Aloha! The Hawaiian Elvis themed beach is back - all summer long.
Relax at a beachside café table while the little ones play in the sand. With weekday Storytelling (£2 per person) and Arts and Crafts Sessions (£5 per child) it’s the perfect way to while away a summer’s day!
Look out for our brand new feature - a traditional Hawaiian canoe on the shore. Plus don’t forget to say hi to the friendly shark… she’s really very smiley!
Take life at a gentler pace in the Gallery's Secret Cove where you can decorate fishes of the deep and add them to the ocean walls. Get comfy and listen to the sounds of the waves and dolphin chatter while admiring the beautiful birds and tropical textiles, woven by children from local primary schools, or explore the sensory cave made specially for children with SEND.
Family films are screened throughout the holidays, click here to browse the full summer line up.
Keep an eye on our website for details about free summer taster sessions of our brand new pre-school classes - Tutus and Splat! Messy Play.
Join us to celebrate the launch of the beach:
The beach will be officially opened with a Hawaiian Leis cutting ceremony (of course!) at 10.30am.
The Beach runs every day from 10am - 4pm until Sunday 27 August
From the book by Raymond Briggs
Adapted by Pins and Needles
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
11am and 1.30pm.
Join our storytellers in the magical story den for interactive tales!
This Half Term the stories will be:
Mon 8 Apr - Messy Pig and Tidy Fairy
Tues 9 Apr - The Witch, the Rabbit and the Enchanted Carrots
Wed 10 Apr- A Squash and a Squeeze by Julia Donaldson
Thur 11 Apr - The Magic Paintbrush
Fri 12 Apr- The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Sat 13 Apr - The Apple Dumplings
Mon 15 Apr - The High Street
Tues 16 Apr - Horrid Henry Gets Rich Quick!
Wed 17 Apr - The Fairy Baker
Thurs 18 Apr - The Cat In The Hat by Dr. Seuss
Children must be accompanied by an adult. Adult spaces must be booked.
Age guidance: 3-7 years.
£2 per person
Quest Family Fest: Schools and Community Exhibition
Continue your festival exploration in the gallery. Complete a Quest. Encounter towering plants, roots in the undergrowth and creepy crawlies above and below the surface as GIANT crops grow!
Visual artists Raphaella Sapir and Amelia Pimlott have worked with students and the local community to create an environment inspired by The Enormous Turnip a re-potted version of this world-famous and much loved children’s story!
Norden Farm Gallery
Craft activities to keep the little ones entertained.
The crafts vary so you can create something new every day!
Mon 8 Apr - Design and make a Superhero puppet
Tues 9 Apr - Train your Dragon
Thur 11 Apr - Glass Jars
Fri 12 Apr - Treasure Boxes
Sat 13 Apr - Become a Superhero!
Sessions are 45 minutes.
Age guidance: 5-8 years.
£5 per child
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
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.
This event is part of Quest Family Fest 2019. Join us to navigate your way through 2 weeks of creative adventures.
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.
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 showcase.
'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
£67 per term
School Year 4, 5 & 6
Photography credit Luminous Photography.