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The Maidenhead Beach at Norden Farm

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.

Grand Opening: Tuesday 25 July from 10am

Join us to celebrate the launch of the beach:

  • Prizes for best Hawaiian / Elvis fancy dress
  • Free 15 minute Little Wrigglers Taster Session in the café bar at 10am
  • Beachside entertainment from Elvis himself
  • Enter our free prize draw for the chance to win a family ticket for one of our summer family shows or films
  • Take photos in our prop-filled Hawaiian photobooth
  • Free tropical juice drink for children - available from the café bar between 10am - 11am (subject to availability)
  • Free activity and colouring sheets

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

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The Bear

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

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Storytelling

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

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Take Root

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

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Arts and Crafts Session

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


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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.

This event is part of Quest Family Fest 2019. Join us to navigate your way through 2 weeks of creative adventures.

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Youth Theatre (B)

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

Wednesdays
5.30pm
£67 per term
School Year 4, 5 & 6

Photography credit Luminous Photography.

Click here to visit the Troublemaker Theatre Company website

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2 days ago Two great Nashville artists for the price of one on Saturday 4 May --> https://norden.farm/events/kyshona-armstrong-and-michael-logen See Kyshona Armstrong and Michael Logen blend their unique styles for an unmissable evening of music!

2 days ago We’ve been warming up our vocal cords at Norden Farm because this weekend is our Bohemian Rhapsody – Singalong! Belt out all your favourite Queen songs to Bohemian Rhapsody’s incredible soundtrack --> https://norden.farm/events/bohemian-rhapsody-sing-along-12a

2 days ago Drama, At Eternity’s Gate exploring the famed but tormented artist Vincent van Gogh – Vincent seeks a new visual language while trying to make sense of himself and those around him. See William Dafoe’s Oscar nominated performance from Sat 20 Apr --> https://norden.farm/events/at-eternity-s-gate-12a

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