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Classes

From Life Drawing to Zumba, Acoustic Guitar to Book Club, why not try something new or develop your existing skills in a whole range of disciplines.

We run regular and one off classes and workshops in arts, crafts and health and wellbeing. All our classes are led by friendly, experienced arts professionals and are a great opportunity to meet new people and explore new ideas.

The programme changes from season to season, so if there’s nothing that catches your eye right now, do check back next season.


Browse upcoming classes and workshops below

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Zumba (Thursdays)

Led by Annet Bowler

Zumba with Annet is a fun, easy to follow, dance based class. Get fit and exercise in disguise to uplifting Latin rhythms!

This 60 minute class feels more than a party that exercise class. It suits all levels of ability and beginners are very welcome.

Zumba is a total workout, combining all elements of fitness – cardio, muscle conditioning, balance and flexibility.

It can help make you feel happy, healthy, strong, amazing, unstoppable and confident!

Summer
Thur 2 May - 1 Aug

11.30am – 12.30pm

£7 per class | £30 for 5 sessions a term

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

Please note that the session on Thursday 11 July will be led by Carla Leech

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Showstopper Tots

Led by Mairi Cowieson

Musical Theatre themed music and movement classes for ages 2 -5 years. Younger siblings are welcome. Under 6 months free.

Join us for our exciting Lion King themed term.

I Just Can't Wait to be King! so, come and join me and our other little lion cubs, as we get ready for our Morning Report and sing Hakuna Matata.

The classes take the children on an adventure, exploring the music and story of The Lion King, learning a dance to help with their coordination, singing songs and playing drama games to help with their confidence and ending each class with our mini theatre and story song, written especially for Showstopper UK, by fabulous West End composers.

This story song is added to each week to enhance their engagement and concentration skills. It's also fun for the parents/carers who attend with their little ones.

Age guidance 2-5 years.

Summer
Thur 20 Jun, 4 Jul, 11 Jul, 18 Jul and 25 Jul
2pm - 2.45pm

£40 (1 adult and 1 child) for the 5 week course
Siblings (aged 6 months +) £24 per 6 week course

£8 (1 adult and 1 child) drop in
Siblings (aged 6 months +) £4.80 drop in

Siblings under 6 months free

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Bollybhangra Dance Fit

Led by Nanda Sharma

Welcome to Bollybhangra Dance Fitness Party sessions! Nanda teaches her original choreographies to top hits from Bollywood, Bhangra, Belly dance and also other international music and dance rhythms.

The joyful music and movements encourage us to open our hearts and minds to possibilities, improve wellbeing and body-confidence and encourage us to embrace our individuality.

Enjoy the benefits of dance on flexibility and balance, health and fitness, and mood, memory, in a fun and friendly environment, at your own pace- no pressure. Beginners welcome.

Every class feels like a party and your place awaits! Dress up or dress down, some colour, sequins and a jingly bellydance scarf will add to your experience!
Bring water, a towel, wear dance sneakers or trainers.

Spring
Thur 21 Mar - 25 Apr, exc 11 Apr (5 weeks)
6.30pm - 7.30pm

£11 per session or £45 for 5 week course

Summer
Thur 2 May - 6 Jun (6 weeks)
Thur 20 Jun - 25 Jul (6 weeks)

£11 per session or £54 for 6 week course

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Acoustic Guitar - Beginners (C)

Led by Jim Maving

For novice guitarists who can string chords together, strum confidently and move between chords with some ease, to take the next steps. You will learn some classic songs, interesting chords, light music theory and the 12-bar blues.

These classes are split by skills level:

Beginners A - Recently completed the Absolute Beginners course but still some way to go. Yet to tackle bar chords and complicated rhythms.

Beginners B - Well on the way and able to do bar chords

Beginners C - Almost Intermediate but not quite yet.

If you've never played guitar you need to book on the Absolute Beginners course!

Summer
Thur 2 May - 30 May (5 weeks)
Thur 13 Jun - 11 Jul (5 weeks)
Thur 18 Jul - 15 Aug, exc 25 Jul (4 weeks)
7pm - 8pm

£50 per 5 week course, £40 per 4 week course

This class will take place both in person and online via Zoom.

You will find the link to access the session in your booking confirmation email

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

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Book Club

Share your thoughts on contemporary fiction with other readers in a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere.

This season our Book Club will be reading

Summer

Thursday 9 May
The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak (368 pages)

Thursday 20 June
Rules of Civility by Amor Towles (368 pages)

Thursday 18 July
Trust by Hernan Diaz (416 pages)

Thursday 15 August
Jack by Marilynne Robinson (320 pages)

September
Politics on the Edge by Rory Stewart (464 pages)

Suitable for 18+ years.

Spaces are limited, early booking is advised to avoid disappointment.

7.30pm – 9.30pm
£5 per session (includes a glass of wine or soft drink from the bar)

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Acoustic Guitar - Intermediate

Led by Jim Maving

Play guitar but stuck in a rut? Want to play some notable songs and impress your friends? Then this is the course for you. Rediscover your 6-string and why you took it up originally.

Learn some classic songs as well as learning your pentationic scales, slide guitar and alternate tunings

Summer
Thur 2 May - 30 May (5 weeks)
Thur 13 Jun - 11 Jul (5 weeks)
Thur 18 Jul - 15 Aug, exc 25 Jul (4 weeks)

8.30pm - 9.30pm

£50 per 5 week course | £40 per 4 week course

Alternative classes include:

If you've never played guitar you need to book on the Absolute Beginners course!

Beginners A - Recently completed the Absolute Beginners course but still some way to go. Yet to tackle bar chords and complicated rhythms.

Beginners B - Well on the way and able to do bar chords

Beginners C - Almost Intermediate but not quite yet.

This class will take place both in person and online via Zoom.

You will find the link to access the session in your booking confirmation email

Suitable for 18+ years.

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Intermediate Yoga

Led by Julie Potter

This class is suited to those who have been practising for at least 6. My intention for this class is to move our practise forward, explore different avenues and approaches to the traditional postures. We will be aiming to be going deeper into ‘awareness’ and ‘noticing’.

The yoga I teach is an evolution of over 20 years of practice and study, perhaps moving away from ‘external’ evaluation of the postures and moving towards an ‘internal’ sense of the postures, moving away from the more used traditional approach of systemised yoga to a more experiential approach. Whilst looking at traditional Hatha Yoga postures and pranayamas, I will be encouraging fun and freedom within the traditional structure, whilst taking into our awareness fundamental anatomical and functional aspects required by our bodies for maximum wellbeing benefits.

Please bring a blanket, a yoga / Pilates mat, and wear loose comfortable clothing.

Spring
Fri 22 Mar - 26 Apr, exc 29 Mar (5 weeks)

Summer
Fri 3 May - 31 May (5 weeks)
Fri 7 Jun - 12 Jul, exc 28 Jun (5 weeks)
Fri 19 Jul - 16 Aug, exc 9 Aug (4 weeks)

11am - 12.15pm
£12 per session | or £45 per 5 week course | or £36 per 4 week course

This class will take place both in person and online via Zoom.

You will find the link to access the session in your booking confirmation email

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Funky Monkeys

An energetic and creative music and movement class for babies and children under 5.

This fun and funky session uses lights, puppets, parachute, instruments and music to get your little ones moving!

Suitable for ages 9 months - 5 years.

Summer
3 May - 26 Jul, exc 31 May, 28 Jun
11am - 11.45am

£7.50 | Siblings (18 months +) £4.50 | £26 for 4 sessions a term (this offer doesn't include the sibling ticket)

If you would like to book the offer price for 4 sessions, please enter a ticket for each date you would like to attend into your basket and the offer will apply automatically.

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Pottery - Explore Press Moulds

Led by Helen D Evans

This 5 week course is for people with all abilities.

Whether you want to come and give Pottery a try or if you have some experience of working with clay, you may want to use the time to work on your own projects based on using and exploring Press Moulds.

The intention is to spend the first two weeks using coils, stamps and carving with ready made and found moulds.
The third week will be using moulds to make modified work
The fourth week - time for you to experiment.
The final week will be spent glazing. This session will be slightly longer to give you time to finesse your pieces. (3hrs)

Your work will then be fired off-site and then ready to collect from Norden Farm.
The price includes: Clay, use of tools, Underglazes, a selection glazes and 2 x firing of your work.

All work will be fired to Earthenware.

You may want to bring with you:
Sketchbook for ideas / with ideas
Pens / Pencils
A cloth to wipe your hands on
An apron
Any clay tools you may have.

After the course.
Helen will notify you regarding the collection of your work which usually takes between 4-6 weeks

Fri 31 May - Fri 28 June (5 weeks)
11am - 1pm (except 28 June 11am - 2pm)

£120

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  •  28 Jun
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Bring Baby Choir

Singing is a great way to relieve stress and promote well-being.

Meet new people and take some time for you in this new acappella choir for mums, dads, grandparents, carers and their babies!

It is a baby friendly class, created especially so you can bring the baby you care for. Grown ups are in a semi circle (with room for your buggy next to you) and babies can sit, crawl or play on the blanket in front of you.

These uplifting classes are led by conductor/composer (and mum) Marta Radwan. There's no auditions, no singing experience is needed and you don't need to have a 'good voice' - just an openness to have a go! You'll be sure to know the songs and there will even be some which include your little one.

There's also:
* Free on-site parking
* Café (open all day)
* Baby changing facilities

Mums, Dads, Grandparents, Carers all welcome with their babies under 18 months

Drop in sessions Fri 19 Apr and 26 Apr
12.30pm - 1.30pm

Summer
Fri 3 May - 7 Jun (6 weeks)
Fri 14 Jun - 19 Jul, exc 28 Jun (5 weeks)


Please note that the session on Fri 17 May will be covered by Zoe Hatch.

£10 per session | £48 for 6 weeks | £40 for 5 week course

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Norden Farm’s Daytime Choir

Led by Dr Marta Mathea Radwan

Norden Farm’s Daytime Choir is a fun, friendly, non-auditioned choir for everyone. We learn by ear, so you don’t need music experience. Our music ranges from gospel, world and jazz to pop and classical - anything that sounds great and is a joy to sing. Joining us is a great way to meet people and sing your stress away.

Summer
Fri 3 May - 7 Jun (6 weeks)
Fri 4 Jun - 19 Jul, exc 28 Jun (5 weeks)

Please note that the session on Fri 17 May will be covered by Zoe Hatch.

2pm - 3.30pm

£12 per session | £60 for 6 week course | £50 for 5 week course

Suitable for 18+ years

About the tutor
Dr Marta Mathea Radwan is an award-winning vocalist, composer and musical director. Heralding from Poland and with over 30 years' experience in musical performance, Marta conducts choirs around London, including: jazz group Alle Choir London, Offbeat a cappella community choirs in Acton and Richmond, and Singing for Fun groups at Brunel University London.

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Salsa

Led by SalsaStyle

Specialising for twenty years in providing individual attention to help you develop dance techniques and grow in confidence. SalsaStyle will ensure everyone feels welcome no matter what level.

Spring
22 Mar - 26 Apr, exc 29 Mar (5 weeks)

Summer
Fri 3 May - 7 Jun, exc 17 May (5 weeks)
Fri 14 Jun - 19 Jul (6 weeks)
Fri 26 Jul - 16 Aug (4 weeks)

8.15pm - 9.15pm
£12 per session | £50 for 5 weeks | £60 for 6 weeks | £40 for 4 weeks

Don't forget to stay for the Salsa Social from 9.15pm - 10pm: stay after the class for a dance and drink!

Box Office closes at 8pm but online booking is still available.

Click here for more information about SalsaStyle.

Please note that the class on Friday 8 March will be led by Darren and Tara.

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Align and Flow Yoga

Led by Deborah Le Vene-Page.

Align and Flow Yoga is influenced by the biomechanics and heart orientated philosophy of the Anusara Hatha style of yoga. With a specific alignment focus within the flow of postures the practice will tone and strengthen the body, improve posture and create more freedom in the body and mind resulting in a calm and relaxed state of being.

Each week there will be a different theme weaving its’ way through the session, but a typical class starts with breathing techniques to centre and ground, poses to warm up and then progresses to a fun and challenging mix of vinyasa and alignment yoga.

This class is designed to cultivate focus, stamina, strength, and flexibility. Leaving time at the end for a well-deserved relaxation.

Come prepared for an energising class that will also leave you feeling relaxed.

Suitable for 18+ years

Summer
Sat 4 May - 22 Jun (8 weeks)
Please note that Sarah Norman will be covering the class on Sat 10 May and Lindi Bilgorri will be covering the class on 8 Jun

Sat 29 Jun - 17 Aug (8 weeks)
Please note that Lindi Bilgorri will be covering the class on 29 Jun

£12.50 per session | £84 for 8 week course and £73.50 for 7 week course

Suitable for all levels of experience. Please bring a yoga mat with you.

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Architecture in the Landscape using Line and Wash

Led by Jo Hall.

Use line and watercolour wash to depict a building in the landscape; this may be a humble croft or a castle. Bring your own reference or use that supplied by the tutor. There will be plenty of time to practice mark making and texturing with various tools/pens before making a more considered drawing and adding colour. Please bring your own materials and equipment as detailed below.

Materials and equipment:
Watercolours, brushes, water pots, palette
Drawing board, table easel or block to tilt your board, tape to attach paper, paper towel
India ink (preferably waterproof when dry), twig, dip pen (bamboo or metal)
Small natural sponge, old toothbrush
Paper; cartridge paper for exercises in mark making, watercolour paper NOT (cold pressed) or HP (hot pressed) surface for final painting
Some paper will be available from the tutor at cost.

Sat 22 Jun
11am - 4pm
£42

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Zumba (Saturdays)

Led by Annet Bowler

Zumba with Annet is a fun, easy to follow, dance based class. Get fit and exercise in disguise to uplifting Latin rhythms!

This 60 minute class feels more than a party that exercise class. It suits all levels of ability and beginners are very welcome.

Zumba is a total workout, combining all elements of fitness – cardio, muscle conditioning, balance and flexibility.

It can help make you feel happy, healthy, strong, amazing, unstoppable and confident!

Summer
Sat 4 May - 17 Aug

11.30am – 12.30pm
£7 per class | £30 for 5 sessions a term

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

Please note that the session on Saturday 13 July will be led by Carla Leech

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Pilates - Mixed Abilities

Led by Zoe Brennan

Suitable for all abilities, Zoe’s class will help anyone wishing to improve their flexibility, alignment, co-ordination, posture, balance and breathing and will focus on stabilising and strengthening your core.

Zoe will adapt exercises to suit your individual needs and mobility. At the end of the class we will take a few minutes to relax and unwind with some mindfulness.

All abilities are welcome.

You will need your own mat.

Spring
Drop in: 16 Apr and 23 Apr

Summer
30 Apr - 11 Jun, exc 28 May (6 weeks)
18 Jun - 16 Jul (5 weeks)
Drop in: 6 Aug and 13 Aug

11am - 12pm
£12 per class | £50 per 5 week course.

Suitable for 18+ years.

Other classes include:
Pilates - Beginners
Pilates - Intermediate

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Pilates - Intermediate

Led by Zoe Brennan.

Suitable for people with some Pilates experience or those who are looking for a slightly more challenging class. Still covering alignment, breathing and centering but with more focus on strengthening and toning your body. At the end of the class we will take a few moments to relax and unwind.

You will need your own mat.

Spring
Drop in: 16 Apr and 23 Apr

Summer
30 Apr - 11 Jun, exc 28 May (6 weeks)
18 Jun - 16 Jul (5 weeks)
Drop in: 6 Aug and 13 Aug

12:15pm - 1.15pm
£12 per class | £50 for 5 weeks

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

Other classes include:
Pilates - Beginners
Pilates - Mixed Abilities

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Force of Nature

Led by Jo Hall.

Wind, Water, Ice and Fire; use pastel, charcoal and other drawing materials to depict the more dynamic aspects of landscape. We’ll explore; trees devastated by fire; rocks eroded by wind or water, or resulting from volcanic activity and also these same forces in action; heaving seas, windblown trees and fire.

Please bring your own materials as detailed below:
Cartridge paper for charcoal studies, pastel paper,
Charcoal, pastels, putty eraser, sandpaper, craft knife, drawing board, clips or tape to attach paper
Table easel or block to tilt your board, spray fixative to be used outside only, paper towel
Optional; any other drawing media; ink, pastel pencil etc.

Tues 18 Jun - 23 Jul
12.30pm - 3.30pm

£126 for a 6 week course

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Pilates - Beginners

Led by Zoe Brennan.

Suitable for anyone new to Pilates or wishing to improve their flexibility, co-ordination, posture, balance, breathing and focus on stabilising the core. At the end of the class we will take a few moments to relax and unwind.

All abilities are welcome.

You will need your own mat.

Spring
Drop in: 16 Apr and 23 Apr

Summer
30 Apr - 11 Jun, exc 28 May (6 weeks)
18 Jun - 16 Jul (5 weeks)
Drop in: 6 Aug and 13 Aug

1.30pm - 2.30pm
£12 per class | £50 per 5 week course

Suitable for 18+ years.

Other classes include:
Pilates - Mixed Abilities
Pilates - Intermediate

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Crafternoons

Led by Creative Eye.

From January 2024 Norden Farm are delighted to extend our Crafternoon sessions to Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons!

Norden Farm's Crafternoons are relaxed crafting sessions for older people.

Get crafty with a range of activities, or bring along your own projects to work on with support from tutor Kayleigh Robinson.

You can learn new skills, meet new people and try something new, a cup of tea is included with the ticket price. If you are unable to attend in person you can log on from home to chat and join in the session.

Summer Season

Tues 28 May and Wed 29 May Tie-Dye Socks
Tues 4 Jun and Wed 5 Jun Fruit Coasters
Tues 11 Jun and Wed 12 Jun Peg Doll Decor
Tues 18 Jun and Wed 19 Jun Recycled Paper Beads
Tues 25 Jun and Wed 26 Jun Polymer Clay Food Keyrings
Tues 2 Jul and Wed 3 Jul Decoupage Trinket Boxes
Tues 9 Jul and Wed 10 Jul Plant Pot Bird Feeders
Tues 16 Jul and Wed 17 Jul Dictionary Page Art
Tues 23 Jul and Wed 24 Jul No Session
Tues 30 Jul and Wed 31 Jul Yarn/Ribbon Wall Hanging
Tues 6 Aug and Wed 7 Aug Rock Painting
Tues 13 Aug and Wed 14 Aug Postage Stamp Art

Social Arts Crafternoons is a partially funded project run by Norden Farm with support from The Berkshire Community Foundation.

Local transport can be provided as part of the ticket price for those attending on a Wednesday.

If you need transport to Norden Farm for the Wednesday sessions please contact Jess Thompson at jess.thompson@nordenfarm.org / 01628 682563 to talk through your requirements.

Suitable for ages 60+ years.

2pm - 3pm
£5 per session, including a cup of tea

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Brush Lettering

Led by Salina Gatto

Brush lettering is a modern form of calligraphy that can be practiced everyday and even on the go. Just put a brush in your bag and you’re all set.

It is not only a way to make beautiful notes for people to make them feel good but a great way to practice mindfulness.

This workshop includes a personalised take home kit of a notebook, a brush pen and some extra heavyweight paper.

In the 4 hours you have together, you will be tackling exercises of the basic forms of brush calligraphy while being able to add your own personal flairs once you establish the basics.

By the end, you will be able to write your name, self-love quote and or address a letter for someone you love.

Salina is Looking forward to lettering with you all.

Summer
Tue 7 May - 28 May (4 weeks)
Tue 25 Jun - 9 Jul (3 weeks)
Tue 16 Jul - 6 Aug (4 weeks)

7pm - 8.30pm
£100 for 4 week course | £75 for 3 week course

Salina is a designer, art director and illustrator who has a strong love for beautiful lettering and calligraphy. She has worked for clients in the fashion and beauty industry in New York and London. Victoria Secret, TK Maxx, New Look, Sweaty Betty, Soap and Glory, Penhaligons and John Lewis to name a few that are on her roster.

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Norden Farm Choir

Led by Seann Wilkinson

A non-audition community choir open to all. Working on everything from Madonna to Les Mis, from gospel to pop - this is an opportunity to meet people, learn some harmonies and sing your hearts out. No experience required. Enthusiasm absolutely necessary!

Summer
16 Apr - 23 Jul, exc 28 May (14 weeks)
7.30pm – 9pm
£11 per session | £140 per 14 week term

SOLD OUT
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Acoustic Guitar - Absolute Beginners

Led by Jim Maving

Always wanted to learn guitar but never got around to it? Want to trade your air guitar skills for real guitar skills? It is never too late to learn. Learn guitar right from the very beginning. This is a foundation course for those with little to no experience of playing guitar. You will learn how to hold a guitar and to make the right noises out of it. The aim of these lessons is to get you playing your first song within 4 weeks of lessons, as no-one takes up guitar to strum random chords, it’s all about the songs.

If you are returning to guitar having not played for some time and can barely remember chords this is a great way of getting back into the swing of things.

If you've never played guitar you need to book on the Absolute Beginners course!

These classes are split by skills level;

Beginners A - Recently completed the Absolute Beginners course but still some way to go. Yet to tackle bar chords and complicated rhythms.

Beginners B - Well on the way and able to do bar chords

Beginners C - Almost Intermediate but not quite yet.


Summer
Tues 30 Apr - 28 May (5 weeks)
Tues 11 Jun - 9 Jul (5 weeks)
Tues 16 Jul - 13 Aug, exc 23 Jul (4 weeks)
7.45pm - 8.45pm

£50 per 5 week course | £40 per 4 week course

Suitable for 18+ years.

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Beginners/Gentle Yoga

Led by Julie Potter

This class is particularly suited to beginners, those returning to yoga having had a break, those with specific injuries or conditions or even those that consider themselves to be of a ‘certain age’ that might need a less challenging approach. We will cover general breathing practises, the basic and gentler postures, together with general information and possible discussion around movement and the potential difficulties we might come up against.

The aim will be to relax and enjoy.

The yoga I teach is an evolution of nearly 30 years of practice and study, with a broad experience of many styles and teachers. In recent years I have been moving away from ‘external’ evaluation of the postures and moving towards an ‘internal’ sense of the postures, moving away from the more used traditional approach of systemised yoga to a more experiential and ‘felt’ approach, influenced by teachers who have been inspired by the teachings of Vanda Scaravelli.

Please bring a blanket, a yoga / Pilates mat, and wear loose comfortable clothing

Summer
Wed 1 May - 5 Jun (6 weeks)
Wed 12 Jun - 10 Jul (5 weeks)
Wed 17 Jul - 14 Aug (5 weeks)
11am - 12.15pm
£12 per session | £45 per 5 week course | £54 per 6 week course

This class will take place both in person and online via Zoom.

You will find the link to access the session in your booking confirmation email

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Studio Art Sessions

Led by Sue Bridge

These sessions are suitable for those with some prior experience of drawing and painting (either previous study or art course participation).

As with the preceding course 'Transform your Sketchpad' these 3 hour studio sessions will be wide ranging both in terms of media and subject matter. Over the duration of the course you will gain experience in a range of media, acrylic/watercolour, pen and ink and collage. Some sessions will be one off activities other topics may spread over a couple of weeks.

Students to provide their own materials.

Tue 7 May, Wed 15 May, Wed 22 May, Wed 29 May & Wed 5 June (5 weeks)
Wed 19 June - 24 Jul (6 weeks)
11am - 2pm

£150 per 6 week course | £125 per 5 week course

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

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Baby Signing

Led by Funky Monkeys

Have you ever wondered what your baby is thinking or feeling? Would it help if they could communicate those thoughts and feelings to you?

Sign & Rhyme teaches parents/carers and their little ones, simple sign language that enables them to communicate before speech takes over. Just like waving and clapping, your baby can learn to tell you when they’re hungry, in pain or just that they’ve seen a dog! This is empowering to them and hugely rewarding for you! In most cases babies who sign learn to talk sooner than their non-signing peers.

Signs are used in class, like actions, to accompany songs and nursery rhymes and with an array of props, puppets, instruments and the use of disco lights, bubbles and parachutes to enhance the sensory experience and make learning more fun.

There's also:
* Free on-site parking
* Café (open all day)
* Baby changing facilities

Mums, Dads, Grandparents, Carers all welcome with their babies under 18 months

Summer
Wed 1 May - 14 Aug, exc 31 Jul
1.45pm - 2.30pm

£7.50 for 1 Adult and 1 Child | £4.50 for additional siblings

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Norden Farm Youth Theatre (Junior)

Led by Emma Duncan.

In each session children take part in a series of drama games and activities that develop their confidence as well as teaching them drama skills. These include focus, communication, developing a character and voice projection.

As the weeks go on the group will each have a part with some lines to learn in a small-scale show. They will rehearse as a team and share what they have learnt during the last session, more details to follow on this after half term.

Suitable for school years 2 - 6.

'Norden Farm is my favourite after school club, it always keeps me moving and relaxed. It is a great place to go for drama and within a short time, I have become far more confident and expressive' Timothy, age 7

'We have sent both of our children to Youth Theatre at Norden Farm and have seen dramatic improvements in there ability, confidence, social awareness and expressiveness generally and specifically. The environment is safe and developmental in a broad and exciting sense' Alex - parent


Summer
Wed 17 Apr - 24 Jul, exc 29 May (14 weeks)
5pm - 6pm
£140

Junior Youth Theatre Booking Form

'The youth theatre is one of the best drama clubs, everyone is so friendly and we do amazing games' Junior Youth Theatre Student

'We have absolutely loved the drama classes, we have seen a tremendous improvement with our daughter's confidence, she enjoys the sessions as there is a mixture of techniques and games and has made friends along the way! Emma is great at adapting the lessons and I have only seen improvements, we Look forward to the end of summer show combined with the senior class!!! Love Norden Farm as the venue!' Junior Youth Theatre Parent

'This is my daughter’s first experience of a drama club - and it has been such a positive, confidence-boosting, creative experience for her. I particularly love that there is no pressure on the children - there is plenty of time and practice to get ready for the end of season Sharing Session, and the level of performance is just enough to stretch them, without making them worry. It’s pure joy and excitement! You can see how far the group has progressed from term to term - they are becoming a very confident and capable group of Thespians!' Junior Youth Theatre Parent

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Norden Farm Youth Theatre (Senior)

Led by Emma Duncan.

Each term we will be focusing on developing the participants confidence and well-being through a series of drama games and activities.

This term the Senior Youth Theatre group are focusing on developing drama skills. They’ll learn a deeper understanding of performance and managing their nerves as well as some more specialised techniques including comedy and physical theatre.

Suitable for school years 7 - 12.

'Norden Farm is my favourite after school club, it always keeps me moving and relaxed. It is a great place to go for drama and within a short time, I have become far more confident and expressive' Timothy, age 7

'We have sent both of our children to Youth Theatre at Norden Farm and have seen dramatic improvements in there ability, confidence, social awareness and expressiveness generally and specifically. The environment is safe and developmental in a broad and exciting sense' Alex - parent

Summer
Wed 17 Apr - 24 Jul, exc 29 May (14 weeks)
6.05pm - 7.30pm
£175

Senior Youth Theatre Booking Form

'Drama has upped my confidence remarkably and I’m getting better every time, it’s my favourite club and I look forward to it each week' Senior Youth Theatre Student

'The youth theatre is one of the best dramas clubs ever, we can express ourselves' Senior Youth Theatre Student

'The instructor is very supportive and everyone is very respectful' Senior Youth Theatre Student

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Acoustic Guitar - Beginners (A)

Led by Jim Maving

For novice guitarists who can string chords together, strum confidently and move between chords with some ease, to take the next steps. You will learn some classic songs, interesting chords, light music theory and the 12-bar blues.

These classes are split by skills level;

Beginners A - Recently completed the Absolute Beginners course but still some way to go. Yet to tackle bar chords and complicated rhythms.

Beginners B - Well on the way and able to do bar chords

Beginners C - Almost Intermediate but not quite yet.

If you've never played guitar you need to book on the Absolute Beginners course!

Summer
Wed 1 May - 29 May (5 weeks)
Wed 12 Jun - 10 Jul (5 weeks)
Thur 17 Jul - 14 Aug, exc 24 Jul (4 weeks)
7pm - 8pm

£50 per 5 week course | £40 per 4 week course

This class will take place both in person and online via Zoom.

You will find the link to access the session in your booking confirmation email

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

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Acoustic Guitar - Beginners (B)

Led by Jim Maving

For novice guitarists who can string chords together, strum confidently and move between chords with some ease, to take the next steps. You will learn some classic songs, interesting chords, light music theory and the 12-bar blues.

These classes are split by skills level;

Beginners A - Recently completed the Absolute Beginners course but still some way to go. Yet to tackle bar chords and complicated rhythms.

Beginners B - Well on the way and able to do bar chords

Beginners C - Almost Intermediate but not quite yet.

If you've never played guitar you need to book on the Absolute Beginners course!

Summer
Wed 1 May - 29 May (5 weeks)
Wed 12 Jun - 10 Jul (5 weeks)
Thur 17 Jul - 14 Aug, exc 24 Jul (4 weeks)
8.30pm - 9.30pm

£50 per 5 week course | £40 per 4 week course

This class will take place both in person and online via Zoom.

You will find the link to access the session in your booking confirmation email

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

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Mindfulness

Led by Kate Hughes

Join Kate Hughes of Kate Hughes Meditation for an hour of mindfulness, designed to promote calm and awareness.

During the session we will explore breathing techniques, different kinds of meditation, and various mindfulness exercises including some gentle movement (this can be adapted to suit all mobility levels).

No experience of meditation or mindfulness is required, and these sessions are suitable for you if you are an absolute beginner or have done some kind of mindfulness practice before.

Please wear comfortable clothing. The session will end with a relaxation exercise and you may wish to bring your own mat and blanket, although these will be provided.

Spring
Fri 26 Apr
6.30pm - 7.30pm

Summer
Fri 31 May, 28 Jun, 19 Jul, 9 Aug
6.30pm - 7.30pm

£12 per session

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Creative Writing: Script Writing (online)

Led by Guy de Ferrer

Do you want to start writing for screen, stage or radio? On this course, you’ll learn how to recognise drama, find the best characters to tell it, break stories down to scenes, create crisp dialogue and be shown the right format for your chosen medium.

Tues 2 Jul - 30 Jul
7pm - 9pm
£100 per 5 week course

Online course

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Resilience Refined: a mindfulness course to boost resilience.

Led by Kate Hughes

This four week course is designed to give you a detailed introduction into mindfulness and the techniques that can be used to build resilience and reduce anxiety. We will cover a different topics including: long term benefits of practice, stress, managing anxiety and emotions, as well practical exercises to incorporate into your daily life. This course will help you to overcome issues which may be affecting you such as anxiety and confidence, but it will also assist with focus and drive. Suitable for all levels including absolute beginners.

Tues 14 May - 4 Jun (4 weeks)
Weds 3 Jul - 24 Jul (4 weeks)

3pm - 4.15pm

£105 for 4 week course

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Crochet and Rosé

Led by Sophie Keaveney

Do you like to crochet or knit? Join us for a relaxed and creative get together over a drink of your choice.

Suitable for those with experience of crochet / knitting.

Please bring your own project along. Some spare needles and wool will be available.

This class will take place both in person and online via Zoom.

If you are taking part online, you will find the link to access the session in your booking confirmation email


Summer
Wed 8 May, 5 Jun, 3 Jul, 7 Aug
7pm – 8.30pm
£6 including a drink from the bar | £3 online

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Paint & Sip with Lauren

Led by Lauren Hawkins

Indulge your creativity and embrace your inner artist at our paint and sip evenings this summer!

Feel empowered and join Lauren for a series of themed sessions designed to celebrate strength, beauty and bold confidence.

Whether you're a seasoned artist or picking up a paintbrush for the first time, our welcoming atmosphere invites you to explore your creativity in an intimate setting. Come let loose, have a drink and get inspired with us!

All materials provided.

Acrylic paints will be used and can often stain clothes so please wear clothes with this in mind.

18 + years

Friday 10 May - Goddesses Unveiled: Capturing the Female Form
Friday 7 June - Stand Tall, Stand Out: Expressing Your Inner Flamingo
Friday 5 July - Blooming in Adversity: Painting Flowers of Strength
Friday 9 August - Fierce Felines: Embodying the Spirit of Big Cats

7pm - 10pm

£36 (including 1x 175ml wine or 1x pint of beer)
£34 (including 1x soft drink or 1x 0% bottled beer)

To order your drink please show your ticket at the bar when you arrive, ensure you arrive in advance of the class to order your drink as the bar may be busy.

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Life Drawing

Led by Mick McNicholas

Explore the complexities of the human form by working from a professional life model. With a variety of short and long poses. Learn both traditional charcoal drawing methods and new experimental techniques.

Half day sessions comprise of a variety of short and long poses.

Any mediums can be used in these sessions. Materials will be provided, although participants are very welcome to bring their own if you have something you like to work with.

Summer
Sat 18 May and Sat 6 July

11am - 2pm
£25 per session

Suitable for 18+ years

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Daytime Sound Bath

Led by Janette Moy

Sound Baths are deeply relaxing, anyone can join in. Lay down, cosy and Janette will share beautiful sounds of Gong, Tibetan bowls, Irish Drum ( Bodhran ), Rainstick, Sansula, Kochi chimes and more. Taking you on a journey into the heart of Sacred Sound.

As you relax and bathe in the healing vibrations, your body resonates within these pure tones and you begin to feel retuned and in harmony. Healing can happen at cellular level, our bodies, mind and emotions draw from the sounds the vibration that is needed to bring us into inner balance.

You will need to bring a yoga mat or blanket to lie on. A small cushion for under head comfort. A blanket to cover up. Anything else you want to bring to make a cosy nest. Eye mask if you use one.

We also run evening Sound Bath classes, click here to find out more.


Summer
10 May, 7 Jun, 12 Jul

1pm - 2pm
£15 per session
Suitable for 18+ years

Please note, to prevent disruption to the class, latecomers may not be admitted.

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Sound Bath

Led by Janette Moy

Sound Baths are deeply relaxing, anyone can join in. Lay down, cosy and Janette will share beautiful sounds of Gong, Tibetan bowls, Irish Drum ( Bodhran ), Rainstick, Sansula, Kochi chimes and more. Taking you on a journey into the heart of Sacred Sound.

As you relax and bathe in the healing vibrations, your body resonates within these pure tones and you begin to feel retuned and in harmony. Healing can happen at cellular level, our bodies, mind and emotions draw from the sounds the vibration that is needed to bring us into inner balance.

You will need to bring a yoga mat or blanket to lie on. A small cushion for under head comfort. A blanket to cover up. Anything else you want to bring to make a cosy nest. Eye mask if you use one.

We also run daytime Sound Bath classes, click here to find out more.

Spring
19 Apr

Summer
24 May, 14 Jun, 12 Jul, 16 Aug

6.30pm - 7.30pm
£15 per session
Suitable for 18+ years

Please note, to prevent disruption to the class, latecomers may not be admitted.

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A Harbour or Coastal Scene in Line and Wash

Led by Jo Hall.

Use line and watercolour wash to depict a harbour or coastal scene; this may be a harbour, a rocky coastal headland or beach. Bring your own reference or use that supplied by the tutor.

There will be plenty of time to practice mark making and texturing with various tools/pens before making a more considered drawing and adding colour. Please bring your own materials and equipment as detailed below.

Materials and equipment:
Watercolours, brushes, water pots, palette
Drawing board, table easel or block to tilt your board, tape to attach paper, paper towel
India ink (preferably waterproof when dry), twig, dip pen (bamboo or metal).
Small natural sponge, old toothbrush
Paper; cartridge paper for exercises in mark making, watercolour paper NOT (cold pressed) or HP (hot pressed) surface for final painting
Some paper will be available from the tutor at cost

Sat 13 Jul
11am - 4pm
£42

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Zen Drawing (online)

Led by Amanda Schenk

Amanda Schenk is the visual artist behind Norden Farm's much-loved (and Instagrammed) glass corridor artwork in the school holidays. Join Amanda for this new drawing course, aimed at helping to create a sense of calm and relaxation through drawing patterns.

Suitable for all abilities, the workshops will focus on building confidence in your drawing abilities - concentrating on the soothing journey of the drawing experience, rather than the finished drawing.

In each session you'll explore how to produce different types of patterns in abstract drawings - looking at different designs each week.

You will need: paper (plain, no smaller than A5), lead pencil, eraser, sharpener, black fine liner or a pen. Optional is a black marker.

Summer
Mon 20 May, 17 Jun, 15 Jul
7.30pm - 8.45pm
£8 per class | £21 for all 3 sessions
Online only

Suitable for ages 18+ years

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Complete Macramé Course

Led by David Beattie

Explore the fun and relaxing craft of Macramé with this two day course.

Starting off with the basics, David from But One String will guide you through the making of a practical plant hanger. Then building on these basics David will introduce more complex knots and techniques to make a beautiful decorative wall hanging.

Suitable for the complete beginner or those with some experience, this workshop is perfect for all skill levels. We provide all the necessary materials, so just bring your creativity and eagerness to learn!

Thur 16 May & 23 May (2 weeks)
Thur 20 Jun & 27 Jun (2 weeks)
Thur 18 Jul & 25 Jul (2 weeks)

11am - 4.30pm

£135 for 2 week course

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Wellbeing Textiles

Led by Anurita Chandola

Embark on a transformative journey of self-discovery and creativity with our Wellbeing Textiles Course. This unique and enriching experience is designed to promote well-being and mindfulness through the art of textiles.

The Wellbeing Textiles Course is structured to provide a balance of instruction, hands-on activities, and reflective practices. Each session will focus on a specific aspect of well-being, incorporating textile techniques to facilitate personal growth and relaxation.

Join us on this inspiring journey, where the soothing textures of textiles meet the nurturing embrace of mindfulness. Rediscover the joy of creating while nurturing your mental and emotional well-being in a supportive and encouraging environment.

About Anurita Chandola
Anurita Chandola is a Spacewear and textiles artist who has worked internationally with renowned brands, art projects and prestigious exhibitions. Anurita’s expertise lies in sustainable fashion, product and material innovation, and in designing solutions based on reducing waste in the fashion industry. She is a graduate from the Royal College of Art, where she focused on developing proficiency in the independent learning methods and practices of contemporary art and design. Anurita is currently researching on textiles and clothes that will work on Mars and recently worked as a Spacewear and textiles artist with Building a Martian House Project in Bristol.

Fri 19 Jul - 16 Aug (5 weeks)

2pm - 4pm

£18 per session or | £80 per 5-week course |

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Pottery - Flower Frogs

Led by Helen D Evans

This is part of a series of workshops being run by Helen d Evans which is suitable for all abilities.

During the workshop you will use hand building techniques to make some flower frogs.

Cost includes clay, use of materials and x 2 firings and application of a clear glaze.

Work will be fired to Earthenware.

Please bring with you: an apron
any Pottery tools you may have
Sketchbook for ideas / with ideas
Pens / Pencils

The class will run from 11 -1.30 pm. A break(s) will be negotiated at the start of the
workshop.

After the course.
We will arrange a date after the course for collection of work

Sat 20 July
11am - 1.30pm

£45

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Circus Week

Led by And Circus.

A week of incredible circus skills and performing. Learn to walk on stilts, ride a unicycle, walk the tightrope and perform on a trapeze!

Suitable for ages 7 - 13 years.

Tues 30 Jul - Fri 2 Aug | 10am - 4pm

£200 | £180 Advantage Card holders (enter 'ADVANTAGE' when asked to enter a promotion code and then type your Advantage Card number when prompted)

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Come and Sing - The Musicals

Led by Tabitha Beaven

Come and sing at Norden Farm this summer. Experience for yourself how good it feels to open your mouth, smile and sing in harmony with others.

Each two-hour session has a different theme and will include a fun, inhibition eliminating warm up, an element of vocal technique and learning at least one, two- or three-part, song from the chosen genre.

Whether your regular choir is taking a break over the summer, or you’ve always wanted to experience singing in a group, ALL are welcome. A totally inclusive singing session, come with friends, or come by yourself and make new friends!

Choose your favourite theme, or even better, come to all three.

Come and Sing the Musicals! – Tuesday 30 July
Release your inner show star and have a blast singing brilliant musical theatre hits. Embrace the passion, drama and adventure of the West End and whatever we create, we can always give ourselves a standing ovation!

Come and Sing Country – Tuesday 6 August
Country music has become increasing popular capturing hearts and minds through relatable songs and stories. Grab your cowboy hats (optional!) and learn how to add that powerful country twang to your vocal. Leave with a song in your heart and smile on your face.

Come and Sing ABBA – Tuesday 13 August
Whether you’re a Dancing Queen or a Super Trouper, there’s a lot to love in ABBA’s infectious melodies, catchy choruses and disco beats. By the end of the session I’m sure we’ll be saying ‘Thank you for the Music’ ABBA!

About Tabitha
Tabitha loves to sing and is passionate about the power of singing for all. Tabitha founded Maidenhead’s Tuneless Choir in 2016 and also leads ‘Virtually Tuneless’, an online singing option for people who can’t get to an in-person choir but want to reap the benefits of singing.

A multi-instrumentalist Tabitha has been a member of local Funk & Soul band, Funkin’ Souled Out, she delivers corporate business skills workshops through the medium of the ukulele and enjoys writing and arranging vocal arrangements. Her style has been described as warm and vibrant with intoxicating enthusiasm.

£15 per session

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Upcycling Fashion

Led by Anurita Chandola

Fast fashion is leading to tonnes of clothing being discarded daily which has a huge impact on the environment. Globally, just 12 percent of material used for clothing ends up being recycled and it takes a lot of energy to recycle them. On this course, you will learn how to create unique and sustainably made garments by giving your old clothing a new life.

Using an old clothing item, you will learn to apply different techniques by using design principles to make a unique piece of sustainable upcycled clothing.

Bring a few pre-loved garments or something that you haven’t worn for sometime to use during this short class. You don’t need any previous sewing experience for this class

About Anurita Chandola
Anurita Chandola is a Spacewear and textiles artist who has worked internationally with renowned brands, art projects and prestigious exhibitions. Anurita’s expertise lies in sustainable fashion, product and material innovation, and in designing solutions based on reducing waste in the fashion industry. She is a graduate from the Royal College of Art, where she focused on developing proficiency in the independent learning methods and practices of contemporary art and design. Anurita is currently researching on textiles and clothes that will work on Mars and recently worked as a Spacewear and textiles artist with Building a Martian House Project in Bristol.


Summer
Thur 1 Aug and 15 Aug

£40 per session
11am - 4pm (including break)

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Arts and Crafts Session

Come along to Norden Farm for 45 minutes of Arts and Crafts.

Tues 28 May 12.30pm
Led by Aysha Khan

Decoupage and decorate ceramic hanging plant pot or bird feeder.

Join Norden Farm for this Out of the Hat themed Art session!


Fri 31 May 1pm
Led by Aysha Khan

Bird themed mobile - wooden birds decorated and strung together to create a hanging mobile.

This Eco Art session is inspired by James Campbell's show Don't Panic! We CAN Save the Planet.

Thu 1 Aug 12.30pm
Create and decorate a cushion.

Fri 2 Aug 12.30pm
Pop up lantern - turn a pop up lantern into beautiful bird.

Tue 6 Aug 12.30pm
Paint a silk sun-catcher.

Wed 7 Aug 12.30pm
Recycled hanging mobile.

Thu 15 Aug 12.30pm
Collage - create beautiful canvas pictures by collaging recycled materials.

Fri 16 Aug 12.30pm
String bird print - Create fantastical prints using string and paint.

Sessions are 45 minutes | Suitable for ages 4 - 11 years | All materials provided.

Please note that children must be accompanied by a paying adult.

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Kite Making Workshops

Get involved at Kite Making Workshops this summer, then see your creation take to the sky!

The workshops are led by specialist kite makers Community Kite Project.

Make and decorate your kite to stand out in the sky at the Kite Festival which takes place in Boyn Grove Park on Sunday 1 September.

You can make a kite in around 20 – 30 minutes with a bit of adult support! So you can turn up at any time during the session. But do make sure you leave enough time to get here, get park and get into the session!

Workshops are suitable for all the family.

Nicholson Centre
Sat 3 Aug 10.30am – 2pm | £5 per kite

Norden Farm Night Market
Sat 3 Aug 6pm – 9pm | £5 per kite

Maidenhead Library
Sat 10 Aug 10.30am – 2pm | £5 per kite

Norden Farm
Fri 16 Aug 2pm and 3.30pm | £6 per kite
Sat 17 Aug 2pm and 3.30pm | £6 per kite
Sat 31 Aug 2pm and 3.30pm | £6 per kite

Pre booking for Kite Workshops is highly recommended.

If you have tickets for a workshop you are guaranteed to make a kite at the session. During each session we may have a small number of tickets available on the door but to avoid disappointment please pre book.

These workshops have been kindly subsidised by funding from Shanly Foundation, Cyril Taylor Trust and Spoore, Merry and Rixman Foundation.

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Paint a Market Scene in Line and Wash

Led by Jo Hall.

This may focus on the produce being sold or show the bustle of people in a busy market place. Starting by exploring mark making with various pens and tools we’ll go on to compose a colourful market scene where colour freely applied brings life to the drawing.

Reference will be supplied or bring your own of a market you know. Please bring your own materials and equipment as detailed below.

Materials and equipment:
Watercolours, brushes, water pots, palette
Drawing board, table easel or block to tilt your board, tape to attach paper, paper towel
India ink (preferably waterproof when dry), twig, dip pen (bamboo or metal).
Small natural sponge, old toothbrush
Paper; cartridge paper for exercises in mark making, watercolour paper NOT (cold pressed) or HP (hot pressed) surface for final painting
Some paper will be available from the tutor at cost

Sat 3 Aug
11am - 4pm
£42

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Art Week

Led by Art Adventure

Join Lucy for an art adventure this summer holiday, create something spectacular in these hands on, messy workshops! 

For ages 8 - 11 years

Tues 6 - Fri 9 Aug
11am - 4pm
£160 | £145 Advantage Card Holders

Advantage Card holders (enter 'ADVANTAGE' when asked to enter a promotion code and then type your Advantage Card number into the relevant account information field)

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Come and Sing - Country

Led by Tabitha Beaven

Come and sing at Norden Farm this summer. Experience for yourself how good it feels to open your mouth, smile and sing in harmony with others.

Each two-hour session has a different theme and will include a fun, inhibition eliminating warm up, an element of vocal technique and learning at least one, two- or three-part, song from the chosen genre.

Whether your regular choir is taking a break over the summer, or you’ve always wanted to experience singing in a group, ALL are welcome. A totally inclusive singing session, come with friends, or come by yourself and make new friends!

Choose your favourite theme, or even better, come to all three.

Come and Sing the Musicals! – Tuesday 30 July
Release your inner show star and have a blast singing brilliant musical theatre hits. Embrace the passion, drama and adventure of the West End and whatever we create, we can always give ourselves a standing ovation!

Come and Sing Country – Tuesday 6 August
Country music has become increasing popular capturing hearts and minds through relatable songs and stories. Grab your cowboy hats (optional!) and learn how to add that powerful country twang to your vocal. Leave with a song in your heart and smile on your face.

Come and Sing ABBA – Tuesday 13 August
Whether you’re a Dancing Queen or a Super Trouper, there’s a lot to love in ABBA’s infectious melodies, catchy choruses and disco beats. By the end of the session I’m sure we’ll be saying ‘Thank you for the Music’ ABBA!

About Tabitha
Tabitha loves to sing and is passionate about the power of singing for all. Tabitha founded Maidenhead’s Tuneless Choir in 2016 and also leads ‘Virtually Tuneless’, an online singing option for people who can’t get to an in-person choir but want to reap the benefits of singing.

A multi-instrumentalist Tabitha has been a member of local Funk & Soul band, Funkin’ Souled Out, she delivers corporate business skills workshops through the medium of the ukulele and enjoys writing and arranging vocal arrangements. Her style has been described as warm and vibrant with intoxicating enthusiasm.

£15 per session

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Notan - The Expanding Square

Led by Berkshire Printmakers

Notan is a Japanese art term that literally means "light, dark harmony". Artists use "Notan" to explore the play and placement of light and dark elements as they are positioned next to each other in creative compositions.

This fun, creative workshop explores silkscreen printing using Notan compositional techniques. Berkshire Printmakers will take you through step by step how to print simple paper cut stencils using plain screens and monochrome inks to explore light and dark compositional elements. In the workshop we will explore expanding the Notan square, using symmetry and a-symmetry to "break out" of the rigid shape. We will print both the positive and negative images to create patterns worthy of Escher.

This workshop is suitable for beginners and those with some screen printing, all paper, water based inks and our huge library of plain and patterned screens are provided.

Dress for mess.

Sat 10 Aug
11am - 4pm

£80

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Theatre Week

Led by Sideways Drama

Make a Play in 4 Days!

Come along and dive into the world of theatre, writing, directing and star in a brand new play

Suitable for ages 8 - 14 years.

Tues 13 - Fri 16 Aug | 10am - 4pm
£160 | £145 Advantage Card holders

Advantage Card holders (enter 'ADVANTAGE' when asked to enter a promotion code and then type your Advantage Card number into the relevant account information field)


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Come and Sing - ABBA

Led by Tabitha Beaven

Come and sing at Norden Farm this summer. Experience for yourself how good it feels to open your mouth, smile and sing in harmony with others.

Each two-hour session has a different theme and will include a fun, inhibition eliminating warm up, an element of vocal technique and learning at least one, two- or three-part, song from the chosen genre.

Whether your regular choir is taking a break over the summer, or you’ve always wanted to experience singing in a group, ALL are welcome. A totally inclusive singing session, come with friends, or come by yourself and make new friends!

Choose your favourite theme, or even better, come to all three.

Come and Sing the Musicals! – Tuesday 30 July
Release your inner show star and have a blast singing brilliant musical theatre hits. Embrace the passion, drama and adventure of the West End and whatever we create, we can always give ourselves a standing ovation!

Come and Sing Country – Tuesday 6 August
Country music has become increasing popular capturing hearts and minds through relatable songs and stories. Grab your cowboy hats (optional!) and learn how to add that powerful country twang to your vocal. Leave with a song in your heart and smile on your face.

Come and Sing ABBA – Tuesday 13 August
Whether you’re a Dancing Queen or a Super Trouper, there’s a lot to love in ABBA’s infectious melodies, catchy choruses and disco beats. By the end of the session I’m sure we’ll be saying ‘Thank you for the Music’ ABBA!

About Tabitha
Tabitha loves to sing and is passionate about the power of singing for all. Tabitha founded Maidenhead’s Tuneless Choir in 2016 and also leads ‘Virtually Tuneless’, an online singing option for people who can’t get to an in-person choir but want to reap the benefits of singing.

A multi-instrumentalist Tabitha has been a member of local Funk & Soul band, Funkin’ Souled Out, she delivers corporate business skills workshops through the medium of the ukulele and enjoys writing and arranging vocal arrangements. Her style has been described as warm and vibrant with intoxicating enthusiasm.

£15 per session

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Kirtan

Led by Janette Moy

Kirtan is the practice of gathering together to chant universal mantras. It is the Yoga of Sound, the repetition of the mantras allows us to experience a meditative state. The mantras help relax the mind and re-energise the body/mind as well as release stress/ worries. It is uplifting and healing.

Anyone can join in, you do not have to be able to sing to chant, each of us has a unique primal sound to express and all our voices blend together into one sound. You can sit on the floor or a chair if you need support, you can also stand, move or lay down if you want.

Please bring a cushion or blanket rolled up to sit on. You might like to bring a shawl or blanket around you (not essential, just cosy). If you require a chair please arrive early to give time to organise this. Bring water to drink.

I look forward to sharing these medicinal mantras with you.

Summer
7 Jun and 14 Aug
6.30pm - 7.30pm

£13 per session

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Portrait Drawing

Led by Mick McNicholas

Learn about the stages of portraiture, drawing with charcoal from a live model.

Suitable for all levels of experience.

Suitable for 18+ years

Spring
Sat 6 Apr

Summer
Sat 15 Jun and Sat 17 Aug

11am – 4pm
£34


Please note we are a busy arts centre and the spaces for our classes do move around the site from time to time

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