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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.


Tuesday 20 November – Sunday 30 December Performances twice daily (run time approx 55 mins)

£13.50 (£11.50 under 16s) £46 Family and Friends (4 people). Offer applied in basket.


Relaxed Performances

Performances on Sat 1 Dec at 11am and Sat 29 Dec at 11am are Relaxed - ideal for 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 download a Visual Story of your trip to The Fir Tree at Norden Farm.

Pre-show Touch Tours

For children with SEND and sensory impairments. Contact the Box Office on 01628 788997 for more details.

Click here to download a copy of The Fir Tree flyer.

other events you may be interested in

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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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ROH Live: The Nutcracker (U)

150 mins.

Encore screening. Tchaikovsky’s much-loved music is matched to a magical adventure on Christmas Eve for Clara and her Nutcracker doll. Their journey to the Land of Sweets brings with it some of the most familiar of all ballet moments, such as the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Waltz of the Flowers.

Peter Wright’s production for The Royal Ballet keeps true to the spirit of this Russian ballet classic, with period details and dancing snowflakes.

WHY? One of the most delightful ways to discover the enchantment of ballet

'The Nutcracker is perfect for bringing the magic of the festive season to the stage' ★★★★ The Telegraph

£15

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New Year's Eve Hoedown at The Farm 2018

Heck yeah, it’s a hoedown!

Our popular New Year’s Eve event returns to ring in 2019! Join ceilidh and barn dance band Cut a Shine for foot stomping, rip-roaring, thigh-slapping traditional music and a night of all types of barn dancing. A fun, lively and thrilling way to celebrate this New Year's Eve! Age guidance 12+ years.

WHY? Dust off your cowboy hats, gingham checks or general fancy dress for frolics on the Courtyard Theatre dance floor

£20 before 31 October, £25 after
Supporters £17 before 31 October, £22 after

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Storytelling

10.30am and 1.30pm.

Join our storytellers in the magical story den for more Moomin adventures this festive season!

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

Age guidance: 3-7 years.

£2 per person

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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

Courtyard Theatre
£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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Arts and Crafts Session

Craft activities to keep the little ones entertained this festive season.

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

Age guidance: 5-8 years.

£5 per child


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Youth Theatre (C)

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!

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

Our friendly theatre company lead the sessions, where you’ll have fun and meet new friends. Each term you'll create a show and perform in our studio or on the main stage, with lighting, sound and staging from Norden Farm's technical crew.

Plus receive discounted tickets to shows and gain opportunities to work alongside Troublemaker Theatre Company at our Summer Theatre Week.

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

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 a performance.

'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

Thursdays or Sundays
4.40pm
£97 per term
School Year 7, 8 & 9

day dependent on availability

Photography credit Luminous Photography.

Click here to visit the Troublemaker Theatre Company website

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Youth Theatre (F)

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!

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

Our friendly theatre company lead the sessions, where you’ll have fun and meet new friends. Each term you'll create a show and perform in our studio or on the main stage, with lighting, sound and staging from Norden Farm's technical crew.

Plus receive discounted tickets to shows and gain opportunities to work alongside Troublemaker Theatre Company at our Summer Theatre Week.

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

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 a performance.

'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

Thursdays or Sundays
6.45pm
£97 per term
School Year 8, 9, 10 & 11

day dependent on availability
Photography credit Luminous Photography.

Click here to visit the Troublemaker Theatre Company website

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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 7 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 8 hours ago RT @LauraSummers: We’re rather excited to be going to see this at the weekend https://t.co/4rehQwtXVv

about 10 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 10 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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