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The ever popular Maidenhead Beach is back, all summer long – inspired by the laid back tropical paradise that is Goa.
[This is an archived event from 2019]
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, featuring work from local schools. Lie back and enjoy projections in the fisherman’s hut or decorate a mandala whilst relaxing on a beanbag. The exhibition is suitable for everyone, including children with SEND.
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.
The Beach has been designed and handmade by Norden Farm with the help of the community.
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 10am
Or sit back and relax with them in the story den for our Storytelling sessions:
Storytelling (20 mins) | £2 per person Monday – Saturday 11am and 1.30pm
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.
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.
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.
With thanks to our funders: RBWM, The Spoore Merry and Rixman Foundation, and The Cyril Taylor Charitable Foundation
A Tale from Percy’s Park by Nick Butterworth.
One winter's night it was so cold it began to snow
Great big snowflakes fell past the window of Percy's hut…
Percy the Park keeper always feeds the animals in the park where he lives. But one cold winter’s night Percy finds his little friends shivering on the doorstep – they need more than food and he must find a way to help them…
A snuggly, fun and heart-warming story, with songs to sing along to and furry friends to meet.
‘Magical – an ideal introduction to the theatre for children’ ★★★★★ The Stage
Created by Slot Machine, the company that brought the hit Christmas shows Miki and Kipper's Snowy Day to Norden Farm.
‘A little gem! ...Very creative and so much fun. Our daughter couldn't stop laughing out loud’ ★★★★★ Netmums
Suitable for ages 3+ years.
The performances on Saturday 3 December at 11am and Wednesday 28 December 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.
The performance on Wednesday 21 December at 11am will be signed.
£15 | £13 under 16s
£52 Family & Friends (4 people)
£48 Family & Friends Early Bird Offer! (if booked before Wednesday 31 August)
Norden Farm are getting into the summer vibe this year with a beach themed treasure hunt around the building.
Follow the clues to complete Michael Rosen’s sea-inspired poem Over My Toes and then get creative composing your own poems and pictures.
The treasure hunt is tactile and the clues are suitable for children with visual impairments (with adult assistance). You can also scan a QR code to listen to Michael Rosen reading his poem once you have completed the trail.
We’d love to read your creations and share your experiences of taking part in our treasure hunt. Tag us in your pictures @nordenfarm on Instagram and Twitter / @nordenfarmcentreforthearts on Facebook!
Fri 22 Jul – Thur 25 Aug
Free to take part
Treasure Hunt sheets are available from Box Office or Café Bar.
Text copyright © 1986 Michael Rosen ‘Over My Toes’ from BANANAS IN MY EARS Written by Michael Rosen & Illustrated by Quentin Blake Reproduced by permission of Walker Books Ltd, London, SE11 5HJ www.walker.co.uk
Dir: Jared Stern and Sam Levine 2021 | 105 mins
Krypto the Super-Dog and Superman are inseparable best friends, sharing the same superpowers and fighting crime in Metropolis side by side. When Superman and the rest of the Justice League are kidnapped, Krypto must convince a rag-tag shelter pack - Ace the hound, PB the potbellied pig, Merton the turtle and Chip the squirrel - to master their own newfound powers and help him rescue the superheroes.
£9 | £7 under 16s
Family & Friends (4 people) £28
The screening on Thur 18 Aug 2pm is Relaxed - everyone is welcome to join us for this friendly format. The lights are kept on low and the audience are free to move around, make noise or come in and out of the theatre as needed.
We are delighted to present the third Maidenhead Schools: Art, Design and Photography Exhibition showcasing the work made by the students from Maidenhead schools.
The exhibition will show a wealth of talent in a range of mediums including paint, textiles and digital media. The exhibition aims to unite Maidenhead schools and colleges by celebrating the creativity and talent of our local students.
Current artwork will include work by students from Altwood CofE School, BCA and Desborough College. To register your schools' interest in our 2022 exhibition, please contact Kayleigh at email@example.com
This exhibition is part of Farm Out, the flagship Norden Farm Arts Programme for schools funded by the Spoore, Merry and Rixman Foundation.
Artwork Credit: Gurleen Johal, BCA
Tues 18 Oct - Sat 5 Nov 5pm - 10pm
Led by Jess Thompson and Kayleigh Robinson
Join Norden Farm for an hour of summer art, get crafty in the sunshine with these fun and inspirational craft sessions!
Fri 29 Jul 11.30am
Led by Kayleigh Robinson
Sun Prints and Frames
Harness the power of sunlight to create fun images on special paper. Design your print using objects to create the shape on the paper. Once finished, display your creation in a frame you can decorate and take home!
Fri 5 Aug 11.30am
Led by Kayleigh Robinson
Wooden Sea Scene and Suncatchers
Use paints and pens to design your very own suncatcher and make and design your own 3D wooden sea scene to display by your window!
Wed 17 Aug 11.30am
Led by Jess Thompson
Pirate's parakeets! Create your own bird friend to perch on your wrist.
Wed 24 Aug 11.30am
Led by Jess Thompson
Cool off with this mixed media ice-cream art session, using print making, painting and collage techniques to create fabulous ice cream art.
£4 per child
Suitable for ages 3 - 8 years
All materials provided; children must be accompanied by an adult.
Please wear scruffy clothes as we will be using paint and glue.
Please prepare for your visit by reading our latest Visitor Information here. This includes important information about face coverings and measures we have implemented to keep everyone safe when visiting Norden Farm.
“I wish I could have a garden of my own, but all I see out there is concrete and pavement and more concrete...”
Errol loves plants so much that he has them growing out of every pot, pan and teacup he can find in his small flat, to the dismay of his family. He knows that plants need water, sunlight and space. They need a garden. Errol and his sister Tia search through their block of flats for the perfect space, and discover a neglected rooftop full of rubbish.
After Errol and Tia clean up the space, they imagine building a community garden, but first, they will need to convince all of their neighbours to pitch in and help. A grumpy neighbour and some garden pests try to stand in their way, but Errol is determined to make his dream a reality.
Filled with catchy songs, big ideas and a passion for plants, Errol's Garden is an interactive musical for audiences aged 3 - 11 years and their grownups.
£12 | £10 under 16s
Family and Friends (4 people) £40