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  •  Mon 13 Aug 10:00 SOLD OUT

Summer Theatre Week

SOLD OUT

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.

This year's theme is: Sherlock Marple and the Case of the Dragon Stone

The greatest criminal minds pit their wits against the ultimate detectives. Come and join Troublemaker Theatre Company to create the most incredible murder mystery of all time. All we have so far is a title, the rest is up to you. Over the week professional directors will help you bring your ideas to reality and make a show which will amaze, baffle and intrigue our audience on Friday night.

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

Make the most of your time here and book in to see a film at the end of the session. Screenings start at 4.30pm, under 16s tickets £5.

Tues 14 Aug 4.30pm - Show Dogs (PG)
Wed 15 Aug 4.30pm - Patrick (PG)

Children will be seated in the balcony, accompanied by a chaperone.

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Storytelling

1.30pm and 3.30pm.

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

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

Age guidance: 3-7 years.

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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!

Age guidance: 5-8 years.

£5 per child


Wed 25 Jul - TBC
Thurs 26 Jul - TBC
Fri 27 Jul - TBC


Mon 30 July - TBC
Tues 31 July - TBC
Wed 1 Aug - TBC
Thurs 2 Aug - Butterfly Money Banks
Fri 3 Aug - Pirate Treasure Chests and Map Making


Mon 6 Aug - Wooden Car Building Kit
Tues 7 Aug - Massive Space Rockets with Glow Stickers
Wed 8 Aug - Sponge and Stencil Painting with UV paints and Glitter
Thurs 9 Aug - Canvas Bags Decorating with Felt
Fri 10 Aug - Carnival Mask Making


Mon 13 Aug - Owls and Birds
Tues 14 Aug - Crowns and Costume Designs
Wed 15 Aug - TBC
Thurs 16 Aug - TBC
Fri 17 Aug - TBC


Mon 20 Aug - TBC
Tues 21 Aug - TBC
Wed 22 Aug - TBC
Thurs 23 Aug - TBC
Fri 24 Aug - TBC


Tues 28 Aug - TBC
Wed 29 Aug - TBC
Thurs 30 Aug - TBC
Fri 31 Aug -TBC
Sat 1 Sept - TBC

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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.

Join us for the Grand Opening (with free entertainment) on Tuesday 24 July from 10.30am

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 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.


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 – Friday 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


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

  • Free 15 minute Teddies Music Club Taster Session in the Café Bar
  • 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)
  • Take some snaps in our prop filled photo area in the foyer
  • Free activity and colouring sheets
  • Kite Making Workshops at 11.30am and 2pm (£3 per person)

The Community Kite Festival and Workshops

The Community Kite Festival is a free event taking place in Boyn Grove Park (Punt Hill) on Sunday 2 September – everyone welcome! The festival runs from 1pm – 4pm.

Bring your kite creations and join our team to fly kites on the hill!

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

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.

  • Tuesday 24 July | 11.30am – 1pm and 2pm – 3.30pm
  • Saturday 11 August | 11.30am – 1pm and 2pm – 3.30pm
  • Saturday 18 August | 11.30am – 1pm and 2pm – 3.30pm
  • Saturday 1 September | 11.30am – 1pm and 2pm – 3.30pm

Workshops are suitable for all the family and tickets are £3 per person.

Click here to visit our 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.


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.

While you're there, get involved in designing and making beautiful magnetic fishes to play with.

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The Fir Tree

by Tove Jansson

From Tales in Moominvalley

The Moomin family was hibernating in the drawing room as they were wont to do. They had been sleeping for a few months already and were going to keep it up until spring… Now all at once a cold draught disturbed Moomintroll’s dreams. And someone was pulling at his quilt and shouting that he was tired and Christmas was coming.

Featuring live puppetry and music, The Fir Tree is an adventure set in the idyllic and peaceful Moominvalley. It is a gloriously unselfish take on Christmas.

Suitable for all audiences from 3 years and upwards.

Presented by Norden Farm, The Ding Foundation, Bernadette Russell and Steve Tiplady.

Tuesday 20 November – Sunday 30 December

£13.50 (£11.50 under 16s)

Early Bird Offer! £40 Family & Friends ticket (4 people), if booked before Friday 31 August. Offer applied in basket.
£46 Family and Friends (4 people) after Friday 31 August.

Pre-show Touch Tours

For children with autism and sensory impairments. Contact Box Office for more details.

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Youth Theatre (Academy)

Led by Troublemaker Theatre Company.

Your chance to be on stage and in the spotlight!

Join the only youth drama group in Maidenhead which rehearses in a professional theatre!

Our friendly theatre company lead the sessions, where you’ll have fun and meet new friends. Each term you'll create a show and perform in our studio or on the main stage, with lighting, sound and staging from Norden Farm's technical crew.

Pick up performance skills from stage combat to acting for camera and physical theatre to accents, while working with scripts from famous playwrights or made up by you.

Terms 10 weeks long, no auditions, suitable for all abilities and end with a sharing or a performance.


'The Troublemaker gang had me film-making at 15, scripting at 16, and crying that it had to end at 18. 5yrs later, I'm working full-time in television' Kat Mace

'Troublemaker helped foster the creativity I use every day in my animation and video work' James Willis

'Troublemaker gave me the skills and confidence to get into drama school and pursue a career in acting' Lizzy Maillard

Wednesdays
6.45pm
£97 per term
School Year 12 & 13

Photography credit Luminous Photography.

Click here to visit the Troublemaker Theatre Company website

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