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  •  Sat 7 Dec 16:30 -18:15 FREE

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, licenced 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.

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 Gig featuring The Brass Funkeys taking place in The Desborough Suite


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

Sat 16, 23, 30 Nov

10am - 4pm (drop in)

£4 per person | Suitable for 3+ years


Norden Farm Sunday Workshops

Across 2 hours weave an intricate animal inspired willow frame ahead of covering and decorating.

Sun 17 and 24 Nov and Sun 1 Dec

10.30am - 12.30pm and 2pm - 4pm

£7 per person | Suitable for 6+ years


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


Lantern Making 2.0

Work as a group, guided by a professional practitioner, to create a large scale willow structure which will shine bright in Norden Farm's Lantern Parade. Pre-booking is essential.

Sat 23 Nov

10am - 4pm

£17.50 per person | Suitable for 16+ years. Young people under the age of 18 must be accompanied with a paying adult.


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The Bear

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

Click here to read the full review.

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Storytelling

Join our storytellers in the magical story den for interactive tales this October Half Term!

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

Fri 1 Nov - The Magic Paintbrush and The High Street.

Age guidance: 3-7 years.

Mon 2 Oct - Sat 2 Nov
11am and 1.30pm
£2 per person

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Arts and Crafts Session

Craft activities to keep the little ones entertained this school holiday.

The crafts vary so you can create something new every day!

Sessions are 45 minutes.

Age guidance: 5-8 years.

Mon 28 Oct - Sat 2 Nov
10am
£5 per child

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Youth Theatre (A)

Norden Lights 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.

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 showcase.

Wednesdays
4.15pm
£67 per term
School Years 2 and 3

This Autumn term, Youth Theatre - Group A will take part in specialist sessions on a range of theatre skills including devising, vocal techniques, stage presence, characterisation and much more.

There will be a sharing of the skills and techniques learned for parents on Wednesday 11 December.

Autumn skills workshops:
Week 1: Devising - creating your own stories from scratch
Week 2: Vocal techniques - how to improve your volume and diction
Week 3: Stage presence - how to own the stage and be the centre of attention
Week 4: Characterisation - how to turn your ideas into physical reality
Week 5: Animal characters - including examples from Roald Dahl, AA Milne and Kenneth Grahame
Week 6: Mime skills - performing without using your voice and still being understood
Week 7: Improvisation with props - take inspiration from the objects around you
Week 8: Slapstick comedy – slips, trips and falls without doing actual damage
Week 9: Silly voices - entertain your friends and family with comedy character voices
Week 10: Theatre quiz - a team based practical and mental test of all you have learnt this term


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

‘I went on to get a degree in film and theatre, and now teach drama to children myself’ Ryan Tomlinson

'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


Photography credit Luminous Photography.

Click here to visit the Troublemaker Theatre Company website

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Youth Theatre (B)

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.

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 showcase.

Wednesdays
5.30pm
£67 per term
School Year 4, 5 and 6


This Autumn term, Youth Theatre - Group B will take part in specialist sessions on a range of theatre skills including devising, vocal techniques, stage presence, characterisation and much more.

There will be a sharing of the skills and techniques learned for parents on Wednesday 11 December.

Autumn skills workshops:
Week 1: Devising - creating your own stories from scratch
Week 2: Vocal techniques - how to improve your volume and diction
Week 3: Stage presence - how to own the stage and be the centre of attention
Week 4: Characterisation - how to turn your ideas into physical reality
Week 5: Animal characters - including examples from Roald Dahl, AA Milne and Kenneth Grahame
Week 6: Mime skills - performing without using your voice and still being understood
Week 7: Improvisation with props - take inspiration from the objects around you
Week 8: Slapstick comedy – slips, trips and falls without doing actual damage
Week 9: Silly voices - entertain your friends and family with comedy character voices
Week 10: Theatre quiz - a team based practical and mental test of all you have learnt this term


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

‘I went on to get a degree in film and theatre, and now teach drama to children myself’ Ryan Tomlinson

'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

Photography credit Luminous Photography.

Click here to visit the Troublemaker Theatre Company website

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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.

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

This Autumn term, the Youth Theatre Academy will be working towards a performance of A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness.

Performance date: Wednesday 11 December

We are excited to announce that the Academy will also take part in a workshop with the renowned theatre company Paines Plough and will see a performance as part of their term.

Wednesdays
6.45pm
£97 per term
School Years 12 and 13


'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

Photography credit Luminous Photography.

Click here to visit the Troublemaker Theatre Company website

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