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  •  Sat 10 Dec 16:30 -18:15 FREE

The Carnival of the Animals - Lantern Parade

Maidenhead’s Community Lantern Parade is BACK!  

The Carnival of the Animals Lantern Parade will be held on Saturday 10 December featuring live music and entertainment as we light up the night in Maidenhead. The Parade is a celebration of community and the arts and encourages local people to get together, creating fantastic artworks, dancing and parading their fabulous creations through Maidenhead town centre. This year the parade will take a new route to celebrate the new Riverside Quarter.

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.  


Lantern Making Workshops

Our public workshops are held at Norden Farm. 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 19 Nov | 10.30am – 12.30pm and 2pm – 4pm | Suitable for 6+ years | £7 per person

Sat 26 Nov | 10.30am – 12.30pm and 2pm – 4pm | Suitable for 6+ years | £7 per person

Sat 3 Dec | 10.30am – 12.30pm and 2pm – 4pm | Adult sessions 17+ years | £17.50 per person

There will be lantern making sessions at Maidenhead Library on 10 December, timings tbc.

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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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

Age guidance 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)

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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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Lantern Making Workshops  

Led by Same Sky

Across two hours, weave an intricate animal-inspired willow frame before covering and decorating your creation.

Sat 19 Nov | 10.30am – 12.30pm and 2pm – 4pm | Suitable for 6+ years | £7 per person

Sat 26 Nov | 10.30am – 12.30pm and 2pm – 4pm | Suitable for 6+ years | £7 per person

Sat 3 Dec | 10.30am – 12.30pm and 2pm – 4pm | Adult sessions 17+ years | £17.50 per person

There will also be lantern making sessions at Maidenhead Library on Sat 10 Dec, timings to be announced.

Find out more about this year's Lantern Parade here.

Tickets from £7 per person
Pre-booking essential
Taking place at Norden Farm

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Crafternoons

Led by Kayleigh Robinson.

Norden Farm's Crafternoons are relaxed crafting sessions for older people.

Get crafty with a range of activities, or bring along your own projects to work on with support from tutor Kayleigh Robinson.

You can learn new skills, meet new people and try something new, a cup of tea is included with the ticket price. If you are unable to attend in person you can log on from home to chat and join in the session.

Wed 14 Sept Polymer Clay Beads
Wed 21 Sept Macramé
Wed 28 Sept Felting
Wed 5 Oct Autumn Wreath
Wed 12 Oct Embroidery
Wed 19 Oct Plant Pot
Wed 26 Oct Ceramic Pumpkin
Wed 2 Nov Petal/Leaf Jar
Wed 9 Nov Bird Feeder
Wed 16 Nov Canvas Painting
Wed 23 Nov Marbled Vases
Wed 30 Nov Christmas Card
Wed 7 Dec Christmas Wreath
Wed 14 Dec Christmas Ornament
Wed 21 Dec Snow Globe

Social Arts Crafternoons is a partially funded project run by Norden Farm with support from The Berkshire Community Foundation.

Suitable for ages 60+ years.
Wed 22 Jun - 24 Aug, Wed 7 Sept – 21 Dec
2pm - 3pm
£5 per session, including a cup of tea

These are blended sessions, where you can take part in person at Norden Farm or online via Zoom.

If you need transport to Norden Farm for this session please contact Jess Thompson at jess.thompson@nordenfarm.org / 01628 682563 to talk through your requirements.

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Acoustic Guitar - Beginners (A)

Led by Richard Lee

Always wanted to learn guitar but never got around to it? Want to trade your air guitar skills for real guitar skills? These are fun and informative lessons from a guitarist with over 20 years’ experience.

Tues 6 Sept - 4 Oct, Tues 11 Oct - 15 Nov (exc 25 Oct), Tues 22 Nov - 20 Dec
7pm - 8pm
£40 per 5 week 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.

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Acoustic Guitar - Absolute Beginners (Wed)

Led by Richard Lee

Always wanted to learn guitar but never got around to it? Want to trade your air guitar skills for real guitar skills? It is never too late to learn. Learn guitar right from the beginning. These are fun and informative lessons from a guitarist with over 20 years’ experience.

Wed 7 Sept - 5 Oct, Wed 12 Oct - 16 Nov (exc 26 Oct), Wed 23 Nov - 21 Dec
7pm - 8pm
£40 per 5 week course

Suitable for 18+ years.

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