1pm – 4pm.

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

In these drop-in sessions our practitioners will guide you through the process of making either the Patang Kite – the Indian Fighter Kite, or a classic Trapezoid Kite.

Make and decorate your kite to stand out in the sky at the Community Kite Festival which takes place in Boyn Grove Park on Sunday 1 September.

Kite Making Workshops

  • Wednesday 24 July | 11.15am - 1.15pm
  • Wednesday 7 August | 11.30am – 1pm and 2pm – 3.30pm
  • Wednesday 14 August | 11.30am – 1pm and 2pm – 3.30pm
  • Saturday 24 August | 11.30am – 1pm and 2pm – 3.30pm

Workshops are suitable for all the family and tickets are £3.50 per person.

Please note a space must be booked for every person attending the workshop, including supervising adults.

Click here to visit our drop in workshop booking page.


A photographer representing Norden Farm may be present throughout the summer holiday at The Maidenhead Beach.

These images may be published by Norden Farm in the press and on social media platforms. Images may also be used for external distribution and used in marketing materials including, but not limited to, brochures, flyers, adverts and banners.

If you are visiting The Maidenhead Beach and would rather not be in our photos, please speak to our Box Office team when you arrive.


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Arts and Crafts Session

Craft activities to keep the little ones entertained this school holiday.

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

Sessions are 45 minutes.

Thur 1 Aug - Stained glass birds
Fri 2 Aug - Heart shaped picture frames
Sat 3 Aug - Rainbow door hangers

Tues 6 Aug - Wooden tool box
Wed 7 Aug - Jumbo people and costume drawings
Thur 8 Aug - Bug crowns and bead making
Fri 9 Aug - Mini picture frames and rainbow scratch pictures

Tues 13 Aug - Under the sea UV paintings
Wed 14 Aug - Dragons flyers and mobiles
Thur 15 Aug - Mini super hero’s
Fri 16 Aug - Stained glass candle holders

Age guidance: 5-8 years.

£5 per child


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Kite Workshops

Get involved at Kite Making Workshops across the school holidays, then see your creation take to the sky!

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about 14 hours ago A stunning live performance of the sensational music of Kate Bush on Saturday 10 August --> https://norden.farm/events/kate-bush-ka Kate Bush-Ka deliver an immersive performance of Kate’s alluring repertoire starting with the revolutionary first album ‘The Kick Inside’. Complete with authentic costumes and choreography, an absolute must see for all Kate fans.

about 16 hours ago Dance the night away to authentic Cuban Son with Son Yambu on Sun 25 Aug --> https://norden.farm/events/salsa-at-the-farm-with-son-yambu-01 Take part in a free salsa workshop before the event so you know all the moves when the music starts!

about 16 hours ago We love to support young people at the start of their creative careers at the Farm! Our Young Leadership Programm… https://t.co/62ojHtLS5S

about 16 hours ago Did you know? We love to support young people at the start of their creative careers! One way people can get involved is our Young Leadership Programme! The programme, which runs throughout the Summer holidays is open to young people, aged 14- 17 years. Participation in this course can be used toward Bronze, Silver or Gold Arts Award and DofE Award. We still have spaces on our programme. We have Limited Availability on Tues 6 – Fri 9 Aug and Tues 13 – Fri 16 Aug as well as spaces on Tues 20 – Fri 23 Aug Click here ➡️➡️➡️ https://buff.ly/2YBtAP0 to find out more about the programme, and to apply online for our summer dates!

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about 19 hours ago Join us at the Grand Opening of The Maidenhead Beach on Wed 24 Jul and take part in out Beach Prize Draw to be in with a chance to win a Family and Friends ticket for one of our summer holiday events! --> https://norden.farm/events/the-maidenhead-beach-at-norden-farm-78 Good Luck!

about 21 hours ago RT @RosinaHepburn: Counting down to our show at @NordenFarm on Saturday! https://t.co/vyOqv3VNea https://t.co/iNw8N15vuu

about 21 hours ago Have you ever wanted to meet a mermaid? At The Maidenhead Beach Grand Opening Harmony the Mermaid will be joining us to say hi to everyone! You can meet Harmony and take part in loads of activities on Wed 24 Jul a 10.30am --> https://norden.farm/events/the-maidenhead-beach-at-norden-farm-78

about 22 hours ago Join us for a heartwarming dogumentary – Pick of the Litter on Wed 24 Jul at 2pm --> https://norden.farm/events/pick-of-the-litter-pg A litter of puppies begin their quest to become guide dogs for the blind. Follow their two year odyssey as they train!

1 day ago This Thursday award winning comedians Kai Samra and Matt Winning join forces for an evening of comedy for just £10! Kai brings an edgy stage presence and fresh perspective on current issues and Matt’s character comedy is a winning combination! What are you waiting for --> https://norden.farm/events/kai-samra-matt-winning

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