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  •  Sat 8 Dec 16:30 -18:15 FREE

The Carnival of the Animals - Lantern Parade

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Celebrate 10 years of Maidenhead’s Community Lantern Parade!

The Carnival of the Animals Lantern Parade returns to illuminate Maidenhead on Saturday 8 December! Featuring live music and entertainment, 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.

Workshops are £4 per person.

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The Fir Tree

by Tove Jansson

From Tales in Moominvalley

The Moomin family was hibernating in the drawing room as they were wont to do. They had been sleeping for a few months already and were going to keep it up until spring… Now all at once a cold draught disturbed Moomintroll’s dreams. And someone was pulling at his quilt and shouting that he was tired and Christmas was coming.

Featuring live puppetry and music, The Fir Tree is an adventure set in the idyllic and peaceful Moominvalley. It is a gloriously unselfish take on Christmas.

Suitable for all audiences from 3 years and upwards.

Presented by Norden Farm, The Ding Foundation, Bernadette Russell and Steve Tiplady.

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The Carnival of the Animals - Lantern Making Workshop

Get ready to join the parade!

Weave and decorate willow to create lanterns inspired by the animal world. Lanterns created at these family workshops will be illuminated at Norden Farm’s annual Lantern Parade on Saturday 8 December.

Workshops take place throughout November and December:

Norden Farm
Sun 18 and 25 Nov, Sun 2 Dec
10.30am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 3.30pm

Maidenhead Town Centre
Sat 17 and 24 Nov, Sat 1 Dec
10am – 4pm (drop in)

Last chance workshop (drop in)
Maidenhead Town Centre
Sat 8 Dec
10.30am – 2pm


Suitable for all ages and all the family.

£4 per person. (Please note a space must be booked for every person attending the workshop – including supervising adults)


Lantern Parade

Sat 8 Dec | Outside Maidenhead Town Hall | Free event!

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The Enormous Turnip

Living in their tiny shed amongst the garden tools, Mr and Mrs Chickweed’s prize-winning vegetables have taken over everything!

Before they retire, they can’t resist planting one last seed.

But no one knew that a vegetable could grow bigger than the cat, the dog and you and me put together! It’s gigantic, it’s roots are under the house and it’s taking over!

Unswerving energy, eccentric puppetry and live music in a re-potted version of this world-famous and much loved children’s story!

WHY? ‘Puppetry, live music and good old-fashioned charm sprout up left, right and centre’ The Stage

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£11 (£9 under 16s)
Family and Friends (4 people) £36
Tickets/seats are not required for children under 18 months who are happy to sit on laps.

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Little Wrigglers (Mondays)

Led by Rachel Walsh.

A thrilling, energetic and creative dance class. Explore imaginative themes and adventures through dance, song and mime.

Summer
Mondays (exc 23 July)
10am – 10.45am
£6 | £4.50 siblings | £20 for block booking of 4 sessions

Autumn
Mondays (from 17 Sept exc 8 Oct, 22 Oct)
10am – 10.45am
£6 | £4.50 siblings | £20 for block booking of 4 sessions

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

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Ballet Beats - Pre School Ballet (2-3 years)

Led by Abbi Lewin

A fun, creative way for children to explore their dance skills. Each week they will have the chance to go on an adventure using imagination and play to help learn basic ballet techniques.

Summer
Tuesdays (exc 3 Apr, 10 Apr and 29 May)
2 – 3 years | 10am – 10.30am
£6

Autumn
Tuesdays (from 11 Sept exc 2 Oct, 23 Oct)
2 – 3 years | 10am – 10.30am
£6

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Ballet Beats - Pre School Ballet (3-4 years)

Led by Abbi Lewin

A fun, creative way for children to explore their dance skills. Each week they will have the chance to go on an adventure using imagination and play to help learn basic ballet techniques.

Summer
Tuesdays (exc 3 Apr, 10 Apr and 29 May)
3 - 4 years | 10.45am – 11.15am
£6

Autumn
Tuesdays (from 11 Sept exc 2 Oct, 23 Oct)
3 – 4 years | 10.45am – 11.15am
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about 5 hours ago RT @RBWM_Libraries: Exciting news! The storytellers from @nordenfarm are coming to Maidenhead Library to spread some Moomin cheer this Chri…

about 5 hours ago @BlackwellAhoy @DingFoundation @betterussell @slotmachineahoy Thanks so much everyone!

about 7 hours ago ❄️ It's competition time! ❄️ To celebrate the launch of our Christmas show The Fir Tree TODAY - we have a copy of… https://t.co/UxtRIGaMPA

about 7 hours ago ❄️ It's competition time! ❄️ To celebrate the launch of our Christmas show The Fir Tree TODAY - we have a copy of brand new Moomin book Christmas Comes to Moominvalley up for grabs! Moominmamma carries lots of things in her handbag to ensure she's prepared for anything! Let us know what item you wouldn't be without in the comments below to be entered into the draw to win! The winner will be picked after 10am on Friday 23 November and announced on social media. Good luck!

about 8 hours ago The Fir Tree is here! Our Christmas show opens its doors today for you all to enjoy over the festive season.… https://t.co/Suej1tQMMt

about 9 hours ago RT @LauraSummers: We’re rather excited to be going to see this at the weekend https://t.co/4rehQwtXVv

about 11 hours ago RT @finlandinuk: Moomins had been sleeping for a few months already and were going to keep it up until spring. But then something unexpecte…

about 11 hours ago Our Lantern Making Workshops with local schools start TODAY! This week our wonderful artists are working with mini lantern makers from St Lukes, Woodlands Park, St Edmund Campion AND Cookham Rise!

1 day ago Only one more sleep to go until our brand new Christmas show The Fir Tree is finally here! The stage is transformed into Moominvalley, the Moomin family are here and we can't wait for you to see this charming festive show! More information and tickets here ➡️ https://norden.farm/events/the-fir-tree

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