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Classes For Adults

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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Norden Farm Youth Theatre (Seniors 1)

Led by Karen Wallace-Jones and Jane Hibbs

Building on our devising skills from last term we will begin to develop our understanding of ensemble in performance. Using extracts from published texts we will use these as a starting point to create our own original Youth Theatre ensemble performance in the Spring.

This is an online term with two sessions taking place at Norden Farm on Thursday 27 May and a sharing on Wednesday 7 July.

School Years 7 - 11
Wed 28 Apr - 7 Jul (exc 2 Jun)
4.15pm - 5.45pm
£97 per 10 week term
Booking cut off time: 3pm on Wed 28 Apr

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Norden Farm Youth Theatre (Seniors 2)

Led Karen Wallace-Jones and Jane Hibbs

Building on our devising skills from last term we will begin to develop our understanding of ensemble in performance. Using extracts from published texts we will use these as a starting point to create our own original Youth Theatre ensemble performance in the Spring.

This is an online term with two sessions taking place at Norden Farm on Thursday 27 May and a sharing on Wednesday 7 July.

School Years 7 - 11
Wed 28 Apr - 7 Jul (exc 2 Jun)
6pm - 7.30pm
£97 per 10 week term
Booking cut off time: 5pm on Wed 28 Apr

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Acoustic Guitar - Absolute Beginners

Led by Richard Lee.

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 beginning. These are fun and informative lessons from a guitarist with over 20 years’ experience.

Wed 31 Mar - 28 Apr, Wed 5 May - 2 Jun, Wed 9 Jun - 7 Jul, Wed 14 Jul - 11 Aug
7pm – 8pm
£40 per 5 week course
Booking cut off time: 6pm on the first day of each course

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

This class is currently taking place online via Zoom

Suitable for 18+ years.

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Acoustic Guitar - Beginners (Wed)

Led by Richard Lee.

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 beginning. These are fun and informative lessons from a guitarist with over 20 years’ experience.

Wed 31 Mar - 28 Apr, Wed 5 May - 2 Jun, Wed 9 Jun - 7 Jul, Wed 14 Jul - 11 Aug
8.30pm – 9.30pm
£40 per 5 week course
Booking cut off time: 6pm on the first day of each course

This class is currently taking place 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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Kite Making Workshop (online on demand)

Our much-loved Kite Making Workshops are back!

There are lots of ways you can get involved this year – like with our OnDemand Kite Kits.

Book your kit, collect from Norden Farm, access your OnDemand video from anywhere, get crafty, fly your kite!

Your OnDemand workshop video has been created by specialist kite makers, Community Kite Project. Your Kite Making Kit includes everything you need to make a Japanese Sode Kite - all you will need are pens to decorate your creation.

Make and decorate your kite to stand out in the sky at this year's Kite Festival.

Save the Date! The Kite Festival is back this year on Sunday 5 September. Join us at Boyn Grove Park (Punt Hill) between 12pm - 4pm for live music, food and drink, entertainment – and kite flying! Entry is free!

Keep an eye on our website for details about our Live Kite Making Workshops taking place throughout the Summer Holiday

Each ticket includes a kit with everything you need to make and fly your kite! All you will need are pens to decorate your creation.

Suitable for ages 4+ years.

Kite Kit collection: Packs can be booked by selecting your preferred collection date (Thursdays - Saturdays 11am - 10pm). Collect your pre-booked kit from our Café Bar by showing them your booking confirmation email.

£5 per kite (includes materials - packs must be collected from Norden Farm)
Kite packs can be collected from Norden Farm between 11am– 10pm on your chosen day

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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!

Thur 1 Apr - 12 Aug
11.30am – 12.30pm
£6 per class
Booking cut off time: 9am on the day of each class

This class is currently taking place online via Zoom

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

If the tutor is unavailable for a session, a replacement will be provided wherever possible.

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Kayleigh's Crafts - On Demand Craft Kits

Purchase your craft kits, collect from the Cafe Bar, then tune into the on demand video to get creative!

Monster Slime
Create your own monster themed slime! Your kit includes everything you need to make slime including optional extras such as a paint, foam balls, glitter and googly eyes. Play with your slime on the Splat Mat and learn through play with some fun activities and worksheets. Your pack comes with a special 'Slime Scientist in Training' ID card, monster activity book, stickers, and straws to make slime 'balloons'!


Ahoy Matey
Decorate your own wooden pirate ship! Your kit includes everything you need to decorate and assemble you own pirate ship decoration. Have fun with the activity book, worksheets, stickers and your very own pirate hat!


Superheroes
Create your own superhero puppet! Your kit includes everything you need to make you very own hand puppet as well as your own glider to assemble. Dress as a hero with your very own mask, snap bracelet and superhero tattoo!


Under the Sea Slime!
Your ticket includes your craft pack which features everything you need to take part! Just use the On Demand video link to get creative at home in your own time! The packs (and accompanying On Demand video) shows you how to create a special batch of Under the Sea themed slime!


Minibeast Madness
Learn all about minibeasts with Minibeast Madness! Decorate your own sun catcher and garden stake with the paint provided. Go minibeast hunting with the mini magnifying glass and record what you find. Play the matching game and match the minibeast to their description. Have fun with your very own glow in the dark bug, caterpillar balloon and bug themed temporary tattoo!


Simply tune in and get creative at a time that suits you! We'd love to see your photos - you can tag us on social media @nordenfarm!

Suitable for ages 4+ years.
£5 per pack

Packs can be booked by selecting your preferred collection date (Thursdays - Saturdays 12pm - 10pm). Collect your pre-booked kit from our Café Bar by showing them your booking confirmation email.

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Acoustic Guitar - Beginners (Thursdays)

Led by Richard Lee.

Always wanted to learn guitar but never got around to it? Want to trade your air guitar skills for real guitar skills? These are fun and informative lessons from a guitarist with over 20 years’ experience.

Thur 1 Apr - 29 Apr, Thur 6 May - 3 Jun, Thur 10 Jun - 8 Jul, Thur 15 Jul - 12 Aug
7pm – 8pm
£40 per 5 week course
Booking cut off time: 6pm on the first day of each course

This class is currently taking place online via Zoom.

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

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Acoustic Guitar - Intermediate

Led by Richard Lee.

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 beginning. These are fun and informative lessons from a guitarist with over 20 years’ experience.

Thur 1 Apr - 29 Apr, Thur 6 May - 3 Jun, Thur 10 Jun - 8 Jul, Thur 15 Jul - 12 Aug
8.30pm – 9.30pm
£40 per 5 week course
Booking cut off time: 6pm on the first day of each course.

Suitable for 18+ years.

This class is currently taking place online via Zoom.

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Gentle Yoga

Led by Julie Potter.

Classes for all ages and levels of experience.

Practice traditional breathing techniques (pranayamas), general yoga postures (asanas) with some relaxation.

Fri 7 May - 18 Jun (exc 4 Jun), Fri 25 Jun - 30 Jul
11.30am – 12.45pm
£42 per 6 week course or £10 per session

Drop in sessions: 30 Apr, 6 Aug, 13 Aug | Tickets £10

Booking cut off time: 10.30am on the first day of each session

This class is currently taking place online via Zoom

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

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Digi Den (online)

Led by DJ Mhlanga

The digital arts club!

Reconnect with the Digi Den community via weekly Zoom workshops. Share your creativity, explore music and film editing!

You will need: Paper to draw or write on and any pencils, pens or art supplies you may like to use. The project will adapt to incorporate any other supplies individuals may have.

Suitable for School Years 5 - 8.

Sat 24 Apr - 29 May, Sat 12 Jun - 24 Jul (exc 19 Jun)
10.30am - 12pm
£36 per 6 week term
Booking cut off time: 9am on Sat 24 Apr/Sat 12 Jun

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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!

Sat 3 Apr - 26 Jun
11.30am – 12.30pm
£6 per class
Booking cut off time: 10.30am on the day of the session

This class is currently taking place online via Zoom

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

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Creative Arts Social Club (online)

Led by professional artists Amelia Pimlott and Caroline Crawford.

Our sociable group for over 65s who want to make art, but just aren’t doing it right now - goes online!

Professional artist Amelia Pimlott leads this creative community with visual artist Caroline Crawford. Explore your arty side, grow in creative confidence, and meet new people!

5-week blocks run via Zoom with additional ideas for activities to do during the week.

Mon 24 May - Mon 21 Jun, Mon 28 Jun - Mon 2 Aug, Mon 16 Aug - Mon 13 Sept, Mon 27 Sept - Mon 25 Oct, Mon 8 Nov - Mon 6 Dec
10.30am – 12.30pm
£75 per 5 week term + materials (list below)

Mon 24 May - Mon 21 Jun: Landscapes, Townscapes and Nature

Led by Caroline Crawford

This course covers focusses on a variety of Drawing & Painting techniques to create landscapes, townscapes and nature studies.

Mon 28 Jun - Mon 2 Aug: Extreme Landscapes and Unusual Animals

Led by Amelia Pimlott

From jungles to underwater landscapes, deserts to the Artic, we will find inspiration for painting from some of the most extreme parts of the world in which we live and the animals that inhabit them. Using gouache paint and oil pastels, we will focus on colour and design.

Mon 16 Aug - Mon 13 Sept: Loose painting style

Led by Caroline Crawford

We look at loose painting style, with a selection of subjects starting with a fun fashion figure painting project in inks. We will cover varied subjects including the still life, landscapes and a botanical study and explore techniques including colour blending and application and mixed media.

Mon 27 Sept - Mon 25 Oct: Indian Sculpture

Led by Amelia Pimlott

Using air drying clay, we will model figures, faces, animals and decorative elements inspired by Indian Sculpture both in relief and 3 dimensional form.

Mon 8 Nov - Mon 6 Dec: Texture

Led by Caroline Crawford

With a focus on texture we will explore different aspects of drawing and painting including proportion, one point perspective, watercolour and mixed media. Subjects will include animal portraits, a Robin study and a sunrise.

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Zen Drawing with Colour (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 and exploring colour.

Suitable for all abilities, the workshops will focus on building confidence in your art making abilities - concentrating on the soothing journey of the drawing and playing with colour.

In each session explore drawing abstract patterns and the different ways you can enhance your designs using colour pencils and bright watercolours.

You will need: Paper, lead pencil, eraser, sharpener, black fine liner, colour pencils or Aquarell colour pencils, optional coloured fine liners.

Mon 1 Mar - 29 Mar (except 15 Mar), Mon 19 Apr - 10 May
7.30pm – 8.45pm
£8 per session, £28 per 4 week course
Booking cut off time: 6pm on the day of the session

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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.

Tues 20 Apr - 11 May, Tues 18 May - 22 Jun (exc 1 Jun), Tues 29 Jun - 27 Jul
11am - 12.15pm (online only)
£8 per class | £28 per 4 week course | £35 per 5 week course
Suitable for ages 18+ years
Booking cut off time: 9am on the day of each session

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Twilight 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.

Tues 20 Apr - 11 May, Tues 18 May - 22 Jun (exc 1 Jun), Tues 29 Jun - 27 Jul
7.30pm - 8.45pm
£8 per class | £28 per 4 week course | £35 per 5 week course
Suitable for ages 18+ years
Booking cut off time: 6pm on the day of each session

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Yoga for Beginners (online)

Led by Julie Potter

Feeling the need to wind down and relax, have a little bit of time to yourself? Come along and enjoy some yoga and relaxation with Julie. Practice gentle spinal movements to relax and rejuvenate the nervous system, basic yogic breathing techniques and guided meditations.

These classes are suitable for everyone, with or without previous yoga experience. Please bring a blanket, a yoga/pilates mat, and wear loose comfortable clothing.

Wed 5 May -16 Jun (exc 2 Jun), Wed 23 Jun - 28 Jul
11am – 12.15pm
£10 per class | £42 per 6 week online course

Drop in sessions: Wed 28 Apr, 4 Aug, 11 Aug | Tickets £10

Booking cut off time: 9am on the day of each session

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

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Collage and Mixed Media (online)

Led by Jo Hall

This fun course will introduce you to pure collage techniques using only prepared and found papers, and also collage techniques where the collaged elements are worked over with other drawing and painting media to a greater or lesser extent. Abstract, landscape, still life and either portrait or surreal subjects will be explored.

Please see information sheet for materials, references and equipment.

This course will be online only.

Wed 23 Jun - 21 Jul
11.30am - 3pm
£100
Booking cut off time: 9am on Wed 23 Jun

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Crochet Social (online)

Led by Sophie Keaveney

Do you like to crochet? Join us for a virtual drop in session - grab your hook, grab your yarn and lets get crocheting!

This is a social session where you will have opportunity to work on your own crochet projects and meet new people at the same time. Sophie will be on hand to answer your crochet questions and will also provide a couple of pattern ideas that you can try out, if you'd like to try something new.

Experience of crochet is required, and you will need to supply your own crocheting materials/project to work on.

Wed 5 May, 2 Jun, 7 Jul, 4 Aug
7pm - 8.30pm
£2 per person
Booking cut off time: 4pm on the day of each event

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Portrait Drawing (online)

Led by Mick McNicholas

Learn about the stages of portraiture, drawing with charcoal from a live model. Students are taught about proportion, the structure of the head and tonal values. Experiment with creating contrast between light and dark (chiaroscuro) to depict facial features. Suitable for all levels of experience.

We advise that participants charge their device beforehand and to have it plugged in during the session.

Any mediums can be used in these sessions.

Sat 10 Jul
10.30am - 1.30pm
£27
Booking cut off time: 9am on the day of the session

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Book Club (online)

Self led group, organised by Carol Huntington

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

This season the Book Club will be reading:

Thur 17 Jun - Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield
Thur 15 Jul - The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams
Thur 12 Aug - Decline & Fall by Evelyn Waugh

Suitable for 18+ years.

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

17 Jun, 15 Jul, 12 Aug (online)
7.30pm - 9.30pm
£2 per session
Booking cut off time: 9am on the day of the session

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Paint a Meadow in watercolour and/or pastel (online)

Led by Jo Hall.

Inspired by Renoir’s landscapes we'll paint a flower meadow.

You may choose to work very freely in watercolour alone. Alternatively you may like to make a watercolour underpainting before adding soft (chalk) pastel. A watercolour underpainting or coloured paper can make a great surface to develop a landscape further in pastel.

Either work from your own reference or choose to make your own version of a Renoir landscape.

Please see information sheet for materials, references and equipment.

This class is taking place live online via Zoom.

Sat 17 Jul
11.45am - 3.45pm
£30
Booking cut off time: 9am on Sat 17 Jul

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Mindfulness (online)

Led by Divya Kohli

Step out of 'busy, busy, doing, doing' and drop into just 'being'. Learn how to focus on the present to help manage thoughts and feelings and to improve mental wellbeing.

Newcomers very much welcome, as well as those with previous experience of meditation or mindfulness.

Led by a professionally trained mindfulness teacher with 20 years' experience.

Tues 1 Jun, 22 Jun, 20 Jul, 10 Aug
7pm - 8pm
£8 per session
Booking cut off time: 4pm on the day of the session

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Digi Den: Summer Drop In

Led by DJ Mhlanga.

The digital arts club! Reconnect with the Digi Den community via weekly Zoom workshops. Share your creativity, explore music and film editing!

You will need: Paper to draw or write on and any pencils, pens or art supplies you may like to use. The project will adapt to incorporate any other supplies individuals may have.

Suitable for school years 5 - 8.

These sessions will take place via Zoom.

Fri 30 Jul, Fri 6 Aug and Fri 13 Aug
5.15pm - 6.45pm
£7 per session or £18 for all three sessions
Booking cut off: 4.30pm on Fri 30 Jul

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Gentle Yoga (Drop In)

Led by Julie Potter.

Classes for all ages and levels of experience.

Practice traditional breathing techniques (pranayamas), general yoga postures (asanas) with some relaxation.

This class will be running online only via Zoom.

Fri 6 Aug, Fri 13 Aug
11.30am - 12.45pm
Booking cut off time: 9am on day of session

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

Please prepare for your visit by reading our latest Visitor Information here. This includes important information about face coverings, social distancing and measures we have implemented to keep everyone safe when visiting Norden Farm.

We have worked hard to ensure that you can enjoy your class or workshop while safely and socially distanced from other participants. While at your mat, face coverings are non-mandatory, but while moving around the space or venue, please wear a face covering to help protect yourself, your classmates and practitioner.

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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.

This event will take place live online via Zoom. We advise that participants charge their device beforehand and have it plugged in during the session.

Any mediums can be used in these sessions.

Sat 19 Jun, Sat 7 Aug
10.30am - 1.30pm
£27 per session
Booking cut off time: 9am on the day of the session

Suitable for 18+ years

Participants must have their camera on at all times during the session and photography and screenshots are not permitted.

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Kite Festival

Kite Flying • Food • Bar • Live Music • Kite Making

Join us at Boyn Grove Park (Punt Hill) for our Community Kite Festival on Sunday 5 September between 12pm - 4pm. It's free to attend!

Round off the summer holidays in style with an afternoon of fun for all the community! Bring your kite creations, pre-owned or shop bought kites and join our team to fly them on the hill. Everyone is welcome, with or without a kite!

As well as all the kite flying fun, the afternoon will include food from local vendors food from local vendors and a bar.

The live music stage will feature top local talent - keep an eye on this webpage and our social media channels for announcements!


Kite Making Workshops

Create your very own kite ready for the Festival at our live in person or on demand workshops this summer.

Make and decorate your kite to stand out in the sky at this year's Kite Festival.


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Norden Farm Choir

Led by Rob Castell

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!

Autumn 2021
Thur 7 Oct - 11 Nov (exc 28 Oct) and Thur 18 Nov - 16 Dec
7.30pm – 9pm
£10 per session | £45 per 5 week term


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