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The Carnival of the Animals - Lantern Parade

The Carnival of the Animals Lantern Parade returns to illuminate Maidenhead on Saturday 7 December!

Featuring live music and entertainment from The Brass Funkeys who bring pumping brass driven funk to lead you on the route!

Plus street food, licensed bar and hot drinks. Free to attend and open to all! And you don't need a lantern to take part - just come down and celebrate with the community.

Please note that the bar is cash only

Get involved at our Lantern Making workshops, running throughout November and December.

Create an animal inspired lantern by weaving and decorating willow. Our expert lantern makers will guide you through the process and you will have a lantern ready to illuminate at the parade.


4.30pm - Live music and entertainment

5pm - Parade departs from Maidenhead Town Hall

5.45pm – 6.15pm - Live music and entertainment continues

6.30pm - 9pm - Lanterns Live Gig featuring The Brass Funkeys taking place in the Desborough Theatre


Not taken part in the Lantern Parade before? or have a questions about what it's all about? Download our handy FAQs here

If you can't find the answer you are looking for, give our team a call on 01628 682563


Lantern Making Workshops

Town Centre Saturday Drop In Workshops

Short and sweet lantern making - get parade ready in just 20 minutes! Drop in to make and decorate a simple willow and tissue lantern ready to illuminate on parade night

Last chance drop-in workshops Sat 7 Dec | Maidenhead Library 10am - 2pm | £4 per person


Lantern’s Live: The Brass Funkeys plus support

Saturday 7 December 6.30pm – 9pm

Tickets £3 | Desborough Theatre, Maidenhead Town Hall

Fresh from leading Norden Farm’s Lantern Parade, The Brass Funkeys headline our Lantern Parade Live gig with pumping brass driven funk to get you dancing!

The Brass Funkeys bring together some of the most talented musicians in London in an eclectic live show bursting at the seams with ideas and infectious energy.

The night features a line up of local live talent ahead of the headline act. Plus street food from Yourz to Eat, a licensed bar and hot drinks

Find out more here.

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Youth Theatre A (online)

Led by Karen Wallace-Jones

This term the Norden Farm Youth Theatre goes online. Our new Youth Theatre Director, Karen has devised a programme of exhilarating sessions for every group.

The end of term will conclude with an online sharing for each group, that parents and carers will be invited to.

Drama Zoomers

No one needs to feel isolated and bored when we can get together to play drama games with friends, improvise scenes, invent characters, act silly and have fun! Join Karen for an hour of drama each week and escape your house through your imagination!

Wed 6 May - 15 Jul (exc 27 May)
4pm - 5pm
£67 per 10 week term
School Years 2, 3 and 4
Booking cut off time: Wed 6 May 12pm

If Norden Farm is permitted to re-open during this term, the sessions will return to The Farm and be delivered live.

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Youth Theatre B (online)

Led by Karen Wallace-Jones

This term the Norden Farm Youth Theatre goes online. Our new Youth Theatre Director, Karen has devised a programme of exhilarating sessions for every group.

The end of term will conclude with an online sharing for each group, that parents and carers will be invited to.

Home is Where the Drama Is

Get ready to lift up your lockdown through Drama! Using things from around our homes, we will explore how we can create props, characters, locations and stories using a minimum of things and a ton of imagination. Each week we will transport ourselves to another location and meet a whole host of characters of our own creation.

Wed 6 May - 15 Jul (exc 27 May)
5.30pm - 6.30pm
£67 per 10 week term
School Years 5 and 6
Booking cut off time: Wed 6 May 12pm

If Norden Farm is permitted to re-open during this term, the sessions will return to The Farm and be delivered live.

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Youth Theatre Academy (online)

Led by Karen Wallace-Jones

This term the Norden Farm Youth Theatre goes online. Our new Youth Theatre Director, Karen has devised a programme of exhilarating sessions for every group.

The end of term will conclude with an online sharing for each group, that parents and carers will be invited to.

Don’t Forget The Soap!

With the nation's hand washing on the up and soap opera filming at a standstill, this term will be about creating our very own Lockdown Soap Opera. We’ll practically explore the genre of continuous drama (TV soaps), focusing on learning screen acting and some writing techniques along the way. Furthering our understanding of how to bring engaging and believable characters to life, we will discover how to hook an audience through dramatic storylines but keep the truth of the characters we create on screen.


Wed 6 May - 15 Jul (exc 27 May)
7pm - 8pm
£67 per 10 week term
School Year 12
Booking cut off time: Wed 6 May 12pm

If Norden Farm is permitted to re-open during this term, the sessions will return to The Farm and be delivered live.

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Youth Theatre C (online)

Led by Karen Wallace-Jones

This term the Norden Farm Youth Theatre goes online. Our new Youth Theatre Director, Karen has devised a programme of exhilarating sessions for every group.

The end of term will conclude with an online sharing for each group, that parents and carers will be invited to.

I’m In Quarantine… Get Me Out Of Here!

It’s a jungle out there…that’s why we are staying at home, and doing drama! This term we will develop our characterisation and improvisation techniques using the 'I’m a Celebrity…' formula as a stimulus. What sort of characters will enter our camp for the weeks ahead? Who will fall out with who, and why? Will they receive video messages from family members at home? Will your character be brave enough to face the weekly Dramatucker Trials or go head to head with another in a Dingo Drama Challenge? You’ll decide!


Thur 7 May - 16 Jul (exc 28 May)
4pm - 5pm
£67 per 10 week term
School Years 7, 8 and 9
Booking cut off time: Thur 6 May 12pm


If Norden Farm is permitted to re-open during this term, the sessions will return to The Farm and be delivered live.

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Youth Theatre F (online)

Led by Karen Wallace-Jones

This term the Norden Farm Youth Theatre goes online. Our new Youth Theatre Director, Karen has devised a programme of exhilarating sessions for every group.

The end of term will conclude with an online sharing for each group, that parents and carers will be invited to.

I’m In Quarantine… Get Me Out Of Here!

It’s a jungle out there…that’s why we are staying at home, and doing drama! This term we will develop our characterisation and improvisation techniques using the 'I’m a Celebrity…' formula as a stimulus. What sort of characters will enter our camp for the weeks ahead? Who will fall out with who, and why? Will they receive video messages from family members at home? Will your character be brave enough to face the weekly Dramatucker Trials or go head to head with another in a Dingo Drama Challenge? You’ll decide!

Thur 7 May - 16 Jul (exc 28 May)
5.30pm - 6.30pm
£67 per 10 week term
School Years 8, 9, 10 and 11
Booking cut off time: Thur 7 May 12pm

If Norden Farm is permitted to re-open during this term, the sessions will return to The Farm and be delivered live.

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Digi Den (online)

Led by DJ Mhlanga

The digital arts club!

Reconnect with the Digi Den community via weekly Zoom workshops. Share your creativity, explore music and film editing!

You will need: Paper to draw or write on and any pencils, pens or art supplies you may like to use. The project will adapt to incorporate any other supplies individuals may have.

Suitable for School Years 7 - 13.

Fri 15 May - 24 Jul (exc 29 May)
5.15pm - 6.45pm
£80 per 10 week term
Booking cut off time: 12pm on Friday 15 May

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