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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.


Tuesday 26 November – Sunday 29 December Performances twice daily | Run time 55 mins

£13.50 (£11.50 under 16s) Family and Friends Ticket (4 people) £46. Offer applied in basket.


Relaxed Performances

Performances on Sat 30 Nov at 11am and Sat 28 Dec at 11am are Relaxed - ideal for children with SEND. Everyone is welcome to join us for this friendly format. The house lights are kept on and audience members can come and go as they please.

Download a visual story of your visit to The Bear here. Or download a visual story of you visit to a Relaxed performance of The Bear here.

Pre-show Touch Tours

For children with SEND and sensory impairments. Contact the Box Office on 01628 788997 for more details.


Reviews

'This production is an absolute joy!' Maidenhead Advertiser

'With bubbles, glitter, light and sparkle, everything about this production was charming. My two boys were rapt' Henley Standard

'The Bear is magical, wonderful and fabulously heart warming' Laura’s Lovely Blog

'An hour of perfection for young families that will win you some serious brownie points with the kiddies’ Little Ankle Biters

'The story is all things you want from a children’s Christmas production – funny, silly, relatable, and emotive' The Wokingham Paper

'The polar bear is played as a puppet who you just fall in love with... the whole audience of school kids and my son were transfixed' Red Kite Days

'The puppetry work is ever so impressive. You really do believe the Polar Bear is real' Mummy & the Ruggies

'One of my favourite places to visit with the children, especially for a Christmas treat!' Families Magazine

'The cast bring oodles of energy and charm to this show, but it is the polar bear who is the star' Muddy Stilettos

'If you are in any doubt to book, I'd say do it. The nursery and school age children who shared the auditorium with us today were as equally enthralled' Mums about Cookham


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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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One Snowy Night

A Tale from Percy’s Park by Nick Butterworth.

One winter's night it was so cold it began to snow
Great big snowflakes fell past the window of Percy's hut…


Percy the Park keeper always feeds the animals in the park where he lives. But one cold winter’s night Percy finds his little friends shivering on the doorstep – they need more than food and he must find a way to help them…

A snuggly, fun and heart-warming story, with songs to sing along to and furry friends to meet.

‘Magical – an ideal introduction to the theatre for children’ ★★★★★ The Stage

Created by Slot Machine, the company that brought the hit Christmas shows Miki and Kipper's Snowy Day to Norden Farm.

‘A little gem! ...Very creative and so much fun. Our daughter couldn't stop laughing out loud’ ★★★★★ Netmums

Suitable for ages 3+ years.

Relaxed Performances
The performances on Saturday 3 December at 11am and Wednesday 28 December at 11am are Relaxed. Ideal for families with babies or toddlers and children with SEND. Everyone is welcome to join us for this friendly format.

Signed Performance
The performance on Wednesday 21 December at 11am will be signed.

Courtyard Theatre
£15 | £13 under 16s
£52 Family & Friends (4 people)
£48 Family & Friends Early Bird Offer! (if booked before Wednesday 31 August)

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Summer Treasure Hunt

Norden Farm are getting into the summer vibe this year with a beach themed treasure hunt around the building.

Follow the clues to complete Michael Rosen’s sea-inspired poem Over My Toes and then get creative composing your own poems and pictures.

The treasure hunt is tactile and the clues are suitable for children with visual impairments (with adult assistance). You can also scan a QR code to listen to Michael Rosen reading his poem once you have completed the trail.

We’d love to read your creations and share your experiences of taking part in our treasure hunt. Tag us in your pictures @nordenfarm on Instagram and Twitter / @nordenfarmcentreforthearts on Facebook!

Fri 22 Jul – Thur 25 Aug

Free to take part

Treasure Hunt sheets are available from Box Office or Café Bar.


Text copyright © 1986 Michael Rosen ‘Over My Toes’ from BANANAS IN MY EARS Written by Michael Rosen & Illustrated by Quentin Blake Reproduced by permission of Walker Books Ltd, London, SE11 5HJ www.walker.co.uk

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Maidenhead Schools Exhibition 2022

We are delighted to present the third Maidenhead Schools: Art, Design and Photography Exhibition showcasing the work made by the students from Maidenhead schools.

The exhibition will show a wealth of talent in a range of mediums including paint, textiles and digital media. The exhibition aims to unite Maidenhead schools and colleges by celebrating the creativity and talent of our local students.

Current artwork will include work by students from Altwood CofE School, BCA and Desborough College. To register your schools' interest in our 2022 exhibition, please contact Kayleigh at kayleigh.robinson@nordenfarm.org

This exhibition is part of Farm Out, the flagship Norden Farm Arts Programme for schools funded by the Spoore, Merry and Rixman Foundation.

Artwork Credit: Gurleen Johal, BCA

Tues 18 Oct - Sat 5 Nov 5pm - 10pm

Free Entry

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Dir: Jared Stern and Sam Levine 2021 | 105 mins

Krypto the Super-Dog and Superman are inseparable best friends, sharing the same superpowers and fighting crime in Metropolis side by side. When Superman and the rest of the Justice League are kidnapped, Krypto must convince a rag-tag shelter pack - Ace the hound, PB the potbellied pig, Merton the turtle and Chip the squirrel - to master their own newfound powers and help him rescue the superheroes.

£9 | £7 under 16s
Family & Friends (4 people) £28

Relaxed screening
The screening on Thur 18 Aug 2pm is Relaxed - everyone is welcome to join us for this friendly format. The lights are kept on low and the audience are free to move around, make noise or come in and out of the theatre as needed.

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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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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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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