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The rain is set to stop this afternoon ahead of the parade - but even if it doesn't, we will still go ahead! So make sure to wrap up warm and have a brolly on stand-by!
Saturday 9 December 2023
• 5pm Parade departs from Maidenhead Town Hall with live music from Dhol Collective
• 5.45pm - 6.15pm Live music and entertainment continues including performances by Leo's Circus
The Carnival of the Animals Lantern Parade, Take Flight! will be held on Saturday 9 December. Featuring live music and entertainment, we will light up the night in Maidenhead.
This year’s theme of all things feathered will bring a joyful parade of weird and wonderful creatures to Maidenhead’s streets with stilt walking performances and hula hoop artists from Leo’s Circus joining the fun.
We will have live music from Dhol Collective and Babel Brass Band, as well as a host of beautiful handmade lanterns from local schools and community groups.
Norden Farm will once again team up with SameSky, an award-winning community arts charity who have been creating fantastic lanterns, costumes and community events since 1987.
Get involved at one of our Lantern Making workshops, running throughout November and December. Our expert lantern makers will guide you through the process to create your own lantern to illuminate at the parade.
Relaxed area We've teamed up with The Autism Group and Maidenhead Library to offer a quiet area for viewing the Lantern Parade. It's a space where children who will benefit from it can enjoy the Parade in a relaxed setting. To book a space in the quiet area, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org in advance.
Rio Deli at Maidenhead library will be staying open late on the evening of the parade to supply warm drinks and snacks to parade goers.
Get involved at one of our Lantern Making Workshops, running throughout November and December. Our expert lantern makers will guide you through the process to create your own lantern to illuminate at the parade.
Across 2 hours weave an intricate animal-inspired willow frame before covering and decorating your creation. covering and decorating. Suitable for 6+ years, pre-booking essential.
Sat 18 Nov | 10.30am – 12.30pm and 2pm – 4pm | Suitable for 6+ years | £7 per person | Book here.
Sat 25 Nov | 10.30am – 12.30pm and 2pm – 4pm | Suitable for 6+ years | £7 per person | Book here.
There are also Drop In Lantern Making Workshops in the town centre. Get parade ready in 20 mins! Drop in to make and decorate a simple willow and tissue lantern ready to illuminate on parade night.
Workshops in the Nicholson Centre
Sun 26 Nov | 10.30am - 4pm | Suitable for 6+ years | £5 per person | More information
Sat 2 Dec | 10.30am - 4pm | Suitable for 6+ years | £5 per person | More Information
Workshops at Maidenhead Library on Parade Day
Sat 9 Dec | 10.30am - 2pm | Suitable for 6+ years | £5 per person | More information
Norden Farm are also working with local schools and community groups to ensure that the community as a whole is represented and involved in this fantastic event.
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Miki, Polar Bear and Penguin live in a very far away place.
It’s an icy world where nothing ever grows. One midwinter eve, they make a wish and Miki embarks on a magical adventure in search of a star...
Based on the book by Stephen Mackey, Miki is an inspiring story about friendship, courage and adventure. It features amazing underwater creatures, enchanting music and extraordinary puppetry.
'Young audiences alternate between giggling with delight and total transfixion' ★★★★ The Stage
Age guidance 3+ years.
Created by Slot Machine, the company that have previously brought hit shows One Snowy Night and Kipper's Snowy Day to our stage.
The performances on Saturday 2 December at 11am and Wednesday 27 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.
The performance on Wednesday 20 December at 2pm will be signed.
Miki is 50 minutes long.
£15.50 | £13.50 under 16s
Family & Friends (4 people) £54
Tickets for children under 18 months
For this show, tickets/seats are not required for children under 18 months who are happy to sit on laps
Artist Amelia Pimlott is back at Norden Farm this Christmas working with local schools and community groups on our Miki themed art installation.
This SEND friendly space will be a wash of gentle light and colour, a calm space where children can relax on a bean bag and soak up the atmosphere.
Featuring work created by:
The Autism Group
Thames Valley Adventure Playground
Boyne Hill School
Alwyn Infant School
With music from Miki by Slot Machine Theatre.
The exhibition will also feature entries from our art competition for local children, inspired by our Christmas show Miki. Come on down to catch the winning entries and to see if you can spot your masterpiece!
Saturday 2 December – Saturday 30 December
The Gallery at Norden Farm
Entry is Free
Come along to Norden Farm for 45 minutes of wintery Arts and Crafts in our Miki themed Gallery
Tuesday 19 December Bring to life magical characters and transform a paper plate into your very own puppet stage.
Wednesday 20 December Craft an adorable polar bear face using card and cotton wool.
Thursday 21 December Craft your very own colourful fish puppet using the magic of concertina folding.
Friday 22 December Decorate a wooden egg to create your very own penguin pal.
Tues 19 Dec - Fri 22 Dec 1pm - 1.45pm
Sessions are 45 minutes.
Suitable for ages 4 - 11 years
All materials provided.
Please note that children must be accompanied by a paying adult.
Singing is a great way to relieve stress and promote well-being.
Meet new people and take some time for you in this new acappella choir for mums, dads, grandparents, carers and their babies!
It is a baby friendly class, created especially so you can bring the baby you care for. Grown ups are in a semi circle (with room for your buggy next to you) and babies can sit, crawl or play on the blanket in front of you.
These uplifting classes are led by conductor/composer (and mum) Marta Radwan. There's no auditions, no singing experience is needed and you don't need to have a 'good voice' - just an openness to have a go! You'll be sure to know the songs and there will even be some which include your little one.
* Free on-site parking
* Café (open all day)
* Baby changing facilities
Mums, Dads, Grandparents, Carers all welcome with their babies under 18 months
Fri 13 Oct - 17 Nov, exc 27 Oct (5 weeks)
24 Nov - 15 Dec (4 weeks)
12.30pm - 1.30pm
£10 per session | £36 for 4 week course | £40 for 5 week course
An energetic and creative music and movement class for babies and children under 5.
This fun and funky session uses lights, puppets, parachute, instruments and music to get your little ones moving!
Suitable for ages 9 months - 5 years.
6 Oct - 3 Nov, exc 13 Oct (4 weeks)
10 Nov - 1 Dec (4 weeks)
15 Dec and 22 Dec
11am - 11.45am
12 Jan - 26 Apr, exc 16 Feb, 29 Mar, 12 Apr
£7.50 | Siblings (18 months +) £4.50 | £26 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.
Led by Jim Maving
For novice guitarists who can string chords together, strum confidently and move between chords with some ease, to take the next steps. You will learn some classic songs, interesting chords, light music theory and the 12-bar blues.
These classes are split by skills level;
Beginners A - Recently completed the Absolute Beginners course but still some way to go. Yet to tackle bar chords and complicated rhythms.
Beginners B - Well on the way and able to do bar chords
If you've never played guitar you need to book on the Absolute Beginners course!
7pm - 8pm
12 Oct - 16 Nov exc 26 Oct (5 weeks)
23 Nov - 21 Dec (5 weeks)
£50 per 5 week course
Booking cut off time: 6pm on the first day of each course
This class will take place both in person and online via Zoom.
You will find the link to access the session in your booking confirmation email
Suitable for ages 18+ years.