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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, its 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

Age guidance: 3-10 years


Relaxed Performances
Performances on Wed 10 Apr at 2pm and Thur 11 Apr at 2pm are Relaxed - ideal for families with babies or toddlers and children with SEND. Everyone is welcome to join us for this friendly format. The house lights are kept on and audience members can come and go as they please.

Click here to learn all about The Quest. Collect stamps this school holiday to become the Ultimate Explorer.

Click here to download our Visual Story Pack for children with special educational needs and disabilities, to help them with their visit to Norden Farm.

This event is part of Quest Family Fest. Join us to navigate your way through 2 weeks of creative adventures.

Run time 60 minutes.

Courtyard Theatre

£11 (£9 under 16s)

Family and Friends (4 people) £36

Tickets or seats are not required for children under 18 months who are happy to sit on laps.

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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 28 May)
3 – 4 years | 10.45am – 11.15am
£6

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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.

£5 per child


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Sunday Stories

Interactive storytelling in the magical story den.

Join in or unwind in the Café Bar with a latte and the Sunday papers, while your little ones get involved in telling stories from all over the world.

Age guidance 4 – 7 years.

WHY? A sociable, creative and entirely relaxed way to do Sundays for families with young children

The Story Den
£3.50 per person (45 mins)

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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

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Storytelling

11am and 1.30pm.

Join our storytellers in the magical story den for interactive tales this summer holiday!

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

Age guidance: 3-7 years.

£2 per person

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Goan Chill Out

Relax and kick back in our peaceful Goan chill out space.

Lie back and enjoy projections in the fisherman’s hut or go fish in shiny waters and add your creations to the walls. Gentle rhythmic sounds in this colour filled space complete the total relaxation experience.

This gallery installation includes work made with local schools through Norden Farm’s Farm Out programme and with young people through our Young Creatives programme supported by the Spoore Merry and Rixman Foundation. Suitable for everyone, including children with SEND.

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The Maidenhead Beach at Norden Farm

The ever popular Maidenhead Beach is back, all summer long – inspired by the laid back tropical paradise that is Goa.


Join us for the Grand Opening on Wednesday 24 July from 10.30am

  • Free 15 minute Bollywood Dance Taster Session in the Café Bar – led by Parveen Chana
  • Enter our free prize draw for the chance to win a family ticket for one of our summer family shows or films
  • Free tropical juice drink for children - available from the Café Bar between 10.30am - 11am (subject to availability)
  • Featuring a special appearance from Harmony the Mermaid before she represents Berkshire in the finals of Miss Mermaid UK
  • Take some snaps in our prop filled photo area in the foyer
  • Free activity and colouring sheets
  • Kite Making Workshops between 11.15am - 1.15pm (£3.50 per person)

The Beach has been designed and handmade by Norden Farm with the help of the community.

It’s free to play on every day with beachside tables available for snacks and lunch from the Cafe Bar (including children’s picnic bags).

For maximum chill out, explore the indoor chill out space in our Gallery. It is designed for children with SEND and features work from local schools. Lie back and enjoy projections in the fisherman’s hut or go fish in shiny waters and add your creations to the walls.

All of this and a full programme of family films and live events, the Goan Beach is the perfect place to pitch up this Summer.


Peel yourself off the beach and get creative with your little ones in our daily Beach Craft sessions:

Arts and Crafts (45 mins) | £5 per child Monday – Saturday 10.30am

Or sit back and relax with them in the story den for our Storytelling sessions:

Storytelling (20 mins) | £2 per person Monday – Saturday 1.30pm and 3.30pm


The Community Kite Festival and Workshops

The Community Kite Festival is a free event taking place in Boyn Grove Park (Punt Hill) on Sunday 1 September – everyone welcome! The festival runs from 1pm – 4pm.

The workshops are led by specialist kite makers, Community Kite Project.

In these drop-in sessions our practitioners will guide you through the process of making either the Patang Kite – the Indian Fighter Kite, or a classic Trapezoid Kite.

Make and decorate your kite to stand out in the sky at the Community Kite Festival which takes place in Boyn Grove Park on Sunday 1 September.

Kite Making Workshops

  • Wednesday 24 July | 11.15am - 1.15pm
  • Wednesday 7 August | 11.30am – 1pm and 2pm – 3.30pm
  • Wednesday 14 August | 11.30am – 1pm and 2pm – 3.30pm
  • Saturday 24 August | 11.30am – 1pm and 2pm – 3.30pm

Workshops are suitable for all the family and tickets are £3.50 per person.

Please note a space must be booked for every person attending the workshop, including supervising adults.

Click here to visit our drop in workshop booking page.


A photographer representing Norden Farm may be present throughout the summer holiday at The Maidenhead Beach.

These images may be published by Norden Farm in the press and on social media platforms. Images may also be used for external distribution and used in marketing materials including, but not limited to, brochures, flyers, adverts and banners.

If you are visiting The Maidenhead Beach and would rather not be in our photos, please speak to our Box Office team when you arrive.


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Kite Workshops

Get involved at Kite Making Workshops across the school holidays, then see your creation take to the sky!

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about 10 hours ago Come Sailing On The Seven Seas with Manoeuvres - OMD tribute to Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark With a genuine love of OMD’s music they faithfully capture the atmosphere and excitement of a true OMD concert – see them perform all the hits from Enola Gay, Messages and Souvenir on Fri 2 Aug --> https://norden.farm/events/manoeuvres

about 13 hours ago With only seven days until the Grand Opening of The Maidenhead Beach - and our Goan paradise is starting to take shape! More info on #nordenfarmbeach here --> https://buff.ly/2O2qeEm

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about 15 hours ago Made by Me - 2nd Time Around offer an eclectic range of jewellery plus new jewellery creations recycled from old or broken bits and pieces. These innovative and lovely jewellery pieces will be available at the ArtiSun Fair on Saturday 3 August. ArtiSun Fair --> https://norden.farm/events/artisun-fair-76

about 17 hours ago Let's go fly a kite! Take part in kite making workshops throughout the summer holidays at #nordenfarm and create… https://t.co/9LYBHgIkqe

about 17 hours ago Rob Castell brings an evening of fun solo songs and joyous fun to Norden Farm on Sunday 28 July at 7.30pm --> https://norden.farm/events/rob-castell Expect original songs, topical musings, creative covers and maybe even a special guest ….

about 18 hours ago We are super excited to have The Gabriel Latchin Trio with us this Friday at 8pm. Have a listen to his song The Moon and I below. More info and tickets here --> https://norden.farm/events/gabriel-latchin-trio-the-moon-and-i-tour

about 21 hours ago Rewrite the Stars and Come Alive with The Greatest Showman Sing Along! Belt out all your favourite tunes as you become part of Barnum’s circus on Sunday 28 July --> https://norden.farm/events/the-greatest-showman-sing-along-pg-05

1 day ago A stunning live performance of the sensational music of Kate Bush on Saturday 10 August --> https://norden.farm/events/kate-bush-ka Kate Bush-Ka deliver an immersive performance of Kate’s alluring repertoire starting with the revolutionary first album ‘The Kick Inside’. Complete with authentic costumes and choreography, an absolute must see for all Kate fans.

1 day ago Dance the night away to authentic Cuban Son with Son Yambu on Sun 25 Aug --> https://norden.farm/events/salsa-at-the-farm-with-son-yambu-01 Take part in a free salsa workshop before the event so you know all the moves when the music starts!

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