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The Elves and the Shoemaker

Elvis Schumacher, cobbler and craftsman, has worked all his life creating the most beautiful footwear.

But now he’s hit hard times... Everyone’s buying boring shoes from the evil businessman, Bunyan Sole-less. Time is running out for Elvis. With one piece of leather left and Bunyan’s factory growing, can anyone help him?

This well known and well loved tale - made popular by the Ladybird Classic - has been re-heeled by Theatre of Widdershins in their own inimitable style.  Beautifully crafted set and puppets, sublime music, a kaleidoscope of miniature shoes and a comic mouse make this show a magical must-see.

Age guidance 3+ years.

Run time 55 mins.

Courtyard Theatre
£12 | £10 under 16s
Family and Friends (4 people) £40

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Kipper's Snowy Day

Christmas 2021 at Norden Farm! Based on the award winning children's books about Kipper the Dog by Mick Inkpen.

It's snowing! And Kipper is very excited...
Kipper, Tiger, Pig and Arnold go on an adventure in the snow - but can they find their way home?

Join this magical world of puppets and mischief, filled with original songs and music. This warm-hearted Christmas show is perfect for children and their families.

‘A classic children’s tale… perfectly expresses the excitement of Christmas Eve and playing in the snow… superb’ ★★★★ The Stage

Suitable for ages 3+ years.

Created by Slot Machine, the company that brought the hit Christmas shows One Snowy Night and Miki to Norden Farm.

‘An ideal show for young children – and a great way to introduce them to live theatre’ Families Magazine


Relaxed Performances:
Performances on Sat 4 Dec at 11am and Wed 29 Dec 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.

A visual story of a visit to see Kipper's Snowy Day can be downloaded below.

Pre-show 'Touch Tours' for children with autism and blind and partially sighted children can be arranged. Please contact Box Office for more details.


Ticket Information:
£14.50 | £12.50 under 16s
£50 Family & Friends (4 people)

Run time: Approximately 55 mins

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Storytelling - Nicholsons Shopping Centre

Join Norden Farm Storytellers for free Kipper's Snowy Day storytelling in the Nicholson's Shopping Centre this festive season.

Taking place in Kipper's Den, the former Poppies unit at the Nicholson Centre. The wonderful world of Mick Inkpen's Kipper is brought to life in a magical setting created by the students of Berkshire College of Agriculture.

Join Kipper and his friends in this funny and dramatic re-telling of the classic children's books.

Tickets can be booked in advance or simply head down on the day (subject to availability)

Free Event
Sat 27 Nov
Sat 4, 11 and 18 Dec
11.30am and 12pm (20 mins)

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Little Wrigglers (Fridays)

Led by Rachel Walsh

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

Autumn
Fri 3 Sept - 17 Dec (exc Fri 17 Sept, 29 Oct, 19 Nov)
11am – 11.45am
£6 | £4.50 siblings (over 2 years) | £20 for 4 sessions a term

Please note the class on Fri 10 Dec will now take place on Tues 7 Dec 11am - 11.45am

Spring
Fri 14 Jan - 29 Apr (exc 25 Feb, 18 Mar, 15 Apr and 22 Apr)
11am – 11.45am
£6 | £4.50 siblings (over 2 years) | £20 for 4 sessions a term

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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Norden Farm Youth Theatre (Junior)

Led by Little Tanks

During the first term we will be focusing on enhancing and embedding performance skills. We will use various methods to achieve this including improvisation, characterisation, and voice work. You will have the opportunity to work with like-minded individuals outside of your usual peer group as well as enjoying their sessions in a fully equipped theatrical space. There will also be a series of drama activities each week that will develop your confidence and aim to boost well-being.

Suitable for ages 7 - 11 years

Spring 2022
Wed 19 Jan - 30 Mar (exc 23 Feb)

4.55pm - 5.55pm
£85 per 10 week term

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Norden Farm Youth Theatre (Senior)

Led by Little Tanks

During the first term we will be focusing on enhancing and embedding performance skills. We will use various methods to achieve this including improvisation, characterisation, and voice work. You will have the opportunity to work with like-minded individuals outside of your usual peer group as well as enjoying their sessions in a fully equipped theatrical space. There will also be a series of drama activities each week that will develop your confidence and aim to boost well-being.

Suitable for ages 12 - 16 years.

Autumn 2021
Wed 22 Sept - 1 Dec

Spring 2022
Wed 19 Jan - 30 Mar (exc 23 Feb)

6pm - 7.30pm
£120 per 10 week term

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The Hug

A tale of hope, empathy and acceptance.

Based on the heart-warming and funny book The Hug by Eoin McLaughlin and Polly Dunbar. Starring a Hedgehog and a Tortoise both in search of a restorative hug.

They face many rejections along the way from a rather scary badger, a squirrel (who knows A LOT about nuts), a shy frog, a fabulous fox and an owl who really wants to be wise.

Set to Tom Gray's beautiful and witty music, the audience are invited on a journey full of fun, laughter and love... and at the end, a very special hug from our puppets. 

Presented by Long Nose Puppets

Studio
45 minutes plus ‘Hug the Puppets’ after the show

£12 | £10 under 16s
Family and Friends (4 people) £40

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Morgan & West: Unbelievable Science

Science and silliness abound for ages seven to 107!

Morgan & West present captivating chemistry, phenomenal physics, and bonkers biology in this fun for all the family science extravaganza!

Expect explosive thrills, chemical spills and a risk assessment that gives their stage manager chills, all backed up by the daring duo’s trademark wit, charm and detailed knowledge of the scientific method. Leave your lab coats at the door it’s time for Unbelievable Science!

On TV Morgan & West have fooled Penn & Teller (Fool Us ITV 1), competed to be the Next Great Magician (ITV 1), and even attempted to escape The Slammer (CBBC).

'Put quite simply… great science with hilarious hosts!' ★★★★★ Primary Times

'Hugely talented' ★★★★ Daily Mirror

'Superbly crafted' ★★★★ The Stage

Age guidance 7+ years.

Run time: 60 mins

Courtyard Theatre
£12 | £10 under 16s
£40 Family and Friends Ticket (4 people)

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Basil Brush's Family Fun Show

Fresh from appearances on CBBC’s Crackerjack, Britain's most loveable fox takes you on a journey of laughs, storytelling and song in show for all the family specially written for the live stage and packed with fun and excitement. Come join in the mayhem!

WHY? ‘Basil Brush is back with a boom – the children loved it’ ★★★★ Kids Day Out Reviews

‘The show was great – I recommend to anyone with school age children’ ★★★★ WhatsGoodToDo.co.uk

Presented by Broken Robot Productions & So Comedy in association with Basil Brush Limited.

Courtyard Theatre
(50 mins approx)
£12 | £10 under 16s
Family and Friends (4 people) £40

have your say

about 13 hours ago Comedian Stephen K Amos returns to our main stage on Thur 9 and Fri 10 Dec ➡ https://t.co/EMKtV1CpvH As seen on BB… https://t.co/eFenCQoJw2

about 15 hours ago @HighfieldNurs @HighfieldRecep @EYChatsworthSch @HighfieldHead Thank you all so much for joining us! What a fabulous photo!

about 16 hours ago RT @HighfieldNurs: Thank you @nordenfarm @HighfieldNurs and @HighfieldRecep had a wonderful time watching Kippers snowy day. @EYChatsworthS…

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about 21 hours ago A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who has supported us in The Big Give Christmas Challenge over the last week! We are ex… https://t.co/LfqtITTdQ5

about 24 hours ago There's still time to catch screenings of smash hit musical #AnythingGoes this week! Filmed live the Barbican, this… https://t.co/lRpB7nJGVU

1 day ago @UptonTransition Thank you so much for joining us!

1 day ago RT @UptonTransition: Transition children had a lovely trip out @nordenfarm to watch Kipper’s Snowy Day. A fun way to end up our week. ❄️ …

1 day ago @eton_preschool Thank you so much for joining us!

1 day ago RT @eton_preschool: We had a fantastic visit to @nordenfarm to see #kipperssnowyday today. Thanks to all who helped and to the children wh…

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