About Us

Norden Farm Centre for the Arts is built on the site of an ancient farm on the outskirts of Maidenhead, Berkshire in the South East of England. We are a thriving arts centre, averaging 150 events a season, and open 7 days a week. In 2016-17 we engaged with over 180,000 people.

Our spaces include an art gallery, studio theatre, main auditorium for film and live performance, café bar, a Georgian farmhouse and 18th century Long Barn. The award winning architecture links the contemporary with the two listed buildings.

Our Values

We are passionate about what we do, and know that the arts have the power to change lives.

At Norden Farm we believe that everyone should have the chance to experience and participate in high quality, transformative and life enhancing arts events.

Through our education, participation and outreach programme, we provide a range of opportunities for the whole community.

Our schools programme ‘Farm Out’ sees us working with all the primary and secondary schools in the old Borough of Maidenhead.

We deliver a regular programme of classes and activities in for children, young people and adults, produce special projects and support artists and the local creative community to create and present work.

Artistically

The artistic programme is wide ranging and ambitious. We programme to entertain, provoke and delight. Our audiences have eclectic tastes and curious about the world. We love to introduce them to new work and ideas.

Our specialist areas of interest are:

Contemporary Performance: We have a focus on puppetry. As the home town of the most famous puppet makers in the land – Gerry and Sylvia Anderson of Thunderbirds fame – puppetry and object animation has always been central to our artistic programme. We are a home for artists creating breath taking puppetry work for adults and children. We produce our own puppetry theatre work which tours nationally. Productions have included: One Snowy Night, Kipper’s Snowy Day and Miki

Arts and Health: We produce innovative projects including sensory exhibition installations for children with additional needs and SocialArts aimed at developing connectivity and creativity for older people in the Borough.

Live Music: We are huge fans of, and make sure that our audiences have access to, the best live nu folk, Americana, blues, jazz, classical, klezmer, rock and early music. We take our job of developing new audiences for the future of live music, very seriously indeed. Examples of things we do include Concertini, live music for families where babies and children are encouraged to crawl, move and dance on stage with the musicians; and The Studio Sessions for emerging singer song writers.

about 1 hour ago A comedy horror from the masters of visual theatre – The Ding Foundation heads to the Studio on Thursday 19 October at 7.30pm. The show is about an ordinary woman's journey to an extraordinary dimension. Using puppets, music and physical performance, Wild Life is a feast for the senses and the mind! --> https://norden.farm/events/wild-life

about 2 hours ago Journey around the world this Autumn - https://t.co/8S7lzZX2pC

about 22 hours ago 'Charlize Theron excels as an action lead in this cold war spy story' ★★★★ The Guardian A blistering blend of sleek action and dazzling style - don't miss screenings of Atomic Blonde this Saturday 13 September 8pm and Sunday 24 September 2pm.

1 day ago Bilimankhwe Arts bring their magical production of Shakespeare's The Tempest to Maidenhead on Tuesday 3 October at 7.30pm. The show features stunning contemporary African choreography from Shyne Phiri, with an original soundtrack which samples traditional Malawian music. Get a taste of what's in store from these powerful rehearsal shots!

1 day ago Next Sunday 1 October we are joined by California based folk band Rainbow Girls. The trio bring their rich harmonies, ageless songwriting and soulful, bluesy sound to our intimate Studio space. More info and tickets here --> https://norden.farm/events/rainbow-girls

1 day ago RT @petefirman: A week today I'll be in #Maidenhead at @nordenfarm with my show. Tickets - https://t.co/7DJEppuQvV Here's a sample https:/…

2 days ago Looking for your movie fix this weekend? We have two very different, but equally acclaimed, films for you to enjoy! Charlize Theron stars in dazzling action thriller Atomic Blonde and catch Rooney Mara in the gorgeous tale of love and loss - A Ghost Story. Click here for more info --> http://bit.ly/NordenFilm

2 days ago Music, movies, magic and more! - https://t.co/FOnABWcwHM

2 days ago RT @DingFoundation: #WildLife A feast for the senses & mind! Can our inner wild instincts sit alongside the demands of modern life? https:…

3 days ago Next Thursday 28 September we welcome Kala Chethena Kathakali back to Maidenhead with their breathtaking show Kathakali! Colourful costumes and three dimensional make up magically transform the actors into gods, kings, devils and princesses - telling universal stories from the Hindu epics.

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