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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 school 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.

Artistic Programme

The artistic programme is wide ranging and ambitious. We programme to entertain, provoke and delight. Our audience have eclectic tastes and are 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 audience 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 are 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 songwriters.

about 11 hours ago Enjoy an evening of comedy with two top comedians for just £10 on Thur 18 Jul! Kai Samra brings a fresh and edgy approach to the issues of today and Matt Winning has an eccentric and idiosyncratic whirlwind of ideas! Don’t miss them previewing their latest material head of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe --> https://norden.farm/events/kai-samra-matt-winning

about 19 hours ago Have a listen to golden age jazz vocalist Rosina Hepburn and her Quintet before her upcoming gig with us on Saturday 20 July --> https://norden.farm/events/the-rosina-hepburn-quintet

about 20 hours ago Join us for the first of our Summer Recital Series on Thursday 18 July, featuring the music of Schubert – alongside other leading Viennese composers. More info and tickets here --> https://norden.farm/events/summer-recital-series-1

about 22 hours ago Wrongfully condemned and outcast from society, a poor weaver becomes a doomed miser and recluse… until he is forced to take in a young orphan girl. Their mutual friendship leads to joy, love and his redemption! Silas Marner is thrillingly brought to life on our Courtyard Stage on Fri 11 Oct --> https://norden.farm/events/silas-marner

1 day ago RT @MaidEnergyCoop: We've put solar on the roof of @MagnaCartaSch and @nordenfarm and on Tuesday we launch our next share offer, so we can…

1 day ago His gift is his song and this one’s for you… Catch epic Elton John musical biopic – Rocketman! Screening with us from Friday 28 Jun --> https://norden.farm/events/rocketman-15

1 day ago This summer expect riotous amounts of energy, a fair old whack of chaos and a great deal of laughter with The Tempest on Wed 10 Jul --> https://norden.farm/events/the-tempest-93 You don’t have to take our word for it, take a look at what audiences have to say…

2 days ago Griff is back and once again all over the place touring the UK this autumn with his brand new full-length stand up show – All Over the Place! Guaranteed to be packed with wicked insights into the pains of celebrity, the vicissitudes of parenthood and encounters with the great, the good and even the royal. Join Griff on Tues 8 Oct --> https://norden.farm/events/griff-rhys-jones-all-over-the-place

2 days ago Pianist and composer Gabriel Latchin and his trio head to our Studio with music from his new release The Moon and I on Friday 19 July. Experience the unique sound of the hard swinging 1950s, married with Gabriel’s contemporary compositions. More info and tickets here --> https://norden.farm/events/gabriel-latchin-trio-the-moon-and-i-tour

2 days ago Join the critically acclaimed stand up Abigoliah Schamaun as she takes to the road for her debut nationwide tour – Do You Know Who I Think I Am? on Thur 3 Oct --> https://norden.farm/events/abigoliah-schamaun-do-you-know-who-i-think-i-am

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